My husband and I have been coming to Canoe Bay since its beginning, and have the fondest memories of each experience. Seriously, Dan and Lisa have thought of every detail—in aesthetics (the property is gorgeously laid out, with a Frank Lloyd Wright-style waterfall and stream surrounding the Reception area, the loveliest 3-acre organic garden—I want one! I want one!—and fields of thoughtfully preserved prairie), in food and wine choices (Tom, their cook, and his staff do an impressive job of incorporating every aspect of their organic garden into their beautifully prepared meals, and their wine choices are stellar!), in amenities (lake views, gas-burning fireplaces, huge jetted tubs, comfy beds, a wet bar outfitted with service for two, a microwave, sink, K-cup coffee maker, refrigerator, and complimentary breakfast in bed, if you so desire!), and in décor and architecture. It’s impossible to stress that last point enough, because how everything feels and looks is an integral part to how you experience Canoe Bay.
There are plenty of things to do. They have an exquisitely curated library in the main Lodge. Take a book back to your cabin or to the many sitting places they have scattered about. Read. Soak in the tub. Try out the swimming beach. Catch a few rays or go for a swim. Grab a canoe and head out on the lake, where you’ll see deer along the shoreline and loons dipping for fish. Explore one of the many trails on the property, or if it’s snowing, strap on some snowshoes. GO SEE THE GARDEN. It’s spectacular. I could have stayed there all day. It’s deliciously quiet, whatever you decide to do. It’s as though you’ve fallen away from all civilization, except for the very luxurious creature comforts back at your cabin! Yes, there are bugs, but there’s repellent in your cabin, so use it. It’s just a fact of life here in the upper Midwest.
And if you think that you haven’t met the owners at any one time, you might want to inquire, because they are there…present at every turn...making sure you are having a fabulous stay. They just don’t advertise who they are. They’re extremely humble and generous people who work just as hard, if not harder, than all the people they’ve hired!
All in all, it’s one of our favorite places to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This resort is for adults seeking seclusion and romance; children are not allowed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Canoe Bay Chetek, Wisconsin
- Canoe Bay Hotel Chetek
- Canoe Bay Wisconsin