We spent 2 nights here, and it was definitely too short. We were looking for luxury and quiet, and we experienced both. I can't think of a better place to celebrate a special event - anniversary, birthday, etc.
As others have mentioned, there is a curving wooded driveway onto the property that is very, very private, and heightens your excitement as you draw near to the resort.
You will not see a "hotel" - there are only 3 main buildings, and they are extremely small. One is the reception area, one is the lodge that holds the unbelievable library, and one is the inn that holds the dining room. All the buildings are Prairie-inspired and beautifully maintained. Another aspect of the property that contributes to the overall beauty is the outdoor spaces; in particular, there are 2 gardens that are real treasures. One is the "guests" garden that has breathtaking flowers and a lovely bench to sit and relax. The other is the "cooks" garden where fresh vegetables and herbs are grown. Of course, there is also a lake (not great, at least this summer - we heard it was a bit low - but it's still lovely) and the wonderful woods around the area. When we came, it was very buggy. It's hard to avoid bugs in the Northwoods of Wisconsin - so just be prepared.
The service is outstanding, very personal, and very discreet. For example, your breakfast is delivered to your door with a ring of your doorbell, but then the delivery person leaves. You open the door at your leisure, and unload the wonderfully packed basket yourself - something I much prefer to sitting around while room service sets up the meal. If you go to dinner, the host/hostess greets you by name, without you even telling them who you are (and the night we ate dinner there were at least 10 other couples there).
Our room was very nice, although next time I think I'd spring for an even more expensive room if possible. We stayed in the lookout cottages. A few things that I would have preferred: a more private view of the lake, perhaps a more interesting location for the shower/tub (I believe some of them permit you to see the fireplace from the shower, e.g.), and a better location for the couch/TV (a bit too far to see well). But these are minor complaints: the room was extraordinarily clean and the bed was extraordinarily comfortable.
We were perfectly happy doing nothing. Reading, watching TV, walking, visiting the amazing library, laying on the deck, etc. Time passed way too quickly!
Dinner was better than we had expected, but definitely overpriced. (If I could give the place 4.5 stars, I would - taking off .5 for the dinner). Again, service was perfect. And in fact most of the courses were perfect. But the main course was mediocre, and for the price, any flaws would be noticeable. This pricing would be a bit much in Chicago, and considering this location it is out of line.
I don't usually like revisiting vacation spots, but this one is a keeper!
- 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