Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Activities, Spa and Food in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

My friend Lisa and I had enjoyed our first day at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, but day two was filled with more fun – and food.

We were up early for a great yoga class at Osthoff’s AspiraSpa. It was the perfect start to the day.

I was starving by the time we got to breakfast at Otto’s Restaurant, but there was plenty to eat there. I had a fruit smoothie and German Potato Pancakes, while Lisa loved the eggs benedict.

We were both excited to try snowshoeing for the first time and we headed over to Quit Qui Oc Golf Course. Todd Montaba, the owner, helped us both with the equipment and showed us the map of the trails we could take.

Since it was our first time out, we didn’t go that far, but it was a lot of fun and a sport I’m sure I’ll try again.

On the way back to the Osthoff Resort, we passed Road America.

Road Racing started in Elkhart Lake in 1950 with an open race circuit here. The Road America location is still a big attraction, as international events still take place on the 640 acres the center is on, within the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

While racing grew, so did this Wisconsin resort town, with beaches, restaurants and bars. Accommodations from home rentals and inns were built, but the mainstay was and is the three major resorts: Victorian Village, Siebken’s, and the largest, Osthoff Lake Resort.

When we returned we decided to spend the afternoon relaxing in the spa. We spent some time in the meditation room, as well as the whirlpool and the sauna. 

It definitely eased the muscles that had experienced snowshoeing for the first time. We were excited that we would be returning in the morning for treatments at the spa.

Lisa and I showered and dressed for dinner at the Elkhart Inn. 

It was just down the road still and a property of Osthoff Resort.

The Elkhart Inn was quaint and I’d have to say the perfect place for a romantic dinner – or a girls’ getaway meal.

The menu was definitely meat centric and, while this thrilled Lisa, the flexitarian in me still found options which sounded delicious.

We ordered some wine from their extensive wine list and started off with a perfectly roasted brie, served with sautéed mushrooms, as well as some freshly made soup.

After consulting the waiter on the best options, Lisa decided on the Elk Chop and I had the pappardelle pasta. We both agreed they were good choices.

We were full, but took to the suggestion to bring the rest of our dinners back to our suite so we had room for dessert. It was hard to argue and we lingered with coffee, apple caramel crisp and cheesecake.                                                           

It was a long day filled with fun and food and we were more than ready to retire for the night, but decided to have a nightcap at the Elk Room before going to our room. We still had one day left to enjoy the Osthoff Resort

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