Showing posts with label Osthoff Resort. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Osthoff Resort. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Osthoff Resort Spa Time and Downtime in Elkhart Lake

It was the final day in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for my friend Lisa and I. The trip had been quite relaxing and it was going to be even more so on day three.

We slept late in our suite at The Osthoff Resort . Their apartment-like setups had all the conveniences of home, even a kitchen to store and reheat the leftovers from all the great food we had been eating.

For the final day, we went out for breakfast. Downtown Elkhart Lake is very walkable so we left the car.

Off the Rail is a very popular local spot that’s only open for breakfast and lunch. 

They serve specialty coffees, as well as beer and wine, and make all sorts of bakery goods and sandwich concoctions.

Lisa chose a meat-filled breakfast casserole and a banana nut muffin, while I had the vegetable quiche and a chocolate chip muffin. It was all quite good.

If we had more time to go back there, I definitely would try the Freight Train Sandwich: turkey, Havarti cheese, bacon, sprouts, onion, tomato, and a creamy horseradish sauce.

We walked back to The Osthoff Resort and got our things together in the room before heading to their Aspira Spa.

The spa at Osthoff is definitely one of the best spas I have been to. The facilities are fantastic, with plenty of relaxing areas, including a room overlooking the lake which has a fireplace and a Jacuzzi.

I am not alone in loving this spa, which has been ranked No. 3 in a Condé Nast Traveler poll and named among the Top 100 Spas in the U.S. by Spas of America.

The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the relaxation area was open and noisy from those coming from the gym, but it was a minor issue for a major spa.

Lisa was doing a Swedish Massage and relaxing in the whirlpool.  I was getting the full head to toe treatment!

I was scheduled to start with the Elderberry Facial. Christine, my aesthetician, was very careful to check my allergies and substituted a few of the items to still give me glowing, tightened, and refreshed skin with Eminence products, except where noted:

Coconut Milk Cleanser
Steamed Towel soaked in Elderberry Tea
Hawthorne Tonique
Crushed Elderberry in a cream base
Gentle Lymphatic stimulation and stimulation of pressure points (reflexology)
Coconut Cream Masque
Hawthorne Tonique
Firm Skin acai booster serum
Bear berry eye cream
Bamboo firming fluid
Coconut age corrective moisturizer

I continued to feel relaxed and rejuvenated into my Sacred Waters Massage, a signature treatment at Aspira Spa.

The body treatment comes from using the waters of Elkhart Lake, considered to be sacred by the Native Americans who once lived here.

The massage with the warm water was soothing and my muscles were ready to melt by the time I left there.

Although we had a late checkout, it was already into the afternoon when we finished at the spa.

We ordered some lunch to go from Otto’s Restaurant, got our things from our suite, and checked out of The Osthoff Resort.

It had been a perfect girls getaway. 

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