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Already slacking on your New Year's resolutions? You could see a nutritionist, a trainer, or—heck—even an acupuncturist. But if you really want to show your mind and body who's boss, you're going to need a personal Wellness Warrior. Or, so goes the logic at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.
The Lake Geneva, Wisconsin property recently launched three-night Wellness Retreats designed for private groups of four to eight; single travelers can join one of the preset programs (the next one's March 20 to 23.) The program is designed to help guests: "eat well, move well, and be well," said the spa's director of operations John A. Morris. Let's break that down, shall we? "be well" means spa treatments such as lava stone massages and facials; while "eat well" means noshing on items such as golden gazpacho and baked chicken with slow-roasted strawberries from chef Earl Anthony Morse.
As for the "move well," that's when those Wellness Warriors step in. Between the two of them, Sindy Leibbrand and Laura Timmers (pictured, left to right) have about 40 different fitness certifications. If your group wants to do a little stand-up paddle boarding, these ladies can lead the way; ditto for yoga and frisky "divalicious" dance moves (no, really. The class is called Divalicious.) The warriors can also offer personal training and devise a workout for you to keep up with at home.
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The polar vortex has been rough. So rough, the Midwest deserves a little something summery to look forward to. Something with blended drinks, paper umbrellas, and underwater bar stools. That's right, folks: a swim-up bar is coming to Wisconsin Dells. The Wilderness Resort— proudly billed as "America's largest Water Resort"—is getting several new amenities in time for its summer season. First thing's first, though—here's what we know about that watery watering hole: Dubbed Margarita's Swim-Up Bar (because, why not?) the 1,400-square-foot, indoor/outdoor bar will seat 88 guests. And all of them better have proper I.D. The adults-only spot will have a tropical theme, a pergola, and—we think this is safe to assume?— plenty of tequila on hand. The bar is slated to open in May.
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It seems like the US is slowly coming around to the idea that unhealthy foods make unhealthy people. Hence programs like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, and NYC's crusade against sugary sodas. But now, hotels are starting to catch on too (hello Even Hotels!), which is why we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some fitness-loving hotels this week.
Like Wisconsin's Sundara Inn & Spa, one of the first hotels to join a new program that aims to educate hotel guests about healthy raw foods and even help them implement diet changes during their stay.
Now, we're generally against hotels barging in on our vacation and telling us what we should and shouldn't eat—there's just too many delicious treats everywhere. But in the name of moderation, we're willing to go along with this. Just as long as we can enjoy our raw foods with a pancake or two on the side.
This bit of news today out of Milwaukee combines two of our favorite loves--beer and hotels. Cheers!
Two vacant buildings at the city's former Pabst brewery complex in downtown are being transformed into a 90-room hotel set to be called The Brewhouse Inn and Suites.
Milwaukee Biz Times reports the sudsy hotel is rising out of the former Brew House and Mill House buildings and that rooms will feature studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom layouts. There will also be 5,000-sq.ft. of ground floor retail space of which we seriously hope they put a kickass brewery or bar inside of.
Groundbreaking is set for Monday, October 17 and the hotel should be completed within 14 months.
This is great news for Milwaukee which really only has one cool hotel in town, the motorcycle enthusiast's Iron Horse Hotel, so we hope that the Brewhouse delivers on its hops, er, rooms.
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You have plans to take the kiddies to the final Harry Potter installment today, but you're tapped out of ideas on how to keep them busy for the rest of the summer. One option is to bring them to Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark to study under a Lego Certified Professional.
The Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, resort will have Lego-themed Artitecture events August 14 to 16. These interactive seminars will offer hands-on building sessions and discussions for the children from LEGO Certified Professional Adam Reed Tucker.
The hotel, which recently nabbed the "Best Boutique Hotel of the Year" award at the 2010 HD Boutique show in Miami, tipped us off a while back to its Foursquare Special Offer: Show your server at the Branded bar that you have checked in and you'll get 50% off your first drink. Dethrone the Mayor and you get 50% off your first round (up to six drinks).
Who's thirsty? It's time for another installment of our Summer Cocktails series. All summer long we'll profile fun new summer drinks served at hotels around the world. Got one we should know about? Send us the recipe with a photo of the drink. Otherwise, enjoy and @reply us when you're wasted!
It’s summer. It’s Milwaukee. It’s motorcycle-riding weather. Which means it’s time for cocktails at The Yard, the outdoor bar at everyone’s favorite Harley hotel, The Iron Horse.
The Yard mixologists have made it easy being green. Perhaps too easy. This season’s “Green Goddess” is a scrumptious cocktail, made with organic vodka, lime, chives, basil, cucumber, green tea, and peppers. It’s garnished with a lime wheel and a twirl of rhubarb, and served up with Midwestern charm – and prices. The Green Goddess is just $12.
Have enough of them, and you may find yourself on a joy ride on the back of someone’s Harley. Wheeee!
By all stereotype-riddled accounts, Midwesterners should be laidback and genial. Too friendly, even. And nowhere might that be truer than Wisconsin, a gentle respite of summer camps, lake cabins, and farmers markets.
Of course, not all Midwesterners fit that bill, epitomized best in the 1920s and 30s by the likes of Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson. Their refuges of choice? When the “heat was on,” writes the NYT, “bad guys on the lam” headed for Wisconsin’s north woods.
Some of their spots of choice have stuck around, and Wisconsin travelers can make like a mobster and disappear down the state’s back roads for a few days. The NYT details three resorts and lodges with gangster history.
Got a liver of steel? Or, shall we say...iron? Hope so 'cause the Iron Horse Hotel just opened up their new outdoor lounge and it looks like a place we'll be hittin' up the red hot second the next time we find ourselves in the Midwest. And you'd better hurry up and chug your drinks, because Milwaukee is only warm for, like, three months.
The new outdoor lounge, The Yard, is open for the season from 4:00 to 11:00 every day. It has a totally full bar outside and is located on the sunny west side of the property, with views out onto the Menomonee River and downtown. The decor is a must-see before you get too tipsy to enjoy it, too:
Table bases and floral planters are made from vintage factory carts, shade sails are held up by old Milwaukee telephone poles and the bar and tabletops are constructed from reclaimed original fire doors.
Brett Favre...are you in or are you out? Active or retired? Healthy or injured? QB for the Minnesota Vikings or not? Whatever it is, please make up your mind soon. That's because your whole family has a huge block of rooms reserved at the Best Western Midway Motor Lodge near Lambeau Field in Wisconsin reserved for November 1 when the Vikings play your old team, The Greenbay Packers.
Favre is expected to sign with the Vikings soon, unless a recent surgery on his arm has some undesirable consequences. But even if it does and Brett decides to choose retirement once and for all, the Midway Motor Lodge has a fairly flex cancellation policy.
The group isn’t required to guarantee payment for the rooms until 45 days before the check-in date, so it can cancel the reservations in the next two months without financial penalty. [Hotel Manager Doug] Warpinski said Favre’s family and friends routinely stayed at the hotel for home games in Favre’s final five years with the Packers.
If Favre does end up playing for the Vikings and will be QB for the Green Bay game, then at least you know where he might be headed once the game is over. PS. The hotel also has an indoor pool.
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What causes a fully-grown (possibly even more than fully grown, *ahem*), athletic man (who has no problem with objects coming at him at 85 miles per hour) to sleep with a baseball bat beside him while he stays in an opulent, luxurious old hotel? Ghosties, of course.
Apparently, a bunch of ballplayers are going around claiming that the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee where many, many pro baseball and basketball teams stay when they're in town to play the Milwaukee teams is totes haunted.
Fresh off their celebration of Barbie's 50th birthday, The Iron Horse Hotel has gone from "Think Pink" to "Kiss Me, I'm Irish." The hotel's Branded bar is hosting a St. Patrick's Day party tomorrow featuring $3 Harps and Guinness beer, $6 "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" martinis and lots of Irish food like corned beef and cabbage and a mini-Guiness creme brulee.
Guests will also be searching for a pot of gold while at the hotel's party. Ok, not really gold but if you find the hidden shamrocks in your napkin you can win complimentary appetizers, free drinks, lottery tickets and even a one night's stay at the hotel.
At Branded bar, one lucky customer will peak inside their napkin to find a ‘pot of gold’—a lucky star which will nab them a free night’s stay in a Custom Deluxe guest room. Shamrocks will be hidden in napkins for a full day of fun prizes. From free Branded appetizers and drinks to lottery tickets, everyone is sure to better their chances of getting lucky this holiday.
The party is going on all day at the Iron Horse so if you're in Milwaukee, you can try your luck at this hotel. Room rates for tonight and tomorrow are currently at $179 a night for a custom deluxe king.