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Are you looking to go on a romantic getaway weekend with the special someone in your life?
When most of us think of romantic cities, we think of Paris or Rome. But, you don’t need to fly halfway across the world to have a romantic weekend. There are some great places in the US perfectly suited for romantic getaways, one of which is Wisconsin.
While Wisconsin is the capital of Green Bay Packers and cheese, it’s also got some hidden romantic spots. Where should you go?
Keep reading to learn about the top romantic vacation ideas.
1. Visit Door County
Door County is the perfect place for couples who want to combine their love of romance with their love of the outdoors. Sitting on Wisconsin’s eastern peninsula, Door County offers over 300 miles of shoreline, quaint eateries, historic lighthouses, and a beautiful backdrop for your weekend.
There are many outdoor activities to choose from, such as scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, and paddleboarding. You can spend a sunny afternoon picking cherries at one of the orchards in the area. If you’re looking for a romantic spot to wind down your evening, you can check out Sister Bay Bowl or Whistling Swan Inn.
While many people visit Door County during the summer, it’s also a great place to check out during the winter. During this time of year, it turns into a snowy playground where you can cross-country ski, go for a fat-tire bike ride, or go for a leisurely hike.
Door County also has many resorts and bed and breakfasts to choose from that are catered to the romantic weekenders. If you’re bringing the kids along, you can also look into large group cabin rentals.
2. Cruise Down a Scenic Byway
Wisconsin has some beautiful scenery, and one of the best ways to see it is by car. There are four main scenic byways that run through Wisconsin, all with bed-and-breakfasts along the way.
One of the best ones to check out is the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, which runs along Wisconsin’s western border. It’s a part of a multi-state byway that starts in Minnesota and ends in Louisiana. Along the way, you’ll pass through many scenic small towns and villages.
In the northern part of Wisconsin, you can check out the Lake Superior Scenic Byway, which follows the shoreline of the Bayfield Peninsula. The drive passes through quaint harbor towns, fruit orchards and farms, fishing villages, and sandy beaches. There’s also plenty of recreational opportunities in the area, from hiking to biking to snowmobiling.
You can also check out the Lower Wisconsin River Road, which runs along Highway 60. Lastly, there’s the Door County Coastal Byway, which features several lighthouses, three state parks, and ten county parks.
3. Head to Madison, Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s state capital offers plenty of tourist attractions for couples to enjoy. Not only is the city easy to walk, but there are also plenty of bike rentals available on all of the main streets.
One excellent place to check out is The Edgewater, which is a day spa that offers couple’s massages, facials, and other treatments to help you unwind. We also suggest checking out the Statehouse for a romantic dinner.
If you want to spend some time outdoors, Madison also offers a number of great hiking trails. Here are some of the best hiking trails to check out in and around Madison:
- Lake Monona Loop Trail
- UW Madison Arboretum Trail
- Capital City State Trail
- Tumbled Rocks Trail
- Blue Mound State Park Trails
- Badger State Trail
- UW Madison Lakeshore Path
- Pheasant Branch Conservancy
- Sugar River State Trail
- Ice Age Trail
- Military Ridge State Trail
- Glacial Drumlin State Trail
- Lower Yahara River Trail
In addition to hiking, there are many fun lakefront activities to do in Madison, such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. We recommend checking out any of the five connected lakes in the Yahara Lakes Chain for waterfront activities.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Tour is also a great option for anyone who loves architecture. For those looking for a romantic dinner setting, Madison also offers many farm-to-table restaurants.
4. Explore Cedarburg
If you’re looking to get away from the big city crowds and spend your weekend in small-town Wisconsin, Cedarburg is the place to go.
The quaint town offers brick buildings dating back all the way to the 1800s with scenic backdrops. You can spend the day strolling down Washington Avenue browsing historic inns, antique shops, and art galleries.
To commemorate the weekend, you can stop for a scenic photo on the Last Covered Bridge or at the Cedarburg Grist Mill. We suggest checking out Amy’s Gourmet Apples or PJ Piper Pancake House for a sweet treat.
After a long day of exploring, you can settle in together at the Stagecoach Inn Bed and Breakfast. This small town is only 20 minutes away from Milwaukee, so you can do a day trip if you’re looking for some fun in the big city.
5. Bayfield and Apostle Islands
Bayfield and Apostle Islands offer a stunning backdrop for your romantic getaway. The harbor town offers plenty of boutique shops, apple orchards, golf courses, and maritime museums.
The Apostle Islands consist of 21 coastal islands with jaw-dropping scenery and outdoor activities. On the islands, you can photograph the ice caves, explore the lighthouses, or go for a leisurely hike.
Are You Ready to Take a Wisconsin Vacation?
As you can see, there are a lot of great things to do on a Wisconsin vacation . Now, it’s time to start planning your romantic getaway.
Of course, Wisconsin isn’t the only great romantic destination in the US. Check back in with us to learn about more romantic vacation spots.