Be a Gentleman for your Gentleman


By Editors

Pack your partner but skip the passport with these homegrown American gems—both polished and a bit more relaxed for men in the know.

Photo: Courtesy Canoe Bay Lodge

A state whose inhabitants are proudly known as cheese-heads doesn’t exactly scream “Cupid,” but there’s romance yet in Wisconsin. Canoe Bay Lodge, a luxury resort (Relais & Châteaux’s only Midwest property) nestled on a 280-acre country estate riven with crystal lakes, is like an Abercrombie ad come to life. If you’re looking for idealized Americana, you’ll find it here among the 18 Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired cottages, all with private decks, terraces, and fireplaces. And you’ll find it canoeing onto the mist-covered lake, reading Edna Ferber (from nearby Appleton) with a picnic basket full of Prosecco and cheese sandwiches, of course.

W16065 Hogback Rd., Chetek; 715-924-4594;; from $250/per room (or from $440 for cottages)