If you are interested in finding a quiet escape before or after the holidays, I would recommend trying the America Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. I was there a couple of years ago for a cozy weekend to celebrate an Anniversary as well as escape all the hub bub at home with kids and everything. Yes, I am recommending this during the winter and yes, the famous golf courses will not be open. However, there are many inviting opportunities for fun and relaxation to consider in and around Kohler. If a round of golf is a must, then wait until the summer. And be sure to make a notation that the famous Ryder Cup will be played at Whistling Straights from September 21-26, 2021 (rescheduled due to the cancelation of the 2020 event). Any time of year, Kohler is bound to make a Lasting Impression!
Treat yourself to the Kohler Waters Spa. Wonderful! Truly a memorable experience. The spa itself was beautiful, every corner relaxing, inviting, and warm. I enjoyed the Healing Waters Treatment, which was a really neat twist on a water massage. Any one of their treatments would leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
While visiting, I learned there is a Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in Saint Andrews, Scotland – the first Kohler spa experience outside the United States. I will have to keep this in mind!
The Immigrant Restaurant was one of the nicest meals I have enjoyed in a long time. The atmosphere, the wine and the service was outstanding. They offer a 5 or 7 course tasting menu, a vegetarian or vegan option, with or without wine pairings – which was a perfect way to enjoy many small dishes. If you are into wines, you will love the Immigrant’s list. The wine program follows a simple rule: “all wines on this list have received a minimum of 88 points from The Wine Spectator or Robert M. Parker’s Wine Advocate.” The Wisconsin cheese selection, presented in its own multi-page menu, is also a treat. You can assemble your own tasting with as much cheese as you’d care to eat. I chose Benedictine and Morbay (both from Carr Valley Cheese Company), President Brie, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, and Glacier Blue. Each different, each delicious – especially the Benedictine and the brie
The Blackwolf Run Restaurant was equally delicious. And we were able to enjoy the snowy views of the famous golf course. I tried the Chipotle Honey Glazed Smoked Pork Chop which was served with asparagus, caramelized apples and some creamy mashed potatoes. There is also the option of Pan Seared Elk Loin. Then we shared a Vanilla Crème Brulee Brownie Sundae!
Kohler Design Center and Museum
If you have the opportunity, plan to visit and tour the Kohler Design Center and Museum. The main floor showcases the products of the companies that comprise the Kohler family of businesses. It features Kohler’s own “great wall of china,” a floor-to-ceiling display of plumbing fixtures in all shapes, sizes and colors including toilets! The lower level features the Kohler Company Museum. Did you know Kohler was the first company to invent the modern day bath tub? You will see this enameled trough, which was sold to a Wisconsin farmer for a cow and 14 chickens. More fun information and history is revealed in the short Kohler film. You are then able to admire many displays from the company’s establishment in 1873. I was impressed with the fact that Kohler gave many skilled immigrants a place to live, work and educated them on how to become citizens of the United States.
Kohler’s claim to fame has been staying on top of innovation in the world of bath. Enjoy viewing all the bath design cubbies. You will feel like you have walked into a HGTV studio! Also in the lower level is an arts gallery developed by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and a section dedicated to golf, complete with a beautiful ceramic sink mounted on clubs, featuring a painting of the Old Course at St. Andrews! If time allows, head to the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. This is where you want to visit some beautifully designed restrooms!