By Kristine Hansen  | Photo courtesy Grand Geneva

Capitalizing on the chilliest of the four seasons — with an eye on making things cozy in a Norman Rockwell sort of way — you can rent skates and glide along to your heart’s delight at The American Club’s third-annual Winter Wonderland experience, starting in November. A hot chocolate bar joins not only ice skating but also ice bowling, cross- country skiing and curling. At its sister property — Lodge Kohler, located in Green Bay across from Lambeau Field and in the Titletown District — is a rink, too. The Lodge also has a snow hill for tubing, providing an additional rush of adrenaline.

Lake Geneva boasts a bevy of wintry attractions or activities at several of its hotels, including a skating rink at The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort, typically opening in mid-December. You can also get your skate on at the Adventure Center at Geneva National Resort & Club, and then check out its Igloo Experience, opening around Nov. 1.

And in downtown Madison, The Edgewater’s Friday fish fry is the perfect place to refuel after skating a few laps on its rink (typically open December through late February/early March).


Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer who calls Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood home.

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