True confession, I reside with my family in the wonderful state of Wisconsin. With terrific schools, communities, food and an exceptional quality of life, the Madison area is the perfect place to call home.
Being close to Chicago, and O’Hare, allows me to jet set to any amazing destination around the world. The Windy City is a quick drive away, and I can fly to New York in just a few short hours. Easy access to the good things in life.
As I travel the world for a living, it felt odd that I hadn’t reviewed more destinations in my own backyard. As the Badger state offers exceptional parks, restaurants and resorts, I decided to place an emphasis on local experiences. First on the agenda was Old World Wisconsin. A family-favorite, but certainly not a luxury destination.
The second “must-do” travel destination, which truly offers luxe experiences, is the American Club Resort in Kohler. As Wisconsin’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA 5-diamond hotel, this luxury spa and resort exceeds expectations with its modern conveniences, superb services and premium amenities.
A tiny hamlet located minutes from the city of Sheboygan and the Lake Michigan coast, the Village of Kohler and their hospitality destinations are best described by two words: remarkable and memorable.
For a remarkable escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, step back in time to a different era. Kohler and the American Club offers historic appeal, uncompromising service and gracious hospitality which guests will never forget. With its Tudor architecture, soaring roof peaks and slate tile, the resort exudes Old World charm. Acclaimed interior designer Frank Nicholson designed the interior, and all 240 rooms have Kohler fixtures in the bathroom. The hotel is also filled with traditional American heritage Baker and McGuire furnishings.
The memorable experiences are plentiful, from the in-house Wisconsin Room restaurant known for its tasty brunch to the Kohler Waters Spa for its wide array of treatments and services. If you prefer to be active, there’s also a sports facility that features pools, tennis courts, golf courses and more.
Getting around Kohler is a snap. Shuttles are available on demand to transport guests to the sports clubs, restaurants, shops or spa.
Surprisingly, this timeless getaway is relatively new to the hospitality industry. The American Club property was once a dormitory, complete with a pub, bowling alley and barbershop, for immigrant employees working at the Kohler factory.
Kohler CEO Herbert Kohler Jr. had a vision to transform the namesake village into one of the Midwest’s most luxurious vacation destinations. In 1981, after a detailed restoration and renovation, the American Club remerged as a full-service resort and spa.
Soon after followed the renowned golf courses of Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, eleven dining outlets, The Shops at Woodlake, River Wildlife, Sports Core and other resort properties.
Regarding Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, golfers praise the championship courses, saying their beauty rivals the rugged courses of Scotland.
Escape to Wisconsin for sublime dining, shopping, golf and relaxation. The American Club Resort, a Pursuitist Platinum property, is a remarkable and memorable destination for a quick getaway from the ordinary. Watch our video tour below:
Departing in the Lexus GX 460.
Christopher Parr, is the Editor and Chief Content Creator for Pursuitist, and a contributing writer to USA Today, Business Insider — and the on-air host of Travel Tuesday on Live at 4 CBS. He is an award-winning luxury marketing veteran, writer, a frequent speaker at luxury and interactive marketing conferences and a pioneer in web publishing. Named a "Top 10 Luxury Travel Blogger” by USA Today, Parr has also been selected as the official winner in Luxury Lifestyle Awards’ 2023 list of the “Top 50 Best Luxury Influencers and Bloggers in the World.”