KOHLER, Wis. -- The famous Kohler Resort draws visitors from everywhere to enjoy its legendary spa and world-class golf, and it's just an hour’s drive north of Milwaukee.
One of the Midwest's most alluring destinations has humble beginnings, forged by immigrant muscle in 1883 at the very beginning, manufacturing farm implements that led to bathroom and kitchen fixtures and beyond.
“Mr. Kohler had a vision that a hotel, located in the village across from the factory, would help his workers understand luxury,” said Christine Loose, Kohler Resort.
Walter Kohler, overruling advisors who feared it wouldn’t work, took Wisconsin’s Kohler company in a new direction, decades ago, converting an old dorm for workers into a landmark hotel not far from the banks of the winding Sheboygan River.
Today, the 5-star, 5-diamond “American Club” welcomes weary guests looking to reboot and revitalize, soaking in the resort’s gracious hospitality and majestic accommodations.
You can catch an online special or stay at Kohler’s more economical Inn on Woodlake, where you rejuvenate at the nearby Yoga on the Lake studio and reward yourself afterwards at the Craverie Chocolatier Café.
At the renowned Kohler Waters Spa, visitors come from everywhere to awaken the senses with hydrotherapy rooms and Kohler’s unique Vichy shower.
“Imagine yourself lying on a table and getting showered by a Vichy shower and the therapists hands never have to leave your body. It’s a truly amazing experience,” said Garrett Mersberger, Kohler Water Spa.
While mom’s at the spa, dad and the kids can shoot archery at a nearby Kohler Nature Preserve. Outdoor adventures are part of the fun at River Wildlife, a forested 500-acre habitat with hunting and excellent fly-fishing. All this activity works up quite an appetite, and there’s fine dining everywhere in the Kohler Resort. Burgers, fries and the ridiculously delicious corn sausage chowder are the perfect veranda foods as you look out to another Kohler attraction: Golf.
Nestled on the sand dunes of Lake Michigan is one of the world's great golf courses, Kohler's Whistling Straits. Designed by Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye, the PGA tournament makes its’ third visit in 2015 with the Super Bowl of golf, the Ryder Cup, set for 2020.
Kohler Resort guests can test their skills on this links-style golf course, along with the adjacent Irish course, reminiscent of the ancient courses of the British Isles where golf was born.