Green Lake: Heidel House Resort SpaJan 12, 2015 06:53AM ● By Julie Henning
Most recently, I found myself in Green Lake—a quaint town nestled up along the northern shores of Green Lake, Wisconsin's deepest spring fed lake (a seven by two mile body of water that measures 7, 346 acres and 236 feet at its maximum depth).
With a four-way stop and one traffic light, Green Lake was bustling even on a brisk Saturday morning in early January. While residents and tourists come to the region to make summer memories, there's nothing like the nostalgia of fresh fallen snow on a sunny day.
In need of some downtime after the chaos of the holidays and a two-week stent with kids, I convinced one of my girlfriends to join me in a weekend getaway at the Heidel House Resort and Spa located on the edge of town.
We started our day at the Evensong Spa, the resort's full-service spa that is centered around re-energizing the mind, body, and spirit. Our visit coincided with January Wellness Month, a month scheduled with healthy living activities and events "from the inside out." From wellness seminars, fitness classes, and even a visit from Marshfield Clinic's Mobile Health Screening Unit for mammograms, January Wellness Month is intended to get visitors started on the road to our best selves (also note, the $50 midweek service specials).
Between spa services and a good long soak in the waterfall whirlpool, we learned some tips for balancing life and play and then participated in a hula hoop fitness class (this was really fun). Evensong Spa uses FarmhouseFresh products and I thoroughly relaxed during my Red Velvet Body Treatment even though I had a serious chocolate craving for the remainder of the afternoon.
Up next on the agenda was checking into a Deluxe Lakeview Room at the Heidel House Resort. True to its name, the room featured two comfortable queen beds and a sitting area overlooking a balcony view of a frozen lake. In the same building as the indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, and exercise room, we enjoyed both the amenities and dining at the Boathouse Pub (Tip: find the lower-level tunnel between buildings if you want to avoid the short outside walk between buildings.)
After a comfortable night's rest, we found a sizable breakfast buffet and delicious coffee in the Sunroom restaurant just off the main lobby. Venturing outside for a few quick photos, we came upon a small ice skating rink (check with the front desk for complimentary skate borrowing). And, while the views were breathtaking (figuratively and literally), it's easy to see why so many people come back in the summer months to sit on the outdoor patio and look for a few sailboats skimming the lake.
A special thanks to the Heidel House Resort & Spa for sponsoring this weekend getaway. All opinions are my own and I would never recommend a venue I would not feel comfortable taking my own family to.