100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.


Romantic Places in Wisconsin

Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, Northern WIsconsin

Wisconsin’s northernmost peninsula carves into Lake Superior and the scenic archipelago known as the Apostle Islands. The national lakeshore includes 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland Lake Superior shoreline and pristine sandy beaches.

Old Rittenhouse Inn

301 Bayfield Ave., Rittenhouse, WI

A Queen Anne mansion with a wrap-around porch. Bayfield is located on Lake Superior at the gateway to the Apostle Islands.

T: +1 715 779 5111. 20 rooms. $100-

Door County, Lake Michigan, Northern Michigan

The “Cap Cod of the Midwest”, an 84 mile county that juts into Lake Michigan; tiny waterfront villages and turn-of-the-century lodges dot the landscape.

White Gull Inn

4225 Main St., Fish Creek, WI

1896 romantic hotel furnished with antiques.

T: +1 920 868 3517. 17 rooms and cottages. US$ 107-

Blacksmith Inn on the Shore

8152 Hwy. 57 Baileys Harbor, WI

Renovated 1912 half-timber house with working blacksmith shop next-door. Lake-view rooms decorated with blacksmith tools.

T: +1 920 839-9222. 15 rooms. US$ 155-

Chanticleer Guest House

4072 Chery Rd., Sturgeon Bay, WI

Suites converted from a farmhouse and barn, located on 70 acres of sheep grazing farmland.

T: +1 920 746 0334. 10 rooms plus cabins. US$ 120-

Lake Wahdoon

A private 50 acre lake located near Chetek, two hours east of Minneapolis.

Canoe Bay

Lake Wahdoon, WI

This posh, secluded Relais & Chateau resort is the only property on Lake Wahdoon

T: + 1 715 924 4594. US$ 325-

Red Cedar Lake

Private 27-acre island called “Island of Happy Days” by its turn-of-the-century owner, wealthy lumber heir Frank Demming Stout. The remote wooded island setting is located in northwest Wisconsin, a 2.5 hours drive from the Twin Cities, and is accessible by ferry.

Stout's Island Lodge

Red Cedar Lake, WI

Once the summer estate of Chicagoan Frank Demming Stout, the Adirondack-style lodge has scenic views and handsome, rustic guest rooms furnished with antiques and reproductions.

T: 715 354-3646. 42 rooms and cabins. US$ 179-

Wandawega Lake Resort

Elkhorn, WI

The 1950’s style summer camp resort brags that its bathrooms haven’t been updated in 86 years. It served for decades as a retreat for Latvian priests until two creative directors at the Ogilvy ad agency in Chicago bought it in 2004. It’ has a carefully cultivated sepia-tone rustic country chic vibe. Located two hours from Chicago near Geneva Lake

Geneva Lake

A 21 mile trail circles this lake. The “Hamptons of the Midwest,” Lake Geneva is a beautiful lakeside city filled with summer mansions once owned by heirs to the Montgomery Ward and Wrigleys fortunes.

Geneva Inn

N2009 State Road 120, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

English country style romantic hotel, some rooms overlooking the lake.

T: +1 414 248 5680. 37 rooms. US$ 150-

Wisconsin Driftless Region

The Driftless Wisconsin Area is characterized by its beautifully sculpted topography – deep carved river valleys – derived from having escaped the last Glacial period. Forested hillsides reach down to valleys cut into limestone bedrock by cold-water trout streams. Land is farmed by the descendants of those who first settled here, by the Amish who adopted the area, and by a new breed of organic farmer.

Justin Trails Resort

7452 Kathryn Ave. Sparta, WI

Named a top-ten Wisconsin Eco-Luxury resort, this 200 acre farm-stay includes 50 acres of organic farm. Located northwest of Madison, near Sparta.

T: +1 (608) 269-4522. Inn and Cabins.


Set on a peninsula between two glacial lakes, Madison is a progressive university town featuring a sophisticated cultural environment including Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, theater and arts festivals, museums, brew pubs, wine bars and a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene.

Mansion Hill Inn

424 N. Pinckney St.,Madison, WI

An ornate, lavishly furnished German Romanesque Revival building built in 1857. Located on “Mansion Hill” in the historic district, it was one of four opulent mansions built here during that era.

T: +1 608 255-0172. 10 room b&b. US$ 200

Washington House Inn

W62 N573 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, WI

Old-world style hotel found in the charming historic district of Cedarburg. Cedarburg is located 35 miles north of Milwaukee and is near Lake Michigan.

T: +1 262 375-3550.