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Canoe Bay's luxury doesn't come cheaply. The rooms are about $325 to $510 per night, and cottages are about $375 to $825. We recommend the deluxe rooms off the library at $375 per night. These feature private decks, a full view of the lake and hundreds of carefully chosen books right outside your door. Dinners cost $65 per person, more if you book the table in the wine cellar.
Six months out
Canoe Bay is an especially nice retreat in winter. The hiking paths become snowshoe trails, and people like us make snow angels on the lake. The gas fireplace will keep your room cozy and the whirlpool tub in your room will help you warm up again.
Canoe Bay is in northwestern Wisconsin, off Hwy. 53, just outside the town of Chetek. The resort is purposely hard to find (only guests, not onlookers, are welcome), so print the directions they send you and follow them exactly.
Along the way
We're collectors, so we stop in Chetek and just about every other little town along the way for antique browsing. We also recommend a stop in Chippewa Falls to tour the Leinenkugel Brewery. Reservations are a must (1-888-534-6437).
For more information or reservations, call 1-715-924-4594 or visit www.canoebay.com.
Karen Cooper and Bruce Schneier live in Minneapolis.