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Inn of the Month: Wisconson's Canoe Bay

Wisconsin may be known more for its cheese than for its honeymoon potential, but Canoe Bay is on a mission to change that. This 300-acre forest and lake resort accommodates only 16 couples-- no children allowed-- and is devoted to their pursuit of peace, quiet, and especially romance. Proprietors Dan and Lisa Dobrowolski have built two lodges, a spa, and several single-suite cabins, all of cedar, oak, and glass À la Wisconsin's own Frank Lloyd Wright. Couples arrive planning to swim and boat at the resort's spring-fed lake, but most hang up their needlepoint Do Not Disturb signs and are hardly seen again. That's because the natural world gets a run for its money from the rooms' attractions: bedside Jacuzzis, fieldstone fireplaces (gaslit), Prairie-style cantilevered furniture, and decks with lake views. Most guests finally make an appearance at dinner, where they sit on chairs carved by local Mennonites and are served a fabulous five-course tasting menu-- perhaps including Dijon-crusted halibut with a ragoût of wild mushrooms and asparagus. And that's the last they're seen: in the morning, a hot breakfast is quietly delivered to their door.

CANOE BAY, Hogback Rd; 715/924-4594; doubles from $210, including breakfast.

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