Madison + The Central Plains

Madison + The Central Plains Travel Guide

The cycling-themed property showcases antique and contemporary biking décor and rooms named after five-time winners of the Tour de France. (The Lance Armstrong room has the only king-size poster bed.)

This sanctuary amid 26 forest acres has a pretreatment ritual so soothing you may forget there’s more to come: start by scrubbing yourself down with Precambrian sandstone under a rainfall shower, then enter the fragrant steam and dip into the plunge pool.

Norwegian-inspired speakeasy

The garden features beautiful rose perennial, woodland, and herb gardens and promotes sustainable gardening practices and classes.

Travel by land and water on an amphibious vehicle; take trips through the Red Bird Gorge, over a sandbar, or into the river.

Scale back a little at the 76,000-square-foot Great Wolf Lodge, where the “Fort Mackenzie” attraction is a don’t-miss, thanks to 12 levels of treehouse outfitted with suspension bridges and water games.

In warm weather, the museum’s roof is the setting for concerts and films.

Do like the UW Badgers and hang out at this Italianate-style palace, with a terrace that has prime lake views.

The entire fleet runs on propane.