Madison + The Central Plains

Madison + The Central Plains Travel Guide

Cigar and whiskey connoisseurs' hangout.

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.