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7th Wedding Anniversary at Ishnala Supper Club

Last year, we decided to stick close to home for our regular summer trip. Instead of traveling west, we made a “tour du Wisconsin” in the camper.

Our itinerary for our 2015 summer vacation included stays at:

We set off on June 6, our 7th wedding anniversary. First stop — Devil’s Lake State Park for the sole purpose of having our anniversary dinner at the Ishnala Supper Club in the Wisconsin Dells.

Walkway to the front entrance of Ishnala Supper Club

Do you know what a supper club is? If you’re not from Wisconsin or haven’t spent substantial time in the state, you probably don’t. A restaurant concept not restricted to Wisconsin — but embraced here more than other places — supper clubs are hard to describe. You just have to experience one for yourself, or read about them here:

We have been dying to visit Ishnala for years, and a last-minute campsite opening at Devil’s Lake on our anniversary provided the perfect opportunity.

Ishnala is nestled on Mirror Lake, adjacent to Mirror Lake State Park. The setting makes the experience. Jason and I have eaten at many supper clubs, and nothing beats the setting of Ishnala.

The bar at Ishnala is classic. First, it juts out from the main restaurant and provides an incredible view of Mirror Lake — which just as the name implies, is like glass most days.

Ishnala Supper Club Arrowhead Bar

After a couple of Old Fashioneds at the bar — the drink of choice at Wisconsin supper clubs — we were taken to our table. As we were walking through the restaurant, it slowly became apparent that we were being seated at the table at Ishnala! The table featured on the cover of Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience. A table for two looking out over the lake! It’s perfect!

Ishnala Supper Club table featured in the book, "Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience"

For dinner, we started with cheese curds — we need to “test” them at every supper club we visit. They were good cheese curds — not the best we’ve ever had, but we still polished them off. I had the Beef Tenderloin Medallions, which were excellent. Jason did the Prime Rib. Again, not the best prime rib he’s ever had, but still very good.

Overall, we love our first Ishnala experience. The food was not as good as it is at our local Buckhorn Supper Club, but the location and atmosphere trump any supper club we’ve visited (so far … ).

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Overnight Getaway to The Osthoff Resort

I used to be such a good gift buyer. Or at least I was as a young adult buying gifts for my parents. I knew my parents so well, their likes and dislikes. Buying the perfect gift was easy.

Then I got married.

Jason has been notoriously difficult to buy for. Part of the difficulty — and this applies to me as well — is that if Jason wants something, he just goes and buys it. This past Christmas, I was drawing a complete blank. Then, I remembered this …

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

With that in mind, I decided to give Jason the gift of travel and time with an overnight getaway to The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

For those not familiar with it, The Osthoff Resort is a AAA Four Diamond resort located just northwest of the Sheboygan/Kohler area. Accommodations include one-, two-, and three-bedrooms suites as well as basic guest rooms (which is what we stayed in on this trip). There are several dining options, the Aspira Spa, and lots of recreational activities, especially in the summer months.

We headed up on a Friday afternoon in early February. The drive from home was a little over two hours — just far enough to feel like we were away. We got checked in, relaxed in the room for a bit, explored the resort, and then made our way to dinner at the Elkhart Inn, just off the resort property.

Elkhart Inn restaurant in Elkhart Lake, WI

When we arrived, we were the only guests there. A smidge awkward. But with no crowd to contend with, we parked ourselves at the bar for a pre-dinner drink. I enjoyed my new obsession, a Moscow Mule!

Moscow Mule at the Elkhart Inn

For dinner, I had the Scallops in a Lemon Butter Beurre Blanc with Asparagus Risotto. Jason had a steak. Both entrées were delicious! Honestly, the only thing we didn’t love about our experience at the Elkhart Inn was the lack of people in the restaurant. Thankfully, two more tables filled in while we dined. Otherwise, it would have been kind of creepy.

After dinner, we headed back to the resort’s Elk Room lounge where we scored a seat right in front of the great fireplace. With another Moscow Mule in hand, it was quite perfect!

Elk Room fireplace at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WISaturday morning, we woke up and had breakfast at Otto’s Restaurant in the resort. Then we hit the road home. It was a super short and very simple trip, but it was perfect. Just Jason and I spending quality time together. Maybe it’s simply time that makes us richer …

Laura and Jason at the Elkhart Inn during an overnight trip to The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI

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10 Things I Love About Wisconsin Badgers Football Game Days

College football is back! Jason and I are going into our second year as Wisconsin Badgers football season ticket holders. We’ll be enjoying a lot of quality time at Camp Randall over the next three months.

Sitting at the home opener this past Saturday, I got to thinking about all the things I love about Badgers football game days. Here are 10 of my favorite things about Badgers football game days!

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