A Relaxing Getaway in Elkhart Lake

By Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus

Aspira Spa, located in the The Osthoff Resort, is an Elkhart Lake treasure. Nestled among cedar trees and surrounded by the spring-fed waters of the lake, it’s a true respite where visitors can ground, connect and nourish themselves. The 22,000-square-foot spa has 22 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, sauna, meditation sanctuary and spa café. Book a massage, facial or body treatment, then head to the spa café for a grain bowl or berry parfait. One of the newest offerings at Aspira Spa is a salt therapy room. Salt rooms are famous for their ability to help combat respiratory issues, inflammation and various skin conditions, plus reduce stress and improve sleep quality. The peaceful room, filled with rock salt, features plush lounge chairs so you can comfortably nap, read or rest while your body absorbs the room’s mineral-rich air.

If you’d like to experience Aspira Spa, you don’t have to stay at The Osthoff or book a treatment. Visitors can purchase a day pass which affords all-day access to the indoor/outdoor whirlpools, sauna and meditation sanctuary. (While day passes are generally available, it’s recommended to call ahead for availability.)


Now that spring is here, grab your gal pals and head to Elkhart Lake for a rejuvenating getaway. The quaint, walkable village sits on the shores of picturesque Elkhart Lake and offers a little bit of everything.

If shopping is your passion, check out the boutiques. Gina’s Fine Gifts & Framing carries an intriguing variety of quality items, from Kühl clothing and studded glass decanters to natural cherry cribbage boards. Nordic Accents sells imported Scandinavian goods, while the new Intuitive Balance has ethically sourced crystals and offers guided meditation. Two Fish Gallery is known for its fine arts and crafts and fair trade pieces.

When it’s time to dine, Lake Street Café offers both wood-fired pizzas and finer fare. Enjoy either with a glass of wine selected from the café’s wine list, which is Wisconsin’s third-largest. At the neighboring Paddock Club, the menu changes with the seasons, but the pasta is always a solid choice.

Save time during your getaway for wine and beer sampling. SwitchGear Brewing Co. has more than a dozen beers on tap and offers flights and tastings. Vintage Elkhart Lake sells vino samples via a Wine-o-Matic machine, which allows you to purchase everything from a small sip to a full glass. Enjoy your selections in the shop’s lounge. The store also sells specialty foods, craft beer and spirits.

Plan your visit at elkhartlake.com

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