Travel Wisconsin: Romantic Getaways

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Today might be Valentine’s Day, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate romance all month (and winter) long with these events and activities in Wisconsin. 


Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoes are growing in popularity because it’s a physical activity that doesn’t require a technical skill. Plus, it’s a very romantic setting. 

- The parks light the trails with luminaries or torches and depending on the trail conditions you can hike, snowshoe or ski.  There are usually bonfires, hot chocolate and snacks at the end. 

- Wisconsin’s state park system offers dozens of candlelight ski, hike and snowshoeing events every winter. This weekend: 
  - Wyalusing State Park is hosting a candlelight hike and astronomy viewing. Participants can hike through the park’s snow-covered prairies and woods, and then enjoy in a guided stargaze with telescopes provided by a local astronomy club.  
  - At Governor Thompson State Park, the park and trails will be lit by candle luminaries and accented with ice sculptures. Skiers can take a one-mile loop through the woods, and hikers and snowshoers can enjoy a one-mile hike that passes by scenic views over Woods Lake. 

Downtown Kenosha Restaurant Week starts on Feb. 17 and runs through Feb. 25. 

- Participating Downtown Kenosha restaurants will offer special, fixed price menus for Breakfast ($10), Lunch ($10) and Dinner ($20 & $30) during the nine-day event. 
  - Kenosha Restaurant Week highlights a variety of restaurants, from fine dining to craft breweries, or even classics like Franks Diner.

- Local specialty food shops, such as Myrtle Mae’s Super Emporium and Robin’s Nest Cakery, will also offer specials on their products during Restaurant Week as a part of the “Sweets & Treats” menu. 

- Area hotels are offering special rates during Restaurant Week, so visitors can turn their dining experience into a full weekend getaway. 

Plan a romantic Valentine’s weekend getaway to Madison. 

- Madison Hotel Week runs through Feb 19, so you can book a hotel room downtown at rates of $75, $100 and $125 depending on the property. There are also special deals at nearby restaurants. 

- Some of the city’s boutique hotels are participating, like the popular HotelRed (for just $100 per night). 
  - It was the Madison’s first boutique hotel and is located right across the street from Camp Randall Stadium. It’s also within walking distance from Monroe Street, which has over one mile of locally-owned specialty shops and businesses. 
  - The Wise is the on-site restaurant and bar serving “Madison-centric” food, with inventive takes on local ingredients. HotelRED is also pet-friendly, so you can bring the furry family members along your Madison adventure.

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