November 2009

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Earlier this month, AAA announced their 2010 Four & Five Diamond Award winning lodging properties.  AAA’s Diamond Ratings “represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities, and level of services offered by the property. The descriptive ratings are assigned exclusively to properties that meet and uphold AAA’s rigorous quality standards.” Only 3.4% of the nearly 60,000 hotels rated reach Four Diamond status and only .27% achieve Five Diamonds.

WIA is proud to announce that the following member properties were all award winners:

Four Diamonds:
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake – 12 consecutive years
Located on the shores of Elkhart Lake, The Osthoff Resort features 500 ft. of lakefront and offers spacious suites, Aspira Spa, a cooking school, two lakeside restaurants, a lounge, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, fitness centers and a game room. Year-round recreation is available and many championship golf courses are located nearby.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva – 12 consecutive years
No matter what season, you’ll be inspired by the beauty of Grand Geneva’s exquisite surroundings. Located one hour from Milwaukee and Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Grand Geneva is tucked away on 1,300 scenic acres. The resort features 355 newly renovated guest rooms including 51 suites and endless activities including golfing, skiing/snowboarding, horseback riding and hiking. The resort also offers more than 62,000 square feet of meeting space, three distinctive restaurants, newly redesigned WELL Spa + Salon and an FAA approved airport right on site. Grand Geneva has everything to help you unwind, relax or just get away! Travel Green Wisconsin-certified.

The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee – 1st year
Located in downtown Milwaukee, The Iron Horse Hotel is the industry’s first modern boutique hotel geared towards business and leisure travelers along with a growing segment of motorcycle enthusiasts. We feature 100 oversized loft-style guest rooms, restaurant Smyth (opening Spring 2009), fitness center and Branded, our lobby bar.

The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee – 34 consecutive years
The Pfister is known as the “Jewel of Milwaukee,” an elegant Victorian masterpiece enhanced by an ornate three-story lobby and a grand marble staircase. Spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan in Blu, the 23rd floor gem in the sky. Mason Street Grill and WELL Spa make this Milwaukee’s urban destination resort.

Five Diamonds:
The American Club at Destination Kohler, Kohler – 25 consecutive years
Located in the quaint Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, Destination Kohler is home to championship golf courses at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, the Mobil Four Star Kohler Waters Spa, nine restaurants of The Kitchens of Kohler, twenty-five unique stores at The Shops at Woodlake, River Wildlife, Sports Core health and racquet facility and additional resort properties. The Village of Kohler is located 55-miles north of Milwaukee and two-and-a-half hours north of Chicago.

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Up next in our series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers, we head to the Northwoods to The Waters of Minocqua.TheWatersOfMinocqua
No matter what the weather outside, you’ll find 13,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor waterpark fun for the entire family at The Waters of Minocqua!

Two 3-story-high, completely enclosed body slides carry you to a refreshing plunge pool. Or, have fun in the indoor/outdoor activity pool and relax in the indoor/outdoor hot tub.KiddieArea For the younger children, check out the kiddie area  with a slide of it’s own and shallow depth water.

A snack bar onsite offers pizza, nachos, soda and a few alcoholic drinks for the adults. For dry fun, don’t miss the huge arcade just off the waterpark – great fun for “kids” of all ages!

On the Calendar this Winter:

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to learn more about The Waters of Minocqua as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.

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Congratulations to Andrew F. from North Freedom, WI!  Andrew is the winner of the November WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace in Madison.Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

If you’re interested in being entered to win a different free night each month, simply sign up for the WisconsINN Getaways monthly e-newsletter. Every month, you’ll receive an email with up to 10 special deals or packages for amazing places to stay in Wisconsin & each month you’ll be entered for another chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:
* Brookfield Suites Hotel (Brookfield)

Click over to the WisconsINN Getaways newsletter to sign up today and again, Congratulations to Andrew!

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