We had a good chuckle as we drove past Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High school last month and noted the name of its mighty mascot.
While perhaps not as menacing as some of the other teams in the WIAA’s eight-man football league, “the Resorters”, as it turns out, aptly represent a beautiful town whose main purpose is to rejuvenate its visitors.
The juxtaposition of serene Elkhart Lake and frenetic Road America makes sense when you contemplate it from your balcony at the Osthoff Resort, voted the No. 1 resort in the Midwest by Conde Nast readers.
We rose early on an unseasonably cold Saturday morning and walked through the town in search of breakfast. High tourist season in Elkhart Lake occurs in summer, when visitors rest their throbbing ear drums from Road America’s historic 4.048 mile, 14-turn speedway.
But we think the town looks especially beautiful lit by autumn’s golden glow. The pace that day seemed especially relaxed as we wandered into Off the Rail, a sweet café run by Kelly and Daniel Sadiq and enjoyed the cheerful chatter and baked from scratch fare.
Though most famously associated with its beloved football team, Wisconsin also boasts some of the best resorts in the country with Door County, Lake Geneva, the luxurious American Club, and Canoe Bay (one of the top romantic getaways in the county and a place I once visited with my mother, an awkward weekend I may cover in another post.)
We enjoy well-planned vacations as much as anyone, but sometimes the special places you stumble on make even better memories.