A "Magical Experience," that's what so many guests and reviewers say about Canoe Bay. Our family discovered this hidden gem over a century ago and our wish is to share this amazing place with you. Guests have discovered that the magic of Canoe Bay includes the delicious food, abundant wildlife, inherent romance, and most importantly, our wonderful and attentive staff.
As for things to do, the list is endless. Canoe Bay is specially designed for adult couples (no children allowed) so it’s perfect for honeymoons, birthdays and anniversaries. But just living in this day and age is challenging, so when you need a few days to escape the realities that crowd all our lives, we hope you'll think of Canoe Bay as your place, too.
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Canoe Bay ESCAPE Village Tiny Houses
Incredible privacy on a spring-fed lake with the great comforts you love about Canoe Bay. Use of Canoe Bay facilities is included, rates start at $295/night...just call us for reservations.
Rates start at $195 without access to Canoe Bay facilities
ESCAPE tiny houses
—A unique design that rates its very own website—
Canoe Bay ESCAPE Village Tiny Houses
Prairie & Lake Views: $440 / night
Delightful lake views: $480 / night
Aptly named! $480 / night
Privacy to the Nth degree: $550/night
Lakeside Signature Cottages
Loaded with features: $685/night
The stand-alone cottage with the closest lake views
Treetop Signature Cottages
Great views and architecture: $685/night
Rattenbury Signature Cottage
Atop a hill at the end of a private drive
Hilltop Signature Cottage
Everything, plus the kitchen sink: $725/night
Understated elegance and an idyllic setting: $999/night *
In a word: breathtaking.
FOOD & WINE
• Canoe Bay's® glass-enclosed lakeside dining room is the site of Chef's amazing 3-course Dinner ($170/couple), featuring the freshest ingredients available in a set menu that changes night to night. • Chef can accommodate straightforward food allergies* & preferences at Dinner, but please note: We require 24-hour advance notice of any food allergies, diet restrictions, or aversions. • Enjoy the Wine Spectator Award-winning list of fine wines plus artisanal beers that has been tailored to match the food. • Dining Room Dress Code—Sport Coat for gentlemen appropriate, but not required. In a word: be comfortable & respectful. • Please: NO SHORTS, athletic wear, faded or torn jeans, hoodies, tennis shoes, nor FLIP-FLOPS in the Dining Room.
Canoe Bay's DINNER Calendar:
WINE CELLAR DINNER offers privacy plus
For that extra-special and memorable experience, reserve The Wine Cellar Table ($280/couple) at The Inn one evening (based on availability). You two will enjoy not only an extraordinary privacy, but also a glass of champagne to begin the meal, an extra food course, and a serving of dessert wine at meal's end. It's a wine lover's paradise, and also super-popular, so try to book this table well in advance (via e-mail or phone).
We believe you should not be troubled in the morning so we always deliver breakfast. A continental breakfast (beverages, whole fruits, fresh-baked goods) is included with the nightly rate and additional hot items (like bacon & eggs, oatmeal, yogurt with granola) are available. Cool Twist: Our breakfast "boxes" are designed and built by a local Mennonite woodworker. Lunch—also delivered right to you—is available every day. The only meal served in the dining room is Dinner. You are here to relax so we don't want to trouble you....just enjoy!
The best part of the gardens? All Natural
WILD MUSHROOM RISOTTO
Grilled Leeks, Wisconsin Asiago Cheese, Herb Oil
PETERSON FARMS NEW YORK STRIP
Sweet Potato Puree, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Black Garlic Beef Jus
VALRHONA CHOCOLATE CREPE CAKE
Hazelnut Ganach, Chocolate Sorbet
DRAGSMITH FARMS CARROT SALAD
Marinated Quinoa, Crispy Kale Chips, Tarragon Aïoli
OVEN-ROASTED CHICKEN BREAST with POTATO GNOCCHI
Honey Glazed Parsnips, Whole Grain Mustard Chicken Jus
BANANA TARTE TATIN
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Mpls/St.Paul International Airport (MSP) is just a 2-hour drive (120 miles). For guests connecting in Chicago, United Airlines offers a thrice-daily non-stop from O’Hare to Chippewa Valley Airport (EAU), just an hour from us. Private planes should head to the Rice Lake Airport (RIE), 25 minutes away. www.ricelakeaircenter.com
Rental cars available at each airport. Canoe Bay does not offer ground transport.
Indulge yourself in the impressive hardcover book library at The Lodge, also home to a huge DVD collection. Some 30 cable TV stations are available, too. You can check email as needed (but please don't expect live-streaming in this remote setting).
There's a complete fitness room with treadmills, elliptical trainers, a multi-stack weight system and recumbent bike all located on the second floor of the Lodge. And every unit (except ESCAPE tiny houses) has a big Jacuzzi tub. Don't forget to book a MASSAGE—the therapist comes right to your cottage!
The astonishing views and charming wildlife are inescapable here, ...and suddenly you'll be delighted to discover that you've thoroughly decompressed from the commotion that crowds our everyday lives.
#1 guest comment: We never knew how much we needed to simply relax and unwind in peace.
In-Room Massage — SPECIAL OFFER!
Set up an in-room Relaxation Massage* with a licensed therapist who will come right to your Canoe Bay® accommodation! We recommend making arrangements in advance of your stay.
* Concurrent appointments (aka "Couples Massage"), when available, are only possible in Cottages and in the Heavenly Suite. (ESCAPE tiny houses cannot accommodate Couples Massage appointments in Winter.)
Snowshoe right on the property and we have snowshoes for you!
Snowshoeing is very popular at Canoe Bay. We have over 300 acres to explore plus the lakes. We have snowshoes you can use for free!
Find 20 miles of classic and diagonal stride cross-country ski trails in the Blue Hills, only 25 minutes away (http://www.bluehillstrail.com/). Bring your own xc ski equipment.
No-wait downhill skiing is enjoyed at Christie Mountain, also a 25 minute drive away (www.christiemountain.com/), with rental equipment available there.
General Manager /
Executive Meetings Coordinator
Celebrating 25+ Years
Stan & Mary with chubby little Dan
Over a century ago, Dan’s grandfather, Stan, was floating logs down the Danube River in eastern Europe when he heard that in America the fence posts were made of sausage! Not exactly 'the streets are paved with gold', but for a dirt-poor youth, the mere thought of sausage fence posts was enough to get him on a ship for America.
Not many years later, Stan and his wife Mary settled just a bit east of Canoe Bay. Their family grew to include 10 children and life on their small farm wasn't easy. The lake and wildlife of Canoe Bay were critical to the family’s survival, providing fish, berries, and game year-'round. While they did not own the Canoe Bay property, they loved and cared for it.
The seventh of Stan & Mary’s children was George—Dan’s father. (One of Dan’s earliest memories is fishing with his father and uncle on Canoe Bay's main lake, when, for the first and only time, he actually caught a turtle!) In the 1960’s, a church group acquired the property and developed a summer camp that they operated here for some 20 years before relocating the facility to southeast Wisconsin.
In 1991, George brought to his son's attention that this very special place was for sale, and...18 months later—on May 1, 1993—Dan & Lisa welcomed their first guests to the revamped Lodge at Canoe Bay.
Today the Inn and the Lodge, with their massive beams and fieldstone fireplaces, are among those original camp buildings still serving guests.
Maybe the fence posts really are made of sausage!
As with all the best things in life, at the start we had but an inkling of what Canoe Bay might become. Excited by the prospect of preserving a place that held so much meaning for Dan's family, we were further inspired to share it with others whose highly-stressed lifestyles we knew so well. Foregoing our city careers, we made the move to northwest Wisconsin, but hardly imagined that we had begun our life's work.
Today, it is with immense gratitude to Providence, to Dan's parents*, to our stellar staff, and to our amazing and encouraging guests that we now mark Canoe Bay's 25th Anniversary year.
—Dan & Lisa
* George († 2012) & Frannie Dobrowolski
Beautiful Conference Room
We offer an incredible executive business retreat facility in a great setting with extraordinary accommodations that guarantee your meeting will be highly anticipated, well attended, and long remembered. Our peaceful and inspirational atmosphere encourages productivity, while the luxurious accommodations and outstanding food convey your appreciation to your most valued colleagues. Sited on a crystal clear private lake, Canoe Bay® is just 10 miles off a major U.S. highway, 20 minutes from a private airstrip, and two hours from Minneapolis International Airport.
The perfect antidote to Tax Season stress!
For new 3-NIGHT stays occurring now thru May 13, 2019
And like any tax return, here's the fine print:
For 1- or 2-night stays occurring by 3/31/19
Pick the "Winter Calm" accommodation ($575/night) at our *BOOK NOW* tab and enjoy bundled Cottage+Dinner pricing for your one- or two-night stay!
- Package available for Thurs. thru Mon. nights; Dinner not offered on Tues. or Wed. in Winter
- Requests for specific cottages regrettably cannot be honored with this special package pricing
- Our std Food & Beverage service charge (in lieu of gratuity) & 5.5% sales tax are add'l
- Subject to availability; May not be combined with other lodging packages, promotions or offers
The longer you stay, the more you save!
Choose your lodging for a two-night min. stay, then add $325 for:
* Package meal not available on Tuesdays or Wednesdays
- Daily Continental Room Service Breakfast is INCLUDED.
Additional items that are available, but not included in this package:
hot breakfast entrées / bag lunch / add'l wines, beers, espresso
Food & beverage service charge (in lieu of gratuity) and 5.5% sales tax are added at check-out
May not be combined with any other packages, promotions or offers
We are always looking for dedicated people who love serving others in a family atmosphere and wouldn't mind working in paradise.
— Receptionist / Dining Room / Housekeeping / Maintenance —
Canoe Bay is open year-'round, and no two days are the same.
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