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A Couples Getaway to the Wisconsin Dells

If you think Wisconsin Dells is only about water parks, you’re missing out. Couples reconnect at wineries, restaurants and posh lodgings surrounded by gorgeous foliage.
Fawn Creek Winery, about 10 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells, doesn’t have formal tours, but you’re welcome to stroll the 7 acres of vineyards.
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Inn at Wawanissee Point.
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Kaminski's Chop House.
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Artistic Expressions.
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The Wisconsin Dells is still the water park capital of the world, a zany place where kids race go-karts through the belly of a Trojan horse. But it also holds a refined side. Couples will find inventive cuisine, romantic B&Bs, wineries and upscale boutiques. Check out our trip guide recommendations.

Trip guide

What to do

Bigfoot Zipline Tours Glide over the treetops and a picturesque pond, plus make shore and island landings on this thrilling, two-hour tour. (608) 254-5555; bigfootzip.com

Dells Boat Tours Dinner, live music, a shoreline stroll under lit torches and a view accompany the seasonal sunset cruises. (608) 254-8555; dellsboats.com

Devil’s Lake State Park Drive 20 minutes south to relax at Wisconsin’s most popular state park, famed for its unique, billion-year-old quartzite hills. (608) 356-8301; dnr.wi.gov

Fawn Creek Winery Tucked into quiet woods, this newer winery offers tastings for free and cheese flights for purchase. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 253-4400; fawncreekwinery.com

H.H. Bennett Studio Learn how 19th-century photographer H.H. Bennett turned Wisconsin Dells into a Midwest tourist destination. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 253-3523; hhbennettstudio.org

Where to shop

Alpha Beta Karma You’ll have fun trying on the fashionable—and reasonably priced—clothes at this boutique, which also sells stylish footwear and gifts. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 254-8880; alphabetakarma.com

Artistic Expressions Artists crafted every item, including jewelry and pottery. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 253-8380; aegiftgallery.com

Cranberry Connections Try the Craisin cashew crunch at this cranberry-theme store, which also sells wine-related items and fall home decor. (608) 253-5145; cranberryconnections.com

Thirty Below Leather Browse a variety of quality leather goods, all priced at less than $30. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 253-0441

Where to eat

High Rock Cafe Menu options include a sauteed veggie wrap finished with tomato-basil mayo and Pop Rocks cheesecake; diners enjoy watching the action in downtown Wisconsin Dells from their second-story perch. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 254-5677; highrockcafe.com

Kaminski’s Chop House Picturesque views of the Wisconsin River vie with insanely large entrees at this classy steak house inside Chula Vista Resort. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 254-2001; http://kaminskischophouse.com

Monk’s Bar and Grill Chow down on an Original Monk’s Burger—topped with fried onions—while taking in Wisconsin Badger memorabilia in this Dells favorite. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 254-2955; monksbarandgrill.com/wisconsindells

Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub This gastropub serves great brews and pub grub. Soft pretzel sticks arrive with a generous three dips, including a tangy root beer mustard. Crispy beer-dough flatbread toppings include amazing short ribs with caramelized onions. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 253-9109; sprecherspub.com

Where to stay

Inn at Wawanissee Point This spacious home features views of Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River Valley 800 feet below, plus woodwork meticulously crafted by a master Bavarian cabinetmaker. Rooms start at $239 and include a wine-and-cheese hour and a full breakfast. See Midwest Living's review. (608) 355-9899; innatwawanisseepoint.com

Sundara Inn and Spa You’ll talk for years about the luxury and service you encounter here. Sundara nestles within a 26-acre pine forest; a new meditation trail feels about as far from a water park as you could imagine. From $199. See Midwest Living's review. (888) 735-8181; sundaraspa.com

For more information: Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau (800) 223-3557; wisdells.com

(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® September/October 2013.  Prices, dates and other details are subject to change, so please check specifics before making travel plans.)

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