Monday, October 20, 2014

President's Day Getaway: Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Presidential pampering in the Badger State

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Come Monday, February 18th, George Washington wants to help your post-Valentine's Day hangover with our last official work holiday until late May. (Gulp.)

With beaches, bars, and bratwurst just 2.5 hours north, the friendly lakeside town of Sheboygan, Wisconsin is the presidential getaway we recommend you get behind.

STAY
With a stunning complex perched on a massive peninsula overlooking Lake Michigan, Blue Harbor Resort is the place to be in Sheboygan. Take a quiet winter stroll on their lakeside path before heading for their on-site water park, where alcoholic slushies are best sipped by the fireplace (or keep them on ice for a moonlight tasting from your private balcony).
$139 and up per night. 725 Blue Harbor Dr. (866-701-2583)

EAT
In a town known for bratwurst, the juicy, perfectly-cooked brats at English pub Duke of Devon are hard to beat. Located along the bustling Harbor Centre District boardwalk where the Sheboygan River meets Lake Michigan, the dimly lit pub also impresses with their freshly caught haddock, mussels, and seafood curry.
739 Riverfront Dr. (920-258-7000)

DRINK
The gregarious owner/bartender/next door bait shop proprietor at locals spot Anglers Avenue creates a fun vibe at a cozy riverside location across from the hotel. $2 draft beer specials, free popcorn, and a karaoke-style microphone that is passed around the crowd make this place feel like home because, for the owner, it is.
510 S. Pier Dr. (920-395-2406)

BEACH
No trip to Sheboygan would be complete without some time at the beach, and Deland Park's downtown location offers wide-open spaces, sandy beaches, and huge Lake Michigan views dotted with lighthouses. Snowshoe along the lakefront hiking trail or kick back with a thermos of Irish coffee while taking in the quiet.
715 Broughton Dr. (920-459-3366)

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