Exploring Elkhart Lake: Where to STAY and EAT


I love to travel to new places and when i was invited to Wisconsin (State #43) for the first time, I said, “YES!” Please enjoy the videos below of where we stayed and ate at Elkhart Lake, see part two for all of our adventures!

Welcome to Elkhart Lake

I stayed at The Shore Club Wisconsin which is a luxury boutique hotel with a fresh, contemporary style modernized for the new generation of visitors into its once vintage venue. The resort is run by Kristin and Tom Shortt who gave us a tour of the property and joined our group for a lavish four-course breakfast and superb dinner where we sampled nearly everything on the menu at The Cottonwood Social. Watch the videos to see the unbelievable food and drinks! Too bad you cannot taste or smell it–you will just have to go there to try it yourself!

video: Welcome to The Shore Club Wisconsin

Luxury 4-course Breakfast at The Cottonwood Social

Dinner at The Cottonwood Social at The Shore Club Wisconsin was a special event! We had every appetizer, three types of pasta and five types of pizza with many tasty drinks. This is the closest restaurant to the lake and they have an outdoor Tiki Bar too!

Do you love to try different types of wine? Bring your friends and have a tasting party like we did at Vintage Elkhart Lake! Then we walked to Paddock Club and had dinner with Chef Lynn and her sister at this family owned restaurant! Afterwards, we strolled back to the Osthoff Resort for a blazing bonfire and s’mores by the Lake!

Lynn, the owner of Lake Street Cafe, invited us to sample the new menu for her upcoming Mexican restaurant, Amasa! The food is delicious and they will have a food truck ahead of the actual full restaurant opening next door!

Where do you go when it is Beer O’Clock? SwitchGear Brewing Company! They have flavors for all levels of beer connoisseurs.


Part of our group stayed at Siebkens Resort and we joined them for breakfast at Pams and dinner at the Stop-Inn Tavern. Make sure to find the secret bar and have a drink at the Hard Left Lounge!

If you are looking for a lovely lake retreat, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin has my vote! Please see my other article, What to DO in Elkhart Lake, for our activities at Road America, Village Square and Quit Qui Oc, and, of course, Henning’s Cheese Shop!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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