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Many of the Kohler area’s top attractions are part of the amenity-packed American Club Resort, but a few worthy sights beckon guests to venture beyond the luxury resort’s confines:
1. Part of The American Club Resort, the scenic, lake-hugging, Pete Dye-designed Whistling Straits Golf Course once hosted the PGA Championship. It’s one of the region’s biggest draws.
2. The John Michael Kohler Art Center in nearby Sheboygan frequently amazes and surprises with rotating shows in its 12 galleries. The center also features two performance spaces, a café and, most famously, its breath-taking painted tile urinals. Yes, urinals.
3. The Kohler Design Center, also on The American Club Resort grounds, is guaranteed to be the most interesting bathroom fixture museum you’ll ever set foot in, with 36,000-square-feet of displays that showcase the company’s most forward-thinking kitchen, bath and room designs throughout the ages.
4. Sheboygan’s stretch of Lake Michigan features beautiful sand beaches, crystalline waters and sizable post-storm waves, prompting freshwater surfers to call area the “Malibu of the Midwest.” Daring types can give Lake Michigan water sports a try by renting a surfboard at EOS Expedition Outdoor Supply company, located right on the riverfront near Deland Park beach. Kayaks, paddleboards and bike are also available to rent.
5. The Old Plank Road Recreation Trail beckons bike riders to pedal along its 17-mile paved surface, which runs from the Lake Michigan lakefront to the historic burg of Greenbush, where it connects with other trails. Bicycle rentals and box lunches can be arranged through the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel's concierge.