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Visitors with two days to see Kohler, Wis. could start their first day with breakfast or Sunday brunch at The American Club's historic Wisconsin Room, formerly a mess hall for Kohler company workers. Once sated, stroll around the Kohler grounds, taking in the former company housing that makes up this 1912 planned community. Be sure to note the rich flora around the grounds that helped the village achieve official botanic garden status in 2004. The factory, sill operating today, is open for free three-hour tours, but leave time for the free-admission Kohler Design Center across the street, too. There, three stories of displays feature cutting edge kitchen, bathroom and home design from throughout the Kohlers company's history, as well as a look at some new high-tech projects in the works. Top your evening off with a long, relaxing multi-course dinner - jacket required - at the Immigrant Restaurant inside the American Club, where local artisanal and ingredients are the stars of the show.
On day two, opt to have your breakfast on the deck at Blackwolf Run Golf Course or, in inclement weather, inside the high-ceilinged timber lodge's antler-chandeliered dining room. The charming rustic North Woods-style lodge overlooks the salmon-filled Sheboygan River, as well as nearby woods. Stay for a round of golf on the same course that once hosted the U.S. Women's Open and the World Championship of Golf, and will host the U.S. Women's Open again in 2012. Or if you're lucky enough to land a tee time at the nearby world-renowned Whistling Straits course, head over there for a day on the green. Then head back to the Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club, where soothing massages and signature water treatments await to ease those golf strains. After your treatment, soak in the spa's whirlpool before heading to Cucina for Italian specialties at the Shops on Woodlake.
For your first day in Kohler, enjoy breakfast in The Wisconsin Room. Take the shuttle to Whistling Straits to play the Straits Course and enjoy lunch on the veranda. Take the shuttle to Kohler Waters Spa and enjoy a Riverbath with Massage. Grab a cup of coffee from the Greenhouse to refresh for dinner. Dine in the Immigrant Room and finish the evening with a glass of wine from the Winery Bar.
For your second day, take shuttle to Black Wolf Run to enjoy breakfast on the patio overlooking the 18 greens. Play the River Course. Take the shuttle to Cucina for lunch and explore the Shops at Woodlake. Walk back to The American Club and stop on your way at The Kohler Design Center. Finally, take shuttle to River Wildlife Lodge restaurant for dinner.