Dining Out in the Midwest: December 2001

Travel Midwest

Chalet Landhaus Inn
New Glarus, Wis.

(Approximately 22 miles from Tyrol Basin.)

New Glarus, Wis., isn’t in the Swiss Alps, but it sure tries to be. The Chalet Landhaus, a charming Bernese-style chalet, offers the ambience of a European inn, with wooden balconies, hand-painted Swiss murals, a stone fireplace, American and Swiss-cuisine restaurants and the Apli Bar. Cozy rooms with wood-beamed ceilings (some with balconies), Swiss mountain scenes and yodeling music on local cable create a slice-of-the-Alps atmosphere. Chalet amenities include an indoor pool, sauna and fitness room.

New Glarus is famous for its Swiss heritage, chalet architecture and year-round Swiss festivals. The chalet is within walking distance of shopping and nightlife, including weekend dancing with Roger Bright’s live band at the New Glarus Hotel.

Lodging: per night (Friday/Saturday): one person $69; two people $89 (free breakfast buffet). The winter weekend package is $159 for two (Thursday-Saturday check-in), and includes two nights’ lodging, two breakfasts for two, and two coupons for 10 percent off dinner at the New Glarus Hotel ($2 discount on lift ticket). Not available New Years Eve, Jan. 1 or Winterfest weekend. Information: Chalet Landhaus Inn, 801 Hwy 69, P.O. Box 878, New Glarus, WI 53574. Reservations 800-944-1716; 608-527-5234; www.chaletlandhaus.com