Marie BartlettRemember the days when summer camps were idyllic places on the lake; soda shops served real ice cream while you spun on the bar stool; racing cars was a normal pastime; and small town meant lots of friendly faces?

That place still exists at Elkhart Lake, in eastern Wisconsin, located in the beautiful, glacially formed heart of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, about an hour’s drive from Milwaukee. (Kettle Moraine refers to the geology formed by buried glacial ice that left depressions in water-filled “kettles” that dot the moraine.)

The Osthoff Resort

Elkhart Lake calls itself “a legendary getaway,” which isn’t something most small towns can truthfully get away with, but Elkhart has managed to build its reputation as a prime destination for those who flock to the region from Milwaukee, Chicago, Green Bay and other Midwest areas, as well as outside the region.

That’s because Elkhart Lake’s history and natural beauty are legendary. Once a gathering place for gamblers and gangsters, it was attracting renowned athletes and race car drivers by the 1950s, which in turn led to it become a popular tourist attraction that now brings people from all over the world.

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

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