Poet Wallace Stevens once wrote, “Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.” Indeed, sometimes new properties of your spirit are discovered when you pour yourself into new situations. Transplant your spirit, just temporarily, to Wisconsin's Lake Country with a stay in one of the beautiful Oconomowoc hotels. Never fear; you don't have to know how to pronounce it to enjoy a meaningful visit here. This Potawatomi word translates to "where the waters meet," and indeed a stay in one of the hotels near Oconomowoc, WI could hardly be considered comprehensive without visiting one of the gorgeous water bodies that gave this region its name.
There's no better time to enjoy the beauty of Lac La Belle than those dawn hours when most of the world is still sleeping. Leave your choice of hotels in Oconomowoc, WI early when the air is still and the birds are just beginning to rouse themselves in the trees. Park one of our Oconomowoc rental cars downtown, climb into a canoe on the shores of Lac La Belle, and bring a thermos of coffee to clench between your knees. When the scrape of pebbles under your hull gives way to the effortless glide of water against boat, enjoy the gentle sound of your paddle cutting through the lake at your side. Relax and let yourself drift when you reach the lake's center, and watch the vibrant hues of dawn intensify in the lake's unmoving mirror. What could be more meditative than this unspoiled aqueous serenity? When the powerboats come out to play, that's your cue to paddle back to shore, but hold the words of Friedrich Schiller in mind as you return: "Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful."
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