Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2017

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Staying in the upscale boutique Carriage House, part of an annex to the American Club, we were treated to lots of pampering, including complimentary champagne, nightly wine and hors d'oeuvres, and a surprisingly creative continental breakfast spread each morning. As should be expected at any Kohler establishment, the services we received at the Waters Spa (also within the Carriage House building) were superlative. Jen loved the invigorating Healing Waters hydrotherapy treatment, and for me, the pine- scented Woodsman Massage was a delight after a long drive. All spa treatments include access to the expansive relaxation pool and enclosed rooftop deck with panoramic views and a co-ed hot tub. Blissed out, we couldn't resist indulging in a few hors d'oeuvres in our robes before dressing for dinner. Formerly a dining hall for immigrant Kohler workers, the Wisconsin Room with its century-old stained glass windows and tapestries was our destination that evening for a magnificent selection of local fish, cheese and meats. Beginning with a truly splendid cheese and charcuterie plate accompanied by a bottle of pinot noir, we continued the cheese theme with the Iceberg & Blue, possibly the most inventive wedge salad I've ever seen — deconstructed and utterly delicious. For entrées, the grilled filet mignon and local Great Lakes perch lived up to the word-of-mouth buzz we'd been hearing. We also had the option of local sturgeon, trout and salmon, reminding us of the natural bounty available right at our doorstep. Jen and I might have been a bit ambitious in ordering the Kohler Chocolate Torte for four, but our chocoholic daughter certainly appreciated the leftovers we took home. You can't come to Kohler without a guided tour of the iconic factory that still stands and operates across the street from the resort. Former workers lead the Industry in Action Factory Tours for a dose of true authenticity; our guide had been with the company for more than 50 years. A pass through the Kohler Design Center revealed some innovative new offerings. We were particularly impressed (and somewhat bemused) by the clever Numi toilet featuring its own ambient lighting, heated seat and wireless Bluetooth streaming capabilities. I wondered to myself if it played a selection of my favorite show tunes, but didn't have the nerve to ask. Suffice it to say, this extraordinary piece of technology gives a whole new meaning to modern convenience. slmag.net 105

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