Last spring, our weeklong trip to Costa Rica proved enormously valuable, but with the hustle and bustle around here lately, it wasn't feasible for all of us to leave the country for that amount of time again. Instead, over the last weekend in February we traveled to Kohler, Wisconsin, and the eponymous spa located there.
Home of the original Kohler factory, the town gets its name from the kitchen and bath fixture company, and was founded to provide a community for the factory’s workers. We stayed at the American Club, which began as a boarding house where workers could live and learn English. It has since been transformed into what Conde Nast’s Traveler describes as the fifth best resort spa in North America.
Within the walls of the American Club’s impressive and old school boardroom, we conducted various corporate planning and reflection sessions. Activities included strategy talks for 2011, a post-game analysis of 2010’s growth, a transparent view into the company’s finances, and a few team building exercises.
Outside of the organized activities, we were able to relax in style. Some of the weekend's best chats about Table XI came while soaking in the hot tub or lounging in the hotel's solarium. Many significant others were also able to come along and join in on the pampering.
Incidentally, one of the benefits of staying at a resort built by a bathroom furnisher is that most of the guest rooms are equipped with the best showers we’ve ever seen. Rainfall showerheads, benches, horizontal jets blasting water from the walls…. Some of us managed to take six showers in 48 hours. Not environmentally enlightened, perhaps, but nobody’s perfect.