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Cigar-Friendly Stays: Lodge Kohler, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Cigar-Friendly Stays: Lodge Kohler, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The cigar-friendly terrace at Lodge Kohler's Taverne In The Sky.
Enjoying a smoke while overlooking Lambeau Field

A visit to Lambeau Field ranks high on the bucket lists of many NFL fans—cheesehead or not. The historic home of the Green Bay Packers, lauded as the oldest continuously operating NFL stadium, has endured through generations of football greats, from Vince Lombardi to Brett Favre and the Aaron Rodgers-led teams of today.

Lambeau Field is more accessible to visitors than ever now, thanks to a multimillion dollar development called the Titletown District that has completely transformed the area immediately outside of the stadium. The space, which opened this year, offers a range of new attractions, among them a restaurant, brewery and a large, Packer-themed outdoor park. Centered around the district’s public spaces and tourist draws is the new Lodge Kohler luxury hotel, where football fans enjoy inclusive ticket packages and Packers Hall of Fame tours included in their accommodations. 

For cigar smokers, Lodge Kohler provides another unique experience. Taverne In The Sky, the hotel’s fifth-floor restaurant, features an opulent cigar-friendly terrace with all-encompassing views of Lambeau Field. The spacious outdoor lounge is equipped with several firepits and seating that accommodates more than 20 patrons.

The bar at Taverne In The Sky, overlooking Lambeau Field.
The bar at Taverne In The Sky, overlooking Lambeau Field.

Guests can bring their own smokes or choose from a small list of Arturo Fuente, Oliva or Romeo y Julieta cigars. The drinks menu is extensive, offering wine, beer and spirits for your pairing pleasure. Highlights behind the bar include Macallan 18 Scotch, Elijah Craig 18 Bourbon and Taylor Fladgate 20 Years Old Tawny Port (rated 93 points by Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado’s sister publication).

Those looking for a bit more privacy may opt for booking a Terrace Suite on the ground floor, each of which open up to a private terrace that’s fully furnished with a lounge and dining space, as well as a firepit and gas grill. But if you’re trying to get the most out of your proximity to Lambeau Field, the Skyline Suite on the top floor of the hotel offers the premier view of the legendary stadium.

For football fans planning a weekend visit, Lodge Kohler’s “Packers Home Game Package” includes a pair of tickets, inclusive restaurant meals and discounts on the hotel’s amenities. A similar two-night package swaps tickets for a tour of the Packers Hall of Fame and is offered during stays when a game isn’t taking place.

The Lodge Kohler was opened last July by the Kohler Co., which also owns the iconic Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Scotland and The American Club in Wisconsin, the operators of Whistling Straits golf club, where the 2020 Ryder Cup will be played.