The Kohler Experience: A Family, A Company, An Amazing Community
Kohler is iconic for its plumbing products but this village has so much more to offer, including the five-star resort, spa and golf courses along with museums and artisanal cuisine.
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Program No. 2074RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Founded in 1873, the Kohler Company has grown from making farm implements and bathtubs to a world-renowned example of American product design and innovation. In 1912, the company moved its headquarters out of Sheboygan to the rural land to the west and founded the Village of Kohler. The first planned community in the Midwest, Kohler has been a smashing success — a thriving community, a masterpiece of landscape architecture and a grand golf and spa destination. Take field trips to the Kohler Factory, the Waelderhaus Museum and the John Michael Kohler Art Center, hear from an artist-in-residence and experience Kohler through the eyes of locals.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking and standing for up to two hours at a time; some uneven terrain and stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience old-world hospitality at the five-star American Club Resort and delve into the history of the Village of Kohler and its 50-year master plan.
  • Learn more about the lives of the early immigrant craftsmen and their desire to become American citizens.
  • Go behind the scenes of the Kohler Factory and Design Center to see how plumbing fixtures are made.
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Richard Palm
A favorite of many of our participants, Chef Richard Palm is a Pastry Chef at The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin. After dabbling in religious dtudies and working as a Sunday dchool literature writer, Richard found himself in culinary school in Sweden. After graduating at the top of his class at a French culinary school, he was convinced his true calling. His vast knowledge of food and engaging personality make for stimulating lectures for both the mind and the palette.
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