Hotel at a Glance: SevenOaks Boutique
These homey cottages at Seven Oaks take their inspiration—and their names—from the English countryside. The setting itself resembles its own little village, with tall trees shading winding roads, and there's a distinct sense of peace and quiet—the resort is adults-only. Downtown Lake Geneva is just a short walk away, too. When you come home, you can enjoy a selection of wine and cheese in your well-appointed suite.
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner for 2013
- Home away from home: Suites feature kitchenettes and crackling fireplaces where you can snuggle up on chilly nights
- Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily
- Free WiFi if you want to keep in touch with the outside world
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Lakeside Mansions and Historical Museums
Located within 90 miles of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Lake Geneva has become one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations for recreation. Geneva Lake¾a gaping gulf of fresh water ripe for swimming, leisurely sails, water skiing, and tubing¾is the resort town’s biggest draw in the summer. Admire the scenery by taking a stroll on the Geneva Lake Shore Path, a 21-mile walkway planned by early settlers that stretches around the entire lake. Along the way, you’ll pass expansive gardens and the opulent estates that helped the town earn the nickname “Newport of the West.”
In the winter, outdoor activities range from sledding and cross-country skiing in Big Foot Beach State Park to ice-fishing on Geneva Lake. There's also plenty to do indoors. The Geneva Lake Museum takes visitors back in time with re-created late 19th- and early 20th-century shops, and the 1897-era Yerkes Observatory is home to the world's largest refracting telescope.