Lakefront Resort with Panoramic Views and Hearty Steak House
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is sometimes called "The Hamptons of the Midwest" for its massive homes and summertime scene, when throngs of boaters and beachgoers flock to the resort area. It's also populated with luxury properties such as Geneva Ridge Resort. The secluded resort overlooks the neighboring Lake Como, and it's situated just a few minutes' walk from the north shore of Geneva Lake.
You can get nice views of the lakefront throughout Geneva Ridge Resort, but the onsite Lakeview Grille might have the best vantage point. Peer through the restaurant's wall-to-wall picture windows and you'll see wooded slopes and the shores of Lake Como. In the kitchen, chefs hand-carve rib eyes, fillets, and prime ribs and prepare Friday-night fish fry ($10.95/person). Next door, the Lakeview Lounge offers equally impressive vistas. It's decked out with a stacked stone fireplace and an oak bar with a brass runner, where bartenders mix specialty cocktails. The resort also features the Veranda at Geneva Ridge, a renovated outdoor patio with lake views, and Bar 55, a poolside bar serving lunch and dinner.
Upstairs, Lakeside or Resort-Side rooms carry on the cozy atmosphere with mission-style wood furnishings. And though there are homey touches throughout the resort, you're hardly roughing it. There's an onsite spa and salon, whose specialists draw from Swedish, Native American, Indian, and Japanese therapeutic traditions to perform a full range of massages and skin treatments. There's also a sauna, a steam room, and an indoor pool.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Summer Sports and Historical Museums
Naturally, Geneva Lake is the center of attention throughout the summer in this resort town. Rent a kayak or a canoe and paddle through the water, or just admire the scenery on a stroll through the Geneva Lake Shore Path. This 21-mile walkway planned by early settlers stretches around the entire lake and offers views of multimillion-dollar mansions and historical sites.
There's also plenty for families to do indoors. The Geneva Lake Museum takes visitors back in time with re-created 19th-century shops. The 1897-era Yerkes Observatory holds the world's largest refracting telescope, which is capable of reading the bottom line of a Snellen eye chart pinned to the moon.
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