Hotel at a Glance: Geneva Ridge Resort
Geneva Ridge Resort is nestled along the wooded southern slopes of scenic Lake Como, a glacier-carved body of water that serves as a stunning backdrop for myriad outdoor pursuits in and around the resort. Enjoy 54 holes of golf at the affiliated Geneva National Golf Club. Designed by Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Lee Trevino, the club’s three courses have garnered praise for their bent-grass fairways and unique layouts. After a day on the fairways, take in the lake’s sweeping views in the resort’s onsite Lakeview Grille & Lounge. It features wall-to-wall picture windows, in addition to a full menu of steakhouse fare.
- Sip cocktails al fresco at Bar 55, located on the poolside veranda, where you can enjoy specialty cocktails and live music in summer.
- Complimentary bike rentals allow you to navigate wooded hiking and biking trails.
- Take a load off at the onsite spa where massages, reflexology, and facials help guests unwind.
- Bring a swimsuit: Guests have their pick of indoor and outdoor pools, as well as stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals on the lake.
- Mission-style artistic touches color each well-appointed guest room, many of which feature views of the lake.
- Fitness classes including yoga and water aerobics held throughout the week
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 Lake—a gaping gulf of fresh water ripe for swimming, leisurely sails, water skiing, and tubing—is 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.