Four-Star Resort and Spa with Transport to Indoor Water Park
Located 3 miles from the shores of Geneva Lake, the AAA Four Diamond retreat is like multiple resorts rolled into one superresort. It has an indoor sports complex, a relaxing hot tub, and an indoor water park with trolley transportation to waterpark included (passes may be purchased but are not included with this deal).
During downtime, you can relax in a deluxe courtside room in the resort’s ranch-style lodge, inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Three onsite restaurants cater to a wide variety of tastes, from the signature filet medallions at Geneva ChopHouse to handmade pasta with lobster from Ristoranté Brissago. A café, a bar and grill, a barbecue joint, a gelato shop offer lots of options for more casual dining.
Grand Geneva Resort is also a popular winter destination, and for good reason: its Mountain Top hill is one of southern Wisconsin’s best ski destinations. Three chair lifts take skiiers and snowboarders up the hill, which boasts 18 different runs and a terrain park. Grab a drink at Leinenkugel’s Mountain Top Lodge, a cozy spot to warm up. Another way to warm up is by taking a dip at the indoor water park, featuring two giant water slides and a relaxing lazy river.
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.