Hotel at a Glance: Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva
Summer isn’t the only time you can enjoy the outdoors in Lake Geneva. A boat cruise on the water during autumn is a great way to see the changing colors of the abundant foliage, while winter means ice-fishing, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Located right on the shores of the lake and a few minutes’ walk from Main Street, Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva gives guests convenient access to all the outdoor fun.
- Room with a view: Park-view guest rooms overlook scenic Seminary Park and come stocked with wet bars, microwaves, and flat-screen TVs. Lake-view rooms have private balconies facing the water.
- Feast on Chicago-style pizza at Gino’s East, which is connected to the hotel.
- Go swimming in the heated indoor pool, which has panoramic views of the lake.
- Free continental breakfast includes waffles, fresh fruit, and orange juice
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.