Resort at a Glance: Lake Lawn Resort
Lake Lawn Resort is set on 250 wooded acres overlooking Delavan Lake. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner is conveniently situated within an hour of Milwaukee and two hours of Chicago, offering a pleasant retreat from city life. The warm confines of the guest rooms complement the woodsy surroundings. Each one features a view of the grounds, and some overlook the lake. Amenities vary from room to room, but they may include a massage tub or private balcony.
- Take a dip in the indoor pool, or, in the warmer months, the two outdoor pools.
- Summer activities: Tee off at the golf course or enjoy a Delavan Lake cruise.
- Eat and drink at one of the multiple onsite restaurants; options include locally-sourced steaks at the Frontier Restaurant, drinks at Frontier Fireside Lounge, and pub fare at Lookout Bar & Eatery, where you can try authentic Wisconsin cheese curds.
- Relax with a hot-stone massage at the onsite Calladora Spa.
- Not far from charming Lake Geneva—the town is only 10 miles away.
Delavan, Wisconsin: 19th-Century History and Wooded Landscapes near Lake Geneva
More than a century ago, Delavan blossomed into a circus headquarters where dozens of trapeze artists, contortionists, clowns, and exotic animals were based, including those who performed in P.T. Barnum’s legendary Greatest Show on Earth. Tower Park pays homage to this history with colorful statues of giraffes, elephants, and other animals.
Delavan’s early days live on through Greek Revival architecture dating back to the mid-1800s. Notable buildings include the Allyn Mansion and the Israel Stowell Temperance House. The quaint downtown district features several antique stores and small cafés amid old-fashioned lampposts and brick-paved walkways.
Only about 10 miles away is Lake Geneva, which 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.”