Family-Friendly Lodge-Style Resort on Delavan Lake
More than a thousand years ago, Native Americans filled effigy mounds with spearheads, pottery pieces, and other ephemera around Swan Lake, which is known today as Delavan Lake. You can find more than 40 of these effigy mounds on the premises at Lake Lawn Resort, set on 250 wooded acres overlooking the lake. A TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence winner, the resort is conveniently situated within driving distance of Milwaukee and Chicago and affords a pleasant retreat from city life.
The warm confines of the luxury Lodge queen loft rooms complement the woodsy surroundings. The resort's proximity to the lake is reflected in the blue and brown decor of the Lakewood coastal guest rooms. Each room features a view of the grounds, and some include lake views. Amenities, which vary from room to room, may include a massage tub or a private balcony.
Lake Lawn Resort has three onsite restaurants that represent distinct styles from elegant to casual. You can savor Executive Chef David Ross’s flame-grilled steaks in the crimson-tinged dining room of Frontier Restaurant, where every table offers a panoramic vista of Delavan Lake. At Lookout Bar & Eatery, you can watch sports on big-screen TVs or catch live entertainment. For a more laid-back setting, visit the onsite Calladora Spa for a massage, hair service, or nail treatment.
Delavan, Wisconsin: 19th-Century Circus Relics and Wooded Landscapes
More than a century ago, Delavan blossomed into a circus headquarters and hosted dozens of acts, including P.T. Barnum's legendary Greatest Show on Earth. The town’s Tower Park pays homage to this history with colorful statues of giraffes, elephants, and other circus animals.
Delavan's early days live on through Greek Revival architecture that dates back to the mid-1800s, including the Allyn Mansion and the Israel Stowell Temperance House, originally an alcohol-free safe haven that eventually served as a government meeting center. The quaint downtown district is lined with old-fashioned lampposts and brick-paved walkways, and it boasts an assortment of antique stores and small cafés.