Family-Friendly 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 now known as Delavan Lake. You can find more than 40 of these mounds on the premises of Lake Lawn Resort, set on 250 wooded acres overlooking the lake. A TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence winner, the resort is conveniently situated within an hour of Milwaukee and two hours of Chicago, offering a pleasant retreat from city life. Here you can play a round of golf, warm up next to a bonfire, or take a boat tour that floats past the Frank Lloyd Wright homes along the lakefront.
The warm confines of the guest rooms complement the woodsy surroundings. Each one features a view of the grounds, and some include lake views. Amenities vary from room to room, but they may include a massage tub or a private balcony.
If you’re hungry, you can grab a meal at one of Lake Lawn Resort’s three onsite restaurants. Savor Executive Chef David Ross’s flame-grilled steaks in the 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. Included is a 10% discount on all services, excluding Saturdays.
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.