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 take a dip in the indoor pool, rent equipment from the Activity Center to go cross-country skiing, or visit the onsite Calladora Spa for a massage. A 10% discount on services at Calladora Spa, excluding Saturdays, is included.
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, helmed by executive chef David Ross. The chef prefers to use fresh herbs in his dishes, and even maintains two beehives at Lake Lawn to get honey straight from the hive. Savor flame-grilled steaks in the Frontier Restaurant, where every table looks out on a panoramic vista of Delavan Lake, or grab a drink at the Frontier Fireside Lounge. At Lookout Bar & Eatery, you can watch sports on big-screen TVs or catch live entertainment.
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 associated with 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 cafes amid old-fashioned lampposts and brick-paved walkways.