Family-Friendly, Lodge Style Resort on Delavan Lake
More than a thousand years ago, the Native American Mound Builders tribe 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, which is nestled in 250 wooded acres overlooking the lake. The resort is situated within driving distance of Milwaukee and Chicago, and it’s a pleasant retreat from city life.
The warm confines of the luxury lodge queen loft rooms complement the resort’s woodsy surroundings. The resort's proximity to the lake is accented by the blue and brown décor of the costal-themed guest rooms. Each room features a view of the grounds, and some rooms include a lake view. Amenities vary from room to room, and may include a fireplace, massage tub, kitchenette, or private balcony, as well as standard amenities such as a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and electronic safe.
Lake Lawn Resort has two on-site restaurants representing two distinct styles: elegant and casual. Frontier Restaurant's Executive Chef David Ross flame-grills steaks before sending his culinary creations to the crimson-tinged dining room, where each table offers a panoramic vista of Delavan Lake. At Lookout Bar & Eatery, you can watch sports on a 50-inch TV or catch live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. You can also unwind in the on-site Calladora Spa, which offers private massages, salon services, and nail treatments.
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. You can see tributes at Tower Park, which features statues of circus animals, such as giraffes and an elephants.
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.