Lakefront Resort with Panoramic Views and Hearty Steak House
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is sometimes called "The Hamptons of the Midwest" for its massive homes and dynamic summers, when boaters and beachgoers flock to the resort area. But its wintertime scene is just as appealing, with activities ranging from sledding and cross-country skiing along Big Foot Beach to ice-fishing on the lake and ice skating on the man-made rink. It's also populated with luxury properties such as Geneva Ridge Resort. The secluded resort overlooks the neighboring Lake Como, and it's situated just a few minutes' walk from the north shore of Geneva Lake.
You can get nice lakefront views throughout Geneva Ridge Resort, but the onsite Lakeview Grille might have the best vantage point. Peer through the restaurant's wall-to-wall picture windows and you'll see wooded slopes and the shores of Lake Como. In the kitchen, chefs hand-carve rib eyes, fillets, and prime ribs and prepare Friday-night fish fry ($10.95/person). Next door, the Lakeview Lounge offers equally impressive vistas. Warm up next to the stacked-stone fireplace and grab a drink at the oak bar with a brass runner, where bartenders mix specialty cocktails. The resort also features the Veranda at Geneva Ridge, a renovated outdoor patio with lake views, and Bar 55, a poolside bar serving lunch and dinner.
Upstairs, lakeside or resort-side rooms continue the luxurious atmosphere with mission-style wood furnishings. Consider a visit to the onsite spa and salon, where specialists draw from Swedish, Native American, Indian, and Japanese therapeutic traditions to perform a full range of massages and skin treatments. There's also a sauna, a steam room, and an indoor pool.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Lakeside Mansions and Historical Museums
Located within a 90-minute drive from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Lake Geneva has become one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations for recreation. Naturally, Geneva Lake is the center of attention throughout the resort town. Admire the scenery by taking a stroll through the Geneva Lake Shore Path. This 21-mile walkway planned by early settlers stretches around the entire lake and offers views of historic sites and multimillion-dollar mansions, which helped the town earn the nickname “Newport of the West.”
There's also plenty for families to do indoors. The Geneva Lake Museum takes visitors back in time with re-created 19th-century shops. Or, take a tour of the 1897-era Yerkes Observatory, home to the world's largest refracting telescope, which is capable of reading the bottom line of a Snellen eye chart pinned to the moon. During the winter season, adults can venture to the the Aspen Ballroom, where they will be hosting a number of Chicago and Milwaukee comics.
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