1 . Grand Geneva Resort

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Roofs of glass, bright green grass and spouting fountains of aquamarine water. Arriving at your summer villa in Italy was a good guess, but this is actually the welcoming features of our Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired No. 1 Lake Geneva Resort.

Grand Geneva Resort lives up to its name with its newly-designed rooms. Appointed with pumpkin-hued blankets, nut brown leather chairs and contrasting pearl white mantles and ebony fireplaces, Grand Geneva rooms and suites set the tone for an elegant Wisconsin Lake Country escape. Start the morning off on the right foot with a brisk White River nature walk. If you have your tikes in tow, suit them up and prepare for 35-ft. high waterslides, a lazy river, two interactive splash pools and three whirlpool spas at Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark. Convince your sweetie – which shouldn’t be too difficult – to join you for a Table for Two couples stress-relieving massage at Grand Geneva’s WELL Spa. Then, wind down the day at an actual table for two with a glass of fine wine and a plate of cocoa mousse at the onsite contemporary Italian Ristoranté Brissago.

Related activities

If your sweetie is too engrossed in The Brute and The Highlands golf courses, visit the WELL Spa on your own for a much-deserved Grand Goddess body treatment.

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Mountain Top’s 18 downhill skiing slopes, snowboard terrain park and 10 kilometers of cross country skiing trails will almost make you forget about the warm beach sand and bikini weather of summer.

Fun facts

Grand Geneva is Lake Geneva’s only AAA Four-Diamond hotel and is a green-certified hotel through Travel Green Wisconsin.

2 . Geneva Ridge Resort & Geneva National Golf Course

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 967 - 3713

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Getting down to the heart of the matter can be ugly or rewarding. Ugly: actually figuring out why you were dumped. Rewarding: forgetting all about the messy breakup while vacationing in the heart of Lake Geneva at our No. 2 resort!

Geneva Ridge Resort & Geneva National Golf Course puts you at the center of Lake Geneva water- and land-based activities. Sample the shopping from antique and boutique to chic jewelry and pottery galleries. Or, give into those big baby blues – the waters of Lake Geneva, that is – on a boat cruise! Or, gather the girls for an afternoon at The Spa at Geneva Ridge. Compose your thoughts in a skin-enriching Roman Sea Salt Bath with the scents of tangerine and lavender enveloping your senses. If you don’t feel absolutely serene, we’re fairly certain that soothing, warm volcanic rocks paired with a therapeutic massage ought to do the trick. We don’t blame you for wanting to return to your earth-toned, mission-style Geneva Ridge room, but first take a little detour to the Thirsty Heron for a juicy poolside burger and cold beer. If you’re the fruity type, slip into evening attire and visit the Lakeview Lounge to sip their cocktail of the month!

Address

W4240 State Rd. 50, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Fun facts

If you’re starting to call Geneva Ridge Resort & Geneva National Golf Course home, you are probably ready to be the proud home owner of your very own Lake Geneva condo through Geneva Ridge.

Related Onsite Offerings

Plush mattresses, hair dryer, refrigerator, coffee maker, high speed Internet, heated indoor and outdoor pools, a complete fitness studio and 4,000-sq.-ft. ballroom.

3 . Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Located in the heart of buzzing downtown Lake Geneva, this Midwest marvel puts you within footsteps of the activity-filled lake and city attractions. When you're not exploring, rejuvenate onsite with a host of welcoming amenities and well-appointed rooms.

Meandering along 26 miles of shoreline, Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva is teeming with aquatic adventures. Enjoy a wealth of water sports like sailing, canoeing, and boating. Stay dry exploring the quaint downtown shops, teeing it up on nearby golf courses, or hiking the Geneva Lakeshore Path. Horseback and hot air balloon rides give you a different vantage point while skiing at Alpine Valley provides vacationers with winter fun. The distinctly different rooms all offer a unique experience and combine panoramic lake views and panoramic views to create the ultimate Lake Geneva experience. Breathe in the fresh Wisconsin air on your private balcony, grab a drink from the wet bar, and munch on complimentary breakfast each morning. Choose between sparkling lake and lush park views when you stay at this centrally located gem. You're truly in the middle of it all at Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva!

Address

300 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Related activities

Pack a family picnic and head over to Lake Geneva’s Seminary Park, which is just behind the resort's property.

Related Onsite Offerings

Gino’s East Restaurant and Bar serves up scrumptious lunch and dinner, heated pools provide the fun, and the sauna serves as the perfect place to unwind!

4 . Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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If a certain amenity at our No. 4 resort looks familiar, you don’t need to get your vision checked. It’s true that Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark is making another guest appearance. Except this time at its actual location in our No. 1 Grand Geneva’s sister property, Timber Ridge Lodge.

Timber Ridge Lodge adds the “and Waterpark” to their name for good reason. An indoor/outdoor 50,000-sq.-ft. aquatic playground for young and old would be a pretty big part to overlook. Parents will question whether or not there’s a fraction of dolphin in their child when kids splash along a log path or let out a whoop as they descend the heights via water slide. And kids in turn will wonder why parents are content to go around again and again on the lazy river. Whatever the reason, we found that all ages dove – err, fell head over heels for Timber Ridge’s Moose Mountain Falls. When not donning wetsuits, grab some grub at Smokey’s Bar-B-Que House. If kids don’t want saucy home-style ribs or pulled pork, the Hungry Moose Court comes to the rescue to please your picky eaters.

Related activities

Take in the lush Wisconsin Lake Country surroundings on guided horseback rides, golf courses, tennis courts or Lake Geneva itself.

Related Onsite Offerings

You’ve heard of a Christmas bonus, but Timber Ridge Lodge has your Saturday Bonus! This package includes two nights in a one-bedroom suite with four passes to Moose Mountain Falls.

Address

7020 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

5 . Bella Vista Suites

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (262) 248 - 2100

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You don’t need an Italian degree to understand that our No. 5 Lake Geneva pick specializes in incorporating the surrounding scenery into its the walls, furnishings and service. But the degree might come in handy to literally translate Bella Vista into “beautiful views.”

We’ve already established that the Lake Geneva landscape is something to be inspired by, but the view keeps getting sweeter the further you explore Bella Vista Suites. While we definitely don’t mind seeing Seminary Park out of an appropriately named Park View Suite window, we just can’t get over the interior lay of the land in the Penthouse Suite. Cream walls envelop elegant furnishings, a fireplace and a two-person Jacuzzi tub, along with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. But even Bella Vista admits that to truly appreciate this unique region, you have to use your sea legs. The Lake Geneva Cruise Line makes this more than enjoyable with a champagne brunch on Sunday or a stompin’ good time with the Dixieland Dinner Cruise.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pillow-topped mattresses, complimentary continental breakfast, wireless high speed Internet, iron and ironing board, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, Judith Jackson aromatherapy amenities and plush bathrobes.

Highlights

Blow bubbles, kisses or both with your sweetie and the Bella Vista Bubbles and Kisses package. Spend a romantic night in luxe accommodations with champagne and a delicious treat. Soak in a bath with rose petals and bath salts and then wake up to breakfast in bed.

Address

335 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva, WI 53147

6 . Inns of Geneva National

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 6577

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If the first image that comes to your mind when we say “driver” is a silver club glinting in the sunlight instead of a bedraggled parent behind the wheel of a mini-van, our No. 6 pick is for you. With three courses in an elite golfing community and cozy lodging, all you have to do is yell, “Fore!”

We’re not claiming to be bent-grass green experts, but we trust that Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player knew what they were doing when they designed the three golf courses that have given Geneva National its prestigious reputation. Inns of Geneva National carries on this legend with 36 rooms stocked with all the creature comforts. Instead of stacking all 36 rooms into one high-rise, Inns of Geneva National placed six rooms in six inns. This means that Inns of Geneva National gives you the attention and privacy of an intimate B and B but the amenities of a top notch hotel. After conquering bunkers and hazards, come back to your Inns room and cook dinner on your private veranda with a gas grill. Or, remember that birdie while relaxing in your whirlpool tub.

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Inns of Geneva National also has two great rooms where your group can gather. Sit in overstuffed furniture and watch the Wisconsin world go by through floor-to-ceiling windows, sit by the fieldstone fireplaces or share dinner at the mahogany dining table.

Address

1091 Hidden Cottage Cr., Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Getting there

Inns of Geneva National is simple to reach. From Chicago, take I-294 to I-94 North and then Hwy. 50 West. From Milwaukee, take I-43 West to Hwy. 67 South and then Hwy. 50 East.

7 . The Geneva Inn

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 1368

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We had to blink a few times, but we’re sure of it. The Geneva Inn is the quintessential English inn with lavish modern luxuries. Historically known as the 1883 Gypsy Lodge that catered to Chicago businessmen, Geneva Inn has kept its class and expanded its clientele.

With our No. 7 pick’s lakeside locale, Geneva Inn easily becomes an island of opulence surrounded by natural beauty. Geneva Inn is no country bumpkin, however. You’ll quickly discover this for yourself when you step from the warm waters of your bath in an oversized vintage tub and into a plush bathrobe. Or when you indulge in a Wine Dinner comprised of five gourmet courses paired with exquisite wines. While staring out at Lake Geneva and Geneva Inn’s private marina from your balcony is breathtaking, the 21-mile lake path right outside the resort’s door is beckoning you to explore by foot or bike. Or, take the courtesy shuttle into town and explore numerous boutiques and galleries. No matter where you wander, the bedtime chocolates and morning breakfast buffet will bring you back.

Highlights

Geneva Inn offers seasonal packages sure to spark your interest. Inquisitive characters with a keen eye and a quick mind will enjoy the InnVestigation Murder Mystery Package. Detective work and delectable dishes go hand in hand on this WI weekend getaway!

Related Onsite Offerings

All rooms at Geneva Inn come with a refreshment bar, wireless Internet, bedtime chocolates and a breakfast buffet.

Related activities

Visit nearby Clear Waters Salon and Day Spa on your own or take advantage of specials through Geneva Inn for treatments such as a spa pedicure or manicure, a facial or a Stress Buster Massage.

8 . Mill Creek Hotel

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (262) 248 - 6647

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You expected our No. 8 resort to have our spotlighted region’s name in the title. But this time we’ve spiced up our list with a Lake Geneva hotel that offers not only the fabled lake views, but also scenery of a different nature, namely the Donian Nature Preserve and Mill Creek.

Mill Creek Hotel is the picky traveler’s reprieve. Instead of pacing back and forth trying to sort out which amenities you’d like to have and which you can live without, Mill Creek conveniently provides gas fireplaces, a private covered balcony, fully-equipped kitchen, two-person whirlpool tub, spa showerheads and fluffy bathrobes in each suite. The only truly difficult decision you have to make is which view you want to wake up to each morning and fall asleep to at night. The picturesque Mill Creek and vibrant colors of the Donian Nature Preserve is the most popular vista, although we were quite satisfied with looking out over historic downtown Lake Geneva. Your great expectations of Mill Creek will experience great return. It’s tough to beat a nature preserve address that is also steps from downtown Lake Geneva’s festivals, shops and fine dining.

Highlights

Set the mood for a magical weekend with the Romantic Lovers Package. Mill Creek Hotel provides the ambiance of a boutique hotel, a restaurant gift certificate, roses, champagne, a DVD rental, popcorn and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness center, indoor pool, indoor whirlpool, outdoor deck, underground parking, meeting rooms, safes, umbrellas and more.

Address

123 Center St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147

9 . Wesley Inn and Resort

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (262) 248 - 4438

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Despite the fact our No. 9 pick shares the name of the hero from the movie, The Princess Bride, we did have other motivations behind our choice. Wesley Inn and Resort does sweep guests off their feet – but more because of its dazzling grounds and accommodations than the flash of a debonair smile.

With three acres of manicured lawns and colorful flowers, Wesley Inn and Resort puts you in tune with your surroundings. Stone benches beneath the shade of tree boughs and patios drenched in warm sunshine offer the discerning traveler sought-after respite. For resort-style living, the main complex offers spacious rooms with simple décor for a long weekend while eight quaint cottages strike the balance between your own private world and the convenience of the outside world. Speaking of balance, we feel that a well-balanced itinerary is just as important as finding the right room. For your Lake Geneva vacation at Wesley Inn we recommend a healthy dose of swimming in its heated outdoor pool, a sprinkling of city activities like carriage rides and museum browsing with a dash of aquatic adventures like sail boating or fishing.

Fun facts

For those taking refuge from the world a bit longer than most, Wesley Inn and Resort offers Extended Stay rates.

Related Onsite Offerings

The individual cottages come with closets, a full-size bed, TV, storage and showers.

Address

625 Wells St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147

10 . The Cove of Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 980 - 7606

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Discover southeastern Wisconsin's luxurious all-suite resort and conference center right along the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva. Whether you're planning a family vacation, a meeting with your team or a romantic treat for you and your sweetheart, the Cove of Lake Geneva is everything you need for a relaxing lakeside getaway.

Located in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva, just steps from the beautiful lake itself, the Cove offers you a place where you can call home on your Wisconsin vacation. Their elegant suites feature private balconies or patios, a whirlpool, fireplace and two 32" flat-screen televisions. These modern amenities provide you with true comfort and convenience during your stay, so you can unwind however you please in the privacy of your own room. When you're ready to have some fun, the Cove's prime central location makes it easy to find something to do. Spend a day at the lake for fishing and swimming, or enjoy a stroll in town where you can visit the many shops and festivals. If you're here with the family, then the kids are sure to love the Cove Kids Club! With cookie decorating, friendship bracelets and limbo contests, your kids will be begging you to extend your vacation! Plus, an onsite tennis court and basketball court offers you more options for great fun without having to leave the resort!

Address

111 Center St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Highlights

The Cove of Lake Geneva can also function as a conference center. Leave the hassle of drawing creative seating arrangements aside and let The Cove assist in tailoring your event or gathering with more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Related Onsite Offerings

Treat your tastebuds to something delicious throughout your stay at the Cove of Lake Geneva. Their Cove Café & Lounge offers invigorating Colectivo Coffee and light breakfast items, perfect for starting your day. The Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub is the ideal place to unwind after fun with an incredible lunch or dinner!

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