Not all vacations have to be taken somewhere that is warm all year round. Sometimes, wintertime vacations can be just as fun – skiing, snowmobiling, warm fires, and hot cocoa are just a few things to get excited about. For travelers who are interested in a vacation destination that’s perfect all year round, for both summer and winter activities, Lake Geneva is just the place. Located in Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has historically been a central vacation spot for those living in Chicago, with the Windy City being only a 90-minute drive.
Lake Geneva is a beautiful historic town, with hotels and resorts that were once beautiful mansions and are reminiscent of the Gilded Age many long years ago. Lake Geneva is also a great place for the outdoorsy type. If you’re looking for a spot to glamp, for a romantic getaway on the lake, or for a place with sunny fun in the water, you can find it at one of the hotels and resorts around Lake Geneva.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Lake Geneva:
1. Comfort Suites Lake Geneva
Located conveniently close to the historic downtown district of Lake Geneva, Comfort Suites is the perfect place to stay for guests who want to be in the middle of all the excitement during their Lake Geneva vacation. Perfect for family vacations, guests will have their choice of single studio rooms or double king bed suites. No matter the size, Comfort Suites will have an accommodation to fit the family.
Guests will be able to have a complimentary breakfast every morning and take advantage of the on-site mini-market. Due to the location, lunch and dinner can be found at nearby restaurants. Comfort Suites has a fitness center, a game room, and an indoor pool. Guests can also take to the nearby historic downtown Lake Geneva area and explore all the activities and entertainment.
2. Historic Hotels of Lake Geneva
There are two properties for guests to stay at when they book with Historic Hotels. The Baker House was built in 1885 where guests will be able to experience all the ambiance of the Gilded Age. The Maxwell Mansion was built in 1856 and was the very first mansion that was built in Lake Geneva. Each house has uniquely decorated rooms with a historic feel and luxury amenities.
Both properties are committed to giving guests the real Gilded Age experience when it comes to dining, and both offer themed restaurants, bars, lounges, and even a speakeasy. Guests will also be able to join in on nightly dinnertime entertainment. For fun, guests can join in on Murder Mystery Cocktail Parties, or go off and explore the rest of Lake Geneva and get lots in the historic downtown district.
3. Timber Ridge Lodge
Ready for fun that the whole family can enjoy? Timber Ridge Lodge is perfect for adults and kids of all ages, and just the place to start planning that summer family vacation. Timber Ridge Lodge has 255 guest suites that include living and kitchen areas, so you can feel like you’re at a home away from home. There are also rooms with a fireplace, so you can really enjoy the ambiance of home.
Timber Ridge Lodge has two onsite dining areas for guests to enjoy their lunch and dinner. For guests on the move, there’s a grab ’n’ go meal area. When it’s time to get dinner with the whole family, Timber Ridge Lodge has an onsite BBQ restaurant. Timber Ridge Lodge has all kinds of activities perfect for everyone’s taste, including a water park, arcade, golf, and horseback riding.
4. The Mill Creek Hotel
Settled in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva and situated on the lakefront, the Mill Creek Hotel is settled within the Dorian Wetland Nature Preserve. Perfect for couples to sneak away on a romantic vacation, the Mill Creek Hotel has only 33 intimate and luxurious suites, to give guests the privacy and exclusive experience that they deserve.
Guests are offered a grab ’n’ go style breakfast every morning between 7 am and 10 am. With its location right in downtown Lake Geneva, guests have easy access to all kinds of restaurants for lunch and dinner. Mill Creek Hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub, making it the perfect destination for both the warm summer and cool winter months.
5. Bella Vista Suites
This luxury boutique hotel is nestled along the shore of Geneva Lake, located within walking distance of historic downtown. Bella Vista Suites boasts a home away from home feeling, with all-suite accommodations that will allow guests and families of all sizes to pick the room suited just for them. Guests will have their pick of park-view, woodland view, or lakeside suites, with full living areas and balconies.
Although there is no on-site restaurant here at the Bella Vista Suites, its central location just minutes away from downtown makes it the perfect spot to be able to go explore all the dining venues that Lake Geneva has to offer. Along with the indoor swimming pool and fitness center, Bella Vista Suites also offers spa services at the Heartland Spa, and the Himalayan Salt Sauna. In the warmer months, guests can also rent out kayaks and paddleboards and take to the waters of Geneva Lake.
6. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa
Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is a perfect place to bring the whole family, including the dog! This pet-friendly hotel offers 355 luxury accommodations, including executive hotel suites, junior rooms, and luxury vacation rental villas. Guests can take their pick of studio, one, two, or three-bedroom villas and enjoy all the luxury hotel amenities while feeling right at home, with a private patio away from the rest of the guests.
Grand Geneva Resort offers six dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with an array of seafood, steak, and American-style authentic Italian dishes. During the summer, guests can take the bike trails or go horseback riding, and kids can join a Kid’s Adventure Camp. During winter, Grand Geneva Resort is the perfect place to stay with nearby skiing at the Mountain Top.
7. The Ridge
This resort boasts “a new take” on Lake Geneva. The Ridge is a completely reformed and contemporary resort, offering more modern architecture and style. Only a five-minute drive from downtown Lake Geneva, and the beachfront to the shores of Lake Como, the Ridge offers guests 146 rooms and a property that is covered in woodland, making this a modern and secluded type of getaway.
With three delicious on-site restaurants, guests can take their pick of delicious American specialties, or gourmet fine dining. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment at the on-site Bar 55 On the Veranda. For those of you who are seeking to get the most out of your vacation when it comes to relaxation, the Ridge has a salon and spa with massages, facials, and reflexology treatments. Along with the spa, there are also fitness classes and a fitness center.
8. The Geneva Inn
Nestled on the shores of Geneva Lake, the Geneva Inn has stunning, panoramic views of the shimmering waters from all sides of the property. Perfect for both a family vacation and a romantic hideaway on the shores of the lake, the Geneva Inn offers deluxe rooms and luxury suites with views of Geneva Lake.
The Geneva Inn offers a waterfront restaurant for guests to enjoy the view of the Geneva Lake while they dine on a selection of fresh seafood and locally sourced products and ingredients, as well as casual American cuisine. Surrounding the Geneva Inn are many exciting activities and entertainments for guests to enjoy, such as several spas, golf courses, ziplines, parasailing, or canopy tours.
9. Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Lake Geneva Resort
Among the scenic Wisconsin countryside, the Holiday Inn at Lake Geneva Resort offers guests a relaxing and affordable getaway. Guests will be able to take their pick of one or two-bedroom villas, with spacious design and luxury accommodations including a fully equipped kitchen and living area, as well as a private patio or balcony.
Breakfast is served at the resort, and for lunch or dinner, guests are close enough to the historic downtown district of Lake Geneva that exciting new cuisine or favorite classics are within a few minute’s drive. A perfect getaway for all seasons starts here, with boat tours on the Geneva Lake during the warmer months, or an exciting skiing vacation during winter time.
10. The Abbey Resort
Settled on 90 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, the Abbey Resort is a lakefront all-service resort that endeavors to make each guest’s stay as luxurious as possible. The Abbey Resort offers 334 suites and guest rooms, as well as 13 luxury vacation villas for big groups or guests who endeavor to travel in style. Enjoy a view of the beautiful grounds or the sight of Geneva Lake just outside your window.
The Abbey Resort offers two on-site dining venues, with an array of culinary choices that will be sure to satisfy any guest’s craving, as well as stunning views of the nearby lake right from the restaurant patios. The Avani Spa is located onsite at the Abbey Spa, giving both guests and locals around Lake Geneva a place to get away from the hassle of everyday life. Men and women will be able to find a treatment just for them, and there are even spa treatments perfect for teens.
11. The Cove of Lake Geneva
A perfect family-friendly destination awaits at the Cove of Geneva Lake. This resort is lakeside to Geneva Lake and minutes from the bustling downtown district of Lake Geneva. Guests of all ages will be able to find something fun and exciting to do. The Cove offers both suites and condos, with one or two bedrooms, as well as patios and balconies so you can enjoy being alongside the shore with a stunning view of the lake.
On-site dining options include Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub, where all the food is made and cooked in the kitchen with local ingredients. Guests can also indulge in poolside meals and drinks, as well as in-suite dining for romantic couples looking to get away from prying eyes. Located on the lake, The Cove offers outdoor watersports options. Guests can rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle board and get up close and personal with the magnificence of Geneva Lake.
12. The Inns of Geneva National
This resort is designed perfectly for wedding partners, corporate retreats, family vacations, and reunions. It’s made up of six villas, each with deluxe guest rooms and spacious common rooms such as living areas, dining areas, and recreation rooms. Guests will also get their own private patio where they can enjoy the surrounding lush, manicured gardens spread over the property.
For food options, guests can get seasonal food delivery from the Clubhouse Grill. For year-round options, guests will be able to order grocery deliveries from The Green Grocer, with options for both groceries and prepared dinner food. The Inns of Geneva National is the perfect place for golf lovers, with 54 holes of golf that have been designed by players such as Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino.
13. Geneva Beach Resort
Located along the shore of the Alexandria, Minnesota lakes, the Geneva Beach Resort is perfect for travelers who are looking to get a taste of the outdoors. Rather than guest rooms or suites, Geneva Beach Resort offers guests cabin accommodations, each one uniquely designed. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a smaller cabin perfect for a romantic getaway, or seeking a larger cabin for the whole family, Geneva Beach Resort has you covered.
Geneva Beach Resort isn’t located far from Lake Geneva’s best dining venues, with hidden gems that will be sure to satisfy everyone’s cravings. On-site at the resort, guests can have free use of kayaks, paddle boats, and paddleboards and spend the day out on the lake. There are outside play areas, fishing boats, and campfire rings. Guests will be able to enjoy all the fun of camping within luxury cabin accommodations.
14. Seven Oaks
Seven Oaks is a boutique hotel located in a quiet neighborhood just a short way away from all the excitement of Lake Geneva’s downtown district, so guests can enjoy both a scenic, quiet vacation while not being too far away from the action. This is a perfect getaway for a romantic vacation, as Seven Oaks is an adult-only resort. Seven Oaks offers guests 9 spacious suites that are located in quiet, one-floor buildings which include porches to complete the luxury at-home feel.
Seven Oaks gives guests a complimentary Continental Breakfast, and the location of the resort allows for lunch and dinner options to be sought out just a few minutes away in the downtown area of Lake Geneva. Not only can guests take a trip to downtown Lake Geneva, but Seven Oaks is close to hiking areas, horseback riding, and boating tours.
15. Harbor Shores
Centrally located in the middle of downtown Lake Geneva, as well as waterfront to the picturesque Geneva Lake, Harbor Shores offers stunning views of the surrounding areas and exciting attractions just minutes away from the hotel doors. Guests can enjoy a lake view or park view room with a private balcony that overlooks the lake or the nearby Seminary Park located just behind the Harbor Shores property.
Along with complimentary daily breakfast, guests can get their lunch and dinner meals at Gino’s East Restaurant and Bar, which is open daily and serves classic American favorites. Harbor Shores offers an indoor and outdoor heated pool for all seasons, including a sauna and a fitness room. For travelers with little ones, Harbor Shores also has two hotel nanny services.