About 80 percent of the tourists who flock to Lake Genevaâ€™s charming downtown are from Chicago. Itâ€™sÂ kind of like their "Up North," while we Milwaukeeans prefer heading to the North Woods or the WisconsinÂ Dells.
But Lake Geneva deserves another look.
It finally felt like summer when I arrived at the quaint shopping district on the shores of sparkling Geneva Lake.Â Just 50 minutes from my front door in Bay View, it is filled to the brim with local, funky clothing stores, mom-and-pop restaurants and old-fashioned candy stores. Parking is plentiful, and as long as you pay at one of theÂ convenient pay stations (itâ€™s not too expensive), you can wander around all day carefree.
The largest and most popular resort, just a few minutes from downtown, is the Grand Geneva, once theÂ glamorous Playboy Club of the 1960s. Though most of the facility has been renovated since its "Mad Men"Â days, the staff is dedicated to preserving the resortâ€™s rich history through plaques, murals and displays ofÂ authentic relics from the era.
Staying at the Grand Geneva is definitely an indulgence, but the lush trees, manicured gardens and privateÂ lake will take care of any guilt you might feel for treating yourself.
In fact, treating yourself well is one of the primary focuses of the Grand Genevaâ€™s new Wellness Retreat. TheÂ retreat offers small groups of participants the opportunity to bond with one another while learning aboutÂ nutrition, exercise and wellness. Yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, fresh meals together and a specialÂ bonfire on the last night make this retreat unique. Participants often keep in touch well after theyâ€™ve returnedÂ home. You can find out more about the retreat here.
Busy moms like me will appreciate the peaceful environment of the WELL Salon and Spa. It boasts HimalayanÂ salt lamps in every treatment room as well as a Himalayan salt whirlpool. The salt is thought to neutralizeÂ the harmful effects of modern-day devices that make us anxious and…Read more...