From the summit of The Mountain Top, skiers can survey much of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spas sprawling, 1,300-acre property. Three miles from the shores of Geneva Lake, the AAA Four Diamond resort livens up vacations with two championship golf courses, an indoor water park, and 18 ski runs that zigzag down the slopes.
During downtime, deluxe courtside or lakeside rooms offer a restful haven in the resorts ranch-style lodge, inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. A bevy of restaurants cater to different tastes, from the signature fillet medallions at the ChopHouse to handmade pasta with lobster from Ristorante Brissago, which imports fresh mozzarella, wine, and bespoke suits from Italy on the weekly. Two cafes and a pair of bars and grills offer casual dining alternatives.
Between Grand Geneva's two award-winning golf courses, The Brute challenges even the most accomplished players, whereas the Jack Nicklausdesigned Highlands course accommodates higher handicaps. After scaling the 35-foot rock-climbing wall or playing tennis in the indoor sports complex, guests can unwind at the WELL Spa + Salon. Indoor and outdoor hot tubs bubble year-round at TimberRidge Waterpark, a sprawling facility with a lazy river and twisting waterslides.
Once a haven for Chicago's captains of industry, residents of Lake Geneva lived large in the 1920s in their mansions along the lakes shoreline. Some of those mansions still stand today, including the Queen Annestyle Black Point, open for public tours by land or boat. Such homes and history have lent Lake Geneva the nickname the Hamptons of the Midwest.
Charming shops and brunch spots line Lake Genevas downtown, but the real draw is Geneva Lake itself. Visitors can take in a lake sunset from Flatiron Park, or hop aboard one of Lake Geneva Cruise Line's old-fashioned steamboats in the warmer months. The line offers a range of public tours, including the U.S. Mailboat Tour, a first-hand look at the last remaining marine mail-delivery system in the country. Mailpersons leap onto the docks to quickly stuff mailboxes before the mailboat floats away and they're forced to hitch a ride on the UPS dinghy.
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