September 13, 2020

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | The Perfect Midwest Getaway

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Looking for the perfect local getaway in the Midwest?  Look no further than the award winning Grand Geneva Resort & Spa located just an hour north of Chicago.  Save big this Fall, too, with their getaway packages!


By now, it’s no secret, The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is one of our favorite local getaway destinations.

Nestled in the picturesque Wisconsin countryside, Grand Geneva Resort is surrounded by postcard-perfect scenery with European flavor. Enjoy views of lush valleys and meadows, and experience it with the resort’s outstanding recreation program, in a location that is easily accessible.

Whatever the time of year, visitors are always discovering something new – from a hillside turning crimson in autumn to the joys of Christmas in the Country, their annual winter celebration from Mid-November through the Holidays.

In every season, you’ll know you are enjoying the rewards of staying at one of the nation’s premier vacation destinations. And best of all, Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is easy to reach, just a short drive from Chicago and Milwaukee.

In an hour you can make a quick road trip to Grand Geneva from Milwaukee; and it’s the perfect Chicago weekend getaway – just a 90-minute trip from Chicagoland. Midwestern guests are amazed at the relaxing resort experience that’s just around the corner and visitors from far away simply marvel at the Wisconsin beauty that’s all around.

Looking for a bit of adventure, the Grand Geneva Resort offers a ton of family fun activities such as horseback riding, downhill skiing, an indoor pool and outdoor pool, access to a water park, round of golf on their award winning course, rent mountain bikes, scooter around town and so much more! 

A visit to Lake Geneva and the Grand Geneva Resort should be at the top of your list of must-do things this season! 

Need directions?  See here for all the details.



The Grand Geneva Resort is one of our favorites all year round, but this time of year, the resort is truly captivating with Fall foliage. Just wait until you see some of the photos.

These last several months have been so busy for both Shawn and I. Not to mention, we’ve been trying to keep our travels more local due to social distancing. So, the road trip up north was just what we needed to break away from life. I was smiling from ear-to-ear all weekend.

We really did have such a great time. We ate our weight in incredible food (their Geneva Chophouse has the most delicious Lobster Mac N’ Cheese!), enjoyed the most relaxing lava stone couples massage and caught the Sleepy Hallow Hanuted Hayride. It was a great excuse to snuggle up a little extra tight on Shawn 🙂

Whether you’re traveling with family, need a weekend away with the girls or an excuse to get away from a local date night, the Grand Geneva Resort will not disappoint.

And, who can resist the opportunity to snag great Fall photos at their on-site pumpkin patch. 



In today’s post, we are going to give you all the great details on this incredible stay at the Grand Geneva Resort including: 

  • Amenities 
  • Various stay options 
  • Where to eat 
  • What to do 
  • … and so much more! 

If you’re looking for other local stays, be sure to check out some amazing towns in Michigan, too!  You won’t want to miss our Weekend Getaway to Frankfort, Michigan – Where to Eat, Drink, Stay & More! and Things to Do In Saugatuck Michigan – Where to Eat, Drink, Stay & More!


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Need a relazxing getaway?  Breathe in the fresh Wisconsin with with a stroll along the Grand Geneva Resort lake side walking path to see all that the resort has to offer.  Grab your coffee or Old Fashioned and kick back in the numerous Adirondack chairs placed throughout the resort while you watch golfers sink the 18th hole of The Brute.

Prefer to get out in nature and pick up the pace?  The Grand Geneva Resort also offers hiking, disc golf and swimming during summer or hit the slopes in your skis, snowboard or sled during winter activities season – and all the fall and spring activities in between.




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Grand Geneva Resort, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger



At Grand Geneva you’ll discover the finest restaurants and dining options that Lake Geneva, WI has to offer. In addition to their three main restaurants, they also offer in-room dining from 6 a.m. to midnight, ice cream and specialty coffee at Café Gelato and a decadent Champagne Sunday Brunch at Geneva ChopHouse.  It’s seriously the most delicious.

When at Timber Ridge Lodge for the day, you can also take advantage of their eateries – Smokey’s Bar-B-Que House for hearty barbecue and the Hungry Moose Food Court for a quick bite.



The Links Bar and Grill at the Grand Geneva Golf Shop offers a full breakfast menu and day long treats including some of the area’s best burgers, crisp salads and hearty sandwiches for a refreshing follow-up to your golf game.

Located at the Golf Pro Shop, Links Bar & Grill offers great views panoramic views of The Brute and their private lake. 

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on their outdoor patio! Stick around for evening dinner or cocktails fireside on the patio after a round on the course.  The menu offers hearty sandwiches, juicy burgers, refreshing salads and more.  

No dress code is required.  


Grand Geneva Resort, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger

Grand Geneva Resort, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger

Grand Geneva Resort, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger



The Geneva Chop House is by far one of our favorite places to eat at The Grand Geneva Resort.  I can almost guarantee it will not disappoint!

It all starts with a steak. Hand-selected, custom-seasoned, and prepared to perfection in an open-hearth grill. Then, wine. Cultivated in one of the world’s premier winemaking regions, and strategically chosen to complement the cut.

Welcome to Geneva ChopHouse, where they have mastered the art of steak and wine. From cabernet and filet to sirloin and syrah, each pairing is a masterpiece, expertly crafted to satisfy the palate.

Of course, there’s more to the story. Stellar seafood, chops and top-notch cocktails round out the menu, along with family-style sides and delectable desserts. It all comes together with the best Lake Geneva vibes in an upscale steak house atmosphere.

The Geneva Chophouse is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00PM – 10:00PM.  Please note, they are closed Sunday and Monday.  Advanced reservations are highly recommended.  To make reservations, you can call (262) 249-4788.

Also, it is considered an upscale steakhouse so more dressy attire is suggested.  


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Grand Cafe features a seasonal menu and is located on the first level in the Main Lodge, just off the Lobby.

With choices from light and low-calorie to shamelessly indulgent, the seasonal menu reflects the scents and flavors of the changing midwestern seasons. And don’t miss the fabulous breakfast buffet, offered seasonally. 

The Grand Cafe also features a Friday and Saturday night Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet with their fresh catch of the day options along with snow crab, peel and eat shrimp, prime rib and a pasta and salad bar.

NOTE:  Due to COVID-19, there may be some food restrictions – including the buffett and salad bars. 



If you are looking for one of the best Italian Restaurants located in Lake Geneva, look no further than Ristorante Brissago.  

Ristorante Brissago is located on the second floor of the Grand Geneva Resort and is open all year round.  

Enjoy delectable wines and inspiring cuisine and Italian favorites such as Rigatoni al Ragu, Aragosta Tagliatelle and Bucatini Carbonara. Brissago’s wood burning oven adds a special flavor to their Salsiccia al Forno.

Also, their antipasti appetizer offers an inspired collection of Italian cheeses, salumi and verdure for you to taste and try. Take a tour of Italy through their extensive wine list featuring Italian wines organized by region and selected to pair thoughtfully with their delicious dishes.

Ristorantè Brissago’s intimate dining room offers expansive view of the picturesque Wisconsin countryside and Grand Geneva’s award-winning golf course. The full bar is perfect for sipping a cocktail prior to dining. Private dining options are also available accommodating parties of 15 to 32.

Advanced reservations are highly recommended.  To make reservations, you can call (262) 249-4788.




No matter the season, or the weather, the Grand Geneva Resort has a number of activities to please everyone in your family.  Whether you want outdoor activites for social distancing, or are looking to keep things indoors, there are endless things to do during your stay.  

Looking to make the upcoming holiday season grand?  There is no better place to celebrate than Grand Geneva Resort. From delicious Holiday Brunches to their festive Christmas in the Country events, you can enjoy tradition and excitement with Grand Geneva as the backdrop for your memories.



WELL Spa®+ Salon at Grand Geneva is devoted to syncing your mind and body. Slip into a robe and slippers and renew your senses in an environment of relaxation. With a wide range of services devoted to your well-being, you’ll find the perfect way to reinvigorate yourself.

the Fitness Center at Grand Geneva has an activity for everyone. Choose from an array of classes such as cycling or yoga. Try your hand at the 35-foot-tall climbing wall and the thrills it imparts. Other highlights include a basketball court, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, an indoor lap pool and locker rooms with sauna and steam rooms.

Use of the fitness center is included with every spa and salon service and is open to all Grand Geneva Resort and Spa guests.



Horseback riding, scooter rentals, skiing oh my!  The Grand Geneva Resort Adventure Center has it all!  

During summer, The Adventure Center transforms from a winter sport snow park to the ultimate outdoor experience. The ski hill becomes the hub of all warm weather activities, from hiking and biking to team sports including sand volleyball and disc golf.

Trade in your skis and snow pants for sneakers and shorts and hit the hill for a day of fun in the sun. Rent a scooter and take it for a ride on our rustic Wisconsin roads or join a guided tour around Geneva Lake. 




As one of the best golf resorts in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the golf experience at Grand Geneva Resort is more than just incredible views and rolling fairways, it is the perfect all-inclusive golf getaway.

At Grand Geneva, you’ll find that their two 18-hole golf courses, The Brute, rated one of the best in the Midwest, and The Highlands, a Scottish Link style course, are as challenging as they are beautiful.

In addition to two award-winning golf courses, the resort also offers luxurious amenities and a variety of activities to do on site while you’re waiting for your tee time.



Timber Ridge Lodge is just a trolly ride away from the Grand Geneva Resort and offers 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor fun. 

Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark lets you take off on two gigantic heated waterslides from a 35-foot tower, float down the river, or relax in a tropical-style setting with hot tubs and lounge chairs. There’s countless hours of fun, even in the middle of winter!

When you’ve dried off, additional activities include a game arcade, mini-golf (seasonal) and delicious eateries.

Guests of Grand Geneva can purchase day passes to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark (passes will not be available on New Year’s Eve and restrictions apply over Spring Break Periods), based on availability.

If you’re interested, inquire at time of reservation. Guests of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark have waterpark passes included with their overnight stay. The resort trolley provides transportation from Grand Geneva to Timber Ridge throughout the day.



Just a few quick miles from the Grand Geneva Resort, downtown Lake Geneva has a number of one-of-a-kind shops and stores for all kinds of shoppers!

Whether you’re shopping for a unique gift, interested in stiring a memory from the lake or create the perfect accent in your home. Explore downtown Lake Geneva’s antique shops for that hidden gem you’ve been looking for. So many stores to explore just a couple miles away.


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Festive holiday activities include Brunch with Santa, Thanksgiving & Christmas Dining, the Mountain Top Skiing (which Shawn and I cannot wait to enjoy this winter) and even holiday sleigh rides.

Shawn and I headed to the resort last year and had to head home before we could book a day of skiing.  It looks like such a blast!  We’re hoping to enjoy it here in the coming months for our second trip back this season.


If you’re looking to book at stay at the Grand Geneva Resort, be sure to check our their weekday and weekend packages.  Current packages include: 

  • Spa & WELLness Package 
  • Family Friendly Waterpark Package 
  • Romantic Weekend Getaway 
  • Lake Geneva Adventure Package 
  • Legendary Golf Package




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  1. It’s really one of our favorite places, as well! We should head up there together for the winter months – bring the kids! XO