Recently, my husband and I packed the car and the kids for the weekend and headed up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Having never been, a friend of mine with two kids of her own recommended Timber Ridge Lodge at The Grand Geneva. Located a quick five-minute drive from the actual Lake Geneva, Timber Ridge is geared towards families traveling with children. There are affordably priced one- and two-bedroom suites available. We chose the two-bedroom suite – and with a fully equipped kitchenette, two bathrooms and a deck, felt more like a small condo in the city, then a hotel room.
Of course, Timber Ridge boasts more than just well thought out rooms; it’s most desirable attraction is the 50,000 square-foot indoor waterpark. Perfect for a day when the weather is not cooperating, it is complete with a lazy river, two exciting “you-must-be-48-inches-tall-to-ride-this-slide” slides (which my husband and I loved!), a large activity pool with a rope climb and water basket court, and a zero-entry water play space for the youngest water park attendees, there is something for everyone. And much to my pleasure, the park is not too big or too overwhelming. I was able to keep and eye on both kiddos without feeling stressed, while at the same time the kids had enough to stay entertained for hours. The park also has a free towel service, a snack bar, access to an outdoor pool with a few small slides, and both and indoor and outdoor hot tubs.
(When staying at Timber Ridge, you have full access to The Grand Geneva’s restaurants and amenities, although our kids’ favorite was the free trolley available from Timber Ridge to the Grand!)
The next day we headed to the lakefront for a little fun in the sun. We were pleasantly surprised that we had plenty of room on the peaceful lakefront — essentially the complete opposite of Chicago’s North Ave Beach on a warm weekend! We watched seaplanes take off and land again on the lake and we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the shore, which I picked up from Boatyard Bagel Company, located just around the corner from the lakefront entrance. On our way back to the car, we took a stroll along Lake Geneva’s Main Street, which is lined with adorable boutiques, coffee shops, ice cream parlors and Popeye’s On Lake Geneva, home to a fantastic all you can eat Friday Fish Fry. Delicious!
While we stayed close to shore, for the more adventurous vacationers, you can rent jet skis, motorized boats and kayaks. Or if you prefer to sit in the passenger seat, you can enjoy a boat tour around the lake.
To learn more about this gorgeous town and its year-round activities, visit www.lakegenevawi.com — I know I’m already planning my fall weekend getaway!