Kid-tested travel - April 2006 My parents enjoyed Chestnut Mountain Resort when they were a young couple. As a family, we went there when I was a little girl and this year, my boys and I visited.
It’s a nice place that has been around since 1959. It feels as though it hasn’t changed that much. The faux Swiss-chalet lodge is well kept and it still surprises you as you come up the drive—what is this doing in the Midwest?
But what sets the 114-room Chestnut resort apart is the breathtaking view. It is perched on top of a beautiful bluff that sweeps right down to the mighty Mississippi River. When you stand at the lodge and look down, you can see woodlands, three states and, if you’re lucky, a show of eagles flying overhead. It’s a great view in the winter when you are skiing. But you can also enjoy the downhill view in the summer with the alpine slides, which are open daily through Labor Day. No skill here, you just have to be able to sit tight and hold on. Then, you get a chance to ride back up on the chair lift—all for $5 a ticket, $4 for children—kids age 6 and under must ride with an adult. Check the Web site for prices, packages, times and deals.
The resort is very family-friendly and also has an indoor pool, nine family suites, a restaurant and a bar. The food was not special, but it was fine. Besides, you are 15 minutes from Galena and a host of great restaurants. But don’t forget the dining room does have a beautiful view of the Mississippi—the same view my dad adored decades ago.