The words "Lake Geneva" evoke memories of lazy summer afternoons
at the beach, wandering the shore path or browsing in shops.
But thanks to the nearby Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the
vacation spot isn't just a warm-weather destination-families can
create memories all year round.
Upon arrival at the Grand Geneva, guests receive a Passport to a
Grand Experience, which outlines the many activities-everything
from a heavenly massage in the spa to a gut-straining meal at one
of the resort's restaurants. Each time you complete an activity,
you receive a stamp, which add up to resort activity credit to use
in the future.
Kids are kept busy while mom and dad are sweating through a
Zumba class or trying their hands at kayaking with activities the
Grand Geneva calls "Escapades." The activities-digital scavenger
hunts, American Junior Idol competitions, cooking contests-are for
kids 4-17 and range from $10-$50.
In-room babysitting is available for a fee.
Each day, the resort also offers Grand Experiences the whole
family can take part in for free, including fingernail painting,
cookie decorating, musical chairs and children's movies.
The Timber Ridge Lodge, with Moose Mountain Falls all-weather
Water Park, is just down the hill and available for use by Grand
Geneva guests. The kid heaven features an activity pool, lazy river
and two tube slides. A full-sized Bruce the Moose mascot, built
entirely of LEGO, guards the door and reminds guests of the
resort's LEGO packages.
In the spring, you can get a jump on the summertime crowds and
hot sun and enjoy nature walks, golf or a trolley ride into town-or
an adventurous outdoor activity you've always wanted to try. It's a
great time to dust off those jeans and boots and pretend to be a
cowboy (or girl) at the Dan Patch Stables.
In the fall, Grand Geneva takes advantage of its picturesque
setting to offer a corn maze and haunted hayrides, plus campfires
to ward off the evening's chill. When the holidays come around, the
resort rolls out its extensive Christmas in the Country
If you tend to think of Lake Geneva as only a warm-weather
destination, think again. There's fun to be had in any season of
the year-or any season of life.
Elizabeth Diffin is the senior editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
See more of Elizabeth's stories here.
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