Whether it’s a romantic walk along the Geneva Lake Shore path, relaxing spa treatments, or seeing some live entertainment, couples find lots to love about this nearby resort town.
What to Do
Take it slow and relax with romantic walks, a carriage/sleigh ride, spa treatments, time by a fireplace, and private cocktails in an illuminated igloo. A gentle stroll along a piece of the Geneva Lake Shore Path and carriage/sleigh rides with Dan Patch Stables are perfect ways to slow down and let your significant other know how much you care. Couples massages and other relaxing spa treatments are found at the many boutique and full-service spas including Clear Waters Salon Spa and Mia Faccia. Spas located at major resorts such as the Avani Spa at The Abbey Resort, the Calladora Spa at Lake Lawn Resort, and the Well Spa + Salon at Grand Geneva Resort also offer fitness, pools and saunas. When it’s time to get cozy, share the warmth of one of the many crackling fireplaces found at area hotels and restaurants, or reserve a private igloo at The Ridge Hotel to enjoy cocktails while cuddled up amidst the glow and snow.
Visit local delis, markets, breweries and wineries and create a romantic meal using Lake Geneva favorites including gourmet cheeses from The Cheese Box, specialty olive oils and vinegars from Olive Oil Shops, award-winning bratwurst from Lake Geneva Country Meats, craft beers from Geneva Lake Brewing Company, fine wines from Studio Winery and Staller Estates, and homemade sweet treats from Kilwins. Many resorts and hotels have villas and suites with full kitchens for whipping up a romantic dinner or thoughtful breakfast in bed.
See some live entertainment. Add some magic to your celebration by reserving tickets to the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre show to see large-scale illusions in the world’s smallest permanent magic venue. The Fireside Dinner Theatre, running Legends of Country! through February 17 and My Fair Lady starting February 21, includes an experience with dining, browsing gift shops, and high caliber entertainment.
Combine your getaway with a special event or activity. Ice Castles, illuminated in lights, offers the perfect romantic evening activity and perhaps the perfect spot for a marriage proposal. The United States National Snow Sculpting Championship (Jan. 30 – Feb. 2) is a must see with works of snow sculpted art lining the shores of downtown Lake Geneva. Or see the sky colored by the beauty of gigantic kite displays and airborne performances by world-class kite teams during Sky Circus on Ice held at Lake Lawn Resort (Feb. 15 – 17).
Where to Eat:
Intimate tables for two are found at restaurants set in luxury resorts, those in the walkable downtown area, and those with picturesque views. 240° West at the Abby Resort serves up locally sourced, hand-crafted cuisine in a rustic atmosphere with a large fireplace and panoramic harbor views. Geneva National’s Hunt Club Steakhouse is nestled in a century-old farmhouse in the woods, offering mouthwatering steaks, a wine list with more than 400 selections and a crackling wood-burning fire. Stefana’s at The French Country Inn on Lake Como offers Italian and German cuisine paired with fine wines, craft cocktails and beautiful lake views. Serving delicious Italian-American bold flavored dishes, Sopra in downtown Lake Geneva provides a casual and romantic atmosphere. Grand Geneva’s Sunday Champagne Brunch is more than a treat with its bottomless champagne and mimosas along with breakfast favorites, seafood delicacies, carving stations and unforgettable desserts.
Where to Stay:
The Lake Geneva area has accommodations to match every couples tastes and needs, with many offering special packages that coincide with Valentine’s or area special events. Will it be a luxury resort in Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, The Abbey Resort, or Lake Lawn Resort; a villa at Geneva National; a suite at Bella Vista Suites, The Cove of Lake Geneva or Mill Creek Hotel; a historic room at Maxwell Mansion; or a B&B in T.C. Smith?
Plan your special getaway with the help of VISIT Lake Geneva by calling (800) 345-1020, visiting www.VisitLakeGeneva.com or by downloading the VISIT Lake Geneva app.
About Lake Geneva: Situated on the shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, the Lake Geneva area is a four-season recreation, resort and meeting destination easily accessed from Chicago and Milwaukee. Steeped in rich history, the area is known for its beautiful estates built by Chicago notables after the Great Chicago Fire. Many of these early mansions, and newer modern homes, can be viewed by walking along the areas one-of-a-kind, 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path.
Those who escape to the Lake Geneva area find pristine surroundings in every season and a wealth of leisure activities including three season golfing, on the water options, spas, boutique shopping, events and entertainment. From luxury resorts to quaint bed and breakfasts and plenty of dining choices, there are options to fit the needs of every type of visitor. Plan your visit by calling (800) 345-1020, visiting www.VisitLakeGeneva.com or by downloading the VISIT Lake Geneva app.