To me, nothing says “autumn” like a girl’s only getaway and so I recently planned an excursion to the Geneva Inn located in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I specifically chose this inn because it flawlessly blends European elegance with bed and breakfast charm. The inn’s lakefront facade is laced with grand balconies, archways and French windows. Rich in history, the hotel’s grounds were previously occupied by a Pottawatomie Indian tribe.
Today, rooms at the Geneva Inn are bathed in warm hues like sage, gold, burgundy and butter yellow. Our lakeside accomodations were lavishly ornamented with four poster beds, crown moldings, sumptuous fabrics, floor to ceiling windows and in room spa tubs. Standard quarters at the hotel range in price from about $175 to $265 depending on the view and the season. The Geneva Inn also boasts luxurious suites priced at around $390 and featuring separate bedrooms, sitting areas, dining tables, breakfast counters, wet bars and plasma screen TVs. And the inn offers plush robes, turn down service and chocolate treats to all of its guests.
The Grandview Restaurant located at the Geneva Inn highlights American Continental cuisine accompanied by spectacular lake views. We chose to have lunch at the Grandview since we were on a budget and the afternoon menu showcases reasonably priced $15 entrees such as: crab cakes, pan seared chicken, grilled shrimp skewers and more. Half price appetizers like: hot crab and artichoke dip, shrimp martinis and bruschetta are also available every day in the lounge from 4pm to 6pm. Dinner at the Grandview Restaurant presents grilled salmon, shepherd’s pie, Amish chicken, filet mignon and New York strip steak. Dinner entrees are prices at $25 and up.
The Grandview also advertises a scrumptious Sunday brunch with delectable dishes like: Eggs Benedict, Spanish omelets, buttermilk pancakes, stuffed breakfast croissants and fresh juice and mimosas. And from December 21st to the 28th, the restaurant celebrates a holiday tea with a menu of chocolate scones, raspberry cheesecake bars, apple calzones, shrimp salad and grilled chicken, priced at $20 per person.
The Geneva Inn even welcomes diners and other visitors traveling by boat. In fact, boaters can dock right at the hotel’s slip. And slip rentals are also available to the public for a yearly fee.
The Geneva Inn is located at N 2009 South Lake Shore Drive, next to the Big Foot state park campground and just a few minutes from downtown Lake Geneva. In fact, the inn even offers a complimentary shuttle to downtown for all of its guests. We took advantage of the free ride and enjoyed the many boutiques, cafes, specialty shops and more. Surrounding areas also provide golf, beaches, horseback riding, skiing, boat tours and more.
For additional information, rates, packages, photos and an extensive hotel history lesson, log onto www.genevainn.com.