Explore Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Feb 13, 2014 02:15PM
● By Julie Henning
A few years ago, our family recently rang in the first warm weekend of summer with a trip to Lake Geneva. Even though air temperatures were in the 90s, Mother Nature was creating her own air conditioning by blowing a gentle breeze across the 45 mile-long body of 55 degree water.
Around mid-afternoon we boarded the Grand Belle of Geneva just in time for the Ice Cream Social cruise (compliments of Lake Geneva Cruise Line). Enjoing vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream, peanuts, strawberry, caramel, and cookies, we peered out both sides of the Grand Belle as our knowledgeable captain shared an hour’s worth of regional history, pointing out the architecturally-significant homes.We explored the upper and lower decks, keeping a sharp eye for mermaids and other creatures of the sea. One smart family (not us) even brought playing cards and other games to occupy their kids once the ice cream had been licked clean.
At some point, you’ll want to unwind, relax, and just enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside and the lake. Point your car towards The Abbey Resort & Spa in Fontana and know a full-service oasis is waiting to serve your entire family. A Lake Geneva icon for over 45 years, The Abbey Resort & Spa truly caters to the entire family.
To the delight of our kids, both the indoor and outdoor pools were open in time for our trip. And, get this, they even have adults-only pools for the over 18 crowd. We could barely manage to “walk not run” from one body of water to another (and not a single sun-bathing or relaxing adult got in our way). Even though we had clear skies, a rainy day couldn’t ruin a trip to the Abbey. With an on-site arcade, board game alley, and official activities director, a person might even welcome a crummy day or two.
With several on-site dining options, we ordered from the 10 page room service menu, enjoying our food on the attached balcony overlooking the marina. A couple was getting married in the beautifully manicured grounds; my guess is that the bridal party pampered at the spa while the groom and groomsman found 18-holes at a nearby golf course. Before dusk, we threw stones into the lake, scampered around a nearby playground, and chatted with friendly locals and other happy vacationers. Fireside s’mores finished the evening, a true sign of a successful vacation and the arrival of summer in the Midwest.