We spent 5 days in Lake Geneva, WI recently (ok – it was a month ago now). Random place to visit, right? Well, not really. Lake Geneva is where all the Chicago big names and socialites have their lake houses. We’re talking the Wrigleys (as in spearmint gum) and Oprah for example. And did you know that back in the day Hugh Heffner has his Playboy mansion in Lake Geneva? We actually stayed a hotel and waterpark on the property of the old mansion (no Playboy bunnies are still hopping around the place though).
It’s actually a very quaint and relatively quiet little town. Lots of mom & pop shops on Main Street, a couple nice restaurants, plenty of local dives and some great waterfront.
I’ve been going with my family to Lake Geneva once a year for a long, long time. My dad attends a conference there once a year and we’ve always tagged along as a family. Frankly, the conference caters to this – they have a big family carnival the first night with bounce houses, cotton candy and airbrush tattoos and even a type of kids daycare for when mom and/or dad is in a meeting or at the formal dinner.
John tagged along with us for the first time when he wasn’t quite a year old yet. And no one went last year because – well, I had just delivered Nathan (I’m talking days here!) and Grandpa wasn’t about to miss the arrival of his newest grandchild over a couple of meetings and a booked hotel room. But we all packed up again this year and hit the road – Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Lizzy, Mom, Dad, John & Nathan.
What did we do in Lake Geneva this go round? We enjoyed the family carnival the first night we were there and shopped in downtown one afternoon/evening. The rest of the time? We were human prunes from our time at the waterpark. We swam, and swam, and swam. We went down slides, played with water hoses, floated the lazy river and soaked in the hot tub.
See you next year Lake Geneva!