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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Updated on October 25, 2017
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Stephanie loves to travel. She has written numerous articles with tips, photographs, and information on places to visit.

Visiting Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is an endearing, beautiful travel location. Approximately 2 hours from Chicago, the resort town is a haven for city-dwellers in winter and summer alike. A world away from urban living, the area is a calm respite for harried professionals and their families.

Geneva Lake is the deepest lake in Wisconsin (note that the City is Lake Geneva, and the lake is Geneva Lake), at 135 feet deep. It is approximately 8 miles long and 2 miles wide.

In the winter, Lake Geneva is known for its amazing snowmobile trails and ice fishing on the lake. Year-round, an indoor waterpark thrills children and adults alike. The water is heated to bathtub temperature!

Any time of the year, women will enjoy the high end boutique shopping in the Lake Geneva area.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Where is the Gran Geneva Resort on Lake Geneva?

The Grand Geneva Resort, located at 7036 Grand Geneva Way at Highways 50 East and 12, is the home of the original Playboy mansion.

Just imagine, you can swim in the very same pool as all those gorgeous women did, many years ago. Stroll the halls and dream about what it must have been like, crowded with scantily dressed women, the smell of cigar smoke hanging in the air, and cocktails all around.

If images of playboy bunnies don't bring you to visit, then who knows what will? Perhaps your interests range to gaming instead: The Dungeons and Dragons Role playing game was founded in Lake Geneva. Plenty of trivia and souvenirs can be found in the area for game enthusiasts.

The idea for the soap opera, "The Young and the Restless" was born in Lake Geneva, too. The producers' home is one of the many mansions lining the lakeshore. The fictional setting for the show is actually based on a nearby town, Genoa City, and not Lake Geneva.

Visit Lake Geneva in Wisconsin
Visit Lake Geneva in Wisconsin | Source

Why Visit Lake Geneva?

Although the town is a quieter, more family-friendly place these days, years ago Chicago residents would escape the dull city, traveling to the north where they would have fun, gamble and drink in Lake Geneva. Today, vacationers and urban escapees alike can relax by playing golf, swimming, sight-seeing and just generally enjoying the beauty of the Wisconsin countryside.

This is not to say that some of the earlier influences are completely gone, however. The Mob is still said to have a presence in the area. Organized crime is still alive in the Chicago area, and some of its leaders have found hideaways at Lake Geneva and stops along the way.

Chicago is a rich city, filled with amazing restaurants, museums and theatres, and shopping! But for those who wish to get away from the stresses of urban life, its an amazingly short drive to Lake Geneva, a town filled with its own history and cultural influences.

Be sure to schedule in a few extra days for a trip north of the windy city next time you plan your vacation. You're sure to have some great stories to tell when you return!

Things to do in Lake Geneva, WI

Sunset at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Sunset at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin | Source

Map to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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    • saif113sb profile image

      saif113sb 

      7 years ago

      loved this post! great hob!

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      jevanslink 

      7 years ago

      The original Playboy mansion was located at 1340 North State Parkway in Chicago, not Lake Geneva. That was a Playboy Club.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Steve - Lake Geneva is a wonderful place to visit. Hope you are able to get there one day!

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      SteveoMc 

      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Lovely info.....would love to visit a place such as this.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Jaynie - My sister lived outside of Madison, WI for several years. She and her family loved going up to Door County. Write a hub - I'd love to read more about it. Cheers, Stephanie

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      Jaynie2000 

      7 years ago

      I am fortunate enough to live within easy driving distance (Madison, WI) from Lake Geneva, so it is a favorite summer destination. The golfing, boating, shopping, dining and hiking are perfect summertime fun. It feels to me like a bit of the east coast in the midwest. Not quite as outstanding as Door County, but still quite enjoyable!

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      Jeff 

      8 years ago

      The Playboy Mansion was in Chicago. The Playboy Resort is now the Grand Geneva.

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      Jim and Laura 

      8 years ago

      Lake Geneva is a special place for us, we have been visiting for years. A couple of our favorite places are Mars Resort, on nearby Lake Como, for fish frys and an authentic supper club atmosphere. Another is Upper Crust Pizza and Pub, just 3 miles south of downtown Lake Geneva on County H near Pell Lake. Great pizza, Italian sandwiches, and cold beer.

      Of course there are also the legendary places, like Chuck's (great burgers) in Fontana and Gordy's, almost next door from Chuck's.

      Be sure to check out the three wineries in the general area as well. Staller Estates outside of Delevan is turning out some really impressive wines made from local grapes.

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      Melges LakeGeneva 

      8 years ago from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

      I am in total agreement. Lake Geneva is "the Best" destination... one away from the City and stress.

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      Chicago 

      9 years ago

      I love Lake Geneva and its town. I try to go at least once every summer and take the boat cruise. Soooooo relaxing and enjoyable.

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      Jim in Ripon 

      10 years ago

      Actually, Green Lake is the deepest natural lake in Wisconsin @ 237 ft.

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