Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Trip to Grand Geneva








PINEAPPLE FLOAT: SunnyLife







A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel (not too far outside of Chicago) to Lake Geneva, WI for a blogger retreat to the Grand Geneva.  I had been to this resort before when I was little, so I was excited to go back and experience it as an adult!  From the moment we got there, the staff was so nice and accommodating.  We stayed in the brand new Villas ranging from studios to 3 bedrooms.  I got to share a two bedroom villa with Mary from Sportsanista (go follow her!) and was amazed by how nice they were!  The staff left us some goodies in our fridge (Spotted Cow beer-my favorite!!) and lots of bites for late night snacking.  In our villa, we had two bedrooms and one bathroom on the main floor and an upstairs with a full kitchen, sofa, bathroom and patio overlooking the private villa pool... it was nothing less than amazing.  Another perk?! It's dog friendly if your dog is under 25 pounds!  Check out the villas here.

We arrived on a Sunday, actually the day after I got engaged, so I was feeling a little crazy from celebrating the night before.  We were all so hungry, so we were whisked away to lunch at the Golf course restaurant Links.  I had an amazing crab salad and there was a bloody-mary bar (with all the fixings) which was a huge help to my never-ending hangover.  The view at Links is absolutely breathtaking as it over looks the golf course and has the prettiest flowers scattered everywhere. After lunch we were taken on a trolley tour throughout the grounds to see all the areas the Grand Geneva has to offer.  There is an adventure center on grounds that has archery, disc golf and hiking during the summer and skiing during the winter, so there is always something to do when visiting!  Our group did the archery and it was so much fun.  I hadn't done archery since high school gym class, so it was fun to be able to try it out again (even though I was horrible at it!)

Later on that night, we had a giant float pool party at our private villa pool and snacked on some appetizers before dinner.  For dinner, we got to experience the ChopHouse restaurant located in the resort.  We started with a seafood spread including shrimp, oysters, crab and so much more... it was delicious! I ordered the lamb chops because I had steak the night before and they were cooked to perfection- my mouth is still watering thinking about it!  For dessert, the wonderful staff brought us out endless amounts of cakes, pies and creme brûlées to try out.  The carrot cake is to die for and definitely a must if you ever make it there.

The next morning we woke up for our spa services at the Well Spa + Salon.  I had a massage treatment done and it was absolutely amazing and super relaxing. The Spa offers anything from massages to facials to mani/pedi's, as well as hair services in the Salon.  This was the icing on the cake to such a great experience at the Grand Geneva.  After our spa services were over, we had lunch at the Grand Cafe in the main lobby (I had the mediterranean salad with shrimp-so delicious) before heading back to Chicago.  With over 10 restaurants, cafes and lounges on the property, there is definitely something for everyone.  I would love to visit the Italian restaurant the next time I am there!

If you'd like to visit the resort for yourself, the Grand Geneva is currently offering my followers 30% off their stay now- December 31st (some blackout days apply).  Book HERE to take advantage of this amazing offer! xoxo

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