My husband Steve and I recently enjoyed staying at The Ridge Hotel, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. If you’ve never been to this Southeastern part of Wisconsin and you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, you should be sure to check out Lake Geneva as there is plenty to see and do – winter, spring, summer, and fall!
We enjoyed our stay at The Ridge right during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration.
The Ridge Hotel, formerly known as Geneva Ridge Resort, is owned by Paloma Resort Properties – which also owns neighboring Geneva National Resort – and is considered part of the Geneva National Golf Club lodging.
One cool fact about this hotel – the 90-acre resort recently finished up the second phase of a multi-million dollar renovation project, which was geared toward morphing the once rustic 145-room lodge into a stylish and modern venue. The hotel received fresh upgrades such as new dining and drinking experiences, a bright and tech-trendy lobby, and fresh decor in the hallways and restrooms. With its new stylish look, the hotel’s name also switched to The Ridge. The changes have been so appealing, in fact, that the hotel took home the prestigious Hospitality Impact Award from VISIT Lake Geneva, the city’s Chamber of Commerce, back in September.
People who always have to stay plugged in will also appreciate this recent upgrade – guests can now enjoy a new Wi-Fi system that provides enough bandwith to allow every room and customer to stream Netflix on three devices at the same time!
But back to our visit!
My husband and I (and our 5-month-old daughter) enjoyed the hotel’s ambiance and found our stay to be refreshing.
After arriving, we checked out the bean + vine coffee and wine bar, which is located just off the main lobby. The new addition is set up like a chic beverage boutique and offers counter top seating and a communal table wired with USB ports. There are also little tables and chairs scattered around for people who want more privacy.
The menu features high-end coffee brews, organic teas, local ales and a selection of light, artisan-style fare.
Steve and I both had an artfully crafted turkey melt with herb dressing. So tasty! Definitely delicious and much more appealing in appearance than your average boring turkey melt.
After lunch, we walked down the lovely staircase adjacent the lobby and down to the ballrooms on the lower level of the hotel. This part of the hotel also leads to the outdoor Bar 55 on the Veranda, which is open during the warmer months. Though the bar itself was closed during our visit, there’s a cozy seating area outside where an inviting fire continuously burns in a 12-foot-long fire pit. Later that night, we saw a number of guests taking advantage of the fire, enjoying the opportunity to be out and about in the evening air.
We then relaxed in our room a bit, which had a nice view of Como Lake. The room itself was comfortable, with plenty of space for us to move around and store all the baby gear we brought, including our pack n’ play.
Other pluses we enjoyed during our visit: there’s a fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and there’s also an indoor pool. One of the highlights of our stay was taking our little one for her first swim! Though the pool was a bit crowded that day, the three of us still had a lot of fun and Steve and I also took turns relaxing in the hot tub.
Dinner was another big highlight of our stay. The on-site contemporary restaurant, Crafted Americana, was fabulous!
When you first enter the restaurant, you’ll see an elegant lounge bar complete with a library motif. The adjacent main dining area seats up to 100 people and a huge window stretches the length of the room, providing views of the lake and the aforementioned lovely outdoor fire pit below. The ambiance of the restaurant itself is both romantic and exciting, with fancy lighting overhead.
But even though there’s a refined and classy vibe about the place, the restaurant is also very laid-back and cozy. Whatever your dress style, jeans or suits would both be very welcome.
The real star of the restaurant, however, is the menu, with its artistic handcrafted American fare. Our waiter informed us top-notch ingredients are used, many of which are locally sourced. I ordered the chicken and gnocchi, my husband ordered a burger. Both dishes were very good and also presented in an elegant manner.
Tuckered out from the day, our little tyke also let mom and dad have a glass of wine and unwind a bit while she slept peacefully through dinner, which was also a plus! We took the opportunity to take a selfie. 😀
To finish off the night, we shared the carrot cake. Words cannot express how much Steve and I loved that carrot cake. We both agreed that it was probably the best carrot cake we’ve ever had. The cream cheese frosting was heavenly and the little pieces of crunchy candy on the side were a nice touch.
Though we only stayed one night, we enjoyed our visit to The Ridge Hotel and would definitely recommend the property as a great place to stay (and dine) in the Lake Geneva area. I found the hotel to be very baby-friendly and child-friendly as well; It’s a good not only for couples, but also for families.
There’s so much more to be said about Lake Geneva in general, but that’s a post for another day!
If you’ve ever been to The Ridge, or to Lake Geneva, please feel free to share your thoughts below.