If you love the outdoors and adventure, then make Lake Geneva a contender for your next excursion. This quiet lakeside town may only have about 8,000 residents, but there's nothing sleepy about it. Whether you love golfing, hiking, boating, or shopping, Lake Geneva has you covered!
There are a variety of different Switzerland hotels in which to stay at Lake Geneva, and many of them have amazing views of the lake or local scenery. Hotels in the area start at about $100 per night, but can leap as high as $300-$400 per night, depending on the accommodations you select. Luxury hotels in the area will make the extra expense worth it with amenities like pools, spas and dining.
Those looking for a romantic getaway should turn to the vintage-inspired Baker House. Built in 1885, this 17,000-square-foot, 30-room mansion has retained its 19th-century elegance and charm. Guests at the Baker House can indulge in a champagne brunch, sing along with the piano player in the music room, view the hotel's fleet of classic cars, or just relax in the garden area with friends or a book. The Baker House also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, so be sure to ask about them before booking your stay. But be prepared to pay top dollar: Rooms start at roughly $350 per night.
For an all-day destination with a little something for everyone, head to the Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark. Spanning 50,000-square-feet, there are designated areas for children filled with swings, slides and basketball courts. As the park's name suggests, there's also an assortment of water slides for those seeking an aquatic adrenaline rush. When you get tired from all of the thrills and excitement, the park's hot tubs and lazy river are perfect for relaxing.
If you start to feel waterlogged, head outside to Timber Ridge's award-winning golf location; thirty-six holes span two separate courses. If you visit Lake Geneva during the winter, Timber Ridge has a resort where you can ski, snowboard or just meander through the snow!
No bucket list is complete without the inclusion of a canopy tour through gorgeous terrain, and it just so happens that Lake Geneva offers this to its visitors. The canopy tours are an unrivaled experience, consisting of two hours soaring through trees, speeding down zip-lines, marching over sky bridges and more. Besides striking views of the area, the tours provide a great opportunity for bragging rights: Areas have been designated specifically for zip-line races. Challenge a friend to a 1,200-foot sky sprint.
What better way to watch the day break than from a hot air balloon high in the sky? The Lake Geneva Balloon Company has been offering this romantic experience to people since 1997. They schedule balloon rides twice a day, at sunrise and at sunset. Rides last for an hour, and conclude with a champagne toast. A keepsake flight certificate is given at the end of each flight, though the experience is unlikely to be forgotten!
Check out local websites before planning your trip to Lake Geneva, to learn about musical murder-mystery dinners, open houses at local mansions, entertainment acts and more.