The BF and I decided to spend a relaxing weekend away in Lake Geneva, and with the help of the awesome people at General Motors, they let me borrow a brand new Chevy Equinox to take for a spin. The BF sold his car two years ago and since then, we've been getting by without one. I will say, once you have a car again. it's REALLY nice. The 1.5 hour drive to Lake Geneva was a breeze in the comfort of our fully-equipped Equinox. It was easy to drive, came with a ton of safety features, and was easy to park, despite it's size.
Photo Credit: Chevrolet
|Driving to Lake Geneva|
We checked into our room overlooking the resort's lake and golf course and both commented on how quiet it was. It was so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. One of the coolest features of our room was the TV built into the bathroom mirror, ensuring we wouldn't miss a second of Keeping Up With the Kardashians :)
|TV in the Bathroom|
|View From the Room|
The BF and I took a quick drive into town for lunch at Simple Cafe. The restaurant is a welcoming and bright way to start your day. They also have a bakery and market next door with beautiful breads, pastries, and coffee for purchase.
|Simple Bakery & Market|
After lunch, we walked around downtown, stopping into shops and walking along the lakefront. I was used to seeing crowds of people everywhere during summers spent visiting Lake Geneva, but March is definitely an off-peak time to visit. That's not necessarily a bad thing...you can go anywhere you want, and get into any restaurant!
That evening, we had reservations at Geneva ChopHouse, located at the Grand Geneva Resort. It was great to be able to walk down the hall from our hotel room to dinner. The restaurant is a traditional steakhouse with a variety of steaks, chops, seafood, and sides. The place was jam-packed the night we dined there, resulting in a 30 minute wait for our table past our reservation.
We started with the ChopHouse salad and farmers market salad. The ChopHouse was a traditional chopped salad with chopped greens, blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes, eggs, cucumber and champagne-chive vinaigrette. I thought the salad was way too soggy and tasted like someone had pre-tossed the salad well before it was served to us. The farmers market salad was much better, featuring baby greens, beets, green beans, goat cheese, walnuts, diced tomatoes, and a tangy mustard vinaigrette. It had more of a fresh and crisp taste.
|Farmers Market Salad|
|New York Strip|
|Twice Baked Potato|
I'm giving Geneva ChopHouse 3.5 ghosts out of 5.
Egg Harbor Cafe
For breakfast the next morning, we stopped by an old-favorite, Egg Harbor Cafe. Egg Harbor has locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia, and I grew up going to their locations in the Chicago suburbs. The BF on the other hand, had never been, so it was a must-visit! Their Lake Geneva location is in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva and its menu and aesthetic match all of the other locations.
Growing up, my go-to order was the banana bread French toast topped with sliced bananas and powdered sugar. I couldn't eat an entire plate of the sweet stuff, so I ordered a combo with one slice of French toast, and a veggie skillet with eggs, sweet potatoes, peppers, avocado and zucchini.
|Banana Bread French Toast & Veggie Skillet|
|Create Your Own Scrambler|
After brunch, the rain hit, and it did not stop for the rest of the day. We knew we'd have to stay inside, so we headed to the fitness center. The fitness center is huge and features a gym, fitness studio with daily classes, tennis, basketball courts, rock climbing wall, and a pool. The BF and I played one on one basketball, and indoor tennis, and checked out the connected spa. We didn't go for any treatments but I could have used a massage after playing basketball and tennis!
|Grand Geneva Lobby|
|Grand Geneva Lobby|
Fast forward to dinner, which was our last meal in town. Sopra Bistro is a cute bistro in downtown Lake Geneva that came recommended to me by a coworker. The space is warm, the service is friendly, and the menu is eclectic.
We started with baby arugula salad with tomatoes, blanched garlic, cucumbers, red onion, feta, golden raisin vinaigrette, and duck bacon. Yes, duck bacon! It was one of the best salads I've had in awhile, effectively combining acidic and sweet flavors, and crisp and chewy textures.
Our meal at Sopra Bistro was the best we had while in Lake Geneva, so I'd highly recommend it for dinner the next time you're in town!
I'm giving Sopra Bistro 4 ghosts out of 5!
Have you been to Lake Geneva before? What are some of your favorite restaurants?
Note: Chevy provided me with a loaner vehicle to test drive; however all opinions are my own.