Today’s post is a New Series I am very passionate and excited about starting, called ‘Back Yard Travels with JT’. If you read my #30×30 List then you must of caught on to the fact I am in wanderlust mode and want to travel pretty much anywhere and everywhere. I truly believe we need to grow, to learn, to adapt, to culture ourselves with the rest of the world around us. We should gain knowledge of how other people live, work, and play. Gaining a new understanding firsthand, I believe, can cultivate and nurture respect for all those around us. In our own country, and in those that we have yet to experience. That being said, I want to encourage you to travel in your own backyard, your backyard being the world. Where there’s a will there’s a way. These trips don’t have to be glamorous or high end. They don’t have to be a whole week but a few days. Just get out and explore and do it with an open mind and heart and a little wild abandon.
While I explore this beautiful world, my mission for this series is to help inspire you. Where to stay, what do, where to eat, and of course where to shop! But I also hope in some areas of travel, we can connect and find ways to give back to the communities we go to. I plan on finding all of these things out during my travels, and I plan on sharing it right here with all of you!
Ed. 1 :: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
There are so many amazing hotels and resorts its intimidating to know you’ve chosen the right one until you’re there. We stayed at Harbor Shores on a whim and the rooms were nice. There wasn’t anything over the top about this hotel, EXCEPT the fact that it was on the water AND walking distance to the downtown area. If you are staying in Lake Geneva during the summer, it’s definitely worth the extra money to stay somewhere lakeside. The following list are my recommendations:
1. The Abbey Resort :: Romantic Getaway
+ Lakefront Resort :: Great Spa :: Quiet, Peaceful area // – Opposite end of downtown area
2. The Geneva Inn :: Girlfriends Getaway
+ Beautiful Lakefront Resort :: Next to Big Foot Beach State Park // – 10 min. drive downtown
3. The Cove of Lake Geneva :: Family Getaway
+ Great for groups :: Indoor/Outdoor Pool :: Adult & Kid Friendly :: Lakefront Resort :: Walk to downtown
4. Maxwell Mansion :: For the Time Traveler
+ Beautiful Grounds and Rooms :: Walk to water and downtown // – Limited Rooms (Book Early)
5. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa :: Romantic Getaway for a Golfing Duo
+ Gorgeous Resort :: Great Spa :: Golf Course :: Secluded // – 15 to 20 minute drive to downtown and the lake :: $$$ (But well worth it) – Book Early
:: Brunch ::
1. The Baker House – Can we say champagne brunch for $32 all you can eat and drink!! This place made me so happy 🙂
2. Simple Cafe – Uses local farmers and bakers
:: Lunch/Dinner ::
1. Pier 290 – Awesome outdoor area right on the water
2. Chucks Lakeshore Inn – Great Bar, Great Food, Great Views
:: Late Night Snack::
1. Olympic Restaurant – Great Breakfast, Open Late (It was a must while we were there!)
1. SHOP Obviously! The downtown area is so quaint and gorgeous with so many eclectic stores. Here were some of my favorites!
:: Bangles & Bags – Amazing & affordable accessories :: Fancy Fair Mall – They had THE best home goods stuff (for the boho eclectic) I will definitely be going back when I decorate my house! :: BLOOMINGBYRDS – Probably my favorite woman’s clothing store in all of downtown :: Cornerstone Shop & Gallery – An endless abyss of home decor and nicknacks, they even had an amazing kids section
2. Weather permitting, just get outside. It’s so beautiful here, just soak it all in!
:: Rent a boat or Jet ski :: Take a tour of the lake on one of the many boat tours :: Pack a picnic and go to one of the many beautiful beaches :: Golf :: Check out the Hotels with outdoor water parks :: Bar Hop ::
3. If the weather is not in your favor
:: Go to one of the resorts with indoor water park :: SPA :: See a movie :: Bar Hop ::
I hope you enjoyed this first Edition of ‘Back Yard Travels with JT’. Please let me know if you enjoyed this, if it was helpful to you, or even if you have any suggestions. Write in the comments below or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you. Until our next adventure….xo