Warning: If you're allergic to relaxation, not a fan of "roughing it easy" and not fond of enjoying life away from the chaos of the city? Well then The Lodge At Geneva On The Lake is not the place for you.
But if you're NOT one of the aforementioned people, then The Lodge is without question where you want to be / won't want to leave.
Visiting the lodge was a 5 year process because well let's face it, when you have a child every couple of calendars there's not much time to vacation. Well anyways after 5 years of researching our expectations were sky high and from the moment we walked into the grand lobby they were instantly validated.
The lobby is large and wide open with 180 degrees worth of windows allowing natural light to drift in during the day. There are several seating areas allowing you the opportunity to unwind outside of your room, however the one that consistently called my name was the collection of couches arranged around the stone floor to ceiling fireplace. During the evening of our visit it was rather chilly and windy out so we spent a couple hours enjoying each others company and talking.
Tucked within the walls of the lodge are 109 guestrooms with many featuring balconies or patios that provide one with sweeping views of the lake. The hard part of making our reservation was deciding which room we wanted, after all there are 9 different types in all and we aren't the best when it comes to narrowing down options.
Pictured above is the Deluxe Double Queen with fold out sofa and the Premium King that features a fireplace and additional seating enabling you to unwind outside of the bed. If you need a little more room to stretch out, also available are spacious suites with living rooms, kitchenettes and multiple beds.
If you're looking for something with a little more space and privacy there are also 25 cottages perfectly located right on the property, only a few steps away from the lodge. Each features a kitchenette, 2 bedrooms, fireplace, 2 flat screen tv's & sleeps 6.
While each cottage is identical in design and accommodations, there are 3 different "levels" available based upon location in reference to the lake.
Premium - Provide you with the best unobstructed views of the lake
Deluxe - Partial views of the lake
Standard - These units are around a courtyard and not in a direct line of sight of the lake however, they are the closest to the parking lot and lodge and are only a 10 second walk away from the shoreline.
I figured that since it took 5 years to get here (& hopefully not as long to get back), I wanted to try out their most recent accommodation, so I opted for the Premium Cottage and understand me clearly when I say we were NOT disappointed. The cottages were nice and bright with several windows that allowed natural light to waifer in just as it does in the lobby of the lodge. Filled with upgrades abound, you can easily see that a heavy emphasis was placed on being able to unwind in comfort.
Decked out with a subtle nautical theme each room flows into the other. The living room was spacious and so comfortable, it put us in a difficult situation as we didnt want to move when it was time for dinner because it's not everyday we get to watch movies with just us cozied up in front of a fireplace, but eventually we gave in and got up. When we returned from dinner we sat in the rocking chairs on the front porch and watched the late fall sunset over Lake Erie, the perfect way to cap a romantic evening.
I would be amiss to not mention how nice the bathroom is, with glass shower doors and granite touches on both the shower wall and vanity top, everything feels super modern. Plus don't worry about bringing soap as there are built in dispensers in the shower providing Bath and Body Works shampoo / conditioner and body wash!
Chip and Joanna Gaines couldn't have designed a better cottage! Yes, the cottage is that nice!
Aside from the beauty of the interior of the cottages, an additional strength are the grounds in which they are located. Pathways crisscross past the entrances to the cottages and trace the shores of the lake around the perimeter of the lodge. There are several gas fire pits within the common areas of the cottage grounds, providing extra incentive to enjoy the outdoors year around. You also have access to use all lodge amenities including both the indoor and outdoor pool / spray pad.
Tip: If you stay in a Standard Cottage, see if you can reserve number 2 as the firepit is directly out front of your door or if you have kids, see if a cottage that abuts the playground is available allowing you to watch them from your "property".