Lake Lawn Resort completes $40 million in renovations

DELAVAN, WIS. – Wisconsin’s first and longest continually operating resort property boasting two miles of accessible shoreline in the Geneva Lakes region, has completed a landmark $40 million renovation of its rooms, meeting facilities and public spaces.  The extensive upgrades combine modern touches, such as flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet, and fresh décor with convenient layout and breathtaking lake views that have delighted guests for 130 years.  The spacious remodeled rooms set a new standard for midwestern resorts.

“Our owners pledged to breathe new life into Lake Lawn Resort and they have delivered,” said Peter Zellmer, director of sales and marketing for Lake Lawn Resort.  “Combined with other projects throughout the grounds, Pat Nelson and his partners are making a statement to the entire Wisconsin meetings industry.  Lake Lawn Resort is the place to be in 2009.”

Recently, Lake Lawn Resort completed a gut-and-rebuild of 222 guestrooms, creating an inventory of accommodations to meet the needs of its varied guests and groups.  From two-story lofts with space to sleep six comfortably, perfect for family getaways and organized retreats, to luxurious and comfortable couples suites, Lake Lawn Resort believes it now has the best selection of rooms available in Wisconsin. 

Over the last year, the resort upgraded its public spaces, adding upscale carpeting, lighting and furnishings to the lobby and throughout the property.  Lake Lawn Resort’s 32,000 square feet of unique meeting spaces, featuring lake views, exposed beams and northwoods ambiance, were completely refurbished, including the main ballroom and executive board rooms.  The resort invested more than $350,000 in technological upgrades, such as wireless Internet, state-of-the-art projectors and flat-screen TVs.

Lake Lawn Resort also built some creative meeting spaces aimed at differentiating the property from other Geneva Lakes resorts.  Its Chicago Room, for instance, is intended for brainstorming sessions and relaxed breakout sessions, with a foosball table, big screen TV and entertainment package, bar and more.

The renovation was completed in November, with the opening of the Frontier Restaurant and its new bar, featuring an open view to the courtyard and shoreline of Delavan Lake.  The reimagined restaurant, overseen by Chef David Ross, features New American cuisine and upscale comfort food created with fresh local produce.  Seasonally, visitors will enjoy the new Look Out Bar & Eatery, with patio seating overlooking the outdoor pool and lake.

“With the economy troubling travelers and meeting planners, resort properties like Lake Lawn Resort are poised to provide value in 2009,” said Zellmer.  “From helping to improve meeting attendance with family friendly amenities and a convenient location, to creating a focused, private feel for meetings, planners should think about Lake Lawn Resort to save their budgets and exceed expectations.”

About Lake Lawn Resort
The locally owned Lake Lawn Resort is a full-service leisure getaway, family retreat and convention facility on more than 250 wooded lakeside acres in Wisconsin’s Geneva Lakes region.  With two miles of accessible shoreline, Lake Lawn Resort has been operating for over 130 years and is the only property of its kind just 90 minutes from Chicago and 45 minutes from Milwaukee.  Lake Lawn prides itself on having the preeminent selection of luxury guestrooms and suites, 281 in total, recently upgraded with a $40 million investment, offering lake views and the ability to sleep up to six comfortably. Rooms are complemented by 22 meeting spaces overlooking Delavan Lake and indoor and outdoor activities ranging from a lakeside 18-hole golf course, full service spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and tennis courts to a kids activity center, variety of water sports, miniature golf, and more.  Guests are able to own a vacation home at Lake Lawn Resort, including one of the soon-to-be completed Villas of Harbor’s Edge, with harborside boardwalk and luxury accommodations.  For more information, visit or or call 800-338-LAKE.


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