Timber Ridge Lodge Room Highlights
We stayed in a 2-bedroom suite on the 4th floor.
- Spacious! Having two bedrooms was perfect. Having two bedrooms on two different floors was even better! The hubs and I had the king bedroom on the main floor while the kids had their own bedroom in the loft which afforded us a little quiet time while they played upstairs. And let me tell you, they were really excited to have that loft. Like, they never really wanted to leave their area. I really liked that the railing of the loft was really high so kiddos couldn’t try to climb over. Safety first! Should we needed it, they also had a sleeper sofa in the living room
- Our own bathrooms. Two separate full modern bathrooms with granite countertops – need I say more? No more fighting about who needs to use the bathroom.The toiletries are from their very own WELL Spa.
- Kitchen! Having a kitchen is major especially when you have a full size fridge, microwave, and stove (especially for heating up leftovers!) We loved that it was fully stocked with all of the essentials for a home cooked meal. They even had a blender if you wanted to make your own shake.
- Cozy living rooms. After a fun day out, it was super relaxing to hang out in the living room with the fireplace on while munching on popcorn and watching shows on the 55-inch television.
- Balcony. Each suite comes with a covered balcony. Although it may have been too cold to enjoy, it was nice to see the snow coming down. And we were pleasantly surprised to find that our balcony had a view of the horses roaming around the stables.
Timber Ridge Lodge Highlights
- Since Timber Ridge is part of Grand Geneva Resort, you have access to everything (except the pool) at Grand Geneva Resort. That includes the programs, access to fitness center, and more. All the fun activities included!
- Trolley time! We loved, loved that we didn’t have to lug our car anywhere we didn’t want to especially since it was snowing so much! Whenever we needed to go somewhere around the resort, we called the front desk and they would radio the trolley. Super convenient when we wanted to dine at The Grand Cafe at the main building. I later found out that we could even download a Trolley Tracker app. Other places the trolley brings guests to: Mountain Top, spa, golf/tennis, and horseback riding Stables.
- Activities. When you check-in, make sure you get a list of activities. They have plenty of things going on like scavenger hunts, movies, movies in the waterpark (how cool!), or crafts at the activity center. On our particular visit, the kids had a blast making marble hearts.
- Story time. On Saturday evenings, they hold a story time in the lobby right by the fireplace. I love that Timber Ridge provides milk and a snack. A great way to end a fun-filled day!
- Arcade. Kids love arcades and this one was no exception. Plenty of games to choose from as well as great prizes.
We visited on a busy Friday evening. It may have taken more than 10 minutes for the server to acknowledge us and take our order, but the food more than made up for it. When in Wisconsin, New Glarus beer and cheese curds always are a must. Smokey’s offers a special Flights and Bites, a flight of 3 different New Glarus beer paired with food (one of which includes cheese curds, of course.) Love the presentation. (Do you notice the shape of the state of Wisconsin?)
Since we were at a BBQ restaurant, we couldn’t NOT try the BBQ. The jumbo-sized chicken may not have been large at all but my husband really enjoyed it saying he could taste the smokiness. I was craving comfort food so I just had to have the Memphis Mac, mac and cheese topped with BBQ pulled pork. My son was a huge fan of their steakburger.
My kids get hangry (and so do I) in the morning. It was convenient for us to pop down to Smokey’s again but this time for breakfast. We knew they were understaffed, so were prepared this time for a long wait. Again, we thought that the food was really good. The kids could not resist the s’mores pancakes, while I had avocado toast with biscuits and gravy. I only wish I had more because both options were excellent.
Located on the Lobby Level
Bottom line: Not only is Smokey’s convenient but the food is so so good! If you aren’t patient, try ordering the food ahead of time and picking up.
During most Saturday and Sunday mornings, Timber Ridge has a special character breakfast buffet. We found typical breakfast food like eggs,bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, yogurt, potato-like hash browns. Our favorite had to be the made-to-order omelets and the french toast sticks, The highlight of the breakfast for kids is, of course, getting to meet the Timber Ridge mascots, Bruce the Moose and/or Chelsea the Chipmunk.
Cascade Ballroom at Timber Ridge, 8-11am | Adults $22 | Children (6-12) $12 | Children (2-5) $7
Bottom line: A fun intimate experience especially for younger kids. If it’s in your budget it’s a great option to try at least once. Didn’t think there were as many food options for that price.
Grand Cafe at The Grand Geneva
After a day of skiing, we all had worked up an appetite and were ready to devour food. When we heard they had a prime rib and seafood buffet on Saturdays, we were sold. They had a variety of hot and cold food, a kids buffet (don’t miss the Mac and Cheese bites), and an amazing dessert table selection. The highlight, though, is the king crab legs.
Lobby level at The Grand Geneva Resort, 8-11am | Adults $33 | Children (6-12) $18 | Children (2-5) $7
Bottom line: Definitely worthwhile especially if you are a fan of seafood.
It will be hard to pull the kids away from the waterpark, so I was glad to hear that they had an adjacent restaurant Hungry Moose for a quick bite. People can bring their food to their table. It was perfect! Everyone worked up an appetite so we had a cheeseburger, pizza slices, cheesy fries, pretzel with cheese, and chicken tenders. Everything was quite tasty and we left more than satisfied.
Adjacent to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark at Timber Ridge Lodge
Bottom line: A great option for a quick and easy dining option. They also have beer and specialty drinks.
Timber Ridge Lodge Waterpark Highlights:
- Totally manageable for younger kids and their families. 50,000 square feet of fun awaits at Moose Mountain Falls!
- Fun water area for younger ones. Tiny Timbers will be the highlight for the little ones with its ankle deep water, slides, sprinklers, water table, and swings.
- Activity pool. Older kids may prefer the activity pool by challenging each other to a game of water basketball. My kids were huge fans of rope climbing and log jumping.
- Relax on the lazy river. Float away on a tube at Canyon River. At 500 feet long, it was the perfect length – not too short or too long.
- Hot tub action. Their indoor/outdoor hot tub was surely my favorite part of the water park (as well as the other adults!) Nothing like keeping warm while you’re outside in 20 degree weather. Even though it may have been busy, the hot tub was large so it never felt crowded. Tip: Kids ages 6 and older are allowed in the hot tub.
- Cabana. If you can, splurge on a cabana. On our particular visit it was so it was a little tougher finding a place to stash our stuff. It was nice having a place to call our own. They have 4 total cabanas and preferred the ones closer to the kiddie pool so I could see the kids while they splashed away.
The Mountain Top Highlights:
Did you know that Grand Geneva Resort has their own ski hill? It happens to be the only one in Lake Geneva. The Mountain is a great option for those craving winter sports without the long drive. Plus, they make your own snow so you don’t have to wait for Mother Nature to kick in. I have to admit, I’m not a winter person and I had a blast!
- All levels fun. There are a variety of options for every level (including us beginners). They have 21 runs, 3 chairlifts, 2 magic carpet lifts, and a 6-acre Terrain Park with dedicated lift. And yes, they have rentals so you don’t need to lug your owns equipment.
- Ski lessons. My kids had never skied before, and my husband and I haven’t skied in over 10 years. So our whole family were beginners. We tried Snow Cubs beginner lessons and found that the certified professional ski instructor totally in tune with the kids. She was patient and encouraging. Perfect for my kids, especially my 5 year old daughter, who was afraid at first to give it a try.The lessons were held at the bunny hills with a magic carpet ride. After a few runs, the kids got the hang of it and couldn’t get enough.
- Other winter fun. They offer ice skating, but due to the warmer weather it was not open. According to Architectural Digest, their ice skating rink is one of the world’s most festive and whimsical hotel skating venues. We would definitely try again another time. Sleds were available to rent, but unfortunately they ran out by the time we wanted to sled.
Tips: Make sure to fill out the voucher beforehand. It is pretty lengthy, and it’s not fun to have your kids wait all bundled up and hot, while you are trying to finish up the waivers on the computer.
- Bring your own food to cook! We definitely took advantage of their full kitchen (no oven) to cook breakfast and lunch.
- Visit during the holidays when the resort goes all out with their Christmas in the Country holiday lights and events.
- There is a resort fee of $25/day.
Our family had an amazing time at Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark and highly recommend a visit for families visiting Lake Geneva.
Location: Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark at Grand Geneva, 7020 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Check-in and Check-out: 4 p.m. and 11 a.m.
Parking: Plenty of parking.