Not far from Lake Geneva, our spacious and comfy house is prominently situated on spring-fed Lauderdale Lakes in Elkhorn, WI, just bursting with knick knacks and activities. It's the perfect place for family reunions, weekends away with friends and children, golf foursomes, girls' get-away weekends, etc. Everyone can stay under the same roof instead of in different hotel rooms, waking up together to enjoy all the comforts of home. You're welcome to use anything that's out, from my mom's home-thrown pottery, to the abundant collections of books, movies, games and toys--for all ages (motorized vehicles excluded for insurance purposes). Adults can avoid drinking and driving by singing karaoke in the tavern downstairs while the kids play in the nearby rec rooms. Or borrow our canoe and paddleboats (and life jackets) and go out on the lake. Truly, plenty to do for all ages in all kinds of weather. Sleeps 10 adults and 10 kids comfortably, with a triple bunk area for cousins and friends.
Escape to Wisconsin! (Just not after The PROM. We are a PROM-FREE ZONE.) Truly a home away from home, our house has that lived-in feel because it IS lived in by us, as often as possible. But when we're not using it, we hope you'll love, appreciate and care for it just like we do.
Perfect for larger groups: Family reunions, College reunions (no recent grads, please!), girls' getaway weekends, golf groups, extended family get-togethers that nobody wants to host--you name it! It's easy to maximize valuable time together when you're all under one roof. Doing the dishes is more fun at someone else's house, right? We assume groups staying here share our love of the family setting and will embrace the home-like atmosphere while putting up with our personal belongings. This is not The Hilton! It's neutral territory but with all the comforts of home. You have the run of an entire well-stocked house instead of trying to squeeze into various hotel suites for Happy Hour or family game time. There's plenty for all ages to do without ever leaving the premises!
Easy access!: Drive up from Chicagoland, hop over from Milwaukee or Madison, or fly into either O'hare or Milwaukee and head straight there. Use Mapquest or our map. We haven't had anyone get lost yet (except for my brother-in-law years ago, and we're still looking for him).
Activities galore!: All ages, all weather, there really is something for everyone. 3 gas fireplaces keep the place toasty for marshmallow roasting. A/C takes the edge off in the sultry months. Towels and linens are on-site so you don't have to lug them along. Feel free to use our coolers for beach play or paddle boat rides, take advantage of local activities, or just hang around the house and relax. Mini driveway tennis gives you an activity right outside the garage door (a tennis/paddle hybrid), and there are scooters and toys to keep the little ones occupied when you're sweating through a tie-breaker. Not quite ready to settle down after dinner? How about Pictionary?
Put in a good movie for the kids (and grandma) while the adults head down to the Tavern on the lower level. Sit at the bar (someone can play bartender; don't forget to BYOB), or grab the mike and commandeer the karaoke machine. Play darts, cards, or the piano, have a few beverages, and then all you have to do is find your bedroom before someone else steals it from you! The next thing you'll be aware of is the smell of coffee wafting from the kitchen, and the murmur of the early risers as they hang stumble into the great room to start another fun day.
My husband and I are both from large families, so when we bought what the tax assessor informally dubbed 'the best lot on the lake,' we decided to build a home big enough to comfortably house everyone from infants to grandparents. It has served us well over the years as we've hosted our share of family reunions, groups of friends with kids, parents without kids, surprise parties, girls' weekends, guys' golf trips--you name it! We know firsthand how beautifully it works for all those demographics. Our 3 daughters have grown up there, creating priceless childhood memories. As they get older and less available to spend time there, I've pinned my hopes on coming full circle and being in the Grandma role myself someday, with all our tried and true lake house traditions intact and the baby cradles back in action! There's hope on the horizon. Our oldest (the one who used to get us up religiously at 5:30 am to go fishing down on the dock) just got engaged on the lake this summer. Literally--out on the paddle boat! I can't wait to spend family weekends there with little ones again. This next time around I'll sigh contentedly, roll over and go back to sleep while she pulls on the rubber gloves I used to wear ( for taking the fish off the hook and tossing them back in) and heads down to the beach...
My husband's parents had a place on Lauderdale Lakes from the time he was in high school. (Don't tell him, but trips to the lake were part of the appeal in dating him! I learned to water ski here at the ripe old age of 23, honing my beer pong skills as well.) Being one of 9 children, they had to share time at the lake so holidays were full family events and then each of the kids got a week in the summer via the family lottery system. We were up there with our young children during 'our' week. The thought of owning our own lake home was a distant dream. As we putzed around in his parents' classic pontoon boat (It's still up and running!) we spotted a For Sale sign down by the lakefront. The rest is history. Even though we weren't really in the market yet, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to build a customized home on the best location on the lake. If we'd waited until the right time, we would've missed out on so many years of fun. We've thanked our lucky stars a million times over that we were in the right place at the right time! Gotta love serendipity!
We love being immersed in nature, yet having all the modern conveniences of a comfy home. We put many many hours and lots of experience into designing a house that would work for lots of bodies of all ages, and it paid off. I spent years filling and furnishing it (to an extreme, my husband claims. And I can't really argue with him there), so it doesn't seem like a rental. You feel more like it's your house once you settle in. It pretty much has everything we need, so basically that means we have almost everything you might need! The location is so easy for everyone to get to, being a short drive from the northern suburbs of Chicago where we live, as well as an easy ride from major airports. In the early years we used to squeeze in one last night, leaving early Monday morning to get the kids to school in time. They were a little groggy, but it was worth it. If we'd taken two cars up, my youngest and I would play hooky (don't tell the truant officer) and wander home at our leisure. She didn't suffer academically, and we have those extra special memories of one -on-one time together just doing puzzles and building sandcastles. Ah, don't get me started. We love our house! So we love it when others enjoy and appreciate it to its full potential.