Summer Resorts 2003: Grand Geneva, Wisconsin


This Wisconsin resort, just north of Chicago, lives up to its name. The sprawling complex boasts 1,300 acres of rolling, glacier-carved land, a private lake, two golf courses, a spa/sports club and 355 recently renovated guest rooms. But for kids, it's the new 50,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Moose Mountain Falls water park that steals the show. There's the ankle-deep wading pool for toddlers and three-story water slides and a fast-flowing tubing "river" for bigger kids. Parents will have a hard time dragging kids away from the waterpark-unless, of course, it's for a trip to Crazy Coyote's Cave, home to 70 of the latest arcade games.

Golfers will want to tangle with The Brute, a 7,000-yard layout with 64 Death Valley-size bunkers guarding greens that average 8,000 square feet. There's also the Highlands, a true Scottish-style links course with a slope rating of 130. Survive 18 holes and a trip to the Spa at Grand Geneva will be in order. Swim, spin or scale the 35-foot climbing wall, then get pampered with an aromatherapy massage or Oriental herbal body wrap. Extend the pampering with dinner at the Newport Grill, modeled after the great Chicago steak houses, or Ristorante Brissago for northern Italian. Then again, maybe Smokey's Bar-B-Que House, overlooking the water park, is the smartest move. You can linger over dinner while the kids splash themselves sleepy.

oDON'T MISS Sampling the wine lists at the Newport Grill or Ristorante Brissago. Both restaurants have won Wine Spectator Magazine's Award of Excellence.

oBEST DEAL The Weekend Water Park Package ($502) includes two nights in a deluxe room and four water park passes for two days. 800-558-3417;