By Jeniece Smith
Wondering where you can possibly stay on the cheap in the land of waterfront mansions and exquisite resorts? Geneva Lake may be the biggest and most well-known waterway in Walworth County, but there are plenty of smaller, quieter lakeside lodging options nearby.
Here are four budget-friendly cottages, all a quick drive from charming downtown Lake Geneva!
You’ll be within 250 feet of Lake Como’s serene north shore in any of Duffy’s four cottages, not to mention just 10 minutes away from Lake Geneva. Off-season prices for these year-round rentals start at just $79.
A stocked kitchenette, charcoal grill, picnic table and use of a 50-foot dock are included in your stay. Enjoy the sandy swim beach, or stay inside and warm up in front of the electric fireplaces – available in the two cottage suites.
Charm comes in the form of antique furnishings and elegant artwork in these two cottages on spring-fed Turtle Lake, which offers some of the cleanest water in southern Wisconsin. You’ll get a big bedroom, screened porch, and full kitchen and bath in these rentals – perfect for couples.
All linens and kitchen utensils (condiments, too!) are included, along with the bonus of charcoal, a grill and even a rowboat! Nightly rates start at $125, with shoreline camping offered as an even more budget-friendly option.
It’s a bit further north at a half-hour drive from Lake Geneva, but you’ll be at the doorstep of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and its boundless opportunities for outdoor fun with a stay in one of these campground’s two cabins.
Tucked into the quiet of a fishing pond just off the bustling Whitewater Lake, these two-bedroom rentals sleep six and rent for $150 a night. Inexpensive lodging and recreational rentals abound in this 250-site campground, with a stay in one of the on-site RVs priced at just $95.
Not willing to compromise on location? You’ll love this shoreline boutique inn with a private pier, nestled into a peaceful residential area just three blocks from downtown Lake Geneva.
You can stay in the two-unit “country cottage” or rent the entire loft of the 1850s Carpenter Gothic-style inn, with off season nightly rates starting at $225. The six quaint rooms in the inn – priced at $149 in the off-season – have private baths, and half of them offer the extra seclusion of separate entrances.