Wisconsin May 10, 2019
The Historic Wisconsin Mansion That’s Now A Unique Hotel With A Private Speakeasy
It’s nearly impossible to imagine Lake Geneva without all its lakefront estates and elaborate houses. But long before there was a Wrigley Mansion or Dreihaus Estate, there was Maxwell Mansion. It is the first large-scale house built in Lake Geneva back in 1856 by Charles Maxwell, who served as Illinois State Treasurer and City of Chicago Physician, among other prominent posts. Now, this sprawling estate is an upscale, opulent hotel full of all kinds of amazing details you’ll want to discover.
Staying at Maxwell Mansion feels like stepping into the past. There are plenty of modern amenities, but this place is chock full of old-school charm. It's not difficult to imagine playing croquet on the lawn in elaborate outfits or dressing for dinner in the luxurious ballroom.
Opulence and luxury are the name of the game here. There are rooms in the main mansion, as well as in the carriage house and stables. And when we say they're deluxe, we're not kidding. Huge bathtubs and showers, heated floors, beds like clouds, ornate decorations - Maxwell Mansion has it all.
This place is a step back in time to a different era and staying here feels like a true escape. It's so far away from anyone's real life right now that it feels like a retreat much further from home. You'll fall in love with all the grandiose and fancy bits that come with staying here.
Inside, there's an apothecary-style bar that is a nod back to the original physician who built the place. There's a quaint but lavish feel to this bar that make you feel like you should be dancing the Charleston or on the lookout for gangsters.
But that's not the end of the early 20th century vibes at Maxwell Mansion. There's also a hidden speakeasy that's only accessible by password and that word constantly changes. Guests are in on the secret, meaning this is an exclusive spot that's not overrun.
In the basement you'll find a 1920s-era speakeasy that feels fun and illicit, even though it's 100 years later. You'll get all kinds of Prohibition vibes and feel like you're getting away with something at this very cool, very unique underground secret bar.
There's something wonderfully theatrical and lush about this underground hideout. It's such an amazing detail and draw in a place that's absolutely full of unusual nooks and crannies.
With sprawling grounds and a pool, this place is a getaway dream. Steps from the lake and all the other amazing things Lake Geneva has to offer, you still might never leave the grounds.
A stay at Maxwell Mansion is unlike anything you can find anywhere else. It's luxuriant and sumptuous, quirky and amazing. Pack your flapper dress, bring your adventurous spirit and imagination and settle in for a weekend you'll truly never forget.
Address: 314 S Wells Street, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147.
Learn more about Maxwell Mansion and make reservations
on their website. For the most up-to-date information and more gorgeous pictures, head to their Facebook page.
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