Milwaukee May 01, 2018
This Hidden Lakeside Inn Near Milwaukee Is The Perfect Weekend Getaway
Milwaukee is an amazing city, and most of us wouldn’t dream of leaving. However, sometimes it’s nice to escape city life for a weekend. This resort just under an hour from Milwaukee in Lake Geneva is the perfect place to take a break. Sit upon the shores of Lake Como, pour a glass of wine and bask in this charming inn.
Welcome to French Country Inn!
This historic inn on the shores of Lake Como in Lake Geneva is perfect for a weekend getaway!
With views like this, you'll feel far from home.
French Country Inn sits upon the shores of the beautiful Lake Como. The inn offers 33 rooms with balconies just 15 feet from the shoreline, perfect for taking in the sunset.
This hotel goes way, way back.
Many parts of the inn were crafted in Denmark in the 1880s and then brought over to Chicago. After the woodwork was showcased as a Danish Pavilion at a fair that celebrated the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America, the buildings were bought and sent by railroad to its current home in Lake Geneva. Before it was ever a resort, what is now French Country Inn was an ice storage house, a private hunt club, and a fishing and hunting resort before it was finally sold to a carpenter who worked on the Danish Pavilion named Christian Hermansen.
However, the hotel also holds some interesting history.
The Hermansen family owned the inn for a solid 50 years. At the time, the inn was called Lake Como Hotel and one Hermansen brother, Hobart, hosted some interesting guests. Even though the resort remained family-friendly, Hobart was friends with many well-known members of the John Dillinger gang. The resort housed gangsters such as Baby Face Nelson and George "Bugs" Moran, as well as their wives, molls, and other gangsters. The gang supplied Lake Como Hotel with beer during Prohibition, and in return, the gangsters holed up in the hotel to escape the fuzz. Hobart himself was a character, with a reputation of "Slot Machine King of Walworth County." He ran a gambling den in the basement of the hotel.
A local writer, Clyde Deighton, wrote a novel inspired by the history of the inn called A Murder At The French Country Inn which you can purchase at the hotel today.
Every room is a slice of heaven.
This peaceful resort equips every room with a fireplace and whirlpool. This lakeside resort is truly the best place to take a break from life!
It's time to get away!
French Country Inn on the Lake is located at W4190 West End Rd., Lake Geneva. You can find out more and book a reservation on their
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