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Grand Geneva Resort and Spa
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
A Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired AAA Four Diamond resort in historic Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Grand Geneva Resort and Spa offers 355 guest rooms and views of lush landscape and rolling hills.
In addition to 36 holes of championship golf on the Brute and the Highlands courses, 18 slopes invite skiers and snowboarders to take advantage of winter snow. Other experiences include a 35-foot climbing wall, horseback riding, biking, tennis, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and hiking.
Sore muscles can be pampered at the Well Spa, where a variety of aromatic massages and body treatments and expert hand and foot care are available.
Bank directors can encourage their members to indulge in the resort’s culinary offerings: the prime-rib buffet at the Grand Café, the gourmet ingredients flown in from Italy at the Ristorante Brissago, the ribs at Smokey’s Bar-B-Que House or a decadent champagne Sunday brunch at the Geneva Chop House. A fitness center with high-tech equipment and conditioning classes can help travelers work off those calories later.
Custer State Park Resort
Custer, South Dakota
Although the Mount Rushmore National Monument is only 30 minutes away, you’ll have a difficult time convincing anyone to leave Custer State Park Resort, which is surrounded by 71,000 acres of natural beauty in the Black Hills. Four historical lodges allow bank leaders to choose from a variety of accommodations and the distinct activities each offers, including dining options from casual to gourmet.
“The Blue Bell Lodge, with 29 cabins and surrounded by ponderosa pine and 150-year-old oak trees, has a Western theme. Groups never want to miss the chuck-wagon cookout that starts with a hay wagon ride through a secluded canyon followed by an old-fashioned dinner, complete with Western entertainment,” said Josh Schmaltz, director of operations.
The State Game Lodge, once the summer home of President Calvin Coolidge, offers jeep rides complete with close-up views of buffalo herds. Cabins, hotel and even upscale lodging at the on-site Creekside Hotel are available.
“If you have 29 people with whom you feel comfortable sharing a home, stay at the Reunion Cabin. Built in 2010, this four-bedroom, five-bath home is luxurious,” said Schmaltz.
The movie “National Treasure 2” was filmed at the Sylvan Lake Lodge, in part because of the gorgeous lake, according to Schmaltz.
“Amidst a forest of pine and spruce trees, cabins and renovated lodge rooms, a beach, fishing and hiking for all levels are main attractions,” he said.
With 26 cabins and a variety of water sports, the Legion Lake Lodge is a popular family destination.