Take a day trip to Ice Castles, a full-fledged winter realm with slides, LED-lit sculptures, fountains, tunnels, mazes, and a selfie throne.
We don’t all have was there? Brent Christensen only tried to entertain his six children for a long Utah winter. The ice cave he built in his garden quickly became a neighborhood sensation.
11 years fast forward, and Christensen’s creation has expanded into an oversized manufacturing facility with four locations across North America. His magical ice castles (icecastles.com) are not snow fortresses with small potatoes. Each is like a real frozen set, a full-fledged winter realm with slides, LED-illuminated sculptures, fountains, tunnels, mazes and a selfie throne.
Fortunately, one ice castle is within driving distance this season – the Geneva National Resort & Club, northwest of Chicago, just over the Wisconsin state line in the picturesque village on Lake Geneva. Dedicated ice craftsmen spend up to six weeks growing and harvesting 12,000 icicles a day to hand-build the 30-foot castle on one acre Page? ˅. The annual opening date is fluid depending on the weather and is usually between mid and late January. The castle stays open until late February or early March when rising temperatures ultimately take their toll.
If you go, stick with it Geneva National Resort & Club (from USD 199 per night, genevanationalresort.com) on the shores of Lake Como is the logical choice. The hotel features private cottages, standard accommodations, and updated suites with views of the freshly snow-clad golf course landscapes. You won’t be doing putt this time of year, but with an indoor pool, spa services, and nearby wine bars and boutiques, there are more than enough activities to fill a winter visit.
Entry to Ice Castles is less than $ 25. Guests are welcome to hang out as long as they can stand the cold. Who cares when a storm hits, with thermoses made of hot cocoa, fire pits and heating stations?