The journey to escape stress and tension begins in the friendly community of Green Lake, home of the Heidel House Resort and Spa. This place has a long and rich history, first known as the Kelly Estate in 1890. I took the picture above at Horners Landing in Ripon. This is the deepest natural lake in Wisconsin, measured at 237 feet deep, 2 miles across and 7 miles long. We did one scuba dive from this site on 7-22-98, almost 20 years ago. It was time to go back and see more of Green Lake than the bottom.
The reputation of this resort as THE PLACE to be in Wisconsin for a great get-away has spread far and wide and we wanted to see it for ourselves. The beauty of the resort in early fall with the leaves beginning to change color made us feel welcome immediately.
After a busy morning exploring the Green Lake area, we were hungry for lunch! We went into the Main Lodge building and enjoyed a great view of the lake in their Sunroom restaurant. See the menus here, this restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, you can get breakfast for lunch if you want!
There is a self-service cart outside of the restaurant for coffee on-the-go.
The sunny dining room with a view of the beach and dock. It was a good day to be out on a boat, though a little bit windy.
Lunch is served! Our wait staff lady Amber was great answering our questions about the resort and was very attentive, as were all the staff there. I ordered the Heidel Burger and Al the Fire and Ice Salad. Delicious!
The resort has three other restaurants, the Boathouse Pub located below the Sunroom. It is open at 2 PM M-F, 11 AM on the weekend. There is plenty of seating to enjoy the fresh air off the lake on their large patio.
Lastly, the Pump House Parlor, open limited hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, cash only.
Also the Grey Rock for fine dining and live music Wednesday through Saturday.
The lodge has many comfortable seating areas.
Get a souvenir of your visit at the gift shop.
Did you know you can also have timeshare ownership also? This is the Hilltop building where you can own a piece of the Heidel House resort for an extended stay. Check for availability.
There are many options for accommodations for your stay of any length. Enjoy the Lac Verde Lodge with both and indoor and outdoor pool.
You can also stay in the main lodge. Also the Stable House near the lodge.
The Heidel House is also a great place for weddings, from rehearsal dinner to reception. The Carriage Tent to protect your party from the elements is available from May-October.
See map of the grounds to see all accommodations available. We didn’t have a chance to see all of them but we plan on returning next year.
A closer look down by the lakefront. This is the walking path outside.
There are a great many mature trees here, providing shade on a hot summer day. This Indian Bean Tree has a large canopy and looks to be at least 100 years old.
Relax on the private beach outside of the main lodge. You can also take a cruise on the yacht Escapade during the summer and fall.
Lakeside view from dock.
The Heidel House is a great place to visit any time of the year. Next summer we plan on a cruise on their Escapade boat. Get away from it all at the Heidel House Resort and Spa!