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Grand Geneva Resorts & Spa gears up for autumn

17th September 2011 Print

As summer comes to an end, the AAA Four Diamond Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is elebrating the change in seasons with new family-friendly new events that visitors are guaranteed to “fall” for.

In addition to the resort’s year-round amenities and award-winning dining, guests can delight in the corn mazes, pumpkin patches, spooky hayrides and a traditional Oktoberfest. Starting in September, visitors can celebrate old traditions and make new memories with special happenings throughout the resort’s picturesque campus.

“A-maze-ing” Trails

For the first time ever, Grand Geneva Resort and Dan Patch Stables invite the public to explore the twists and turns of their brand-new corn maze, specially designed in the shape of the Grand Geneva logo. On September 10, the resort unveils this agricultural masterpiece, complete with two maze trails with varying levels of difficulty. The short path will take explorers an estimated 20 minutes to complete while advanced trekkers may traverse the entire 4.2 acres of the maze on an hour-long trail.

The Grand Geneva corn maze is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Saturday, September 10. Entrance admission for the corn maze is $10 for children ages 4 and up; and free for kids 3 years old and younger.

For younger adventurers, Dan Patch Stables is offering a cornucopia of attractions, including a corn kernel filled sandbox, pony rides, pumpkin patch, and Rainbow Train Ride though the corn maze. Additional fees may apply to these activities; for full pricing information, please call (262) 215-5303.

Take a Ride, if you Dare

As night falls on the resort, visitors will be spellbound as they catch on ride on Dan Patch Stables annual fright-filled Haunted Hayrides . Throughout October, thrill-seeking guests are invited to experience the ride of their life as they take a trip through the property, for a night filled with screams and frights. Beware; this spooky jaunt is only for the most daring of riders.

Haunted Hay Rides are available every Friday to Sunday during October from 7 p.m. to midnight. Guests with young children are strongly encouraged to register for 7 p.m. hayrides, which feature less scary, family-friendly programming each night. Rides are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Admission is $6 for riders under the age of 6 and $12 for guests 6 years or older. For more information, please call (262) 215-5303.

Halloween Happenings

In the month of October, little ghouls and goblins can celebrate the witching hour with a medely of events that celebrate the things that go bump in the night. Throughout the month of Ocotber, the Timber Ridge Activity Team will host special seasonal Friday and Saturday happenings for visitors of all ages. Events will include pumpkin painting and decorating; fun food offerings consisting of caramel apple sundaes, hot dogs, popcorn, s’mores, and cotton candy; arts and crafts; games and more.

On October 30, All Hallow’s Eve marks the resort’s campus-wide trick-or-treating event, where pint-sized ghosts, vampires, and witched can visit Grand Geneva’s venues and restaurants to pick up some sweet treats.

Grand Oktoberfest

The season would not be complete without a toast at the resort’s Grand Oktoberfest soiree. On select Fridays and Saturdays during the month of October, revelers will be treated to traditional polka music and an extensive German dinner buffet at the Grand Geneva’s ski chalet, which will be transformed into an honorary biergarten.

Attendees will be treated to a traditional feast, including bratwurst, spaetzle, schnitzel, sauerbraten and much more. The sounds of The Mike Schneider Band will fill the air on October 7 and 15 before passing the musical torch to polka star Steve Misner on October 21 and 29. Food will be served at 6 p.m., with concerts beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $30, and include concert admission and dinner buffet. During the concert, lawn seating will be available. Advanced reservations can be made by calling (262) 249-4788.

Overnight Adventures

Guests that want to experience all the resort has to offer can extend their stay at Timber Ridge and Grand Geneva with special fall events packages. Families looking for a fun holiday getaway can book Timber Ridge’s Fall Festival Package which includes:

 An overnight stay in a one-bedroom suite 
Four waterpark passes to Moose Mountain Falls 
Four passes to the resort’s first corn maze 
Children’s Halloween Amenity 
Access to Timber Ridge Activity Team events on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Events include pumpkin painting and decorating; fun food with caramel apple sundaes, hot dogs, popcorn, s’mores, and cotton candy; crafts, games and more

Available September 9 to October 31, 2011, the Fall Festival package starts at $169 per night for a one-bedroom suite, based on a family of four. Rates for a two-bedroom suite start at $269 per night, based on a family of six, and include six corn maze passes and six passes to Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark. Rates are exclusive of tax and resort fee.

Guests looking for more grown-up fun can choose from two special Oktoberfest-themed packages. Available October 7 and October 21, the Oktoberfest Friday Package features an overnight stay in a deluxe guestroom, and access to the evening’s festivities, complete with authentic German feast for two and concert admission.

Revelers who want to extend their stay can purchase the Oktoberfest Weekend Package which includes: 
A two-night stay in a deluxe guest room 
Oktoberfest dinner for two 
Concert admission on Friday night 
$60 dining credit

For more information about all of the resort’s fall festivities or to make reservations for either of the special packages, visit or