By Maura Keller | Photography courtesy S&L Hospitality
Looking for a great escape? S&L Hospitality is a privately held and locally-owned family business based out of Verona and currently manages 11 hotels and resorts throughout Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota. Since 2005, S&L Hospitality owners Eric and Yael Lund have used their combined experience in hotel development and property-level operations — along with their corporate leadership team consisting of specialized hospitality industry experts — to be an authority on delivering first-class guest experiences at franchise and boutique hotels, as well as indoor waterpark resorts throughout the region.
The company has also taken significant measures to establish COVID-19 protocols that will help keep visitors, staff and community members safe.
Each of S&L’s resorts offer their own unique amenities, but the following gems have proven to be favorites among visitors.
THREE BEARS RESORT
Located in the heart of Cranberry County in Warrens, Wis., the Three Bears Resort is an indoor and outdoor waterpark resort located 45 minutes north of the Wisconsin Dells. Skip the crowds and lines often found at other waterparks and enjoy the many unique features of Three Bears Resort’s 60,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, including three-story tube and body slides, wave pool, indoor/outdoor hot tub, activity pool, kiddie splash area and snack bar. The year-round, Northwoods-themed family resort offers a complete family vacation without ever having to leave the property, thanks in part to various eateries, an 18-hole mini golf course, outdoor sand volleyball court and laser maze challenge.
The resort’s private villas feature full kitchens, firepits and sleep 10 people comfortably. The five-plex cabins can sleep up to 54 people — offering a great option for family reunions and large groups.
Located in charming downtown Port Washington, Wis., the Harborview is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan adjacent to the Port Washington Marina. Only 20 minutes north of Milwaukee, the Harborview is a short drive to popular attrac- tions and seasonal events, Summerfest, Cedarburg Strawberry Festival, Harvest Festival and American Family Field. What’s more, the resort is only steps away from unique, local shopping in the historic downtown Port Washington storefronts.
Having undergone an amazing multi-million dollar renovation, completed in 2020, Harborview guests enjoy spacious rooms with awe-inspiring views of Lake Michigan; a new, full-service restaurant and bar called The Beacon; and an innovative fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub.
GRAND HARBOR RESORT
The historic Port of Dubuque is home to Grand Harbor, a premier destination in Iowa for family getaways. Featuring a winning combination of service, amenities and entertainment, Grand Harbor Resort is located on the Mississippi River and boasts picturesque views of either historic down- town Dubuque or the bluffs and river.
When not taking in the scenery of the surrounding environs, guests can enjoy the amazing 25,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, a laser maze, the onsite Tony Roma’s restaurant and fun-filled arcade. Adjacent to the Grand Harbor, guests can try their hand at the many gaming options of the Diamond Jo Casino or enjoy a classic game of bowling at Cherry Lanes Bowling. And no trip to Dubuque or Grand Harbor would be complete without a visit to the adjacent National Mississippi River Museum.