We joked in the office recently that while Kristin and Lisa were jetting off for a fabulous weekend at Bridal Market in NYC, I was scheduled for a not-quite-as-glamorous trek to Wisconsin for our Volume 8 press check. The trip turned out to be one of my favorite experiences while creating V8. Our printing plant, located in Burlington, is just 20 minutes away from the gorgeous resort town of Lake Geneva, where the historic Maxwell Mansion has been turned into an equestrian-inspired getaway, and where I gladly pretended I was on a mini post-V8 vacation.
The property, which was originally built in 1856 by a prominent Chicago surgeon, Dr. Philip Maxwell, now comprises the original mansion, the stables, and the carriage house, which have been gorgeously renovated in the past two years with both antique and designer pieces. Upon check-in, I was given a tour around the property and told fun facts and backstories about everything from the fireplaces to the sinks!
Each room is different, with a little history of its own. The room I stayed in, pictured below, used tin ceiling tiles from an old church to line the lofted ceiling and the whirlpool tub!
Rich textures on everything from the faux fur throws, the sliding barn doors, and the whiskey barrel sink make each room a sophisticated barn-inspired haven. Plus, the Maxwell Mansion has the softest and most luxurious towels, robes, and bed linens I have ever touched! Breaks in between meetings, tours, and press runs at the plant were so restful.
My favorite part of staying at the Maxwell Mansion was getting to experience how thoughtful the staff and designers were about the details of their guests’ stay and honoring the history of the house. Each little nook and cranny of the property has a fun surprise, and I loved seeing so many lounge areas encouraging guests to sit back and enjoy their time away — most of them are actually furnished with real couches, pillows, and throws which allow guests to truly get comfy, and help stay true to the 1856 era. Across lawn is the gazebo and fire pit, where I spent a few evenings snuggled up with a mug of tea.
Of course, there’s plenty to explore inside the main mansion, too. Every night, their Apothecary (the house bar playfully named to honor Dr. Maxwell’s profession) is open, and if you’re lucky and in the know, you might be able to catch drinks and piano-playing in the basement speakeasy, which is hidden behind a mock wall. (Cool kids have to knock and whisper the password, which is posted to the Maxwell Mansion Facebook page.)
In the same way that all of their rooms are individually designed, weddings and events at Maxwell Mansion are planned and detailed to be uniquely suited for their couples. I love the idea of reserving the entire property to house all of your wedding guests for the wedding weekend, and can only imagine how special it would be to have all of your loved ones gathered in the rocking chairs in the morning and chatting by the fire at night!
I didn’t expect that my work trip would turn into a gorgeous getaway, but was eager to take advantage of it! Even the drive up to Maxwell Mansion was unexpectedly beautiful, taking me through corn fields and passing many bright red barns, cows, and chickens. Once I arrived, restaurants, downtown Lake Geneva, and the lake itself, was a short walk away, making Maxwell Mansion feel like a true getaway.