Midwest Living Review
The collection of white-sided buildings doesn't scream "racing crowd." In fact, the buildings -- some a century old, the rest designed to blend in -- seem quite proper, thank you very much. Yet ever since racing came to Elkhart Lake in the 1950s, the racing crowd has adopted Siebkens Resort as its hangout. So if you want to be where the action is during racing season, this is the place. The resort still rents out some of its original hotel rooms, divided between two historic buildings, although those are quite dated (think shared baths and the like). But a new condominium hotel was built recently, adding elegant, Prairie-style one-, two- and three-bedroom units to the mix. The units feature fireplaces, full kitchen and dining areas, laundry facilities and balconies (even first-floor units) and are reasonably priced, starting at $119 on peak weekends. You'll find two restaurants on the property. The main dining room, despite its name, is only open Thursdays through Sundays during race weekends, as well as Sundays year-round for brunch. It bills its fare as "contemporary fine dining." The Stop-Inn Tavern is where most go. Open year-round, the casual eatery serves lunch and dinner daily, with live entertainment Wednesday evenings. You may eat at the bar, in the restaurant proper or out on the large screen porch. In addition to the restaurants, the resort includes a coffee and ice cream shop (open seasonally). Tucked in and around Siebkens' lodging and dining facilities are various decks, tables and chairs, a gazebo, swimming pool and whirlpool. A strip of beach on Elkhart Lake, across the street, is reserved for Siebkens guests.