Somehow, in the last 24 hours I've managed to have two hospitality industry experiences that have eluded me thus far: a relaxing and enjoyable hotel room and a bagel store that doesn't suck--indeed, far from it. I'll start with the hotel. I booked a room at The Cove of Lake Geneva,
which at slightly north of $200 was a splurge for me. However, the last time I paid $150 for a room (in Boston), I had to call the front desk to send security up because a couple was noisily having sex in the next room. So to pay $200 for a room that accomplished the mission of rest and relaxation seems like a square enough deal. Also, I booked with 72 hours' notice on Memorial Day weekend, so the room cost about half again as much as it would have otherwise.
I'm in Lake Geneva catching up on trashy cable television (which I haven't seen since I was in Arizona) after spending most of the late afternoon and evening walking around town. I think it's pretty clear that this will be my new vacation hangout. This town lends itself perfectly to my purposes, as it is highly walkable--the downtown area soon yields to a picturesque residential area. A walk of a mile or so in certain directions takes you to the wrong side of the tracks. I thought Lake Geneva would be swankier than it is, but I'm not at all disappointed. Quite the contrary!