All posts by Kaylyn Zielinski

12 Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays at Chula Vista Resort

We are a short countdown from the holidays, and there are so many fun ways to celebrate. Chula Vista Resort offers the ultimate holiday vacation destination where you’ll get all the favorite festivities of the season, while still being able to enjoy a getaway.

1. In-room Decorating

Being away from home on the holidays doesn’t mean you’re giving up your Christmas trees or room decor. When you add-on our Christmas Tree Renta to your holiday vacationl, you’ll get a bag of ornaments to decorate the tree and 12 sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles. If you want to step up your decor in your room, you can add-on our Full Room Holiday Decorating. This includes everything you’d get with our Christmas Tree Rental package plus red and green balloons, garland, plate settings for six people, candy, a holiday door hanging, holiday coloring pages and more! 

To reserve your Christmas tree or room decorating, please call 608-254-8366 ext. 5267 or email Rachel, our Kids Activities Coordinator, at [email protected] 

2. Visits with Santa

Join us in the Grand Lobby for free cookie decorating and photos with Santa Claus! Holiday crafts will also be available starting from $1 each. 

Santa will be joining us: 

December 7, 14 & 21 – 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

December 24 – 3:30 to 5 p.m. 

3. Outdoor Hot Springs

When you visit Wisconsin Dells in the winter, you might not expect to spend a lot of time outside. The weather isn’t a worry at Chula Vista Resort with our Outdoor Hot Springs, Open year-round, our Outdoor Hot Springs is the perfect place to relax. Located behind Spa del Sol, our large (and heated)  outdoor whirlpool is set among a two-story adobe fireplace and a heated concrete deck. 

4. Candy Cane Lane

This year, our indoor waterpark tunnel will be transformed into Candy Cane Lane, complete with holiday decorations and festive photo opportunities. Stop by Kids HQ where you can get more information about our Candy Cane Lane Scavenger Hunt and Candy Cane Hunt. 

5. Holiday Family Activities

Join us for crafts and activities filled with holiday cheer! Check the Activities Calendar at the front desk upon check-in for all the times, prices and locations. Here are some of the fun activities you can look forward to during your holiday vacation: 

  • Christmas Slime Time
  • Make Your Own Reindeer Food
  • Holiday Ornament Painting

6. Holiday Celebration

Throughout the entire month, you can join us for our big holiday celebration! We will be celebrating the season with a Christmas tree lighting, hot chocolate, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa where he will take letters, hand out candy canes and take photos. Stop at the front desk upon check-in for the Activities Schedule for dates, times and locations. 

7. Indoor Waterpark

You can’t take a trip to Wisconsin Dells without experiencing the fun of what we’re known for – our waterparks! Our indoor waterpark is open year-round and filled with thrilling slides and rides for everyone. 

Celebrate the holidays without the stress of hosting when you have your holiday vacation at Chula Vista Resort. We are offering limited-time deals and discounts on hotel stays, waterpark passes and more. Look through our current specials and packages here, and book your next stay today! 

3 Things You Should Do After Getting Engaged

Photo: Tara Draper Photography

Congratulations! You’re newly engaged, and the to-do list is starting to build. We’ve put together an engagement checklist for when you’re just starting to plan your wedding. 

Photo: Thrive Photography & Films

1. Pick your Date

The first step to wedding planning on your engagement checklist is deciding when you want to get married. Think about how long you want your engagement to be and what time of year you’d like to get married. If you’re planning a destination wedding, you may need to give yourself and your guests more time during the planning process to take off of work or to make travel accommodations in time.

Photo: Generations Weddings

2. Figure out your Wedding Budget

There are a lot of factors that go into planning your wedding. A very, very important step of your engagement checklist is figuring out your budget. Deciding on your budget will help you pick out your vendors, venues, dress and more. It’s better to decipher how much you’re looking to spend early on rather than have to sacrifice what you want because you’ve exceeded your budget. During this time, it’s also a great period to decide if you want to hire a wedding planner. They can assist you in sticking to your budget, and also,lessening the stress of planning. 

Photo: Tom Borges Photography

3. Select your Venue

The third and one of the most important things to do when planning your wedding is picking a venue. Find a venue that fits your style and what you’re dreaming of on your wedding day. Next, contact the venue to figure out their availability for the dates you’re interested in, pricing information and to set up a tour. 

Now, you’re well on your way to figuring out your big day! Chula Vista Resort offers a one-stop-shop for your wedding day. We provide in-house catering, on-site accommodations and highly-rated ceremony and reception sites. To find out more about Chula Vista Resort weddings, visit our website, contact our wedding coordinators or check out our reviews. It’s easy to check off plenty of items on your engagement checklist when you have your wedding with us at Chula Vista Resort. 

Top 3 Holiday Activities in Wisconsin Dells

The holiday season is here, and we’ve put together a list of the top three holiday activities happening in Wisconsin Dells.

1. Chula Vista Resort

Let us bring holiday magic to your stay with us this season! First, we are giving guests the option to add-on Christmas tree rentals or full holiday room decorating! Next, we are transforming our indoor waterpark tunnel into Candy Cane Lane, complete with holiday decorations and festive photo spots. You can also stop by our Kids HQ for fun games and crafts like Christmas Slime Time, Holiday Ornament Painting and Candy Cane Hunts. Click here to see a full list of our holiday activities. 

Chula Holidays

2. Dells Trolley Tours

Wisconsin Dells Trolley Tours was named the number one tour group in Wisconsin Dells, and we know why! This holiday season they are offering seasonal tours that you won’t want to miss! 

  • Santa Holiday Trolley – The trolley will travel through Downtown Wisconsin Dells where you’ll get to enjoy a fabulous Christmas display, photo opportunities with Santa and sip on some delicious hot chocolate!
  • Ugly Sweater Trolley Pub Crawl – For our older (21+) guests, grab your ugliest Christmas sweater. Dells Trolley will take you to four stops and you’ll receive a free drink at each stop! 
  • Full Winter Wonderland Tour – Wine, sleigh rides, bonfires and hot chocolate are just a few of the fun experiences you’ll have on this tour! 

Click here to see all the seasonal trips Dells Trolley Tours is offering for the holidays. 

3. The Holiday Train

A holiday must, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is making a stop in Wisconsin again this year! At every stop they entertain with Santa, holiday cheer and live music! The train will be in Wisconsin Dells on December 4th at 2:45 p.m. at the Amtrack Depot, 100 La Crosse Street. The event is free, but Canadian Pacific encourages attendees to bring nonperishable food items to donate to local food banks. 

Chula Vista Resort is the perfect location for enjoying holiday activities in Wisconsin Dells. Click here to see our current specials and packages and to book your reservation today. 

3 Reasons to go to a Bridal Show

‘Tis the season for bridal shows!

Bridal shows are happening, and there are so many reasons why brides and grooms should attend! We’ve put together the top three reasons to go to a bridal show when you’re planning a wedding: 

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1. Meeting Vendors

Weddings are made up of so many moving parts, most of those being the vendors you’ll be working with. Bridal shows are a great way to get to know local vendors face-to-face and connect with them! We can’t think of an easier way to check off finding your photographer, caterer, DJ and more than at a bridal show. You’ll save time by getting a one-stop-shop for all the local vendors. 

Thrive Photography

2. Getting Ideas

Want a place to see all the latest wedding trends? Bridal shows are your answer. You can see the trending items from decor to flowers and much more all in one place! Many decor rental vendors will even be at these shows, giving you a chance to get information on pricing for decor you might want to rent for your wedding day, but not purchase to keep. 

3. Samples & Freebies

Bridal shows are a great spot to score deals! Not only will you be able to compare packages and pricing for your vendors, but many vendors offer bridal show-only deals! Aside from specials, many vendors will also be giving out samples and freebies. Caterers and bakeries offer free food samples that will leave you feeling full and also knowing who you want to book for your wedding day. 

Chula Vista Resort participates in many bridal shows throughout the year! Check out a list of the below bridal shows that we will be at this year: 

We hope to see you at one of these bridal shows and ultimately, welcome you to Chula Vista Resort for your wedding! 

3 Things to Think About When Picking a Wisconsin Wedding Venue

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you’re engaged, you’re probably looking for a beautiful venue for the perfect wedding day. There are three main things to think about when picking out a Wisconsin wedding venue! Keep reading for more details: 

Photo: Tara Draper Photography

1. Your Style

First, and probably one of the most important things to ask yourself when picking out a Wisconsin wedding venue is, “Is this venue going to fit my style?” Chula is a great option for you because we do have a wide variety of on-site, indoor and outdoor wedding and ceremony sites that we can help tailor to fit exactly what you’re looking for. Our Fairway Grove is a great spot to enjoy the serene beauty of outdoor Wisconsin weddings. We also have a variety of ballrooms to accommodate even the most elegant of weddings in Wisconsin.

2. Overnight Accommodations

Oftentimes, your wedding guests will be coming from out-of-town. There’s no better place to think about overnight accommodations than when your wedding is at a resort. We do offer block rooms for you and your guests, (including a complimentary bridal suite!) If you plan to host an open bar, you won’t need to worry about how out-of-town guests will get home because at Chula Vista Resort, accommodations are on-site!

Photo: Victoria Matteo Photography

3. Transportation

Finally, transportation! How will your guests get to and from the ceremony, to the reception and back to the resort after the wedding fun ends? We have a complimentary shuttle on-site and it’s a great way to make sure your guests are getting back to their rooms safely at the end of the night. 

If you want more information about having your dream wedding at Chula Vista Resort, visit our website here or contact us at 608-254-1625 or [email protected] 


5 Must-See Stops During Your Wisconsin Dells Road Trip

As the seasons begin to change again, now is the perfect time to enjoy road trips in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dells is filled with so many must-see stops during your vacation! We put together a list of the top five must-see stops during your Wisconsin Dells road trip. 

1. Chula Vista Resort

Stop one on your road trips in Wisconsin is Chula Vista Resort. Our resort features a variety of room types perfect for all sized caravans. While staying with us, enjoy some of our most popular attractions like our Outdoor Hot Springs, fine dining at Kaminski’s Chop House and splash around Lost Rios Indoor Waterpark

2. Downtown Wisconsin Dells

Downtown Wisconsin Dells, located just a few miles from the resort, provides group activities fit for road trips in Wisconsin. Small shops line Broadway St. in Wisconsin Dells offering a variety of souvenirs, handmade fudge and much more. Don’t forget about the H.H. Bennett Studio and Museum! H.H. Bennett is an important part of Wisconsin Dells history, famous for capturing amazing photos of the Dells of the Wisconsin River and the surrounding area. After traveling back to Chula, you can even catch a glimpse of H.H. Bennet’s work in our Bennett Tower!

3. Christmas Mountain

Christmas Mountain provides the ultimate winter thrill in Wisconsin Dells offering tubing, skiing and boarding. Whether you’re skiing down the bunny hill or down the black diamond slopes, you’ll get a glimpse of the breathtaking views of Wisconsin’s landscape. Christmas Mountain is a short drive from Chula Vista Resort making it a great stop for road trips in Wisconsin. 

4. The Keg

The Keg Bar & Grill in Downtown Wisconsin Dells should be on your road trips in Wisconsin itenerary. Not only do they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner but they also have an ice rink! Their synthetic ice rink is open year-round and they also offer skate rentals.

5. Outlets at The Dells

Start and finish your holiday shopping at Outlets at The Dells. This shopping mall features a variety of brand-name and designer outlet stores. Located right off the interstate in Lake Delton, Outlets at The Dells is ideal for road trips in Wisconsin.

A road trip isn’t complete unless you have a great place to stay! Click here to see the room types and amenities Chula Vista Resort has to offer when planning your road trips in Wisconsin. 

3 Ways To Enjoy An Extended Business Trip In Wisconsin Dells

Chula Vista Resort is the perfect place to extend a business trip. When you have a company meeting or conference in Wisconsin Dells, you want to enjoy it! We’ve put together a list of three ways to extend and enjoy a business trip. 

1. Spa del Sol

Sometimes a company meeting can leave you feeling drained. Chula Vista Resort’s on-site spa, Spa del Sol, provides an excellent outlet for relieving stress and feeling rejuvenated. Following your meeting, you can enjoy our Outdoor Hot Springs, or extend your stay and book an appointment for a variety of our luxurious body and facial treatments. 

2. Lost Rios Indoor Waterpark

Extend your business trip and invite your family to enjoy a surely much-needed vacation. Lost Rios Indoor Waterpark at Chula Vista Resort has something for everyone. You can float along our Action River after a company meeting or race your family on our Matador Mat Racers. 

3. Kaminski’s Chop House

After sitting through a company meeting, you deserve to treat yourself. Stop at Kaminski’s Chop House for hand-cut, dry-aged beef, a variety of seafood delights, well-paired wines and extraordinary service. You receive more than just great food at Kaminski’s, when you request a table by the window, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the scenic beauty the Wisconsin River provides. 

4. Cold Water Canyon Golf Course

Cold Water Canyon Golf Course at Chula Vista Resort is one of Wisconsin’s most historic golf courses. Our course offers lush greens, canyon fairways and breathtaking views – all perfect for unwinding from a company meeting. Extend your stay, and flip your business trip into a vacation. 

Are you looking to stay at Chula Vista Resort? Check out our current specials and packages available. For business trips, we do have a variety of wonderful add-on packages like Spa del Sol gift cards, Kaminski’s gift cards and much more. 

Tasting the Cheeses of Chula: The Top 4 Cheese Dishes



October is here and we are kicking off National American Cheese Month. Celebrate your favorite American-made cheeses like Swiss, Colby, blue and cheddar cheeses.

Cross off the cheeses of Chula while you celebrate American Cheese month here: 

1. Garbage Salad – Kaminski’s Chop House

Kaminski’s Chop House serves up a classic American-made cheese. With our famous garbage salad, you’ll have the opportunity to add in our customer-favorite blue cheese.

Named after the type of sandstone that forms the caves, St. Pete’s Select is our signature super-premium American blue cheese. Available only in limited quantities, wheels of St. Pete’s are hand-selected during each of the four grading steps, and then cave-aged for over 100 days. The flavor profile of St. Pete’s has been described as, “complex, complicated, yet delightfully intimate.” A deliciously creamy mouthfeel and pronounced piquant sharpness are the hallmark characteristics of this classic American-made blue cheese.

2. Cheese Curds & Pretzels – The Tavern Restaurant

The Tavern Restaurant is a great stop for all cheeseheads! A classic Wisconsin-style pub, The Tavern, offers local Wisconsin cheeses in their appetizers.

You can’t have a tasty cheese excursion in Wisconsin without cheese curds! The Tavern’s curds are golden-brown breaded Wisconsin white cheese curds served with a smoked ranch dressing. You can also stop in for their beer cheese pretzel. It’s a soft, salted pretzel paired with their homemade creamy Wisconsin beer cheese sauce and honey dijon mustard. 

3. The Kilbourn Burger – Kilbourn City Grill

Kilbourn City Grill serves up sports bar entrées, one of their top-sellers being The Kilbourn Burger. This burger is char-grilled to perfection with your choice of American, Swiss, pepper jack or Wisconsin cheddar cheese on a toasted bun. 

4. Wisconsin Grilled Cheese – The Tavern Restaurant

Satisfy your cheese cravings with The Tavern’s Wisconsin grilled cheese. Toasted sourdough bread with aged cheddar and mild Swiss cheese makes this grilled cheese a Tavern favorite. 

5. BONUS! Cheesecake – Kaminski’s Chop House

The staple ingredient for cheesecake is cream cheese – which originated in America. A great way to finish any cheese trip is always cheesecake. Enjoy the best of the best with Kaminski’s New York Cheesecake.


Visit Chula Vista Resort to get a taste of the best American cheese for National American Cheese Month! Make an overnight stay of your cheese-venture here

Your 2019 Wisconsin Dells Fall Foliage Trip

Wisconsin Dells is the go-to destination to enjoy fall foliage in Wisconsin. From apple orchards to hiking galore, Wisconsin Dells provides amazing activities  during the entire season that you won’t want to miss!

We’ve put together an itinerary for a perfect Wisconsin Dells Fall Color Trip. Stay at Chula Vista Resort and you’ll be close to all the fall fun. Check out Travel Wisconsin’s “Wisconsin Fall Color Report” to see updates on the peak fall foliage in Wisconsin. 

1. Check in to your resort

Arriving at Wisconsin Dells, you’ll want a place to lay your head after a long day of fall adventures. Chula Vista Resort is located along the Wisconsin River and offers gorgeous views of changing leaves from every angle. 

2. Wollersheim Winery & Distillery

For adults (21 and over) experiencing a Fall Color Trip, Wollersheim Winery & Distillery is a must! They offer tours and tastings where you can enjoy their fantastic seasonal wines and spirits. They’re located a short drive from Wisconsin Dells, and you can catch a glimpse of those fall foliage in Wisconsin you’re looking for!

3. Country Bumpkin Farm Market

Open through October 31st, Country Bumpkin Farm Market is a great spot for families in the area for fall activities. They offer a pick-your-own berry farm experience, a petting zoo and a fresh bakery for delicious seasonal treats. 

4. Ski-Hi Fruit Farm

Ski-Hi Fruit Farm sits within the scenic Baraboo bluffs and has been around since 1907! Their staff helps you pick apples, and there are more choices than just Granny Smiths. Throughout the season, they offer 24 types of apples. Be sure to check their website and Facebook pages to see which apples will be mature during your visit. 

5. Dells Boat Tours

Another Wisconsin Dells must-do, the Dells Boat Tours have been a crowd favorite. As youtravel through Wisconsin Dells and along the Wisconsin River, you’ll see first-hand why Wisconsin Dells is the top place to enjoy fall foliage in Wisconsin. Don’t forget, tours will even pick you up from the resort!

6. Devil’s Lake State Park

Devil’s Lake State Park is the largest state park in Wisconsin, and naturally, the park showcases the gorgeous fall foliage in Wisconsin perfectly. According to their visitor guide, expect to see the leaves change from mid to late September and peak around mid-October. 

7. Outdoor Hot Springs

Chula Vista Resort’s Outdoor Hot Springs are a necessary stop for your Wisconsin Dells Fall Color Trip. Set along the towering white pines overlooking the Wisconsin River, the Hot Springs at Spa del Sol are the perfect place to relax. The gigantic whirlpool is surrounded by heated concrete decks and a two-story adobe fireplace for year-round enjoyment.

8. Kaminski’s Chop House

A trip to Wisconsin Dells wouldn’t be complete without great food. Grab a window seat at Kaminski’s Chop House to enjoy great views of the changing leaves and an even better dining experience. 

This fall, check out our available specials and packages to make your 2019 Fall Color Trip one to remember. 

Your 2019 Girls’ Getaway To-Do List

With the craziness of summer behind us, fall is the perfect time to celebrate friendship! Chula Vista Resort is the ideal location for your much-needed girls’ getaway. 

1. Spa del Sol

No girls’ weekend is complete without some time to relax at a spa. Spa del Sol is a great place to let the stress of a fun-filled summer fade away as you sip champagne and indulge in our treatments. Our variety of treatments vary from massages to facials, and much more. When you visit Spa del Sol, you’ll also have access to our Outdoor Hot Springs. Don’t worry about cold weather stopping the rejuvenation, our hot springs are open year-round and feature a two-story adobe fireplace. 

2. Kaminski’s Chop House

Kaminski’s Chop House is the top spot in Wisconsin Dells to dine in style. From crab legs to steaks, you’ll find the best entrée to treat yourself on your girls’ weekend. Kaminski’s features a delicious happy hour menu from 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily. Happy Hour offers deals on house favorites like wine, beer, martinis and appetizers.

3. Wisconsin Dells Wineries

Wisconsin Dells is home to some of the best wineries in central Wisconsin. It is easy to add some wine tasting to your girls’ getaway this season. We’re only a few short miles from Fawn Creek Winery where adults can sip wine, browse the retail options and occasionally catch some live music! If you are willing to travel a little further you can check out Wollersheim WineryBaraboo Bluff Winery and many more local wineries! Finally, Wisconsin Dells Trolley Tours lets you create your own personalized wine/brewery tour. You pick your date and time, the venues you’d like to visit and they take care of the rest. 

Chula Vista Resort has room styles and accommodations for girls’ getaways of every size. Check out our specials and packages for a great deal any time of year. We have great add-ons available for the spa, Kaminski’s Chop House, zipline adventures and much, much more.