Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is central to the founding of the RPG industry, where in 1973 long-time resident Gary Gygax founded Tactical Studies Rules (that later became TSR, Inc.) with his close friend Don Kaye, and first published Dungeons & Dragons. Of course prior to that Gary Gygax started a little war games convention as one of the officers in the International Federation of Wargaming called the Geneva Convention or GEN CON for short. Today that little convention is owned by Peter Adkison and attracts about 70,000 attendees. Lake Geneva is located 1-hour southwest of Milwaukee and 1.5 hours northwest from Chicago.
How to get to Lake Geneva. There isn't a convenient mass transit solution to getting to LG for GC. You can drive from home to Lake Geneva, or choose to fly into Chicago (O'Hare is most convenient) or Milwaukee (General Mitchell). It is possible to book a shuttle or limousine service to and from the airport. Search the Internet to find the best deals. Many people rent a car and drive themselves to and from the airport. Some people use the Gary Con FB Group and/or the GC Discord Server to ride share and defray costs.
Staying onsite is the most convenient for most of our attendees, but the rooms sell out quickly. Make sure to ask for the special Gary Con rate when you call to make a reservation, use the link provided to you or enter a code to get the Gary Con rate. It is significantly lower than their normal rates and includes discounted room rate and campus fees!
BOOKING LINK: https://res.grandgeneva.com/
The booking link for the Grand goes active on Monday, 9/19/2022 at 10 AM Central. You will have best results using the link and not trying to get a hold of one of the few reservation people there.
Partner Hotel. The Comfort Suites is an all suite hotel located less than 2.5 miles away from the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Amenities includes a free hot breakfast, free high speed internet, in room refrigerator and microwave, and an indoor pool. There is a shuttle to/from the Grand that operates Wednesday through Sunday.
Partner Hotel. At about 1.4 miles away, the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott provides a very close option. The Fairfield will have a shuttle service from 7:30 AM Central to 11:30 PM Central, daily. Use the link below for the Gary Con rate.
BOOKING LINK: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1663601623814&key=GRP Group Rate has limited availability
For the group rate of $179.00, earliest Start Date is Wednesday, March 22, 2023 and End Date is Sunday, March 26, 2023.
Partner Hotel. Holiday Inn Club Vacations are as close as you can get and not be at the Grand. Use the booking link below for the Gary Con rate.
BOOKING LINK: HICV Booking Link
This link may not work on a mobile device, please use a desktop. The booking link for Holiday Inn Club Vacations is active *now*. Earliest Start Date is Wednesday, March 22, 2023 and End Date is Monday, March 27, 2023. You may also book over the phone by calling (866) 915-4224 and providing the agent with your travel dates between 3/22/2023 and 3/27/2023 along with the group code which is "GCG". The booking link expires in January 2023 (1/23/2023) and will NOT be accepted online or by phone at the discounted group rates after that point.
Timber Ridge Lodge at Grand Geneva Resort features 50,000 square feet of year-round, indoor/outdoor waterpark. The Lodge is located on the same property as the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and is a wonderful place to stay if you are bringing your children to Gary Con! The Grand Geneva shuttle service (aka the Trolley) runs between Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge frequently during Gary Con. This is from The Grand on the Trolley:
Trolleys are on a continuous loop starting at 6:30 am going until 1 am and then going on demand until 3 am.
IF anyone misses the Trolley our overnight Public Safety Team will be available to take them down to Timber Ridge Lodge.
BOOKING LINK: https://res.timberridgelodge.
The booking link for TRL goes active on Monday, 9/19/2022 at 10 AM Central. You will have best results using the link and not trying to get a hold of one of the few reservation people there.
Partner Hotel. Hampton Inn Elkhorn is located five minutes from downtown Elkhorn, just 15 minutes from the resort city of Lake Geneva. Set yourself up with a free hot breakfast, before venturing five miles to the Apple Barn Orchard & Winery. Swim, hike, and kayak at Big Foot Beach State Park, 20 minutes from our door, or take advantage of our pool and fitness center. WIFI and parking are on us.. Use the booking link below for the Gary Con rate.
BOOKING LINK: Call the Hotel to book, tell them you're with Gary Con. Group Rate has limited availability
For the group rate, earliest Start Date is Wednesday, March 22, 2023 and End Date is Sunday, March 26, 2023. Your guests can also book their reservations by calling our Hilton Reservations toll-free number at 1-800-HILTONS. Please have your guests mention the Gary Con XV at Hampton Inn - Elkhorn Lake Geneva Area, WI or the unique code GAC to receive your group rate.