Here’s a Twist on New Year’s Resolutions!

Time lost not regained

So I could do a New Year’s Resolution blog with the usual things like ‘drink more water’, ‘cut back on caffeine’, ‘walk more’, ‘learn to say no’, and ‘track your spending’,  or even the alternative, with things like ‘create a bucket list for your birthday’, ‘take on a 365-day project’, and ‘follow a monthly 30-day challenge’. Instead, how about something like this – pick one place in Walworth County for each month of 2018 that you’ve never been to and go there. With so much to do in Walworth County, you’ll find more than one place per month, so be an overachiever! The key is to get out and do it!

Here’s my list – and coming from someone that calls Walworth County home (until I win the lottery and buy an island where the ‘white stuff’ is sand…), we always figure that since it’s out our back door, we can do it tomorrow or later or some other time, but then of course we find ourselves not having done it all. Don’t let 2018 come and go with the same excuses of there being plenty of time.

January – Go snowshoe hiking at Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva (Once the temperatures aren’t such that I’ll be a human icicle.)

February – Take a cooking class at The Black Sheep, Whitewater (Such a great variety, but I’m going for the sweets and baking class, of course!)

March – Join ‘Judge a Book Between the Wines’ at The Bottle Shop, Lake Geneva (Wine, books, yes!)

April – Hang with friends at Speakeasy at Maxwell Mansion, Lake Geneva (Who is with me and what’s the password?)

May – Go to Magic Morgan’s Little Magic Theatre, Lake Geneva, and raise my hand if he asks for a volunteer (Maybe I’ll get to learn a secret or two!)

June – Walk the entire Lakeshore Path around Geneva Lake, Lake Geneva (Yep, the entire path…)

July – Attend an Open Tree Climb event at House in the Wood, Delavan (Climbed trees as a kid all the time!)

August – Look through the 40-inch telescope at Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay (Is it inappropriate to sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’?)

September – Ride on the East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy, to the Autumn Harvest Festival at Elegant Farmer (Bring on the ‘pie in a bag’!)

October – Conquer my fear of heights at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, Lake Geneva (Hoping the beautiful fall colors are a distraction!)

November – Attend an Open Mic at Delavan Lake Store, Delavan, and actually perform a song (I hear friends laughing and cringing right now at the thought.)

December – Take the Santa Cruise with Lake Geneva Cruise Line, Williams Bay (Probably the only time I’ll hear my name read from the ‘nice’ list.)

 

These are only a few ideas from the plethora of things to do in Walworth County.
What will your monthly activity list look like?

For more ideas, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/events

 

 

Christmas and New Year’s and Happenings, Oh My!

 

Plan for the holidaysIf you’re somehow getting caught by surprise that it’s the holidays and don’t have any plans yet, here is what’s happening in Walworth County for both Christmas and New Year’s!

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Christmas
Happenings

 

Saturday, Dec. 23 – Christmas Eve Eve

Gingerbread House Display | All Day
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Holiday Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn, Lake Geneva

Miracle on 34th Street | 10:30 am – 3 pm and 4:45 – 9 pm
The Fireside Dinner Theatre, Fort Atkinson

Classic Holiday Tale | 11 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Ugly Holiday Outfit Party | 11 am – 2 pm
Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill, Delavan

Santa Cause Tree Festival | 12 – 9 pm
Gage Marine / PIER 290, Williams Bay

Dancing Horses: Holiday Magic Show | 1 – 3:30 pm and 7 – 9:30 pm
The Dancing Horses Theatre, Delavan

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Holiday Tea | 2:30 – 5 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Santa’s Coming to the Cove | 3 – 5 pm
The Cove, Lake Geneva

Elf Mail Run | 4 – 4:30 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Outdoor Lights & Music | 5 – 11 pm
Rosewood, Delavan

Trolley Tour of Lights | 5 – 9 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

Gingerbread House Display | All Day
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Champagne Brunch | 8:30 am – 2 pm
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan

Classic Holiday Tale | 11 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Santa Cause Tree Festival | 12 – 9 pm
Gage Marine / PIER 290, Williams Bay

Holiday Tea | 2:30 – 5 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Elf Mail Run | 4 – 4:30 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Christmas Eve Dinner | 4 – 9 pm
Hunt Club Steakhouse, Lake Geneva

Christmas Eve Dinner | 5 – 10 pm
The Abbey Resort, Fontana

Dickens-Inspired Christmas Eve Dinner | 5 – 9 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – The Frontier Restaurant, Delavan

Outdoor Lights & Music | 5 – 11 pm
Rosewood, Delavan

Trolley Tour of Lights | 5 – 9 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Gingerbread House Display | All Day
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Christmas Day Brunch | 9 am – 2 pm
The Abbey Resort, Fontana

A Grand Yuletide Christmas Day Buffet | 10 am – 6 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – The Frontier Restaurant, Delavan

Christmas Day Community Meal | 11 am – 12:30 pm
Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, Elkhorn

Classic Holiday Tale | 11 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Santa Cause Tree Festival | 4 – 9 pm
Gage Marine / PIER 290, Williams Bay

Christmas Day Dinner | 5 – 10 pm
The Abbey Resort, Fontana

Outdoor Lights & Music | 5 – 11 pm
Rosewood, Delavan

Trolley Tour of Lights | 5 – 9 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

 

New Year's Eve

New Year’s
Happenings 

 

Saturday, December 30 – New Year’s Eve Eve

Year-End Celebration | 6 – 9 pm
Delavan Lake Store, Delavan

Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve

New Year’s at Noon | 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Rosewood, Delavan

New Year’s Eve Celebration | 12 pm – 1 am
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan

New Year’s Eve | 5 pm – 1 am
The Geneva Inn, Lake Geneva

New Year’s Eve Bash | 6 pm – 1 am
Evergreen Country Club, Elkhorn

New Year’s Gala | 6:30 pm – 1 am
Rosewood, Delavan

New Year’s Eve Games & Trivia | 7 pm – 12 am
Delavan Lake Store, Delavan

New Year’s Eve Comedy Show with Sonya White | 7:30 – 8:45 pm and 10:30 – 11:45 pm
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan

New Year’s Eve Celebration | 9 pm – 1 am
PIER 290, Williams Bay

New Year’s Eve Customer Appreciation Party | 9 pm – 1:30 am
Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill, Delavan

Monday, January 1, 2018 – New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day Brunch | 9 am – 2 pm
The Abbey Resort, Fontana

New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Brunch | 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan

New Year’s Day Brunch | 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Rosewood, Delavan

 

No matter how you choose to spend both Christmas and New Year’s,
doing it in Walworth County is the easiest choice you can make!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Santa Sightings: Dec. 22 – 24

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer pullin’ on the reins
Bells are ringin’, children are singin’, all is merry and bright
So hang your stockings and say your prayers, ’cause Santa Claus comes tonight…

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Okay, so not exactly tonight, but there are only 5 more days until Christmas, which is pretty close enough in my book to being the last chances of getting on the nice list and off the naughty list! Here are this weekend’s opportunities for seeing Santa before he gets busy on Christmas Eve night.

 

 

Friday, December 22

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay


Saturday, December 23

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Holiday Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Lake Geneva

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Santa’s Coming to the Cove! | 3 – 5 pm
The Cove of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Sunday, December 24

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Champagne Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, Delavan


For more information on holiday fun, go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000

Santa Sightings: Dec. 15 – 17

Countdown to Christmas is 10 days – sorry I didn’t warn you about that spoiler alert. Not to worry – still plenty of time to convince Santa to loosen up on the definition of ‘good’ in relationship to how you’ve behaved this year! Or use the next ten days to show him how good you can be! Whatever you choose to do, here are the opportunities to see Santa this weekend. Check back next week for what will be the last chance before Christmas for Santa Sightings.

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He sees you when you’re sleepin’
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

Friday, December 15

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 6 – 8 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

 

Saturday, December 16

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Breakfast with Santa | 8: 30 – 10 am and 10:30 am – 12 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, Delavan

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Holiday Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Lake Geneva

Santa & His Reindeer | 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Geneva Java, Lake Geneva

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Santa’s Coming to the Cove! | 3 – 5 pm
The Cove of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Sunday, December 17

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West, Fontana

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

For more information on holiday fun, go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000

Santa Sightings: Dec. 8 – 10

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There are 18 days until Christmas, but luckily there are more than 18 opportunities to see Santa this weekend! Check out the details below of where all Santa will be and make sure to come back each week as we post new Santa Sightings for the upcoming weekend.

“You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town!”

Santa Sightings Dec 8-10


Friday, December 8

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 6 – 8 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Saturday, December 9

Waffles with Santa | 7:30 – 11:30 am
Lakeland School, Elkhorn

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 9 – 10 am
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Holiday Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Lake Geneva

An Old World Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Santa’s Coming to the Cove! | 3 – 5 pm
The Cove of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Sunday, December 10

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 9 – 10 am & 11 am – 12 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Champagne Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, Delavan

Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West, Fontana

An Old World Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Visit Santa in the Chalet | 2 – 4 pm
Wehmhoff Park, Burlington

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay


For more information on holiday fun, go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000

 

Light ‘Em Up & Move ‘Em Out!

Christmas Tree Lightings & Parades

Forgive me for the title of this blog, but I obviously couldn’t resist doing something goofy!

If you’re like me, your Christmas tree isn’t up yet, let alone obviously any lights on it, so why not enjoy someone else’s Christmas tree with all the decorations and see its lights all aglow? Might just put a fire under you (me) to get your tree up and decorated! Ooh… maybe talking about trees and using the word ‘fire’ isn’t such a good idea. Okay, let’s get to all the opportunities coming up to see Christmas Tree Lightings and Parades (the parades part is the “move ’em out” reference, in case you were wondering or didn’t get my whacked sense of humor).

Christmas Parades & Tree Lightings 2017

Friday, December 1 ~

Festival of Lights Tree Lighting | 5 pm
Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva

Christmas Tree Lighting | 6 pm
Downtown, Sharon

Holiday Parade | 6 pm
The Triangle Neighborhood, Downtown Whitewater

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting | 6:30 pm
Downtown, Burlington

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 6:30 pm
Downtown Square & Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn

Victorian Christmas Parade | 7:30 pm
Downtown, Sharon

Saturday, December 2 ~

Christmas Card Town Parade | 1:30 pm
Downtown Elkhorn, Elkhorn

Christmas In The Stars Electric Christmas Parade | 5 pm
Downtown, Lake Geneva

Santa Parade Train | 5 pm
Into Downtown East Troy

Christmas Tree Lighting | 6:30 pm
Downtown, East Troy

Tuesday, December 5 ~

Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree | 6:30 pm
Barrett Memorial Library, Williams Bay

 

For more information on holiday events, go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com or call (262) 728-6000

Santa Sightings: Dec. 1 – 3

Not only has Santa been seen directing traffic at the Lake Lawn Resort Airport, but here’s a weekend list of Santa Sightings! Check out the details below of all the spots you’ll be able to visit with Santa and let him know what is on your wish list. Make sure to come back and see us each week, as we post new Santa Sightings for the upcoming weekend.

“He’s making a list and checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town!”

Santa Sightings Dec 1-3

Friday, December 1 ~ 

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Festival of Lights | 5 – 6:30 pm
Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva

Holiday Parade of Lights Festival | 5 – 8 pm
The Triangle Neighborhood, Downtown Whitewater 

Victorian Christmas | 5 – 9 pm
Downtown, Sharon

An Evening with Santa | 6 – 7:30 pm
Geneva Lakes Family YMCA, Lake Geneva

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Downtown, Burlington

Elkhorn Tree Lighting Ceremony | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Downtown Square, Elkhorn

Saturday, December 2 ~ 

Pancake Breakfast with Santa | 8 – 11 am
Badger High School, Lake Geneva

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 9 – 10 am
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

An Old World Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Country Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Jones Market, Fort Atkinson

Holiday Brunch Music Series with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Geneva Inn Restaurant, Lake Geneva

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 11 am – 12 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Santa & His Reindeer | 11 am – 3 pm
Geneva Java, Lake Geneva

Christmas Card Town Parade | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Downtown Elkhorn, Elkhorn

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

Christmas in the Stars Electric Christmas Parade | 5 – 6:30 pm
Downtown, Lake Geneva

Santa Parade Train | 5 – 8 pm
Into Downtown East Troy

Sunday, December 3 ~

Breakfast with Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva

Old World Holiday Breakfast | 9 – 10 am
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Christmas Train | 9 am – 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy

Brunch with Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West, Fontana

Champagne Brunch with Santa Claus | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, Delavan

An Old World Christmas | 10 am – 4 pm
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Gage Marine – Wood Boat Center, Williams Bay

For more information on holiday fun, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000