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2020 Walworth County Gift Guide

Tis the season of giving! This year, shoppers can skip the stress of standing in lines to have fun, find great gifts, and keep their money in Walworth County by supporting local businesses. Use our handy Holiday Gift Guide to find amazing gift ideas at even better prices from your favorite Walworth County businesses. Before you know it, you’ll have checked off everyone on your list with thoughtful gifts from amazing local artisans and retailers. 

By choosing to shop at local businesses, you will enjoy a more distinctive and personal experience and help support Walworth County businesses. Start your holiday shopping right here in your own backyard.  Happy Holidays. 

Check out our Holiday Gift Guide Below

Find more holiday shopping specials and events, visit our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com. Happy Holidays!

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Dine With Us During Dine Around The Lakes Restaurant Week November 6th-15th, 2020

We invite you to dine with us during Walworth County’s annual Dine Around The Lakes restaurant week. The dining experiences begin on November 6th and runs through November 15th, with specially priced 3-course meals at 12 county-wide restaurants.  Food lovers get ten days to try restaurants they may not have visited before, or a chance to indulge at their favorite dining spot at a great price. The restaurants outdo themselves each year with the fantastic menus they offer their guests during Dine Around The Lakes.  

Participating restaurants will offer a unique three-course menu for lunch and/or dinner – available only during the Dine Around The Lakes, November 6-15. Lunch menus range from $10-15, and dinner menus range from $20-30. Our area boasts some of the best dining in Wisconsin, with everything from a restaurant right on a the lake, an award-winning steakhouse, to classic homestyle cooking.

Our restaurant week was designed with both the restaurants and diners in mind – offering great food at a great price. The restaurants’ menus are all available on the Dine Around The Lakes Website, making it easy for the foodies out there to plot their dining course through Walworth County.  New this year, participating restaurants will be offering carryout specials of their Dine Around The Lakes menus.

Make sure to visit the Dine Around The Lakes Facebook page and the Visit Walworth County Facebook page for giveaways to each of the participating restaurants. A $25 gift card or certificate will be given to a lucky winner each day through the end of Dine Around The Lakes on November 15.  

Participating restaurants include:

To view a full list of participating restaurants and their mouthwatering menus, visit www.dinearoundthelakes.com.  Where will you be dining with us during Dine Around The Lakes? Let us know in the comments below!

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Shop Local, Give Thanks: Filling Your Table With Local Goods This Thanksgiving

November marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but not just for gifting! Thanksgiving is, of course, a holiday for feasting and a great time to shop at locally-owned grocers and retailers for the freshest foods to serve at your holiday table. Whether you plan on gathering as a whole family or choose to keep it on the smaller side, fill your dinner table with goodies from local businesses this Thanksgiving. 

Wine, Beer, and Spirits:

Toast the holidays with wine, beer, and spirits made with locally grown ingredients. Indulge in cold-hardy variety wines from Staller Estate Winery in Delavan, sip on fruity ciders from Apple Barn Orchard and Winery in Elkhorn, or pick up pear ciders from AEppletroew Winery in Burlington.  For a wider variety of regional and international wines, check out The Bottle Shop in Lake Geneva and Northleaf Winery in Milton. If craft beer is more your style, pick up Silos (aka Crowlers) from Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company featuring ingredients from local farmers. East Troy Brewery also offers Crowlers to-go to wow your guests with local brews. Don’t forget to stock up on spirits from Geneva Lake Distilling and Studio Winery to craft your after-dinner cocktails.  

Cheeses and Charcuterie

No Wisconsin holiday is complete without a cheeseboard. Stop into The Cheese Box in Lake Geneva for an award-winning selection of Wisconsin meats and cheeses as well as various accouterments. Skip the fuss and order premade party platters from Jones Market or a charcuterie board to pair with your wine from Staller Estate Winery

Dinner

Digging into the Thanksgiving Dinner is something many look forward to all year long.  Delight your tastebuds this year with a spread of delicious dishes made with local ingredients.  Pick up organic mushrooms for your green bean casserole from River Valley Ranch, cider baked hams from The Elegant Farmer, turkeys from Lake Geneva Country Meats, steaks and butcher cuts from Wilson Farm Meats, smoked trout from Rushing Waters Fisheries, and a variety of dips, mixes, and marinades from Lake Geneva Cannery.

Dessert

What would Thanksgiving be without the pie? There are so many yummy options to choose from here in Walworth County. Love apple pie? Pick up a famous apple pie baked in a paper bag from Elegant Farmer.  Strawberry rhubarb calling your name? Lake Geneva Cannery has one with your name on it! And who could forget everyone’s favorite, pumpkin pie? Pre-order yours for pickup from Lake Geneva Pie Company.  Not a pie person? Indulge in fresh apple cider donuts from Royal Oak Farm Orchard to finish off your family dinner.  

Decor

Add some festive decor to your dining room this Thanksgiving. Gather around the perfect tablescape with serveware, linens, and decoration from Cornerstone Shop and Gallery. Fill your home with cozy fall scents with candles, wax melts, and reed diffusers from The Candle Mercantile. Before turkey day, craft personalized serving trays and home decor with DIY projects from Nailed It DIY Studio in Elkhorn.  

For more Thanksgiving specials and events, please visit our Event Calendar on our website at VisitWalworthCounty.com. We hope you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  

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Walworth County’s Rustic Roads: Fall 2020

Take the scenic route this autumn and travel the Rustic Roads of Walworth County. The Wisconsin Rustic Roads Program offers locals and visitors a leisurely opportunity to travel around the state and explore areas often overlooked. As you meander down these beautiful Rustic Roads, you’ll encounter some of the best scenery in Wisconsin. Fall in Walworth County truly is one of the best seasons of the year, filled with vibrant colors and a seasonal beauty. Did we mention just how beautiful these drives are during the fall?  Check out the links below to take a Virtual Road Trip down the Rustic Roads of Walworth County!

Rustic Road 29 – Snake Road

This loop is located in the countryside of natural beauty. Bounded in some places by split rail fencing, R-29 passes through an area of native vegetation and wildlife near Lake Geneva that is particularly beautiful in autumn. ​Location: Southeast Wisconsin, Walworth County. Snake Road, from the intersection with WIS 50 in the city of Lake Geneva, west to the intersection with WIS 50 in the town of Geneva.

Rustic Road 36 – Cranberry Road

This narrow, hilly route got its name from early settlers who harvested cranberries from nearby marshes. R-36 winds through Wisconsin farmland, glacial marshes and knobs. It features a wide variety of trees and shrubs. Location: Southeast Wisconsin, Walworth County. Includes Cranberry Road and Berndt Road east from WIS 50, with connections to R-11 and R-12.

Rustic Road 85 – Kearney Road and Potter Road

Potter Road runs adjacent to winding Sugar Creek as both pass through Nature Conservancy forests and wetlands. The steeply glaciated uplands of Kearney Road include a mix of farmlands and pine woodlots. Location: Southeast Wisconsin, Walworth County. Includes portions of Kearney and Potter Roads, forming a loop off County DD in the town of Spring Prairie.

Rustic Road 120 – Peck Station Road

Peck Station Road, named after a Western Union Railroad stop, is agricultural in character and quite colorful in the fall. The former inn still exists as a private home. At the east side of its intersection with County A is the Troy Wildlife Area, offering many recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, cross country skiing and hiking. Location: Southeast Wisconsin, Walworth County. Peck Station Road, from County A south to County ES in the town of Lafayette.

Rustic Road 11 – South Road, Spring Valley Road, Knob Road, and Steele Road

This gently winding route provides excellent views of glacial Kettle Moraine topography. R-11 passes through large wooded areas of oak, maple and hickory, with glimpses of a game farm and scenic agricultural land. Location: Southeast Wisconsin, Walworth County. To the east of Lake Geneva, R-11 includes South Road, Steel Road, Spring Valley Road and Knob Hill Road between WIS 50 and WIS 36. The route adjoins R-12 and R-36.

Rustic Road 12 – Buckby Road

At various points the road offers panoramic views of lush green hills and valleys. The sharply curving route passes outstanding Kettle Moraine formations, pine and spruce plantations, a tamarack swamp and several ponds. R-12 crosses the White River and runs through the community of Lyons with its several quaint churches. Location: Southeast Wisconsin, Walworth County. This route includes Back Road, Sheridan Springs Road, Spring Valley Road and Church Street, between WIS 50 and WIS 36. R-12 connects to R-11 and R-36.

Start planning your Rustic Road Trip getaway to Walworth County today by visiting http://www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

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Grab Your Buckets, Its Time to Trick-Or-Treat

Put on your favorite costume and hit the streets, its time to Trick-or-Treat! Don’t miss out on the fun in your neighborhood. Be sure to check out our Trick-or-Treating guide below for dates and times.

October 18th

Trunk or Treat | Babe Mann Park | Elkhorn | 10 am – 1 pm

October 24th

Candy Handout Drive Thru | Elementary School Lot | Williams Bay | 10 am – 12 pm

Trunk or Treat | Geneva Lakes YMCA | 4-6 PM

Trunk or Treat | Big Foot High School | 4-6 PM

October 28th

Community Trick or Treat | Elkhorn Area High School | Elkhorn | 4 – 7 pm

October 30th

6-Feet Trick or Treat | Sunset Park | Elkhorn | 5 -7 pm

October 31st

Bloomfield – Pell Lake | 4 – 7 p,

Burlington | 6 – 8 pm

Delavan | 4 – 6 pm

Delavan Twp | 12 – 3 pm

Darien | 4 – 6 pm

East Troy | 4 – 7 pm

Elkhorn | 5 – 7 pm

Fontana | 4 – 7 pm

Geneva Twp | 2 – 4pm

Lake Geneva | 12 – 4 pm

Lake Geneva | Geneva Lake Museum | 12 – 4 pm

Lake Geneva | Hawk’s View Golf Club | 11 – 2 pm

Lyons Twp | 4 – 6 pM

Sharon | 4 – 7 pm

Walworth | 4 – 6 pm

Whitewater | 4 – 7 pm

Williams Bay | 4 – 7 pm

Events and times are subject to change. For the most up to date information, visit www.VisitWalworthCounty.com and our Calendar of Events. Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

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31 Days Of Halloween 2020

31 Days of Halloween is finally here! All month long, we’ll be highlighting the haunted happening, not-so-scary spooktaculars, and fall festivities going on across Walworth County. What events are you most looking forward to?

Events and times are subject to change. Visit our Event Calendar for the most up to date information regarding 31 Days of Halloween events. Happy Halloween!

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10 Spots to Enjoy the Fall Foliage in Walworth County

The leaves are finally starting to change in Walworth County! As the days grow shorter and the weather cools, we are so excited to welcome one of the most spectacular and scenic seasons into our area.  

With fall color slated to peak in the third and fourth weeks of October, you have plenty of time to start planning your fall getaway.  Wondering where you’ll be able to enjoy the fall colors this Autumn? We’ve got you covered! Here are our top ten spots to take in the brilliant fall colors in Walworth County. 

  1. East Troy Electric Railroad

All aboard the East Troy Railroad! Enjoy the fall foliage from the rails while taking a scenic ride through the rural East Troy area.  Pass by rustic farms, enchanting lakes, and towering tree tunnels to immerse you in color.  Weekend rides sell out quickly, so reserve your trip today! 

2. Lake Geneva Cruise Line

See the brilliant colors by water when you take a Geneva Lake Tour with Lake Geneva Cruise Lines. Enjoy a narrated tour of Geneva Lake packed full of history and stories behind the homes dotting the shoreline.  Tours run daily through the end of October.  Book online at www.CruiseLakeGeneva.com.

3. Rustic Road Trip

Wind through the trees and fields of Walworth County’s Rustic Roads.  Design your own road trip by taking a driving tour through one–or all five–Rustic Roads.  You won’t want to miss Snake Road in the Fall, its a local favorite! 

4. Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures

Admire the colors from a birds-eye view as you zip through the trees at Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures. Heights not for you? Embark on a scenic hike or mountain bike ride through their forest.

5. Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

Enjoy the leaves and pick from the trees at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery.  Pick from over 13 varieties of apples in the orchards and warm up with hot apple cider afterward.  

6. Lake Geneva Balloon Company

Soar high above the golden treetops with a private balloon tour with Lake Geneva Balloon Company. How’s that for social distancing!?

7. Lake Geneva Shore Path

Hike the Lake Geneva Shore Path and take in the sensational season along the waterfront.  For an even more breathtaking view, plan a sunrise hike along the south shore and watch the morning sun illuminate the trees.  

8. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa

Let your worries melt away when you enjoy an autumn sunset from your private balcony at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.  Watch the leaves rustle over the award-winning golf courses and relax in luxury. Be sure to check out their fall specials and exclusive packages.

9. Ice Age Trail

Immerse yourself in the splendor of fall when you hike the Ice Age Trail.  Hike a 3, 5, 10, or 20-mile hike through the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest starting in Whitewater.

10. The Village Supper Club

Take in the crisp air with a drink in hand at the Village Supper Club in Delavan.  Enjoy the changing leaves along Delavan Lake while having a great meal at a historic Wisconsin Supper Club.  

Plan your fall getaway today including stops to apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and farm stands by visiting www.VisitWalworth.com.  

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Everything But The Squeal at Old World Wisconsin

Love bacon, brats, pork chops, and more? Enjoy an marriage of food and story to engage the senses, have fun, spark conversations, and create memories to live on at Old World Wisconsin’s Taste of History Series: Everything But the Squeal event Saturday September 12th and Sunday September 13th.

Foodies and history buffs alike will delight in this special event at Old World Wisconsin. The Taste of History Series is a unique opportunity for guests to tour the Crossroads Village, and explore the stories of the past while being introduced to flavors, traditions, and techniques to be featured in the dinner in Caldwell Farmer’s Club Hall to culminate your experience.

Everything But The Squeal is a celebration of the role pork has played in Wisconsin’s culinary history. From snout to tail, you’ll explore the history of the “heritage breed” of pork that created sausage flavor profiles, traditional cuts of meat, and preservation techniques still used today. After you tour the Crossroads Village, enjoy a craft beer tasting and a historically-inspired meal in the Caldwell Farmers’ Club Hall.

The evening’s menu will feature the many preparations of pork and showcase the wide range of flavors associated with each different cut. Dinner kicks off with an appetizer of pork belly cracklins followed by a variety of recipes including bacon, Usinger’s meat products, and pork chops. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a spice cake with lard frosting.

Everything But The Squeal runs both Saturday September 12th and Sunday September 13th with seatings at both 4pm and 5:30pm both days. Groups are limited to 24 people and advance reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call (262) 594-6301.

Old World Wisconsin documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870’s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.

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Farm-tastic Finds in Walworth County

Corn, crops, and countryside, oh my! Have you ever toured an apple orchard? Petted a goat? Enjoyed a hayride? Or watched a tractor harvest its crops? Well, get to Walworth County and experience all that and more.

You know you’re in the Midwest when the cornfields are endless and the pastures are sprinkled with rustic red barns and spotted cows. To deepen your understanding and strengthen your appreciation of the land and celebrate fall, Walworth County has the perfect spots to explore:

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

Where can you find apple trees, a winery, and cinnamon sugar donuts? At Apple Barn Orchard and Winery of course. Yummy doesn’t begin to describe this extraordinary orchard experience. It’s not only a visual treat with a large orchard, but also a boutique country store loaded with goodies including housemad fruit wines, Wisconsin cheeses, jellies, and local honey. The drive is just minutes from the historic square of downtown Elkhorn. Open Fridays through Sundays, enjoy the apples, and the cooler fall temps at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery. 

Pearce’s Farm Stand

Fall has arrived at Pearce’s Farm Stand! Experience your new favorite fall excursion at the best place for fall festivities, pumpkins, and the ever-popular corn maze! Just a short drive from Lake Geneva, this farm is in the heart of Walworth County! The most popular activity, besides navigating the u-pick pumpkin patch, is the corn maze. The zig-zagging adventure lets visitors explore the fields of the family farm. Pearce’s Farm Stand is extremely kid-and family-friendly with a giant slide, haybale climbing tower, and sweet treats no kiddo can resist. End your trip at Pearce’s Farm Stand munching on their homemade rhubarb bread, kettle corn, and caramel apples and, yes, even pumpkin donuts. This farm is a must-visit!

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

Get the best look at the countryside while learning about local growers and what it takes to supply and maintain successful crops at Royal Oak Farm Orchard. The u-pick apple orchard, located on the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun and entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre setting from mid-August through mid-November. With over 17,000 apple trees of 30 varieties to choose from the farm also produces pumpkins, gourds and winter squash, honey, and more of your favorite fruits and veggies. Take on the challenge of the country’s first apple tree maze, Amaze ‘N Apples, where you can wander through 1.5 miles of trails throughout the orchard. Kiddos can also play in the playground, ride the carousel, and meet barnyard animals at the petting zoo! Don’t forget to sample some world-famous apple cider!

Elegant Farmer

Whether you’re continuing a family tradition or starting a new one this fall, The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago offers you an old-fashioned, on-farm experience at their annual Autumn Harvest Fest Saturdays and Sundays September through October. Visit the Elegant Farmer and be welcomed by the Smilin’ Barn for apple picking, electric rail car rides aboard the East Troy Electric Railroad, tractor rides, the corn maze, and of course the famous farmers market.  Bring home an award-winning apple pie baked in a paper bag to share with family and friends around the bonfire.  

Grapes Are a Crop Too!

Witness the wine-making process from the field to bottle and enjoy a tasting at one of Walworth Country’s wineries. These wineries are set among the beautiful countryside and charming historic towns. Enjoy award-winning Wisconsin wines and during the fall season. Each with a unique vibe and aesthetic, you’ll find your new favorite winery this fall right here in Walworth County.  Customize a full weekend of wine tastings by visiting Aeppeltreow Winery, Apple Barn Orchard and Winery, Northleaf Winery, Staller Estate Winery, and Studio Winery.

Get out there this fall and enjoy all the activities our friendly farms have to offer. As always, we recommend calling ahead and visiting each location’s website to confirm operations and special events.

For more events and to get ahead on planning your next weekend getaway, visit www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

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Labor Day Weekend Events in Walworth County

Labor Day is a day of celebration of the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Kudos! Your hard work deserves to be celebrated!  

With this abundant list of all the weekend’s activities, it’s no wonder why Travel Channel listed Lake Geneva as one of their 10 Best Places to Travel for Labor Day Weekend. But Lake Geneva isn’t the only spot with good events, Walworth County is bustling with them, too. Check it out:

Happy Labor Day! For a complete and updated listing of events throughout the weekend, please visit our Events Calendar on our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

What’s Happening This Weekend in Walworth County | November 13-15

The Big Taste

Wine lovers unite at The Bottle Shop in Lake Geneva’s Big Taste, Sip, Nosh, Taste, & Shop on Friday from 6 to 8 pm.  It’s their annual fall wine tasting with the experts pouring their wines.  Taste 40+ wines, walk around, mingle & shop for the holidays.  It is $30 in advance or $35 at the door.  Gather your friends and prepare to taste some of the best wines and small bites.

Fall “Found Object” Wreath

Is your creative side begging to be let out?  Head to the Aram Public Library in Delavan on Saturday at 9 am for a Fall “Found Object” Wreath program.  Nina Rusky, a Walworth County Master Gardener will lead you through making a fall grapevine wreath using an assortment of “found objects” that will be provided like pinecones, walnuts, and dried citrus slices.  They are also encouraging the wreath makers to bring their own found natural items.  They will be doing their creating outside and socially distanced.  Please dress for the weather and pre-register so they know how many supplies to bring.  The cool thing… if you register and would like to take home the supplies to make it at home, that is an option too at this event.

A Weekend With Great Lakes Brewing Company

If you are a beer lover, then the Abbey Resort in Fontana is where you need to be this weekend.  They are hosting A Weekend with Great Lakes Brewing Company on Friday and Saturday.  The cost is $80 per person.  You can learn all about Ohio’s first microbrewery, the stories behind their beer, and sample some of your favorites.  On Saturday night, they are offering a five course dinner created by their Executive Chef Joshua North that pairs perfectly with the different Great Lakes Brews.  Make sure to register for your spot.

Dine Around The Lakes

Don’t forget that this is the last weekend for Dine Around The Lakes – 12 restaurants throughout Walworth County offering special 3-course meals for lunch or dinner at a very special price.  See the restaurants and the menus at DineAroundTheLakes.com.

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events.