Master Magician Brett Daniels Dazzles the Lake Geneva Area this Fall at Tristan Crist Magic Theatre

Witness the impossible this fall at the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre, Lake Geneva’s premiere theatrical
attraction. Starting at 8:00 PM on Saturday September 11th, Master Magician, Brett Daniels, takes the stage in Lake Geneva for a limited engagement.

Brett Daniels will perform his award-winning sleight of hand illusions, mystify the crowd with free-flying parrots, and engage the audience with incredible mentalism material on stage for a limited time this Fall!

Brett Daniels is internationally acclaimed for his exciting style of cutting-edge performances, headlining in major venues and on television around the globe. Combining innovative magic with dynamic theatrics, and world class sleight-of-hand has made him a favorite from Las Vegas to London to China to New York. A two-time recipient of the “Entertainer of the Year” award, Brett is also the “Magician of the Year” “World Champion” and “Illusionist of the Millennium.”

Daniels has also starred in multiple network television specials on NBC, ABC and CBS as well as numerous international television programs world-wide. After setting box office records in Shanghai performing an unprecedented sixty-eight sold out arena shows, Brett travelled to Beijing where his TV special was broadcast live to 1.3 billion – more people than had ever before witnessed a magic performance at one time.

“I am excited to be working with Brett on this production. Our audiences have greatly enjoyed our large illusion shows over the years and bringing in a legendary magician gives them an opportunity to see an entirely different style of performance,” says Lake Geneva’s resident illusionist, Tristan Crist. “Brett is one of the top performers and innovators in the world of magic. One of my favorite routines features parrots appearing out of midair and flying over the audience selecting cards mid-air! It’s going to be a phenomenal show and I am thrilled we have the opportunity to bring a performer of this caliber to Lake

Tristan will continue with his popular illusion show on Saturday’s throughout the Fall at 5:00 PM with Master Magician Brett Daniels performing at 8:00 PM.

Brett Daniels says, “I was blown away when I walked into Tristan’s theatre for the first time. It is the perfect intimate venue for a magic performance with every seat providing a great view of the action”

“The material I am putting in this show is a combination of my greatest hits over the years and some exciting new things I have been working on. And of course, my doves and parrots will make an appearance!

Catch the Master Magician before he disappears at 8:00 PM on the following dates:
Saturdays September 11th, 18th & 25th
Saturdays October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
Saturdays November 6th, 13th & 20th
Friday November 26th
Saturdays December 4th, 11th & 18th
Fridays December 24th & 31st

Visit www.LakeGenevaMagic.com to learn more and to purchase your tickets before they disappear!


Top 6 Picks: Best of the Bloody Marys

Bloody Marys – you either love them or hate them. The classic mixture of tomato juice, vodka, and spices may seem simple enough, but any Bloody Mary fan will tell you that making this classic hangover drink is an art form. Check out our Top 10 perfectly crafted Bloody Marys that can only be found in here in Walworth County.

#1 Good Karma Bloody – Lake City Social, Lake Geneva

When you order the Good Karma Bloody, you’re not only getting a yummy drink topped with all the fixins, but you’re doing good for non-profits within our community. Each month, Lake City Social donates $2 from each sale to their chosen organization. We’ll cheers to that!

#2 The Pain Killer – Whiskey Ranch, Delavan

Best way to keep a hangover at bay? The Pain Killer at Whiskey Ranch, of course! Topped with a breakfast biscuit slider, thick stack of bacon, string cheese, celery, and skewers on pickled veggies, this Bloody is a monster. Oh, and the ever so traditional snit (or sidecar for you out-of-towners) is included!

#3 Signature Bloody – The Waterfront at The Abbey Resort, Fontana

A lakeside brunch staple, Miss Mary’s Signature Bloody at The Waterfront is one of our go-to bloodies in the area. Enjoy house-infused vodka mixed with Miss Mary’s Morning Elixir (mild or spicy) and topped with summer sausage, cherry pepper, and string cheese. This is one bad bloody!

#4 ETB Bloody – East Troy Brewery, East Troy

Two-words: home made! Chef Ashley’s Texas-sized bloody features Triple Six Heist Stout reduced with tomato juice, house pickle spears, pickled shishito peppers, asparagus, and a secret blend of spices are calling. If you end up falling head over heels for this bad boy, purchase a jar of their signature mix to enjoy at home!

#5 Infused Bloody Marys – 841 Brewhouse, Whitewater

When it comes to Bloodies, 841 Brewhouse doesn’t mess around! Mixed with housemade infused vodka, these drinks pack a peppery punch. Be sure to order yours with a side of curds for an authentic Wisconsin expereince.

#6 Beachside Bloody – Popeye’s on Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva

Recipe for a perfect Bloody – 2 parts Bloody Mary (vodka-duh)- 1 part cold crisp beer- A whole lot of sunshine and an incredible view of Geneva Lake! Mix well and serve cold on Popeye’s outdoor seating. Best shared with good company.

Thirsty for more? Explore 14 area breweries and wineries along the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail! Sip your way through Walworth County one stop at a time while discovering your new favorite spots and earning swag along the way. Sign up for free and start your journey at Explore.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

For information and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events. 
Enjoy your time here in Walworth County.


What’s Up This Weekend in Walworth County | August 13-15


Don your lederhosen, and roll out the barrel, the first ever DAS Fest USA is almost here! Celebrate all things German at the three-day festival at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, Friday August 13th through Sunday, August 15th! Prost to the celebration of the summer featuring brats, polka, dachshund dog races, biergartens, bingo halls, and so much more!

41st Annual Art in the Park

With the forecast full of sunshine, head out to Flat Iron Park for the 41st annual Art in the Park, sponsored by Geneva Lake Arts Foundation! The juried fine arts festival will take place Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15, and feature exceptional art in a beautiful lakefront setting. Visitors can also enjoy live music and dine in some of the many delightful Lake Geneva restaurants.

Beer & Wine Trail Giveaways @ Apple Barn Orchard and Winery & Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company

The Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail has a Summer filled with surprises and we want to make sure YOU are along for the ride!  We’re partnering with 104.5 WSLD to make the best one yet! That’s why we’re giving Bristol Renaissance Faire and Summerfest tickets to four lucky Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Passholders! We’ll be live on-location with WSLD at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery in Elkhorn from 12 pm -1 pm and Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company in Elkhorn from 1:30-2:30 on Sunday, August 15th and we want to see YOU out there. Join us out and about for a beverage, a bite, and a chance to win!

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events. Enjoy your weekend here in Walworth County.


#DiscoverYourDeutsch at DAS FEST USA, August 13th-15th

Don your lederhosen, and roll out the barrel, the first ever DAS Fest USA is almost here! Celebrate all things German at the three-day festival at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, Friday August 13th through Sunday, August 15th! Prost to the celebration of the summer featuring brats, polka, dachshund dog races, biergartens, bingo halls, and so much more!


Jam packed with three days worth of activities, DAS Fest USA is sure to keep you entertained and on your way to discovering your inner Deutsch! Did you know the Germans invented bingo? Join in on a rousing game at Trixi’s Game Garten. Hit up the DAS Carnival for some wholesome family fun featuring carnival style games and rides, face painting, balloon artists, and bubble makers! Shop the Marketplatz for unique artisan finds from US based creatives and international vendors. Bust out your best costumes and work off all those pretzels during the DAS Run 5K. Ever wanted to learn a traditional German folkdance? Join in for a Fliegerlied workshop and show off your skills on the Biergarten dance floor.

Guten Appetit!

Bring your appetites, because DAS Fest USA is full of must eat authentic German fare and American favorites. Milwaukee’s Mader’s Restaurant is setting up shop to offer an all inclusive indoor dining experience featuring their famous pork shank dinner, all the sides, and even the famous big chair (which is kind of a big deal!). Reservations are accepted on-site at the festival, so no sweat about booking in advance. Next up, head over to Inge’s Konditorei Pastry Shop where you’ll indulge in black forest cake, bienienenstich, and other classic European desserts to tempt every sweet tooth! Other festival offerings include bratwurst, pierogi, raclette, bavarian-style roasted nuts, potato pancakes, ice cream, shaved ice, Ruben rolls, roasted corn, and of course Wisconsin cheese curds. You might want to pack your stretchy pants.

Ready, Set, Polka!

There is no shortage of live entertainment at DAS Fest USA! Three stages worth in fact! Throughout the fest, catch performances by the Happy Players, The Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band, Chardon Polka Players, Alpenstrerne, Alpine Blast, Bolzen Beer Band, and Copper Box. Get ready to smile, laugh, and dance like never before as Grammy-nominated Musician and Producer Alex Meixner breaks out the accordion.  This contagious, high-energy performance is a DAS Fest MUST. We’ll see you out on the dancefloor.


What would a German festival be without beer! Those 21+ can imbibe on frosty cold ones from local and international breweries at the DAS Biergarten, Oktoberfest Bar, or any stop along Stein Street! Bring your favorite stein (or purchase one as a souvenir) and enter the Stein Hoisting Competition where the winner gets a DAS Fest exclusive mug. Sip and sample your way through the festival’s Stein Street, featuring local and national breweries including Camba Bavaria, Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company, East Troy Brewery, Lakefront Brewery, and Wein-Bauer Imports. For the wine drinkers out there, head to the DAS Wine Stube and sample wines from four international award-winning wineries. Prost!

Centrally located between Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago in Elkhorn, DAS Fest USA is ready to bring Munich to Southeastern Wisconsin.  Come PROST with us this summer and #DiscoverYourDeutsch Friday, August 13th through Sunday, August 15th. Auf wiedersehen!

For information on these events and more, go to DASFestUSA.com. 
Enjoy your time here in Walworth County at DAS Fest USA.


2021 Walworth County Summer Festival Guide

Looking for something fun to do with the whole family this summer? Attend one of Walworth County’s many summer festivals! From fine art festivals to carnival rides, we have it all. Check out our Summer Festival Guide below.


Elkhorn Ribfest – July 15-18, 2021 – Walworth County Fairgrounds

45th Annual Williams Bay Fine Art Fest – July 24-25, 2021 – Edgewater Park

Elkhorn Corn & Brat Days – July 30-31, 2021 – Veteran’s Park


Elkhorn Antique Flea Market – August 8, 2021 – Walworth County Fairgrounds

Elkhorn DAS Fest USA – August 13-15, 2021 – Walworth County Fairgrounds

Lake Geneva Art In The Park – August 14-15, 2021 – Flat Iron Park

Lake Geneva Venetian Festival – August 18-22, 2021 – Flat Iron Park and Seminary Park

Fontana Fireworks – August 28, 2021 – Fontana Beach


Walworth County Fair – September 1-6, 2021 – Walworth County Fairgrounds

Lake Geneva Taco Fest – September 10-11, 2021 – Lake Geneva House of Music

Darien Corn Fest – September 10-12, 2021 – Darien West Park

East Troy Bluegrass Festival – September 11-12, 2021 – East Troy Village Square Park

Scarecrow Fest – September 18, 2021 – Downtown Delavan

Elkhorn Antique Flea Market – September 26, 2021 – Walworth County Fairgrounds

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events. 
Enjoy your time here in Walworth County.


Safari Lake Geneva Debuts Newest Residents: Giraffes

The reserve at Safari Lake Geneva is home to over 20 species of animals from around the globe and is proud to welcome its newest pair of residents: Reticulated Giraffes.

Hailing from East Africa, the giraffe is one of nature’s most iconic, graceful animals. At Safari Lake Geneva, these stunningly long-necked animals have arrived at the Reserve to make the safari park their new home.

Safari Lake Geneva is one of the top tourist attractions in the area, thanks to its gorgeous landscape, fun activities for the whole family, and of course, an array of animal species from around the world. As the region’s first and only drive-thru safari park to feature these gentle giants, the team at Safari Lake Geneva hopes to educate guests on alarming decline within the giraffe population across Africa and give guests the opportunity to interact with these amazing creatures one-on-one.

“Jungle” Jay Christie had been hard at work to welcome the pair to the reserve since opening in 2016. “Wild giraffes have suffered a 40% reduction in their population in the past three decades,” said Christie. “Visitors to the conservation park will not only get to learn about the importance of giraffes to the ecology of the African savanna, but their visit also directly supports the conservation of giraffes in the wild. Not to mention it’s quite humbling to see one so close to you!”

At Safari Lake Geneva, guests can experience and interact with the giraffes within their habitats and drive alongside the gentle giants. For a more immersive experience, visitors may book private feeding experiences offered daily throughout the season.

“It’s such a privilege to be able to share these amazing animals with our guests,” said Maggie Madden, Safari Lake Geneva’s Director of Science. “We couldn’t be happier to have them here in what must be one of the most immersive and interactive giraffe exhibits in the US”.

Safari Lake Geneva is open seven days a week, May through October. Advanced reservations for Drive Thru Safaris are required and can be booked by visiting SafariLakeGeneva.com!

Travel Tip: For a more laid-back experience, consider booking a weekday safari. Weekends typically book out weeks in advance.


The Walworth County Ultimate Field Guide to Finding Fireworks

This year, the 4th of July is a Sunday, giving us a full weekend to celebrate (and some of us an extra Monday). Whether you have an Independence Day Go-To Plan or  you like to switch things up each year, we’re collecting the details for you! Check out our ultimate Field Guide to Finding Fireworks below:

🎆 1. Community Park – Delavan

Community Park is a great choice to bring a blanket to and set up camp for some firework viewing on June 26th! As a matter of fact, Community Park is a great place to spend the whole day! Head over for live music, dancing, food trucks, and fun during their Independence Day Celebration on June 26th beginning at 4pm with fireworks at dusk.

🎆 2. Eagle Village Park – Eagle

At the heart of downtown Eagle, Village Park makes the picture-perfect spot to catch the fireworks from. An advantage to Phoenix Park is that you can see a beautiful sunset over the the down. A sunset and fireworks? Save us a spot for the show Saturday, June 26th! 

🎆 3. Sunset Park – Elkhorn

Join the fun Friday, July 2, 2021 at Sunset Park for the Holton band Star Spangled Spectacular and the City of Elkhorn Fireworks Show. Music will begin the evening at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m.  The City of Elkhorn Parks and Recreation will also be live streaming the fireworks on their facebook page. 

🎆 4. Rossmiller Park – East Troy

Amazing food trucks + local music festival + fireworks = the best 4th of July weekend ever! Come for the live music, stay for the fun, and finish the night out with fireworks sponsored by the East Troy Lions Club on July 3rd! Enjoy performances by Bella Cain, The Love Monkeys, and Hoi Polloi all weekend long!

🎆 5. Geneva National Resort – Lake Geneva

If the golf course is your ideal setting to watch fireworks from, this is the one! Guests and residents at Geneva National Resort will be treated to a delightful display over Lake Como and their award winning greens on July 2nd. Don’t forget your picnic blankets and lawn chairs!

🎆 6. Fischer Park – Burlington-Browns Lake

Head to the beaches of Browns Lake in Burlington for a beach bash this holiday weekend! Enjoy live entertainment and carnival games at Venetian Fest prior to the show at dusk on July 3rd.

🎆 7. Don Jean Bay – Lauderdale Lakes

Whether you watch the show from the shoreline or from the family’s pontoon, you’re sure to enjoy the annual Lauderdale Lakes Yacht Club fireworks display over Don Jean Bay on July 3rd. Be sure to tune into Lake 96.1 to enjoy the synchronized music.

🎆 8. Phantom Lake – Mukwonago

While Phantom Lake may sound super spooky, we can promise you the only spirits to be found will be lively patriotic ones! Enjoy the fireworks display over the lake on July 3rd at dusk.

🎆 9. Lance Park – Twin Lakes

Liberty Fest returns to Twin Lake on July 3rd for its annual celebration. The fun kicks off at 11am with the parade, live music by local bands, and finishes off with fireworks over Lance Park at dusk.

🎆 10. Cravath Lakefront Park – Whitewater

Whitewater, you’re in luck! Enjoy fireworks displays over Cravath Lakefront Park on both July 3rd and July 4th during Whitewater’s 4th of July Festival! Bring the whole family to downtown Whitewater for carnival rides, fair foods, and fireworks at dusk both evenings of the festival.

🎆 11. Pell Lake – Bloomfield

Pack up the picnic baskets and head to beach! The 4th of July fireworks extravaganza over Pell Lake begin at 9:30 pm.

🎆 12. Congdon Gardens – Delavan

Ever watched the fireworks from a botanical garden? Let freedom ring at Congdon Gardens for Delavan’s Independence Day fireworks celebration on July 4th. The show begins at 9:15 pm.

🎆 13. Grand Geneva Resort – Lake Geneva

Guests staying at both Grand Geneva Resort and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark will be treated to their famous pyrotechnic bonanza on July 4th! Book a Start Your Week With a BANG! Package and receive a picnic blanket, bottle of sparkling wine, and travel wine glasses to sip on while you take in the show.

🎆 14. Goodland Park – Sharon

Sharon is celebrating freedom all day long on the 4th of July! Join in on the big wheel races through the downtown at 10 am, party down at the Celebration Festival, and turn your eyes to the skies for fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Summer flies by so fast, so let’s enjoy it! These days are long and warm mixed with memories new and old. Make this Fourth of July one for the books. Check out some of the ways you can spend the 4th of July in Walworth County this year! Happy birthday, America! 


Father’s Day – The Walworth County Way

While tradition may dictate the socks and tool set, it’s time for some new traditions! Break free from the expected and surprise Dad with the gift of Walworth County! Pack up your gear and fill your gas tank for a weekend getaway full of exploration!

Give the Gift of the Greens

Gift Dad a day on the Greens this Father’s Day! Challenge him to a round on one of Walworth County’s award-winning courses or enjoy the whole season together with the Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail Passport! Whether he’s a seasoned pro, or a novice golfer, a day spent on the golf course together is a day well spent! Remember to let him win and then celebrate his winnings with a drink at the clubhouse when you’ve finished tallying the scores.

Get Your Grill On!

If Dad is a serious grill master, treat him to the best of the best from Lake Geneva Country Meats! Lake Geneva Country Meats has won literally hundreds of awards in state and national competition in the last twenty years highlighting the quality of their unique recipes and variety within their cases. Whether he likes it smoked or seared, Lake Geneva County Meats promises it will be his best Father’s Day meal yet!

Brews & Bites

Cheers to you, Dad! Celebrate your pops with a tour of 14 breweries, wineries, and craft beverage producers throughout Walworth County along the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail! Share a cold craft beer or a glass of wine together while unlocking deals, discounts, and prizes along the way. Sign up for a free Walworth County Beer and Wine Passport today at Explore.VisitWalworthCounty.com and start sipping your way through the Trail this Father’s Day weekend.

Embrace His Inner Wild Side

Go wild this Father’s Day weekend at Safari Lake Geneva. Embark on a self guided safari through the reserve and get up close and personal with some of the most incredible animals on earth including zebras, water buffalo, and brand new to the reserve: giraffes! Looking for an unforgettable Father’s Day experience? Book a private giraffe feeding! This Sunday, all dads will receive a free bucket of feed for their safari experience. Advance booking for safaris and feeding experiences are required and can be made at SafariLakeGeneva.com.

Catch Up at a Concert

There is no shortage of live music this Father’s Day weekend here in Walworth County! Catch a concert featuring the works of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson at The Belfry Music Theatre, June 18th and 19th. If he’s into Elvis, be sure to snag tickets to Chance Tinder & Project Presley at The Fireside June 19th and 20th. Maybe he’s much more into Scandinavian pop music? Be sure to catch Dancing Queen: an ABBA Salute at the Phoenix Park Bandshell on June 19th.

Reel in the Memories

Nothing beats a good bonding session on the water! Fine-tune your fishing skills at his favorite Walworth County fishing spot or spend the day picnicking and fishing at Rushing Waters Fisheries. If Dad just wants to float down the river and have you listen to “when I was your age” stories, rent kayaks and paddleboards from Gordy’s Marine or Lake Lawn Resort and get a-floatin’.

For more Father’s Day celebrations and events, visit our Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com. Happy Father’s Day!


Top 6 Walworth County Agricultural Experiences

Corn, crops, and countryside, oh my! Have you ever drank beer at a 150-year old farm? Petted an oxen?Picked strawberries in the fields? Or watched a tractor harvest its crops? Well, get to Walworth County and experience all that and more this summer! We’ve rounded up the our top six agricultural attractions and events here in Walworth County for you to discover and celebrate where food comes from. Check them out:

Guided Experiences at Old World Wisconsin

New this summer at Old World Wisconsin, visitors can experience the living history village in all-new hands-on guided experiences. From oxen, to a dairy barn, to a one-room church, discover what it means to be from a rural place and what community and family can look like across generations. Choose your adventure to focus on life on the farm with the Beasts and Barns tour. Get up close and personal with heritage farm animals with the Moovers & Shakers experience. Or travel back in time to the 1860’s and learn about rural architecture and what it took to build a farmhouse way back when on the Building a Home tour. Guided experiences must be booked in advance online.

Strawberry Picking at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

Apple Barn Orchard believes that if you’ve never had a farm fresh strawberry, you’ve never really had a strawberry! Pick your own delicious bursts of goodness or grab a bag of pre-picked berries. Be warned… children who wear a white colored shirt to pick strawberries typically leave with a red colored shirt and a huge smile! Strawberry season starts in early to mid-June and runs through to the end of the month. Moving into the fall, Apples are king at Apple Barn! Anticipated to be ready to munch on by September, the variety of apples available are picked at the peak of perfection. Plan your strawberry-picking adventure at www.AppleBarnOrchardAndWinery.com.

Learn Something New at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Try your hand at becoming a farmer in your own backyard with helpful tips and tricks from the pros! Head to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and learn all about sustainable agriculture, conservation, and what you can do at home to better the environment through planting sustainable crops and plants. Throughout the summer, drop in on At Home Composting Lessons, Garden Planning, and Pollinator Protection Workshops on select dates.

Eat Up at the 44th Annual Walworth County Dairy Breakfast

Celebrate Wisconsin’s top export (you guessed it: Dairy!) at the 44th Annual Walworth County Dairy Breakfast at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, Saturday June 19th! Local farmers, FFA students, and Walworth County Farm Bureau volunteers will be serving up scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, beverages, and ice cream from 6am to 10:30am. While you’re there, stop by the craft and vendor fair, agricultural exhibits, and Schmaling Farm tour. Get your tickets here.

Shop Local, Eat Local! Visit a Local Farmers Market

Farm fresh food and other finds await you across Walworth County at local farmer’s markets all summer long! Beginning in early May, farmers markets and set up shop fully stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, jellies, honey, and even flowers and plants. With markets happening almost every day of the week, there is no shortage of fresh original flavors and experiences. Come on out and support your local farmers and shop local. For a full listing of Walworth County Farmers Markets, click here.

From Farm To Glass: Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company

Set on a 150-year old family farm, Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company in Elkhorn is not your typical craft brewery! With a passion for the land and sourcing local ingredients, head-brewer Ben Johnson, infuses every brew with tons of local flavor. Duesterbeck’s Brewing Co. only uses Wisconsin grown hops and barley and uses ingredients like honey from hives at Henningfeld Honey and fruits from Apple Barn Orchard and Winery. If you stop by, make sure to ask your beertender about the history behind the red barn!

For more information and ag-spiration and summer activities, head to our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.


Check-In, Drink Up, and Win Prizes! Cheers to the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail

This summer, it’s all about the brews here in Walworth County! Quench your thirst for adventure with the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail!

Featuring 14 local breweries, wineries, and craft beverage producers, The Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail provides an authentic craft beverage experience unlike any other. Along the Trail, you’ll visit a 150-year old family farm, renovated churches, a historic bank building, a beekeeping paradise, an art studio and so many more unique locations. Sip your way through the Trail with exclusive deals and discounts with the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Mobile Passport.

Sign up for the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Passport from your mobile device at www.explore.visitwalworthcounty.com. This mobile passport will send you on a beverage journey through Walworth County, one sip at a time! Accessible by text and email, your Passport will offer you easy one-tap access enabling you to check-in, drink up, and win prizes.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Check-in at each location with the unique pin code and unlock prizes along the way! Only visiting one location? Receive your Beer and Wine Trail weatherproof sticker on the first check-in. Planning on hitting up more than one? Earn additional prizes as you make your way along the trail including a pint glass and a sick pair of socks. Hurry while supplies last!

Check out our featured Beer and Wine Trail Participants: AEppeltroew Winery, Apple Barn Orchard & Winery, Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company, East Troy Brewery, G5 Brewing Company, Low Daily, Northleaf Winery, Pieper Porch Winery, Second Salem Brewing Company, Staller Estate Winery, Studio Winery,
The Hive Taproom, The Runaway Microbrewery & Nanopub, and Topsy Turvy Brewery.

Whether you tackle the trail in small spurts or go the extra mile and check-in at every location in one day, your Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Passport will be good through the rest of 2021. Your check-ins will never be lost and your progress will be saved each step of the way.

Planning a weekend getaway surrounding the Beer and Wine Trail? Head to www.VisitWalworthCounty.com for the inside scoop on the best lodging, dining, and entertainment. Unlock your free mobile passport at www.explore.visitwalworthcounty.com and start your journey to winning free prizes today! As always, Lyft and Uber service are available throughout the County. Visit Walworth County kindly reminds you to drink responsibly.


Celebrate Memorial Day in Walworth County

Missed out on getting away for Mother’s Day? Experience the 3-day Memorial Day weekend with us here in Walworth County! You’ll discover peace on the water, high flying thrills, and good times all around our area while you celebrate our country!

Cheers To The Weekend
Your thirst for adventure has led you this far. Experience Walworth County in a totally new way with the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail! Unlock your mobile Beer and Wine Trail Passport and head to 15 area breweries, wineries, and craft beverage partners to sip, sample, and unlock prizes along the way! The Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail officially launches May 26th, so stay tuned!

Hit Up an Area Festival
Memorial Day Weekend ushers in festival season here in Walworth County! This weekend, choose from festivals ranging from the 44th Annual East Troy Corn & Brat Roast, Memorial Day Celebration at Lake Lawn Resort, and more! Find exciting events happening all weekend long on our Event Calendar at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Cast a Line and Pass The Time
With over 30 amazing lakes, Walworth County could be the hub of your Memorial Day R&R. Pack your tackle boxes and head to prime fishing spots across the county. Cast your line on Geneva Lake and catch a large mouth bass or two! Head to Lake Comus in Delavan and test your luck at reeling in a Norther Pike. Paddle on out to the middle of Whitewater Lake for a chance to hook a Walleye. For all you land lovers out there, hit the beaches of Lake Delavan or Geneva Lake in Fontana for a day in the sun. From dawn till dusk, our lakes are real beauties and a big part of your weekend itinerary.

Pack a Picnic and Head to the Park
Picnics are the quintessential Memorial Day Celebration! Gather your favorite goodies from The Cheese Box, or order a pizza to-go from Sperino’s Pepperoni Pub. Edgewater Park in Willliams Bay was made for laying out on a blanket with snacks and good company! Over in Elkhorn, spread out on the picnic tables on the square in Veterans Park. Wisconsin State Park Passholders? Find a secluded area in the meadows or woods of Big Foot Beach State Park after a hike! And for that extra holiday flare, head out to Cravath Lakefront Park in Whitewater, where the ol’ red white and blue will be flying high overhead.

Get The Scoop on All Things Sweet
Top off your sweet 3-day weekend getaway with a scoop of your favorite ice cream! The crew at Jones Dairy Bar in Fort Atkinson is serving up the Sundae Of The Month–Black Cherry Cherry– alongside all your favorite Cedar Crest flavors. More of a Blue Moon kind of vibe? They’re dishin’ it out on the daily at Delavan Lake Store & Lounge! For more adventurous flavors, head to Pedal & Cup for Milwaukee’s own Purple Door Ice Cream! You absolutely must try a scoop (or two) of the Wisconsin Old Fashioned Ice Cream.

Experience History
Walworth County’s roots go way back to the 1800’s! Experience a little slice of history during your weekend getaway by visiting the cobblestone streets of yesteryear at the Geneva Lake Museum! Hop in the car and watch history pass through the windows as your drive through the grounds of Old World Wisconsin. Craft beer lovers will love exploring the halls of famed Beer-Baron Conrad Siepp’s Geneva Lake Mansion, Black Point Estate. Ride the rails of Wisconsin’s oldest and last remaining piece of the Wisconsin Electric Railway at East Troy Railroad Museum. The ways of days gone by still have a way of making us smile.

Dine Outdoors
With all the Memorial Day Weekend fun, you’re bound to work up an appetite! Take advantage of the beautiful weather through dinner and after-dinner cocktails! Walworth County is home to a long list of restaurants that offer delicious dining experiences and outdoor seating. Find a patio or deck that fits your bill and sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Looking for more Memorial Day Weekend fun, check out our website at VisitWalworthCounty.com! Looking to save on your next Walworth County Getaway? Order a BOGO Card and do more for less!


2021 Walworth County Summer Camp Guide

It’s time to break out the bug spray, dig out the bandanas, and gather round the campfire, because Summer Camp season is almost here! Check out the Summer Camp programs below to find the perfect fit for your kids here in Walworth County:

Army Lake Camp
Summer Camp is back in session for the 2021 season at Army Lake Camp in East Troy! Your camper will join in on fun filled programming themed after their favorite Marvel Comics heroes during the Marvel-ous Summer Camp Series. Army Lake Camp offers programs for youth K-High School Juniors as well as Family Camp and Religious Retreats.

Big Foot Recreation District
Calling all Day Camp kiddos! Big Foot Recreation District is proud to present the 2021 Day Camp Season! Each week, campers will enjoy a different theme to keep things fresh! Big Foot Rec Day Camps are sure to keep your kids active, learning, exploring, crafting, socializing, playing, growing, and having a great time this summer. Camp sessions begin June 14th and run through August 13th. Click here for more information.

Covenant Harbor
You want the best for your kids and so does the Summer Camp Crew at Covenant Harbor we! Every experience at summer camp is meaningful and life-changing. Kids will grow in their faith as well as take part in traditional camp activities like the Banana Boat, Archery, Giant Swing, and more! With a wide variety of programs for all ages, there is certainly a perfect experience for each and every participant. Learn more about Covenant Harbor here.

House In The Wood
Inspired and facilitated by staff from all around the world, House In The Wood offers a diverse range of programs for campers selected through challenge by choice. Campers (and their families) may choose to focus their experience on growing their skills in Boating, Swimming, Gardening, Team Building, Arts & Crafts, or Team Sports. House In The Wood Camp Sessions begin July 5th and run through August 22nd. For more info, click here.

Hawk’s View Golf Club PGA Junior League Golf
Is your kiddo on track to becoming the next Tiger Woods or Kathy Whitworth? Register them for the PGA Junior League Golf Summer Program at Hawk’s View Golf Club. PGA Junior League Golf is designed to bring a “little league” atmosphere to golf. With teams of boys and girls, age 13 and under, PGA JLG provides a structured league environment for young golfers to compete and have fun! Learn more about the program here.

Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures Day Camp
Does your kiddo have a little daredevil in them? Or maybe they’re totally obsessed with the great outdoors? Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures is offering eight unique Day Camp experiences this summer. Day Camp is held most Thursdays and Fridays June through August with a new adventure to be found each week. Of course, kiddos will have the opportunity to enjoy the signature ziplines, high ropes, nature trails, and climbing towers throughout their time at camp. Click here to learn more.

Lutherdale Camps
Whether you’re searching for a Day Camp, Sleepaway Camp, or Family Camp experience, Lutherdale has it all! This summer, each program has its own unique and awesome theme including Harry Potter Week, Disney Week, Olympics Week, and Inventors Week! Special activities, crazy characters, and more than a few surprises await you, so pick your session and join the fun. Learn more about Lutherdale Camp Sessions here.

Geneva Lakes Family YMCA Day Camps
Summer Day Camp at the Y is more than looking after kids. It’s about nurturing their development, providing a safe place to learn skills, build self-reliance and establishing healthy, trusting relationships.  Whether they come to camp for one week or the entire summer, friendships will blossom and memories will be made that will last a lifetime. Geneva Lakes Family YMCA is offering Day Camp programs for children ages 4-12 with Sessions held both at Geneva Lakes Family YMCA in Lake Geneva and Brookwood Elementary School in Genoa City. Check out the YMCA Summer 2021 Program Guide here

For more information about summer activities and adventures in Walworth County, check out our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com!


Blooms, Besties, and Bites: Women’s Weekend 2021

Ladies, mark your calendars, Womens Weekend is returning to Lake Geneva May 14th through 16th, 2021. Grab your sisters, besties, and daughters for a weekend getaway full of fun workshops, events, and wellness celebrating and uplifting the fabulous women in our lives and communities. 

This year’s theme “Let It Grow” will challenge you to expand your horizons and the opportunity to try new activities, hobbies, and even food you may have never had the chance to try before. Workshops include Wicks & Sips Candle Pouring at The Candle Mercantile, Floral Arrangement Design at Pesche’s Greenhouse, Signature Cocktail Experience at Maxwell Mansion, Yogalaties at the Geneva Lake Museum, and so many more.  

Exciting entertainment is around every corner! Friday evening, enjoy mystifying magic and be mesmerized right before your eyes at an exclusive magic show at Tristan Crist Magic Theatre. Saturday you’ll be treated to a Cocktail Cruise aboard Lake Geneva Cruise Line where you’ll sip on delish cocktails and take in the picturesque views of Geneva Lake at sunset with live music by David Mehner. The weekend wraps up with a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Baker House. Throughout the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Not only will you end up with photos of your Women’s Weekend experience, but you may also win one of the incredible prize packages.

And who could forget the fantastic shopping right at your fingertips in Downtown Lake Geneva.  Cornerstone Shoppe & Gallery is hosting a private Nailed It: Color Street Nails shopping experience for Women’s Weekend participants.  Sip on tasty wines from all over the world during private Wine Tastings at The Bottle Shop. Between workshops, be sure to check out the incredible boutiques and find your new signature scent, fabulous footwear, and summer styles. 

Between all of the incredible programming, you’ll definitely want a place to take a quick nap and rest up for your next workshop. Women’s Weekend getaway packages and special rates are available at Comfort Suites Lake Geneva, Cove of Lake Geneva, Geneva Inn, Harbor Shores, Maxwell Mansion, and Lake Lawn Resort. 

Registration for Women’s Weekend 2021 is now open!

Register online at www.LakeGenevaWomensWeekend.com to save your spots today.
Registration for individual workshops are offered at an additional cost on top of registration. See you there!


Woof-Worthy Vacations: Pet-Friendly Travel in Walworth County

There’s no reason man’s best friend can’t be man’s best travel companion when you’re traveling to Walworth County! From pet-friendly hotels, to bars where your dog can take the stool next to you, there’s plenty of fun that you and your furry friend can have together on your next trip to the Lake Geneva Area & Beyond.

A Place To Rest Your Paws

With these pet-friendly Bed and Breakfasts, hotels, and resorts, you won’t have to worry about leaving Fido at home. The amenities for you and your four-legged friend will have you both resting comfortably after a day of exploration excitement.

At The Lake House – Lake Geneva
For a small fee, pets of all sizes are welcome to stay at At The Lake House. The nearby  Lake Como subdivision has a lovely lakeside walking path perfect for strolling with your four-legged pal that even has clean-up bags and waste receptacles along the pathway. There are several dog parks nearby, and if you visit in the winter, Geneva Lake is the perfect place to talk a walk or play Frisbee on the ice or have your sporty pet join in the fun of ice fishing.

Eleven Gables Inn & Cottage on the Lake – Lake Geneva
Located right on the shoreline of Geneva Lake, the Eleven Gables Inn is a hotel that caters specifically to dogs. The 25-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path is just outside their door, and is considered Lake Geneva’s unofficial dog park. Your family will be busy until the sun goes down with walking, running, swimming off the pier and playing fetch.

Grand Geneva Resort – Lake Geneva
The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa will have your favorite fur ball feeling like one posh pup! Special Grand Geneva bedding and food bowls will be placed in your room. Guests will get a door hanger for their room announcing that there is a “Pampered Pet Inside,” a “Guest of Grand Geneva” tag for their dog’s collar, and a clean-up packet to use in the resort’s designated outdoor pet areas. If that wasn’t enough, your pooch will also be spoiled with a special room service menu with everything from grain-free surf and turf to duck and sweet potato to pork and applesauce from Fromm Family Foods.

Snug Harbor Lakefront Campground – Delavan
Camp out with your pup at Snug Harbor Campground.  Your four-legged friend will love walking along the Wisconsin Parkway. Keep your pet on a leash at all times, and everyone will enjoy their stay!

T.C. Smith Historic Inn – Lake Genevaen
Dogs of any size are invited to the T.C. Smith Historic Inn. Pups share a room with their people, and can run and play in the spacious garden area. Dogs are allowed in the room alone, should their people go out for dinner, and if you’re in need of a pet sitter during your stay, the staff at T.C. Smith is more than happy to accommodate.

The Ridge – Lake Geneva
Your dogs will feel right at home at The Ridge! You and your pampered pup will love the panoramic views of Lake Como. A daily or weekly fee is applied to your stay, with an extra cleaning charge if pet hair is left on linens or furniture.

Ye Olde Manor House Bed & Breakfast – Elkhorn
Ye Olde Manor House welcomes well-mannered pooches to their bed and breakfast. They provide a special blanket to guests with pets so the pup knows there’s a spot just for him. When it’s time for dinner, they will recommend pet-friendly eateries in the area.

Where can you go when you have a dog in tow? Luckily, in Walworth County, the answer is just about anywhere. Here are eight attractions, shops, and restaurants throughout the a area with plenty of love for four-legged guests.

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You’re sure to find some un-furr-gettable shopping, dining, and fun here in Walworth County. Hang out with your fuzzy friends at these local establishments.

The Bottle Shop – Lake Geneva
Enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer alongside your canine companion at The Bottle Shop! The Bottle Shop is a wine bar and retail store with a dog-friendly patio and lounge. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome anywhere in the shop, which offers water and treats to four-legged visitors. W

The Cheese Box – Lake Geneva
You’ll find two dog-friendly tables at The Cheese Box. There’s no table service, so you’ll have to head inside to order your food to-go. But trust us, these soups and sandwiches are not-to-miss!

East Troy Brewery – East Troy
Grab a beer and some bites with your best buds at East Troy Brewery. The dog-friendly patio offers ample space for your four legged friend to relax and enjoy some quality time with their human. East Troy Brewery Staff will even bring out a water bowl and some treats while you wait for your food.

Gordy’s Boat House – Fontana
Located on the shore of Lake Geneva, Gordy’s Boat House is a dog-friendly restaurant and bar with several tables outside on the patio. If your dog is a sea-lover, you can bring them by boat and dock at one of the three piers. Gordy’s Boat House is seasonal, so be sure to check in before heading over to dine.

Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures – Lake Geneva
If your faithful companion loves adventure, traverse the trails at Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures! Leashed pets are welcome year-round.

Pedal & Cup – Springfield
Spending a day on the White River Trail? Be sure to stop by Pedal & Cup for a pick me up with your pup! Humans can warm up with a piping hot cup of coffee or cool off with a brandy old-fashioned flavored ice cream cone. Dog-friendly menu items include homemade treats, puppaccinos, and more!

Popeye’s – Lake Geneva
Looking for a place to dine with your dog in Downtown Lake Geneva? Look no further than Popeye’s! Enjoy beautiful views of Geneva Lake with your pup on the patio with dining on their famous Friday Fish Fry.

Studio Winery – Lake Geneva
Studio Winery is for the dogs! No literally! Enjoy local wine on the pup-friendly patio at Studio Winery in Lake Geneva. Inside, you’ll meet the Winery’s own pups Rye Bread and Butter who are always ready to give you a tour, provided you pay in tummy rubs of course.

For a pleasant getaway with your pet and to make sure you’re welcomed back, here are some common “petiquette” tips to keep in mind when traveling. Make sure your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations and has a current ID tag. Take a minute to locate the closest veterinarian to where you’ll be staying. Book a room on a ground floor near an exit for easy bathroom breaks, then always clean up after your pet. Ask the front desk staff for recommendations on best places to walk your dog. Don’t leave your pet unattended in your hotel room; if you must, alert hotel staff. Keep your pet on a leash.

For more travel tips and pet-friendly resources in Walworth County, go to our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com. We hope your next adventure to Walworth County is totally paw-some!


Earth Week Activities: 7 Ideas to Help Celebrate The Environment

Did you know that Earth Day has its roots in Wisconsin? In 1970 Senator Gaylord Nelson had the idea to celebrate our natural resources and expand ecological education throughout the country! Ever since, we’ve been enjoying the great outdoors and improving our natural environment! To get in the mood to appreciate our planet, here are seven activities to help you celebrate Earth Day here in Walworth County.

Go For A Hike!
Explore the great outdoors on foot while embarking on a hike through the Wisconsin Wilderness. Whether you’re hiking the Kettle Moraine Forrest, trekking the White River, State Trail, or meandering through Big Foot Beach State Park, you’re sure to find an ecological wonderland.

Zip Through The Trees
Experience the woods from a bird’s eye view at Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures. Zip through the trees and learn facts about the region’s native flora, fauna, and endangered species.

Learn About Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Agriculture is our future! Learn more about what you can do in your own backyard to provide a more natural environment and how you can grow your own garden at home with incredible workshops through Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy. Check them out here.

Go Birdwatching
Have a keen eye for spotting Swallows? Head over to Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy in Williams Bay for a Birdwatching outing. Keep a tally of how many you can spot and make a game out of it!

Plant a Tree
This wouldn’t be an Earth Day article without a mention of tree planting! Pick up a tree from Northwind Perennial Farm this weekend and make in investment in our environment’s future this Earth Day!

Mountain Bike at Alpine Valley
Ever explored the woods by bike? If you said no, head over to Alpine Valley Resort and hit the Mountain Bike Trail! With trails suitable for even the most inexperienced riders, you’ll experience the wind on your face as you race through the forest.

Go Fish!
At first thought, you might not think fishing is a great fit for an Earth Day celebration. Quite the contrary! Cast your line at Rushing Waters Fisheries in Palmyra and learn all about sustainable seafood, native water plants, and how you can become a more environmentally conscious fisherman!

What will you be doing this Earth Day? Let us know in the comments below! For more outdoor education and recreation activities, head to our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com today!


What’s Up This Weekend in Walworth County | April 16-18

Opening Day at Alpine Valley Resort

Dust off your clubs and lace up your cleats, its finally Opening Day at Alpine Valley Resort! The grounds crew has been working tirelessly to improve the greens for yet another amazing summer of golf at the AV. Opening Day tee times start as early as 8 am and as late as 6pm, so you’ll have the whole day to enjoy the course. Book in advance at www.alpinevalleyresort.com.

Early Season Geneva Lake Tours

With the temperatures on the rise, Lake Geneva Cruise Line is jumping into the 2021 season with Early Season Tours! Departing from their headquarters in William’s Bay, Lake Geneva Cruise Line is setting sail on Saturdays and Sundays throughout April for spring tours. Booking is limited, and advanced reservations are recommended. Book now by visiting www.cruiselakegeneva.com.

Maple Fest

Pancakes + Syrup + Covenant Harbor = One of the best days of the year! Join the CH Camp Crew for a reimagined Maple Fest, Sunday, April 18th! Enjoy an outdoor breakfast market with local vendors serving up breakfast bites! The delicious lineup includes Sweet Delight Kettle Corn, Lake Geneva Country Meats, Yuppie Hill Poultry, Simple Bakery & Market, Inspired Coffee, and The Maple Dude! Not a morning person? No worries! Breakfast will be served 9am-2pm. See yah there.

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events. Enjoy your weekend here in Walworth County.


Top Five Food Festivals in Walworth County

From street snacks to crafted dishes, the food festivals in Walworth County will make your taste buds jump for joy. Savor culinary delights and sample local bites while enjoying the simple joys of our piece of paradise. Taste your way through the Lake Geneva Area and beyond throughout 2021 at our top five food festivals:

Maple Fest – Lake Geneva
April 18th, 2021

A stack of hot cakes is just not
complete without a layer of maple syrup over the top! Every spring, Covenant Harbor Bible Camp welcomes guests to Maple Fest. This year, guests are invited to snack their way through the Breakfast Market. Or take your Maple Fest Experience to-go with a Breakfast Kit which features Oatmeal Pancake Mix, Breakfast Sausage, Maple Cookie Dough, and Coffee wrapped up in a Covenant Harbor Tote Bag.

Ribfest – Elkhorn
July 15th-18th, 2021

Head on over to the beautiful Walworth
County Fairgrounds
for four days of unbelievably delicious finger-lickin’ barbecue at Ribfest 2021. Chow down on award-winning BBQ from pit-masters from around the country. Once you’ve have had your fill, kick-back and enjoy some live music and a cold beer or two.

Darien Corn Fest – Darien
September 11th-12th, 2021

Always held the first weekend after Labor Day, Darien Corn Fest celebrates all things corn! Featuring free roasted sweet corn, softball, volleyball, and horseshoe tournaments and earth-shaking tractor pulls, Corn Fest is the quintessential Midwest summer celebration you won’t want to miss. Stick around for the fireworks on Sunday evening.

Brew Fest – East Troy
Dates To Be Announced

Roll out the barrel for Brew Fest in
East Troy! Brew Fest offers unlimited samples from local and regional breweries. Be sure to pair your pours with some delicious food from food trucks and local restaurants.

Autumn Food Festival – Fontana
October 9th, 2021

Experience the flavors of fall in a weekend celebration of the local culinary highlights of the season. The Abbey Resort partners with
local chefs and restaurateurs to showcase their culinary talent and the seasonal flavors of the area.

Next time you’re planning a Walworth County getaway, consider hitting up one of our flavorful food festivals; your taste buds will certainly thank us. Visit our website for the most up-to-date information regarding festival dates and offerings. For more flavorful fun, check out our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.


Pedal to Paddle: Explore Walworth County by Land and Water

Dust off those paddles and grease up your bike chains, its finally time to enjoy the great outdoors! Luckily, Walworth County is packed with great biking trails and kayaking spots where you can not only be active but spend some time in the fresh air. Read on to learn about some of our favorite spots to explore Walworth County by land or water:


Adventure Center at Grand Geneva Resort
Spend an afternoon in the great outdoors at the Adventure Center Grand Geneva. With trail distances ranging from .5 to 5 miles, these trails are perfect for every level of cyclist.
Trail Distance: .5 – 5 miles

Alpine Valley Mountain Bike Trail
Even the most seasoned cyclists will be challenged by the Mountain Bike Trail at Alpine Valley Resort! From the start, the trail is an ascending, leg-burning climb in the trees up the side of the ski hill. After you go around the excavation pit, miles of twists, turns, punchy climbs, and fast descents await.
Trail Distance: 8.1 miles

Big Foot Beach State Park
Featuring six gentle trails, Big Foot Beach State Park offers a variety of scenery through open meadow, forest, and stream. State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker or Trail Pass required.
Trail Distance: .5 – 6.5 miles

Fontana-Sharon Cycling Loop
Starting off in Sharon, explore Walworth County by bike along the Fontana Cycling Loop. This 23.3 mile stretch of highway riding will take you past country farms and the glimmering lake shore.
Trail Distance: 23.3 miles

Bike Trails at Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures
Pick up the pace on miles mountain biking of trails offering beginner, intermediate and expert levels. The trails wind through the forest and feature obstacles on the intermediate and expert level routes include ladder bridges, jumps and switchbacks that make it a regional favorite.
Trail Distance: .9 – 3.25 miles

Swan Creek Trail
This graveled pedestrian and bike path current connects Lange Arboretum, Veteran’s Park, Terrace Park, Rudy Lange Sledding Hill, Lower Springs Park and Upper Springs Park.
Trail Distance: 1 mile  

Kettle Moraine State Forrest – Southern Unit
From the youngest beginner to the most avid professional, 30 miles of trail offers some of the best off-road biking in the Midwest. State Park Trail Pass required.
Trail Distance: .4 miles – 12 miles

White River State Trail
This 19-mile trail follows a former rail corridor as it travels between Elkhorn in Walworth County and Dover in Racine County, with a short gap in Burlington. The level grade and smooth limestone surface make this 19-mile trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. State Park Trail Pass required.
Trail Distance: 19 miles


Big Foot Beach State Park
With direct access to the crystal clear waters of Geneva Lake, Big Foot Beach State Park is a very popular paddling spot. Visitors can also paddle the Ceylon Lagoon within the State Park boundaries. Visitors must have State Park Admission Pass.

Booth Lake – East Troy
Spend a day on the water at Booth Lake in East Troy. Situated just a few minutes off of Highway 43, you’ll find a kayker’s oasis on this secluded lake.

Edgewater Park – Williams Bay
Nothing beats paddling the shores of the Bay! With kayak and canoe launches located in Edgewater Park, lake access is a breeze. While you’re out on the water, enjoy the scenic shoreline featuring iconic Walworth County institutions including the Yerkes Observatory and George Williams College!

Honey Creek Streambank Protection Area
Just south of East Troy, Honey Creek Streambank Protection Area runs through northeastern Walworth County.

Lake Comus – Delavan
Lake Comus is a hidden gem for kayakers and canoers alike! This 114 acre lake, on Delavan’s North Side, is a popular place for fishing and floating.

Turtle Creek Wildlife Area
If you’re a fan of rare wildlife and gently rolling creeks, Turtle Creek Wildlife Area is a great spot for paddling. Here you’ll paddle under covered bridges, through Wisconsin farmland, and historic forrests.

White River
Meandering, twisty, narrow, fast, rocky, and remote; these are commonly used words when describing the float down the White River. Running between Elkhorn and Burlington, This is a fantastic stretch of waterway is perfect for whitewater enthusiasts. Most of the final seven miles are nearly continuous riffles, class 1 and class 2 rapids.

Whitewater Lake
The hidden gem of Walworth County, Whitewater Lake offers kayakers the opportunity to paddle into the great Wisconsin Wilderness. Whitewater Lake is part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit

For more information on Sports and Recreation areas in Walworth County, head over
to our website at VisitWalworthCounty.com. Happy exploring!

**State Trail Passes are available for purchase at the Travel Information Center in Delavan, Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.


Spring Break or Bust: 10 Itinerary Ideas

After a bone chilling winter, the snow has started to thaw and signs of spring are popping up left and right here in Walworth County. Meaning, its officially time to plan for Spring Break! We’ve put together our list of top 10 activities and adventures for your getaway to the Lake Geneva area and beyond:

#1 Explore Walworth County From Great Heights
Don’t let you Spring Break zip on by! Book a day full of high ropes, ziplines, and adventure at Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures. Save up to 40% with code “SPRING21”.

#2 Make A Splash
Slide into Spring Break with a splash with a daycation at Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark in Lake Geneva. Stay for just the day with their Daycation package or save up to 40% when you book a Spring Break getaway package.

#3 Giddy Up
Explore the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit by horseback. Join the expert guides at 3L Wild Ranch for a tour unlike any other where. Call (920) 251-1989 for more information and booking.

#4 Nail It!
Get your craft on this Spring Break at Nailed It DIY Studio in Elkhorn. Choose from hundreds of DIY projects to make in the studio space with everything you need at your fingertips. Be sure to snap a selfie with your finished project.

#5 Take The Scenic Route
Enjoy the fresh air and wind on your face during a scenic bike ride throughout Walworth County. Take on an easy trek through the beautiful White River Trail or challenge yourself on the 12 mile Mountain Bike Trails at Alpine Valley Resort.

#6 Solve A Mystery
Can you escape the Gangsters Gamble with time to spare? Put your minds together and tackle the escape rooms at Lake Geneva Clue Room!

#7 Appreciate Our Artistic Roots
Add some culture to your Spring Break getaway by visiting Gallery 223’s Spring Show. Enjoy incredible pieces from local artists and take a one of a kind treasure home with you at the artisan market in the heart of Downtown Lake Geneva.

#8 Be Mystified by Magic
Treat yourselves to a mystifying performance by Illusionist Tristan Crist during your getaway to the Lake Geneva area. Catch performances at Tristan Crist Magic Theatre every Friday and Saturday evenings through April.

#9 Sip Your Way Through Walworth County
Spend the day sampling the many craft beverage offerings Walworth County has to offer. Whether you’re into wine, craft beer, or distilled spirits, you’re sure to find your new favorite right here in the Lake Geneva Area. Stop by 841 Brewhouse, AEppeltrow Winery, Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company, East Troy Brewery, Northleaf Winery, Staller Estate Winery, and Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling for a taste.

#10 Relax and Reset
After a year of nonstop Zoom calls and distance learning, you deserve a day dedicated to rest and relaxation at the Avani Spa at The Abbey Resort. Treat yourself to a Springtime Splendor Package which includes a 50 minute relaxation massage, seasonal scrub, pedicure, and unlimited access to spa amenities for just $225.

With this list, you’re sure to have a jam packed vacation with fun around every corner. Be sure to take a peek at our featured Spring Break Getaway Specials at your favorite hotels and resorts by visiting our latest blog post here. For more Spring Break inspo, getaway packages, and events, visit our website at VisitWalworthCounty.com!


Easter Events in Walworth County

Hop to it, Easter is just around the corner! Check out the egg-cellent events happening throughout the county!

Drive Thru Egg Hunt – First Lutheran Church and School | March 27th | 10 am
On Saturday, March 27 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, we are holding a community Drive Thru Easter Egg Hunt.
As families drive through our parking lot, they will encounter people who played an important role in the Easter story. Then at the end, children will “find” a bag with candy filled eggs, activities, and other things.

Bunny Trains – East Troy Railroad | March 27-28th, April 3rd | 10 am – 3 pm
Join the East Troy Railroad for their annual Bunny Trains! During your ride, there will be coloring activities and a scavenger hunt out your window. On the return trip from the Elegant Farmer, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny himself! All child & toddler ticket holders will receive a stuffed bunny on the return trip and jelly beans for all!
Reservations Required

Easter Egg Hunt – Fontana | April 3rd | 10 am
Rain, Snow or Shine! Celebrate Spring with a traditional egg hunt for kids at Duck Pond. Arrive early to park and find your age area. Don’t forget your basket!

Take Home Egg Hunt – Williams Bay High School | April 3rd | 10 am – 11 am
Hop on by the Williams Bay High School Parking Lot to pick up some Easter goodies to host your own Egg Hunt.  Open your trunk, and let the bunnies do all the work. 

Social Distancing Egg Hunt – Geneva Lakes Family YMCA | April 3rd | 12:30 pm – 3 pm
Join the Lake Geneva Jaycees and pick up a free Easter To-Go kit! We will be set up outside Geneva Lakes Family YMCA from 12:30pm-3:30pm. 

Easter Take & Bake Dinner – Lake Lawn Resort | April 3rd | 1pm – 3 pm
Let us help make your Easter eggstra easy and relaxing this year. Order a Take and Bake ham dinner for you and your family to enjoy. Simply place your order, pull up to our conference center door, and let us deliver a delicious Chef prepared meal. Just follow the instructions on the label for a quick, easy and stressful free family dinner.
Must be pre-ordered by Thursday, April 1st at 5pm.

Avani Spa Easter Sale – Avani Spa | April 4th | 6 am – 7 pm
Experience the relaxation and pampering you deserve this Easter Sunday during Avani’s Easter Sale.

Easter Breakfast Buffet – Geneva ChopHouse | April 4th | 6:30 am – 12 pm
The Geneva ChopHouse will be serving a breakfast buffet from 6:30am-Noon on Easter Sunday. All seating is first come, first serve.

Easter Brunch – 240° West at The Abbey Resort | April 4th | 9 am – 4 pm
aster Brunch is a true culinary experience, inspired by the traditional Easter holiday, where family and friends gather to share the finest and freshest spring cuisine. Executive Chef Joshua North brings you seasonal salads, irresistibly fresh breakfast dishes, carved meats, traditional entrees, seafood, small plate desserts and more. 
Reservations are required.

Easter Brunch – Crafted Pizza & Tap | April 4th | 9 am – 2 pm
Hop on over to Crafted Pizza & Tap at the Ridge Hotel for our Easter Brunch. Our springtime menu awakens with a fresh crudité and salad station, smoked salmon and soup followed by an enticing list of entrées – from honey glazed ham and leg of lamb to grilled chicken alfredo ribs and grilled swordfish. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Easter Take & Bake – Lake Lawn Resort | April 4th | 9 am – 11 am
Let Lake Lawn Resort help make your Easter eggstra easy and relaxing this year. Order a Take and Bake ham dinner for you and your family to enjoy. Must be pre-ordered by Thursday, April 1st at 5pm.

Easter Brunch – Lake Lawn Resort | April 4th | 9:30 am – 3 pm
Indulge in the the lavish Easter Brunch Buffet on Easter Sunday from 9:30am until 3pm. There will also be complimentary professional family photos in the Great Room from 10:00am-4:00pm, and an Easter Egg Hunt for resort and Easter brunch guests at 9:00am! Reservations are required.

Easter Brunch – The Grandview Restaurant | April 4th | 10 am – 6 pm
Gather your family around the table with a family-style Easter feast! Porchetta, fresh seafood, and house-made pasta are just a few of the wonderful selections you and your loved ones can enjoy while taking in the spectacular views of Geneva Lake. Reserve your seat today.

Easter Brunch – Hawk’s View Golf Club | April 4th | 10 am – 2 pm
Celebrate this special day with your family at Hawk’s View! The famous brunch buffet is fully loaded with all of the classic brunch items that are sure to please. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Easter Brunch – The Fireside | April 4th | 10 am – 1 pm
Celebrate Easter with the Fireside Theatre’s Easter Brunch. Reservations are required and can be made through this website. Seating is limited to parties of 6 or less to allow us to correctly follow both CDC and Jefferson County social distancing guidelines.

Easter Brunch – Grand Geneva Resort | April 4th | 11 am – 3:30 pm
Celebrate Easter with an extravagant family-style served brunch with unlimited mimosas and an all-new complimentary Bloody Mary Bar, excellent service and beautiful countryside views for the best Easter photo backdrop. All brunch guests and resort guests are invited to join us for an Easter Egg Hunt at 12pm outdoors. Ages 5-12 are welcome! Reservations are required.

Easter Dinner To-Go – Geneva National | April 4th | 11 am – 1 pm
Simplify your Easter dinner prep with a celebratory meal prepared by Geneva National’s in-house culinary team. Orders must be placed by Thursday, April 1 at 2pm

Easter Dinner – Hunt Club Steakhouse | April 4th | 12 pm – 7 pm
Don’t let hosting Easter turn you into a basket case. Relax, enjoy and set up your spring celebration in our charming farmhouse: in the woods where we’ll be serving up a spring-inspired three-course menu along with a limited version of our regular menu. Reservations are required.

Doggie Egg Hunt – Fontana | April 10th | 1 pm – 2 pm
Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs! You and your four-legged friend will scour the grasslands of Duck Pond to find kibble-filled eggs. Advanced registration and proof of vaccination are required.

For more events and Easter hotel packages, go to www.VisitWalworthCounty.com. Hoppy Easter!


St Paddy’s Day Celebrations in Walworth County

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Don your green apparel and pour yourself a Guinness, its time to paint the town green. Join in on the festive fun with these events fit for a leprechaun.

St. Patrick’s Day Drink Menu | Throughout March
You’re in luck! March drink specials at Stillwater Coffee Company have arrived. Sip on St. Patrick’s Day inspired beverages including Lucky Charms Frappe, Irish Cream Latte, Mint Matcha Latte, and the Pot of Gold Tea Latte.

St. Paddy’s Day Gnome | March 11th | 6:30 pm
Join professional artist Tiffany Fischer for a step-by-step instructional painting event March 11th at Badger High School. In this workshop, you’ll create your own St. Paddy’s Day Gnome painting and lifelong memories. All supplies are included in the cost of registration. RSVPs are highly encouraged.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner | March 14th | 11:30-7 pm
Join The Village Supper Club and Delavan Lions Club for the 58th Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Delight in all you can eat Irish fare or take it to go as a carryout. Tickets are available at Stienbrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Nobel Insurance, and the Village.

St. Pawtrick’s Day Party | March 17th | 9 am – 5 pm
Even pups love some St. Paddy’s Day fun! Bring your four-legged friend to the third annual St. Pawtrick’s Party at Lollipups Pet Resort. All dogs that stop by will receive a free bandana and homemade doggy treats.

St. Patrick’s Day At PIER 290 | March 17th | 11-9 pm
Raise your pint of Guinness and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the crew at PIER 290. Enjoy the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage fare, or try a Corned Beef Slider. DJ Felix will be bumpin tunes starting at 5pm under the Canopy. Cheers!

Corned Beef & Cabbage at Popeye’s | March 17th | 11:30-8 pm
Popeye’s St. Paddys Day tradition lives on! Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner returns on March 17th. Enjoy your dinner in the dining room, as carryout, or delivered directly to your door when you order through Door Dash!

N E W Piano Guys | March 19th and 20th | 7:30 pm
The N E W Piano Guys return to Lake Lawn Resort for some St. Patrick’s Day fun! Enjoy dueling pianos covering practically every music genre in their request-driven show. You won’t want to miss out on the hilarious comedic event of the spring at Lake Lawn Resort. Get your tickets here.

Irish Whiskey Tasting | March 19th | 7 pm
Drink around the Ring O’ Kerry at the Delavan Lake Store & Lounge Irish Whiskey Tasting. Sip and sample the spirit alongside Guinness specials. Sláinte!

Paint Galway Sheep | March 21st | 12:30 pm
Erin Go Braugh! Celebrate with wine & spirits at Studio Winery in Lake Geneva. Come and sip on a cocktail while painting this serene Galway sheep painting. Everything you need is included, even your first drink to loosen you up!

Channel your inner Irishman (or Irishwoman) and have a shamrockin St. Paddy’s Day weekend here in Walworth County! For more events, check out our Calendar at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.


The Best Fish Fry in Walworth County

You can’t be in Wisconsin and not get down on a Friday night Fish Fry! When German and Polish Catholic immigrants settled in Milwaukee in the 1860’s they began what is now known as the “Fish Fry” Fridays during Lent caught from Lake Michigan. This tradition lives on today and has become a well-loved Friday night tradition. If you’ve got a major craving for a good Friday Night Fish Fry, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top spots to get your Fish Fry:

Black Sheep – Whitewater
When we say Chef Tyler’s Fish Fry is truly one of the best in Walworth County, we mean it! Run, don’t walk, to enjoy a new twist on a Wisconsin staple featuring Cod, housemade sweet potato pancakes, housemade coleslaw, and all the traditional fixin’s. Sip on their famous Old Fashioned while you wait.

Champs Sports Bar & Grill – Lake Geneva
Come for the Fish Fry, stay for the drinks! Get your Fish Fry on in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva at Champs Sports Bar & Grill.

Crafted Pizza & Tap – Lake Geneva
When in Wisco, the Friday Fish Fry is a must. Cast your line tonight at Crafted Pizza & Tap for baked or fried cod with potato pancakes, homemade applesauce, and seasoned fries or slaw, every Friday 4-10pm. Not a fish-person? Their pizzas are uh-mazing and we highly recommend the Bianca.

The Duck Inn – Delavan
Beer-battered or broiled, Fish Fry at The Duck Inn is not to miss! Enjoy a family meal at one of Wisconsin’s famous Supper Clubs. Top off your meal with a delish dessert expertly crafted by their in-house pastry chef.

East Troy Brewery – East Troy
Peanut Butter and Jelly. Cereal and Milk. Ham and Burgers. Fish Frys and Beer. They just jive and we don’t know *why*, they just *do*. The ETB Fish Fry is 3 Filets of Icelandic Cod, hand-battered and fried in our own from-scratch beer batter. Served with Fries, house-made tartar and slaw that’s made fresh daily.

Evergreen Country Club – Elkhorn
Set your alarm, come up with an excuse to leave work early, and make your way to Evergreen Country Club for Friday Fish Fry. Consistently voted the Lakes Area’s Best Fish Fry, this all-you-can-eat family-style feast is served every Friday, in the Evergreen Room from 4-8 pm. 

Grand Café – Lake Geneva
Looking for an upscale Fish Fry experience? Look no further than the Grand Cafe at Grand Geneva Resort. Indulge in all-you-can-eat beer battered cod with whole grain remoulade, coleslaw, apple butter, rye bread, garlic mashed potatoes or french fries. Bon Appetit!

Greenie’s Clubhouse – Delavan
Who could say no to Friday Fish Fry and a round of golf! Hit the greens and head over to Greenie’s Clubhouse at Delbrook Golf Club in Delavan for your Friday Fish Fry fix.

Hawk’s View Golf Club – Lake Geneva
Love a Fish Fry with ambiance? Head to Hawk’s View Golf Club each Friday for Friday Fish Fry. Enjoy what we think are the best fritters around alongside fish fry prepared just the way you like it. This one fills up fast, so we definitely recommend snagging a reservation. (P.S. our BOGO Card has some great offers to heighten your dining experience including free appetizers and 50% off a bottle of wine with your dinner.)

Lookout Bar & Eatery – Delavan
The Lookout Bar & Eatery is THE place for Friday Fish Fry in Delavan. Their menu even boasts that its “Walworth County’s Best Friday Fish Fry”, so we can’t argue with that. What makes The Lookout Bar & Eatery so great? Spotted Cow battered cod, that’s what! And let be real, nothing beats that view of Delavan Lake.

Pier 290 – Williams Bay
The perfect recipe for a Friday involves Fish Fry, an Old Fashioned and relaxing next to a cozy fire at Pier 290! With live music, drink specials, and an incredible view, Pier 290 definitely ranks high on our favorite Fish Fry list.

Popeye’s – Lake Geneva
We would be seriously remiss if we didn’t share our love for Popeye’s Friday Fish Fry! A local staple for over 50 years, Popeye’s knows a thing or two about Friday Fish Fry. Whether you’re dining in or carrying out, Popeye’s Friday Fish Fry never disappoints. Be sure to check out their Lenten Specials menu for more Lent friendly bites.

Postscript Pub – Delavan
Small town feel where everybody knows your name is what makes Postscript Pub so special. Friday Fish Fry includes your choice of fried Atlantic cod, baked cod, or breaded catfish with all the classic sides. Stick around for happy hour drink and appetizer specials.

Snug Harbor Pub – Delavan
Can you smell what chef Bob is cooking? That’s right, its fish fry Friday! Each Friday Fish Fry dinner comes with your choice of fish (battered, broiled, or breaded), choice of potato, coleslaw, rye bread, and a dessert. Be sure to order the Snug Harbor signature Old Fashioned made with Apple Brandy to hit the spot after a long week.

Sperino’s Pepperoni Pub – Elkhorn
Fish Fry is a big deal at Sperino’s Pepperoni Pub! Enjoy three pieces of broasted or baked cod, mostaccioli, potatos, coleslaw, and garlic bread for just $11.99. Bonus, if your name is the name of the day, you can enjoy a half-priced pizza! We’ll be there! Will you?

Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub – Lake Geneva
Baked or fried, you decide! Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub Friday Old Fashioned Fish Fry with Sprecher beer batter includes your choice of Old Fashioned or Sprecher tap beer or Craft Soda! Celebrate the weekend with Sprecher’s.

Village Supper Club – Delavan
If you are looking to cast a line to find some of the best Friday Fish Fry, The Village Supper Club has the right bait to fulfill your craving. This classic Wisconsin supper club serves up more than Friday Fish Fry, and it is one of the most popular restaurants in Delavan. They also happen to serve up one heck of a Prime Rib on weekends.

The Waterfront – Fontana
Fish Fry? Check. Spotted Cow? Check. Harbor views? Check. The Waterfront at The Abbey Resort is serving up their signature Friday Fish Fry every Friday between 11 am and 10 pm. Enjoy live music and drink specials with an incredible view of the harbor.

Ye Olde Hotel Bar and Restaurant – Lyons
Ye Olde Hotel Bar and Restaurant in Lyons offers a cozy pub where you can eat, drink and thank gosh its Friday. Ye Olde Hotel Bar is whipping great fish sandwiches, beer battered Haddock, and other amazing seafood entrees.

For more delicious Walworth County Restaurants, please go to ww.VisitWalworthCounty.com. For more updates on featured Fish Frys, specials, and exclusive menus, follow us on Facebook at Visit Walworth County.


Coffee Break

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy coffee! Need a caffeine jolt or looking for your new favorite cup of joe? Discover these four Walworth County cafes to get your caffeine fix. Cheers:

Café Latte
Cozy up with a good cup of coffee lakeside at Café Latte. Located inside The Abbey Resort, Café Latte is serving up your favorite Starbucks beverages alongside a delicious assortment of freshly baked pastries and grab and go items.

Delavan Lake Store
Besides offering delicious coffee from Colectivo Coffee in Milwaukee, Delavan Lake Store and Lounge also offers cocktails, wines, beer, local artisan foods, handmade gifts, and Delavan Lake gear. Delavan Lake Store and Lounge offers monthly crafting workshops, live music, and karaoke events.

Isle of Capri Café
Casual atmosphere and affordable menu make Isle of Capri Café the perfect place to grab a quick bite. Choose from a variety of items ranging from espresso drinks and made from scratch breakfast sandwiches in the morning to gelato, Italian-inspired sandwiches and sophisticated wood-fire pizzas into the evening.

Stillwater Coffee Company
Locally owned and operated, Stillwater Coffee Company offers Stone Creek Coffee, specialty teas, and seasonal drinks with a delightful menu full of breakfast and lunch items as well as baked goods galore. Be sure to check out the items for sale from local potters, artisans, and small shops. Catch up with friends next to the fireplace or relax on the deck overlooking the greens of Evergreen Country Club.

For more dining locations in Walworth County, please visit us at VisitWalworthCounty.com.


What’s Happening This Weekend in Walworth County | February 5-7


One of the highlights of the winter season in Walworth County is the annual Winterfest festival in Lake Geneva! One of my favorite winter festivals.  Be here to witness teams from around the country hard at work during an epic 72-hour competition where their artistry is put to the test in creating remarkable, larger-than-life snow sculptures. On top of the incredible works of art, Winterfest offerings include the Cocoa Crawl and Ice Sculpture Walk through Downtown, Fire & Ice Bar at Baker House, hovercraft rides, specials sales and events at shops an boutiques like the Cornerstone Shop & Gallery Annual Sale, delicious pop-ups from Lake Geneva Country Meats, Bonfires on the Beach, and more! Make sure to go to our website for additional details – or go to WinterfestLG.com. As always, Winterfest is FREE admission for all ages!

Tom Briscoe Comedy Show

Join the Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson for an original stand-up comedy show from one of the best! New York based Tom Briscoe can be found performing at premiere comedy clubs, resorts and corporate events nationwide and on some of the best stages in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and cruise ships worldwide. He hilariously shares his false starts in other careers, foreign travel mishaps, plus slants and rants on his futile attempts at being a manly-man in the girly-girl house occupied by his wife, daughters, and their female Pomeranian. Limited seating to allow for social distancing. Get tickets for the 11 am show or the 5 pm show, Saturday February 6th.

Valentine’s Day String Art – Kids Build

Do your kiddos love crafting? Join Nailed It DIY Studio Sunday, February 7th for a special Valentine’s Day make and take event. Work together on a String Art project and enjoy some sweet Valentine’s Day treats. Advanced registration is highly recommended, so call (262) 374-8834 to get signed up.

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


Celebrate Your Love in Walworth County

While it may still be chilly outside, these Walworth County Valentine’s Day events are sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.  Whether you plan on staying in or braving the cold to take your sweetheart on a romantic date, there are plenty of fun activities and events to entertain lovebirds this Valentine’s season:

Be Mine Craft Night
Delavan Lake Store – February 4th, 6-8pm
Join Delavan Lake Store for a night of Valentine’s Day themed crafts. Make easy home decor projects or gifts for someone special! Use themed stencils or create your own designs. All supplies are included in this make and take event, including a FREE drink. Pre-registration is required.

Valentine’s Day String Art – Kid’s Build
Nailed It DIY Elkhorn – February 7th, 12-2pm
Mom and Dad, bring the kiddo’s to Nailed It DIY for a Kids Valentine’s Day String Art Event!
Sign up for $45, your child will receive the String Art Project kit and a special Valentines Day Treat. We hope to see your little one in the studio for some Nailed It Valentine’s Day Fun. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Cooking Class: Steak Night Date Night
The Black Sheep – February 8th, 6:15-8:15pm
Join Chef Tyler from The Black Sheep for an in-person Date Night cooking class. Learn how to prepare a classic steakhouse dinner. Look how to choose, prepare, and cook a steak to perfection alongside classic sides like creamed spinach, the wedge salad, and more. Pre-registration is required.

Virtual Cooking Class: Steak Night for Two (Gluten Free)
The Black Sheep – February 9th, 6:15-8:15pm
Tune in for a virtual cooking class with Chef Tyler from The Black Sheep. Pick-up your pre-portioned ingredients at the restaurant, and follow along step-by-step in the comfort of your own kitchen. Dinner includes a 12-14 ounce Prime Ribeye and a 7-8 ounce Tenderloin Fillet with herb butter served alongside toasted sage and sweet potato mashed potato, creamed spinach with a bacon, and house made peppercorn ranch wedge salad. Pre-registration is required.

Galentine’s Day at Nailed It DIY
Nailed It DIY Elkhorn – February 11th, 6-9pm
Bring your mom, your sister, or your BFF to Nailed It DIY to celebrate this special type of love and friendship. You will receive a 12″ round with Valentine’s Day design of your choice and a glass of wine or beer as a Galentine’s Day Treat from the Studio Crew. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Acrylic Painting: The Love Truck
Badger High School – February 11th, 6:30-8:30pm
Join artist Tiffany Fisher for an evening of painting and Valentine’s Day festivities, no experience necessary! Paint a V-Day inspired retro truck with step-by-step instructions and all the supplies you need. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Something Sweet Pop-Up Artisan Market
The Bottle Shop – February 12th-13th
Browse unique décor and candles from local artisans, fresh florals, delicious chocolates, wine tastings, and more during the Something Sweet Pop-Up Artisan Market at The Bottle Shop Friday, February 12th and Saturday February 13th.

Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaway
Lake Lawn Resort – February 12th-14th
Escape to Lake Lawn Resort this Valentine’s Day Weekend, February 12-14, 2021. Take advantage the Sweetheart Escape Overnight Package or visit for a Sweetheart Dinner at the Frontier Restaurant and the N.E.W Piano Guys Show. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Arctic Alcoves – Ice Castles
Geneva National Resort, February 12th-14th
Freeze your special moment in time with a private, secluded experience inside Ice Castles. Whether you are proposing, celebrating Valentine’s Day, or enjoying a galentine’s getaway, the Arctic Alcove gives you an exclusive VIP area of the Ice Castles away from the crowds. Reservations are required.

Galentine’s Day Celebration
The Abbey Resort, February 12th-13th
Live it up with your best gal-pals during The Abbey Resort’s Galentine’s Day Celebration. Experience all of the fun of a girls getaway weekend with creative activities, an exclusive dinner menu, and of course – cocktails! Register for individual events or for the entire weekend to make the perfect itinerary for you and your best friends.. Reservations are strongly encouraged and some events may have limited capacity

Red Rose Ski Package
Alpine Valley Resort, February 13th
Hit the slopes with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day at Alpine Valley Resort Wisconsin. Book a Red Rose Ski Package for Valentine’s Day weekend and you’ll receive in-room roses and candy, dinner and breakfast for two, two all-access lift tickets, and complimentary vow renewal. Rates start at $390 per couple. Call (262) 642-7374 for booking

Jump, Jive, & Swing the Night Away
Maxwell Mansion, February 14th

Cut a rug with your lovebug this Valentine’s Day with swing lessons at Maxwell Mansion. You and your partner can drop in on dance lessons all afternoon long. You’ll be feeling footloose and fancy free!

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home
Virtual Event from Lake Geneva Country Meats and Grand Geneva Resort, February 13th

Looking for an easy romantic evening at home? Lake Geneva Country Meats and Grand Geneva Resort have partnered to bring you a Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner at home featuring a four-course heat-and-eat meal paired with amazing wines. Join the zoom meeting for a fun restaurant style wine dinner without the worry. Registration is required.

Nothing Says Love Like Bacon and Donuts
Lake Geneva Country Meats, February 13th-14th

Enjoy this sweet pop-up market at Lake Geneva Country Meats! They’ve partnered with Simple Bakery to bring you the ultimate donut delights this Valentine’s Day weekend. Whether you enjoy simple glazed and raised or deluxe maple bacon, they’ve got your sugar fix. Pre-orders are encouraged.

Valentine’s Day Crafts
Nailed It DIY Elkhorn, February 14th, 12-1pm
Mom and Dad, go celebrate V-Day with some alone time and let the kiddos craft the afternoon away at Nailed It DIY. Participants will receive a craft kit including a tick-tac-toe board, playing pieces, and a special Valentine’s Day treat. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Valentine’s Day Dinner
240° West at The Abbey Resort, February 14th, 5-10pm
Enjoy a romantic night out this Valentine’s Day with a special three course dinner at 240 West. Savor the best of land and sea with a special Filet & Lobster entree paired with your favorite wine, harbor views, fireside entertainment, and your favorite person. It will surely be a night to remember. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Hunt Club Steakhouse, February 14th, 4-9pm

Hunt Club Steakhouse is dishing out the romance alongside three captivating courses that are sure to make you swoon. Please make reservations, as the tables in the charming farmhouse in the woods fill quickly!

Valentine’s Day at Savoy
Savoy at The French Country Inn, February 14th, 7:30-10 pm

Enjoy a romantic evening with a three-course farm to table meal and a view overlooking picturesque Lake Como. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Valentine’s Day at Pier 290
Pier 290, February 14th, 9am-10pm

Love is in the air at Pier 290! Celebrate accordingly & join us on Valentines Weekend. Order off the regular menu or the signature Chef’s Specials! Call (262) 245-2100 to make your reservation.

Valentine’s Eve Dinner
East Troy Brewery, February 14th, 5-8 pm

Chef Ashley Turner has prepared an incredibly delicious and romantic menu perfect for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy signature ETB Charcuterie, Crab and Short Rib, and Red Velvet Creme Brulee alongside other delectable bites. Reservations for this special seating. are required.

For more Valentine’s Day events throughout Walworth County, check out our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.


Ice Castles Return to Lake Geneva

A winter wonderland is under construction and preparing to bring the magic of winter to life in Lake Geneva once again. The Ice Castles will return to Walworth County this January for their third consecutive year. Geneva National Resort will  host the highly anticipated illuminated ice kingdom slated to open January 21st.  

Let your imagination run wild as you explore caverns and tunnels made entirely from ice. Race down an ice-carved slide and squeeze through crawl spaces and slot canyons to discover new experiences around every corner. With fountains, thrones, wishing wells, and more, you’ll be mesmerized by this unique, and family-friendly attraction.

The Crew began working on this year’s castle in November and expect it to grow to be a whopping 17-feet come opening day. Despite taking up a smaller footprint than in years past, this year’s castle is panning out to be as awe-inspiring as ever.

New for the 2021 season, an enhanced lighting packaged within the castle walls will illuminate the structure, paths, and ice-features to mimic the aurora borealis. Professional photographers will be on-site to help capture your visit and memories that will last a lifetime. For a more intimate experience, guests may reserve a VIP Arctic Alcove perfect for private moments such as proposals, birthdays, and other special occasions.

Built with safety in mind, this year’s Ice Castles will feature one-way walkways, timed entry, and limited capacity. Tickets must be purchased in advance through IceCastles.com and will be released in limited quantities.

Make a weekend out of your Ice Castles adventure and stay at one of the Lake Geneva Area resorts and hotels offering exclusive Ice Castles packages and rates. Start your day at the Castles with an breakfast fit for Queen Elsa of Arendelle herself at the Ice Princess Brunch at Geneva National Resort. Don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar to help fill your Ice Castles getaway with more frosty fun here in Walworth County.

Ice Castles are weather dependant and operating hours are subject to change. Please visit IceCastles.com for the more information regarding cancellation policies and venue safety policies.Ω


Winter Fun in 2021

Winter is officially upon us in Walworth County! The low temperatures and sparkling snow have arrived and are here to stay. Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of winter while Ice Skating, Sledding, Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Snowmobiling:

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and hit the ice for a day of Ice Skating. These skating rinks are perfect for beginners and seasoned skaters alike.

Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Reservations: Advance reservations required due to limited capacity. Purchase your ticket online on the day you plan to skate at The Mountain Top. Tickets will not be available for sale prior to the day of due to weather dependency

Cost: $5 ticket for a 1.5-hour time slot / $10 ticket with skate rental for 1.5 hour time slot

Hours: Weekend: 9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm, 5-6:30pm and 8-8:30pm
Weekday: Noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm

Harbor Patio Ice Rink at The Abbey Resort

Reservations: Not required. Weather dependent.

Cost: Complimentary for Resort Guests / $2 Rental Fee for Non-Guests

Hours: 10am-7pm

Lions Park Ice Rink in Williams Bay

The ice rink will be located at the Lions Park tennis courts.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free. Supply your own skates

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-Sundown, Friday-Sunday 10am-8pm.

Veterans Park on the Elkhorn Square

Skate on the square in Downtown Elkhorn.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free. Supply your own skates.

Hours: 10am-8pm

Geneva National Ice Rink

The fully lighted outdoor rink at Geneva National brings back-to-basic joy to this classic winter pastime. Hot chocolate and other seasonal concessions available. 

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Rental Fees:
Overnight Hotel Guests: Complimentary
Public $25
GN Community Residents $20
GN Members $15
*Rentals to public not available Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm


Sledding is practically an official Winter Sport here in Walworth County. Grab your sleds and we’ll race yah to the bottom!

Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Reservations: Limited capacity will be available on the sledding hill. Purchase your ticket online in advance. 

Cost: $5 ticket for a 1.5-hour time slot / $10 rental fee for 1.5 hours

Hours: Weekend: 9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm, 5-6:30pm and 8-8:30pm
Weekday: Noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm

City of Lake Geneva Sledding Hill – Sage St & Mill St, Lake Geneva

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Posted 4-10pm daily.

Rudy Lange Sledding Hill –  Washington St & Terrace St, Delavan

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Posted 8am-10pm daily.

Beverly Jo Park – 367 Dunford Dr., Burlington

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: 8am-7pm daily.

Geneva National Sledding Hill

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Overnight Hotel Guests Complimentary, Public $15, GN Community Residents $10, GN Members Complimentary
*Rentals not available to public Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Calling all skiers and snowboarders! Hit the slopes this season at your favorite ski hills and resorts.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa boasts 20 downhill ski runs and terrain designed for all ages, groups and abilities. Learn more by visiting GrandGeneva.com

Reservations: Lift tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Hours: Monday-Thursday (non-holiday): 12-9pm
Friday-Sunday (non-holiday): 9am-10pm
Holidays: 9am-10pm

Cost: Friday-Sunday (non-holiday): $55 Adult / $39 Child
Monday-Thursday (non-holiday): $40 Adult / $23 Child
Holidays: $60 Adult / $42 Child

Rental Equipment Available for Fee. Lessons open for booking.

Alpine Valley Resort

Alpine Valley Resort offers some of the most diverse skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Midwest. Featuring over 90 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of 388 feet spread out over 20 runs, the terrain is filled with mature trees and a rolling landscape providing diverse skiing opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Reservations: Guests must purchase lift tickets upon arrival at front gate.

Cost: Full Day Weekends and Holidays: $79 All Areas / $60 Beginner Areas
Full Day Weekdays: $65 All Areas / $50

Rates may fluctuate. Check pricing online prior to visit.

Hours: Weekends and Holidays: 9am-10pm
Weekdays: 10am-10pm

Rental Equipment available for fee. Lessons open for booking.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

For those who like to take in the beauty of winter at a more relaxed pace, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing might be for you.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Take on more than 5 miles of beautiful trails while Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing. Trail Passes are required.

Reservations: Trail Pass Required. Purchase pass day of.

Cost: Trail Pass $10 / Equipment Rental $15

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12-9pm
Friday-Sunday: 9am-10pm

Cross Country Skiing Trails at Big Foot Beach State Park

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Vehicle Admission Sticker Required. Must provide own equipment. Weather dependent.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Cross Country Skiing Trails at Duck Pond Recreation Area

Must provide own equipment. Weather dependent.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Cross Country Skiing Trails at White River State Trail

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Snowshoeing at Geneva National

Snowshoe by daylight or candlelight on the iconic Player and Palmer courses with views of Lake Como!

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Overnight Hotel Guests Complimentary, Public $35, GN Community Residents $30, GN Members $25
*Rentals not available to public Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm


For information regarding Walworth County Snowmobile Trails, visit WalworthCountySnow.com.

Whether you’re skating, snowshoeing, or skiing, explore more of Walworth County’s great outdoors this winter. For more winter activities and events visit our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.


Carryout for Christmas

Season’s ‘eatings’ to one and all! Whether you’re planning to sit around the table for a small family meal, or would prefer to skip the mess and stress in the kitchen, these local eateries, shops, and bakeries are offering carryout holiday meals and pre-ordered festive treats to make the last bit of this year as easy as possible:

Christmas Carryout | The Black Sheep, 210 W Whitewater St, Whitewater | (262) 613-7119

Chef Tyler has created another amazing holiday carryout menu filled with fun twists on classic dishes, festive flavors, and boozy bites. Pre-order your Christmas Dinner soon, as they always sell out! Pickup your meal with reheating instructions December 21st and 22nd.

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Holiday Meals To-Go | Crafty Kitchen LLC | (262) 818-1043

Skip the fuss and stress of cooking and let Crafty Kitchen LLC do all the cooking! Chef Julie can customize your holiday meal to any preference or restriction! Order your holiday meal for pickup or delivery before December 21st.

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The Elegant Famer | 1545 Main St, Mukwonago | (262) 363-6770

Be sure to pick up your Cider Baked Hams, Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag, and Chicken Pot Pies before the holiday rush! The Elegant Famer is open daily 9-6 pm. Call to reserve items in store.

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Elkhorn Community Christmas Dinner | 203 E Walworth St, Elkhorn | (262) 723-5788

Join the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce for a socially distant Community Christmas Day meal, December 25th.  Call to schedule a delivery or drive-thru for curbside pickup.

Take & Bake from The Fireside Theatre | 1131 Janesville Ave, Fort Atkinson | (800) 477-9505

A Fireside Christmas tradition lives on! Order your Take and Bake Holiday Dinner Package featuring soups, Jones Ham or Roast Pork Loin, a variety of sides including the signature Sweet Potato Soufflé, plus Pecan Pie and Rumchata Cheesecake for dessert. Order before December 20th for pickup on the date of your choice.

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Lake Geneva Cannery | 5576 State Rd 50, Delavan | (262) 729-4017

No holiday in Walworth County is complete without a pie from Lake Geneva Cannery. Pre-order your homemade pies for the holidays by calling (262) 729-4017 before December 21st. Don’t forget to add their famous dips, hot sauces, and other accoutrements to your order.

Lake Geneva Pie Company | 150 E Geneva Sq, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-5100

Pass around the Pumpkin Pie! Pre-order your desserts, quiches, and decorated sugar cookies available before December 19th. Pickup your Pie and Sugar Cookies by December 23rd.

Holiday Meals from Pier 290 | 1 Liechty Dr, Williams Bay | (262) 245-2100

Leave the cooking to Chef Michael Lavin and Lake Life Catering this holiday season! Choose a dinner package for 6-8 guests or order individual dinners. Add on delicious signature sides to complete your meal! Call (262) 245-2100 to order. Meals must be ordered with 3 days lead time and may be picked up between 9 am and 6 pm on date of your choice.

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Popeye’s On Lake Geneva | 811 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-4381

Let Popeye’s On Lake Geneva cover the cooking this holiday season! Menu items include Holiday Glazed Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Cavatappi Pasta, Veggies, and Signature Dinner Rolls. Add your favorite Popeye’s menu items to your order in family-sized portions. Pre-order your holiday meal before December 21st. Pickup Tuesday 12/22 or Wednesday 12/23 12-6 pm.

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Christmas Day Dinner To-Go from Geneva National Resort | 1221 Geneva National Ave S, Lake Geneva | (262) 245-7000

No need to defrost that butterball or roll that crust! Leave the cooking to us. Your holiday should be spent enjoying the company of family and friends, not worrying about dinner. Just reserve a time, pick up your feast at the Geneva National Clubhouse, and enjoy. Everything about the holidays should be this simple.

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For more holiday events throughout Walworth County, check out our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com. From all of us at Visit Walworth County, may you have a safe and happy Christmas Season.


Igloo Experiences in Walworth County

Baby it’s cold outside, but that isn’t stopping these Walworth County destinations from offering unique outdoor dining options. It’s time to bundle up and get ready to eat and sip your way through these spots this season.

Maxwell Mansion – Lake Geneva

Enjoy a night under the star studded sky in the heated Dome at Maxwell Mansion in Lake Geneva. Grab your craft cocktails from the Speakeasy or Apothecary Bar and head out to the Dome to enjoy the beauty of winter without the chill! No need to make a reservation, the Dome (and the Bars and Lounges) are always open to the public. Cheers dears!

When: Tuesday-Sunday | 11 AM – 8 PM
Price: Free!
Menu: Varies Daily.

Call (262) 248-9711 or visit MaxwellMansion1856.com for more information.

Lake Lawn Resort – Delavan

Cozy up with family and friends in a heated igloo overlooking Delavan Lake at the Lookout Bar and Eatery at Lake Lawn Resort. Enjoy an evening of fun, food, and friends featuring delicious meals, craft beer, and more! Whether it’s family fun with the kiddos or a romantic date night, Lake Lawn Resort’s Winter Lakeside Igloo Adventure is where memories are made and stories are relived.

When: Daily | 11 AM – 8 PM Last Seating | 90 Minute Rental
Price: $75 Igloo Rental Fee for up to 6 Guests plus Food & Beverage
Menu: View the Lakeside Igloo Adventure Dining Menu

Call (262) 728-7950 or visit LakeLawnResort.com to book your adventure today!

Pier 290 – Williams Bay

For the “coolest” spot on Lake Geneva, you’ll have to check out the Igloos at Pier 290! Back again for their third winter, you can enjoy stunning views of Geneva Lake on the snow covered beaches in your own private (and heated) Igloo! Order off the full regular menu at dinner or sip on drinks and snack on tasty apps to keep you nice and cozy.

When: Wednesday-Sunday | 1 – 2 Hour Rentals
Price: $25 – 60 Minute Apps and Drinks Rental | $45 – 2 Dinner Hour Rental
Menu: View the Pier 290 Menu

Call 262-245-2100 or visit Pier290.com for more info!

The Ridge – Lake Geneva

Cuddle up in in illuminated Igloo at The Ridge Hotel! Enjoy wintery libations, yummy bites, and great company inside your personal wintery bubble. Be sure to bring your blankets to ward off the chilly Wisconsin air! Upgrade your evening with premium food and beverage packages featuring Veuve Clicqot, Leinenkugel, and Sprecher’s products, charcuterie boards, and pizzas from Crafted Pizza + Tap.

When: Thursday-Sunday | 11 AM – 9 PM | 90 Minute Reservation
Price: $100 rental fee + food and beverage
Menu: View The Ridge Hotel’s Igloo Experience Menu

Call (262) 249-3800 or visit RidgeLakeGeneva.com for reservations.

Geneva National – Lake Geneva

Frost yourself in an illuminated igloo at Geneva National and enjoy wintry libations & apps while cuddled up amidst the glow and snow. The private igloos on the Clubhouse veranda seat up to eight people, and house a small heater to ward off the chill of the Wisconsin winter. A turf. smokehouse server will provide you with our exclusive Igloo menu featuring apps to share and festive beverages. No outside food or beverages will be permitted.

Thursday 4 PM -7 PM
Friday – Saturday 11 AM – 9PM
Sunday 11 AM – PM

Price: $100 rental fee + food and beverage
Menu: View turf. smokehouse menu

Call (262) 528-3979 or visit GenevaNationalResort.com for reservations.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Lake Geneva

Dine al fresco this winter in your private Igloo at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Reserve an Igloo at Ember’s Terrace for up to five of your friends and family and sip on hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps a hot toddy with Central Standard Bourbon. The twinkle lights and the Wisconsin Winter Sky will help make this an experience you will never forget.

When: Daily November 23-March 16 2021 | 90 Minute Reservation
Price: $100 minimum food and beverage purchase
Menu: View the Evening Igloo Menu | View the Weekend Morning Igloo Menu

Call (262) 248-8811 or visit GrandGeneva.com for reservations.

We hope you enjoy your next Igloo adventure here in Walworth County. For more unique dining experiences, visit VisitWalworthCounty.com. Be sure to check our Events Calendar for upcoming winter activities, holiday, happenings, and festive fun throughout the season. Bon Appétit!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!


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.  


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.


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.


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.

Celebrating Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Week

Corn, crops, and countryside, oh my! Have you ever drank beer at a 150-year old farm? Petted an oxen? Picked apples amongst the orchards? Or gotten lost in a corn maze? Well, get to Walworth County and experience all that and more during Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Week, September 27th through Sunday, October 3rd! We’ve rounded up the our top six agricultural attractions and events here in Walworth County for you to discover and celebrate where food comes from. Check them out:

Get Lost in the Fields at Pearce’s Farm Stand Corn Maze

Whether you’ve been visiting Pearce’s Farm Stand since the early days of 1967 or are just visiting the farm for the day, start a new family tradition this fall and get lost in the Corn Maze! Each year, Pearce’s Farm Stand creates amazing mazes that often win national awards! Farmer Bob and his wife Mary Ann invite you to the Farm this Fall and enjoy all the activities they have to offer including Jumping Haystacks, Human Hamster Wheel, and of course freshly made treats and eats! Pearce’s Farm Stand is open daily with Corn Maze hours limited to Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Apple Picking at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

It wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the orchards at The Apple Barn! Head out into the trees and pick a bushel (or a peck!) with the whole family. Anticipated to be ready to munch on by September, the variety of apples available are picked at the peak of perfection. Plan your strawberry-picking adventure at www.AppleBarnOrchardAndWinery.com. Be sure to snack on a freshly baked cider donut and sip on house made fruit wines!

Learn Something New at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Try your hand at becoming a farmer in your own backyard with helpful tips and tricks from the pros! Head to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and learn all about sustainable agriculture, conservation, and what you can do at home to better the environment through planting sustainable crops and plants. Throughout the summer, drop in on At Home Composting Lessons, Garden Planning, and Pollinator Protection Workshops on select dates.

Shop Local, Eat Local! Visit a Local Farmers Market

Farm fresh food and other finds await you across Walworth County at local farmer’s markets! Beginning in early May and lasting into the late fall, farmers markets and set up shop fully stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, jellies, honey, and even flowers and plants. With markets happening almost every day of the week, there is no shortage of fresh original flavors and experiences. Come on out and support your local farmers and shop local. For a full listing of Walworth County Farmers Markets, click here.

From Farm To Glass: Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company

Set on a 150-year old family farm, Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company in Elkhorn is not your typical craft brewery! With a passion for the land and sourcing local ingredients, head-brewer Ben Johnson, infuses every brew with tons of local flavor. Duesterbeck’s Brewing Co. only uses Wisconsin grown hops and barley and uses ingredients like honey from hives at Henningfeld Honey and fruits from Apple Barn Orchard and Winery. If you stop by, make sure to ask your beertender about the history behind the red barn!

For more information and ag-spiration for this Agricultural Tourism Week head to our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Pumpkin Pickin’: Our Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Walworth County

Its time to hit the pumpkin patches here in Walworth County! Whether you’re in search of the biggest one perfect for a spooky carving or one to make grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy the power of the pumpkin.  Check out these pumpkin Patches offering pick-your-own pumpkins, corn mazes, tractor rides, and more.

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121
Hours: Saturday 10am-6pm and
Sunday 11am-5pm

The Apple Barn Pumpkin Patch Opens October 2nd! Grab a red wagon and head on over to the Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy the crisp fall air while you snack on treats from local food trucks. While you’re here, check in with your Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Passport and receive $1 off any bottle of wine! Sign up for free at Explore.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

15908 Hebron Rd., Harvard, IL 60033
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm

Roam the Pumpkin Patch at Royal Oak Farm and pick your gourds, squash, and pumpkins. After you’ve selected your prized pumpkin, enjoy the many activities perfect for all ages across the farm. Roam the world’s only apple tree maze Amazin’-Apples, meet fuzzy farm animals at the petting zoo, and top the day off by treating yourself to one of their famous apple cider donuts!

Pearce’s Farm Stand

W5740 North Walworth Road, Walworth, WI 53184
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm

Head to Pearce’s Farm Stand for a day of fall fun! Choose your pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, get lost in their famous corn maze, and play on the farm equipment, jumping bales, and slide! You can also pick up locally grown produce perfect for making your favorite fall meals.

We hope you find the perfect pumpkin at one of these fantastic farms this fall! Don’t forget to share with us your finished product on our Facebook page to be featured in an upcoming post. For more Autumn Activities, check out our Event Calendar on our website. Happy Picking!

What’s Up This Weekend in Walworth County | September 24th-26th

Always Patsy Cline Presented by the Lakeland Players

A musical tribute to a country-western legend comes to life as the Lakeland Players present Always Patsy Cline, opening Friday, September 24th. Licensed by the family and the estate of Patsy Cline, the show celebrates the life and legacy of one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. Get your tickets for opening weekend by calling 262-723-4848 or online at www.lakeland-players.org.

Harvest at Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Join Kettle Moraine Land Trust and Geneva Lake Conservancy for a seed-collection outing to Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in celebration of 2021 Land Trust Days! Volunteers from throughout the Hackmatack region will be on hand to harvest native prairie seeds under the guidance of professional staff from Kettle Moraine Land Trust and Geneva Lake Conservancy. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes or boots, and a sun hat. Please bring your own seed collection bag (a reusable grocery bag is fine) and your own water. Seeds collected there during the Land Trust Days event will be turned over to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for native species enrichment within the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

2021 Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase

Calling all 2022, 2023, and beyond brides! Step aboard the Lake Geneva Cruise Line fleet decorated by top wedding professionals and discover local vendors, planners, and premier partners to help make your wedding day the day of your dreams. The 2021 Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase takes place, Sunday, September 26th on the Riviera Docks.

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events. Enjoy your weekend here in Walworth County.