Autumnal Equinox Star Party The Autumnal Equinox is upon us! Also known as – fall is here. To celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, GLAS – the Geneva Lake Astrophysics and Steam is have a Star Party… More
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.
- 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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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:
Do you feel that chill in the air? Fall is upon us, and nothing spells Autumn like apple picking in the fresh, open air. Check out our 2020 Apple Picking Guide:
W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121
Hours: Saturday 10am-6p, & Sunday 11am-5pm
Spend the afternoon off the beaten path at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery in Elkhorn. Pick from over 13 varieties of apples in the expansive orchards.
1545 Main Street, Mukwonago, WI 53149
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays Only, September 12-Oct 25, 10 am-5 pm
Kiddos will love picking apples in the orchard at Elegant Farmer during Harvest Fest! Hop aboard the tractor-pulled hayride or the East Troy Electric Railroad for a scenic trip around the area or get lost in the Corn Maze. Finish off the day with a stop inside the Smilin Barn for freshly baked goodies and the farmers market.
15908 Hebron Rd., Harvard, IL 60033
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm
Roam the orchards of Royal Oak Farm and pick from a selection of over 30 types of apples across 160 acres of farmland. After picking to your heart’s content, 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!
I do believe fall has arrived! One of my favorite things to do in the fall are Corn Mazes and we have two right in our own backyard! Pearce’s Farm Stand in Walworth boasts a huge 12-acre maze. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 5 to 12. The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago features an all-things-apple maze this year. The cost is $6 per person. Both Corn Mazes are open 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays through October 25.
Autumn Harvest Festival
Speaking of The Elegant Farmer, Autumn Harvest Festival is in full swing. An old-fashioned, on-farm experience for the whole family. We’re talking apple picking, train rides, pony rides, hayrides, corn maze, and of course the famous apple pie baked in a brown paper bag. Did I say train rides… yes, I did! Make it a complete experience by riding the East Troy Electric Railroad from the East Troy Depot to The Elegant Farmer, have FUN, and return by train back to the Depot. The Harvest Festival runs 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays through October 25.
So, this week, I have an event for our four-legged friends and their humans. Delavan is hosting a Doggie Paddle at the Mill Pond on Saturday. There will be two times for the paddle – 12:30 pm for small breeds (under 40 pounds) and 2 pm for large breeds (40+ pounds). The cost is $5 for resident doggies and $7 for non-resident doggies. Registration required. It’s the dogs turn to take over the pond and show us humans how to have fun!
For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events.