Spring into Easter!

Easter Egg Hunts, special Sunday Brunches and Easter activities to have fun with the entire family. From Sunday best to all-out outdoor Easter fun. Find all your eggs and make it an Easter you’ll never forget in Walworth County!

Easter Egg Hunts

April 13

April 19

April 20

April 21

Breakfasts & Brunches

April 13

April 20

April 21

Easter FUN!

April 13

April 14

April 20

April 21

For details and more events go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com!

The Finest Snowmobile Trails in Wisconsin

Walworth County has 2800 miles of the finest trails that Southern Wisconsin has to offer. Virtually all trails are on private property and use is granted by the respective local owner. Maintenance, marking and grooming are performed by local snowmobile clubs.

Conditions – For Walworth County trail conditions, call 262-742-2664, Walworth County Snowmobile Alliance. The Snowmobile Alliance is in charge of  installing, maintaining & grooming snowmobile trails throughout the county.

Snowmobile Trail Pass – Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin snowmobile trails to display either a Wisconsin registration or a Non-Resident Trail Pass (Annual). If the snowmobile is kept in Wisconsin, it must be registered in the State of Wisconsin. Non-resident Trail Passes may be purchased over the counter at authorized sales locations or by calling the Wisconsin DNR at 888-396-7436. Trail passes may also be purchased at the Walmart in Delavan.

Operators – Any person who has reached the age of 12 may operate a snowmobile. Any person born on or after January 1, 1985 is required to complete a Snowmobile Safety Certification course to operate a snowmobile on Wisconsin public trails and areas. DNR recreational safety specialists recommend that all snowmobile operators complete the safety course.

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– To receive a Walworth County Snowmobile Map, contact the Walworth County Snowmobile Alliance at 262-742-2664 or visit walworthcountysnow.com. Printed maps are also available at the Walworth County Visitors Bureau at 800-395-8687.

More Information – For more information go to http://dnr.wi.gov.

 

Check trail status here.

 

Ice Skating in Walworth County

ice-skating-3002574_1920Ice has created many magical experiences for the Lake Geneva area this winter. In January, we were fortunate enough to welcome Ice Castles to the Riveria Beach in Lake Geneva. This magical outdoor experience, no doubt, has given guests a new appreciation of the beauty and wonderment of ice.

However, nothing beats the classic winter tradition of lacing up a pair of skates and taking to the ice. Whether it’s skating arm-in-arm with a loved one or teaching your kids to skate for the first time, nothing compares to the wintry magical feeling of gliding across the ice.

Bring your own skates to any of these Walworth County rinks. Rentals are available where noted:

Delavan

Lake Lawn Resort | 2400 E. Geneva Street
Rentals available at front desk; $5 per hour

East Troy

Adjacent to the East Troy Public Library | 3094 Graydon Avenue

Elkhorn

Courthouse Square (Veterans Park) | 100 W. Walworth Avenue

Fontana

The Abbey Resort | 269 Fontana Boulevard
Rentals available at front desk; $2/pair

Reid Park | Lake Street

Lake Geneva

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | 7036 Grand Geneva Way
Rentals available at the ski shop; $10/pair

Flat Iron Park | 201 Wrigley Drive
Rentals available through Clear Water Outdoor;  Free for used, $5 for new

The Ridge Hotel | W4240 Hwy. 50
Rentals available at front desk; $8/pair

Walworth

Rotary Park | Casey Lane

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For more winter activities check out our “Winter Fun” section in Things to Do at VisitWalworthCounty.com

Sledding

boy-child-cold-1620934The snow keeps coming, so that means more time to enjoy the sleds! Sitting at the top of the hill, that rush fills you excitement.

Walworth County has such a unique geological history, that has textured the landscape creating great opportunities for winter fun with moraines and hills for lots of sledding! Grab the kids or that kid inside of you, pull out your sled and check out one of these hills:

Burlington

Beverly-Jo Park | 367 Dunford Dr.

Fox River Park | 9521 304th Ave.

Steinhoff Park | 833 Cedar Dr.

Darien

Wildwood Park | Sweet Rd. & Wildwood Dr.

Delavan

Robert H. Miller Park | High St. & N. 7th St.

Rudy Lange Sledding Hill | Washington St. & Terrace St.

Swan Creek Trail | West Side

East Troy

North of Mitchell Park | 3090 Graydon Rd.

Pulliam Nature Area | 1824 Thomas Dr.

West Kettle Nature Area | 1825 Thomas Dr.

Lake Geneva

City of Lake Geneva Sledding Hill | Sage St. & Mill St.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | 7036 Grand Geneva Way

Whitewater

Trippe Lake Park | 407 S. Wisconsin St.

Nordic Trail, Kettle Moraine State Forest | N9084 County Hwy. H

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Have you found a special sledding hill to add to this list?  Let us know!  Comment below with the hill name & location.

Check out a full list of great winter fun and events in Walworth County at, VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Flavors of St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day stampAlthough St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world, its traditions in America started during the Irish immigration to the U.S. in the 1840’s. Irish American immigrants were in search of comforting tastes of their homeland. While pork and bacon products were out of their price range, they had to find a substitute. Beef brisket was the most affordable meat at the time, so the Irish adopted cooking methods from other cultures to bring flavor and diversity to their celebrations of St. Patrick.

Now, corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular dishes associated with this holiday, and local restaurants are applying their own special cooking methods to this classic meal, along with other delicious dishes for everyone to enjoy.

Grandview_CornedBeefCabbage.jpgSt. Patrick’s Day Specials
The Grandview Restaurant, Lake Geneva
March 11- 17, 2019

The Grandview Restaurant has put together a full menu if Irish themed specials! Enjoy their hearty Bangers and Hash for a robust breakfast. But swing in for lunch and enjoy a generous Reuben sandwich; corned beef topped with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, all toasted to perfection. For dinner, come enjoy the view of Geneva Lake over a beautiful plate of Irish Lamb Stew laid over whipped potatoes, or dive into the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage with baby red potatoes, each with a side of soda bread.

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Buffet
240° West at The Abbey Resort, Fontana
March 16, 2019

The Abbey Resort’s culinary team at 240° West will arrange a buffet full of traditional Irish dishes like Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Leg of Lamb accented by tasty snappy dishes like Fish N’ Chips and Irish Cheddar and Stout Mac N’ Cheese.

 

Delavan Lions Club Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
The Village Supper Club, Delavan
March 17, 2019

For 56 years, the Delavan Lions Club has partnered with The Village to bring the community an All-You-Can-Eat Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on March 17th. Made better with an added bonus of all-you-can-eat baked chicken and French fries for those who are not corned beef fans. Carryouts are available. Pre-Sale tickets can be purchased at Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Bradley’s Department Store, Noble Insurance and The Village Supper Club.

 

St. Patrick’s Brunch
Crafted Americana, Lake Geneva
March 17, 2019

Enjoy a relaxed morning by catching brunch at Crafted Americana. They will be serving all the traditional brunch favorites like made-to-order omelets, biscuits & gravy and fresh fruit, and compliment it with an Irish spread of bangers and mash, carved corned beef, cabbage and then roll right into lunch with a green beer. “Put on your green and make the scene here at The Ridge!”

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan
March 16 – 17, 2019

The Lookout Bar & Eatery will be serving a specialty lunch and dinner menu, chalked full of great dishes from Irish Potato Soup, to freshly carved corned beef with braised cabbage, red skin potatoes, carrots and horseradish sauce. Save room for dessert, because the Isle of Capri will be featuring Crème de Menthe Andes Candies Chocolate Mint Shamrock Cupcakes!

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Jamie & Shanna’s St. Patrick’s Day Social
Hogs & Kisses, Lake Geneva
March 17, 2019

Hogs & Kisses will be opening their doors to invite you to a little party at 3pm on Sunday, March 17th. The kitchen will be closed but some snacks and of course Irish drinks will be in the mix. Stop in and check out the fun!

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A St. Patrick’s Day Sampling
The Hunt Club, Lake Geneva
March 17, 2019

Lucky you! The Hunt Club will be adding some select Irish specials to the menu on St. Patrick’s Day Sunday. Stop by for a taste of Ireland with dishes that complement their standard menu!

For more events and places to enjoy great Irish food,

go to VisitWalworthCounty.com!

New Member Monday: Nippersink Golf Club & Banquets

Whether you’re looking for a lovely venue to host your upcoming wedding or looking to play a few relaxing rounds of golf, Nippersink Golf Club and Banquets is Walworth County’s “best kept secret” when it comes to resorts in the area. Since the beginning of 2018, Nippersink has experienced a lot of changes and are working on improving this beautiful getaway just over the Illinois border. It’s about time that we share all the exciting things we have learned in our interview about them.

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Please tell us a little bit about Nippersink Golf Club and Banquets:

Where are you located?
We are located at N1055 Tombeau Rd. in Genoa City, Wisconsin which is just a few miles over the border from Illinois and less than 10 minutes from Lake Geneva off of Highway 12. We like to say we’re “hidden in the farmlands”.

What is the history of the property?
Nippersink was built in 1922 by a meat packer from Chicago who bought the land to develop his dream resort. It’s had an interesting history as a hangout for guests including Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. It was even rumored that Nippersink was where some of the very wealthy organized crime figures from Chicago would gather in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

What are the new changes/updates guests can look forward to?
I like to say, “If you haven’t been to Nippersink lately, you haven’t been!”
Under the new ownership of Chris & Dennis Holian, there have been some amazing changes and updates and we’re not finished yet! The Clubhouse looks incredible and an Outdoor Pavilion is being constructed just outside of it as we speak to be ready in time for this year’s golf season. The banquet halls have been updated and the hotel has had huge improvements from what it used to be.

Tell us about the Hotel:

What has changed about the hotel?
Everything! Our crew has done a fantastic job with the refresh of the hotel including new carpet and paint throughout the whole building as well as brand new mattresses, bathroom vanities and sinks, and updated lighting. We are going with a very modern rustic theme throughout the whole property.

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The Nippersink Hotel has 32 Rooms.

How many guests comfortably fit in one room?
In a room with 1 King bed, 2 guests are ideal, and 4 guests can fit comfortably in a room with 2 Queen beds.

What amenities do the rooms include?
We have complimentary toasters and coffee makers available as well as mini fridges. We have two Bridal Suites that are reserved at no charge for the Newlyweds who book Nippersink as their wedding venue. These rooms are located on a separate wing from the guest rooms and have a microwave and mini fridge and feature an upgraded bathroom. Two of our rooms on the first floor are handicap accessible.

Do any of the rooms have a view?
We have rooms available that have wooded views or views of our Private Lake Tombeau.

Do you have a swimming pool or hot tub?
Back in the day, Nippersink featured a swimming pool at the main building but it had to be removed years ago. Maybe brining that back will have to be one of our future projects!

Tell us about the Golf Course:

Nippersink_golf2.jpgWho designed the golf course?
The golf course was designed by 1896 U.S. Open tournament winner James Foulis, Jr.

What are your rates?
Our rates range from $37-$45 for 18 holes with a cart, depending on the time of year. We do offer 9 holes or walking golfers at lower rates. We also have membership options available for men, women, families, and seniors.

What kind of player is this course ideal for?
Nippersink Golf Course is ideal for the average golfer but gives a serious challenge for the professional from our championship tees.

Do you have a Pro Shop?
We do have a Pro Shop located inside The Clubhouse where you can purchase merchandise and equipment or rent clubs.

Nippersink_golf4.jpgDo you book golf outings?
We love booking golf outings! We are so lucky to have been able to host some really fun outings. It doesn’t matter if its 10 guests or 150, it’s always a great time!

What is the best part about your golf course?
I think the best part about Nippersink’s golf course is that it has been restored to pristine playing condition that people will remember from decades ago. Our grounds crew is awesome, and they have put a lot of work into the course. What I also like about Nippersink is the privacy of our country location and the scenic views of the landscape. It really is very relaxing and peaceful here.

Tell us about hosting Banquets & Events:

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What services do you offer for Banquets/Events?
We are happy to host events of all kinds including weddings, parties, corporate events, reunions, fundraisers – you name it! We provide everything from the set-up to food and beverage services.

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How many banquets rooms do you have? What is their occupancy?
We have two spacious banquet rooms that can accommodate up to 150 guests in the Lakeview Room & 350 guests in the Nippersink Room.

What are the features of the banquet rooms?
The Lakeview Room features a vaulted cathedral ceiling with new lighting fixtures and a grand fireplace while the Nippersink Room has been repainted and updated with LED lighting accents, and both a brand-new dance floor and expansive bar.

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Hosting a wedding at Nippersink is a really special thing for us because it is such an intimate event and we feel honored to be able to be part of it. We do everything we can to give each couple their perfect wedding! We have an outdoor gazebo overlooking our private lake that is absolutely breathtaking. We also offer things such as a bride’s room and groom’s room for their use the day of the wedding and of course the Bridal Suite for the newlyweds at the Nippersink Hotel for the night all at no charge.

Nippersink_wedding4Do you have event planners on staff to help plan events and weddings?
Our staff is very involved in the planning of every wedding and special event at Nippersink to ensure that it is a success! We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to all of our guests and we really do treat you like family. It’s not just another wedding or event booking for us – we get just as excited for each event as our guests do!

 

What do you like about being in business in Walworth County/Wisconsin?
Being in business in Walworth County is something really special because of the people. When I say the people, this includes our loyal local residents and companies that support us with their business, the staff that we are lucky to have work for us every year, and the new guests that we get to meet every season or for each new event. Nippersink is looking forward to having its best year yet because of the wonderful changes that have been made, the people who have made it possible, and the ones we can’t wait to meet!

This special place not only has so much to offer, but their facilities and staff are excited to have you join them. Make your memories at Nippersink Golf Club & Banquets.

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Get Snow Much Savings in 2019

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From skiing to ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing and ice boating, Walworth County, Wisconsin is truly ‘Snow Much Fun’ in the winter season. Outside activities are not the only option. Walworth County also has plenty to do inside, including luxurious spas, unique stores, dinner theaters and shows, art galleries and two indoor waterparks.
The Walworth County Visitors Bureau has put together a free coupon book to make the winter experience even more affordable. There’s more than $500 in savings on lodging, dining, skiing, indoor activities, area attractions and more. To receive a free coupon book, contact the Walworth County Visitors Bureau at (262) 728-6000, e-mail info@visitwalworthcounty.com or go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/snow-much to order a coupon book online.

“This year’s coupon book has many great offers,” states Kathleen Seeberg, Executive Director at the Walworth County Visitors Bureau. “From family fun to a romantic getaway, Walworth County has snow much to offer in the winter. And since the coupons are valid until April 15, there’s still plenty of time to get away to the Lake Geneva area for some fun and save.”

Also, do not forget to check out the amazing Snow Much Fun experiences we are giving away each week on Facebook. Find the post of the week, and click on the link to be entered for a chance to win “Snow Much Fun” in Walworth County. Follow us on Facebook at GreaterLakeGenevaArea.

For more information about Snow Much Fun coupon book,

go to VisitWalworthCounty.com