Camping in Walworth County

The Lake Geneva area is home to many great campgrounds, retreat centers, and rustic cabins. From couples to conventions and from families to friends, Walworth County is sure to have the perfect destination for your next adventure.

Camping out in Walworth County, WI.

Helpful Links:

Army Lake Camp

Camp Timber-lee

Covenant Harbor

George Williams College

Inspiration Ministries

Lutherdale Ministries

Shinner Memorial Clubhouse

Wesley Woods

Camp Wandawega

Jellystone Park of Fort Atkinson

Snug Harbor Lakefront Campground

Scenic Ridge Campground

Big Foot State Park

Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit – Whitewater Lake Campground

 

 

 

 

Pet Friendly Walworth County

Pets are as much a part of the family as Aunt Miriam and Uncle Floyd, and there’s no reason you should have to choose between your four-legged buddy and a fabulous getaway. The Lake Geneva area has many options of places to stay with Fido. From bed & breakfasts to rental homes to resorts and hotels, motels and campgrounds, Walworth County has a place for your family AND your pooch to stay and play.

Bed & Breakfasts:
T. C. Smith Historic Inn
(Lake Geneva)
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.

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.

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.

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Resorts:
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.

Rental Homes:
Endless Summer Nites of Lake Geneva (Lake Geneva)
Your pooch will love walking the beach of Geneva Lake while staying at the Endless Summer Nites rental home. Located just two blocks from the lakefront, the beach and local parks are just a short walk. If you’re a morning person, we suggest checking out the Lake Geneva fishing pier just west of the beach area. It’s a great area for Fido to splash around in the water…and he just might make a friend or two, as this is a favorite place for dogs to go play in the water with their people.

Nautical Inn of Lake Geneva (Lake Geneva)
Within blocks of the lakefront, the Nautical Inn makes for a wonderful family getaway for the whole family, including your furry friend. This spacious rental home has enough room to sleep up to 16 people, and up to two small to medium sized dogs. Being so close to downtown Lake Geneva, it’s worthy to note that leashed dogs are welcome in city parks, as well as at Big Foot Beach State Park.

Hotels/Motels:
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.

AmericInn (Elkhorn)
All rooms at the AmericInn in Elkhorn are pet friendly. Dogs under 40 pounds are welcome.

Campgrounds:
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!

Jellystone Park (Fort Atkinson)
Jellystone Park is happy to accommodate your furry friends as long as they are kept on a lead. There is a designated dog walk area that has free pet waste bags available for your use.

To find more great options about traveling to the Lake Geneva area with your furry, four-legged pal, check us out on Pinterest, or go to VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Member Monday: Hamilton House

It’s time for Member Monday, and this week’s featured member is the Hamilton House in Whitewater. The stunning style and decor of this bed and breakfast will leave you speechless, and innkeepers Jim and Kathleen will make you feel at home with delectable breakfasts and outstanding hospitality.

Hamilton House Whitewater WIQ: How was the name chosen for the Hamilton House?
A:
  Mr. Hamilton was the owner of the property in the early 1900’s until the 1950’s.   He was on the board of regents of our local university as well as a local attorney.

Q: What history is behind the Hamilton House?
A:
 Was built in 1861 with the underground railroad in mind.  Majorly remodeled in 1880.  After the last of the Hamiltons passed in the 1950’s the house has served as a boarding house, fraternity, antique shop, tea house, office building, almost torn down twice and a bed and breakfast since 1994.  We took over in 2000.  Details on our website.

Q: How did you come to acquire a bed and breakfast?
A:
 We were looking for a great house to raise our family while running an inn.  We were focused on an area close to tourism and a short drive back to Chicago area where our family lives.

Hamilton House Whitewater WIQ: What makes Hamilton House unique?
A: 
At the Hamilton House we find most of our guests prefer privacy and are looking to spend their precious time connecting with their loved ones.  Therefore we make every effort to create an environment where all the details are taken care of so all the guests need to do is be together.

In addition we cater to the specific needs of the Whitewater area midweek business travelers.  These guests have very different and specific needs while traveling.  I enjoy helping to make their time away from their families as relaxing and productive as possible.  We offer alternate policies that fit their specialized needs.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a local business in southeastern Wisconsin?
A:
 The business community has very supportive and welcoming from the very beginning.  As we were looking at different communities we wandered around each town chatting with the local shop keepers.  Whitewater, by far, was the most supportive and eager to help us get established.  This supportive environment among the local owners of the different businesses in town remains strong.

Q: What is favorite part of being a bed and breakfast owner?
A:  
Being able to provide the environment for our guests to relax and spend quality time together.

Q: If someone would like to visit Hamilton House, is there anything they should know before coming?
A:
  We make every effort to provide all the privacy our guests need while still being easily available to tend to the details of each guests needs.

Hamilton House Whitewater WIQ: What kind of breakfasts are offered? Can dietary restrictions be met?
A:
 We serve a full hot breakfast in the dining room at 9am.  For those that prefer privacy we do offer the option for an in room breakfast.    We make every effort to accommodate all diet restrictions.

Q: Are the bathrooms private or shared?
A:
   Every room has a private bath.

Q: Are pets allowed?
A:
  Hamilton House is a pet free environment.

Q: Is there a whirlpool?
A
:  Five of our guest rooms have a jetted tub.

Hamilton House Whitewater WIQ: Is there a fireplace? If yes, please describe.
A:
 Three of our guest rooms have a modern gas fireplace.  Three rooms have original mantels with candles in the firebox.

Q: May guests come and go as they please, or are there certain times they are asked to be at the bed and breakfast?
A:
 Guests receive a key to the property allowing them to come and go as they choose.

Q: Is Hamilton House child-friendly or adult-only?
A:
 We welcome guests 15 and over.  If a family takes the whole house children of all ages are welcome.

Q: Can each room in Hamilton House be rented out to a single family?
A:
 Each of our eight guest rooms has either a king or a queen bed that sleeps up to two guests.  A rollaway is available for use in two of our guest rooms.

Hamilton House Whitewater WIQ: What are the check in/check out times?
A:
  General check in is from 4pm – 7pm.  Check out time is 11am.   Options are available for alternate arrival and departure times.  Many of our packages include early arrival or extended departure times.

Q: Is the Hamilton House handicapped accessible?
A:
 No

Q: Can you book your stay online?
A:
  Yes, you can book online through various travel sites.  However, the best available rates are always on our secure reservation service on our website.

Q: Where can we find Hamilton House?
A:
 328 W Main St, Whitewater or online at BandBHamiltonHouse.com

Please tell us about the innkeepers

Jim and Kathleen came to Wisconsin from the Chicago area to raise their five children and live out their dreams of innkeeping and farming.  Over the past 15 years they have enjoyed being a part of their community while watching their children meet their dreams.  Kathleen has a passion for hospitality and enjoys cooking.   In her free time she enjoys reading, biking and wandering around in nature.  Jim is a farmer at heart and spends his free time with their children renovating a small farm where they plan to grow organic meat and produce.

To learn more about the gorgeous Hamilton House, or to book a reservation, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.

Interested in learning more about places to stay in the Lake Geneva area? Visit www.visitwalworthcounty.com for a complete listing of lodging in Walworth County.

WCVB Welcomes the Humble BnB!

One of the most exciting things the Walworth County Visitors Bureau gets to do is welcome new members. Today we are excited to welcome Humble BnB! New to Lake Geneva, Humble BnB is excited to be opening their NEW bed and breakfast on Madison Street. We had an exclusive tour of the new BnB and chatted with Beth and Jeff, and all we can say is that you will love them both, you will love their mascot Zeus, and you will LOVE Humble BnB!

HumbleBnB_08-copyQ: How was the name chosen for the Humble BnB?
A:  The Name is a play on words ie: Bumble Bee – When you come to the house you will see a Bee Theme subtly carried throughout, from the Logo to the décor. The reference is two-fold in that we also want to stress that this is a relaxed atmosphere with a casual attitude and no pretense. It’s all about enjoying the town and surrounding areas.

Q: What history (if any) is behind the Humble BnB?
A:  The house was built in 1880, we heard from a neighbor that a long time ago it used to be a bed and breakfast, but we haven’t found anything to support that yet. When we bought it it was being used as an investment whole house rental by it’s owner. We loved the location and layout and decided it would suite our needs and décor.

Q: How did you come to acquire a bed and breakfast?
A:   My husband and I have had it as our long term goal for almost as long as we’ve been married (35 years this April). We started looking in earnest after our youngest daughter graduated college, bought a town home and started her career. It had to be the right combination of house, location and price point, but we both said it had to be near water. It doesn’t hurt that we are still 1 ½ hours away from our two daughters and grandson, even though we considered as far away as Maine.

HumbleBnB_06-copyQ: What makes Humble BnB unique?
A:  It will be an ever evolving work–in–progress to improve on what is already here. We have phases of projects to create an overall facelift and create places to enjoy within and without the building such as bringing back some of the 1880 house feel, with up to date conveniences. We feel that our décor is eclectic but in keeping with the feel of the house and has an appeal to all ages. The biggest draw is that it is with in walking distance to almost everything downtown with out the hassle of limited, paid parking and yet a 5 minute drive takes you to beautiful rural areas as well.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a local business in southeastern Wisconsin?
A:  We are centrally located between two major cities, with an airport less than an hour away. We already have guests that will be joining us from Kansas, California, New York and even the UK.  We have vacationed in this area for years as our girls grew up, and coming from Illinois we can feel the stress level diminish as soon as we cross the state line into Wisconsin.

Q: What is favorite part of being a bed and breakfast owner?
A:  Both my husband and I have been in the customer service industry all of our careers. The best part of that has been building a rapport with our customers that has weathered the test of time. We look forward to establishing a repeat client business that can confidently expect consistent level of service every time they come.  We are self disciplined to be our own bosses and can choose the direction we wish to go. I have always wanted to put the skills I honed in my career to use with my own flair and ideas. Being a business owner allows me to do just that.

HumbleBnB_04-copyQ: If someone would like to visit Humble BnB, is there anything they should know before coming?
A:
  We do let guests know that we have a dog. He is very gentle and well behaved and so far has been a hit with all of our guests. We do however stress that if anyone is not comfortable with the dog present, we will adjust accordingly.  Our house is your house while you are here and if you let us know what you need, we will try our best to help facilitate it for you.

Q: What kind of breakfasts are offered? Can dietary restrictions be met?
A:
 We always ask about any dietary, allergy or just plain dislikes at the time they make the reservation so we can accommodate special needs and requests. Unless they specify, we serve up a full fare breakfast that usually involves some kind of egg dish, pancakes or French toast, breakfast meats, fruit, juice and baked goods. We try to switch it up if they are here for more than one day. We love to try out new recipes. Coffee and baked goods or snacks are available throughout the day for guests to help themselves.

Q: Are the bathrooms private or shared?
A:   The downstairs Master Suite has it’s own newly renovated bathroom attached to the room. The two upstairs rooms share a hall bath on the same floor. Eventually one of the upgrades will be to renovate that bathroom (probably next spring) and possibly add a sink and toilet in each room for convenience during the night. Eventually we will move into the currently rented studio apartment attached to the back upstairs of the house giving us a third upstairs bedroom to rent as well.

Q: Are pets allowed?
A:
 Unfortunately, not knowing how they will react to ours or other guests, we do not.

Q: Is there a whirlpool?
A
:  No

Q: Is there a fireplace? If yes, please describe.
A:
 Alas, no there is not, but we have a simulated fireplace in our living room below the TV for ambiance, and it heats the room as well on those chilly nights.

Q: May guests come and go as they please, or are there certain times they are asked to be at the bed and breakfast?
A:
 Guests are given a key to their room and the house. They may come and go as they please. We simply ask them to choose a breakfast time so we can be ready for them, and prefer it be before 10:00am.

HumbleBnB_02-copy Q: Is Humble BnB child-friendly or adult-only?
A:
 Families are welcome with small children, again they are made aware of the dog. Adults must be present and available for children ages 6 and under.

Q: Can the entire Humble BnB be rented out to a single family for a stay?
A:  Yes, however we do live in the home and make ourselves scarce. They are welcome to the common areas of the house, but kitchen, office and laundry facilities are not part of the rental, though we will make exceptions for special circumstances. The rooms accommodate two guests per bed. We do charge an additional $20 per person/ per night for additional guests in the rooms (max 2 per room). They must provide their own bed/ bedding but we will provide breakfast. We do not include children 5 and under in the guest count.

Q: What are the check in/check out times?
A:
 Check-in is at 3:00pm / Check-out is at 11:00am.  If we don’t have guest leaving from the night before we are more than willing to be flexible. Same for checking out. Often guests will eat breakfast, settle up their bill, put their luggage in their car and walk back downtown for a bit before departing.

Q: Is the Humble BnB handicapped accessible?
A:
The downstairs suite is ADA accessible though there is a slight step to get in the front door. The upstairs rooms are not.

HumbleBnB_03-copyQ: Can you book your stay online?
A:
 Yes, the website has a request form to fill out that gets sent to our e-mail, which we make every effort to respond the same day. We are also listed on Home Away, Air BnB and Bed & Breakfast.com. The process is the same, however the availability is most accurate on our own website.

Q: Where can we find Humble BnB?
A:
  421 Madison Street lake Geneva, WI 53147  We are located just two blocks up from the lake at the public library directly behind Central Denison School.

HumbleBnB_11-copyPlease tell us about the innkeepers.
Proprietors Beth and Jeff Iverson are not strangers to the Wisconsin area, having traveled and vacationed here for many years. We most recently moved to Lake Geneva from IL to realize a lifetime dream of owning and operating a Bed & Breakfast and felt that Lake Geneva has so much to offer it’s visitors. Having spent the majority of our careers in customer service in both retail, restaurant and lodging industries, we feel that we have a great understanding for what our guests need and want and will go out of our way to provide the best experience without being intrusive.

HumbleBnB_10-copyAllow us to introduce our Humble BnB mascot Zeus. 
He loves company, attention, taking naps, long walks, leftovers and is very well behaved. We understand however that not everyone is an animal lover and will accommodate accordingly.

In celebration of their new BnB, Jeff and Beth are hosting an Open House on April 9th from 3 – 8 pm. Stop by for a tour, enjoy some delicious appetizers and refreshments, enter to win an amazing raffle prize, and help them revel in the excitement of their new adventure!

To learn more about the Humble BnB, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.