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.

Insta Worthy Spots in Walworth County

Instagram has changed the way we travel! According to Traveloution.com, more than 40% of adult travelers select a travel destination based upon how “Instagrammable” it is. If you’re planning a trip to Walworth County, you won’t want to miss our top spots to snap a pic for your social media.  In fact, we’ve curated a map of the most Insta worthy spots for you! Get out there and get “gramming”.

Staller Estate Winery

Be transported to the vineyards of Southern France right here in Walworth County at Staller Estate Winery! Get your gram on against a backdrop of vines, luscious grapes, and sparkling glasses across the property. 

Photo Credit: @taylorsharai

Lake Geneva Library Park

At Library Park, you can have it all! With the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture of the Lake Geneva Public Library, the greenest foliage and landscaping, and the dazzling waters of Geneva Lake, your picture will rake in the likes from any angle.  

Photo Credit: @francisasantos

Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy

More of a true nature blogger ? You can get some ah-mazing shots for the ‘gram at Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy. With crystal clear spring fed ponds, towering emerald forests, and beautiful marshland boardwalks, you’re sure to get a beautiful view (both behind and infront of the lens). 

Photo Credit: @kaylaeart

Walworth County Barn Quilts

Did you know that Walworth County is home to over 20 Barn Quilts? Take a scenic drive around the county and stop for photos along the way.  They’ll make the perfect addition to your feed with their rustic charm and farmhouse vibes.

Photo Credit: @VisitWalworthCounty

Pearce’s Farm Stand

Farm stands are so “in” right now, so head over to Pearce’s Farm Stand for your next photoshoot! Fields of sunflowers, perfect pumpkin patches, and posed photo ops across the farm make for fun backgrounds.  Don’t forget to pick up some fresh veggies and sweet corn! 

Photo Credits: @Pearcesfarmstand

Black Point Estate

nap a pic in the gardens, on the grand staircase or on the bench in front of the 18th century home for your next post.  Or step inside for a vintage inspired glamour shot! 

Photo Credit: @Tisha_littlejohn

White River County Park

Just a few minutes drive outside of Lake Geneva, you’ll find a nature and portrait photographers paradise! Rushing waters, gentle waving prairies, and towering forests are prime subjects for your next instagram photoshoot.  

Photo Credits: @emmautoftphotography

Brick Streets of Delavan

The ultimate instagram aesthetic can be found in the heart of Downtown Delavan!  Exposed brick buildings, colorful Walldog Murals, and the charming brick streets will make your feed pop. 

Photo Credits: @VisitDelavan

Lake Geneva Shore Path

 A favorite among the locals and visitors alike, the Lake Geneva Shore Path offers picturesque panoramic views of beautiful Lake Geneva. 

Photo Credits: @gayletale

East Troy Railroad Museum

Making stops at historic train depots and old fashioned ice cream parlors, the East Troy Railroad is a splendid spot for your next Instagram photoshoot.  The colors of the railroad will come alive and add some historical character to your feed. 

Photo Credits: @Easttroyrr

Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures

Take your next pic from a birds eye view at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours.  Get sky high action shots, energizing boomerangs, and aerial nature shots from the ziplines and high ropes courses. 

Photo Credits: @ziplakegeneva

Next time you upload your photos to your Instagram, be sure to tag them with #VisitWalworthCounty to be featured on our social media pages and blog.  Happy snapping! 

For a complete list of equally beautiful locations for your next instagram photoshoot across Walworth County, check out our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

*All photos were used with permission from original owners.

Date Night: Eight Ideas for Your Next Night Out

Tired of dinner and a movie? Break the Date Night mold with these eight unique date night ideas that are sure to blow (both) your socks off. Whether you’re venturing out on a first date, or want to treat your long-time partner to an absolutely unforgettable night out, you’re sure to find an activity on our list that will ignite a spark in your relationship.

The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep in Whitewater is sure to put a fresh and inspired spin on your next dinner date! Chef Tyler’s experimental style and adventurous dishes will leave your tastebuds begging for more. The Black Sheep’s farm-to-table menu is constantly changing with the seasons and each dish is made from scratch to order.  July’s menu features handmade pasta dishes, strawberry pepper jelly chicken, and summer salmon and grits. Be sure to sip on a signature cocktail or the OFOTM (Old Fashioned of the Month) to quench your thirst.  Do date night a bit differently at The Black Sheep.

Lake Geneva Balloon Company

Surprise your date with a sunrise hot air balloon ride with the Lake Geneva Balloon Company. Glide over the Geneva Lakes area and take in the stunning sights from a bird’s eye view. Not a morning person? No worries, they also have flights 2.5 hours before sunset. Each one-hour flight ends with a delightful champagne toast making this an adventurous, yet romantic, date idea.

Wine Tasting and Weekend Getaway

Maybe you want to extend your date night into a weekend getaway? Relax lakeside in the peace and luxury of the French Country Inn. Arrive Thursday evening and indulge in a sunset wine tasting with sommelier Joshua Sutter.  Book your stay today at www.FrenchCountryInn.com

Movies Under the Stars

Pack your picnic blankets and must have movie snacks, and enjoy a movie date at Movies Under the Stars on Fontana Beach. Catch a free movie Friday July 24th or Friday August 7th on the shores of beautiful Fontana on Lake Geneva.  Snuggle up with your sweetie under the stars and enjoy the show.

Ghost Walks

If you and your sweetheart are interested in the supernatural, consider a Lake Geneva Ghost Walk for your next date night. Learn about colorful characters, haunted mansions, vengeful spirits, monsters, and more! Discover the bone chilling haunted history of Lake Geneva with a walking tour of Downtown and a few of the famed mansions along the lakeshore.  Space is limited, so reserve your tour today by visiting their website.

Dinner on the Rails

Enjoy dinner on the rails as you embark on an East Troy Electric Railroad signature Dinner Train. Enjoy a delicious dinner on a historic train as it makes a leisurely trip to Phantom Lake, pauses on the shoreline, and then heads to Indianhead Park. Savor a sweet dessert and after dinner drinks on the return trip. Seating on Dinner Trains is limited and reservations are required. This unconventional restaurant  will certainly be a date night to remember. Get your ticket to ride by visiting www.EastTroyRR.org.

Tristan Crist Magic Theatre

Add a little magic to your date night with tickets to Tristan Crist Magic Theatre. Illusionist Tristan Crist promises to deliver an incredible evening of laughs, jaw-dropping illusions and gut-wrenching escapes! There is no doubt that this magical evening will leave you and your date mystified by the performance and wanting to come back for more! See why it was voted #1 Lake Geneva Attraction by Trip Advisor.  Get your tickets before they disappear: www.LakeGenevaMagic.com

Sunset Lake Cruise

Whether you’ve lived in the area for years or are just visiting for date night, admire the beauty of Delavan Lake (and your date of course) aboard the Lake Lawn Queen Sunset Tour.  Savor a rich sunset and take in the views of Delavan Lake’s shoreline from the best seat in the house aboard our 76-foot, two-level Lake Lawn Queen. This two-hour, narrated sunset cruise is the perfect beginning to a special night and includes two drinks.  Bon voyage!

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Let us know where your next date night will be in the comments below.  As always, for more ideas and information visit www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.  Once you take your first peek, you’ll be ready to plan your next adventure to Walworth County.