Spring Break Fun for Under $15

Hip-hip hooray, spring break is on its way! If you’re planning a visit to the Lake Geneva area and don’t want to break the bank, check out this handy list of the top-ten activities for spring breakers to enjoy all for under $15.

1. Go Trout Fishing: Nestled inside the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Rushing Waters Trout Farm offers year round trout fishing experiences! Their beautiful 80-acre farm features crystal clear ponds full of rainbow trout! Bring the entire family for a fun and relaxing day of fishing. No entrance fee or fishing license required, however your catch can be purchased at $9.50/lb–Cost: Free trout-farm-07.jpg

2. Ride the Electric Rails in East Troy: Step into the past and climb aboard southeastern Wisconsin’s oldest electric railway at the East Troy Railroad Museum. Hop on at the depot or at the Elegant Farmer and take a ride to Lauber’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy a classic banana split–Cost: $15 for Adults $9.50 for ChildrenCar-33-at-Indianhead-Park-350KB_42EFCA3D-3587-4E9F-A5551E5C673FE02C_9ebb6ec8-753c-42b9-991e0795984e30f2.jpg

3. Take a Dip: While it might still be a little too chilly to swim in the lake, it is never too cold to dive in on the fun at the Whitewater Aquatic Center. Complete with an indoor waterpark with slides, spouts, and springs, your kiddos will love splashing around–Cost: $8 for Residents $10 for Non-Residentsdownload.jpg

4. Get Outdoors with Disc Golf: Explore the outdoors in a totally different way by playing a game of disc golf. Grab your frisbees and go explore the banks of the White River while enjoying an afternoon of fun--Cost: Free5---20-disc-golf-geneva-8--d5a495b65056b3a_d5a497cb-5056-b3a8-492c96a520019e71.jpg

5. Check Out a Local Festival: If you’re in town March 21-22, be sure to check out the Delavan Train Show! See exciting layouts and operate model trains right in the heart of historic Downtown Delavan. Whether you’re just plain curious or a serious hobbyist, this is a show you will not want to miss–Cost: Freedownload.png

6. Sample Artisanal Delights: Traveling without little ones? Head over to Northleaf Winery to sample some of the best wines Wisconsin has to offer. Join in on fun tastings and pairings of chocolates and cheeses–Cost: Wine Tasting: $5, Chocolate Pairing: $12, Cheese Pairing: $15northleaf-winery.jpg

7. Step Into History: From main street to mobsters, explore the rich history of Lake Geneva at the Geneva Lake Museum. Enjoy exhibits featuring log cabins with Potowatami artifacts and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hotel Geneva–Cost: $9 adults, Children are Free579715215.jpg

8. Admire Regional Art: If galleries are your thing, you are in luck! Take in a variety of pieces from local artists at Gallery 223 in Downtown Lake Geneva. The gallery is constantly changing and always features something new and exciting from community artists–Cost: Freespring-2017.jpg

9. Get Your Game On: Ready for some healthy competition? Play a game of laser tag at Lake Lawn Resort! Play against your family, your friends, or even other guests– Cost: $10 per game per personLaser2.jpg

10. Say Cheese (and Eat it Too): After all these activities your stomachs might be grumbling. Eat like the locals and grab a bite to eat at The Cheese Box! Enjoy fan favorite sandwiches, soups, and sides while learning all about cheese from the experts! You’ll have a gouda time–Cost: $9.99 and under

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For more spring break ideas and customized travel itineraries, visit our website! Happy planning.

What’s Happening This Weekend in Walworth County | Nov. 1-3

 

1. Dine Around The Lakes | Walworth County

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This weekend starts Walworth County’s Restaurant Week – Dine Around The Lakes. This is the sixth year and we have 20 restaurants participating.  This is your chance to try something new or find that new favorite restaurant.  Dine Around The Lakes runs November first through the tenth.  It features three-course lunches for ten or fifteen dollars and three course dinners for twenty or thirty dollars.  This is a fantastic opportunity to unleash the foodie in you!  Some of the restaurants are 240° West, Black Sheep, Boat House, Café Calamari, Crafted Americana, the new Fire 2 Fork, Flat Iron Tap, Frontier Restaurant, Ristorante Brissago, Grandview Restaurant, Hunt Club Steakhouse, PIER 290, Red Geranium, and more.

2. Bean to Brew | Delavan Lake Store | Delavan

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Speaking of deliciousness – the Delavan Lake Store is having a Coffee Class & Tasting on Saturday from 11 am to noon.  Jeremiah Fox, owner and master roaster at Lake Geneva Coffee Roastery, will be joining us to educate on the origins of coffee the roasting and brewing processes, and, of course, tasting.

3. Let Your Light Shine | Lake Geneva Canopy Tours | Lake Geneva

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If you’re looking for something different, Lake Geneva Canopy Tours is hosting the Let Your Light Shine Women’s Retreat on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  At this women’s retreat you’ll refresh, reconnect, and recharge your mind, body, and spirit – including lunch, guided meditation, custom vision casting, a goodie bag, and ziplining!

For more events, visit our website at VisitWalworthCounty.com

13 Fantastic Fall Festivals in Walworth County

With Labor Day unofficially kicking off fall, there are plenty of fun festivals just around the corner here in Walworth County!

1. Darien Cornfest

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The small town of Darien celebrates corn and community in a BIG way. Yes, there is FREE CORN on Saturday & Sunday of this festival, but that’s not all! Enjoy carnival rides, fireworks, a parade, tractor pulls, bingo, tournaments, live music, and more! Did we mention free corn?

2. East Troy Bluegrass Festival

Sept. 7 – 8, 10 am – 5:30 pm | East Troy Village SquareET village square - bluegrass festival

The sweet sounds of bluegrass and banjos will once again fill East Troy’s village square. Something of a musician yourself? Participate in banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin contests! Get a weekend wristband for only $10 and enjoy two full days of bluegrass music, great food, and marketplace vendors.

3. Scarecrow Fest

Sept. 14, 10 am – 4 pm | Downtown DelavanDSC_0443_brightened.jpg

The 19th annual Scarecrow Fest is a community-wide, family-oriented event that will feature scarecrows on parade and free activities throughout historic downtown Delavan! With pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, mural tours, food trucks, scarecrow building, live music, and more, there’s a little something for everyone!

4. Wise Fest

Sept. 14, 12 pm – 11 pm | Walworth County Fairgrounds, ElkhornDgAD5RvfbiyUUar0rQ5rLuAD

If you’re looking to expand your musical horizons, this one is for you! The Wise Fest lineup is carefully curated to include original music, a variety of genres, and incredible talent. Take in the great music of these diamonds in the rough while supporting the biggest county fair in Wisconsin!

5. Geneva Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show

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This annual event is returning to the harbor at The Abbey Resort! Over 100 antique and classic boats from all over will be featured along with a boatload of activities, live music, and BBQ.

6. Antique Flea Market

Sept. 29, 7 am – 3 pm | Walworth County Fairgrounds, ElkhornAntique Flea Market 1

Elkhorn’s flea market boasts OVER 500 vendors inside and outside! Don’t miss the last one of the year — these dealers will offer everything from furniture to pottery to dolls to linens and everything else in between. The walkways are paved, the food is delicious, admission is only $5, and the parking is free!

7. Family Fall Festival

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Lake Lawn Resort has a jam-packed weekend of fall fun! Attendees can enjoy events such as unlimited mini golf, pumpkin decorating, doughnut making, hayrides, movie nights, and more. Still hungry for more? Feast on the Fall Harvest Buffet on Sunday or even enter the pie-eating contest! Activities will be open to resort guests and the public.

8. Lake Geneva Oktoberfest

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Lake Geneva’s annual Oktoberfest celebration is back! Enjoy fest classics such as brats, cider doughnuts, pony rides, bounce houses, a craft fair, and Oktoberfest beer tent. Don’t forget the FREE pumpkin giveaway! Stop by Flat Iron Park to play Knockerball which is fun for all ages and hilarious to watch.

9. Elkhorn Oktoberfest

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There’s fun for all at Elkhorn’s Annual Oktoberfest celebration! Stroll through the square downtown to see over 100 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, and more. Stop by the Oktoberfest Car Show at government center or warm up with some chili over at the Chili Cook-Off! There will be plenty of kids activities such as games, pumpkin decorating, slides, and a bounce house. For the adults, there will be a Beer & Wine Tasting at Pocket Park!

10. Delavan Oktoberfest

Oct. 19, 3:30 pm – 9 pm | Community Park, Town of Delavan

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Calling all lovers of polka and German food! Delavan’s Oktoberfest kicks off with the Dank Folk Dancers followed by an Alphorn demonstration. Enjoy beer, wine, and traditional German fare all evening. Bring your dancing shoes and polka away with the Steve Meisner Band!

11. Halloween Brew Walk

Oct. 25, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Downtown Delavan69574372_2361160587491411_2967310789326667776_o

Sip, stroll, and shop through the historic brick streets of Delavan while tasting a variety of craft brews! All attendees will receive a souvenir glass and tasting passport which can be stamped at over a dozen downtown locations. Costumes are welcome and encouraged!

12. Boos & Brews Halloween Bash

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Celebrate Halloween with Lake Lawn Resort! Have a smashing good time with live music, spooky spirits, and wicked brews under the large beer tent. Costumes are optional, but encouraged (and necessary to enter their Halloween costume contest)! Enjoy seasonal concessions such as white chicken chili, turkey sliders, stadium nachos, and more!

13. Beer & Spirits Festival

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This one is for lovers of craft beers and spirits! Your ticket to the Beer & Spirits Festival gets you UNLIMITED tastings from over 35 craft breweries and distilleries. The fun continues with a dance party, photo booth, and more! A commemorative tasting glass is included with admission and early admission tickets are available that include three exclusive beer tastings.

 

To discover more events in Walworth County, visit our event calendar at www.visitwalworthcounty.com/events!

 

The Beer Barons of Geneva Lake

You may know of Conrad Seipp and his 1888 summer cottage on Geneva Lake…Black Point Estate and Gardens.  After four generations enjoyed their summers on Geneva Lake, the family donated the property to the State of Wisconsin; it’s open for tours hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Black Point Estate

The Seipp family is not the only Geneva Lake family that is connected to beer (just the one open for tours!)  To learn more about the “beer legacy” of Geneva Lake, join the Black Point staff for a beer tasting tour of the lake and Black Point Estate on July 20 or August 17th—go to the events page on blackpointestate.org for details.

Seipp was the largest brewer in Chicago for 30 years…and the largest in the U.S. for one year (1873) with many popular brands (Salvator, Columbia, Hollander, Pale Ale, etc.) 

 

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Conrad Seipp

The Seipp family was associated with at least three estates on the lake…the Lindens on the south shore is owned by the Madlener side of the family…and related to the Blatz family.

 

A son-in-law, Theis Lefens had an estate on the south shore, too.  He was Secretary and Treasurer of Seipp’s Brewery, and president of the United States Brewers’ Association in 1889-90.

The first establishment connected to Chicago beer was the Pishcotaqua Hotel on the north shore, near Williams Bay and Knollwood. The hotel pre-dated the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island by 7 years, and was of the same luxurious style, built as a temperance hotel…but unsuccessful for the first few years, until John Cook bought it.  He was the owner of the Union Brewing Company in Chicago. The remaining building is now known as Ara Glen.

The complex known as Forest Glen, and Villa Palatina (near Fontana), was owned by two Chicago brewers:  George Weiss sold his estate to Edward Uihlein in 1899. Edward operated the Chicago branch for Schlitz.  Fire destroyed the house in 1922, and the area was subdivided.

The Fairlawn mansion still exists…it was in the Wacker family until 1975.  Charles Wacker and his father were in the malting and brewing business. Known for Wacker Drive, Charles was instrumental in implementing Burnham’s Chicago Plan…which gave us Chicago’s lakefront parks, Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, etc.

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Conrad Seipp Brewing Company in Chicago, IL

 

Ceylon Court, renamed for the Maytag family when they purchased the property has another beer connection.  Fritz Maytag, often called the father of craft brewing, bought Anchor Steam Brewing in San Francisco in 1965.  His grandfather was the last Maytag to own property on Geneva Lake.

So Seipp was the largest brewer on the lake at one time…but there are connections to Blatz, Schlitz, and Anchor Steam beer as well as connections with Wacker and John Cook.  Join Black Point staff on July 20 or August 17 to learn more of the beer story of Geneva Lake…and sample some great beers while you tour Black Point Estate and Gardens!

By Michael Rehberg

 

Walworth County: Food Festival Heaven

What’s a summer in Wisconsin without meat on the grill, corn on the cob, and a cold beer in hand? It’s no secret that food has the power to bring people together whether it be a backyard BBQ or the Largest BBQ Festival in the state of Wisconsin. Walworth County is home to several summertime food festivals that will fulfill your foodie fantasies.

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Elkhorn Ribfest | Elkhorn, WI | Thursday, July 11 – Sunday, July 14, 2019

Part competition and part festival, Elkhorn Ribfest is a 4 day long barbecue lover’s dream. The Walworth County Fairgrounds hosts this enormous event that features world renowned BBQ professionals. These ribbers are competing for the title of Grand Champion and festival-goers even have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite! Once you’ve had your fill of mouth watering ribs, there’s still plenty of festival left to enjoy! You can take a stroll around artisan village and enjoy carnival rides. Not to mention, there’s no shortage of live entertainment. The festival features artists such as Bella Cain, Too White Crew, Cherry Pie, Hairbanger’s Ball and more. Free admission and free parking make this a fun, affordable event for all!

5d192c6eae920.imageSteak Cookout | Elkhorn, WI | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

If you’re still hungry for more after Elkhorn Ribfest, the annual Steak Cookout at the Walworth County Fairgrounds shortly follows. Stop by for a delicious steak or burger hot off the grill from 4-7 pm and don’t forget to check out the bake sale! This event supports the Walworth County Junior Beef Members.

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Big Foot Lions Club Lobster Boil & Steak Fry | Fontana, WI | Saturday, July 27, 2019

Indulge at the biggest social event in Fontana! The fun begins at noon in Reid Park with live music and lighter fare such as hamburgers and hot dogs. Lobster and steak dinners will be served from 2-9 pm and all meals include boiled red potatoes, peas, boiled onions, buttered rolls and a dessert! Yum! There will be a children’s area set up and live entertainment from Al’s Blues Band, Mr. Myers Band and The Eddie Butts Band. Lobster dinner tickets are $38 in advance/$40 at the door and steak dinner tickets are $24 in advance/$26 at the door. All proceeds from the fundraiser go back to the public through contributions from the Lions Club. 

432-1.jpgCorn & Brat Days | Elkhorn, WI | Friday, August 2 – Saturday, August 3, 2019

Formerly known as Festival of Summer, this event kicks off a big month for corn and brats in Walworth County. Downtown Elkhorn will host artisans, vendors, bounce houses, and performances from local groups. Some of this year’s performers include the martial arts group Elkhorn Flying Dragons, Walworth County Cloggers, Toe to Toe Ballet and live music by The Amazing Farm Boys.

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Corn and Bratwurst Festival | Walworth, WI | Saturday, August 3, 2019

Join the Geneva Lake West Rotary Club for their 58th Annual Corn and Bratwurst festival! Held in Heyer Park, the fest will feature delicious roasted corn on the cob and beer brats from 11 am to 9 pm. Enjoy live entertainment all day and try your luck at the dunk tank for a chance to soak local celebrities! Tickets are $9 in advance or $13 day of.

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Corn & Brat Fest | Williams Bay, WI | Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sweet corn and Wisconsin brats…a match made in heaven. The Williams Bay Lions Club is hosting this massive, 3 day event at Edgewater Park. There will be multiple raffles and live music from The Andrew Gelles Band, Rebel Grace, Katie Mack, and the Big Al Wetzel Band. Don’t miss the fireworks show on Saturday night!

darien_cornfest_201606-1024x576.jpgDarien Cornfest | Darien, WI | Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, 2019

We hope you’re still hungry for corn because these ears are FREE! The 59th Annual Darien Cornfest returns this September with live entertainment, carnival rides, a craft fair, tournaments, tractor pulls, fireworks, a parade, and more corn than you could ever dream of. This festival has it all and you won’t want to miss it. Enjoy free corn from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday & Sunday of the event!

 

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