Six Road Trip Tips for Summer 2020

The good old fashioned family road trip is making a comeback in the wake of the coronavirus.  Travel experts have noticed that people vacationing this summer are more inclined to stay closer to home. With more travelers indicating they want to get out of their homes, researchers have shown that people are more likely to stay within three hours of their homes.  Being perfectly placed between four midwestern metropolitan areas, Walworth County is the perfect road trip destination!

Whether you’re hitting the road for a weekend getaway or a week long retreat, here are some of our pro tips when it comes to road trippin’ to Walworth County! 

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time: Summer is construction season across the midwest, and with plenty of road closures and alternate routes in place, you won’t want to miss your exit and lose time that you could be using to have some fun.  Additionally, planning your route ahead of time can help you maximize your time and help you better schedule your visit.  Using apps like AroundMe can help you find restaurants, gas stations, and attractions nearby your destination at your fingertips! 

Familiarize Yourself With Health Policies: Before your arrival, be sure to take a peek at local and state COVID-19 Policies in place to keep you and your families safe.  Travelers with lodging reservations at local resorts, hotels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, and rental properties are encouraged to check with their lodging providers for any specific operational changes or modified check-in experiences.  You can view a list of Walworth County lodging providers and links to their updated policies here.  

Practice Social Distancing: With so many outdoor activities in Walworth County it is so easy to plan a road trip that naturally lends itself to social distancing! From Lake Path hikes along Geneva Lake, to the Delavan Walldogs Mural Scavenger Hunt, to hitting the greens at the many golf venues you can easily plan a vacation that is truly away from it all.  Attractions such as Lake Geneva Cruise Line, East Troy Railroad Museum, and Tristan Crist Magic Theatre are all limiting capacity to ensure minimal contact and a safer experience overall.  For a full list of things to do, check out our website.  You can add your socially distant experiences to your own personalized itinerary by using our Trip PlannerTool on our site.  

Use Cards Not Cash: Pre-covid, we never gave a second thought to handling cash and the interactions with retailers, vendors, and waitstaff that go along with it.  We recommend using alternative payment methods when visiting Walworth County to limit those physical interactions as best you can.  With so many businesses embracing digital currencies and contactless payments, it is entirely possible to plan your road trip to be completely cash free! (Psst….don’t forget to sanitize your cards after every use!)

Pack Your PPE: PPE (or Personal Protective Equipment) are undoubtedly necessities for travel and everyday life this summer. Global Rescue has compiled some suggestions for a travel kit, including masks for the whole family plus a few extras: hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, isopropyl alcohol wipes for phones, travel laundry detergent to wash fabric masks, and a thermometer just to name a few.  Stash extras in the glove box, in your purse, or in your hiking pack!

Reserve Experiences in Advance: With limited capacities at most Walworth County attractions, book your tickets, show times, and dining reservations in advance.  Old World Wisconsin, Black Point Estate, and Safari Lake Geneva are offering exclusive events and tours that require online advance reservations! Be sure to book your adventures at least two weeks before your arrival to ensure you get to see it all!

With these helpful hints, you’ll be ready to pack up your overnight bags, plug in the GPS, and hit the road bound for Walworth County! What will you do on your next road trip to the Lake Geneva area?

Plan your full trip by visiting VisitWalworthCounty.com, giving us a call at (262) 728-6000, or stopping in at the Travel Information Center.  And be sure to follow our Facebook page for the most up to date information and upcoming events throughout the county. See you soon! 

Five Ways to Save in Walworth County

Whether it be an exhilarating adventure, a delicious gourmet meal, or a boutique shopping spree, you can experience everything Walworth County has to offer for less with exclusive savings just for you! Check out these five ways to save so you can do it all on your next visit to the Lake Geneva area:

EXPLORE LOCAL Savings Sheet: Do as the locals do and save when you use your EXPLORE LOCAL Savings Sheet. With offers from fan favorite businesses, both visitors and locals alike will delight in the savings. There is always a new deal to be found, so keep your eyes peeled for the latest monthly EXPLORE LOCAL Savings Sheet. Pick up your free copy at the Visitors Center in Delavan or receive it by mail when you request a Travel Guide.

Walworth County Visitors Bureau BOGO Card: Have double the fun at half the cost at your favorite Walworth County restaurants, shops, and attractions when you use your 2019-2020 BOGO Card. For just $10, you’ll receive 47 Buy-One Get-One offers from places like Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva Pie Company, Jones Market, and so many more that will save you hundreds of dollars in discounts. Order yours online or pick one up the at the Walworth County Travel Information Center in Delavan!

2020 Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail Passport: The 2020 Golf Passport is your ticket to the ultimate golf experience in Walworth County. Tee off in the Lake Geneva Area all season long for only $149.95 at ten golf venues. Each Golf Passport contains two certificates for Complimentary Greens Fees to be used in either the spring or fall in addition to a Buy One Greens Fee, Get One Free certificate for the summer. That’s a total of 30 rounds of golf for less than $5 a round and a savings of over $2,850! Order yours by visiting LakeGenevaGolfTrail.com/passport/ or by stopping in at the Walworth County Travel Information Center today.

Burlington Shop and Buy Local Card: Explore everything Burlington has to offer for less with the Shop and Buy Local Card. Get 29 offers from Burlington businesses for just $10! Enjoy coupons from Haylofters, Dairy Queen, Pine Street Cafe, Lucky Star, The Plaza Theater, Adrian’s Custard and more! Stop by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce to get yours, or call (262) 763-6044 for more information.

Visit Delavan Coupon Book: The Visit Delavan Coupon Book is back and filled with some familiar favorites and some tempting new venues for dining, shopping, and services in Delavan, Wisconsin! With over 30 different offers available highlighting dining, shopping, attractions, and recreation there is sure to be something for everyone! Plan a day full of fun all throughout town exploring the great deals. Getting yours is easy – just give us a call at (262) 728-6000 or fill out our request form at VisitDelavan.com/couponbook/.

Find your new favorite small business, enjoy a game of golf or an afternoon on the lake, and end the day with a luxurious spa treatment all for less! With these exclusive offers, your time in Walworth County can be both fun and affordable! What will you do first? Plan your next visit today by visiting VisitWalworthCounty.com.

An Unforgettable Father’s Day In Walworth County

Dad says he is easy-going and wants nothing, but you know when it comes to his Father’s Day present, it’s got to be good. To help you with your shopping this year, we’ve compiled a list of Father’s Day gifts and experiences from around Walworth County that cannot be beat!

No matter if you’re shopping for your grandpa, husband, or other special dad in your life, we hope you find something on this list that wows him and creates memories he will treasure forever. 

The Gift of Golf: If your dad is anything like mine, there is nothing he loves more than hitting the greens with his buddies.  This Father’s Day, get dad out and about all season long with the 2020 Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail  Passport. The Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail offers a wide range of play  from family-friendly par-3 to challenging nationally ranked courses, there is something here for every level.  The 2020 Golf Passport is Dad’s ticket to the ultimate golf experience.  Each Golf Passport contains two certificates for Complimentary Greens Fees to be used in either the spring or fall in addition to a Buy One Greens Fee, Get One Free certificate for the summer.  That’s a total of 30 rounds of golf for $149.50.  Thats over $2,850 in savings! Order yours by calling (262) 728-6000 or by visiting lakegenevagolftrail.com

Restock Dad’s Liquor Cabinet: If Dad has made a significant dent in his favorite spirit throughout quarantine, restock his stash with Geneva Lake Distilling.  From the creatives behind Studio Winery, pick up locally crafted Brandy, Gin, and Moonshine just in time for Father’s Day.  While you’re at it, practice your mixology skills and perfect your brandy old fashioned to serve up and impress him at your next family meal.  We love this recipe!

Peace and Quiet: “All I want is some Peace and Quiet” said every dad ever.  Finally give him that gift with the Father’s Day Spa Package from the Avani Spa at The Abbey Resort.  Dad can relax with a 50 minute deep tissue massage, 50 minute gentleman’s facial, and complete spa access.  Schedule his day at the spa June 19th-21st by calling 262-275-681 or going online to www.theabbeyresort.com.

A Day on the Lake: Dads LOVE boats.  And when we say they love boats, we mean they loooooove boats.  Take Dad for a day on the water with boat rentals from Lake Lawn Resort. Rent speed boats, pontoons, and fishing boats hassle and worry free. Rentals are offered to resort guests and the public and often sell out, so reserve your rental today at www.lakelawnresort.com.

Gourmet Grill Master: Does Dad obsess over the grill? Spend hours tending to the smoker? Lovingly prepare rubs, marinades, and meats? Gift Dad with the finest locally sourced meats from Lake Geneva Country Meats, Wilson Farm Meats, and Jones Market.  From brats, to pork chops, to premium steaks, you’re sure to find the right cut to make Dad’s mouth water.  Don’t forget the sides! 

Ghostly Gifts: How many times have you caught him glued to the TV watching a ghostly History Channel documentary? Bring the stories to life and take Dad on a Lake Geneva Ghost Walk. Discover the haunted history of Lake Geneva with a 1.5 mile walking tour through downtown Lake Geneva.  Hear tales of colorful characters, haunted mansions, vengeful spirits, and many more spooky stories.  Reserve your spot for their Friday and Saturday tours today.

Take to the Sky: For the most adventurous of fathers, treat dad to a high flying adventure in the clouds.  Gypsy Air Tours bi-plane adventures offer the thrill of a lifetime.  Soar in open cockpit 1930’s vintage biplanes offering panoramic views and acrobatic thrills.  With the pilot seated behind, the sky is all his.  Book Dad’s flight today by visiting www.gypsyairtours.com

Rock on, Dad: Maybe music is more your Dad’s vibe, then The Belfry Theater is the place to be! Featuring classic rock, mo-town, Broadway, and oldies acts all season long, there is bound to be a show right in his wheelhouse.  Get tickets for one show or them all with a Theatre Membership and enjoy the show throughout the year.  Plan his visit today by visiting www.belfrymusictheatre.com.

Dads Day Dinner: After all of the Father’s Day festivities, there is no doubt he’s probably worked up quite the appetite.  Treat him to a Father’s Day Dinner aboard the East Troy Railroad Dinner Train.  There is nothing like the luxury and nostalgia of dining aboard first-class dining cars the way they did generations ago.  Enjoy a four course meal while travelling round-trip from East Troy and Phantom Lake. Seating is limited to 20 guests and reservations are required.  Visit www.easttroyrr.org/ to learn more.

Adrenaline at an Altitude:  Is dad an adrenaline junkie? Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures is offering 50% off zip line experiences and canopy tours to all dads on June 21st.  Zip along eight different ziplines, conquer the sky bridges and race on the 1,200 foot racing line as the grand finale all while your tour guide wows you with fascinating facts about our area.  Use code DAD20 at checkout.  

No matter how you choose to spend Father’s Day with your dad, we hope it is a wonderful day in Walworth County!