Harvest some fun in Walworth County!

🎶 I love you…..a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck! 🎶

Some of the fondest family memories are those made when you are romping through the patch to find the plumpest pumpkin to adorn your stoop or racing through the canopy of trees to nab a fresh, crisp apple right off the branch. With so many local orchards and farms to choose from in the Lake Geneva area, fall festivities are right around every corner.

Apple orchards celebrate picking season with cider donuts and hayrides through the orchard at their apple picking festivals. Family farms design corn mazes and display patches full of pumpkins to truly honor the beginning of fall. Explore this list for the best places to find your seasonal apples and pumpkins in Walworth County!

 

Apple Barn Orchard & Winery

W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn

During apple season, the Apple Barn allows guests to pick their own apples on weekends only beginning in September. Check their “What’s Picking” page to find out if your favorite variety of apple is ready to pick!

Or join the jubilation on September 29-30 for the 30th annual Apple Fest! Indulge in apple cider donuts, kettlecorn, and tastings of the Apple Barn’s award-winning fruit wines. Peruse the Country Store and Bakery for donuts, cider or other treats and gifts. Craft vendors and a bounce house for the kids make a day filled with family fun and everlasting memories!

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Pumpkin season will be welcomed in October. Grab a little red wagon and pick that perfect pumpkin directly from the patch or from the beautiful selection in front of the Country Store.

The Elegant Farmer

1545 Main Street, Mukwonago
Every weekend is Harvest Fest at The Elegant Farm from September 8 to  October 21, 2018! Enjoy an old fashioned on the farm experience picking your own apples*, vintage train rides by the East Troy Electric Railroad, pony rides, hayrides, and more!   

Elegant Farmer - apple pie in a bagTasty treats are to be had at the Smilin’ Barn with make-your-own caramel apple or leave it to the award-winning Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market; grab an infamous Apple Pie Bake in a Paper bag for a slice of autumn heavenliness. Check the Elegant Farmer’s homepage every Wednesday in season to see What’s Pickin’ and plan your weekend of blue ribbon fun!
*The orchard is only open on weekends, so plan accordingly if you’re looking for pick your own.

 

Pearce’s Farm Stand

W5740 N. Walworth Road, Walworth

As Pearce’s Farm Stand continues to grow, so does their collection of seasonal produce 

(including apples), canned goods, and fall decor. Beginning in mid-September, Pearce’s Farm Stand offers free wagon rides to the pumpkin patch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm. Pick from a large variety of pumpkins and gourds in their patch grown right on their farm. 7 days a week, though, you can visit their stand from the freshest produce, hay bale jumping or tackling their 12-acre corn maze!Pearce'sMaze2018

Pesche’s Greenhouse & Gift Barn

W4080 Wisconsin 50, Lake Geneva

Pesche’s Greenhouse offers a wide variety of plants, gifts, & home decor – including all of your festival fall decorations!  Pick up pumpkins of varying sizes for yard decorations or for carving. While you’re there, check out their selection of fall mums and other fall annuals & perennials.

 

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

15908 Hebron Road, Harvard

The finest apples can be found on Royal Oak’s 120 acres containing 30 varieties of apples. Enter the U-pick apple orchard or pumpkin patch by the new Harvest Barn. Purchase you entertainment tokens good for any train and carousel rides, hay ride or orchard tour. If you’re feeling adventurous conquer their Amaze n’ Apples apple tree maze! Make sure to check their schedules so you don’t miss out on a bit of fun!Copy 2.jpg

But it’s totally ok to simply enjoy their signature apple cider slushies and some cider donuts while shopping for fresh, pre-picked apples, pumpkins as well as treats and treasures in the Apple Barn, Harvest Barn or Country Market.

Mark your calendar for their 3rd Annual Great Apple Ride on October 13, to benefit the Agape House School for Girls in Walworth, WI! Doing good while enjoying good!

 

For more fall fun ideas, check out our events calendar at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com!

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Frolic in Fall Festival Fun!

The soybeans are changing colors and the leaves on the trees are beginning to erupt with color. As we usher in the fall, we revere our harvest season and all the things we get to do in the cooler weather. Because I mean in Wisconsin, just throw on a sweater! Check out all the fall fun that there is to be had in Walworth County.

 

Darien Cornfest

September 7- 9, 8am – 11pm | West Park, Darien, WI

Darien may be small but it celebrates corn in a big way! This three-day extravaganza inaugurates the event with fireworks on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, grab your FREE ear freshly roasted sweet corn from Birds Eye Foods and a beer to enjoy while listening to live music on the Miller Lite stage. Bring the kids to hoot and holler on carnival rides, while you explore the craft fair and support local, creative vendors. Win big at daily bingo games or at the raffle pull on Sunday. Softball, volleyball, and horseshoe tournaments bring friendly competition to the fields; come find your favorite team to root on! Bring your lawn chair on Sunday to watch the Cornfest Parade filled with floats, bands, tractors and horses.

 

East Troy Bluegrass Festival

September 8 & 9, 10am – 6:30pm | East Troy, WI

The sounds of bluegrass music fill East Troy’s historic village square on Saturday and Sunday with a full line-up of bluegrass bands and Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar contests. Enjoy great music, lots of great food and East Troy Marketplace vendors for only $10! Kids 15 & under are free!!

 

Main Street Festival

September 15, 11am – 4pm | Whitewater, WI

The historic architecture and natural beauty of Main Street, Whitewater, serves as the perfect backdrop for this annual event celebrating the arts. Galleries, local shops and restaurants open their doors for you to experience the many diverse forms of the arts this community supports. Proceeds from the event go to support the local arts environment in the community. Funds will help support scholarships for local high school and college students, community art programing, as well as creative improvements to the city such as public murals, mosaics and sculptures. Help support the arts by enjoying this wonderful exhibition of creativity!

 

Delavan Scarecrow Fest

September 15 , 9am – 9pm | Downtown Delavan, WI

An annual festival tradition, Scarecrows will be “On Parade” along the historic brick road; each created by a local business or citizen with a theme and name. Come vote for your favorite scarecrow!
This festival spans along the brick road and into multiple parks throughout historic downtown Delavan. Begin at Water Tower Park for the craft fair & flea market, demos by local businesses, food, and music by Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys. Bring the kids to paint pumpkins, or say hello to the animals at the petting zoo at the Aram Public Library.

Inspired to decorate for fall with a scarecrow at your house?? Build a Scarecrow and take it home. We’ll have the supplies to make a scarecrow and helpers. This is great for the whole family!
To compliment the sidewalk sales by Delavan Merchants, the Duck Raffle (3 tickets for $5 or $2/ each) gets you a chance to win $150 or any of the wonderful prizes donated. Other activities include a narrated Walldog Wagon Tour, a pie and cake sale outside of Remember When, and the 3rd Annual Quilt Show throughout merchant store fronts. As a grand finale for the Scarecrow Festival and the season at the Phoenix Park Bandshell, Andrew Sedlak will open for the infamous Pink Freud, harmonized with vibrant laser lights by the Laser Fusion Light Show. This is a sensory wonder that you don’t want to miss!

 

Customer Appreciation Day

September 15-16, 11am – 4pm | Pearce’s Farm Stand, Walworth, WI

Pearce’s Farm Stand wants to thank their customers for helping them grow. Get your free cooked sweet corn (Sunday only), enjoy music, free hayrides to pumpkin patch, and dancing. Tackle their famous jumping bales with slides, tube rollers, and climb in a REAL John Deere Combine. All to be added to the regular offerings of Saturdays and Sundays like pre-picked produce, corn maze, helicopter rides (weather permitting), lookout tower and human hamster wheel!

 

Annual Geneva Lakes Boat Show

September 29 & 30 | The Abbey Marina, Fontana, WI

The Geneva Lakes Boat Show is an annual event held in the Abbey Resort’s harbor, presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. This show features over 100 classic and vintage boats from all over the country. Check out the pre-events and getaway packages available at The Abbey Resort!

 

Apple Fest

September 29 & 30 | Apple Barn Orchard & Winery, Elkhorn, WI

Celebrate the 30th year of fall fun at Apple Fest, with apple picking and hayrides through the orchard. Indulge in apple cider donuts, kettlecorn, and tastings of the Apple Barn’s award-winning fruit wines. Grab some donuts, cider or other treats to take home as you head of the door of the Country Store and Bakery. Craft vendors and a bounce house for the kids make a day filled with family fun and everlasting memories!

 

Antique Flea Market

September 30, 7am – 4pm | Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, WI

A mere $5 is such a value for the treasures that you will walk away with from Wisconsin’s Finest
Antique Flea Market. Rain or Shine, over 500 dealers gather inside and outside to share their wares and great deals on some great finds! Free parking and great food make this a day trip that must be had by all antiquers.

 

Fall Family Festival

October 5-7  | Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, WI

Gather at the lake to enjoy everything that Lake Lawn Resort has to offer at their Fall Family Festival. This event allows family and friends to enjoy the fall colors along with a weekend packed with fall-themed events; including unlimited mini golf, scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, donut making, hayrides, Fall Harvest Buffet, movie nights, lots of games and activities for the whole family, and more! Activities will be open to resort guests AND the public.

Overnight packages are available for three nights or two nights, and include overnight accommodations, two 140th Anniversary Celebration Beach Towels per room, Unlimited Mini Golf per person, Fall Harvest Buffet on Sunday, October 7, and one pumpkin per person. What a great reason to plan a fall getaway! 

 

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest

October 6-7, 11am-5pm | Lake Geneva, WI

Plan your weekend to stay at one of Lake Geneva’s lakeside hotels to enjoy the fall colors. Then join the Streets of Lake Geneva for their Annual Oktoberfest Celebration! The beer tent is back this year, featuring delicious German beers from Hofbrau, as well as a few local favorites! The whole family will have a blast with bounce houses, pony rides, German music, FREE pumpkins, craft fair, cider donuts and more! This event is FREE and open to the public. Venture down to Flat Iron Park and start a new fall family tradition.

 

Elkhorn Oktoberfest

October 20, 9am – 5pm | Downtown Elkhorn, WI

Bring the whole family to Elkhorn, as they fill the town square with fall fun at the 13th Annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest in Veterans and Pocket Parks. Walk around the downtown square to see over 100 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, home party consultants and more. Head over to the north parking lot of the government center to see some beautiful classic cars during our 9th Annual Oktoberfest Car Show. The kids will have plenty to keep them occupied with games, pumpkin decorating, bounce house, slides and more. Grab a bite to eat from the many delicious food vendors or sample some chili in the Chili Cook-off.

Adults get to have their fun too when you step inside the Wine & Beer Tasting tent. Enjoy all the different live entertainment acts from local groups like Toe to Toe Ballet, the Walworth County Cloggers, Elkhorn Flying Dragons, Dreams Studio of Performing Arts, and music from a live band. So much to see and do, that you’ll need to take the day to experience this fantastic event!

 

Delavan Oktoberfest

October 20, 4pm – 8pm | Community Park, Town of Delavan, WI

From the outside of the pavilion, this seems like a quaint little celebration….until you walk through the door! Celebrate like the Germans do with the tastiest traditional German food like schnitzel and spätzle. Along with wine, beer, and pastries like streusel. No need to worry about the calorie count, because you’ll be up dancing to some festive polka by the Steve Meisner Band. Come and experience Gemütlichkeit in Delavan!

 

Beer & Spirits

October 27, 1pm – 5pm | The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI

This is going to be the best Halloween party in town! Enjoy unlimited tastings from 35 Midwest craft breweries and distilleries. Entertainment provided by a DJ and photo booth and so more! Grab your souvenir tasting glass and make the rounds to enjoy all this event has to offer.

Download the printable Fall Festivals 2018 list here.

For more great fall adventures, check out our
events calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com!

6 Great Restaurants to Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition

celebration-315079Start a new tradition this Thanksgiving and let one of these great restaurants treat you to a feast.

  1. 240° West at The Abbey Resort, Fontana – The Thanksgiving buffet runs from 10 am – 5 pm.  Check out the menu.
  2. Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva – There are 5 options for dining at Grand Geneva this year:
    • Geneva ChopHouse Thanksgiving Brunch from 10 am – 3 pm.  Check out the menu.
    • Grand Ballroom Thanksgiving Buffet from 1 am – 4 pm.  Check out the menu.
    • Grand Cafe Breakfast Buffet from 6:30 am – 1 pm.  Check out the menu.
    • Grand Cafe Thanksgiving Buffet from 4 – 9 pm.  Check out the menu.
    • Ristorante Brissago Thanksgiving Dinner from 5:30 – 9 pm.  Check out the menu.
  3. Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva – The Thanksgiving Buffet runs from 11 am – 6 pm.  Check out the menu.
  4. The Geneva Inn, Lake Geneva – The Thanksgiving Buffet runs from 11 am – 3:30 pm.  Check out the menu.
  5. Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan – The Thanksgiving Feast Buffet runs from 11 am – 7 pm.  Check out the menu.
  6. Hunt Club Steakhouse, Lake Geneva – The Thanksgiving Dinner runs from 12 – 8 pm.  Check out the menu.

Happy feasting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends & family!

Pick of the Patch: Pumpkin Patches 2016

Charlie Brown may have found THE Great Pumpkin, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find your perfect pick of the patch this autumn. The Lake Geneva area is home to multiple farms where you can pick your own pumpkin, or choose your favorite from available pre-picked pumpkins.  Many of the area patches are already open and ready for pumpkin season, with just a couple of the pick-your-own patches opening October 1st.

Pumpkin Patches throughout the Lake Geneva area, Walworth County, WI

Here are a few quick pumpkin patch links:

Apple Barn Orchard & Winery

Pearce’s Farm Stand

Pesche’s Greenhouse & Gift Barn

Royal Oak Farm Orchard (Pick-Your-Own begins October 1st)

The Elegant Farmer (Pick-Your-Own begins October 1st)

For more fall fun in the Lake Geneva area, please go to VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Walworth County Fall Bucket List

Summer is quickly coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Walworth County offers a wide variety of fall-themed activities that deliver everything from apple and pumpkin picking to fall festivals to scenic tours on land, in the air, or on the water. Whether you’re looking for a family day out or a unique date for just the two of you, the Lake Geneva area has fall fun for everyone.

To find additional information on these activities and more, please go to www.visitwalworthcounty.com or call 800-395-8687.

Fun things to do throughout fall in Walworth County, WI.

It’s Apple Time

Autumn hasn’t quite arrived yet, but it is definitely in the air around Walworth County. There are many fun fall activities around the Lake Geneva area throughout the season, and apple picking is generally one of the first, early fall activities each year. With so many local orchards to choose from, you’re certain to find exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you want a day of family fun, or simply want to go browse local apple varieties, there’s an orchard in the area for you. Here’s a quick reference to the Pick-Your-Own and Pre-Picked orchards in the county.

It's Apple Time in Walworth County. Walworth County Apple Orchards; Pick Your Own & Pre-Picked.

Follow these quick links for additional information on each orchard:

Apple Barn Orchard & Winery
W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn

Little Miss Sweet Pea
431 E. Geneva Street, Elkhorn

Pearce’s Farm Stand
W5740 N. Walworth Road, Walworth

Quednow’s Heirloom Apple Orchard
W5098 County Road ES, Abell’s Corners/Elkhorn

Royal Oak Farm Orchard
15908 Hebron Road, Harvard

The Elegant Farmer
1545 Main Street, Mukwonago

Trick or Treat: Your Guide to trick-or-treating in Walworth County [2015]

Get ready kiddies…we’re into October, and that means that Halloween is just around the corner!  Every year, we put together a list of all of the Walworth County community trick or treat times – and this year, we’ve delivering earlier than ever.  You can also find the times (and details) on our Events Calendar. Many communities also host Halloween parties for the kids – check it all out here:

2015 Trick or Treat

Remember to practice safe trick or treat habits; here’s a few tips:

  • Trick or treat in groups – preferably with an adult
  • Look both ways before crossing any street – and walk from house to house..don’t run
  • Bring a flashlight, especially if your community is hosting an evening trick or treat time
  • Examine all treats/candy for choking hazards, suspicious wrapping, or tampering before eating them
  • Many communities ask the residents who are participating in trick or treating to turn their porch light on.  This will help you know which houses to go to and which to avoid!

For more tips, click here.

For other fun Halloween activities in the Lake Geneva area, check out our 31 Days of Halloween post and on Facebook!  If you’re looking for the area haunts, click here.  Happy Halloween!