Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home

Celebrated around the world, Easter is one of the most important holidays and is a time for family gatherings, colored eggs, and celebrations. With the changes brought on by COVID 19, we are all going to be celebrating differently this year.

We won’t be going to our church services and food blessings.  We won’t be gathering at our favorite restaurants for brunches, or congregating at grandma’s house for dinner.  We won’t be visiting the Easter Bunny or hunting high and low in community Easter egg hunts.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate on our own.  As we prepare for the holiday, check out our seven suggestions for celebrating at home:

1. Make a Classic Easter Recipe: White-Chocolate-Crockpot-Candy.jpgWith everything being so different, some things don’t have to change. Why not whip up your favorite family treat? There is nothing like a classic family recipe to make everyone feel a little closer! Plus, it’s an easy way to keep favorite traditions alive, even when the usual gathering has been canceled. Be sure to order your specialty grocery items from Lake Geneva County Meats for curbside delivery.

2. Attend a Virtual Worship Service: Many churches have now made their services available online, either through live stream events or prerecorded podcasts. First Lutheran Church in Elkhorn posts lenten scripture studies to Facebook daily, Calvary Community Church posts weekly services on their website, and First Congregational UCC in Lake Geneva live streams services to Facebook every Sunday. Head over to our website for a full list of local houses of worship.

3. Plan a Virtual Hangout With Loved Ones: family-facetiming.jpgWith technologies such as Facetime, Zoom, Houseparty, and Google Hangout, it has never been easier to feel close to loved ones when you’re miles apart. Organize a hangout with the cousins, or choose to tune in to the same worship service together. Just because we cannot be together in person doesn’t mean we cannot be together in spirit.

4. Give a Springtime Offering: Springtime is a season of renewal and new beginnings. If you are able to, consider donating to an organization meaningful to you.  Whether it goes to the local food pantry, or your own hairstylist who is out of work, a little generosity goes a long way.

5. Have a Backyard Egg Hunt: easter-egg-hunt-kids-photo.jpgKiddos will likely be disappointed that there won’t be a local easter egg hunt this year.  Bring the hunt into your own backyard with their own Easter Egg Hunt.  A little sunshine is a welcome distraction, plus you can raise the stakes with the special golden egg.  Check out some tips for a new twist on the classic Easter egg hunt here.

6. Make Candy Art: img_4733.jpgMom always told you not to play with your food, but now we’re giving you full permission! Candy art brings sweet treats and creativity to life with just a little bit of imagination. Using colorful peeps, bright jelly beans, and chocolate bunnies, you can create some festive and fun works of art to be cherished for years to come.

7. Establish a New Tradition: Rather than focusing on all of the ways the holiday is different this year, take this time to start a new tradition. Maybe try your hand at baking that layer cake you saw on Instagram.  Or hand paint eggs for a more flair.  Perhaps curl up with your kiddos to read The Tale of Peter Rabbit checked out from an online library.

We hope that these activities will help brighten your Easter activities amidst the uncertainty of the times.  What are your Easter plans this year? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Five Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Walworth County

Top o’ the morning to ya! You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Don your shamrocks and pour yourself a Guinness, its time to paint the town green. Join the fun March 13th though 17th with these five festive events to help you celebrate just like a leprechaun.

 

1. Drink around the Ring of Kerry: You can’t celebrate traditional-irish-coffee-nutmeg-nanny-1518198304Saint Paddy’s day without a little spirit(s)! Join the Delavan Lake Store & Lounge for their Irish Cocktail Experience: a sampling of four classic Irish cocktails Friday March 14th at 7:00 pm. Be sure to purchase your tickets early, as this is always a very popular event. Sláinte!

2. Bag Pipes and Pub Bites:  If you love the bag pipes and traditional Irish music, come on out to Postscript Pub in Delavan for a St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebrationdownload.jpg full of live music and delicious food! Let your ears savor the tunes while your taste buds enjoy classic corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew. And if you prefer to leave the cabbage to the more adventurous eaters, you can still order off their yummy regular menu.  Don’t forget to pair your meal with some green beer.

 

3. More Than Small Potatoes: You’re in luck, The Abbey is once again hosting their St. Patrick’s Day Buffet Saturday March 14th. The culinary team has prepared and expanded their menu to include Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Cheddar & Stout Mac n’ Cheese, and Corned Beef & Cabbage, among other traditional flavors.  Make your reservations soon, as they can disappear as fast as a rainbow.

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4. Lions and Leprechauns: DgAMiKpgamXNHORWnYYUSK6B.jpgThe Irish love their traditions, and so do the Delavan Lions Club. Join them on Sunday March 15th for the 57th Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner.  Delight in all you can eat Irish fare or take it to go as a carryout at the Village Supper Club.   Tickets are available at Stienbrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Bradley’s, Nobel Insurance, and the Village.

5. A Walk in the Irish Woods: Did you know that Lake Geneva has a rich Irish history? Join historian Pamela Meyers at the Geneva Lake Museum for Tuesday @2, March 17th at 2:00 pm for a special presentation about the Irish settlers of the Irish Woods!

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So go out and channel your inner Irishman or Irishwoman and have a shamrockin St. Paddy’s Day weekend here in Walworth County.

 

The Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail Passport

Many know, the Lake Geneva Area is one of to Wisconsin’s premier golf destinations.  Home to some of the best championship courses in the Midwest, thousands of golfers flock to the area to play in the footsteps of the pros each and every year.  With ten of these fantastic golf clubs located right here in Walworth County, The Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail ensures visitors get the most out of their time to play.

The Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail offers a wide range of play.  Ranging from family-friendly par-3 to challenging nationally ranked courses, there is something here for every level.   To ensure you experience it all, The Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail is proud to present the 2020 Golf Passport!

The 2020 Golf Passport is your ticket to the ultimate golf experience.  Tee off in the Lake Geneva Area all season long for only $149.95 at these 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.

Turn this opportunity into a full blown vacation by exploring the Golf Trail’s exclusive offers.  Be sure to check out resort and dining packages you won’t find anywhere else. Stay and play more days with the savings.

Supply is limited, so order your 2020 Golf Trail Passport today by visiting lakegenevagolftrail.com/passport/ or at the Walworth County Visitors Center, 2375 E. Geneva St., Delavan, WI 53115.  See you on the greens!

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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.

Enjoy Wisconsin’s Premier Golf Destination: The Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail

The Lake Geneva Area is Wisconsin’s premier golf destination. Home to some of the best championship courses in the Midwest, there are over 9 golf clubs with multiple courses cover Walworth County.

The Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail encompasses nine of those golf clubs ranging from family-friendly par-3 to nationally recognized courses. Features offered by the Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail make the trail a golfer’s greatest resource. Both the guide and the website bring together all the information you need to plan your next golf getaway.

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All nine courses take great pride in their beautiful scenic landscapes and some even boast lakeside views. Discover the highlights of The Golf Trails’ participating clubs:

Abbey Springs Golf Club
Fontana, WI

Alpine Valley Resort
Elkhorn, WI

Country Club Estates Golf Club
Fontana, WI

Delbrook Golf Club
Delavan, WI

Evergreen Country Club
Elkhorn, WI

Geneva National Resort
Lake Geneva, WI

Grand Geneva Resort
Lake Geneva, WI

Hawk’s View Golf Club
Lake Geneva, WI

Lake Lawn Resort
Delavan, WI

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The Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail Guide is the ultimate tool to find out more about each club along The Golf Trail. You will find stats on over 243 holes and the courses that hold them within this guide.

Searching for a great deal on golf this year? LakeGenevaGolfTrail.com is your online guide that will help plan the ultimate golf trip. Not only does it link to the course to schedule tee times, but you can view a full listing of special golf events, lodging, and special packages offered by clubs and local resorts. Or secure your greatest deal with the Lake Geneva Area Golf Trail Passport.

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Each Golf Trail member course offers fantastic deals in the Lake Geneva Area Golf Passport. Each passport contains 27 rounds of golf: each club honors two certificates for Complimentary Greens Fees to be used in either the spring or the fall – 18 rounds of golf, as well as one certificate for Buy One Greens Fee, Get One Free to be used during the summer – 9 rounds of golf. Purchase yours today at lakegenevagolftrail.com/passport/ or at the Walworth County Visitors Center, 2375 E. Geneva St., Delavan, WI 53115

 

Spring into Easter!

Easter Egg Hunts, special Sunday Brunches and Easter activities to have fun with the entire family. From Sunday best to all-out outdoor Easter fun. Find all your eggs and make it an Easter you’ll never forget in Walworth County!

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For details and more events go to
VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Celebrate Mom in Walworth County 2016

MothersDay16_FBLinkMother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration of moms everywhere. It is a time for family gatherings, dining out, and precious gift giving to show mom how much you care. The Lake Geneva area has many fabulous ways to celebrate mom by dining out, getting crafty, enjoying a show, or getting adventurous.

Dining:
Mother’s Day Inspired Wine & Dine – Delavan
Mother’s Day Inspired Wine & Dine featuring a five course meal from The Black Sheep paired with Staller wines
Where: Staller Estate Winery
When: May 1 | 12 – 3 pm

Mother’s Day Brunch – Lake Geneva
Celebrate Mothers at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. The Mother’s Day Brunch will be served in both Geneva ChopHouse and the Maple Lawn Ballroom.
Where: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
When: May 8 | 6:30 am – 1 pm; 10 am – 3 pm

Mother’s Day Brunch – Elkhorn
Treat Mom to a delicious brunch featuring omelet and pasta stations, assorted meats and salads, fresh fruit trays and a sweets table with a chocolate fountain.
Where: Evergreen Country Club
When: May 8 | 9 am – 2 pm

Mother’s Day Dining – East Troy
With your meal, each Mom will receive a gift in honor of her special day!
Where: The Grist Mill
When: May 8 | 9 am – 2 pm

Mother’s Day Brunch – Palmyra
Delight Mom with a divine brunch featuring hot, cold, and omelet stations, breakfast specialties and a dessert table.
Where: The Trout House
When: May 8 | 9 am – 3 pm

Mother’s Day Brunch – Fontana
Enjoy delicious dining at The Abbey Resort.
Where: The Abbey Resort
When: May 8 | 9 am – 5 pm

Champagne Brunch – Lake Geneva
Treat Mom to a champagne brunch that features eggs Benedict, French toast, an omelet station and more!
Where: Baker House
When: May 8 | 9:30 am – 1 pm

Mother’s Day Brunch – Delavan
Enjoy a scrumptious brunch featuring Garde manger displays, sides, salads, a seafood bar, breakfast specialties, omelet and waffle bars, a grand pastry table, confections, and more.
Where: Lake Lawn Resort
When: May 8 | 9:30 am – 4 pm

Mother’s Day Buffet – Eagle
Reserve your seats early for the popular Mother’s Day Buffet in the historic 1894 Clausing Barn. After a scrumptious meal, enjoy a day in the Old World Wisconsin historic areas. All mothers get in FREE to the site on Mother’s Day!
Where: Old World Wisconsin
When: May 8 | 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch – Lake Geneva
Give back to Mom by surprising her with a champagne brunch!  All adults receive a complimentary glass of champagne; all children receive a complimentary glass of milk.
Where: Hawk’s View Golf Club
When: May 8 | 10 am – 2 pm

Mother’s Day Brunch – Williams Bay
Spoil Mom with a decadent brunch with apple and egg pancakes, eggs benedict, prim rib, swordfish steaks and more.
Where: Pier 290
When: May 8 | 11 am – 3 pm

Mother’s Day Dining – Lake Geneva
After you’ve served Mom breakfast in bed, you’re going to deserve a break, too. Treat that special lady to a gourmet day at the Hunt Club’s charming farmhouse. Chef Ryne has designed a sublime three-course Mother’s Day menu and includes an array of favorited standard menu items as well. Work up an appetite on the course, as ladies golf free at Geneva National May 8 with a paying adult!
Where: Hunt Club Steakhouse
When: May 8 | 12 – 8 pm

Activities & Adventure:
Mother’s Day Adventure
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Moms enjoy the Zip Line Canopy Tour at 50% OFF when participating with their family!
Where: Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
When: May 8

Moms are the Sweetest Event – East Troy
Take Mom out for nature hikes, boating, archery, farm animals, tower climb, high ropes, camp store, animal encounter, creation experience, and a family photo shoot. Cost includes breakfast, lunch dinner and most activities.
Where: Timber-Lee
When: May 7 | 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Mother’s Day Golf – Lake Geneva
Mother’s play for FREE when accompanied by a regular price adult.
Where: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
When: May 7 & May 8

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Meal and a Show – Delavan
Take Mom out for a meal, a horse show and an exotic bird show.
Where: Dancing Horses Theatre
When: May 7 | 12 pm – 3:30 pm; May 8 | 12 – 3:30 pm
Optional: Horse and exotic bird show only: May 7 | 6 – 8:30 pm

Mother’s Day at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours – Lake Geneva
Have a little adventure with Mom! Moms enjoy the Zip Line Canopy Tour at 50% OFF when participating with their family!
Where: Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
When: May 8

Spring Bird Walk On Mother’s Day – Elkhorn
Mother Nature on Mother’s Day—what could be better? Bring your mother and join experienced birders to explore some of the best Mother Nature offers at Price Park Conservancy.
Where: Price Park Conservancy
When: May 8 | 9 – 10:30 am

Mother’s Day Activities – Fontana
We welcome all resort and dining guests to join us as we serve up Mother’s Day with plenty of fun family activities in our Sandbar room and on the Harbor Lawn!
Where: The Abbey Resort
When: May 8 | 10 am – 6 pm

Dinner Theatre – Fort Atkinson
Take Mom out for dinner and the Broadway musical hit “Sister Act.”
Where: The Fireside Theatre
When: May 8 | 10:30 am – 2:45  pm; 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Brunch & Show – Delavan
Mother’s Day is that one special moment where we all take time to recognize the wonderful contributions of the great women in our lives… the hours and days of their lives dedicated to loving and caring for their children, husbands and families. Say thank you with an elegant Legends & Love Songs Brunch and Show at Rosewood!
Where: Rosewood
When: May 8 | 11:30 am – 3 pm

Mother’s Day Corks & Canvas – Lake Geneva
You can paint, we will show you how. Our resident artist, Kathy Jackson, will walk you through all the steps necessary to create your work of art. Everything is included, paint, a 16 x 20” canvas, and a glass of wine to loosen your creativity!
And special for Mother’s Day, we will have a light appetizer buffet.
Where: Studio Winery
When: May 8 | 12 – 3 pm

Remarkable Women Of Geneva Lake – Lake Geneva
Celebrate the remarkable women of Geneva Lake while taking a voyage with the Lake Geneva Cruise Line to Black Point Estate, an 1888 Queen Anne Victorian lake “summer cottage.” This narrated boat tour will focus on many of the remarkable women that have lived along the Shore of Geneva Lake. The event includes a first floor tour of Black Point and a presentation on the remarkable women of the Estate. Tea and finger sandwiches will be served on the return cruise.
Where: Black Point Estate; Departs from Riviera Docks
When: May 8 | 2 – 5 pm

Mother’s Day Magic, Comedy & Illusion Show – Lake Geneva
Take the lady in your life to a wonderful performance of MAGIC, COMEDY and ILLUSION this Mother’s Day. Great for the entire family! Performances at 5:00 and 7:00 Sunday, May 8.
Where: Tristan Crist Magic Theatre
When: May 8 | 7 – 8:15 pm

For details on these activities, and to find other fun and fabulous things to do with Mom in the Lake Geneva area, visit www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.