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.  

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!