Harvest some fun in Walworth County!

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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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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.

Member Monday: Spirit of the Lakes Chorus

Being new to the area makes everything around Walworth County a surprise for me, and meeting the ladies with the Spirit of the Lakes Chorus was an absolute treat! They were all smiles, and I mean ALL smiles! And then they began to sing. My instant thought once they started: WOW. Their haromonies are as friendly and welcoming as their smiles. This genuine group of gals sing their heart out in practice every week, and when they perform for an audience, they wow them too, and often bring home honors of recognition for their talents. Lucky little me got to ask Director Tessa August a bunch of questions about herself as the Director, and the chorus. Read on to learn more about this incredible chorus, and where you can plan to see them perform in the upcoming months.

WCVB: Please tell us a little about Spirit of the Lakes Chorus.
TA: The Spirit of the Lakes Chorus is a women’s chorus, which performs a cappella four-part harmony. We have a great director, we love to sing, we laugh a lot, and we have become great friends on our musical journey. Get ready to sing, laugh, and meet other women who share your love of singing. We are an award-winning chorus! As part of Sweet Adelines International, we compete annually in our Regional Competition, and we often come home with medals to recognize our achievements.

WCVB: What type of music does Spirit of the Lakes Chorus perform?
TA: Barbershop, and other a cappella four-part harmony.

The Director of Spirit of the Lakes Chorus in Lake Geneva, WI.

WCVB: Please tell us a little about yourself, as Director of the Spirit of the Lakes Chorus.
TA: I took over the reins as director of Spirit of the Lakes Chorus in July of 2015, after the retirement of co-directors, Joe and Kay Liles. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2012 from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. While at St. Nobrert, I studied in the Voice Studio of Dr. Michael Rosewall with an emphasis in Classical and Opera. I was very involved in  Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Vocal Jazz, St. Norbert Abbey Singers, and Knight Theatre during my years at St. Norbert College. A native of Walworth, WI, I moved back to Lake Geneva area and am currently the full time Director of Sales at Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva, and part-time Sales Manager at Gino’s East of Lake Geneva. I have stayed very involved with music by teaching private voice and beginner piano lessons. I also directs the musical production at myr high school alma mater, Big Foot High School, in Walworth. I am thrilled to to be the new director of Spirit of the Lakes!

WCVB: As Director of Spirit of the Lakes Chorus, what is your favorite part of being involved in the chorus?
TA: There is never a dull moment. I work about 75 hours a week in customer service, so to have my at least once a week night to completely escape into music is exactly what I need. My passion has always been music, hence why I have my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. My favorite part of Spirit of the Lakes is the love. No matter what is going on, what we’re working toward, or even sometimes what we’re annoyed with
we really do love each other, and we make it through whatever we have to. Yes competition is fun and healthy, yes our performances are important, but if you’re not having fun what’s the point? And I’ll tell you..these ladies like to have fun!

Spirit of the Lakes Chorus in Lake Geneva, WI.

WCVB: What can a visitor expect by attending a rehearsal?
TA: We pretty much throw you in..in a good way. All the ladies are very welcoming. The director will normally ask what part you used to sing in chorus, and perhaps voice test you a little bit to see what section she would most likely have you in. Then it is completely up to you if you sing along or just listen. It’s a great time, and there’s never anything to be scared of!

WCVB: How many members are currently in the Spirit of the Lakes Chorus?
TA: 19 and growing

WCVB: Who can participate in the chorus, and how does one get involved?
TA: Any female singer. Coming by during a rehearsal is great. You can meet us in a relaxed atmosphere, and get to know us a little bit. They can get in touch with the director, or any member, there is contact information on our website!

Spirit of the Lakes Chorus in Lake Geneva, WI.

WCVB: Does Spirit of the Lakes Chorus have any upcoming events?
TA: We do! We will be performing on the Park Stage at the Walworth County Fair on Labor Day. We have a fall performance on Sunday, October 23rd at the Monte Carlo Room in Elkhorn. We will also have a Christmas/Holiday Concert at Horticultural Hall in December (date soon to be finalized).

WCVB: Does Spirit of the Lakes Chorus host local concerts?
TA: We can! We do a few every year, and can be hired out for performances as well. We usually do about a half hour to an hour of music depending on the event. We love to get out in our local community!

Spirit of the Lakes Chorus in Lake Geneva, WI.

WCVB: Where can the public see Spirit of the Lakes Chorus perform?
TA: At the above performances.

WCVB: Can Spirit of the Lakes Chorus music be purchased?
TA: It can! We have a few CD’s for sale, including a lovely Christmas one. Just contact us for more details!

To learn more about Spirit of the Lakes Chorus, visit their website and follow them on Facebook!

Member Monday: Tristan Crist Magic Theatre

The Tristan Crist Magic Theatre is one of Lake Geneva’s hottest new attractions this year, and I had the opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one convo with the magic man himself, Tristan Crist. He’s full of wit and entertaining humor, and his show delivers just that. If you’re thinking about catching one of his live performances, here’s what you can expect: to laugh, to be impressed and amazed by his illusions, and perhaps to be his “assistant” for a trick or two. He shares heartfelt stories, never misses a beat with his quick wit, and even takes time out after the show to chat with his guests and sign autographs for the little ones. Up close, Tristan is just as charming as he is on stage.

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WCVB: Please tell us a little about yourself.
TC: I’m a 33-year-old professional magician and illusionist with a dog, a cat and several beautiful magical assistants.

WCVB: Please tell us about your assistants.
TC: Nancy and Shannon are my two full time assistants.  Nancy has worked with me for the past 8 years and Shannon for the past three years.

WCVB: How did you get your start in the magic business?
TC: I started with card tricks as a young boy, worked my way up to performing at birthday parties and scouting events.  Fast forward 20 years and thousands of shows in venues big and small – I can now call myself a professional!

Tristan Crist LIVE in Lake Geneva, WI. Lake Geneva's hottest NEW attraction!

WCVB: Where have you previously performed?
TC: I spent ten years as a featured entertainer at Circus World in Baraboo, WI performing for over half a million people.  I have also performed at large theatres and performing arts centers throughout the Midwest.  In addition, I enjoy performing for a variety of corporate parties and functions throughout the year.

WCVB: Besides your Lake Geneva location, where was your favorite place to perform and why?
TC: I had a 400 seat theatre at Circus World before coming to Lake Geneva.  It was a favorite place to perform because it was built specifically for my show and included all sorts of special secrets to help with the magic!

Tristan Crist LIVE in Lake Geneva, WI. Lake Geneva's hottest NEW attraction!

WCVB: How did you come to choose Lake Geneva as the destination of choice for your theatre?
TC: I was looking for a tourist destination close to Chicago and Milwaukee that didn’t currently have a permanent evening entertainment option.

WCVB: What is your favorite part of performing?
TC: Seeing the audience reactions!

WCVB: What kind of training do your assistants need in order to perform with you?
TC: Flexibility and a strong work ethic are a must.  Nancy has a gymnastics background and Shannon was a professional water-skier with the Tommy Bartlett show prior to doing magic.

Family fun at the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre in downtown Lake Geneva, WI

WCVB: What kind of audience does your show cater to? Is your show family friendly?
TC: The show is designed to fool adults, but is certainly appropriate for the entire family audience.

WCVB: How many performances do you do in a week?
TC: During the summer season we will average around 7 shows per week.

WCVB: In addition to illusion mastery, what else can your audience expect at your live performances?
TC: The biggest surprise people consistently mention is how funny the show is.

Tristan Crist LIVE in Lake Geneva, WI. Lake Geneva's hottest NEW attraction!

WCVB: Is it necessary for tickets to be purchased in advance, or can people buy tickets at the door?
TC: Tickets can be purchased at the door, however, the show does tend to sell-out fast so advance tickets are recommended.

WCVB: What is your favorite illusion to perform and why?
TC: Our motorcycle appearance is my favorite because it is so incredibly fast it just seems impossible.  We put a lot of time into rehearsing it to make it what it is today and the audience reactions when a real motorcycle appears onstage in an instant are priceless.

WCVB: What is the most difficult illusion to perform and why?
TC: Our most difficult illusion to perform is our Houdini act that involves a split second switch.  It is a very physically demanding illusion for myself and Shannon which makes it difficult to pull off consistently every night.

Tristan Crist LIVE in Lake Geneva, WI. Lake Geneva's hottest NEW attraction!

WCVB: How long did it take you to learn that particular illusion?
TC: We practiced it daily for 3 months before it was put into the live show.

WCVB: What is your favorite thing about the Lake Geneva area?
TC: We are all enjoying exploring the many restaurants in the area.

WCVB: When you’re not honing your skills or performing, what do you do for fun?
TC: I tend to work on magic around 80 hours a week.  There are tons of things to do to run the business side in addition to the magic.  When I’m not working I am relaxing with my dog and cat, or checking out some local food or drink options.

To learn more about the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre, or to order tickets to one of his upcoming performances, please visit http://www.lakegenevamagic.com. Catch him if you can…

New Member Feature: Lake Geneva Clue Room

 

If you haven’t heard the news, there’s a new attraction in town that’s full of fun, mystery, and problem solving. We’d like to welcome the Lake Geneva Clue Room to downtown Lake Geneva! If you haven’t yet heard of clue rooms, or escape rooms, they are one of the hottest new trends of live action entertainment. A clue room is a physical adventure game where players are “locked” in a room and have to use elements from within the room to solve a series of puzzles that lead you to the code that allows you to escape the room. And, you only have 60 minutes to do it! We were so crazy excited to have this new attraction right here in Walworth County that we decided to have a little Q & A session with Kathy Speaker, from the Lake Geneva Clue Room, to get all the deets on the new area entertainment.

Lake Geneva Clue Room. Lake Geneva's Newest Attraction.
WCVB: Please tell us about the Lake Geneva Clue Room.
KS: Lake Geneva Clue Room is an interactive game for groups of 2 to 10 people. You have 60 minutes to work together to solve the puzzles and challenges in order to make your escape. There are three different rooms available everyday–C&NW Railroad, Cold War Clash, and Al Capone. Great for families, bachelor/bachelorette parties, groups of friends out for the evening, or team building.

WCVB: How was Lake Geneva Clue Room started? How did the idea start for the new business?
KS: My family went to Clue Carre in New Orleans. There were 14 of us —7 of us in each room. We had so much fun, we switched rooms the next day. My brother has always wanted to start his own business and since I am a retired school teacher, I offered to help.

WCVB: What age range is suitable to participate at the Lake Geneva Clue Room?
KS: I always say 8 to 80+. Younger kids see things differently and are very helpful. My mom has done them and loves them—she’s 80.

WCVB: How many Clue Rooms do you have?
KS: We have three rooms in Lake Geneva and three rooms in Baltimore.

WCVB: Is there a minimum party size required to participate in the Clue Room?
KS: We have had groups of 2 that have been successful.

WCVB: How far in advance does one need to book with Lake Geneva Clue Room?
KS: At this early stage, people can book for the same day. That might change as we get busier. You can book unto 6 months in advance online.

WCVB: Do you offer sessions for special parties, such as corporate events?
KS: Yes. Corporate events and bachelor/bachelorette parties are a good match for our rooms. We can put 10 in each room so we can handle 30 at any one time session. Also we have a large lobby if they want to bring in their own food.

WCVB: Are you really locked in the room?
KS: Technically no. In most games, you are just solving the mystery. We do have one room where you have to put the code into the door to exit. The key is in the door as well for safety.

Lake Geneva Clue Room. Lake Geneva's Newest Attraction!

WCVB: Do the themes change? If so, how often?
KS: The plan is to change the rooms once a year. We can either change the puzzles in the room keeping the same basic theme or we can do a complete overhaul of the room.

WCVB: Is there an ongoing challenge for people to escape the room in record time?
KS: We keep track of the number of groups that get out and their time. We plan to have a “Wall of Fame” after we finish our first month of business.

WCVB: How are the challenge themes chosen?
KS: We try to use themes that are related to the area. We have C&NW railroad and Al Capone. In Baltimore, we have an Edgar Allen Poe room. Also we chose the Cold War Clash because it is an unusual game with two identical rooms.

WCVB: Can Clue Room sessions be scheduled online?
KS: That is the best way to schedule. Large groups might want to call our group sales line. We also take walk-ins if the time is available.

WCVB: How much does it cost to participate in the Clue Room?
KS: $29 per person. Group rates are available by calling our group sales line.

WCVB: Can gift certificates be purchased for the Lake Geneva Clue Room?
KS: Yes. Those can be done on our website as well.

WCVB: Are all of the themed sessions of equal difficulty, or are certain themes more challenging than others?
KS: We think they are all challenging—just in different ways. Some are very logical (right brained) and some are more symbolic (left brained).

WCVB: As a new business owner in the area, what do you like most about doing business in the Lake Geneva area?
KS: First of all—everyone we have met here has been wonderful. This includes the City of Lake Geneva employees, the fire department, the Visit Lake Geneva people, and all the other business owners I have met. Plus I think fun people come to Lake Geneva to vacation. Perfect for us.

WCVB: Where can the Lake Geneva Clue Room be found, and what are the hours/session times?
KS: We are located in the Landmark Center—the last two units on the first floor. The first session is at 10:00 am and the last one is at 8:30 pm. We are flexible if a group wants to come earlier or later.

WCVB: Please tell us a little about yourself as a local business owner.
KS: I am a retired high school teacher. I taught Business Education and coached at Crystal Lake Central High School for over 30 years. I live in Richmond with my husband Jim and have 3 daughters. My youngest daughter and her husband are helping me run the Lake Geneva location.

Want to know more about the Lake Geneva Clue Room in Walworth County? Have a look at their website…and go ahead, grab your friends and book your first escape room adventure!

Give Dad A Day To Remember In Walworth County

Father’s Day is right around the corner, so this year, give Dad a day to remember! Walworth County has plenty of fun activities to surprise Dad with, from adventurous activities to the intriguing history, to spending time on the lake. Here are three memorable ways to spend the day with Dad.

Bubble Soccer at Aerial Adventures in Lake Geneva

1. Aerial Adventures is a great way to celebrate Dad with the whole family. Dad can get his adrenaline pumping on the ziplines and the free fall descender, and test his agility on the aerial trek courses. Get the whole family together for gut-wrenching laughter with bubble soccer, and it is certain to be a day Dad won’t forget!

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2. If Dad is more of a water guy, surprise him with a morning on the lake at the Fontana Paddle Company. With both stand up paddle board and kayak rentals, the whole family can join in the water fun! If Dad would rather kick back and relax on the lake, they also have pontoon and fishing boat rentals. After your time on the water, be sure to stop in their shop and buy Dad some sweet swag. Added bonus: they will even pay for your parking if you tell them the meter number.

Beer Barons Tour Lake Geneva, WI

3. Does Dad love a good brew? If so, then the Beer Barons of Geneva Lake tour is a perfect option for Father’s Day. Black Point Estate and the Lake Geneva Cruise Line are teaming up for a tour full of history and brews. Hear stories of the beer barons that vacationed and lived along the shores of Geneva Lake and, of course, have a taste or two. So go ahead, raise a pint with Dad, score a souvenir beer mug, and have memorable evening with Pops.

For details on these activities, and to find other adventurous and memorable Father’s Day ideas in the Lake Geneva area, go to www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

5 Spring Break Adventures in Walworth County

Looking for a little adventure over Spring Break? Well, look no further than Walworth County. The Lake Geneva area has lots of super fun activities for the wanderlust with an adventurous spirit! Here’s our list of 5 fantastically adventurous things you can do right here in Wisconsin’s very own backyard for Spring Break!

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Lake Geneva Canopy Tours has 100 incredible acres of fun and adventure. Experience the ultimate thrill as you traverse 8 different zip lines, 5 sky bridges, 3 spiral stairways and climb a one-of-a-kind “floating” double helix stairway on their world class Canopy Tour.  You can also challenge yourself on the High Ropes Excursion through 16 different obstacles! If you’re looking for adventure a little closer to the ground, you can also explore their their 9 miles of  Arbor Trails designed to accommodate beginner to advanced hiking and/or biking.

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MF Helicopters Scenic Tours
Ever wonder what Wisconsin looks like from a bird’s eye view in spring? MF Helicopters offers sightseeing tours that can help with exactly that! Have a seat in their Robinson R44 helicopter, sit back, relax and enjoy the view as Chief Pilot Mark Frey floats you through the clouds and points out the area’s many scenic views from about 1,000 feet.

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Nestled in the Kettle Moraine, the Lake Geneva area has some of the best bicycling trails in the state! Darien’s Wildwood Park has 26 acres of trails perfect for all skill levels. Alpine Valley’s Mountain Bike Trail has six miles of tight and twisty trails that is 80% single track, with bridges and stunning forest canopy. Babe Mann Park in Elkhorn has 34 acres to enjoy, that includes biking trails. The Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Whitewater has more than 160 miles of trails, varying in difficulty and length, with steep climbs. Choose your level of difficulty, pick a trail and ride on! For even more bike trails in the area, visit our website!

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If you’re staying in the Midwest this  year for Spring Break, but still crave swimsuits and H2O adventures, then Timber Ridge is the place to be! Suitable for kids of all ages, everyone in the family is sure to have a blast! If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, the 35-foot-high slides take you on an epic 300-foot adventure of twists and turns, which finally come to an end in a heated pool. For a tamer ride, the Lazy River drifts more than 500 calm, relaxing feet. The Tiny Timbers area is perfect place for littles to play, while the Activity Pool is great for keeping kids aged 7-10 moving!

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Wait – Milwaukee?? That’s not in Walworth County. Before you throw the idea to the wind, check this out: Skydive Milwaukee/Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club jumps out of the East Troy Municipal Airport. So YES, you CAN skydive right here in Walworth County! Get out your adventure goggles and get ready to to experience the thrilling excitement of freefall skydiving from 14,500 feet, followed by 3 – 5 minutes of serene parachute flight! It will be an adventure you’ll never forget!
*You must be 18 or older to skydive

If that list wasn’t enough fun for you, no worries! You can also visit the Walworth County Visitors Bureau online for more ideas of where to have fun in the area OR stop in at the Visitors Bureau office at the Lake Lawn Airport, and we’ll arm you with ideas galore!