Treat Your Valentine To Something Sweet!

valentines-2017

The most romantic day of the year is February 14.  Do you need help finding that perfect getaway or perhaps a nice evening out on the town?  We are here to help.

Check out the list above for dining & entertainment options or indulge in a getaway with special packages & deals listed below –

Calladora Spa
Rest & Relaxation Retreat Looking for a little R&R? Come to Lake Lawn Resort where we have paired our restful guest rooms with our relaxing Calladora Spa in our Rest & Relaxation Retreat. This one night package can be booked for multiple nights and includes overnight accommodations in the room type of your choice, $100 in Calladora Spa credit per night, and $50 food and beverage credit per night valid at any of our onsite restaurants.
Package details: Blackout Dates, Restrictions, and Saturday minimum night stays may apply Advanced reservations are strongly suggested for the Calladora Spa and Frontier Restaurant Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion Pricing varies depending on the date and room type selected Any remaining portion of the credit upon checkout will be forfeited
Couples Getaway An important aspect of any relationship is spending quality time together. Bring your other half to Lake Lawn Resort on our Calladora Couples Getaway. This getaway is for two nights in the room type of your choice and includes a 50-minute Calladora Couples Massage in our Calladora Spa and $100 food and beverage credit valid at any of our onsite restaurants.
Package details: Blackout Dates, Restrictions, and Saturday minimum night stays may apply Advanced reservations are strongly suggested for the Calladora Spa and Frontier Restaurant Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion Pricing varies depending on the date and room type selected Any remaining portion of the credit upon checkout will be forfeited

Fontana Paddle Company
Valentine’s Specials Valentine’s Day is about love, and we LOVE our customers. So we have almost the entire store on sale. Come in for In Store Only specials. Drastic clearance on a few SWEET boards new and used. All boards and accessories are 25% off or more. Expires 2/14/2017.
Every board purchase comes with:

Free storage till spring
Layaway option
Store Hours: Tuesday through Friday 8am – 4:30pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday by appointment only

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Snowbody I’d Rather Love Valentine’s Package Shout it from The Mountain Top if you’re in love! 
Spend this Valentine’s Day skiing, snowboarding, and enjoying the scenic views from The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva. This heartwarming winter package is sure to please the adventurous couple.
One night stay in a deluxe guest room
Two lift tickets for one day of skiing or snowboarding
Ski or snowboard rentals for two
Two Apres Ski Cocktails
Anderson Candies on day of arrival
Valid February 1 – February 28, 2017. Valid Sunday-Thursday. Package is subject to availability. Package does not include nightly resort fee and taxes. Please cancel 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid penalty of one night’s stay plus tax. Not valid toward group bookings.
The Snuggle Is Real Valentine’s Package Its lovely weather for this overnight package for two. First comes love. Then comes marriage. And somewhere in there is a cozy ride on a horse-drawn carriage. Snuggle up with your special someone for a sleigh or carriage ride and a romantic dinner for two.

Two-night stay in a deluxe guestroom
Horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride together (weather permitting)
Grand Geneva blanket to snuggle up with as you wind through the 1,300-acre property
15% spa discount
Romantic dinner for two at Geneva ChopHouse or Ristoranté Brissago ($150 dining credit)
Valid February 1 – February 28, 2017. 72 hour advance reservations are required. Advance reservation is required for carriage or sleigh ride. Call (262) 215-5303 to reserve your carriage ride. Package is subject to availability. Package does not include nightly resort fee and taxes. Please cancel 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid penalty of one night’s stay plus tax. Not valid toward group bookings.

Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva
Valentine’s Special 
You’re our number one crush! So with that said, we want to be your host for you and your significant other this Valentine’s Day. Stay with us February 12-17 and enjoy a Complimentary Upgrade to a Lakeview with Balcony and Complimentary Bottle of Wine!
$89.00 Sunday-Thursday
$129.00 Friday
Must be 21 or older to book this Special. Not valid with any other offer/discount. Advanced reservations required. Based on availability. Some other restrictions may apply.

Tattered Leaf Designs Flowers & Gifts
Delivering Love On Valentine’s Day
 Let Tattered Leaf Designs add that special touch for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.
Dozen Roses starting at $29.95 ( wrapped)
Delivery starts at $39.95
Special Valentines Delivery is only $10.00 within 10 miles
Personalize your token of love with our unique line of
candles, jewelry, gifts, candy and custom made Valentine cards
3 ways to order – Order early for best selection! Ordering is easy and fast go on line, email, or call – http://www.tatteredleafdesign.com

The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa
REJUVENATE DAY PACKAGE $250 (REG. $330) Enjoy a day at Avani Spa with our popular Rejuvenate Day Package. This day package includes three hours of treatments along with full spa access on the day of your services.
Package includes:
50 minute Avani Massage
50 minute Avani Facial
Express Manicure
Express Pedicure
Full Spa Access On Day Of Service
Valid Monday – Thursday January 1 – February 28, 2017 excluding holidays. Based on availability. May not be combined with any other discount.
FEBRUARY SPA SPECIAL You deserve relaxation and rejuvenation like only Avani Spa can offer! Escape to Avani and enjoy up to 35% off spa services Monday – Thursday.
20% off all 25 minute services
30% off all 50 minute services
35% off of 75/80 minute services
Based on availability, Monday-Thursday only. Valid February 1-28, 2017. Based on availability. May not be combined with any other discounts.
FEBRUARY CHAMPAGNE AND ROSES TREATMENTS Champagne Manicure | 50 minutes
$50 (All Week) Immerse your hands in a warm soothing soak, followed by a gentle scrub with oil free sea salt to remove dead skin cells. Ease fatigue and soften dry skin with an application of luxurious champagne Shea Butter and vitamin enriched moisturizers to the hands and forearms.
Champagne Pedicure | 50 minutes $65 (All Week) Immerse your feet in a warm soothing soak, followed by a gentle scrub with oil free sea salt to remove dead skin cells. Ease fatigue and soften dry skin with an application of luxurious champagne Shea Butter and vitamin enriched moisturizers to the feet and lower legs.
Champagne and Roses Body Scrub | 25 minutes $65 (Mon-Fri) | $75 (Sat/Sun)
Renew your skin for the Spring. This sea salt and champagne Shea Butter scrub gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and leave the skin soft and ready for the new season.
Champagne and Roses Massage| 50 minutes $135 (Mon-Fri) | $145 (Sat/Sun) Absorb the rich, renewing bouquet of champagne and rose with our Relaxation Massage. The ultimate hydrating treatment with a powerful blend of Shea Butter, vitamins A, C, D and grapeseed oil will leave your skin lightly fragranced with a soft and silky finish.
Champagne and Roses treatments available February 1-28, 2017, excluding holidays. Based on availability. May not be combined with any other discounts.

The Ridge Hotel
Valentine’s Overnight Package Celebrate your love with a romantic getaway to Lake Geneva. Enjoy the holiday on your time at The Ridge Hotel, as our Valentine’s package is available to be booked Friday, February 10th thru Sunday, February 19th.This Overnight Package Includes:
Overnight stay for Two
$100 Dinner Credit in Crafted Americana
Champagne and Truffles delivered upon arrival
20% Discount on Individual Spa services at The Ridge Spa & Salon
The above pricing does not include tax and resort fee. The above rates are based on double occupancy. Rates are based on availability and subject to change. Not available to groups. May not be combined with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. For all accommodations, check-in begins at 4 p.m. and check-out is by 12 pm.

31 Days of Halloween: 2016 Edition

October is officially here, and that means it’s time for 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN!

If you love the frighteningly fun Halloween holiday, then you’ll love our list of hauntingly exciting things to do throughout the month to celebrate the quirky, and sometimes spooky, holiday. There are tricks and treats for all ages around the Lake Geneva area, so get ready to fill your calendar with oodles of spine-chilling activities for an eerily good time!

31 Days of Halloween Fun throughout the Lake Geneva area. Walworth County 2016

 

  1. Hear the Singing Pumpkins at Edgewater Park in Williams Bay. (Fridays & Saturdays through Oct. 29)
  2. “Watch your heads” on the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride at Dan Patch Stables. (Fridays & Saturdays now through Oct. 29)
  3. Enter the world of the Sinister Siblings at the Twisted Realms Haunted House in Elkhorn. (Fridays & Saturdays now through Oct. 29, plus Oct. 31)
  4. o4. Get chills from stories of the local lore that surrounds Whitewater during their Spirit Tour. Stories like that of the Poison Widow and peeking into the crypt of Mary Worth will send shivers down your spine. (Oct. 8)
  5. Go if you dare…to the Haunted Trails at Scenic Ridge Campground in Whitewater. (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through Oct.)
  6. Be spooked at a Haunted Victorian Mansion at the Estate of Terror at Pearce’s Farm Stand in Walworth. (Fridays & Saturdays, Oct. 7 – Oct. 29)
  7. Learn the history of some of Lake Geneva’s historical families while walking the Oak Hill Cemetery, which was founded in 1880. (Oct. 8)
  8. Are you willing to withstand the horror? Shockwave Haunts at The Fuzzy Pig, in Whitewater, promises to a frightful scare. (Fridays & Saturdays through Oct. plus Oct. 27 & 30)
  9. Take a “ride” on the Haunted C&NW Railroad at the Lake Geneva Clue Room. Can you find the vampire before it’s too late? (daily through Oct.)
  10. Travel by lamplight across the grounds of Old World Wisconsin, where the legend of Count Dracula will come to life. (Oct. 14, 15 , 16, 21, 22, 23, 28)
  11. Embrace death like the Victorians did. Join Black Pointe Estate and the Lake Geneva Cruise Line for When Angels Carried Them Away: Death & Mourning in the Victorian Era (Oct. 15)
  12. Get into the Halloween spirit with wine and paint at Northleaf Winery’s Paint Like the Masters event. (Oct. 16)
  13. Sink your teeth into eerily fun crafts, games, snacks, and stories at the Aram Public Library’s Bunnicula Bash! (Oct. 17)
  14. Experience spooky Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin with ghost stories, enchanted circles, cackling witches, grave diggers, and whole host of other bizarre creatures, tales and treats. (Oct. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30)
  15. Practice your aim at the Lake Geneva Canopy Tours with their 6th annual Pumpkin Drop! If you hit the bullseye, you win a prize. Fun for the whole family! (Oct. 22 & 23)
  16. Don your favorite Halloween costume and stretch your legs at Lake Lawn Resort’s Skeleton Scurry! (Oct. 22)
  17. Brace yourself for an afternoon of frightful family fun at the Scare on the Square in Elkhorn. (Oct. 22)
  18. You never know what you might find in the woods…Get ready for a Halloween Scare at the Darien EMS Haunted Trail at Wild Wood Park. (Oct. 22)
  19. It will be an afternoon of spooks and haunts in Lake Geneva Canopy Tours’ Haunted Woods! (Oct. 22 & 23)
  20. Join in on the ghost hunt at Geneva Lake Museum’s Paranormal Activity Around Geneva Lake. This Tuesdays @ Two event will introduce you to ghost hunters who will share their experiences in Lake Geneva. (Oct. 25)
  21. Bring your little ghouls in their costumes to local uptown businesses in Whitewater for a howling good time playing games and having treats for Ghouls Night Out. (Oct. 27)
  22. Sample beers and cheese at Brick Street Market’s Hoot N’ Howl Beer Tasting event. (Oct. 27)
  23. Prepare yourself for an evening of interactive fun at Lake Lawn Resort’s live theatrical production of “DRACULA”. (Oct. 27)
  24. Get ready to be Boo’d all weekend during William Bay’s Boo In The Bay event! (Oct. 28 & 29)
  25. For the ghouls and goblins who do not wish to be spooked, join friendly characters for an Enchanted Walk through the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy. (Oct. 28)
  26. Get dressed up and be ready for family fun at the Spook-tacular & Pumpkin Decorating event at Phoenix Park in Delavan. There will be a contest for both costumes and pumpkin decorating! (Oct. 28)
  27. Downtown Burlington will be full of spooks and entertainment with Spooky City day! There will be a costume parade, free hayrides, spooky crafts, and tons more family fun. (Oct. 28)
  28. For those of you looking for a little something scary to test your wits, the Spooky Walk at the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy will do the trick. (Oct. 28)
  29. Spooky fun will be riding your way this afternoon at The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Greenhill Center of the Arts – Barnett Theatre at UW-Whitewater when Ichabod Crane himself stops by for a visit. (Oct. 29)
  30. Have a spooktacular time with hay rides, face painting, clowns, snacks and treats at the Delavan Halloween Party! (Oct. 30)
  31. Celebrate Halloween with local Trick-or-Treat events throughout Walworth County. (Oct. 31)

For more eerily fun Halloween events and happenings, check out our Events Calendar! Happy haunting…

The Kid-Friendly Ice Cream Social Cruise with the Lake Geneva Cruise Line

Just about every kid loves ice cream, and the Lake Geneva Cruise Line has a way to make ice cream even better: have it on the Grand Belle while touring Geneva Lake.

Boats are as fascinating to kids as ice cream, especially big boats. There’s no denying the stature of the Grand Belle in Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s fleet and it always impresses its passengers, big and small. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, my niece, Love Bug, and I like to plan special outings together. One afternoon she started rattling off of the things she needs to do in her life (she’s seven, mind you). The list had a great deal to do with transportation. She wanted to fly in an airplane, ride a train, ride the subway, float in a hot air balloon, and go on a big boat. We checked the train off of her list earlier this year, and I thought the Lake Geneva Cruise Line would be the perfect way for her to experience a “big boat”. I wasn’t sure which cruise to take her on, but with the helpful staff at the Cruise Line, it was decided that the Ice Cream Social Cruise would be just right for my Love Bug.

Lake Geneva Cruise Line Ice Cream Social, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI

When we arrived at the Riviera Docks, downtown Lake Geneva, she was immediately enamored by the fleet of boats. Once I pointed out the boat that we would be going on, her mouth dropped open. She was tickled pink that we were going on a boat that big. We arrived a little early, and the wait was killing her. She kept walking closer and closer to the boats to check them out. I heard the question, “Is it time yet, Auntie?” entirely too many times inside of ten minutes. When it was finally time to start the line to the Grand Belle, she raced down the pier so she would be one of the first in line.

Lake Geneva Cruise Line Ice Cream Social, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI

Upon stepping onto the Grand Belle, she had to make the decision of where to sit, upstairs or down. She quickly scanned the bottom floor and decided that we needed to go upstairs. Once up top, she couldn’t decide where the best place was to be. She liked the tables inside, because that’s where the ice cream sundaes would be delivered, of course. But the view of the lake from the stern intrigued her, too. In time she settled on sitting at the stern of the boat…but not until after we had our ice cream.

Lake Geneva Cruise Line Ice Cream Social, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI

Out on the lake, Love Bug thought as much of the mansions as the adults did. When she saw one that really sparked her interest, everyone around was following her arm to shore as she pointed out her “favorite” one (she had quite a few favorites as we toured the lake).

As kids do, Love Bug got a bit antsy and decided we needed to further explore the Grand Belle. Half way through the cruise she decided it was time to go see the bow of the boat. She checked things out, was surprised by the amount of wind at the front of the boat, and then said a quick hello to the captain, who gave her a chance at the helm. That kid couldn’t have beamed brighter.

Lake Geneva Cruise Line Ice Cream Social, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI

Once the tour wrapped up, she excitedly scooted down the stairs, and out, thanked the staff for the tour, and was ready to have her picture taken by the Grand Belle. I do believe that all those smiles translate into this: a Geneva Lake cruise and an ice cream social is fun no matter how old you are.

To learn more about the cruises the Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Lake Geneva Cruise Line Ice Cream Social, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI

48 Hours in the Lake Geneva Area

48 Hours in the Lake Geneva Area, Walworth County WI. Getaway Plans and Itinerary.

Looking for a short getaway in an affordable area with delectable dining, fantastic attractions, and a little adventure? Visit the Lake Geneva area to enjoy beautiful lakes, rich history, and small town charm.

48 hours of fun and adventure in the Lake Geneva area. Walworth County, WI.

To  learn more about these area attractions and restaurants, please visit their websites. For more information on Walworth County and the Lake Geneva area, have a look at www.visitwalworthcounty.com.

Grandma Vickie’s Cafe

Yerkes Observatory

PIER 290

Geneva Lake Museum

Champs Sports Bar & Grill

Tristan Crist Magic Theatre

Egg Harbor Cafe

Black Point Estate & Gardens / Lake Geneva Cruise Line

Lake Geneva Pie Company

Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub

 

 

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!

New Member Feature: Carefree Boat Club

The Carefree Boat Club (CBC) has been around for a while now, but the Wisconsin chapter just opened last year. The Lake Geneva/Lake Delavan clubs are brand spanking new for 2016, and the WCVB is crazy excited to introduce them to you! We had a little one-on-one chat with Jim White from CBC and scored all the deets on the new boat club here in Walworth County. Read on to learn how you can take advantage of a boating lifestyle without actually owning your own boat.

WCVB: Please tell us a little about Carefree Boat Club – Wisconsin.
CBC: Carefree Boat Club of Wisconsin consists of two separate Clubs; Carefree Boat Club of Milwaukee and Carefree Boat Club of Lake Delavan/Lake Geneva.  Carefree Boat Club was originally established in Virginia in 2002, has 45 affiliated clubs across the country.  The clubs are private, and our members are the only ones with access to our top of the line fleet of boats. Members can reserve a boat through our online reservation system.  When you arrive, your boat will be all ready for you. We’ll meet you at the dock, hand over the keys, and help get you and your party on the water. Upon your return, we’ll help you dock and disembark. That’s it! It truly is boating with all the fun and without the hassles!

WCVB: How did the Wisconsin chapter get started?
CBC: Our club is a family owned business. Roland Wolff and his son-in-law Paul started the Milwaukee Club in 2015. Then, in the spring of 2016, they opened the Delevan/Lake Geneva Club. Roland’s son Justin had been a member of the Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club near Charlotte NC. After seeing the successful start-up of the Milwaukee Club, he decided to move to Seattle Washington and start up his own club.  This year, Roland’s other sons, Brendan and Connor Wolff also became owners of their own Carefree Boat Club in the San Francisco Bay area! The family that floats together, boats together!!

WCVB: What other locations are there?
CBC: Carefree Boat Club has 45 locations across the country. Clubs are located on inland lakes, the East Coast, the West Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Similar to a country club, members have reciprocal rights at all Carefree Clubs. Our members have the ability to reserve a boat at any location…..for free. All you pay for is gas!

Carefree Boat Club on Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan. Walworth County, WI

WCVB: What are the benefits of “boating without owning?”
CBC: First is affordability. In most cases the cost of membership is about 1/3 the cost of ownership. We cover the cost of owning a boat. This includes boat purchase, slip fees, insurance, maintenance, repair, taxes, towing coverage, winterization and depreciation.   Second, with no costs of ownership you also get NO hassles of ownership. To get on the water and enjoy a day of boating, all you need to do is show up. We do the rest!

WCVB: What kinds of boats does Carefree Boats have on Delavan Lake, and how many boats are available?
CBC: Our fleet will change and grow as our membership evolves.  As of August 2016 we have 3 awesome new boats on Lake Delevan.
1) a 26’ Sea Ray “Sundancer” 260 Cabin Cruiser – capacity 12
2) a 25’ Chaparral 257SSX Bowrider with Folding Arch Tower – capacity 16
3)a 24′ Coach Tritoon 150 HP and high performance tubes – capacity 15

WCVB: If I am new to boating, can I still become a member?
CBC: Absolutely! In fact, if you’re new to boating and thinking about purchasing a boat, joining Carefree is a great way to learn the ins and outs of boating and determine if ownership is right for you. Additionally, all members are given a training manual upon joining. Members attend one classroom session. After training, members call to schedule a boat for “On the Water” training with the dock master.

Training covers CBC processes, general navigation, docking, and safety. A separate “On the Water” training is done on cruisers to practice docking and learn overnight processes. Upon completion, you will receive a safety certificate from CBC. We call our training program, Be A Better Boater.

Carefree Boat Club on Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan. Walworth County, WI

WCVB: Are there boats on Geneva Lake as well? Does membership include usage of boats on both lakes?
CBC: Currently we have two boats on Lake Geneva.
1) 22’ Bryant Speranza with Mach II Wake Tower – capacity 12
2) 27′ Coach Tritoon 250 HP and high performance tubes – capacity 16
For a small additionally monthly fee members Delevan Club members can have unlimited usage of boats on Lake Geneva.

WCVB: Is there a maximum boat usage allowance for members?
CBC: No.  Members have unlimited access to boats. Boat as much as you like.

WCVB: What benefits are included for members of Carefree Boat Club?
CBC: Benefits include affordability, access to a large variety of like-new, professionally maintained and cleaned boats, great availability, unlimited usage with no additional cost,  training and on the water instruction, and access to locations across the country.

WCVB: What kind of fees are involved?
CBC: There is no fee to use the boats. Like most clubs we charge a one time Initiation Fee and an annual membership fee (which you may choose to pay monthly). We do not require long commitments from our members; you can join for as little as one year.

We do however greatly reward members who will commit to the club for at least three years and give the best overall value to our five year members. Our fees do vary a bit by location based on local costs, fleet configuration and availability of membership and we also have some different membership options.  Please contact us to discuss the various options.

Carefree Boat Club on Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan. Walworth County, WI

WCVB: Are there any requirements for membership acceptance, besides the monetary fees?
CBC: No. We do require all members attend classroom and on-the-water training to ensure a safe and enjoyable boating experience.

WCVB: What is each member responsible for each time they reserve a boat?
CBC: For the most part all members need to do is show up at their reserved time and location! Of course we request our members treat all boats as their own to insure an enjoyable experience for ALL club members.

WCVB: How do I sign up to become a member?
CBC: You can visit our website at CareFreeBoats.com or call us at 262-422-6287. We’ll answer your questions and arrange for a tour.

WCVB: Personally, what is your favorite part about being a member of the Carefree Boat Club?
CBC: The quality and diversity of the fleet of boats is second to none!

WCVB: What is your favorite boat that is on Delavan Lake?
CBC: The one I happen to be on, or if I’m not on the water it’s the next one I have reserved!!

WCVB: Where can we find Carefree Boat Club in Delavan? How about Lake Geneva?
CBC: On Delevan we are located at the Lake Lawn Resort Marina. On Lake Geneva we currently have 2 locations; on Buttons Bay and Williams Bay.

To learn more about Carefree Boat Club, please visit their website, or follow them on Facebook.

Getting Your Adrenaline Rush On at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

As some of you know, I’m relatively new to the Lake Geneva area. That said, every experience I have in Walworth County is a new one for me. I’ve been welcomed with open arms by so many local attractions and businesses that I’ve been able to cover a lot of ground in the area in just a short time, and for that I’m grateful.

One of my recent adventures in Walworth County was a visit to Lake Geneva Canopy Tours. I tried not to let it show, but deep down I was ridiculously excited to try zip lining. Most people in the area don’t know this about me, but I am a retired glazier. Believe it or not, that does not mean that I was at the donut shop bright and early glazing your favorite morning pastry. Rather, I was a Journeyman Glazier where I installed windows in high-rise, commercial buildings. I LOVE heights. And I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, too. Zip lining was a chance to enjoy heights and get a bit of an adrenaline rush all at once, especially on the zip they call “The Beast.” On top of that, I also got an interesting eco-tour of the site and the guides were hilariously awesome, so I was in stitches throughout the entire tour!

Caitlyn and John - Tour Guides from Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

When you first arrive for your canopy tour, you’ll meet your guides and the other people in your group. Once the introductions are through, you’ll move on to gearing up for your adventure. A harness, a helmet, gloves and a trolley are necessities, and your guides will make sure that everything is appropriately fitted to you before you head to the course. As soon as everyone is set, you’ll hop a short ride to the course where you get a quick lesson on the “Ground School” zip to learn everything you need to know to conquer the course.

Safety Gear worn for zip lining at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

Clearly I didn’t have any issues making the leap on the first of eight zips on the course, however; there were a couple hesitant participants in my group. I do believe that when this course was designed, the possible hesitation of some was taken into consideration because they start you off small. The first zip was short, sweet, and not too far off the ground. The “Butterfly,” which is about 100 feet long and 15 feet high, was a pleasant little teaser preparing you for what was yet to come. My only hitch was the “landing” at the end of the zip line. There are landing logs on the platforms, and admittedly, I wasn’t very good at landing on them. I always tell people that you’ll never hear my name and the word “graceful” in the same sentence. I proved that statement correct once again, because I seemed to be the only one consistently missing the block.

I won’t lie, the zips get longer, and some higher, as the course goes on, but by the time you reach “The Beast,” you’re pretty confident about making it across without any worry. “The Beast,” by the way, is only 841 feet long and about 70 feet high. You will certainly pick up a bit of speed on this one, but it’s nothing that a few pats from a gloved hand can’t slow down.

The zip lines alone make the canopy tour a blast. Add the sky bridges and spiral stairways, and your adventure level sky rockets to an even higher level of awesomeness…literally and figuratively! The longest sky bridge is a mere 240 feet long. There’s a bit of a shake as everyone treks their way across the bridge, but even for the fainthearted, the wobbliness is well worth it as you take in an incredible view from the treetops. The spiral stairways are a rush to climb, and offer an impressive view over the course and fellow zip liners.

Sky Bridge at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI.

Here’s a few fun eco facts about Lake Geneva Canopy Tours:

  • The course was built on the site of a reclaimed quarry of a non-metallic mining facility.
  • Only eight mature trees were removed in construction of the course, in which the trees were then used for benches, landing logs and obstacles.
  • All of the platforms can be adjusted as the tree grows. Telescoping arms are attached to the platforms (not the trees), allowing for easy adjustments without causing damage to the trees.

After two and a half hours of zipping and climbing, I was asked if I would do it again. My answer: Heck yea! I don’t know if fun like that would ever get old, no matter how many times I did it. And who knows, maybe if I did it enough I might find a little grace in my landings. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

For more information on the Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, or to schedule a tour, head over to their website and search them out on social media.