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Winterfest in Lake Geneva


2-4-17

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Rivera in Lake Geneva

It has been 5 years since our last visit to Lake Geneva, and Winterfest looked like a lot of fun! Events centered around The Rivera and the road going by the lakefront building.  It was a cold, windy and sunny day and there was a large crowd.  Winterfest crowd at Lake Geneva

View from the balcony.

View from Rivera balcony of Winterfest

Adding to the festive mood was music by Lake 96.1, a local radio station. We could hear it throughout the festival because of the speakers placed throughout the snow carving display area.

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The snow sculptors were not just locals, they came from all points around the country and even other countries.  Lake Geneva is home to the  U.S. NATIONAL SNOW SCULPTING COMPETITION.  Read more about this event in the official Guide. We were quite impressed with the quality of work.

Enjoy a slide show of the many sculptures that we saw, as well as the other activities.

They were all wonderful, but these were the winners.

First Place

Team Wisconsin 2

1st-place at Winterfest

2nd Place – Team Wisconsin 1

2nd-place at Winterfest

3rd Place – Team Maine

3rd-place at Winterfest

Two activities were enjoyed by people on the lake as well. Snowmobile rides were given.

Snowmobile rides at Winterfest

Also helicopter rides by MF Helicopters, LLC.

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Lake Geneva is a great place to visit in any season. Celebrate winter at Winterfest!

 

 

 

 

The Livin’ is Easy at Lake Geneva


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LakeGeneva 5-5-12

5-5-12 and 2-4-17

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Corner of Wrigley and Main St.

Welcome to Lake Geneva, the big get-away resort town in Wisconsin (one of many). It wasn’t crowded  since it wasn’t yet summer.

Stop by the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce to get the latest information about the community. You can pick up a guide here or order one at their website. You can even read it online here.

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Most parking spots have meters, just be aware of your parking spot number and pay at one of the many meter machines.  Downtown is where all the action is.    Read the Historic Lake Geneva sign at the corner of Main and Wrigley St.

Historic Lake Geneva sign

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Lake Geneva has a radio station too, 96.1-The Lake.

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We came back in 2017 and enjoyed Winterfest for the first time, great fun!

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After parking we began walking. The Lake Geneva Creperie restaurant with a cute little chef out front. We couldn’t resist a picture with him 🙂  It closed on Feb 8, 2015.

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Al and Laurie

Continuing on, we saw that downtown is in itself a historic district. We looked around more on our 2nd visit in 2017. There is many great places to shop and eat in Lake Geneva.  We enjoyed looking at the historic buildings also.

Lake Geneva Main St. Historic District sign

Some of the many restaurants downtown, so far we have just been to Speedo’s. We look forward to trying another one on our next visit.

Speedo’s Harborside Pub and Grill

We enjoyed lunch there in 2017, love the nautical decor. Great food too!

HarborsideBar

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Lunch at Speedo's in Lake Geneva

Lake Aire Restaurant

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LakeAire

 The Olympic Family Restaurant.

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 Fat CatsFat Cats in Lake Geneva

Plenty of souvenier shops too to get Lake Geneva clothing and other mementos too.

Treasure Cove

Treasure Cove in Lake Geneva

Geneva Gifts

Geneva Gifts in Lake Geneva

Bob’s Beach Shack

Bob's Beach Shack in Lake Geneva

Pacific Southwest Swimwear

Pacific Southwest Swimwear

The Maple Park Historic District is also downtown, just off of Main St. It is the oldest platted part of lake Geneva. Let’s look at some notable places in this block.

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 Horticulture Hall  has been an important centerpiece in Lake Geneva for over 100 years.

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Lake Geneva Regional News for local happenings.

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I like historic church buildings also, and this one on the block across from the news building is from 1880. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion is built from stone. It is one of the oldest Episcopal parishes in Walworth County.

Episcopocal Church of the Holy Communion in Lake Geneva

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Geneva Village Shops in a former church at 727 Geneva St.

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Downtown also has places to stay overnight downtown to make your visit extra special. One is the Sheldon House Bed and Breakfast.

Sheldon House Bed and Breakfast in Lake Geneva

Also the Ole Bistro Inn on 220 Cook St.

Ole Bistro Inn in Lake Geneva

Brick and Mortar Home is a gift shop in a beautiful historic house.

Brick and Mortar Home in Lake Geneva

Another great place to shop is Delaney Street Mercantile on the corner.

Delaney Street Mercantile in Lake Geneva

Back to the corner where we started with the small clock tower is Potbelly Sandwich Shop and other stores.

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In front of  The Riviera we saw  Field Stone Farm Carriage and Pony, LLC will take you for a ride in the summer.

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We headed towards the Riviera to see the sights by the lake.

The Rivera

The Riviera

The fountain had a story of it’s own.

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We soon saw the tour boat docked and filling with people going out for a ride on the Gage Cruise Line.

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Gage Cruise

As you can tell, water sports are popular here. At Riviera Beach you can rent a boat at Elmers Rentals if you don’t have your own. Admission is charged for beach.

Elmer's Rentals at Lake Geneva

Also at Clearwater Outdoor on Riviera Beach. Rent a canoe or paddle board.

Clear Water Outdoor at Lake Geneva

Canoe rides in Lake Geneva

Another boat rental company is Watercraft Rentals.

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We found out from the locals that there is a walking trail that goes around the WHOLE lake.  What fun!  Not enough time for that since it’s a big lake, but we did some of it.  Very interesting! We got great distance views of the Rivera and water as we moved away from downtown.

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Rules of the trail, as it goes by many wealthy residences.

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A sign on the path showing distance to various points.

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Where?

We got off the path and walked in one of the neighborhoods.  We saw a tree with lots of horns attached to it.

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Horn Tree

An older man came out of the house, he pressed a button in the garage and the sound kicked in, it was as if the horns were playing! He had speakers in the tree too. Lets listen!

We headed back to the car, what a nice time in Lake Geneva.  There is a lot to do here! We hope to be back in the summer to cruise in the boat over to Black Point Estate for a tour!

Fishing

Horse in Lake Geneva

A Beary Good Time in Mukwonago


Mukwonago sign

No, I wrote beary in the title on purpose, “Mukwonago” literally means “place of the bear”.  It’s located 15 miles south of the Milwaukee city limits. My husband I went there yesterday (3-9-13)  for a visit.  This town has strong roots in Native American culture, and the populace enjoys visitors.  We headed downtown to the historic downtown where a couple of the original houses stood when the town was founded,  there was a 9-foot tall wood carving of a bear.

Bear carving

We also found a synopsis of the history of the town on a sign.

Mukwonago History

Native American history is also quite visible. Outside The Country Porch store downtown is a wooden Indian outside, not many of those left anymore.

Wood Indian

We continued to a local store that is a favorite in the area,  “The Elegant Farmer”.  This is a very unique store, it’s in a barn, and they sell all manner of specialty foods, plus they have a deli. Across the street they have an apple orchard and grow pumpkins.  The have many events throughout the year for the public to enjoy.  It’s a happy place, as depicted by their smiley face barn front facing the road.

The Elegant Farmer Smiley Barn 3-9-13

They had a maple syrup making demo at The Elegant Farmer.

Maple Syrup Demo

Staff from Covenant Harbor at nearby Lake Geneva have sugar maple trees on site that they tap and make their own maple syrup from. They are having a Maple Fest on April 7 and they were promoting this event.  We learned it takes about 70-80 gallons of sap boiled down to make ONE gallon of maple syrup.

A food the The Elegant Farmer is famous for is their  “Apple Pie Baked in a Bag”. Bobby Flay from the Food Network tried to make a better apple pie on his show “Throwdown With Bobby Flay”, but he lost!

Apple Pie in bag

We had a good time and will return later in the year. We also want to explore two other nearby towns, Genesee and Genesee Depot.  There is a historic site at Genesee Depot that is not open yet called Ten Chimneys we want to see.