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Support Your Local Community This Holiday Season and Shop Downtown Lake Geneva It’s time to check off your holiday Christmas list with gifts from your local shops around town. Grab your besties, or escape the house for a night on the town enjoying a leisurely stroll around Lake Geneva.  Keep your eye out for great finds and one-of-a-kind home, clothing, or art that would make memorable gifts. Including unique accessories available from handcrafted items to home decor selections. Make your holiday unforgettable this year, venture to Lake Geneva for a girls getaway to shop til you drop on the streets of downtown.  Check…

PLEASE DONATE: Lake Geneva’s Visitor Center VISIT Lake Geneva HELPS WISCONSIN BUNDLE UP THIS WINTER SEASON The #BigBundleUp is here! We’ve joined forces with @TravelWisconsin to warm up Wisconsin residents this winter. Donate hats, scarves, mittens or other cold weather necessities to help those in need.  The Big Bundle Up is a statewide collection program running Nov. 17, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017. This is the sixth year of The Big Bundle Up. To date, the program has collected more than 71,800 warm winter items to help families in need. In addition to VISIT Lake Geneva, other collection sites, including…

Planning the perfect getaway to Lake Geneva? There is no better time to visit Wisconsin then during this magical time of year. With a winter wonderland located throughout the Lake Geneva Region,  storefronts are aglow with twinkle lights, and every window is decorated with holiday cheer, including hot cocoa served at some doorstep, and a downtown winter festival that will take place, along with the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in front of the iconic Riviera downtown.  With so many choices to explore from local shops, to eateries, tours, several entertainment venues, and more winter events taking place in Lake…

SCENIC DRIVE #1 AROUND GENEVA LAKE South Route: From the Lake Geneva Visitor Center office on lakefront (201 Wrigley Drive), go south on Wrigley Drive and curve left uphill onto Baker Street, then curve right onto South Lake Shore Drive passing by Big Foot Beach. At intersection of South Lake Shore Drive and Pilgrim Church Rd, bear right staying on South Lake Shore Drive. At 4-way stop, turn right on South Lake Shore Drive into Fontana. Just past Reid Park with Abbey Resort and Spa on your left, turn right on Reid Street heading uphill to Kinzie Ave. Turn left…

Photo Credit: https://books.google.com/books Chicago North Western Railroad Lake Geneva ALL ABOARD FOR LAKE GENEVA! 1871: The two most significant events that helped propagate what Lake Geneva is today, were the first train service to enter the area and the Great Chicago Fire on Oct. 8 – Oct. 10, 1871.  Both ironically took place the very same year, exactly three months apart. On July 20, 1871, the first locomotive entered into Lake Geneva, WI stopping at the now historic Lake Geneva Depot railway site located on downtown’s Sage St. 1850:  The first train service to enter into Lake Geneva was from Elgin, Illinois making…

Having trouble planning the perfect getaway to Lake Geneva? Are you overwhelmed with all of the options available to see, stay and do? We understand your struggle, which is why we have put in place the perfect itinerary for your family, friends, co-workers anyone that you may feel would benefit from a week already planned with the perfect schedule and exciting options available. With so many choices to explore from local shops, to legendary golf courses, local eateries, tours, and a multitude of entertainment venues, from downtown Lake Geneva, Fontana, Delavan and back to Williams Bay.   Start Planning Here:…

Cool Temps, Warm Hues:  Whether you want to refresh your home décor or update your wardrobe, the color trend this fall calls for warm hues, according to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more toward warmth,” she says. You’ll see the top 10 Pantone shades pictured above, and variations of them, in solids and prints, in everything from fashion and jewelry to tabletop, decorative accessories and accent pieces for your home. Neutral Gray and Navy Peony are alternative neutrals…

Lake Geneva may be famous for its bountiful array of local shops and legendary golf courses. However, every true foodie knows that Lake Geneva is abounding with wonderful eateries and fine dining establishments. Showcasing its beautiful horizons, lush fall foliage and expansive countryside, making way for breathtaking views of stunning lake shores from downtown Lake Geneva, Fontana and back to Williams Bay. RICH IN AMORE Savor in the robust flavors of Italy at the area’s most popular Italian restaurants available for romantic date nights. Truly authentic Italian cuisine served in a romantic setting, amid spectacular views of Wisconsin’s picturesque countryside available…

Every year, the Fall Color Report issued by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism predicts when trees will hit their peak of color in cities across the state. Yet, due to a little known secret, Lake Geneva has always been the place for the most dramatic, longest lasting autumn display. The next time you take a drive in Lake Geneva in the fall, you can thank America’s foremost landscape architects for the spectacular view. When many of Chicago’s elite built estates on Lake Geneva beginning in the late 1800’s, they didn’t stop with just their mansions. Several went on to hire…

The changing fall colors reflecting off of the lake are what make this the most magical season to visit Lake Geneva. Every year visitors come to experience this unique year-round destination. Maybe it’s the peaceful fall leaves displacing from their branches, or the quiet rustle of browns, reds and yellows along the endless Lake Shore Path that surround the quiet town. Rated the #1 Southeast Wisconsin family fun destination, most notably for its timeless orchards, wineries and area farms to visit. Here is an entire list of fall activities and FREE events to build excitement for the upcoming season. Taste the many flavors of…