After being cooped up for more than a year because of Covid, most families are itching to pack their suitcases, step out their front doors, and take a trip.
Springtime is one of the best times of year to visit Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, with its ideal weather and family-friendly atmosphere. Its gorgeous lake shore, hiking trails, golf courses, restaurants, and events make this an ideal weekend getaway.
Before Covid stopped all tourism and travel, my husband and I traveled north from Kentucky to enjoy a weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We initially went to enjoy its golf courses and idyllic, small town setting. Little did we know that this quaint town offered so much more for us to do and see.
Grand Geneva Resort
We stayed at the Grand Geneva Resort, which sits right on the picturesque lake. Our room included a lakeside view where we could sit on the balcony and see docked boats and the surrounding woods.
We spent the afternoon strolling through the town, and stopping to browse the numerous unique local shops. On one of our snack stops, we discovered a local beer from the New Glarus Brewing Company called Spotted Cow. We loved it so much, we took home a case.
We had dinner at the Geneva Chophouse,where the food was a culinary delight. Our table offered a perfect view of the lake and was an ideal spot for a romantic dinner.
Mansions and Mail Jumping
After an early round of golf at Hawk’s View Golf Club, we took a two-hour boat tour to take in the sights of the grand estates that sit majestically around the lake. Most of the houses were built in the 1800s by tycoons, businessmen, actors, and even some inventors. Thinking about the amount of money the original owners invested to have these luxury homes built on the lake makes your head spin.
The vessel we cruised on is called The Walworth. The crew was accomodating and knew the local history of the area. But the highlight of the day was the famous Mailboat Tour.
On the tour we learned about mail jumping, a one of a kind spectacle you'll only see here. We watched brave souls deliver mail by jumping off the tour boat, delivering mail, then running at break-neck speed back to the dock to jump back onto the boat.
The boat tour included a thorough narration that told the history of the lake and the breathtaking mansions. We learned about the Wrigley Estate, Stone Manor, and Edgewood Estate, to name just a few.
Breakfast and Walking the Shore Path
We awoke on our final day and ate breakfast at a local diner called Grandma Vickie’s Cafe. Eggs over medium and fluffy pancakes were a perfect choice before my husband hit the links for a second round of golf at The Highlands Golf Course.
After golf, we spent our afternoon walking the well worn Shore Path that edges the lake. The path winds through many of the yards of amazing homes that hug the shoreline. The houses are stunning.
Our weekend jaunt to Lake Geneva passed too quickly. This town offered so much more to do than we planned for. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is a hidden gem right outside of Chicago and Milaukee, and definitely worth a visit.