Lake Geneva – So close and yet it seems like miles away
By Mira Temkin
The thing that’s so great about being an hour or so away from Lake Geneva is that you can escape anytime. With a beautiful lake, relaxing resorts, fabulous restaurants and family activities, Lake Geneva is perfect any time of year. From boutiques, shops and galleries to championship golf courses, public beaches, hiking trails and downhill skiing, Lake Geneva should be your go-to place with family and friends.
Geneva Inn - A Luxurious B&B with European Charm
Located right on the waterfront, Geneva Inn resembles an old southern plantation
with a long history to boot. With its dramatic dining room, stunning atrium, and luxurious
guest rooms, The Geneva Inn lives up to the glorious past. My room faced the water and it was a lovely view, no matter what time of day. This decadent bed and breakfast retreat serves a sumptuous buffet breakfast every morning. If you love to walk, the historic 21-mile lakewalking path circling Geneva Lake is right at your doorstep. Genevainn.com.
The Fireside Theatre – Broadway in a Cornfield
A pleasant drive down the road from Lake Geneva in Fort Atkinson, Wis., is the
Fireside Dinner Theatre, really a destination unto itself. Known as the only Actor’s Equity dinner theatre in Wisconsin, the showplace features outstanding musicals with Broadway performers, fine dining, and boutique shops. It came as no surprise to me that it’s consistently named a top destination for travel tours across the U.S. I enjoyed a fabulous lunch, topped off with an amazing production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Coming up for the rest of the year is “Run for Your Wife,” Once Upon a Mattress” and for the holidays, “A Fireside Christmas.” Firesidetheatre.com.
Cruising the Lake
Lake cruises are a delightful way to cruise the lake and “ooh” and “ahh” at the famous
mansions that were summer homes to Chicago’s wealthy families. Many were built between 1870 and 1920 and remain elegant reminders of a bygone era. Boat tours operate through the last weekend in October. Cruiselakegeneva.com.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Grand Indeed
This is a wonderful getaway for the entire family. The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is
one of only five AAA Four-Diamond resorts in Wisconsin. Play golf on their two championship courses, relax at the spa, or go horseback riding. The kids will have a ball at the Moose Mountain Falls, an indoor/outdoor waterpark. Come winter, enjoy skiing and sleigh rides. I loved dining at Brissago, one of three restaurants, featuring contemporary Italian
fare along with impressive views. Fresh ingredients are flown in from Italy weekly. It’s the kind of attention to detail you can taste. Grandgeneva.com.
Ride the East Troy Electric Railroad
This 10-mile ride aboard vintage rail cars takes you through the cornfi elds, orchards and
rural farms of southeast Wisconsin. At the end of the line, you can walk to The Elegant
Farmer, home of the famous Apple Pie baked in a paper bag. Pick apples in the fall, and
taste the homemade goodness of their fruit breads, gourmet popcorn, blue ribbon cheese
and more. Yes, one of those pies did find their way back to my house. Easttroyer.org;
Photos courtesy of Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau
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