Calling All Kids…Planting for Mom

Dads, here is your opportunity to spend some time with the kids, give Mom a break and at the same time get some early Mother’s Day shopping done.

Plan to take the kids to Pesche’s Greenhouse on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and they can plant a container of flowering annuals for Mom. The $15.00 fee covers everything they will need. To allow Pesche’s to plan accordingly for this event, pre-registration at 245-6125 is preferred but not necessary.

Pesche’s Garden Coaches will be available to assist the kids in putting together a blooming treasure for Mom, and the best part is, Pesche’s will keep and care for the container until just before Mother’s Day. Children of all ages are welcome.

Girl with her mother holding a new flower
“You plant, we grow, you give”. Dads, it doesn’t get much easier, and Mom receives something she will love and can enjoy all summer!

Wisconsin Kringle Company…

For anyone who hasn’t found this gem on South Lake Shore Drive in Fontana, you are really missing out!

Regardless of what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you can find it here. Breakfast? No problem, they offer made-to-order omelets, buttermilk pancakes, biscuits & gravy, breakfast wraps and sandwiches, croissants, cinnamon swirl French toast, bacon, sausage and more.

Need lunch? They’ve got you covered with 6 salad and 6 pasta options, made to order sandwiches, paninis and build your own pizzas.

Their dinner menu includes chicken, pot roast, steaks, chops, fish, seafood, burgers and more. Need an appetizer before dinner? They have that too! Fried calamari, grilled quesadillas, boneless tempura wings and crab cakes are just a few of your options.

They also carry a nice selection of pastries, cookies and desserts, along with an assortment of Wisconsin Kringles. Plus, they stock beer, wine, liquor and other summertime last minute necessities.

Our personal favorite? The Grilled Cheese with Applewood Bacon & Tomato Sandwich! Stop in and check it out! Take a menu home (they deliver), we promise, you will not be disappointed! Wisconsin Kringle Company is located at W4724 South Lake Shore Drive, just down from the Lake Geneva Yacht Club.

Easter Brunch…

You never have to look very far to find a great Easter Brunch in the Lake Geneva area.  Restaurants all around the area will be serving up wonderful Easter Sunday Brunches for your dining enjoyment.  The following are just a few of the area establishments that are planning holiday celebrations.

Reservations are required for the Grand Geneva’s Chop House “Grand Easter Brunch Buffet” being served from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Brunch will be served in the Chop House and in the Maple Lawn Ballroom.  Making a meal choice will likely be difficult, with numerous choices available at their Carving Station, Entrée Station, Seafood Station, Breakfast Station and a Dessert Station.  They even have a Children’s Station complete with chicken tenders, mac and cheese and a taco bar for those finicky eaters at your table.  Adults are $65, children ages 6-12 are $32.50, children 2-5 are $16.25 and children under 2 are free with a paying adult.   Make sure you take a stroll through the resort to see the Easter Bunny who will be available to guests beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The Grand Geneva’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt is at 1:00 p.m. at the outdoor golf pavilion and is open to guests and all members of the community ages 5-12.  Egg hunt will take place rain or shine.  For brunch reservations, call (262) 248-8811.

Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan will be serving a delicious Brunch in their Frontier Restaurant from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The buffet will include Chef carved Steamship Round of Roast Beef and Maple Glazed Pit Ham, their famous chilled seafood display, salads, chef-prepared custom country omelets, malted Belgian waffles, pastries and much more.  Adults are $44.95, children 4-12 are $16.95 and children under 3 are free.  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m. in the inner courtyard for resort and brunch guests. Reservations are required, so please call the Frontier Restaurant at (262) 725-9155.

Brunch is being served at the Geneva Ridge from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Their buffet menu will include Carved Beef, Roasted Leg of Lamb, BBQ Chicken, Shrimp Cocktail, Made to Order Omelets, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Crown Casserole, Biscuits & Gravy, BBQ Chicken, Mac ‘n Cheese, Glazed Carrots, Mixed Greens, Dinner rolls, Fresh Fruit and Assorted Desserts.  Adults are $34.95, children ages 5 to 10 are $16.95 and children under 4 are free. Reservations can be made at (262) 249-3832.

The Big Foot Inn in Walworth will be serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring Omelets, Eggs Benedict, Waffles, French Toast, Fried Potatoes, bacon, Sausage, Chef Carved Virginia Ham and Tender Sirloin, Baked Salmon, BBQ Ribs, Roast Turkey, assorted Casseroles and Pasta dishes and much more.  Brunch diners can enjoy unlimited complimentary champagne, orange and tomato juice, coffee and tea.  Adults are $23.95 and children under 10 are $12.95.  The Big Foot Inn will also be serving a special Easter dinner menu after 3:00 p.m.

Regardless of where you choose to dine, the food looks great and the options are endless!

Lake Geneva Easter Egg Hunt…

There are lots of eggs hiding out in Lake Geneva, so bring your Easter Basket!

Lake Geneva’s Seminary Park is sure to be hopping with activity this Saturday, April 20th when the Lake Geneva Jaycees host their Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. sharp so make sure you’re not late or you’ll miss all the fun. The Jaycees are going to be busy Saturday morning as they hide eggs filled with candy and goodies for children ages newborn to 10.  Children in that age group are welcome and encouraged to participate and will be divided into groups according to age.  Please bring a basket or bag to hold the children’s eggs.

The event is scheduled to take place rain or shine so plan to dress the kids accordingly.  In the unlikely event that we have inclement weather, the egg hunt will be held at the Lake Geneva YMCA.  The Jaycees will be handing out raffle prizes after the egg hunt, so make sure you plan to stick around.  Plus, word has it that the Easter Bunny is planning a surprise visit.

Seminary Park in Lake Geneva is located behind the Bella Vista Suites and the YMCA is located at 203 S. Wells Street.

Ice Skating in the Lake Geneva Area…

Downtown Lake Geneva will be offering free skating in Flat Iron Park this winter. The rink has been installed and the plan weather permitting is to fill it on December 18th or 19th. Once filled, it will need 4-5 days to freeze and will then be open to the public. A limited number of skate rentals will be available through Clear Water Outdoor in downtown Lake Geneva. Flat Iron Park is located across the street from The Cove.

The Grand Geneva Resort offers ice skating under the outdoor pavilion near the golf shop 7 days a week. The rink is only available to Non-Resort guests Monday-Thursday. The fee for non-guests to skate is $5.00 if you have your own skates, or you can rent skates in the golf shop. The rink is available to resort guests for free if you have your own skates. Skate rental fees are $8.00 for the first hour and $3.00 for each additional hour.

The Geneva Ridge Resort has constructed their Outdoor Skating Rink again this year which will be beautifully lit and fully operational in January 2019. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy it! Skating is free to the public and the rink is open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for your skating enjoyment. The resort has positioned outdoor fire pits around the rink to help keep you warm. If you don’t have skates, no worries, you can rent them inside the resort for just $5.00. All skaters are asked to sign a waiver, so even if you aren’t renting skates, please stop in the lobby before using the rink. Coffee, hot chocolate and seasonal concessions are also available inside the hotel at bean + vine coffee and wine bar. The Geneva Ridge Resort is located at W4240 State Hwy. 50 just 3 miles west of Lake Geneva. For additional information and updates on rink conditions, please contact the Resort at 1-262-249-3800.

The Abbey Resort in Fontana offers public skating on their rink near the Harbor Patio. Skate rentals are complimentary for resort guests and $2.00 for non-resort guests. The rink is open when weather permits. We suggest you call ahead.

Rotary Park in Walworth is another option, with lighted 2 rinks, a warming hut and indoor bathrooms. Big Foot Rec Dept. offers ice skating lessons and youth hockey at the rink and Wednesday night offers Adult pick-up hockey games from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Skating is open to the public and is free. The rink is located at 611 Casey Lane in Walworth.

Lots of options out there, so if you are a skating enthusiast, head out and enjoy all the opportunities that await you.

Sleigh Rides at Dan Patch Stables…

Do you love the Hallmark movies, where someone is always enjoying a sleigh ride? Well, here’s your chance to experience a horse-drawn sleigh ride in your own community. The Dan Patch Stables are offering sleigh rides through the beautiful grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sleigh Rides are snow condition and weather permitting (they prefer that there be 6-8 inches of snow on the ground), so we suggest you call ahead. Reservations are required, and the stables suggest you book ahead, as their schedule fills quickly particularly on the weekends. The sleigh will comfortably hold 4 adults or a family. Cost is $60.

The Dan Patch Stables are located at 7020 Grand Geneva Way on the grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort.

Gooseberries Annual Holiday Show…

Gooseberries Fresh Food Market in Burlington will be hosting their Annual Holiday Show from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday December 15th. The store says it is their “most fun event” of the year, so you can be sure there will be lots of food items and free samples

This year’s sample offerings will include Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Salmon, Pear, Bacon & Brussel Sprouts Salad, Honey & Goat Cheese stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Christmas Guacamole, Cranberry White Chocolate Bread, Ham and Pickle Dip and Glazed Pecans, just to name a few.

Gather family, friends or co-workers for this Family Friendly event and go check it out! Tons of samples and lots of fun, plus the ideas for food prep going into the holidays will be invaluable.

Gooseberries is located at 690 W. State Street (Hwy 36) in Burlington.

Santa, Elves and Reindeer…

Don’t miss an opportunity to take the kids to see Santa in downtown Lake Geneva, complete with elves and live reindeer. Santa and his helpers (both 2 legged and 4) will be at 252 Center Street this Saturday, December 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It’s a great photo op for the Holidays, possibly even Christmas card worthy!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters…

Put on that ugly Christmas sweater that you only get to wear a few times each Holiday Season and head to the Sprecher Pub in Lake Geneva either this Saturday, December 15th or next Saturday, December 22nd. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater, dine between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and receive a $5.00 gift certificate.

Sprecher is located at 111 Center Street, in The Cove of Lake Geneva.

Christmas in the Country…

“Christmas in the Country” brings over two million lights to life on the 1,300 acres of grounds that make up the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.

The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa grounds will be lit for your viewing pleasure through December 31st, so you have plenty of time during the holidays to drive through the resort with your family. You can see the 12 days of Christmas, Santa on the putting green and much more. This is a wonderful, family friendly way to start off the holidays. Plan to make it a family tradition.

The indoor displays are all new again this year, so leave enough time to park and go inside for a leisurely stroll through the resort and a cup of hot chocolate near the fireplace. Don’t miss your opportunity to view all the Gingerbread Houses created by area residents, amateur and professional, young and old. They are located just down the hall from the Evergreen ballroom on the second floor.

Kids, enjoy breakfast with Santa every Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children ages 6 to 12 and $12 for children ages 2 to 5. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (262) 249-4788. Dress up for the event, or show up in your pajamas, it’s up to you.

A trip to the Grand Geneva & Spa to enjoy Christmas in the Country may be exactly what you need to help put you in a holiday frame of mind.