Exploring Lake Geneva, WI






Located 90 minutes northwest of Chicago and 45 minutes west of Milwaukee, this lakeside community has been a popular resort town for people from both cities for many years. With many wealthy Chicago families building summer mansions there after the Civil War, it became known as the Newport of the West.

Today it is a popular day trip or weekend destination with hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants, galleries, antique stores and gift shops. Plus there is golfing, boating, hiking and lake cruises. The Geneva Lake Shore Path is a great way to see many of the large mansions along the lake.

I enjoyed a great lunch at the Simple Cafe located at 525 Broad St. which is a three block walk from the lake. This colorful restaurant has a large breakfast menu featuring eggs, omelets and frittatas. They also have a lunch menu with salads, soups and sandwiches. Using locally sourced ingredients, the food is fresh and very good.

Next door is their Simple Bakery & Market if you want to take home some of their great bread or cookies.

A local friend recommends Medusa Grill & Bistro at 501 Broad St. and Coffee Mill in nearby Fontana for great coffee, soups and bread.

Stop in at Kilwins Confectionary for an ice cream as you explore downtown and the lakefront. It is always good!!! 772 Main St.