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A Kentucky Derby Celebration at Geneva Inn

Kentucky DerbyWanting to experience some Southern hospitality and Kentucky Derby fun without leaving Lake Geneva? We have you covered. Geneva Inn is hosting their annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 pm. There is no better place to spend a spring afternoon in Lake Geneva – while placing bets and enjoying frosty mint juleps guests will have an unparalleled view of the lake in a restaurant so swanky and plush, you might just think you’re in a luxury suite at Churchill Downs. Feast on classic Southern fare, bid in a silent auction, and buy raffle tickets for an afternoon and evening . The cost is $30 per person and proceeds benefit Partners for Progress.

And now, so you can make educated bets and looks your best, some top picks for your perfect Derby day.

WHO TO WAGER ON-  The undefeated California Chrome with odds of 7-4 is the obvious favorite.  If you’re wanting to take a risk Danza with odds of 8-1 might have a chance at the roses as well.  My personal pick is Wicked Strong who won the Wood Memorial and has odds of 8-1.  For a complete list of contenders, go HERE.

LADIES, GRAB YOUR HATS- Nothing tops off a derby day outfit like the perfect hat.  THIS website has some of my favorites (and they understand the importance of rush delivery).  If you’re looking for some fashion inspiration, check THIS out.

SOME DINNER CONVERSATION- With a tradition as old as the Derby, there are bound to be lots of interesting stories and history.  HERE is a good recap on some of the basics.

 

Geneva Ridge hosts the Geneva Lakes Burger Throwdown

 

Geneva Lakes Hamburger Throwdown

Geneva Lakes Hamburger Throwdown

Hungry for some live entertainment, great company and a mouthwatering event of massive proportions? Then you’re in luck! The 3rd Annual Geneva Lakes Burger Throwdown at Geneva Ridge Resort is just days away. This ultimate food competition, which officially throws down Sunday, April 6th, features:

-FREE soda and water

-chips and cookies

-a complimentary photo booth

-a cash bar

-Live music and entertainment

-all you can eat burger samples, prepared by over 10 local restaurants!

 

The History:

Wondering how this epic event began? It all started three years ago as a way to showcase the culinary skills of local chefs and restaurants in the Lake Geneva area. The grills were lit in April, 2012, the crowds gathered, the competition kicked off, and this open-to-the public, all-you-can-eat, stomach-busting extravaganza became an instant classic. If you’ve never attended a previous Throwdown, now’s your chance to get in on the food and fun.

 

The Time:

The Geneva Lakes Burger Throwdown officially opens at 12:00 p.m., April 6th.

Awards for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice are handed out at 3:00 p.m.

The event ends at 4:00 p.m.

 

The Place:

The Burger Throwdown will take place at Geneva Ridge Resort, located in beautiful Lake Geneva: one of Southern Wisconsin’s most scenic and luxurious locales. The Geneva Ridge Resort area enjoys fine dining from some of the best restaurants Lake Geneva has to offer—and 10 of those restaurants will be serving up samples at the Burger Throwdown!

Find the Geneva Ridge Resort here:

W4240 Wisconsin 50

Lake Geneva, WI  53417

 

Current List of Teams Taking Part in the Competition (as of 3/25/14):

-Big Foot Country Club (2013 Judges’ Choice Winner)

-Badger H.S. ProStart (2013 People’s Choice Winner)

-Baker House

-Covenant Harbor

-Speedo’s Harborside Pub & Grill

-Hunt Club Steakhouse

-The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

–Lake Lawn Resort

-Gordy’s

-Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn

-Abby Springs

-Foley’s

-Hawks View Golf Club

 

Ticket Prices:

$15.00 in advance per person for adults 14 and older, $20.00 at the door

$10.00 in advance per person for children ages 6-13, $15.00 at the door

 

Tickets are limited, and last year’s Burger Throwdown sold out! Click here to purchase your advance tickets:

http://www.acfwisconsin.org/glbt.htm

 

The Burger Throwdown only comes once a year. Eat, enjoy the festivities and cast your vote for the best burger in town!

 

*Proceeds of The Geneva Lakes Hamburger Throwdown benefit the Badger ProStart Culinary Program.

Brews and Blues at Lake Lawn Resort

Brews-&-BluesLake Lawn Resort will come alive with the Blues on Saturday March 15, 2014 from 1-5 featuring Chicago Blues master Michael Coleman. This is the ultimate beer tasting and music event in the Lake Geneva area with unlimited sampling of over 100 craft beers featured from 25 different brewers.

Michael Coleman    has been voted as one to the top 50 bluesmen by Guitar World magazine. Coleman has released 5 solo albums to date and with his band the Backbreakers have been featured at Buddy Guys blues club, Legends, in Chicago.

Unlimited sampling will be offered by brewers many known for their great craft beers including, Anchor from San Francisco, Breckenridge from Colorado, Kentucky Ale, New Glarus, Sprecher, Sierra Nevada, and our own Geneva Lake Brewing Company.

A silent Auction benefiting Lake Animal Shelter   also will be taking place. Donations are welcome. 

This event is limited to the first 500 attendees and you must be 21 to be admitted. Tickets are can be purchased here, or by calling 262-245-1000.  

2014 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series

 

Grand Geneva AMSOIL Championship

Grand Geneva AMSOIL Championship

Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva WI  is hosting the 2014 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Friday thru Sunday March 14-16, 2014.

The ISCO National Snowcross Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale will bring a ton of action to Lake Geneva. This weekend will feature all of the top Pro Teams in a 3 day event. For the first time in ISOC history the final race will be broadcast on national TV. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the event starting at 1 p.m. CST

3 packed days of racing will be featured on the snow packed circuit. This year mother nature has cooperated with plenty of cold weather and snow. A complete race schedule is available with the first practice on Friday at *:30 to the big final  on Sunday at 2:30.

Monster Energy/Artic Cats’ Tucker Hibbert brings a comfortable 120-point lead to town. Hibbert could clinch the championship on Friday night with a good run. The 12times  X games medalist when asked last week how it felt said, “This year has been incredible and it’s hard to believe the season is almost done. I’m looking forward to wrapping up the championship in Lake Geneva and celebrating months of hard work with my team”

Local Boy Ross Martin of Burlington,  will be competing. Martin currently is 10 points in the Pro Division and is coming in with some momentum.  Martin won the last race in the AMSOIL series on March 7th in Glyndon, Minn.  

Tickets to watch the Top Pros and Freestylers in Snocross are available at Amsoil Champion Snowcross.   

 

Delavan’s Sky Circus on Ice

Delavan Lake Sky Circus

Delavan Lake Sky Circus

Delavan’s 1st ever Sky Circus on Ice has all the ingredients for a perfect winter weekend in Wisconsin.  Professional kite performances, ice sculptures, snowman building and great food and drinks are only a few of the things you will find when you attend this weekend long celebration taking place Friday February 14th through Monday February 17th at Lake Lawn Resort.

KITE PERFORMANCES

As mesmerizing as a ballet in the sky, professional kite performances are sure to be the highlight of this years event.   Presented by Gift of Wings, this event brings in professional kite fliers from all over the world, as they dazzle spectators with a choreographed display of kites and music.  Spectators will also have the opportunity to try their hand at kite flying in different demonstrations set up around Lake Lawn and attendees are encouraged to bring their own kites as well.    This is an event you won’t want to miss – and although the displays will be visible for miles around, experiencing the kites up close makes for an experience that is truly unique.  Those who have seen the kite performances in the past have described them as being similar to the Blue Angels Air Show, only with kites.   Kite performances will take place both Saturday and Sunday and begin at 10 am and last until about 5 pm.

Guests will even get a chance to take lessons from the “Kite Whisperer” himself Brett Williams in one on one lessons.  Different experts will be on hand letting kite enthusiasts in on tricks of the trade.  There will also be kites on hand provided by Gift of Wings for those who do not have their own.

Finally, prepare to be amazed by Connor Doran, a top 12 finalist on the tv show America’s Got Talent.  Doran captivates audiences with his indoor kite flying, in which he creates an air flow for the kites with only body movements.  Doran, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age four has been touting the therapeutic benefits of kite flying his entire life.  His performance is an eyeopening one you’ll have to see to believe.

 

ICE SCULPTING

If your neck gets tired from looking up at beautiful kites – don’t fret.  Their will be plenty of beauty to take in at ground level as well.  Presented by WinterFun Inc., the top ice sculptors from Illinois and Wisconsin will be creating magnificent works of art using only ice, snow, and water.  The 300 pound blocks of ice will be transformed into beautiful circus themed sculptures.  Get an up close look at how these intricate piece of art are made.  Sculpting will take place Friday through Monday, with an award given to the best sculpture on Monday.

There will also be ice sculpting demonstrations taking place in Downtown Delavan from Tower Park to the Delavan Post Office.

 

BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE!

Attendees of this years Sky Circus on Ice are going to have plenty to do – while not taking in art and kites, participants will be able to snowshoe and cross country ski around beautiful Lake Lawn.  There will also be an area designated for snowman building.   Plenty of concessions will be set up around Lake Lawn so guests can warm up with hot cocoa and their favorite foods.    Make sure you contact Lake Lawn for their special hotel packages for those wishing to attend the Sky Circus on Ice – call 262-728-5095.

 

The Winter Fun in Lake Geneva Continues!

Lake Geneva Winterfest Human Dog Sledding

Lake Geneva Winterfest Human Dog Sledding

The winter fun is far from over in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin!  Although Winterfest has come and gone, there are plenty of awesome out door activities scheduled for the upcoming weekend to keep you enjoying this beautiful time of year!

 

HUMAN DOG SLEDDING:

No need for huskies in this tournament – let your friends do the work!  Teams of 6 will compete in head to head tournaments and are made up of 4 sled pullers, a sled musher, and a sled rider.   The competition takes place at the Riviera and the course is approximately 175 feet long, with 2 teams competing at a time in a “heat” style format.  Races start Friday February 7th and continue through Saturday February 8th.  Sleds and harnesses are provided and may not be altered by contestants.  Participants are encouraged to dress in crazy costumes, with an award given to the most creative.  Cash prizes will be given to the top three teams and all proceeds raised for the event will  go to the Lakeland Animal Shelter.

 

ICE DAYS ON LAKE COMO

Head on over to Mars Resort on Sunday February 9th for a day filled with ice fishing, golfing, bowling, and ice skating!  There will be live music, food and drinks, raffles, and even a ice fishing tournaments!  Guests are encouraged to bring their shanty and any games they may want to play as well as a non perishable food item to donate to the Walworth County Alliance for Children. Festivities take place from 8 am to 4 pm.    Click HERE for more information.

 

BAKER HOUSE ICE BAR

If you haven’t gotten the chance to stop by the Baker House Ice Bar, remember it’s a must.  Enjoy cocktails fireside and in the elements in a whole new way to enjoy the winter season.  Read more about it HERE.

 

REINDEER RUN 5K Walk/Run:

In keeping with the the physical activity, why not run a 5k? The Reindeer Run takes place Saturday February 8th at 10 am at Lake Geneva Harbor Shores.

 

GORDY’S ICE PARTY

Gordy’s is out to prove that Lake Geneva is just as much fun in the middle of winter as it is in the summer!  Their annual Ice Party is taking place Saturday February 8th.   Party-goers are encouraged to throw on extra layers, grab some toddies, a grill and head out to the Fontana Lake Front for a winter party that’s perfect for the whole family.  For more information, contact Gordy’s at 262-275-2163

 

The Best Chili in the Lake Geneva Area

 

Williams Bay Chili Cook-Off

Williams Bay Chili Cook-Off

6th Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday February 1, Lions Fieldhouse Williams Bay

Who makes the best Chili in the Lake Geneva Area? The Champ will be crowned today at the Williams Bay Civic Leagues Chili Cook-Off.  The doors will be open at the Lions Field House on Route 67 in Williams Bay Saturday February 1st from 11:30 to 2:30. Tickets are $7 and Children under 10 $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Competing for the Best Chili will be: The Abbey, Annies Burgertown, By the Seat of our Pants, Calabria, Chucks, Corleone, Daddy Maxwell’s Diner, Frosty Moose, Green Grocer, Hawks View Golf Club, Hunt Club Steakhouse, JoJo’s Pizza, Luckes Cantina, Pier 290, Simple Café, Waterfront in Delavan.

Swing by Williams Bay and get a sample of the Best Chili’s in the Lake Geneva Area.

 

Hosted by the Williams Bay Civic League with sponsorship from Mercy Health Systems.

 

Fire and Ice Lounge at the Baker House

 

The Baker House Ice Bar

The Baker House Ice Bar

The hottest place to be at Lake Geneva’s 2014 Winterfest might be a bit cooler than you expected – so cool in fact, it’s ice.  The Baker House is once again turning their front garden into Wisconsin’s first ever ice bar.  Right in the center of all the Winterfest action, belly up to a 10 foot bar sculpted completely out of ice by award winning artist Max Zuleta.   Drinks are served by “Ice Angels” in glasses made completely of ice.  Patrons are encouraged cozy up by the fire pits on fur covered benches or they may go inside to the heated wrap around porch to warm up.

An array of food and cocktails will be available.  Highlights include a Skyy Vodka ice luge (perfect for shot taking), snow cones topped with fun flavored Skyy Vodka infusions, and of course an array of Baker House Hot Toddy’s.  The Fire & Ice Lounge will be open on weekends for the month of February – or until mother nature puts an end to the fun. With stunning views of Lake Geneva and an atmosphere of days past that simply cannot be duplicated, this is a must see.  Call the Baker House at 262-248-4700 for more details.

Dining in Lake Geneva: Wrigley Drive Hot Spots

Popeyes on Lake Geneva

Popeyes on Lake Geneva

With Lake Geneva’s Annual Winterfest days away, it’s time to finalize your plans – and you won’t want to miss a meal at any one of these beautiful restaurants on Wrigley Drive.    Right in the middle of all the the festive excitement, the below options will allow you to grab a warm meal all while still being able to view the ice sculpting and bustle of the crowd right across the street.  So take a look and see where you’d like to dine on Wrigley Drive during Winterfest 2014.

POPEYE’S

The Vibe:  Popeyes is the sort of old-school restaurant you’d expect to find on Lake Geneva.  The atmosphere is warm and nautical, and the panoramic windows give a great view of The Riviera and the beach.  The staff is some of the best and most attentive in town, and dining there is a real pleasure.

What to Order:  Popeyes is renown for their outdoor rotisserie.  Their chicken, lamb, and pulled pork is always fresh and mouthwateringly delicious.  In my opinion their broccoli cheese soup is a must, and their bloody Mary’s are the absolute best in town.

History:  Popeyes was opened in 1972 by Nick and Veronica Anagnos.  Popeyes Galley and Grog started as a very small restaurant, specializing in fish & chips and ice cold beer.  In 1978 the restaurant expanded, and in 1985 they added the now famous outdoor rotisserie.

SCUTTLEBUTT’S

The Vibe:  Scuttlebutt’s is a homey, warm sort of restaurant that might make you think you’re eating on someone’s three-seasons porch right on Lake Geneva.  The traditional Swedish fare sets it apart from other restaurants in the area and you can expect food to be come quickly with the efficient and warm wait staff making the experience that much more enjoyable.

What to Order:  The Swedish pancakes with lingon berries are wonderful.   Scuttlebutt’s has also garnered a lot of praise for their Friday Fish Fry (voted best in town!)  Also, trying their home-made barbecue sauce is highly recommended (you can buy your own bottle too!) You can expect fresh, quickly served meals with large portion sizes.

History: Opened in 1985 by Steve and Emily Sundberg, the restaurant is a mix of Steve’s Swedish History and Emily’s midwest roots.

BARRIQUE WINE AND BREW BAR

The Vibe:  The newest addition to Wrigley Drive is none other than Barrique Wine and Brew Bar.  Enjoy a laid back atmosphere with a glass of sangria on the restaurant’s balcony or sample a glass of wine in the beautifully decorated bar.  The decor is slightly modern and warmly eclectic.  Also, come prepared to learn – Barrique’s knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you might have on wine or beer.

What to Order:  Think light fare fit to share with a group of friends. The charcuterie plate is divine, paired with some seasonal wine, but their salads are all the rave as well.  Also, bring the little ones along, Barrique offers a great kid’s menu. Prices are reasonable, so sampling different wine and craft beers won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

History:  Barrique opened in June 2013 by owner Tom Trilla.  He has 30 + years of experience in not only the wine industry, but in management as well.  His goal has always been to blend people and wine, which is made very clear upon visiting Barrique.

SPEEDOS HARBORSIDE CAFE

The Vibe:   Think old-school diner with a nautical twist.  It’s tiny, adorable, and no-frills.  The sort of place you an eat a delicious breakfast al fresco or grab an evening cocktail and enjoy some people watching on the streets of Lake Geneva.  If you’d rather grab something on the go, Speedos is the place to stop – their walk-up window makes getting delicious food quick and easy.

What to Order:  For breakfast, their skillets are hard to beat.  Their patty melts are equally scrumptious.  But one of my favorite ways to enjoy Speedos is with a simple pina colada al fresco.

History:  Speedos is owned by Mr. Spyro “Speedo” Condos, the former mayor Lake Geneva.

Grand Geneva Winter Carnival and Fireworks

Grand Geneva

Torch Light Parade Grand Geneva

Join us at The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa for the annual Winter Carnival. Bring your friends and family for a day filled with skiing, snowboarding and fun snow activities!  What better way to put a bang into your Lake Geneva’s 2014 Winterfest then to cap off the day with Fireworks at The Mountain Top.

  • Saturday, February 1st
  • 10 am – 8 pm!

       Morning Events

  • 10:00 am – Ski School Demonstration – Chairlift B
  • 10:30 am – Ski Patrol Demonstration – Chairlift B
  • 11:00 am – Snowboard Slope Style Competition
  • To Follow Snowboard Ski Slope Style Competition (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Classes)

       Afternoon Events

  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Activities including: Human Bowling, Sack Toss, Bucky’s Buckets, Water Balloon Launch, Paint Ball Gallery, Closest to the Pin & other activities
  • Noon – 4:00 pm –  Face Painting – Timbers Grill
  • 2:00 pm – Slalom Races for Skiers and Snowboarders – Chairlift B (Age Categories: 7 & Under, 8 – 12, 13 – 15, 16 – 20, 21 – 29, 30 – 49, 50 & Over)
  • 3:00 pm – Toboggan Competition – Snow Sports Patrol Teams
  • TBA – Kayak Races (Ski School vs Patrol)
  • TBA – Tug of War (Instructor vs Patrol)

       Evening Events

  • 6:00 pm – Raffle Drawing – Leinenkugel’s Mountain Top Lodge
  • 7:45 pm – Lifts will close for approximately one hour
  • 8:00 pm - Torch Light Parade & Fireworks – Chairlift A & B

                                   Schedule is subject to change.  

The Mountain Top Ski Special Super Sunday $10 Lift Ticket Special

  • Sunday, February 2
  • Enjoy a $10 lift ticket
  • 6pm-10pm

Valid on Sunday, February 2 only. Call (262) 249-4726 for more details.

 

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