Venetian Fest in Lake Geneva – August Activites Around the Lake

Things to do in Lake Geneva WIAugust around Geneva Lake is full of excitement, fun and offers lots of things to do in Lake Geneva.

Before you rush to the school supply aisle, there’s still time for a few last weeks spent on the water having fun in Lake Geneva.   August brings a whole host of fun things to do around town starting this week!  Here’s what you can find around the lake for the month of August:

Venetian Fest – August 14-18, 2013

Celebrating 51 years this year, Venetian Fest takes place along the Lake Geneva lakefront.  From live entertainment, a craft fair, rides, food, drinks and a great time!  For more information visit the Lake Geneva Jaycee’s website: http://www.lakegenevajaycees.org/venetian-festival-information.html

Art in the Park – August 10-11, 2013

If you love art, this is the event to attend.  Artists from across the country participate in this juried art show.  From painting, photography, jewelry, pottery and more you will see every art form you can imagine.  The Geneva Lakes Art Association hosts this annual event and continues to work to bring art appreciation into our communities and our schools.  For more information visit: http://www.genevalakeart.org/events/Art_in_the_Park

Water Safety Patrol Dance – August 9, 2013

Welcome to Nautical Night!  A huge fundraiser for the Water Safety Patrol, this annual party is a great time.  The WSP works so hard to keep Geneva Lake safe all year long, it’s great to be able to say thank you and give back.  Nautical night is a dinner, dance and auction all benefitting WSP.  For more information and to order your tickets, visit their website: http://www.watersafetypatrol.org/index.php?id=87

Williams Bay Fireworks - August 10,2013

Join your friends down in Williams Bay at Edgewater Park for a night of fun & fireworks.  Or grab a cocktail and dinner at Pier 290 or Café Calamari and get first class treatment and a front row seat for the show!

Music By the Lake – The Doobie Brothers – August 10, 2013

Settled on the lakefront at Aurora University, Music By the Lake offers an evening of great entertainment in a beautiful setting.  This week is the final show of the 2013 season featuring the Doobie Brothers.  To find out more about Music by the Lake or become a sponsor and get your tickets before they go on sale for the 2014 season, visit their website: http://www.musicbythelake.com/

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 Maxwell Street Days in Lake Geneva – August 23-25, 2013

Enjoy shopping in Downtown Lake Geneva and pick up some great deals!  Maxwell Street Days brings out the best in our great downtown area.  No matter what you are looking for – home décor, art, food, gifts, jewelry & more – our local business owners have something for everybody!

Donate Blood – August 28, 2013

The City of Lake Geneva Police Department, in partnership with the Blood Center of Wisconsin, is hosting a blood drive on August 28, 2013, 2pm-7pm. The drive will be on the 2nd floor. Please bring a photo ID with your birth date. For more information contact Officer Nelson at the City of Lake Geneva Police Department or register online at www.bcw.edu/LGPD

Lake Geneva Music in the Park – Every Thursday at Flat Iron Park in Lake Geneva

The summer nights in Lake Geneva are magical!  Every Thursday evening enjoy live entertainment across from the lake at Flat Iron Park.  Bring your own lawn chairs, have dinner or pack a picnic and relax.  Here’s the schedule for August:

August 8 – Peter Guerin Band
August 15 – live bands at Venetian Festival
August 22 – Geneva Middle School Orchestra – (2pm)
August 22 – Mark & Gretch – Summer Breezes
August 29 – Jeff Gordon Show
All concerts begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Lake Geneva Farmer’s Market – Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Every summer local residents and smart visitors enjoy the Thursday morning Farmer’s Market at Horticultural Hall.  It’s a great place to get not only locally grown produce, but honey, herbs, flowers, soap, and local crafts.  The Farmer’s Market runs through October every Thursday morning, rain or shine!  Find Lake Geneva Farmer’s Market on Facebook to see who’s participating and what goods are available every week!

Have an event you’d like us to share?  Visit our Facebook Page http://www.Facebook.com/InsideLakeGeneva  or http://www.Facebook.com/FontanaWI and send us a message!  We love sharing community events and giving a shout out to our great local business owners!

From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer!  We love living in Lake Geneva and creating memories with our kids both on & off the water!  Walking to Yogeez or watching the boys learn to sail and golf, Lake Geneva has been an amazing backdrop for raising our boys.  We look forward to helping you plant your roots so you can create amazing memories with your family here too!

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Lake Geneva Lakefront Realtors, the Melges Team shares their in-depth knowledge and experience around Geneva Lake with their clients and customers. Listening to what your goals are, Hans and Michalene will help you formulate a specific marketing plan to get your home sold. When you work with the Melges Team, it’s more than just another real estate transaction, they work to build your trust and confidence as your trusted real estate advisor for life. Contact the Melges Team at (262)745-3738 for real estate advice and to help your family make the best decision for your move!

Fun Things To Do at Lake Geneva this Weekend July 28-29 Edition

Music, Lobsters, Fireworks and Art – who could ask for more fun things to do at Lake Geneva than that?

This weekend is going to be a really fun weekend around Geneva Lake.  If you’ve come up to Lake Geneva on vacation or find yourself looking for things to do, here’s a few great options that you’ll enjoy!

Fontana Lobster Boil - Every year on the last weekend in July, the Village of Fontana hosts it’s annual Lobster Boil!  Each year the event gets bigger and bigger!  Organized by the Bigfoot Lion’s Club, this year marks 29 years serving up this great event!  Saturday, July 28th the Lobster Boil takes place at Reid Park on Fontana’s Lakefront.  It’s the perfect spot to get a great meal and support the community if you are staying at The Abbey Resort, just across the street!  Dinners are served starting at 2:00 pm and run $34 for a lobster dinner and $22 for steak dinner.  Last year the Bigfoot Lions served over 2,400 people and this year they are hoping to add another 200 dinners to the event.

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Driehaus Estate on Lake Geneva

Richard Driehaus Birthday Party - Every July well-known philanthropist Richard Driehaus holds his birthday party for his closest friends and fellow philanthropists at his Lake Geneva lakefront estate.  It has become an event that many locals look forward to as he has a spectacular fireworks display after dark.  Many people stay out later on their boats to watch the display.  Others book a late dinner at the Grandview Room at the Geneva Inn for one of the best seats in the house!

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Arrive at the Geneva Inn on Lake Geneva by Boat

Art in the Bay - If you’re looking for great art this weekend, Saturday and Sunday Williams Bay is holding their annual Art in the Bay.  You’ll find everything from oil paintings to pottery and glass-work.  It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and see where their inspiration comes from.  As a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, art events are something I love sharing about locally!  Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. stop by Edgewater Park (On Geneva Street, across from Cafe Calamari) you never know if you’ll find the perfect piece of art for your new lake home.

Tom Chapin Music by the Lake Williams Bay WI

Coming Sunday, July 29 - Music by the Lake Welcomes Tom Chapin and Friends

Music by the Lake - This Sunday, Music by the Lake will be featuring Tom Chapin & Friends!  The show is at 4:00 p.m. at George Williams College in Williams Bay.  We are taking our boys there and are excited to see the show!  If you are there with your family, we’d love to meet you in person!  Call or text (262) 745-3738 to connect!

Part of why we love living in Lake Geneva so much is because there are so many fun things to do in Lake Geneva with kids.  Whether it’s in Lake Geneva or just a short ride along the lake to Fontana or Williams Bay, all of our surrounding communities are so active in bringing families together.  It’s really a great place to live and we’d love to share it with you!

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The Melges Team - Lake Geneva Lakefront Luxury Home Specialists

Michalene and Hans Melges with Keefe Real Estate specialize in lake access and lakefront real estate on Lake Geneva. Being familiar with each neighborhood and shoreline around the lake allows them to help you find the perfect location for your vacation home based on what your needs are. If you’ve been thinking about investing in lakefront real estate and would like to discuss your options, contact the Melges Team at (262) 745-3738 – call or text. They will discuss your search in confidence and help you find the right home in the right location for your family’s maximum enjoyment!

 


This Sunday – Music By The Lake Family Concert

Are you looking for fun things to do in Lake Geneva with kids this weekend?

This Sunday, Music by the Lake at George Williams College  is featuring a family concert.  Tom Chapin & Friends put on a great show that kids below 4′ tall and those of us just acting like kids can enjoy!  Last year was the first year that Tom Chapin played at Music by the Lake and people had so much fun, they asked him to come back this year!

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Coming Sunday, July 29 - Music by the Lake Welcomes Tom Chapin and Friends

Music by the Lake started in 2001 at Aurora University’s George Williams Campus location in Williams Bay, WI.  The Ferro Pavilion which now stands there allows for performances to take place rain or shine.  The setting is on the shore of beautiful Geneva Lake and various performances take place all summer long.

We’re taking our kids to the show and would love to connect with you there!  If you’re going to be attending this Sunday’s performance of Tom Chapin & Friends text us at: 262-745-3738!  The bigger the family the better!

If you are interested in going to Tom Chapin and friends this Sunday but don’t have tickets yet, visit Music by the Lake’s website at:  http://www.MusicbytheLake.com or call (262) 245-8501. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids and children under 3 are free.  Here’s a clip from last years Tom Chapin performance, the first at the Ferro Pavilion on Geneva Lake.

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The Melges Team - Sharing Their Passion for Lake Geneva One Home at a Time!

As Lake Geneva Realtors, Michalene & Hans Melges enjoy supporting community events and local businesses.  Part of their fond memories growing up around Geneva Lake are now being shared with their three boys.  Their passion for sharing Lake Geneva with clients, friends and family is evident.  If you have fallen in love with living at the lake and would like help finding the perfect home for your family to settle down in Fontana or Lake Geneva, WI, the Melges Team has years of experience on the water and are happy to help answer all your questions.  Contact Michalene and Hans at (262) 745-3738 – text for immediate response.

 


Lake Geneva Concerts in the Park – Thursdays all Summer

Being in the middle of summer in Lake Geneva WI brings tons of fun things to do with kids around the area!

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Thursdays throughout Summer - 7 p.m. Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva, WI

Thursday nights mean great music, beautiful sunsets and fun times in downtown Lake Geneva!  If you like music of all varieties, then you’ll want to put Thursday evening on your calendar for the remainder of summer!  Starting in July and running every Thursday for the rest of summer, Flat Iron Park hosts a free concert each week.  With unique bands, musicians and performers ever week offers a different flavor.

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Flat Iron Park is located on the triangle between Wrigley Drive and Center Street!  This year they built a brand new gazebo at Flat Iron Park and have created a special stage area just for performances.   Flat Iron Park is the perfect location to watch the sunset behind the Riviera over Geneva Lake.  If you’re making it a date night, Sprecher’s Pub (attached to The Cove in Lake Geneva) or Gino’s East Pizzeria are just across the street.  You can also enjoy outside dining at Scuttlebutts, Popeye’s or Speedo’s Harborside Cafe overlooking the lake on Wrigley Drive.

Lake Geneva Concerts in the park start at 7:00 p.m.  Bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets as seating is on a first come-first served basis.  Here’s the entire line up of performers for the remainder of the summer!

Lake Geneva Concerts in the Park – Lakefront at Flat Iron Park, 7PM Thursdays – FREE

7/12 Rockford Pipe Band – mix of traditional & not so traditional Pipe Band
7/19 Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra – performing world’s greatest music
7/26 Saturday June Band – eclectic mix from the 60s, 70s, 80s, & 90s
8/02 KBP (Kal Bergendalh Project) – smooth, edgy jazz with soulful pop music
8/09 Into the Woods in Concert – musical play (John Powers narrating)
8/23 Lake Geneva Middle School Orchestra – 2:00 PM
8/23 Groundspeed Bluegrass Band – a mix of bluegrass and newgrass
8/30 Peter Guerin Band – the Crooners, Frank & Dean, Juke Box Days & Elvis

Flat Iron Park isn’t the only host venue providing great concerts this summer!  Music by the Lake in Williams Bay also showcases great performances for families to enjoy in a beautiful lakefront setting at George Williams College.

Whether you are in town on vacation, or you enjoy living here year-round, one thing is certain, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Lake Geneva.  Visit http://www.lakegenevawi.com for a full list of activities going on around the area all summer long!

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The Melges Team - Sharing Their Passion for Lake Geneva One Home at a Time!

This Summer Event Update is provided by Hans & Michalene Melges with Keefe Real Estate in Lake Geneva.  Not only do they have great memories from growing up around the lake, Hans & Michalene are raising their family here.  With such great opportunities to be involved both on and off the water, as well as so many things to do in Lake Geneva, the Melges’ have a passion for sharing their love of Lake Geneva with their real estate clients and friends.  If you’ve fallen in love with Lake Geneva and are considering planting your family roots here, contact Lake Geneva Realtors Hans & Michalene Melges to help you find the perfect home in the ideal location! (262) 745-3738



Music By The Lake Concert Series Starting in Williams Bay WI

Every summer residents and visitors alike look forward to the Music by the Lake Concert series in Williams Bay, WI.

Music by the Lake offers a variety of selections this year that will appeal to multiple audiences.  This week the first performance of the season is scheduled for July 7th at 7:30 p.m.  This show is featuring Steve Lippia in “Simply Sinatra.”  The “Singer’s Singer” and his 16-piece orchestra sizzle in an opening night of Sinatra’s greatest hits.

What Can You Expect at Music by the Lake?

First, the setting is breathtaking!  The concerts take place in the Ferro Pavillion at George Williams College Williams Bay, WI campus.  As you listen to the concert, you’re overlooking our beautiful Geneva Lake.  With the soft lapping of waves, the melodic rhythms of the performers and the overall air of an intimate concert, Music by the Lake sets itself apart from any other outdoor performance series in the Geneva Lake Area!

What is the schedule for Music by the Lake for 2012?

July 7, 2012 – Steve Lippia in “Simply Sinatra” at 7:30 p.m.

July 14, 2012 – The Four Freshmen and The Lettermen at 7:30 p.m.  Two of the most talented men’s vocal groups of all time present their signature standards in stunning vocal harmony.

July 21, 2012 – “Music in the Air” at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday July 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.  A revival of the 1932 musical includes the lush orchestral arrangements of Robert Russell Bennet, with score by Jerome Kem and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Sunday July 29, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Tom Chapin and Friends – Back by popular demand with Michael Mark and Jon Cobert in a concert of original songs designed to delight audiences of all ages.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Anderson and Roe - Two of the finest young pianists on the scene taking the world by storm with their spectacular keyboard creations.

August 11, 2012 – Million Dollar Quartet at 7:30 p.m.  A concert version of the musical celebrating the recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

August 18, 2012 – Cheap Trick at 7:30 p.m. Combining British pop songcraft, crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick takes the stage delivering a mix of ’60s pop, heavy metal and punk. Buckle your seat belts for the electrifying final concert of the 2012 season!

For more information about Music by the Lake in Williams Bay, or to obtain tickets for the 2012 concert series, visit their website at: http://www.MusicByTheLake.com Planning a vacation to Lake Geneva, WI?  The Music by the Lake website has lodging and dining options locally.  Also, you can find other things to do while you’re visiting via Twitter or Facebook!

From our family to yours, we hope you have a safe and memorable 4th of July!  For a list of fireworks and other celebrations going on in Fontana, Lake Geneva and around our area, click here!

Michalene & Hans Melges are Realtors with Keefe Real Estate Lake Geneva. They specialize in lakefront and vacation homes in Lake Geneva, Linn Township, Fontana and Williams Bay. Michalene and Hans always go above and beyond making sure their clients are always the priority and all their questions get answered. Contact Michalene or Hans for exceptional real estate service and in-depth market knowledge to help advise you as to your unique real estate situation.



4th of July Activities for Fontana and Lake Geneva WI

4th of July in Lake Geneva, WI and surrounding communities is really a big deal!  Why?  Because it celebrates our freedom, but also because it’s the height of the summer for residents and vacationers alike!

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Grand Geneva Fireworks - July 3rd, 2012

With the 4th of July comes fireworks, parades, bar-be-ques and great times on the water!  The communities around Geneva Lake really go all out to make sure the holiday is celebrated and enjoyed by all.  This year the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday.  We anticipate people taking the entire week off work to make it a full vacation for their families, or taking the following Thursday and Friday off for an extended weekend in Lake Geneva.

If you’re looking for things to do in Lake Geneva with kids for the 4th of July, here’s a list of local activities:

Grand Geneva Fireworks Celebration - Lake Geneva, WI

Locally, The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has become known for their festive, fun Independence Day celebrations!  This year the Grand Geneva’s Fireworks is on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012.  Highlights including picnic food, games, kid’s activities, a water ski show and their Grand Fireworks display. New this year, all guests are invited to a party in the Grand Ballroom to enjoy live entertainment after the fireworks.

Grand Geneva invites the residents of the surrounding communities and travelers alike to their spectacular events on July 3 that will support a great cause. They will once again partner with the Lake Geneva Area Food Pantry by asking each attendee of the fireworks show to donate two non-perishable items that will be used to help the local community members in need.

In addition, Grand Geneva Resort has additional activities planned throughout the week.  Sunday, July 1, enjoy a concert by Trippin Billies outside at the ski chalet (Community also invited, $10/person). Monday, July 2, be amazed by David Seebach’s Wonders of Magic Show.  If you’re interested in reserving a room for the 4th of July at Grand Geneva, visit their website at:  http://www.GrandGeneva.com

Fontana, WI 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks display presented by the Village of Fontana Wednesday, July 04, 2012 Dusk to 10:00 p.m. Show starts at dusk on the beach in Fontana.

In addition to the Village of Fontana’s celebration The Abbey Resort in Fontana has it’s own 4th of July celebrations planned.  With activities planned for the whole family beginning at 2:00 pm and concluding with a festive party to the music of Big Al Wentzle and the Bushwood All Stars at 9:30 at the Waterfront!  To check on room availability and their seasonal packages, visit The Abbey Resort’s website at:  http://www.TheAbbeyResort.com

Geneva National 4th of July BBQ and Fireworks

Enjoy a traditional holiday picnic and fireworks at Geneva National! Taking place on Wednesday, July 4th, Geneva National will have inflatable games for the kids and more will be available on the driving range. A BBQ picnic and bar is open to the public in the pavilion behind the Clubhouse. The fireworks start around 9:15pm and are one of the best displays in the area. Fireworks are free and food and beverage ala carte.

Additional Communities in the Area 4th of July Celebrations:

Elkhorn – Star Spangled Celebration at Sunset Park (Devendorf St) Friday, June 29th starting at 5:00 p.m. with Fireworks at dusk

Delavan Lake - 4th of July Celebration at the Community Park (Hwy 50 & S. Shore Drive) Saturday , June 30th at 9:00 a.m. Horseshoe Tournament, Crafts, Bingo & more with Fireworks at dusk

DelavanCancelled due to dry weather!  Stay Safe everybody! Let Freedom Ring Parade takes place on July 4th at 3:00 p.m. with fireworks over Lake Comus in Veteran’s Park at dusk.  Additionally there are activities through out the day beginning with a pancake breakfast from 7-11:00 a.m.  For the full schedule of Delavan 4th of July Activities, visit their website: http://ci.delavan.wi.us

If you’d like to see our local fireworks displays from the water, Lake Geneva Cruise Lines have set up special boat tours for the 4th of July!  Click here for more info!

As we start this wonderful holiday week, we hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July!  Please remember to be careful with the fireworks if you are using them around your homes as we’ve had an incredibly hot and dry summer thus far.  Several of our local volunteer fire departments have shared concerns and warnings for home firework displays because of dry, brittle lawns.  So enjoy the time, make memories and plan to make it a tradition to visit Lake Geneva, WI every year for the 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July!

 


Looking for Things to Do in Lake Geneva This Weekend – June 22-24

If you’re looking for things to do in Lake Geneva, WI this weekend, there’s plenty of things to choose from! 

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The Vespas are Here! June 21-24th in Lake Geneva WI

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is playing host to Vespa scooter owners from across the country this weekend.  The Vespa Club of America (VCOA) is holding their 20th Anniversary celebration in Lake Geneva.  The festivities started on Thursday, June 21st and continue all through the weekend.  Activities to note, on Saturday the 23rd at 11:00 a.m. they are going to attempt to set a Guinness World Record for Longest Scooter Parade.  Anybody that is a scooter owner can participate.  (Note, because it is a world record attempt only scooters are allowed to participate in this 2 mile ride through downtown Lake Geneva.)  If you want to participate, you need to register at Midwest Action Cycle, 251 Host Drive, Lake Geneva, WI from 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.  This ensures you and your scooter get counted in the world record attempt!

There is also scooter only parking on Wrigley Drive (which will be closed Friday and Saturday to any other vehicles).  The festivities and celebrations will take place around Lake Geneva and commence in Flat Iron Park, the triangle between Wrigley Drive and Center Street (in front of The Cove and Sprecher’s Restaurant.)

For a full list of activities taking place with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Vespa Club of America, visit their website at:  http://amerivespa.org/schedule.html.

If you’d like to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend, Sunday June 24th is the Bigfoot Triathlon at Big Foot Beach.  It starts with a swim in the crystal clear water of Geneva Lake, then has a great bike ride along the south side of the lake on gorgeous paved country roads and finishes with a run through Big Foot State Park.  Registration closes Friday at 10:00 p.m. if you want to enter!

For those that are registered, you can pick up your registration packet anytime before Sunday.  For a schedule of when you can pick up your packet and additional information about the race, times and events, visit the Big Foot Triathalon’s website at: http://www.ramtri.com/bigfoot/.

If you are visiting Lake Geneva, WI for the first time, or you’re enjoying a wonderful vacation here we’d like to welcome you!  There’s so many things to do in Lake Geneva, places to eat and fun to be had!  If you’re looking for a great adventure, Lake Geneva Canopy Tours is located just north of Lake Geneva on Hwy. H and they do guided zip-line aerial tours!  It’s sure to be a great time and something different that you don’t see everyday!  If you book via their website, they have a special summer package put together for their visitors!  http://www.lakegenevacanopytours.com

If you’d like to see some of the beautiful estates and Lake Geneva mansions that date back over 100 years, you really should take a walk along the lake path!  The lake path runs along the shoreline around the entire lake.  If you walk the entire path, it’s 21 miles.  However, you can get on the path at various locations around the lake and walk different stretches!  In Lake Geneva you can walk the South shore of the lake right off Wrigley Drive!  You can also pick up the lake path just off library park and you’ll be able to walk the north side of the lake toward Williams Bay!

Lake Geneva lakefront propertyNo matter what you and your family have planned this weekend, the forecast says it’s going to be a perfect weekend in Lake Geneva, WI.  With summer in full swing there are always things to do in Lake Geneva.

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Hans and Michalene Melges are Lake Geneva Realtors with Keefe Real Estate in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. They specialize in lakefront and vacation homes in Lake Geneva, Linn Township, Fontana and Williams Bay. Michalene and Hans always go above and beyond making sure their clients are always the priority and all their questions get answered. Contact Hans or Michalene to discuss selling your property or to find your own hidden gem on Lake Geneva.


Walking the Lake Geneva Lake Path – Fun Things to do in Lake Geneva with Kids

It doesn’t matter if it’s 90 degrees and summer or a brisk fall day, one thing is for certain.  The Lake Geneva lake shore path is sure to provide you with great exercise, stunning scenery and a tour of the history of Lake Geneva!

Lake Geneva Shore Path WIOne aspect that people recognize when they hear about Lake Geneva WI is that the lake is surrounded with beautiful estates and mansions.  When people plan their vacation in Lake Geneva or Fontana, one thing they always look forward to sharing with their kids are tours around the lake to admire many of the historic mansions around the lake.  There are professional tours, like the Lake Geneva Cruise Line boat tours that run 7 days a week through out the summer months.  You can also take a self-guided tour using a handy pocket book entitled: Walk, Talk & Gawk – A Map and Guide of the Geneva Lake Shore Path.  This guide can be purchased at a number of locations around Geneva Lake including The Cornerstone Shoppe in downtown Lake Geneva.

Lake Geneva lakefront propertyUsing the guide, you’ll be able to see the entire lake shore path and decide how far and where you want to walk.  Whether you are going for exercise or to see the historic homes, having a handy pocket guide will help you familiarize yourself with the various sections of the lake.

If you’re really up for exercise, the entire Lake Geneva Lake Shore Path stretches 21 miles around the lake. 

Through the warm months, it’s such a joy showing Lake Geneva lakefront property.  We take our clients via boat to the properties they are interested in seeing.  This helps them get a feel for the frontage and location that each home has to offer.  They will also see the neighboring homes along the shoreline and get a much better grasp on how close each of the properties are to the things and places they like to do for fun around the lake, i.e. Lake Geneva Yacht Club, Gordy’s or Williams Bay.

Some of the historic Lake Geneva mansions have been here since the 1870′s when wealthy Chicago families took up summer residency around the lake.  Sunnyhill, built in 1902 is one of the original estates on the West End of Geneva Lake.  Settled on 6 acres and still showcasing the original home, this property is steeped in history and tradition!

Whether you are visiting Lake Geneva, WI on vacation for the first time, or you’ve lived around the area for years and never taken the time to explore the lake, I highly recommend you find your favorite spot and talk a walk on the Lake Geneva shore path.  It’s great fun for the whole family and gives you an inexpensive adventure that you can enjoy throughout the year!

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The Melges Team - Lake Geneva Lakefront Real Estate Top Producing Team

Hans and Michalene Melges are Lake Geneva Realtors with Keefe Real Estate. They specialize in helping their clients buy and sell vacation homes on Lake Geneva and in surrounding lake access communities. They also help people find Lake Geneva vacation rentals to come visit the lake for the summer. With a proven system in place, the Melges Team handles all the details throughout the transaction so you don’t have to worry. Their goal is to help you achieve your goals. If you have fallen in love with Lake Geneva, contact the Melges team to discuss the Lake Geneva Real Estate Market and find the perfect home for you to start creating your family memories! (262) 745-3738


The Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce is Here to Help You!

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Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce - 201 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva

If you are looking for where to stay or what to do in Lake Geneva WI on vacation, the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce is here to help you!

The Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce is located at 201 Wrigley drive, across the street from the docks at the Riviera.  Planning a vacation is easier when you are able to work with reliable businesses to arrange your trip.  If you’re looking for Lake Geneva WI hotels and resorts, the Chamber of Commerce lists several local establishments that are know for the exceptional care they pay to visiting guests.

Not only is lodging in Lake Geneva important, but while you’re here you will want to know the best places to eat, great shopping and things to do in Lake Geneva with kids.  Lake Geneva has an official website that lists a ton of great activities that are happening all around town.  Not just the big events Lake Geneva has become so well known for like Venetian Fest in August or Winter Fest in February, but also events hosted by local businesses like the Lake Geneva Farmer’s Market at Horticultural Hall.  Their website:  http://www.LakeGenevaWI.com also hosts a monthly giveaway on their site to win a vacation in Lake Geneva.

Through the Chamber of Commerce, you’ll be able to learn about Lake Geneva, connect with great local businesses and plan an enjoyable vacation for your whole family.

If you are looking to move to Lake Geneva, the city also maintains a website to help residents.  Their website shares information with families vacationing about the Lake Geneva Beach, the parking regulations, maps, the Riviera and much more.  The city of Lake Geneva, WI web address is:   http://www.cityoflakegeneva.com/ 

Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce
201 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva WI 53147
Phone:  (262) 248-4416 

It’s quite possible that once you share a vacation in Lake Geneva, you’ll fall in love with the water and all the fun surrounding it!  From vacationer to resident, we share this discussion with our clients all the time.  So many people rent vacation homes around the lake and truly fall in love with the water.  When they are ready to set up roots, we are here to listen to what they love about Lake Geneva and help them find the perfect home in the perfect location so they can start creating even more memories with their family.

Lake Geneva is more than just a lake… it’s a community of wonderful businesses, it’s a fun vibrant city, it’s a memory your kids will cherish for a lifetime.  Lake Geneva is Summer Fun!

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The Melges Team - Lake Geneva Real Estate Lakefront Top Producing Team

Hans and Michalene Melges are Lake Geneva Realtors with Keefe Real Estate.  They specialize in helping their clients buy and sell vacation homes on Lake Geneva and in surrounding lake access communities.  They also help people find Lake Geneva vacation rentals to come visit the lake for the summer.  With a proven system in place, the Melges Team handles all the details throughout the transaction so you don’t have to worry.  Their goal is to help you achieve your goals.  If you have fallen in love with Lake Geneva, contact the Melges team to discuss the Lake Geneva Real Estate Market and find the perfect home for you to start creating your family memories! (262) 745-3738



Bistro 220 – Great Valentine Dinner Idea in Lake Geneva WI

Bistro 220 Lake Geneva WIIf you’re looking to surprise your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, why not come to Lake Geneva, WI?  It’s the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening.

This year, Bistro 220 will be open on Tuesday, February 14th specially for Valentine’s dinner.  Creating a special menu designed to sweep your Valentine off her (or his) feet!  Bistro 220 is located in the Lake Geneva Courtyard Building on Cook Street.  Prior to Bistro 220, the history of the Cook Street building was not that of shopping, dining and dancing!

The Lake Geneva Courtyard was originally a multi-family piece of real estate that had been run down, riddled with graffiti and really was not the nicest of neighbors for the surrounding downtown Lake Geneva and the Lake Geneva Historical District.  The property was zoned residential so the process to go from 4-family real estate to a commercial property was a long process.

The process began in 2007.  An offer was made on this piece of Lake Geneva real estate, with the condition that the new owners could get the building re-zoned.  After many meetings presenting their plans for the property to the City’s Planning Division and the City Council, they finally got the approval and zoning they needed to go ahead with the renovations!

You can read the story about the entire renovation process on their website: http://www.bistro220.com.

Bistro 220 has created a special menu for Valentine’s Day 2012!

I saw their special menu posted on Bistro 220′s Facebook page.  Reservations are suggested (262) 248-4220.  The special menu for two isn’t just for February 14th, it’s also available by reserving your seat for this weekend on Saturday February 11th.

Celebrate Valentine’s at the Bistro!

  • Raspberry Bellini for 2
  • Fresh Seafood, Steak & Lobster + Our Regular Menu.
  • Reserve early for the heated balcony!!!! (262) 248-4220
  • Red Velvet Cheesecake for 2
  • Specials served Feb. 11th & 14th from 4-9pm

So whether you are visiting Lake Geneva, WI this weekend or you want to take your date out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, check out Bistro 220.  They have helped to restore a piece of Lake Geneva that was quickly becoming undesirable!  Support our local businesses and see why so many people fall in love with Lake Geneva!

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