Start Planning those Much Awaited Summer Trips

Lake Geneva, March 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School is almost out and it's time to start planning those much awaited summer trips. Lake Geneva, easily accessible from Chicago and Milwaukee, offers a plethora of options for all to get in and on the water this summer, as it is the most accessible body of water in Wisconsin.

Tour boat cruises easily accessed from the Riviera docks in downtown Lake Geneva.

"The Lake Geneva area is the perfect summer vacation destination for visitors of all ages, many who return year after year," said Darien Schaefer, President, Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We have a wide variety of activities and events, setting the stage for a fun-filled summer getaway no matter when you come."

Summer visitors may enjoy the water from the shoreline, rent watercraft to have fun on the lake, or bring their own toys. The area's four beaches with bathhouses provide ample opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. Speedboats, pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks and stand up paddleboards are readily available from many watercraft rental businesses, including Action Marine, Fontana Paddle Company, Clear Water Outdoor, or Watercraft Rentals of Lake Geneva.

The Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers a variety of tour boat options including sightseeing and dining cruises. The Mail Boat Tour, featured on NBC Nightly News, is a favorite as all ages get a kick out of watching the Mail Jumpers leap on and off the moving boat to deliver the mail dock by dock around Geneva Lake.

The one-of-a-kind Geneva Lake Shore Path is also a favorite as it offers pedestrians direct access to unprecedented views of the grand multi-million dollar mansions built by Chicago notables such as the Wrigley's, beautifully manicured gardens, and designer boat houses as they stroll along the free public path where the lake-facing estates are front and center.

Another favorite activity for vacationers is boutique shopping throughout the streets of highly walkable downtown Lake Geneva. Shoppers won't have a problem finding some treasures to remind them of their travels. ReVive Gallery and Studio is highly regarded for their beautiful mosaic art and fun classes, and Delaney Street Mercantile offers whimsical gift and home décor options from all around the world.

Summer vacationers also take advantage of numerous waterfront dining options that range from casual to fine dining. The Waterfront Restaurant & Barat the Abbey Resort & Spa in Fontana offers a beautiful harbor side view to accompany lunch or dinner. The Hunt Club Steakhouse at Geneva National Resort overlooks the western shore of Lake Como and offers an expansive variety of fresh, delicious cuisine. The Frontier Restaurantat Lake Lawn Resort overlooks Delavan Lake and specializes in innovative American Heartland dishes. Gordy's Boat House & Cobalt Lounge offers casual waterfront dining for lunch and dinner with a family friendly menu and nautical setting. Pier 290is a progressive American restaurant in Williams Bay with beautiful views of Geneva Lake, an outdoor bar complete with sandy beach, and fire pits.

Lakeside entertainment is also a must with live concerts, piano bars, karaoke and movies. Music by the Lake concerts appeal to music lovers of all ages in a breath taking, open-air setting at the Ferro Pavilion overlooking Geneva Lake on the George Williams College Campus. Summer concerts feature big band, family, contemporary, classical, musical theatre, opera and classic rock entertainment, taking place select Saturdays and Sundays throughout July and August. A free concert series, Concerts in the Park, takes place every Thursday, 6 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. throughout July and August at Flat Iron Park, a lakeside location in downtown Lake Geneva.

No matter what size group you bring, the Lake Geneva area has accommodations to fit your space and budget requirements so you can rest comfortably for tomorrow. Perhaps an all-suite condominium at The Cove of Lake Geneva in downtown with indoor and outdoor pools; or a room at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spaoverlooking a championship golf course; or a beautifully appointed room at Maxwell Mansion 1856.

For help planning your summer vacation, call the Lake Geneva Visitor Center at (800) 345-1020 or visit

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About Lake Geneva

Nestled on the northeastern shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has been a resort community since just after the Civil War when wealthy Chicago families discovered the site and began building summer homes there. Today, the elegant, often historic estates still ring the lake and can be viewed from the water or by foot via the 21-mile walking path that circles the lake.

Lake Geneva boasts a wealth of dining options and lodging choices with the latter ranging from luxury spa resorts to rustic inns to lovely B&B's. The area also offers pristine nature areas and a wealth of attractions. For information on Lake Geneva, honored as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations, visit or call (800) 345-1020.

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Source:Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau