Fall is officially here with a change to crisp days and earlier sunsets. There are so many reasons for a fall getaway to Lake Geneva. Of course it’s close by and you are guaranteed to see the reds of the Oaks, the oranges of the Maples and the golden bronzes of Hickory trees. So as you think of the beauty that autumn brings, consider these top reasons to make Lake Geneva your fall getaway destination:
- Dramatic, longest lasting autumn display: When Chicago’s elite began building estates on Geneva Lake in the late 1800’s, several enlisted America’s foremost landscape architects to design their grounds. For estates like Wrigley’s Green Gables, a top request was to have the longest lasting color display possible. So, architects carefully selected landscapes that yield specific colors from a wide species of trees and shrubs. Lake Geneva’s fall colors are enjoyed from early September through November.
- Leaf peep and estate peek simultaneously: Walking a piece of the 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path means you take in the colors with close up views of the multi-million dollar estates built by wealthy Chicagoans such as Wrigley (of chewing gum fame), Swift (meatpacking mogul) and Selfridge (founder of Selfridges and Co. department store). The Shore Path varies from grass to dirt to brick and concrete. Should you decide to challenge yourself, the entire Shore Path takes about 8 hours to walk.
- It’s not too late to get on the water: The fall colors can also be enjoyed aboard one of the Lake Geneva Cruise Line boats. Options include sightseeing, dining and historic cruises. The Black Point Estate tour starts with a 45 minute narrated boat ride to Black Point Estate. Upon arrival you hike up approximately 100 stairs and landings (wear comfortable walking shoes) to the Estate located on a bluff overlooking Geneva Lake. Then you enjoy a guided tour of the mansion and grounds built in 1888 as a summer home by Conrad Seipp, a beer tycoon from Chicago. The return trip by boat is also narrated.
- Scenic drives may be enjoyed by car or scooter: If you prefer to be in the driver seat, consider a drive along Rustic Road 29. This loop is located in the countryside of natural beauty. Bounded in some places by split rail fencing, R-29 passes through an area of native vegetation and wildlife near Lake Geneva that is particularly beautiful in autumn. The Rustic Roads, easily accessed via Sheridan Springs Road and Spring Valley Road, are perfect for scooters (rentals and tours are offered by Scoot Jockeys).
- There’s a lot to love about fall golf: The weather may be a little cooler and the days a little shorter but who doesn’t enjoy a less crowded course and a quicker pace of play. With 11 courses ranging from championship to par-3 level experiences, there is a course for every type of player. Be sure to ask about fall golf deals and do enjoy the fall foliage that surrounds you.
Geneva National Golf Club features 54 holes of legendary golf designed by Palmer, Player and Trevino. Carved out of the rolling Wisconsin countryside, all of the courses take full advantage of the natural surroundings and offer five tee boxes for a great golf experience for every level of player.
Located among 275 tree-lined acres, Lake Lawn Resort’s Majestic Oaks championship golf course in Delavan is a historic masterpiece, first opened in 1921 and then spectacularly re-engineered in 1990 by renowned architect Dick Nugent, known for his work at Kemper Lakes. This course is best known for its stately oaks, deep sand bunkers and subtle undulations.
At Hawks View Golf Club, serious golfers choose championship caliber Como Crossings for its spectacular views and a 7,074-yard, par-72 challenging layout. Como Creek winds throughout the course, complementing the scenic woodlands and rolling topography. Beginners, families and kids enjoy a walkable par-3 experience on the Barn Hallow course.