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Music by the Lake | 2017 Schedule


WILLIAMS BAY, Wis. — Outdoor summer entertainment venue Music by the Lake, presented by George Williams College of Aurora University, announces its 17th annual season presenting artist debuts and a range of musical genres and shows, including orchestral music, contemporary and nostalgic pop/rock, country and jazz. The summer series, which includes weekend events from June 25 through August 13, features events for all generations to enjoy.

Tickets for all events are on sale! Patrons can purchase their tickets at musicbythelake.com or by contacting the Music by the Lake ticket office at 262-245-8501. Music by the Lake does not charge a service fee on ticket orders.



Singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will perform on the pavilion stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. With his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician blends elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a “Duo,” with his “Acoustic Group” or with “The Large Band,” Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. The winner of four Grammy Awards, Lovett also received the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award and was named Texas State Musician. His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any artist working today.


Classic rock band America, who continues to thrill audiences with timeless sounds on cornerstone hits, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. With the release of the band’s signature 1971 hit “Horse with No Name,” the group catapulted to the top of the international charts. America recorded six gold and platinum records, and produced a string of unforgettable tunes that still grace the airwaves, among them “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man” and “Sister Golden Hair,” as well as 1982’s pop toe-tapper “You Can do Magic.” From its earliest years, America has transcended borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, the band’s audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first-, second- and third- generation fans, all bearing testament to the group’s enduring appeal.



At 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, Preservation Hall Jazz Band transports the art form of New Orleans-style jazz to Music by the Lake. Since 1961, the group has been promoting traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity and enthralling audiences worldwide. The ensemble derives its name from the venerable music venue located in the heart of the French Quarter. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British royalty or the king of Thailand, the band embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band and record label. Many of the band’s charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early 20th century, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson. Today, Jaffe is incorporating new blood into the touring band, bringing in some younger players with fresh musical ideas and to form collaborations with groups and musicians from outside the New Orleans tradition, such as My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Pete Seeger and the Del McCoury Bluegrass Band. Their latest studio album, “So It Is,” heavily influenced by the group’s 2015 trip to Cuba, will be released this April.



The Chicago Philharmonic under the baton of Artistic Director Scott Speck, returns after a triumphant Music by the Lake debut last summer to perform a program of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin classic melodies at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12. The performance features pianist Joseph Joubert and Broadway vocalists, and will include Gershwin and Berlin favorites such as “The Man I Love,” “American in Paris,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Summertime,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Swanee” and more. “One of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras,” (Chicago Tribune), the Chicago Philharmonic is a collective of more than 200 musicians of the highest-level performing in the Chicago area today. Joseph Joubert has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, with numerous American symphonies, and abroad at The International Festival of Two Worlds. On Broadway, he conducted “Motown the Musical” and was the assistant conductor for
“Billy Elliot” and “The Color Purple.” The son of immigrants who left school at 15 to play piano professionally, George Gershwin made an indelible mark on American music during the 20th century. From his early success as a popular songwriter (with older brother Ira) to his enduring orchestral masterpieces Gershwin continually challenged himself and his art to produce some of the most memorable and beloved works. Irving Berlin’s music served as a social barometer for much of the 20th century: It marched to war with soldiers, offered hope and inspiration to a nation in bleak times, and rejoiced in the good things embodied in the American way of life. It also provided anthems for American culture in such standards as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America” and “There’s No Business like Show Business.”


With their blend of classical music and contemporary pop, The Tenors have thrilled audiences around the world, performing shows on five continents since first taking the stage in Canada in 2008. The trio brings their undeniable charm and outstanding harmonies to Music by the Lake at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. The multi-platinum selling trio has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music — including Paul McCartney, Elton John and Andrea Bocelli — in venues from Bangkok to London, and New York to Israel. Hailed as musical ambassadors and one of Canada’s national treasure, they have performed for many world leaders, including the last four U.S. presidents and Queen Elizabeth.


Geneva Lake turns into Bear Country at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, when everyone’s favorite furry family visits the Ferro Pavilion. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in “Family Matters, the Musical” takes audiences on an adventure, expressed through song and dance, to learn important life lessons. Entertainment for mamas, papas and young cubs of all ages, this live musical production uses the iconic stories and imagery of the books beloved by so many since they were published in 1962.


The popular, enriching and educational event series Sundays at 4 will now be offered throughout the calendar year, kicking off this summer with events in from June to August. For the past two years this series has connected the community through a journey of special presentations, concerts and lectures, featuring today’s leaders in arts and ideas sharing their thoughts and talents. The Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Sundays at 4 series returning to the Ferro Pavilion at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, in a celebration of American music. The program features works written by popular 20th-century American composers, such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, John Williams and Duke Ellington, as well as patriotic tunes. Now in its 17th season, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director David Anderson, boasts talented musicians from southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Speaker Richard Louv shares research confirming the importance of nature in our lives at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including most recently “Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness” and New York Times best-seller “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” He is cofounder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and serves as honorary cochair of Canada’s Child in Nature Alliance. As a journalist and commentator, he has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Times of London, San Diego Union-Tribune and Parents magazine, and has also appeared on “Today,” “CBS Evening News” and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” This event is free, but tickets are required. Ray LaHood, former U.S. transportation secretary and congressman from Illinois, discusses his recently published memoirs, “Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. With a 36-year career in public service, he has extensive experience on major national policy issues, including transportation and infrastructure. LaHood served as the nation’s secretary of transportation under President Obama from 2009 to 2013 and quickly became known as a bipartisan leader and skilled conciliator in a highly partisan environment. His tenure was marked by landmark efforts to improve safety in every mode of transportation, from aviation and rail to pipelines and automobiles. From 1995 to 2009 he served in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the 18th District of Illinois. This event is free, but tickets are required.


All events are located in the Ferro Pavilion on the campus of George Williams College of Aurora University (GWC) in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Performances take place rain or shine. Free parking and shuttle service for all events is located close to campus at Williams Bay High School at 500 W. Geneva St., in Williams Bay. GWC is just seven miles from downtown Lake Geneva.

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The Music by the Lake festival appeals to music lovers of all ages, weaving together engaging events and breathtaking natural beauty, offering an unparalleled outdoor summer experience. The open-air setting of the Ferro Pavilion, which expands to pristine lawn picnic areas, takes patrons on a journey of sight and sound on Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake. Summer concerts offered on the campus of George Williams College of Aurora University (GWC) feature big band, family programming, classical, musical theatre and contemporary entertainment. Music by the Lake is part of GWC’s ongoing commitment to year-round cultural presentations, connecting campus and community. Visit musicbythelake.com for more information. George Williams College was founded in 1884 by YMCA leaders who sought to educate students for lives of service, with a focus on body, mind and spirit. Today, GWC operates as a campus of Aurora University, offering undergraduate and graduate programs. GWC’s degree programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through Aurora University. Visit
gwc.aurora.edu for more information.

Keefe Real Estate proudly sponsors and supports Music by the Lake. See you this summer for the show!


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Realtor.com’s Deena Weinberg writes and article tell home buyers what to expect and look for when purchasing or selling your home in the fall months… 

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET is open 365 days a year – yes, even on holidays – but there are cyclical trends to the marketplace. Some of those ups and downs are based on mortgage interest rates and housing availability, but some are based on season.

Next to spring, fall is the busiest season for home buying and selling. Autumn offers certain benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving and a wide selection of homes for sale. Read on to learn the advantages of buying in the fall.

Year-End Tax Breaks
Come September and October, people start to think about what year-end tax breaks they might be eligible for. Fortunately for home buyers, owning a home can yield great dividends in tax returns. For example, both mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from gross income. Furthermore, if you have prepaid some interest before the due date of your first payment, and if you close your loan before the year’s end, that interest can also be deducted.

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Getting Ahead of Mother Nature

Buying a house before the deep freeze of winter sets in is very appealing to most home buyers. No one wants to worry about icy roads, snowstorms or blackout conditions on moving day, nor is it fun to move in sweltering summer heat.

School Year and Holidays
By wintertime, kids have settled into school, established friendships and become involved in extracurricular activities. Moving in summer would be least disruptive to your children’s schooling or social calendar, but autumn is next best. Also, by moving in fall, you’ll be settled snugly into your new home before Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.

More Home Choices
While home demand is not as keen in fall as it is in spring, it’s still high, so competition can be high, too. Fall buyers and sellers tend to be motivated to move, unlike the window-shoppers who sometimes come out in spring.

You may experience pressure to buy, due to the quick turnaround of houses on the market, but you’ll also benefit from the broad selection of homes available. In fact, between September and December, you may be able to visit several open houses in a single day, and listings will be updated frequently. Therefore, to make sure you don’t miss out on your dream house, it’s a good idea to regularly check listings and check in with your Realtor.

Fall Home-Buying Tips
Given the home-buying competition and the short, pre-holiday timetable in autumn, you may be tempted to place a bid that is out of your price range, for fear of losing the home. Before you make an offer, know what kind of house you need and what you canrealistically afford, and stick to your budget. You may want to explore prequalifying for a loan so that you’ll be ready to act when you find the home you want. And as always, whatever season you buy in, buy at the best time for you and your family, and hold out for the right house – there are always more homes to see and to choose among.


Lake Geneva Venetian Fest Schedule

Venecian Fest_FinalLake Geneva, Wisconsin is a very busy city the entire month of August!  You know what they say, “Save the Best for Last!”  So the last month of summer before the kids go back to school is the biggest, the busiest and offers so much fun we can’t hardly contain ourselves!

The second weekend in August is always Art in the Park, sponsored by the Geneva Lakes Art Association (GLAA.)  This is a juried art show bringing artists from across the country to showcase and sell their works of art.

Venetian Fest is the main event in August. Starting Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and running through the weekend, Venetian Fest offers great entertainment, a carnival for the kids, craft booths, great food, fireworks and time to celebrate with more more grand party before heading back to the school routine!

Venetian Fest Hours:

Wednesday – Friday 5pm to Midnight.
Saturday & Sunday Noon to Midnight.

Entertainment Line Up 8:00 p.m.-midnight daily:

Wednesday, August 13th – Bella Cain – www.bellacain.com
Thursday, August 14th – Cherry Pie – www.cherrypie.org
Friday, August 15th – The Toys – www.thetoysband.com
Saturday, August 16th – noon – 4:00p.m. – Fresh Hops Band – www.freshhopsband.com
Saturday, August 16th – 8:00p.m. – midnight – Too White Crew – www.toowhitecrew.com
Sunday, August 17th – noon – 6:00p.m. – Lake Geneva House of Music – www.lakegenevahouseofmusic.com
Sunday, August 17th – 8:00p.m. – midnight – American Idol contestant and Lake Geneva native, Megan Ruger – www.meganruger.com

The boat parade is held on Sunday night August 17th on Geneva Lake right in front of Library Park in Lake Geneva and the Riviera. The lighted boat parade starts right at dusk with a fireworks display after that. This years theme is Americana.

The fun in Lake Geneva doesn’t stop with Venetian Fest!  The following weekend is Maxwell Street Days!  Where downtown Lake Geneva is overflowing the sidewalks with amazing sales & deals!

Whether you’re coming to Lake Geneva for Venetian Fest or you want to make it a girls getaway for Maxwell Street Days, Keefe Vacation Rentals can help you find the perfect place to stay while you are here! Call our vacation rental team at (262) 248-1735 to help you find the perfect vacation property for your stay.  While you’re at it, don’t forget Oktoberfest is October 11-12th!  Now’s the time to get the premier vacation properties in Lake Geneva for your weekend getaway! www.keeferentals.com

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Should I sell or rent my Wisconsin home?

lake geneva homes for rentThe million dollar question, “Should I rent or sell my Lake Geneva, WI home?”

The answer is – it depends!  It really does depend on what your objective is.  While the real estate market has improved over 2012 and the 4 years prior to that, we’re still a long way from where we were before the bubble burst.  So with that said, if you purchased your home in 2005ish, you’re value isn’t going to be what you likely paid for it then.  For some homeowners however, it’s not just about value.  Your circumstance may dictate that you have to sell your home.

Another option if you aren’t ready to bite the bullet and put your home on the market for sale yet is to ride out the market and let your property value increase while collecting income by using it as a rental property.  Every municipality in SE Wisconsin has different regulations about using your home as a rental property, but we have both a long-term rental and vacation rental specialists that can help you decipher what’s allowed in your area. 

The benefits of working with Keefe Rentals is that we help you find the perfect person to rent your home.  Whether you are looking for someone interested in a annual lease, or your home is perfect for weekly rentals in the summer we market and advertise your rental.  We pre-screen applicants to ensure they are qualified to rent your Lake Geneva property.  We facilitate the contract and payment so it’s easy and you collect your payment.

Renting your home can provide you with a good bridge between where our real estate market is and where you want your home value to be when you sell it.  In the meantime, you’ll have rental income coming in to offset your costs or provide you with opportunities to invest in other areas.

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Is it time to sell or is renting your home a better option?


If you’re considering using your home as a rental property, here’s a few things to ask yourself before we start advertising to help you find the perfect tenant:

  • Will you allow pets? Cats? Dogs? How big a dog?
  • Have you contacted your insurance company to see if you need to have additional coverage on your Wisconsin home if you are going to be renting it out?
  • Repairs are part of being a landlord. Who will take tenant calls when necessary repairs arise?
  • Do you have a list of craftspeople readily available to handle these repairs?  If not, we have great relationships with contractors and service providers that we use consistently with great results that we’d be happy to refer you to.
  • How often will you do a physical inspection of the property?
  • Will you alert your current neighbors that you are renting the house?

If you are considering renting your home, we’d be happy to answer your questions.  We have 7 offices throughout Southeastern Wisconsin to best serve you.  Our offices are staffed 7 days a week as well as having online access to real estate agents directly with our Online Chat feature on our website.  We’ll help you understand how your home compares in our rental market and help you get the best rate for renting your home.  As always, partnered with Keefe Real Estate, we’re a T.E.A.M. in helping you achieve your real estate goals.  Together Everyone Achieves More!

Keefe Lake Geneva – (262) 248-4492
Keefe Burlington – (262) 763-5454
Keefe Delavan – (262) 728-8757
Keefe Elkhorn – (262) 743-1770
Keefe Geneva National – (262) 245-2380
Keefe Abbey Springs – (262) 275-5736
Keefe Downtown Lake Geneva Office – (262) 249-5441

FacebookF100Want to learn more?  Follow Keefe Real Estate www.facebook.com/KeefeRealEstate and Keefe Resort Rentals www.facebook.com/KeefeRentals on Facebook!  Ask us your questions, get answers and share what you love about living in Wisconsin!

Things to Do on Your Fall Vacation in Wisconsin

lake geneva wi fall colorsIf you’re planning to visit Wisconsin in the next several weeks, you’ll be delighted to know there’s so many things to do around the area for you and your family to enjoy.

September and October are fantastic months to visit Lake Geneva, Delavan Lake or Lauderdale Lakes.  There’s several festivals and events happening in the area that your family can all participate in.

Weekend of September 14-15

Taste of Lake Geneva – Saturday, September 14th.  Downtown Lake Geneva is the place to be as several of our local chefs and restaurateurs come together to line the streets and present to you the 4th Annual Taste of Lake Geneva! There will be a variety of local cuisine and culinary delights to tantalize your taste buds to keep you wanting to come back for more!

Delavan Scarecrow Fest – The 13th Annual Scarecrow Fest is Saturday, September 14th in downtown Delavan. Everyone is invited to this community-wide, family-oriented event that will showcase dressed and decorated Scarecrows throughout historic downtown Delavan, and beyond. Around Labor Day you will begin to see Scarecrows popping up on the light poles in downtown Delavan. All the scarecrows will be tagged and ballots will be printed. The public will pick their favorite scarecrows, and a winner is crowned. Throughout the month of September, Downtown Delavan will have “Scarecrows on Parade”.

Tri-Rock Triathalon – Saturday, September 14th, 6:30 a.m. in Williams Bay, WI. The 2nd Annual TriRock Lake Geneva takes place in the fall and is the end of the season triathlon in the Midwest. This popular event sold out last year and was a great event to see.  Watch world-class athletes swim, bike and run through the finish line!  Spectators are welcome!

Black Point Tour with Book Launch & Boat Tour – Sunday September 15th - Sponsored by the Cornerstone Shoppe & Gallery, this incredible event benefits Walworth County Alliance for Children and Open Arms Free Clinic in Elkhorn.  You can purchase tickets in advance at:  http://cornerstoneshop.eventbrite.com/  Enjoy light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres aboard Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s Steam Yacht Louise, followed by a tour of the historic Black Point Mansion.  Cornerstone Shoppe will also accept donations to benefit the Walworth County Alliance for Children and the Open Arms Free Clinic.

Walworth County Visitors Bureau Annual Golf Outing – September 17th – Everyone is invited to join in for a day of fun at Grand Geneva’s Brute Golf Course! This scramble will be a truly spectacular golf experience, as well as an opportunity to meet new people within the Visitors Bureau and throughout Walworth County! Rain or shine… rain checks provided by Grand Geneva Resort for future golf. Cost is $75 per person / $300 for a foursome plus lunch dinner options. Visit the WCVB website for more info and to register: http://www.visitwalworthcounty.com/golf-outing.cfm

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Weekend of September 21-22

Walk to End Alzheimers – Saturday, Sept. 21st – Library Park, Lake Geneva – The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  To register click here to visit their website.

Pearce’s Fall Festival – September 22, On the Corner of Hwy F & North Walworth Rd.  9:30-5:30 The Annual Fall Farm Festival – Live music from 10:30-4:30, Helicopter rides from 10-5 for a bird’s eye view of the area, Free cooked hot buttered sweet corn, grilled brats and BBQ’d meats, kettle corn and much more. There will be plenty to do – hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn maze and the jumping bales. Also The Haunt – Haunted House and Haunted hayride will be opening Friday, Sept. 20.

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Lake Geneva Hope Walk – Saturday, September 28 at Library Park – The Hope Walk started when a group of women all realized they knew someone very close that had suffered from breast cancer. They decided to create a fundraiser to help less financially able women in their fight against breast cancer. Each year the Hope Walk has grown to include more and more individuals that come from all over to join in the walk and the fight against breast cancer. This year proceeds go to the Aurora Health Care Breast Treatment Assistance Program. This program helps educate women and defrays medical expenses for uninsured and under-insured women for mammograms.  Join the movement at: http://lakegenevahopewalk.com/

Antique & Classic Boat Show – September, 27-29, 2013 at The Abbey Resort in Fontana.  The Geneva Lakes Boat Show is an annual event held in the Abbey Resort’s harbor, presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. The Show will feature classic and vintage boats from all over the country. Browse these pages for a sampling of participating boats from the past few years. Boats are on display Saturday and Sunday and viewing is free to the public. A boat parade is also scheduled for Saturday.

October Event’s to look forward to:

Walworth County Clean Sweep – October 4 – 5, 2013.  The 2013 Walworth County “Clean Sweep” Program is dedicated to the collection and proper disposal of household hazardous waste items and pharmaceuticals.  Friday, October 4th from 3-6 p.m. there will be a collection in the City of Lake Geneva Street Dept. Garage (1065 Carey St., Lake Geneva (use the entrance on County Road H)  Saturday, October 5th 8:00 a.m. – noon – Walworth County Public Works Dept. W4097 County Road NN, Elkhorn.

Oktoberfest Lake Geneva – October 12 – 13th -Downtown Lake Geneva.  Family Fall Festival includes music magic and the Great Pumpkin Giveaway. Food and craft booths restaurant and shopping specials wagon rides Pony rides Bouncy Castle and much more!!  Make this a memorable weekend for all ages!   Free Shuttle. Pick up/Drop off locations: Parking at Petco (Hwy 50 & Edwards Blvd. across from Keefe Real Estate) & drop off/pickup at Downtown Mill Creek Hotel On Center St. Sat. 10am-7pm., Sun. , 10am – 7pm. Running continuously approximately every 20 minutes.

Elkhorn Oktoberfest – October 19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Veteran’s Park, Downtown Elkhorn – Walk around to see the many crafters and vendors, classic car show and kids activities. Hungry? Grab a bite to eat from the many delicious food vendors or chili cook-off, then wash it all down with something from our Wine & Beer Tasting tent while you enjoy all the different live entertainment acts. This event continues to grow as we will again close a block of Wisconsin Street for the large main stage hosting live bands, our chili cook off as well as other food vendors. Think we can top ourselves this year? You’ll just have to come and see for yourself! Bring the family and join us for our biggest event of the year.

If you’re planning a vacation this fall in Southeastern Wisconsin, we’re here to help you find the perfect vacation rental.  We have homes, townhouses, condominiums with lake frontage, lake access and golf course frontage to name a few.  Call and talk with our team at Keefe Resort Rentals to help you find the perfect getaway this fall.  We’re expecting the colors to change near the end of September or early October, so you still have time to secure your vacation rental!  You can reach us at:  (262)248-1735.  We look forward to turning your fall vacation dreams into a reality!


4 Tips to Book Your Wisconsin Lakefront Vacation Rental

If you’re planning a family vacation, booking a Wisconsin lakefront vacation rental is so easy with a few simple tips.

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Westshore Escape offers waterfrontage on Lauderdale Lakes

1.  Determine what lake is best for your vacation plans – if you’re looking for a lake that offers a little bit of everthing from boating and fishing, to parasailing, beaches and even tour boats, Geneva Lake is your best option.  If you’re looking for a slightly smaller lake but still big enough to have boats or jetskis on, then looking at Twin Lakes, Delavan Lake, Lauderdale Lakes or Whitewater Lake all have great lakefront vacation rentals that will host your family.  And if you’re looking for peace and quiet, with minimal water traffic there are smaller lakes such as Pleasant Lake that can provide just what you are looking for.

2.  What do you need in a vacation rental – are you planning to have your whole family at the vacation house the entire vacation?  If you’re planning on preparing family meals, BBQing, having bonfires and staying on premise, you need to take into account the amenities at the home.  On the other hand if you’re getting a vacation rental solely for a place to sleep because you’re planning an entire vacation of sight seeing, activities and being out on the town then your needs in a vacation property are different.

3.  Are you planning on boarding your dog or do you want to bring him on vacation with you?  More often nowadays, families are choosing to bring their pets on vacation with them.  Eliminating the stress on the animal from boarding and having them be part of the family memories is special to the kids as well as adults.  Additionally, booking a pet-friendly Wisconsin lakefront vacation rental will give you the perfect place to let Fido swim, let the kids play in the yard or fish off the pier!

4.  Ask what the locals know!  When you’re planning a vacation, if you have a way to connect with locals from that area you’ll be able to find the best restaurants, places to stay, activities for the kids and more firsthand.  The easiest way to get local opinions and help you organize and plan your vacation is by working with a team of vacation rental specialists.

wisconsin lakefront vacation rentalAt Keefe Resort Rentals, we have a team to help answer all your questions, help you find the perfect vacation rental home in the perfect location and see to all the details while you are staying with us!  If you have special requests, or special needs, we have a concierge program to help accommodate those as well!  So plan that romantic proposal or have the kitchen fully stocked when you arrive!  We have relationships with local businesses to help you with fresh flowers to grocery shopping for you ahead of time!

If you’re thinking about having a getaway and you have questions, call us!  (262) 248-1735  We specialize in Wisconsin Lakefront Vacation Rentals, but we also have a large number of vacation rental properties on the golf course, in lake communities and associations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.  No matter how tall the order, our team of vacation rental specialists are here to make sure your vacation is enjoyable so you can create memories to last a lifetime!

Keefe Resort Rentals (262)248-1735  www.Facebook.com/KeefeRentals

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Seeking Boating Themed Photos for Summer Magazine

E-mail your boating photos to: crathbone@keeferealestate.com
E-mail your boating photos to: crathbone@keeferealestate.com

It’s that time of year again!  We finally see the green grass and spring flowers are starting to pop up around the Lake Geneva area.

When putting together our Lake & Country real estate magazine, we always have to plan one season in advance to allow printing time.  So right now, we’re working on the layout for the Summer issue of Lake & Country.  Summer is always a fun time around SE Wisconsin.  From farmer’s markets to fireworks and beaches to boating, there’s never a shortage of things to do.

The theme for our Summer issue is Boating!  With so many fun lakes in our area, we know that many of you take full advantage of the sunshine and great weekends all summer long.  We’re looking for an exceptional boating picture to grace the cover of our Summer Lake & Country Magazine.

The top finalists will be posted on our Facebook Page and you will have a chance to vote on your favorite to pick our summer cover.

Requirements:  Cover photo contest is open to both professional and amateur photographers.  Photo should be full-color, high-quality picture featuring boats or fitting the boating theme. 8.37″ wide by 9.21″ tall, 300 dpi resolution minimum. Finalists will be chosen based on composition, printability and feel.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted through May 15th. Voting will take place the following week.  Submit your photos to: crathbone@keeferealestate.com More than one entry per person is allowed.

In addition to being on the front cover, the winning photographer will get recognition in our magazine, publicity on our social media channels and visibility to our clients and customers.

boating3If your business is looking to expand your visibility in Southeastern Wisconsin, limited advertising opportunities are still available.  Lake & Country offers full-color, glossy print advertisement.  Additionally, the magazine is direct mailed to over 25,000 households throughout SE Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.  As the premier lifestyle and real estate magazine, Lake & Country is where people turn to find local service providers to help with everything from contracting & landscaping to pier services, interior decorating, photography and more.  We showcase our elite advertisers online with features on our Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

To find out more about the exclusive advertising opportunities and online exposure available, contact Keefe Lake & Country at (262)348-3215 or email: lakeandcountry@keeferealestate.com

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Celebrating Earth Day 2013 in Lake Geneva and Beyond

With Earth Day being on Monday (April 22nd) lots of communities locally are planning events for this coming weekend.  Here’s what’s happening in SE Wisconsin for you to participate in.

Winter Trees at SunsetCelebrate Earth Day – Elkhorn
Saturday, April 20
9 am – 1 pm
Gateway Technical College
400 County Road H, Elkhorn
(262) 741-8200, www.gtc.edu/elkhorn-campus
Work*Play*Earth Day – Lake Geneva
Saturday, April 20
9 – 10 am
Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-2528

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Celebrate Earth! – Williams Bay
Saturday, April 20
12 – 3 pm
Lions Field House, Williams Bay
(262) 275-2117, www.bigfootrecreation.org
Earth Day – Lake Geneva
Monday, April 22
Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
N3219 County Rd. H, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-9271, www.lakegenevacanopytours.com
Spring Clean-Up Day – Eagle
Saturday, April 20
7 am – 12 pm
Old World Wisconsin
W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle
(262) 594-6304, www.oldworldwisconsin.org

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Tree2More fun things to do in the Lake Geneva Area this weekend:

Kite Fly – Delavan
Saturday, April 20
1 – 3 pm
Congdon Gardens
1424 Hobbs Drive, Delavan
NW Corner of Hwy. 50 & I-43


Hotel Transylvania – Sharon
Friday, April 19
6:30 pm
Sharon School, Sharon
Big Foot Recreation District
(262) 275-2117, www.bigfootrecreation.org

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Eddie Butts Band – Fontana
Friday, April 19
9:30 pm
The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa
269 Fontana Boulevard, Fontana
(262) 275-9000, www.theabbeyresort.com
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Our Town Cast & Crew Reception – Whitewater
Sunday, April 21
4:30 – 6 pm
Young Auditorium
930 West Main Street, Whitewater
(262) 472-4444, www.uww.edu/youngauditorium

Whether you are planning the perfect vacation or you’re in the area and looking for fun things to do, we have our pulse on what’s happening in the community and we’re happy to share.  Follow Keefe Resort Rentals on Facebook and Twitter to find out what’s happening around Lake Geneva and our surrounding communities.

For your next Lake Geneva getaway, call our team to help find you the perfect vacation rental for all your summer fun! (262)248-1735

Busy Weekend Planned with Things to Do in Lake Geneva WI

The first weekend in April is always jam packed with tons of things to do in Lake Geneva, WI.

Photo By Debbie Cobian - Your Lake Geneva Team
Photo By Debbie Cobian – Your Lake Geneva Team

Maple Fest – Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva – April 7, 7:30 – 3:30 Held the first week in April every year, Covenant Harbor plays host to a great day of festivities surrounding everything Maple!  From a pancake breakfast (of course) to a maple syrup tour, a craft fair, face painting for the kids and so much more.  The festival is free and the pancake breakfast is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children (under age 4 eat free!).  For more information about Maple Fest including directions, visit the Covenant Harbor website: http://covenantharbor.org.

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Geneva Lakes Burger Throw Down – Abbey Resort, Fontana – April 7, 11:30 – 4:00  If you like a big, juicy, flavorful burger then you’ll want to make sure you visit the Geneva Lakes Burger Throw Down this weekend.  Taking place at the Abbey Resort this exhibition of culinary excellence features some amazing chefs from area restaurants around the area.  The best part about this entire event is that the proceeds go to Badger High School Culinary Arts Program.  Tickets are available online through Friday night and if any remain in a first come basis at the door.  This event will sell out so plan accordingly!

Lake Geneva Symphony – Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.  Enjoy an incredible performance by the Lake Geneva Symphony orchestra.  This week, LGSO performs a concert version of “La Traviata” with special guests from the Chicago Lyric Opera.  It’s sure to be an incredible event.  Special thanks to Janis Hartley for sharing this video with us on her Facebook Page: Things to Do in Lake Geneva WI 365 Days a Year.

Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra from David Moller on Vimeo.

Craft Brews & Chicago Blues – Geneva Ridge Resort, Lake Geneva – April 6, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  If you consider yourself a beer connisseur, then this is the event for you and your friends.  Sample over 120 different selections from some of the best micro-brews around.  Listen to live music an entertainment including the music of Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners, a band that was a top finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Special thanks to Bob Webster for sharing this event on his Facebook Page: 365 Things to do in Lake Geneva, WI.

Friday Night Live – Pier 290, Williams Bay – April 5, 9:00 p.m. - Williams Bay’s hottest hangout, Pier 290 has live entertainment all weekend!  Enjoy the music, have a great dinner and get an amazing view of Geneva Lake!  For more info about this weekend’s entertainment, visit their Facebook event page.

As we’re getting close to summer, Lake Geneva and around SE Wisconsin will continue to have great events and things to do with your family.  To see what’s going on around Lake Geneva, “Like” Keefe Resort Rentals on Facebook www.Facebook.com/KeefeRentals or Follow us on Twitter. www.Twitter.com/KeefeRentals

If you’re on vacation in our area, we’d love to see your fun photos!  Go ahead and post them on our Facebook Page and let everybody know why you love visiting Lake Geneva, WI and surrounding areas!  And always, we’re happy to help you plan your perfect vacation.  Lake Geneva was voted #10 Best Vacation Home Retreats in America by Barron’s for a reason!  Come found out what people are talking about. Call one of our team members to help you find the best place for your group to stay, get discounts on local attractions and find out what’s happening in the area the weekend of your visit! (262) 248-1735.

Plan Your Memorial Day Weekend Vacation in Lake Geneva WI

Memorial Day weekend in Lake Geneva, WI unofficially marks the start of summer for our lake communities.

Sonoma Ridge - Whitewater Lake
Sonoma Ridge – Whitewater Lake

With the winter we’ve had, who knows when summer really will arrive, but for vacation property owners around the area, many come back to Wisconsin for the summer season starting Memorial day weekend.  If you’re looking to plan a Lake Geneva vacation for your family over a holiday weekend, sooner is better than later to start making arrangements.


Come See Why Lake Geneva was named Barron’s #10 Best Vacation Home Retreat in America!


From Memorial Day through Labor Day, all our lake communities – Delavan Lake, Lauderdale Lakes, Whitewater Lake, Fontana, Lake Geneva and Williams Bay – all have their fair share of fun things to do.  If you’d rather have a nice home, townhouse or condo to stay in with your family or friends while you are on vacation in Wisconsin, those types of vacation rentals book early.

Here’s a few tips to help you plan the perfect Memorial Day Weekend in Lake Geneva and surrounding areas with your family.

Location - Know your desired location.  Delavan, Lauderdale Lakes and Fontana offer different activities for holidays throughout the year.  If this is your first vacation in Wisconsin, or you’re not sure which area has events planned for a particular week when you’ll be visiting, call and talk with one of our reservation specialists.  We can help you pick the right location for your family so you’ll be in the middle of all the fun activities.

Amenities - Do you like to golf or are you looking to take a boat out fishing?  Our vacation rentals span the options from townhouses in Geneva National to Lake Geneva lakefront homes.  Depending on what you are looking for in a vacation rental will help you chose the right property.  Some of our vacation rentals have pools, fitness facilities, tennis courts or private beaches.  Yet others include a boat, pier and campfire pit.  Determining what amenities you are looking for will help you narrow down your vacation rental search.

Special needs - Whether you want to include your dog in your family vacation or you need a bedroom on the main level with no stairs, talking with our team can help you find the right vacation rental.  Many of our properties are pet friendly and when it comes to special needs, we’ll listen to what your needs are and share the options available that can work for your situation.  Every family is different and catering to what you need in a vacation rental is what we specialize in.

Whether you are looking for a Lake Geneva vacation rental for Memorial Day weekend or you’re looking to spend the 4th of July on Lauderdale Lakes, choosing the right property for your stay is the first step to having the perfect vacation.  For help finding the best vacation home to fit your needs, visit our website:  http://www.keeferentals.com or call our team to discuss your needs in detail. (262)248-1735

**Seasonal specials are available including a free bike rental for  (4) on any of our Lauderdale Lakes luxury homes.  To get the special rate and any seasonal bonuses, call our reservation team.

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Biking Bonanza – Call to secure your complimentary bike rental with your Lauderdale Lakes vacation home rental.