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Restaurant Week | Dine in Lake Geneva for a Great Cause

Lake Geneva, WI (April 24, 2017) – Lake Geneva Restaurant Week is back to help you kick off your summer with ten days of delicious dining.  This year’s foodie-favorite event, held June 2 – 11, offers the opportunity to get together with family and friends to dine out and indulge.  Diners are guaranteed their appetites will be whet and cravings will be met with participating restaurants serving special prix-fixe meals for breakfast at $8, two-course meals for $10 at lunch and three-course meals for $25 or $35 at dinner. With twenty-five participating restaurants, there will be plenty of options for food and libations to combine with a long list of indoor and outdoor activities and events held during Restaurant Week.

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Follow these tips to get the most out of Lake Geneva Restaurant Week:

Spice it Up

More than two dozen restaurants throughout the Lake Geneva area are participating in Lake Geneva Restaurant Week. So celebrate the areas talented chefs and try something new. Chefs will be offering popular menu items as well as creating new culinary delights to enjoy. Between meals, participate in some of the events offered during Restaurant Week including oil and balsamic tastings, cooking classes, escape room mysteries, zip line and dine, golf, live music, and more.

Share the Experience

The only thing that makes a delicious meal better is sharing it with the special people in your life. Lake Geneva Restaurant Week is the perfect time to connect with old and new friends and family.

Pick Your View

From restaurants set in luxury resorts to those overlooking the lake to those in the walkable downtown area and everything in between, the choice is yours when it comes to view and ambiance. Check the detailed list of participating restaurants and their menus for a variety of fine dining, family friendly, bistros, and pub and grill options.

Plan Ahead

Reservations are highly encouraged as this event attracts thousands of residents and visitors. Some restaurants will take reservations by phone, website and OpenTable, whereas others do not take advance reservations. Details are available in the restaurant profiles on the Restaurant Week website.

Stay for a Night or Two

Several area resorts and hotels are offering special packages that include savings or extra amenities during your Restaurant Week stay. This is a reason for a long weekend or arrive mid-week for less competition for your restaurant reservations.

Support Your Favorite Cause

Lake Geneva Restaurant Week features a unique charitable aspect to the dining experience, the Charity Check, which allows you to vote for a participating charity to receive a $5,000 donation. So at the end of each meal, cast your ballot to support your favorite cause. Sponsored by Lake Geneva Country Meats, this year’s non-profit organizations are Black Point Estate & Gardens, Lakeland Animal Shelter, Lake Geneva Youth Camp, Never Say Never, Side by Side, and United Way of Walworth County.

For more information on the delicious Lake Geneva Restaurant Week or help planning your getaway, call (800) 345-1020 or go to www.visitlakegeneva.com.

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About Lake Geneva

Situated on the shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, the Lake Geneva area is a four-season recreation, resort and meeting destination easily accessed from Chicago and Milwaukee. Steeped in rich history, the area is known for its beautiful estates built by Chicago notables after the Great Chicago Fire. Many of these early mansions, and newer modern homes, can be viewed by walking along the areas one-of-a-kind, 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path.

Those who escape to the Lake Geneva area find pristine surroundings in every season and a wealth of leisure activities including three season golfing, on the water options, spas, boutique shopping, events and entertainment. From luxury resorts to quaint bed and breakfasts and plenty of dining choices, there are options to fit the needs of every type of visitor. Plan your visit by calling (800) 345-1020, visiting www.VisitLakeGeneva.com or by downloading the VISIT Lake Geneva app.

About VISIT Lake Geneva

The official Chamber of Commerce and destination marketing organization for the Lake Geneva area, VISIT Lake Geneva promotes the economic development of the area by increasing visits from tourists and business travelers, which generates overnight lodging and increases customer traffic for restaurants, retail, attractions and events. VISIT Lake Geneva provides meeting and event support and increases the visibility of the area via VISITLakeGeneva.com and the Official Lake Geneva Visitors Magazine. A non-profit, VISIT Lake Geneva is funded through a combination of room tax, partnership dues, grants, sponsorship and advertising co-ops.

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Keefe Real Estate is a proud sponsor of Lake Geneva Restaurant Week.

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!

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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Easter Egg Hunt 2014 in Fontana, Lake Geneva and more

Easter Egg hunts are always so much fun for the kids.  As parents, we love seeing the joy on the little one’s faces as they find their first egg, then open it to discover a prize inside.

easter egg hunt fontana lake geneva 2014This year there’s a ton of great Easter Egg Hunts happening all over the area.  For a full list, the Walworth County Visitor’s Bureau put together a great list from all over the area!  Local Easter Egg Hunts begin this Saturday, April 12th in Lake Geneva, Burlinton, Delavan (At Lake Lawn airport), Elkhorn and Williams Bay!

The following weekend, April 19th & 20th there’s the really popular Easter Egg hunt at the Duck Pond in Fontana.  Additionally there will be more in the City of Delavan and Lake Geneva, as well as a special Easter Egg Hunt hosted by The Abbey Resort.

Easter week makes a great time to unplug from the everyday business we tackle and spend time with the kids just enjoying laughter and family.  We have several Fontana and Lake Geneva vacation rentals available for the Easter week.  Visit our website at:  http://www.keeferentals.com or call one of our vacation rental specialists to help you find the perfect vacation rental for your family to enjoy! (262) 248-1735

“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation!” ~Mark Twain

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Amazing Snow Sculptures at Winterfest in Lake Geneva WI

Winterfest in Lake Geneva is always a huge draw for kids of all ages.  It never ceases to amaze those just how detailed sculptors can be with blocks of snow!

Photo By:  Chris Kayser
Photo By: Chris Kayser

This year, Winterfest has been extended giving you more time to stay and play while enjoying the frozen works of art!  Winterfest 2014 is Wednesday, January 29 – February 8th!  And actually the fun starts even before that!  Starting on Monday of Winterfest week, huge blocks of snow are formed at Grand Geneva and hauled over to the park area around the Riviera.  Sculptors will be arriving in town, scoping out their assigned block and putting the last finishing touches on their plan.  Then sun-up on Wednesday the 29th out come the chisels, saws, scoops, and tools of all sorts as the sculpting begins.

Photo by Chris Kayser
Photo by Chris Kayser

This isn’t just any snow sculpting competition, it’s the US National Championship Snow Sculpting Competition!  We’re lucky to have such an incredible event right here in Southeastern Wisconsin.  Sculpting will continue through Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.  Then it’s shovels down and time for the judging to begin.  While you’re in town watching the sculpting, you can warm up just across the street with a hot meal from Popeyes or Scuttlebutt’s restaurants.  If you’re looking for a great glass of wine and some tapas, Barrique Wine Bar is right next door to Scuttlebutt’s and offers great flavors!

Beyond the incredible snow sculptures, Lake Geneva offers a whole host of fun things to do!  There’s always great shopping in downtown Lake Geneva from clothing to home decor, gift and boutique eats!  You’ll find something for everyone!  This year, as part of Winterfest in Lake Geneva, you’ll also find Laser Tag, Beach Party, S’ mores, Bonfire, and Human Dog Sled Races.  We promise, there won’t be a single “I’m bored” coming from any of your kids on this vacation!

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Photo by: Chris Kayser

Special things to note if you are visiting Lake Geneva, WI for Winterfest this year: 

Free Shuttle Runs from the Home Depot parking lot on Saturday & Sunday February 1 & 2nd.  Shuttle picks up every 20 minutes, save yourself time & the hassle of trying to park downtown.  If you are looking to make a long weekend, or an entire vacation, Keefe Resort Rentals has vacation homes available for rent during that week.  Contact a vacation rental specialist to find the perfect spot for your family to stay while you’re visiting.

Here’s the detailed schedule of Lake Geneva Winterfest 2014:

Wednesday – Friday, January 19-31 – Teams at work sculpting

Saturday, February 1

10AM – 4PM Riviera Marketplace, Gold sponsor information booths. Children’s entertainment, food and fun. Carriage and helicopter rides.

11AM Sculpting ends

11AM – 2PM “Peoples Choice Award” voting (ballots are distributed on site). Vote for your favorite work of art.

3PM U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition Awards Presentation, public invited, Riviera Ballroom

Sunday, February 2

ALL DAY Viewing of finished sculptures

10AM – 3PM Riviera Marketplace, Gold sponsor information booths. Children’s entertainment, food and fun. Carriage and helicopter rides.

Monday, February 3

4PM – 8PM Laser Tag ($5 donation), Geneva Lakes Family YMCA, 203 Wells St., Lake Geneva

Tuesday, February 4

4PM – 8PM Fire ring on the beach, fire trucks music, s’mores and hot chocolate (nominal fee) Riviera Beach

Wednesday, February 5

4PM – 8PM Family Magic Show/Soup Tasting (Bring a canned good or $2 donation), Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad St., Lake Geneva

Thursday, February 6

6PM – 9PM BINGO ($1 per card), The Cove of Lake Geneva, 111 Center St., Lake Geneva

Friday, February 7

7PM – 10PM Human Dog Sleds (preliminaries), Riviera Beach. Teams of six compete ($35 team fee), register online at www.lakegenevawi.com

Saturday, February 8

12PM – 3PM Human Dog Sleds (competition), Riviera Beach

Teams of 6 – 4 “pullers”, 1 “rider”, 1”musher” -Bracket style competition starts Friday night @ 7pm – Final round Saturday @ 12pm. $35 entry fee with cash prizes! All proceeds benefit Lakeland Animal Shelter.

To find your perfect vacation rental for Winterfest in Lake Geneva, visit www.KeefeRentals.com or call our team at (262) 248-1735.  We’re here to help you find a great vacation home to rent in a prime location for all the fun activities that will be happening in the coming weeks!

Credits:  Photography by Chris Kayser, Keefe Real Estate.  You can see more of Chris’ photography on her Facebook Page: Lake Geneva, A Day in the Life of    https://www.facebook.com/LakeGenevaADayInTheLifeOf

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Elkhorn, Delavan, Lake Geneva Trick or Treat Times

With Halloween right around the corner, we wanted to share the local trick or treat times as well as a few tips to help keep our kids safe and make sure everybody has a great time!

trick or treating lake geneva elkhornTrick-or-treating starts on the weekend of October 26-27 in several communities around the area.  Other communities have trick-or-treating on the 31st.  It’s a good time to remind kids that before they eat any of their candy, as parents we need to inspect it, making sure there’s been nothing tampered with.

Also, it’s a good reminder for homeowners that if you want kids to trick or treat at your house, turn your yard light on.  Even if it’s a Sunday afternoon, it’ll help parents distinguish those people that are home and wanting trick-or-treaters to stop.  If your kids are older, make sure they are always using the buddy system, never letting anybody go out by themselves.  And always schedule a meeting place and time to make sure everybody checks back in after a fun day.  If you’re trick-0r-treating during the dark, add a few glow in the dark bracelets, necklaces or carry a flashlight for better visibility.  And of course, make sure everybody has good walking shoes on!

Trick-or-Treating Times in Walworth County & Beyond:

  • Lake Geneva Trick-or-Treating – Sunday, October 27th from 1-4 p.m.
  • Lake Geneva Museum – Special Trick-or-treating – Sunday October 27th from 12-1 p.m.
  • Williams Bay Trick-or-Treating & Hot Dog Party – Sunday, October 27th from 2-5 pm with a Hot Dog Halloween Party immediately following at Williams Bay Elementary School.
  • Boo in the Bay – Friday October 25th & Saturday, October 26th.  Visit Williams Bay Business Association for more information!
  • Town of Geneva  Trick-or-Treating – Sunday, October 27th from 2-6 pm.
  • Delavan Trick-or-Treating, Halloween Party & Spook House -Thursday, October 31st, from 4-6 p.m.
  • Walworth Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 4-6 pm.
  • Fontana Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 4-7 pm.
  • Elkhorn Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 5-7 pm.
  • East Troy Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 5-7:30 pm.
  • Burlington Trick-or-Treating – Thursday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Here’s hoping you have a safe & fun Halloween with your kids!

With 7 offices in Southeastern Wisconsin, Keefe Real Estate is the premier real estate company to help your family find their perfect dream home!  While you’re out trick-or-treating with the family, use the Keefe Real Estate App for your Android or iPhone to find out all about homes for sale in your neighborhood! Trick or treat burlington

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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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

“(Thank you to Chef Debi of Meals Like Moms) We had such a great time throughout the week and the meal you prepared for us was one of the highlights. Everything was perfect and even though your stuffed chicken breast with the spinach, roasted tomato and goat cheese was fantastic, it appears your Classic Mac N Cheese was the ultimate winner amongst the kids. We were so grateful you were able to accommodate our schedule especially in light of a very busy day on Tuesday. Thank you for being so flexible. It was a sincere pleasure for all of us to have been able to meet you and your daughter.”
~R. Sheldon View Vacation Rental
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Lauderdale Lakes Bubblings Springs Waterfront Home for Rent

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.

Looking for Things to do near Lake Geneva WI? – Visit the Christmas Barn, only two weekends left!

Christmas Barn Lake Geneva WIWho isn’t looking for that unique, original holiday gift?  Or better yet, craving some one-of-a-kind item for your own Christmas decorating.  The Christmas Barn in Lake Geneva, WI is the perfect seasonal shop to find exactly that.  The warm, inviting barn is filled with antiques, furniture pieces, homemade sweet treats, custom prelit decorative houses, holiday arrangements, steampunk jewelry and numerous decorating embellishments.
The Christmas Barn was born from the vision of three baby boomers that wanted to bring a little piece of Door County to Walworth County for the holidays.  Their business venture is in its fifth successful season of warming the hearts and homes of all who come to visit.  Since The Christmas Barn is only open during the months of November & December time is running out for you to experience the joy of the season.  Sunday, December 18th will be the final shopping day for this eclectic holiday business.

Please visit The Christmas Barn website for their shopping hours, directions and a list of local artisans.  It’s not just a shopping trip – it’s a Christmas experience!

Guest post by: Paige Sawar, Keefe Real Estate – Delavan