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Aug 12, 2009 07:57 AM

Geneva On The Lake (GOTL) - Restaurants / Activities

Hi. We have an upcoming trip to Geneva On The Lake (GOTL) - never been there before - and we are looking for restaurant and activity recommendations.

Any help appreciated, don't mind driving a bit to get to less touristy places.

thanks in advance

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  1. Are you talking about the area in southeast Wisconsin? The lake itself is technically Geneva Lake, the city on the east end is Lake Geneva; village on the west end is "Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake" or just Fontana; village on the north side is Williams Bay. You aren't going to find anything in this area that isn't full of tourists this time of year (Williams Bay and Fontana are quieter than Lake Geneva because they have more summer homes and Lake Geneva has more day tourists.)

    That said, here are some good bets for good chow:

    In Lake Geneva - Gilbert's (fine dining, pricey but excellent); Tempura House (sushi); Lake Geneva Pie Company (nationally award-winning pies, but you can get sandwiches and salads for lunch).

    In Fontana - Gordy's (bar at night, nice dining all the time. Chicken Tortilla Soup is creamy and excellent).

    In Williams Bay - Cafe Calamari (Italian, nice dining).

    Further afield - in Burlington - BJ Wentker's (fine dining in a historical setting); in Elkhorn - Moose Creek (American cuisine, nice dining in a "north woods" decor); in the Delavan countryside - Millie's for breakfast or Sunday lunch (lots of variations on pancakes, Sunday has great chicken and dumplings, antiques everywhere, and a small shopping village).

    Activities: be sure to take a boat cruise around the lake. If you like historical tours, you can take a cruise to Black Point, one of the big summer homes that was donated to the state as a museum by the original family. Or, take the mailboat cruise and watch the "jumpers" deliver the mail without falling into the water. You also can walk the path (all or portions) that goes around the entire lake; it's held open by Indian treaty. You can't stray off the path, but you can get an up-close look at the mansions. Over Labor Day weekend is the Walworth County Fair in Elkhorn, one of the best fairs around (yes, they have cream puffs and lots of good fair food, but I have yet to see that infamous chocolate-covered bacon.)