The pink streaks of a Wisconsin dawn shoot across the sky reflected on Lake Geneva’s still water. It’s going to be a warm day, and I’ve already been on the beach for several hours, taking an early morning dip in the lake with my friends.
Now, we’re watching the sunrise before heading across the road to catch breakfast. Our ultimate goal is to be on the morning mailboat tour, a Lake Geneva tradition of riding along as a swift postal worker delivers mail by leaping from boat to dock and back at 75 homes on the lake. The homes along the shore have received their mail this way for more than a century. We can’t deliver the mail ourselves (which is what most people ask) but I do feel a burst of excitement as I wonder, every time, whether the postal worker will make it to the dock and back to the boat on time. It doesn’t stop moving to let them off and on, so they’ve got to be fast. Plus, there’s a great view from the lake of all the mansions lining the waterfront. (The town was once a playground of Chicago’s elite, now turned into a thriving lakeside community.)
Later, we’ll enjoy a typical summer day in the historic downtown, shopping for antiques and quirky boutique finds and grabbing ice cream at mainstay Kilwins. Downtown butts right up to the lake, so we won’t need to go far to watch the jet-skiers and sailboats enjoy the sparkling sun and clear water.
Summer isn’t the only season for fun in Lake Geneva, though. In the fall, the brilliantly colored leaves make hiking a treat. Winter brings snowmobiling, ice carving, ice fishing, and snowshoeing, and the town welcomes brightly colored flowers and early-season fishing in spring. Really, any time of year is a fantastic time to visit Lake Geneva and its historic downtown. These nine Lake Geneva resorts are a great home base for a lakeside getaway.