Lazy Cloud Lodge

W4033 Highway 50, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147
Innkeeper(s): Carol Tiffany
 

Yerkes Observatory 18 Aug 2014, 11:48 am

One of the questions the Innkeepers at the B&B get asked a lot is “what is that building  with the dome that we seen on our way in?”  ”Ahhh” replies the Innkeeper on duty, “You are talking about Yerkes Observatory!”

Usually they will ask for more information on the history of it, and how they can tour it….we thought if they were interested, potential guests might be interested as well, so a blog post on this stunning piece  of history and architecture that is just a stone’s throw from Lazy Cloud Bed and Breakfast was definitely in order.

Yerkes Observatory was established in the 1890′s by the University of Chicago.  The observatory is home to three telescopes including the 40-inch refractor, the largest refracting telescope in the world.   This one-of-a-kind marvel is housed in a 90-foot dome, one of the largest of its kind ever built, and the 73-foot wooden floor surrounding the telescope is actually an elevator that raises star gazers to the eyepiece for a peak at the Milky Way and beyond.

Up until the mid 1960′s, the Observatory housed all of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics activities for the University of Chicago. Today the 77-acre, park-like site in southeast Wisconsin provides laboratory space and access to telescopes for research and instruction.  Additionally, the park like setting could easily double as a nature preserve; in fact it is a great spot to picnic during the summer and fall season.

Yerkes Observatory occupies a unique niche for the educational and the scientific community. It bridges several important perspectives in formal and informal education. The history of astronomy and astrophysics of the observatory is a solid foundation for introducing all the important topics in current research as well as the practice of observational astronomy. There is a huge range of opportunities for learning. Because of Yerkes’ historical context, the world of professional and student astronomers and astronomy educators is drawn to the observatory.

Free public tours of Yerkes are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.   Highlights include a brief history of the facility, a timeline display chronicling the Observatory’s early history (be sure to look for the photo of Albert Einstein’s visit to Yerkes) and of course, a tour of the telescope.   A gift shop offers authentic meteorites, VCR tapes, color postcards, T-shirts, sweatshirts, scientific kits, books, guides to the stars and planets, and many other science and astronomy-related items.   And speaking of stars, Yerkes served as a main location in the 1996 Keanu Reeves film “Chain Reaction.”

If you haven’t visited the observatory yet, then a visit to Williams Bay should definitely be on the calendar this summer.  And if you have been meaning to stay with us, this would certainly be the perfect opportunity since you are right down the road from us….why not give us a call today at 262-275-3322 to book your favorite suite today.

Lazy Cloud offers premier Lake Geneva lodging for couples looking for a romantic getaway.  We are one of the few Lake Geneva hotels with jacuzzi in room for two. Our Lake Geneva bed and breakfast provides wonderful amenities with whirlpools for two that have a view of the fireplace in every suite and room. Because we offer this, we are a great place for honeymoon getaways.   We are located in southeastern Wisconsin – only 90 minutes from Chicago and an hour from Milwaukee & Madison.

So make plans to check out Yerkes Observatory and Lazy Cloud today!

Unique Dining Experiences In The Lake Geneva Area 18 Aug 2014, 10:51 am

We love keeping  up with all that is going on in our region and as a result, we filter through a lot of information to keep our guests and readers up to date with local events, shops, restaurants, and unique dining experiences.

We also read through the local blogs about the area.  This blog was written by our very own Walworth County Visitor Bureau and we wanted to share it with you below:

In Walworth County, we have so many great dining establishments that sometimes it’s hard to choose where to go for dinner!  There are so many great choices…so how do you choose?!

If it’s “unique dining” you are looking for, then look no further.  Did you know that right here in Walworth County, you can…

  • dine in vintage train cars – while it takes you through the scenic countryside?
  • dine in a historic mansion overlooking Geneva Lake, with costumed staff to wait on you?
  • enjoy a live show plus dinner at our local dinner theaters?
  • watch a traditional fish boil right here in Walworth County?
  • dine on a cruise boat while enjoying the views of Geneva Lake?
  • catch your dinner and then have a chef prepare it to your specifications?

With all of these options, you’re sure to find something to please everyone in your dining party.  Plus – all of these ideas make a great date night (HINT to all the men out there!).

East Troy Electric Railroad | Dining on the Train
2002 Church Street, East Troy
(262) 642-3263

Boasted as the last original electric railroad line, East Troy Electric Railroad offers Dinner Trains and Pizza Trains throughout their season.   Reservations are required for all meal trains, so call ahead to reserve your space – and visit their website for details and menus!
Dinner Train Dates: September 13, September 27, October 11, October 18, October 25
Pizza Train Dates: all 2014 dates are currently sold out.  Check back for openings or additional dates.

Baker House | Dining in a Historic Mansion
327 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-4700

Dining at the Baker House is like stepping back in time – with staff dressed in 19th century clothing, stunning views of Geneva Lake, and vintage artifacts everywhere you touch, you will truly feel as if you are a part of the Baker family visiting your cottage for the summer.  Baker House offers specials throughout the week, including live music, a Sunday shrimp boil & barbecue, and more.  Visit their website for details and to reserve a table!

Maxwell Mansion/Baker House | Murder Mystery Dinner and Cabaret Shows
421 Baker Street, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-9711

As the sister property of Baker House, Maxwell Mansion features all of the luxury and vintage detail of Baker House – plus great shows throughout the summer!  Guests can enjoy a three course meal at Baker House before retiring to Maxwell Mansion for a live Cabaret Show or an interactive Murder Mystery Show.
Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: August 22
Cabaret Extravaganza:   August 23

Dancing Horses Theater | Dinner and a [Horse] Show
5065 Wisconsin 50, Delavan
(262) 728-8200

Experience a show like you’ve never seen before – this dazzling show features horses performing with their trainers in a beautiful state-of-the-art theater.  The Dancing Horses Theater offers packages for show only, lunch & a show, or dinner & a show.  They offer shows throughout the week; please check their website for show times and details.

Fireside Dinner Theatre | Professional Dinner Theater
1131 Janesville Avenue, Fort Atkinson
(800) 477-9505

The Fireside Dinner Theatre is the only Actor’s Equity dinner theater in Wisconsin and has been proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for 50 years!  With a great variety of shows, there is a show for everyone!  The 2014 line-up includes Smokey Joe’s Cafe, David, Les Miserables, and the seasonal favorite, A Fireside Christmas.  No matter what show you choose, you’re bound to be mesmerized by the professional actors and actresses as they perform on the intimate theatre-in-the-round.  For tickets and more information, visit their website.

Fitzgerald’s Genoa Junction | Traditional WI Fish Boil
727 Main Street (Hwy B), Genoa City
(262) 279-5200

Featuring a fish boil every night they are open, Fitzgerald’s is sure to become a new favorite!  Their unique “all you care to eat” dining experience offers guests a combination of their famous fish boil plus honey-BBQ chicken and BBQ pork ribs (and the traditional sides).  Even their building is memorable – their historic Victorian octagon house is located on Genoa City’s main street.  Fitzgerald’s is open Wednesday-Sunday all summer long and Thursday-Sunday in the winter.

Lake Geneva Cruise Line | Dining ON the Lake
812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-6206

The Lake Geneva Cruise Line is a classic attraction in Lake Geneva…but did you know they offer luncheon tours, a Sunday brunch, sunset dinner cruises, and jazz dinner cruises throughout the season?  With tours throughout the day and week, you can assuredly find one to fit into your schedule.  Lavish meals and breathtaking views….what are you waiting for? Don’t miss the boat – check out their website for menus, a schedule, and more.

The Trout House at Rushing Waters Fisheries | Hook & Cook
N301 County Road H, Palmyra
(262) 495-2089

Visit Rushing Waters Wednesday-Sunday, and you can partake in their Hook & Cook deal – where you will eat the trout you catch!  It doesn’t get any more fresh than this.  After catching your meal and bringing it to the chefs for preparation, you will enjoy a meal of trout fillets, homemade potato pancakes & apple sauce, spring vegetables, and freshly baked rye bread.
PLUS – Trout House offers other great events throughout the summer, including Fish Boils, Shrimp Boils, Lobster Boils, and Friday Fish Fry.  For details on their Hook & Cook and all of their featured events, visit their website.

From the above blog posting, we are sure that you will agree with us, there is a tremendous amount of unique dining experiences to be had.  Your only dilemma will be in choosing which one to experience first.  Of course, we can suggest a way to cross several of those off of your list quite easily!  How’s that you ask?

Simple!  Give us a call at 262-275-3322 to book either a romantic mid-week getaway, or a romantic weekend getaway.  Plan on using your Wisconsin romantic getaway as a time to treat yourself to some of the above dining experiences.  In between visiting the venues above, you can spend time on our grounds going for walks, playing chess, catching up on a good book while lounging in one of our hammocks, or just exploring the rest of the area.

Lazy Cloud offers premier Lake Geneva lodging for couples looking for a romantic getaway.  We are one of the few Lake Geneva hotels with jacuzzi in room for two. Our bed and breakfast in Lake Geneva, WI provides wonderful amenities with whirlpools for two that have a view of the fireplace in every suite and room. Because we offer this, we are a great place for honeymoon getaways.   We are located in southeastern Wisconsin – only 90 minutes from Chicago and an hour from Milwaukee & Madison.

So make your reservations at Lazy Cloud and then check out one of the unique dining experiences in the Lake Geneva area!!

Lake Geneva, Summer Fun & Water Ski Shows 16 Aug 2014, 10:15 pm

When is the last time you took in a Broadway musical?   On Water???????   That was Free????

Well, this might not be New York, but we promise you that if you take in one of our local water ski shows, you will forget where you are as you watch in amazement at the show that is presented in live in front of you.   Set to music, show skiing features all the components of traditional water skiing.  However, it ups the wow factor with music, costumes, themes and storytelling.

Take in a show and you’ll see ballet and swivel skiing, adagio doubles, freestyle jumping and that water-skiing staple, the human pyramid.

Water show skiing was invented in 1922, and no one is quite certain what Ralph Samuelson was thinking when he decided to put on a “show” for his neighbors on the Minnesota lake where he lived.  However the sport has endured and has become incredibly popular in the upper Midwest.

Wisconsin has the distinct honor of  being home to the most show skiing clubs in the nation. Not only does this provide a creative outlet for its many members, it is also a great way for many of our local waterfront communities to showcase their town.  Many of these local water ski teams are great training grounds for water skiers as well.  In fact many of them go on to larger venues such as Tommy Bartlett in Wisconsin Dells and Sea World in Florida and California.

While you are visiting our area, plan to schedule an evening to take in one of these shows throughout the summer.  With so many local clubs in the Lake Geneva area, it won’t be a matter if you can find a show to see, but which one to go see.  And as mentioned above, these shows are always free. What a great way to end a day of shopping and sightseeing in our area.  We have listed the local clubs below:

Aquaducks

Thursdays  Fisher Park on Browns Lake in Burlington.  The Junior Show is at 5 p.m. and the Main Show is usually at 6:30 p.m.

Aquanuts

Saturday and Wednesday  at Lance Park in Twin Lakes.  The Main Show is at 6 p.m.

Lauderdale Aqua Skiers


Every Saturday through Labor Day.  The Future Team performs at 5:30 p.m. and the Main Show is at 6:00 p.m.

Muskego Water Bugs

Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Idle Park on Little Muskego Lake.

All shows listed here are weather permitting and subject to change. Also, clubs listed here do not perform public shows during state and national championships. Check each club’s website for exact dates.

Now I don’t know about you, but after a day of shopping and eating, and  then taking in a water ski show, the last thing I would want to have to do is drive home.  We have your back on this point….quite literally.  Just call our Lake Geneva bed and breakfast at 262-275-3322 to book your stay with us.  Then after a spending  a full  day with your special someone, taking in all the area has to offer, all you have to do is take a short drive back to your suite,  where champagne, chocolates and a bubble filled double whirlpool tub await your arrival!

Lazy Cloud offers premier Lake Geneva lodging for couples looking for a romantic getaway.  We are one of the few Lake Geneva hotels with jacuzzi in room for two. Our bed and breakfast in Lake Geneva, WI provides wonderful amenities with whirlpools for two that have a view of the fireplace in every suite and room. Because we offer this, we are a great place for honeymoon getaways.  We are located in southeastern Wisconsin – only 90 minutes from Chicago and an hour from Milwaukee & Madison.

Walworth County Fair 2014 15 Aug 2014, 8:59 pm

The Walworth County Fair keeps running through my mind, probably because today feels like fall in Lake Geneva, which serves as a reminder that all good things eventually come to an end, even this great summer we are having. However before summer “officially” ends, there is one last activity to complete on your Lake Geneva Summer Bucket List.

That activity is of course, visiting the Walworth County  Fair.  The theme for this year is “We’re still having fun, 4-H is still the one”, as Walworth County celebrates 100 years of 4-H in the county.

This year marks the 165th anniversary of this not to be missed event!   This annual event is held every year over the Labor Day Weekend at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, WI

And NOPE, that isn’t a typo in the above paragraph, the Walworth County Fair has been going strong for 165 years.  We did a bit of research and found some interesting history about this long running fair.

History of the Walworth County Fair

The constitution of the Walworth County Agricultural Society was adopted April 28, 1842.

The first annual fair and cattle show of which we have any record was held in the Village of East Troy on October 16, 1850. A total of 35 first premiums, 17 second premiums and 3 third premiums were given at that time.

The first County Fair held in Elkhorn was in 1851, and again in 1852, in the block southwest of the City Park. In 1853 the fair site was moved to Delavan but returned to Elkhorn in 1854. In 1855, the first purchase of land, from Colonel Edward Elderkin, was made consisting of six acres within the Village of Elkhorn limits. The cost was $100.00 an acre with 10% interest, a high price for the time. The city of Elkhorn donated $300.00 to fence the land, erect pens and sheds and to dig wells. The fair site has remained in Elkhorn since 1855 on this same location.

Many visitors of the Fair at that time came by train. At one time, there were 19 Special Trains which unloaded daily and left again each evening after the races from the fairgrounds. They came from Libertyville, Rockford, Freeport, Walworth, Beloit, Madison, Janesville, Milwaukee and Waukesha.

1933 was the beginning of night shows like the WLS entertainers, at the Walworth County Fair. 1933 also marked the 1st year that the Fair opened on Sunday.

Today, the acreage owned by the Association is approximately 99 acres. The land and buildings are now valued in excess of one million dollars. During its existence the Fair has received the support of the entire community. This support is shown by the gradual increase in its receipts. The increase in interest taken in the Fair has been proportional to the increase in receipts, and the success with which the Fair has been due not only to the solid foundation upon which it was laid, but also the united support all members, regardless of their social position, political views, or creed.

If you weren’t able to attend your local state fair, (or even if you did but just didn’t get your fill of all the fair activities to do),  then you have to head to the Walworth County Fair this Labor Day Weekend.  You will be able to get your fill of music, country to rock, and from bucking broncos to crashing cars and lots more in between.

This year’s line-up of entertainment includes Trace Adkins, Little Big Town and Foreigner.  Our very own Megan Ruger will open for Foreigner on Sunday, August 31.

We shared the history and some of the musical line-ups, but let’s talk food now!  Cream Puffs (that alone is reason enough to head to the fair!) sold out of a bright pink food truck, pickles on a stick, chicken and biscuits provided by LaGrange Methodist Church, as well as Greek and Italian Food.

And when it comes to shopping, you will be able to indulge in that sensory experience as well by visiting the Walworth County Fair Farmers Market and Old World Artisan Village.

If you are beginning to think that this is definitely an item to add and cross off of your Lake Geneva Summer Bucket List, then make plans now to attend this local tradition.   For a complete line up of all events as well as fair times and admission, head to Walworth County Fair.

Now of course after spending the day eating, shopping, and being entertained, you surely don’t want to drive all the way home, do you?  Of course not!

Give our Lake Geneva Bed and Breakfast a call at 262-275-3322 to book your suite today; and then when you are done with the fair, you will have only a short drive to Lazy Cloud, where you will find a bottle of champagne, some chocolate covered strawberries and a whirlpool for two waiting for you!

Lazy Cloud offers premier Lake Geneva lodging for couples looking for a romantic getaway.  We are one of the few Lake Geneva hotels with jacuzzi in room for two. Our bed and breakfast in Lake Geneva, WI provides wonderful amenities with whirlpools for two that have a view of the fireplace in every suite and room. Because we offer this, we are a great place for honeymoon getaways.   We are located in southeastern Wisconsin – only 90 minutes from Chicago and an hour from Milwaukee & Madison.

So come and enjoy Walworth County Fair and then head to Lazy Cloud!

Lake Geneva Venetian Fest August 13th – 17th 5 Aug 2014, 12:07 pm

One of the great things about the month of August in Lake Geneva is the annual Venetian Fest.  This year the fest will be  held August 13-17.  If you haven’t experienced a Venetian Fest in Lake Geneva, this is the year to change that.

This fest has been going on over a half a century and is a highlight of the summer in Lake Geneva. The event has been organized and sponsored by the Jaycees since 1952.  This annual event features a carnival, craft fair, water ski shows, fireworks, boat parade and multiple musical acts throughout the four day run.

While we could write a blog post on each one of the events, we want to use this post to highlight the fireworks, and the boat parade, and the water ski show.

The water ski show takes place on Sunday, August 17th at 6 pm.  The Wonder Lake Ski Team will perform on Geneva Lake and can be viewed from the shoreline at Library Park and The Riviera.

The boat parade will be held on Sunday evening  on Geneva Lake right in front of Library Park and The Riviera.  This lighted boat parade starts at dusk with the fireworks display immediately following.  This year’s theme is  for Venetian Fest is “Americana”.

If you have been meaning to spend some time in the Lake Geneva area, you really couldn’t have pick a better weekend to come and visit with us.

And, of course, after a day of all that fun, who wants to head back home?  Make a reservation at Lazy Cloud!  And instead of coming up on Friday and Saturday, book your stay for a Sunday and Monday.  You will get to take in all the activities of Venetian Fest, and have an extra day on Monday to browse though the shops.   Another great thing about coming up on Sunday and Monday is that you will get all of our wonderful amenities but your rate will be a lower than a Friday and Saturday stay.

Lazy Cloud offers premier Lake Geneva lodging for couples looking for a romantic getaway.  We are one of the few Lake Geneva hotels with jacuzzi in room for two. Our bed and breakfast in Lake Geneva, WI provides wonderful amenities with whirlpools for two that have a view of the fireplace in every suite and room. Because we offer this, we are a great place for honeymoon getaways.   We are located in southeastern Wisconsin – only 90 minutes from Chicago and an hour from Milwaukee & Madison.

Give us a call at 262-275-3322 and book your Venetian Fest Getaway with us.

 
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