Glenn, you simply MUST do these things while you are at Lake Geneva! You can thank me later.
The Abby Resort on the West side of the lake is where most all of the boat shows happen. It is a very large full service resort, complete with fitness center pool(s) lots of launching ramp room, etc. And of course the boat shows are a lot of fun, HOWEVER.......drumroll please............one of the best kept secrets of Lake Geneva is the walking tour, and although you can walk for many many miles along the public walk-ways maintained around the perimeter of the lake, just a short walk will put you into wonderland. Using The Abby as a reference point, if you are standing right on their boat launching ramp look to the right and follow that shoreline around. Keep going all the way until you reach the highway....that is where the real magic begins.
It may not LOOK like it is there.........but there is a secret passageway under that highway bridge (you can take your chances and cross the highway up top but under is better). Walk close to the fenced in parking lot and look closely for the footpath taking you under that bridge. FROM THERE you will be treated with an architectural parade of homes unlike anything you will see anywhere else. It is really quite amazing, being able to walk that public pathway in front of those multi-million-dollar estates!!
Here is what was sitting in the fenced in parking lot, the walkway you want to be on is between that fence and the highway, next to the landscaping timbers in the photo, and it takes you under the highway bridge.
As soon as you go under the highway bridge this is what you will start to see, and it is just one after another as far as you can walk. We walked a way down the shoreline and then back, but we could have gone all the way to the LGYC and cabbed back. The houses are cool, but the boat houses will have you totally captivated.
This video was taken along the walk, check it out. That is the Abby Resort back in the distance.
Okay that is the first tip........... Now here is the second one and you MUST do this for lunch one day. If you are at The Abby Resort, take the southern route around the lake and head to the East side of the lake to the GENEVA INN, and go to their GRANDVIEW RESTAURANT, and fight for that corner table overlooing the water. Pay or bribe anyone for that table, you won't regret it, and while you are waiting for your menu, just ask for a bottle of champagne to start with. Afterwards if you want to walk a little ways, believe it or not there is a pathway down to their docks that also leads down in front of one mansion after another, and there are tons of classic boats hanging in boat houses everywhere.
While the boat shows, Gauge Marine, Streblow, etc., are big attractions, Janet and I both agreed we want to go back just to experience those fabulous walks along the shoreline and GRANDVIEW RESTAURANT again.