Things to Do
Things to Do in and Around Elkhorn 2018
We are located in the county seat, so in addition to the natural beauty of the area and the opportunities it provides for hiking, biking, skiing, golfing and the like, there is almost always something fun and interesting going on around here. Below we list a few activities that might be of interest to you, but also check the links to calendars for more activities.
Antique Shops, Flea Markets, and Thrift Stores (these change periodically so please call first):
Antique Flea Market at the County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn: Fabulous Antique Market
2018 Dates: May 20; June 24; Aug 12; Sept 30: http://www.nlpromotionsllc.com/
A Plus Antiques & Auctions - www.murphyauctions.com - (262) 728-1844
Barnyard Bonanza at the County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn: Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24 https://www.walworthcountyfair.com/p/events/294
Circle of Friends, Thrift store sometimes gets antiques, 23 E. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, WI 262-723-8177. Closed on Saturdays; can find great bargains here. Proceeds from sales support a variety of charitable causes in the area, across the country and around the world.
Happy Consignment: firstname.lastname@example.org; 18 S. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn
Remember When Antiques & Collectibles: 313 E. Walworth Avenue, Delavan, Wisconsin Saturdays: 9:30-5:30; Sundays: 11-4. www.rememberwhenllc.com: (262) 728-8670. There is an antique store across from them (11-6 on Saturdays; 12-5 on Sundays)
9 lives Boutique, thrift store benefitting the Lakeland Animal Shelter (no kill) has lovely items and great prices. 835 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, 262-248-3122 – I love this place!
Geneva Street Antiques: genevastreetantiques.com - 821 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva (262) 348-9300
Lake Geneva Antique Mall: 829 Williams Street, Lake Geneva - (262) 248-6345
There are at least two antique stores on Main Street in Williams Bay.
Maxwell Street Days Flea Market Mukwonago, http://www.maxwellstreetdays.net/ June 9-10, July 21-22, August 18-19, September 8-9
Picadilly: This is a lovely antique, home décor shop on highway 50. It’s about 35 minutes from us but is on the way to/from Chicago if you take 94. https://www.piccadillyantiques.com/ 7427 156th Avenue, Bristol, WI 262-857-3509
Beach: Yes, with sand and everything just a 3-minute drive up the road from us (turn right out of the driveway and right on to LaGrange Drive). It is a semi-private beach open to residents (and their guests). We will provide towels, and snacks (with advance notice) should you desire them, and a pass for entry.
Bike/Ski/Snow Shoe Rentals: Back Yard Bikes and Ski Lagrange General Store, W6098 US Highway 12, Whitewater, WI 53190, 262-495-8600; trail conditions: 262-594-6200 or 6202. http://www.backyardbikes.com/
Boat Rentals: The Boat House of Lauderdale Lakes: www.boathouseh2o.com, 262-742-3898; Lauderdale Lakes Marina: 262-742-3898 Delavan Lake Pontoon Rentals: www.delavanlakepontoonrentals.com, 262-728-5540; Marina Bay Boat Rentals: www.lakegenevaboats.com, 262-248-4477; Mulligan’s Island Boat Rental: www.mulligansislandboatrental.com, 262-249-1979
Christmas Santa Train: Nov 24-25 and the first three weekends of December https://www.easttroyrr.org/christmas-train.html
Christmas Parade: First Saturday in December, Elkhorn town square, after all Elkhorn is known as the Christmas Card town because it has been featured on Hallmark cards.
Classic Car Shows: First weekend in August, Elkhorn County Fair Grounds: http://www.madisonclassics.com
Community Theater: All within 15-20 minutes of Ye Olde Manor House
http://www.lakelandplayers.org/ Located in Elkhorn
http://www.pelajiaproductions.com/Home_Page.html Located in Lake Geneva
http://www.uww.edu/cac/theatre/ U Wisconsin Whitewater Theater/Dance Department.
http://www.madstage.com/companies/index.html : Link to theater companies in nearby communities including a Whitewater theater company, Royal Oaks Production, that will organize a mystery evening for groups. The link has a number of community theaters, those most closely located to Ye Olde Manor House are copied above. It is best to check the websites of the theater companies listed on the Madstage website to find the most current schedules.
Alpine Valley: They’re back baby they’re back. Word has it that they will have 8 concerts this summer. Dates and groups TBA.
The Barn at LaGrange: a wonderful private music venue just minutes away. To attend, you need to contact the organizers. Their website is: http://www.thebarnatlagrange.com/bio
Bluegrass festival, Sept dates TBA, East Troy: http://www.easttroywi.org
Concerts in the Park: Lake Geneva: Thursdays, July 15-August 23; https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/concerts-park-2018/
Music by the lake: Concerts are held through out the year, starting February 18 http://www.musicbythelake.com/s/1512/musicfest/start.aspx
Yes, County Fairs. They do still happen, and we have one once a year over Labor Day weekend at our Elkhorn county fairgrounds: http://www.walworthcountyfair.com.
Festivals--Art & Craft Fairs & Other Festivals:
Arts and Crafts Fair, East Troy, June dates TBA: http://festivalnet.com;
Festival of Summer July 28, Elkhorn
Art in the Park in Lake Geneva, August 11-12: http://www.genevalakeart.org/events/Art_in_the_Park;
Venetian Arts and Craft Festival in Lake Geneva, August 15: http://lakegenevajaycees.org/craft-fair.html;
Maxwell Street Days Lake Geneva, August Dates TBA;
Kettle Moraine Studio Tour, Every fall. http://kettlemorainestudiotour.com/
Octoberfest: October 20 in Elkhorn’s town square; http://www/elkhornchamber.com
Dancing Horses and Animal Gardens: Dancing Horse show and petting farm. They also have a famous parrot...yes a famous parrot who appeared in a nationally televised Volkswagen commercial. http://www.thedancinghorses.com/show.aspx in Delavan 5065 State Road 50: 262- 728-8200
Events in Walworth County of which Elkhorn is the county seat. For scheduled events see: http://www.americantowns.com/wi/walworth-county/events
Chocolate: May 25-28, in Burlington: http://www.chocolatefest.com;
Cheese, Pies, and more: The Elegant Farmer has food events throughout the year, including popcorn, maple syrup, pie and cherry celebrations January through March and cheese celebrations and an ice cream social during the summer months, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. http://www.elegantfarmer.com/event-calendar/;
Dairy Breakfast: June16;
Pork Chop Cookout, June 20: Elkhorn;
Rib fest, July 12-15, Elkhorn;
Jr. Beef Steak Cookout, July 18
Taste of Lake Geneva, September dates TBA, Flat Iron Park
Fishing: Rushing Waters Trout Fishing N301 County Road H, Palmyra, 800-378-7088(15-20 minutes away). They also have a restaurant. There is also fishing in the Lauderdale Lakes just across the road from us.
Golfing (within 5-10 minutes of YOMH): Evergreen Golf Course, www.evergreengolf.com, N6246 US Highway 12, Elkhorn, WI, 262-723-5722; Lauderdale Lakes Golf Course, N7498 Country Club Drive, Elkhorn, WI, 262-642-1690 (across the road from us)
Hiking, Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Runs: We are a 6-minute drive from the Kettle Moraine State Park where you can hike, bike, and cross country ski, depending on the season. There are also various races, marathons, triathlons and mega marathons (yes mega and I’m talking 50 and 100 miles), throughout the year. In fact there is a 100 mile endurance run June 2-3. http://kettle100.com/
Historic Tour: Old World Wisconsin http://oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/ (10 minutes away)—It is really very interesting—they have homesteads from the various groups of people who settled in Wisconsin, a blacksmith, general store, a farm and activities throughout the year, including a wine and food festival with wineries from around the state showcasing their products. They also have many events throughout the year from farmhouse dinners to historic beer brewing.
Horseback Riding within 15-20 minutes of Ye Olde Manor House Best to call first so that you don’t have to wait for a guide:
Fantasy Hills Ranch Limited, (262) 728-1773, 4978 Town Hall Road, Delavan, WI 53115.
Kettle Moraine Ranch
(262) 594-2122, W379 S9446 Hwy. S, Eagle, WI 53119 (Go 67N to Hwy S; turn left)
Rancho del Rio
(262) 594-5131, S103 W36093 Hwy. 99, Eagle, WI 53119
Swinging "W" Ranch
(414) 594-2416, S75 W36004 Wilton Road, Eagle, WI 53119
Horse Shows—If you’d rather watch horses than ride them, we have horse shows at the County Fair Grounds nearly every weekend from May 12- Oct 14. https://www.walworthcountyfair.com/events/horse-show
Hot Air Balloon Rides: http://lakegenevaballoon.com
Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my: There is an animal sanctuary, Valley of the Kings, about 27 minutes from us. The owners rescue and provide a safe retreat for exotic and other animals: 262-736-9386; http://www.votk.org/whatsnew.html. You need to contact them in advance of visiting. There is also a safari in Lake Geneva: http://www.Safarilakegeneva.com And, Llamas (or alpacas…I really don’t know the difference; they are both adorable), horses, ponies, sheep and donkeys and let us not forget the cows: can frequently be seen grazing in fields …is that bucolic or what? There is also an alpaca farm about 15-20 minutes from us which has a gift shop: http://www.earthcaresuri.com/
Magic Show: Yes, there is magic and you can see it in Lake Geneva at the Tristan Crist Magic Theater: http://www.lakegenevamagic.com/
Manicures/Pedicures (Yelp Reviews: https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=othersalons&find_loc=Walworth+County%2C+WI)
Queen Nails: 24 S. Wisconsin Street, 262-743-1868
US Nail: 58 W. Market Street, Elkhorn, 262-723-1030
Rockwell Salon: 11 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, 262-379-1589
Salon 67: 400 Seymour Court, Elkhorn, 262-723-4467
Massage Therapy—All within 10-20 minutes and some* will make Manor House visits
Chiron Massage and Reiki, LLC: Thereasa Wirkus, 262-379-2022, Elkhorn www.chironmassageandreiki.com
Essential Yoga & Fitness*: 262-949-9642 www.essential-yoga.net
Eve Moora* 262-374-3818—Elkhorn
Megan Zytkiew* 262-729-5311--Trigger point therapy; Swedish massage
Anna Pearce* 815-276-2423—Life in Motion
Rita’s Wells Street Salon 262-248-3970
Healing Muscle Therapy* 262-515-7035
Jasmine Salon and Spa: 262-581-4742
White House Salon and Spa: 245-5171
Quilting: We are happy to host quilting groups. Below are quilting supply shops in Elkhorn: The Quilting Connection: http://stores.longarmconnection.com/about-contact-us/; Sawdust and Stitches: http://www.sawdustandstitches.net/
Restaurants & Supper Clubs (we've listed those that we've visited and/or our guests have and thought were good)
Annie’s Burger Town: Very casual. Fish Fry on Fridays. Has a carhop in the summer. 262-723-3250; http://www.anniesburgertown.com/ They have fried veggies as well and will deliver.
The Black Sheep – http://www.eatatblacksheep.com/ --located in Whitewater (about 15-20 minutes north of us), the Black Sheep's chef was on a food network competition and won. 262-458-4751. Generally has a vegan/vegetarian selection on the menu
http://www.cafecalamari.com/ Italian restaurant in Williams Bay about 20 minutes south of us. Our guests who've been there rave about it.
Brissago – http://www.grandgeneva.com/GrandGeneva_PDFs/Brissago_Menu.pdf --- Italian --Lake Geneva--slightly upscale (about 20 minutes south of us)-262-558-3417
Calabria – nice Italian restaurant about 10 minutes away in Elkhorn, a block away from the town square. They will also prepare really delicious Mexican food--how's that for versatility? They generally have a vegan/vegetarian selection(s) on the menu.
The Chalet – http://www.thechalet.info/ -- Seafood, steaks, burgers about 9 minutes south of us. With only one exception, our guests who've been there rave about it. 262-742-5043
The Chop House – http://www.chophouse411.com/chophouse_pdf/GCH_Dinner.pdf Upscale steakhouse—Lake Geneva
The Dinner Train -- https://www.easttroyrr.org/dinner-trains.html 262-642-3263
The Essential Café – http://www.essentialcafebistro.com/ --a new bistro in Elkhorn about 10 minutes south of us on the town square. Our guests who've been there rave about it. 262-723-1500; They also generally have vegan and vegetarian selections.
Fiddlesticks – http://www.fiddlestickscafe.com/ --casual, nice décor, and very good food (website only shows the lunch menu; they are only open for dinner on Friday night). In addition to the fish fry they have other entrees—beef, chicken, pasta, etc., and one of the best veggie burgers we've ever had (about 5 minutes south of us)
Heaven City – http://www.heavencity.com/menus.asp -- an historic restaurant with great food (there is generally items that are or can be made vegan/vegetarian on their menu) and ambiance about 20 minutes away; reportedly has ghosts. We've never seen ghosts but we were told the Discovery Channel was planning to do a taping at the restaurant for a show on ghosts...
Holy Cannoli: very nice Italian restaurant 2 minutes away on US highway 12. Our guests who've been there rave about it. They have a few vegetarian and vegan selections
Los Tres Hermano: nice Mexican restaurant located on the town square at 31 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, 262-379-1658
Moys – very good Chinese restaurant about 10 minutes away in Elkhorn on the town square; will make anything with tofu.
Pizza Ranch: Serves pizza and other meals; located about 5 minutes from here and will deliver: www.pizzaranch.com; 262-723-7880
The Trout House at Rushing Waters Fishery N301 County Road H, Palmyra, 800-378-7088 (15-20 minutes away) www.rushingwaters.net/the-trout-house
Sperinos—Italian restaurant located about 5 minutes from us. www.sperinos.com; 262-723-2222
Someplace Else is located on the town square and has a nice selection of tasty items. http://someplaceelserestaurant.com/ ; 262-723-3111
Super Mercado is a Mexican restaurant/grocery store that serves delicious Mexican food. It has a few tables on the side of its supermarket and has takeout. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Super-Mercado/117932258270116; (262) 723-3933
Supper Clubs near Elkhorn (don't have any feedback on these other than the Duck Inn which guests like)
The Village Supper Club: http://villagesupperclub.net/
The Duck Inn: http://www.duckinndelavan.com/menu.php --an historic restaurant about 9 minutes away-
In Lake Geneva:
Anthony's Steak House – http://www.anthonyssteakhouselg.com/our-story.html
Retreats: We've hosted several retreats and group gatherings of all types and are always happy to do so. We can also develop customized retreats for you and your friends, colleagues and family.
Rodeo: August 17-18, Elkhorn Fair Grounds
Rummage Sales: Keep your eyes peeled; there are always several all summer and sometimes city wide sales, which are reported on the electronic calendar of events(link above)
Scrapbooking: We are happy to host scrapbooking retreats. Scrapbook suppliers near Elkhorn: Joann Fabric and Crafts, 262-249-0371
Spas: https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=spas&find_loc=Elkhorn%2C+WI+53121 and http://www.yellowpages.com/elkhorn-wi/day-spas
Snow Sculpting: US National Snow Sculpting Competition, January 31-Feb 3
Swimming Pool: Right here on the premises. It is indoor and heated to between 84-88 degrees. You can listen to satellite radio or your IPod while you swim, and we have water toys…it doesn’t get much better than that.
Yellow Cab of Walworth County: 262-378-9177
Lakes Area Taxi: 262-248-4770
Senior Cab: 262-949-8294
Area Lakes Limousine: 262-949-8294
Luxury Transportation 262-203-6970
Go Riteway 800-236-5450 (ridiculously expensive)
Uber: usually gets here in 15 minutes(about ½ the price of Go Riteway)
Tennis: Four Lakes Athletic Club, 351 E. Morissy Drive, Elkhorn, 262-743-2000 has 6 indoor tennis courts: day passes are available for the courts and the 65,000sq ft gym; 18.00 for the court. Sunset Park, 320 Devendorf Street, Elkhorn, Wisconsin 53121, 262-723-2279, has 6 outdoor tennis courts.
Watson Wild West Museum and Supper Club: We’ve not been here but it looks like fun and is close by: W4865 Potter Road, Elkhorn, http://watsonswildwestmuseum.com/ 262- 723-4545
Wineries and Orchards: Most are within 10-15 minutes of Ye Olde Manor House
The Apple Barn has orchards for picking fruit as well as an award winning winery -- W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn 262-728-3266: Directions: Left out of Driveway. Take a right onto Market Street (at McDonalds). Left turn on Voss Road. Right Turn onto Hwy H. Left turn onto Sugar Creed Road (watch for sign). Apple Barn is 2 miles on right. Parking lot on right. http://www.applebarnorchardandwinery.com/index.html
Quednow's Heirloom Apple Orchard is a wonderful family owned orchard with over 100 varieties of heirloom apples. They also sell cider and if you are lucky, honey, cider donuts and apple pie (yum!). Coming from Ye Olde Manor House, turn right on County Road ES and you'll be there in a flash. http://www.quednowsappleorchard.com/ 262-642-9735
Staller's is an award winning winery: They periodically pair their wines with special dinners at the Black Sheep Restaurant and posts the schedule on their website.608-883-2100: Left out of driveway, Go to County Road A. Take a Right Turn on A. Go about 10 miles and Staller is on your right across from the Duck Inn. http://www.stallerestate.com/home. 608-883-2100
The Elegant Farmer is food shop and orchard. They beat Bobby Flay in a pie cooking throw down a few years back and are known for their paper bag pies. http://www.elegantfarmer.com/
Valley View Berry Farm – www.valleyviewberryfarm.com : strawberry/raspberry farm. On highway 50 between here and 94. They also have pumpkin picking in the fall.
http://www.lakegenevawi.com/Activities/Default.aspx?sc1=19 : website provides descriptions of local wineries/orchards listed above
Artistic Fibers, 324 N. Pine St., Burlington, WI, 262-757-0960, http://www.artisticfibers.net/
Earthcare Suri Alpacas, LLC, 146 N. Honey Lake Road, Burlington, WI , 262-534-4091, https://www.openherd.com/stores/1316/earthcare-suri-alpacas-llc-
Linda’s Yarns, 2075 Division St., East Troy, WI. 262-642-5205
Needles n Pins, Delavan, @9034 County Rd A, Delavan, WI, 608-883-9922, http://www.needlesnpinsyarnshoppe.com/
Studio S Fiber Arts, W8903 County Rd. A, Delavan, WI 608-883-2123, https://www.studiosfiberarts.com/
For the adventurous among you, there are two ziplining facilities in Lake Geneva: Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, 262-242-9871, http://www.lakegenevacanopytours.com/ and
Tree Top Trek, 262-325-8299, http://www.aerialadventureslg.com/
Local Elkhorn Links
Our county's information center
Walworth County Fall Extravaganza
Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce
Statewide door to cultural activities
East Troy Electric RR
Local sheep shearing and fiber festival
500+ acre outdoor park of Wisconsin history
Ten Chimneys, home of Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt
Our fine annual county fair, Labor Day Weekend
Dates for Elkhorn's Antique Flea Market
Cruise Lake Geneva with Lake Geneva Cruise Line