Information about Lake Geneva, WI and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

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A little about Lake Geneva

Nestled on the northeastern shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has been a resort community since just after the Civil War when wealthy Chicago families discovered the site and began building summer homes amidst the lush countryside. Today, the elegant, often historic estates still ring the lake and the famed 21-mile shore path continues to allow access to the backyards of these majestic homes allowing unprecedented views of magnificent landscape architecture. Less than one hour from both the Chicago area and Milwaukee, Lake Geneva boasts a wealth of unique dining and shopping options, and lodging choices with the latter ranging from luxury spa resorts to rustic inns to lovely B&Bs. The area also offers splendid golf courses designed by such icons as Trevino, Player, Palmer, Nicklaus and Dye: pristine nature areas; and a wealth of attractions.

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The history of Lake Geneva

Originally called "Muck-Suck" (Big Foot) for a Potawatomi chief, the city was later named Geneva after the town of Geneva, New York, located on Seneca Lake, to which early settler John Brink saw a resemblance. Geneva, to avoid confusion with the nearby town of Geneva, Illinois, was renamed Lake Geneva; later the lake was renamed Geneva Lake. Railroad access from Chicago made the area a popular summer retreat for the barons of wealth in lumber, cattle, oil, steel, cement, manufacturing, and durable goods (e.g., Morton Salt, Wrigley Chewing Gum), with mansions and large homes such as Stone Manor and Black Point built on the lake from the 1850's, through the heyday of the Roaring 20s, and up to the present day. The city was then known as "The Newport of the West." In the early automobile era, the city hosted the first modern drive-in motel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and later during Prohibition smaller lake towns around the area became a haven for Al Capone and other mobsters

Contact Information

Address:
201 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
53147

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Businesses in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Here is a collection of local Lake Geneva, Wisconsin businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Lodging Museums / Attractions Restaurants Services Shopping

 

Galerie Matisse

Art

32 years of experience

 

Geneva Art Pottery

Art

A place to see and appreciate

 

Baker House 1885

Lodging

Ranked as the #1 Hotel in Wisconsin-Trip Advisor 2012

 

Bella Vista Suites

Lodging

Lake Geneva's stunning all-suite boutique hotel

 

Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva

Lodging

Located in the heart of it all

 

Maxwell Mansion 1856

Lodging

European style Inn

 

Mill Creek Hotel

Lodging

Lake Geneva's most charming

 

Dancing Horse's Theater and Animal Gardens

Museums / Attractions

Dinner Theatre experience beyond compare

 

Fireside Dinner Theater

Museums / Attractions

More than you'd ever expect

 

Studio Winery

Museums / Attractions

Art and our own artisan wines

 

Boatyard Bagel Co.

Restaurants

Fresh, organic and tasty

 

Lake Geneva Creperie

Restaurants

Delicious Crepes, Panini, and a wide variety of Italian Gelato

 

Sopra

Restaurants

The premier Lake Geneva dining experience

 

Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub

Restaurants

14 World-class Wisconsin brewed beers

 

Tuscan Tavern and Grill

Restaurants

Italian Cuisine and various American dishes, gluten free available

 

Creative X-Pressions Salon and Spa

Services

Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate in our full service salon and spa

 

Haberdapper

Shopping

The finest in men's clothing and accessories

 

Lola's

Shopping

Fun, funky, trendy styles from head to toe

 

Maple Park Antiques

Shopping

From the 1800's to the mid 1950's

 

My Sister and Me

Shopping

Whether you like classic or new urban vintage

 

Plum Crazy

Shopping

A unique shopping experience i