Walking around Geneva Lake is one of the highlights of a trip to Lake Geneva. The West End Shore Path is a great way to see the entire shoreline, as well as the palatial homes that line the shorefront. The journey is about 21 miles long, and there are mini-walks included within the entire distance. A recommended two-mile walk begins in Fontana near the Abbey Resort and Fontana spa. There is metered parking available in this location, and you can stop along the way and enjoy a cold drink or lunch. Walking north through an iron gate, you will see some of the houses of the Buena Vista Club. Next is the Belvidere Park, a residential association that has been around since the turn of the century. The Embree House, built by a Chicago banker turned lumberman, is still a private residence, but offers a fascinating sight.
The area features a variety of quaint and comfortable accommodations. Styles range from bed and breakfast to motel, inn, or full service resort. The Baily House Bed and Breakfast is situated on three acres of land where you can stroll and enjoy their lush gardens and in ground pool. Most of their rooms have double whirlpool tubs and fireplaces, so it is a great destination for a romantic getaway. The Scrapbook Manor is popular for girl's getaways. It is a century old home that offers retreats dedicated to scrapbooking, relaxing, and enjoy breakfast. The Scrapbook Shoppe is located onsite. The Watersedge B&B is located on the shores of Lake Como in a farm colonial home at the end of a private road. Imagine yourself strolling hand in hand down to the pier and through the gardens of this delightful residence.
If a B&B is not your style, consider staying at the Lodge at Geneva Ridge. This establishment is set on 80 acres of land and feature mission style dycor and a full service dining experience. The Eleven Gables Inn and Cottage on Lake Geneva describes itself as an eclectic 1840's lakefront Carpenter's Gothic Inn. Dogs are on the premises, so this place is great for those who love dogs.
After your stroll around Geneva Lake on the Shore Path, you will surely want to find a few things to do while you are in town. Golf is a common activity and visitors can choose from the Abbey Springs, Country Club Estates, Geneva National Golf Club, or the George Williams College Golf courses. If golf is not your thing, you can go horseback riding, rent a boat, enjoy a cruise, or head to the bowling alley for some fun.
You will work up an appetite during your walk, and the town is filled with restaurants, diners, delis, and pubs, all serving delicious fare in a comfortable environment. The Cafy Calamari and Harpoon Willie's is considered the lakes finest Italian eatery. Chuck's Lakeshore Inn will fill you up with burgers, sandwiches, and delicious treats all year round.
Enjoying a trip to Lake Geneva should include a stroll around the Geneva Lake Shore Path. You will enjoy the sights and sounds of your experience.
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