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How to explore Lake Geneva, WI in the winter

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Travel into ice caves | Photo by @__diana_elena__

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Nestled an hour and a half south of Madison is a lakeside town that combines charm with natural beauty. We’re helping you plan your next winter weekend getaway to the city that looks a bit like Elsa walked through town.

Where to stay on your quick holiday

Geneva Inn | N2009 S. Lake Shore Dr.
The hotel boasts panoramic lakefront views and is within walking distance of shopping.

The Baker House | 327 Wrigley Dr.
Established in 1885, the cozy property is preserved with almost all of the original ornate details.

Maxwell Mansion | 304 S. Wells St.
A historic mansion hotel with antique furnishings, rustic-chic decor, a speakeasy, and a cocktail bar.

The Ridge Hotel | W4240 WI-50
A chic hotel with a bean + vine coffee and wine bar, in-house restaurant, and outdoor fire feature. P.S. — dogs are welcome to come along.

What to do in the winter wonderland

We’ve got a few activities to make you feel like you’re in a snowglobe.

Ice Castles
❄️ Get lost in an ice maze, crawl through tunnels, and slide down the ice created with thousands of icicles hand-placed by professionals.
🗓 Now-late February, weather dependent
🎟 Tickets start at $16 — be sure to purchase ahead of time

Winterfest and the US National Snow Sculpting Championship
❄️ 15 teams from around the country compete in a 72-hour competition to create larger-than-life snow sculptures. Also enjoy bonfires on the beach, a downtown ice walk, and igloos on Main Street.
🗓 Wed., Feb. 2-Sun., Feb. 6
🎟 Free to attend

Where to warm up

Now that you’ve explored the great outdoors, it’s time to get some feeling back in your fingers.

☕️ Inspired Coffee | 883 W. Main St. | Try this: Mocha salted caramel
☕️ Simple Bakery and Market | 525 Broad St. | Try this: Seasonal harvest frittata
☕️ Egg Harbor Cafe | 827 Main St. | Try this: Cinnamon roll french toast

Looking for indoor activities? Visit Lake Geneva’s got 10+ ideas for all ages.