Day 2 – American Barn Stories – Lake Geneva
This mornings breakfast buffet was excellent. The views from the dining room were wonderful as we overlooked a large pond highlighted with a large fountain.
We admired the beautiful day – the sun was beaming, the sky a bright blue and the blanket of snow that covered the ground was gleaming.
Soon after departure we crossed into the State of Wisconsin. A big “cheese” sign greeted us so I asked Paul to stop at that cheese shop and many of my passengers made purchases – they offered many Wisconsin cheese varieties including a 15 year old cheddar!
When we arrived in the tourist area of Lake Geneva we were joined by a wonderful host who toured us through this rural community. We saw a number of painted barn quilts and visited a dairy farm where they milk 1600 – 24 hours a day! The farmers were very friendly and my passengers loved this personal experience. We are the first Canadian group they have welcomed so our arrival has caused a great deal of “buzz” in the community.
Lunch was at a wedding banquet hall – the staff did a terrific job looking after us – their broasted chicken was a big hit.
After a full day of touring we enjoyed a bit of time before dinner in our luxurious hotel rooms at the Grand Geneva Resort – years ago the resort was the former Playboy Club. This 4 diamond property is definitely upscale but extremely comfortable at the same time. My passengers are enthused with the embedded large mirror television that is found in the hotel room bathrooms. We are here for a two night stay.
The resort gift shop sells Joanna Gaines Magnolia Products so that reminded some of my passengers of the journey to Waco, TX they enjoyed with me earlier this year.
As a surprise for my passengers we enjoyed a fleet of wine at a local award winning winery (took advantage of a group picture beside the snowman) before dining in a traditional Wisconsin Supper Club where we had a choice of prime rib, bbq ribs, salmon or duck. The portions were mega size. Everything from the cheese on the table to dessert was delicious and the ladies who served us did a fantastic job. This restaurant at one time was a Speakeasy.
We arrived back at the resort around 830pm so many grabbed a nightcap in the impressive lobby lounge.
My passengers are already hoping this tour is going to be offered again – they are loving this unique rural experience!