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Geneva Lake Shore Path

Geneva Lake Shore Path Review

This 20.6-mile path hugs Geneva Lake, affording lovely vantage points for watching boats cruise the crystal-clear waters of the second deepest lake in Wisconsin. But it's what's on the shore that piques most curiosity: the grandiose mansions built by wealthy business moguls of the late-19th and early 20th century, like an 18,000-square-foot Italianate stone home (converted to six luxury condos) and the 30-room Queen Anne, now the Baker House Inn and restaurant. While the path is open to the public, it varies from paved to gravel to dirt, depending on individual property upkeep. Learn a little more insider info in the "Walk, Talk & Gawk" guide (available at many local shops; $6.95), which divides the path into seven shorter segments.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Pick up the path at various locations including along Wrigley Drive, from Big Foot Beach State Park and the Abbey Resort, Lake Geneva, 53147
  • Phone: 800/345-1020
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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    We've never been to Chicago other than changing planes.

    We'd like to go for a few days but that's a lot of flying to spend 3-4 days in one place.

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