Lovely on the Lake

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Neighbors / Social Life

Nothing soothes my soul like time spent on the water. River, lake, ocean—they’re all good. And sharing that experience makes it all the sweeter.

Our social committee outdid themselves when they planned a sightseeing cruise on Lake Geneva, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant. Twelve of us thoroughly enjoyed our time together last evening in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Maples at the Sonatas is just under 10 miles from the Wisconsin state line. It is an easy half-hour drive north to Lake Geneva, a resort-style town on its namesake lake. We had absolutely perfect weather for our 5:30 Sundowner Cruise.

Even before we boarded our boat, the Walworth II, the scenery was beautiful.




























Soon we were comfortably seated on the upper deck, enjoying a gentle breeze and each other’s company.



For the next hour, we cruised near the shoreline, oohing and aahing at the mansions of the rich and famous who live in what has been called The Newport of the West. Some of the homes date back to the first half of the 20th century. Our guide dropped names like Wrigley, McCormack, and Montgomery Ward, to name a few. We also learned that most of the properties began as summer homes for wealthy Chicagoans.

Here are a few of the estates.






Yes, the one above began as a single-family home, though it was later converted into condos.

For me, one of the highlights was seeing a Gatsby-esque party taking place on the patio of one of the largest mansions. The hour on the Walworth went far too fast. Soon it was time to head back to land and to Popeye’s restaurant, right across the street from the pier.

There, we lingered over dinner and drinks, chatting with people that we see nearly every day. But a change of setting, even a change of state, made it seem like a new adventure. Here’s part of our group.


Finally, there was nothing left to say, except for good night, and let’s do this again very soon.

If you are ever in the Lake Geneva area and interested in a cruise, you can find information here:

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