Labor Day in Lake Geneva

After wrapping up work last Friday, I scurried home, grabbed my bags, and settled into the car with my family for the drive to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. While the 6ish hour drive through the riveting wheat fields and truck stops of Illinois was mind numbing, what waited for us a short drive over the Wisconsin/Illinois border was worth it.

We arrived in the middle of the night, so we promptly tucked into bed and passed out in our little lake cabin. The cabin is cozy and older, but so perfectly serene and included. I felt like I was in another world up there. The house has been in my family for at least 20 years, but I hadn’t been back for about 10, so being there was like stepping back in time. It’s a really special place to me – one where I used to play dominoes and bocce ball with my grandma, cousins and great aunts and uncles.
Upon waking up on Saturday morning we hurried off to fill up on breakfast at the kitschy Daddy Maxwell’s. The restaurant is in this tiny little igloo, decorated with a mish mash of Halloween decorations. Their breakfast can’t be beat, and it’s a great little Lake Geneva gem. Be prepared to wait, there are literally only 10 or so tables inside. I recommend the French pancakes or biscuits and gravy.
After filling up on biscuits and gravy and pancakes, we set off to the Sweet Corn Lady stand to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for our Labor Day barbecue. This shack on the side of the road had some of the best fresh produce I’ve ever had. Definitely swing by if you’re in town.

Most of Saturday was marred by rainstorms, so we wandered into almost every shop of downtown Lake Geneva, window shopping and catching up. The sun finally peeked out around dinner time, so I knew all of Sunday had to be spent outdoors, soaking it itn.
As soon as I woke up on Sunday, I joined my Aunt on a walk around the lake’s edge, taking in the gorgeous lakefront properties. How dreamy is that house? You can actually walk around the entire lake (26 miles!!), but I am out of shape and lazy, so we just stuck to the few near our neighborhood.

The remainder of the day was spent outside boating, at the beach and barbecuing with family. I of course ended up sunburnt and exhausted, but it was entirely worth it.