I don’t know about you, but I love trying new food…but on a budget. When I heard that Restaurant Week was coming to Lake Geneva (April 24-May 2) I thought it would be the perfect excuse for a day trip. Not only did we try a few new restaurants, but we also explored new places to hike. Read on to find out where to eat and hike in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Disclosure: A huge thank you to Visit Lake Geneva for providing gift cards to enjoy a couple restaurants. All opinions stated are our own.
Where to eat and hike in Lake Geneva
Bite: Inspired Coffee
You all know I love coffee, but I love coffee with a purpose. When I first heard about Lake Geneva’s newest coffee shop with the mission to “empower adults with disabilities to live with greater purpose and achieve their individual best in a thriving environment” I couldn’t wait to support them. Located on Lake Geneva’s downtown Main Street, it was the perfect way to start our morning. I loved my macadamia nut latte, while my husband enjoyed his medium roast coffee.
Cool atmosphere. Amazing people. Definitely recommend.
Looking for another great coffee shop in Lake Geneva. Avant Cycle Cafe is not only a coffee shop, but also a bicycle shop. Really cool!
Hike: Geneva Lake Shore Path (Library)
We took our coffee to go and walked over a block to the Lake Shore Path, making sure to say hello to the statues at the Lake Geneva Public Library. We’ve hiked a portion of this path before with amazing homes and lakefront views. Hiking the entire 21 mile path may be hard to accomplish in a day, so it’s best to tackle sections of the path at a time. If you’re looking to just sit and relax, the area by the library and beach has plenty of benches. Read more about the Geneva Lake Shore Path here.
Bites: Wicked Poke Hut
Our family can’t get enough of sushi and poke is like its brother so we couldn’t resist trying Wicked Poke Hut. I tried the scallop special and also made a few build-your-own bowls. Ask to sample the many sauces. Everything was fresh and quite tasty and will definitely be on our Lake Geneva restaurant rotation.
As Geneva Lake’s largest watershed, Kishwauketoe is one not to be missed if you love nature. So glad we found this spot! Kishwauketoe in Potawatomi means “clear water” or “lake of the sparkling water” and after seeing the streams we no doubt agree with the name. This was a fun hike with plenty to offer to make it interesting. Find boardwalks, a climbing tower, a prairie, and more.
The kids area, Helen Rohner Children’s Fishing Park, located by the Elkhord Rd. entrance. Here you’ll find a kids nature play area with logs to climb, a worm digging area, fishing area, as well as more boardwalks.
Hike: Geneva Lake Shore Path (Williams Bay)
Our next stop – Williams Bay, one of the access points to the Geneva Lake Shore Path. We headed to the left and passed the beach and beautiful homes. The kids loved this stop because of the playground and swings.
Bite: Pier 290 Restaurant
These last couple of hikes had us ravenous. As Geneva Lake’s only restaurant by the water, Pier 290 is the perfect place to enjoy lakefront views with good food! Although it would have been nice to dine outdoors, we still had wonderful views of the lake and even the boats. The food was great! My husband and I would love to return and have a date night here.
Tip: During winter, make sure to hop on the Santa Cruise that departs from this location.
Our family had a fun time eating and hiking our way through the Lake Geneva area. Did I miss your favorite restaurant or hiking spot?
Here are more places to eat in Lake Geneva.