Get Up And Stay Active

Spring is almost here and that means warmer weather is coming! This makes it the perfect time to start getting outside to meet your recommended exercise goal of 30 minutes each day. Here are some ways that you can get active outside!

  1. Hiking & Biking trails

Hiking and biking are great ways to enjoy nature and the warm weather outside! Lake Geneva has beautiful scenery to admire while you get some exercise in! To look at some local hiking and biking trail options follow this link!

  1. Participating in local 5Ks

There are many options for 5Ks during the warmer months that you can participate in. Some are local and others are well known and held in bigger cities every year! Take a look at some of the local options by following this link!

  1. Play a sport with friends

There are all kinds of sports that you can play outside in the Spring and Summer! Get together with some friends and play a game of volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis, or anything that sounds like fun!

  1. Yoga

Yoga is a great activity that can be as intense or as relaxing as you want it to be. It can also be done almost anywhere! Take advantage of the warm weather this Spring and do some outdoor yoga!

Stay active and healthy this year by getting outside and enjoying all the great activities Lake Geneva has to offer!

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Shred Fest

This year The Chill Foundation is hosting Shred Fest with Fat Tire and the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa! Shred Fest is an event that will raise money for The Chill Foundation which helps provide life and character development skills to underserved youth.

What goes on during Shred Fest?

  • Sledding party
  • Raffles
  • Ice Castles
  • After party
  • And more!

Where? Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

When? February 23rd & 24th

For more information or to buy tickets follow this link!

To learn more about The Chill Foundation click here!

New Year’s Resolutions

People write New Year’s resolutions every year. Some may focus on health goals, or habits while others may be career centered. However, all of these goals have one thing in common, they are made with the hope to do better than last year. Although this is a good reason to make resolutions, they usually fall flat within a month or two and people are back to their old ways. Why? Because the goals people set for themselves are generic and unplanned. Here are a few tips to help you plan New Year’s Resolutions that will stick!

  1. Personalize your goals!

Make your goals specific to you. Don’t just say that you want to lose weight or start eating healthy. Specify how you are going to do it and measure it in a way that works with your busy life! This will help keep you committed and honest about it.

  1. Write it down!

This helps make your resolutions a reality. Write them down and put them somewhere that you will see them every day. Reminding yourself of them often makes remembering your new behaviors more of a habit and less of a chore!

  1. Keep track of your progress!

How will you ever know if you achieved your New Year’s resolution if you never kept track of your progress? Whether it is in a journal, an app on your phone, or a chart you keep around the house, keep track of how well you are doing! This will also help keep you motivated by showing you how far you have already come!

 

Now that you have a plan, make your New Year’s resolutions happen!

Halloween Movies

What’s October without spooky Halloween movies? From family friendly to horror filled, there is a Halloween movie for every mood. Here are our top ten favorites from the last 60 years (in no specific order) to get you in the spooky spirit!

#1 Hocus Pocus (1993)

  • PG, Fantasy/Horror

#2 Beetlejuice (1988)

  • PG, Fantasy/Horror

#3 It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

  • Unrated (family friendly)

#4 Halloween (1978)

  • R, Mystery/Slasher

#5 Ghostbusters (1984)

  • PG, Fantasy

#6 The Conjuring (2013)

  • R, Supernatural Horror Film/Mystery

#7 The Blair Witch Project (1999)

  • R, Mystery/Psychological Horror

#8 Casper (1995)

  • PG, Fantasy/Comedy-Drama

#9 Halloweentown (1998)

  • PG, Fantasy/Comedy

#10 Paranormal Activity (2007)

  • R, Thriller/Indie Film

Did your favorite Halloween movie make the list? Tell us what your favorites are in the comments below!

For more Halloween movie recommendations click here!

Don’t Miss These Fall Festivals!

Don’t miss out on these fun fall events!

8th Annual Pumpkin Drop & Fall Festival

There will be all kinds of family fun at the 8th Annual Pumpkin Drop & Fall Festival. The festival has food, live music, pumpkin painting, arbor trail access, and of course the pumpkin drop! Can you hit the bulls eye and win the pumpkin drop grand prize?

When: October 27th& 28th

Where: Lake Geneva Canopy Tours & Outdoor Adventure Center

For more information or to sign up today click here!

Beer & Spirits Festival

Trick or Treat? This year you don’t have to choose! Enjoy unlimited tastings from 35 Midwest craft breweries while you see what tricks The Ridge Hotel has up it’s sleeve. There will be a photo booth, silent auction, entertainment, and more!

When: October 27th from 1pm – 5pm

Where: The Ridge Hotel

For more information or to reserve your ticket click here!

Cocktails through the Decades

Everyone has a favorite cocktail. It may be a classic like the Old Fashioned or maybe it’s one that was recently invented and hasn’t quite caught on yet. New cocktails are made every day. It has even become a trend to create your own drink for a wedding or bridal shower! Do you know when your favorite was invented? Or how it made its claim to fame? Keep scrolling to see if it was the most popular of its decade.

1900’s/10’s – Old Fashioned

People began throwing sugar and bitters into their whiskey in the 1900’s and the Old Fashioned was born. This classic was one of the first popularized cocktails and introduced an entirely new era of drinking.

1920’s – Singapore Sling

The term “sling” simply means the mix of alcohol, flavor, and water. Although the original mixture of this drink is unknown, we know it is simple and inexpensive because it was created during prohibition.

1930’s – Bloody Mary

This drink originated in a club in New York and is known as the perfect morning pick me up. It is still popular today and every restaurant or bar makes it their own with garnishes.

1940’s – Daiquiri

The Daiquiris we know and love today aren’t quite the way they were originally made. They originated during WWII when anything but rum was hard to come by. It began as a simple lime drink and slowly evolved into the fruity flavors we see today.

1950’s – Martini

Vodka based cocktails were born in the 1950’s. The most popular and arguably classic of them was the martini. Do you take yours classic or dry?

1960’s – Mai Thai

The Mai Thai was one of the most popular drinks at the time when fruity drinks made their claim to fame. In the 1950’s people started to care more about the flavor of drinks and began mixing them with fruit juices.

1970’s – Harvey Wallbanger

The 1970’s brought diversity to the liquors many places offered. What used to be gin, rum, vodka, and tequila now included more exotic flavors like Galliano, a key ingredient in the Harvey Wallbanger.

1980’s – Pina Colada

It’s no shock that the Pina Colada was the most popular cocktail of the 1980’s. It was featured in Miami Vice shortly after it made a musical debut in Escape’s “Do You Like Pina Coladas?”.

1990’s – Long Island Iced Tea

This cocktail originated in Long Island long before it was popularized in the 1990’s. The issue of balancing flavor with alcohol content was over and people began prioritizing the amount of alcohol a cocktail contained.

2000’s – Cosmopolitan

Just like the Pina Colada, the Cosmopolitan also made its claim to fame on a TV show. Manhattan’s Sex and the City began the Cosmo craze when Carrie Bradshaw made them her signature drink.

Cocktails have changed a lot since they were first invented and went through many different phases to get to where they are today. Whether you like the classics that have been around for over 100 years, or you prefer the new trends, there is a cocktail for everyone. Did your favorite make the list?

Want the recipe’s for these cocktails? Follow this link!

Bridal Trends through the Ages

Brides are told that their wedding day is “their day”. They get to plan the whole day to be absolutely perfect, including their dream wedding dress! From boho to ball gowns, there is a style out there for everyone and, like a snowflake, no two dresses are the same. No wonder tv shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” have become so popular!

But when did all the styles that we have available to us today become fashionable?

The 50s – sweetheart necklines popularized by Elizabeth Taylor

The 60s – high waisted empire lines

The 70s – diversity was in style, everything from princess gowns to pantsuits were worn

The 80s – cathedral trains, lace, and big bouquets

The 90s – minimalistic styles

The 00s – strapless gowns

The 10s – curve hugging styles like the mermaid

For more styles through the ages click here!

 

The Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase is coming up fast! There will be vendors from the Lake Geneva area ready to help you plan your perfect day from food to florists! You don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.

Cost: FREE

Date & Time: September 30th from 10am – 1pm

Location: Rivera Docks, Lake Geneva, WI

For more information, or to register for the event click here!

 

Music Through The Decades

In the last 100 years music has changed a lot. Musicians have been given the unique ability to completely change a culture and leave their mark on history. Influencers like Elvis, Madonna, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix are just a few of the names that come to mind when considering who led the transitions from one genre to the next. Here are the top songs and genres from each decade over the last 100 years.

1910’s

Top Song: Alexander’s Ragtime Band – Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan

Known For: Blues, Jazz

1920’s

Top Song: My Blue Heaven – Gene Austin

Known For: Jazz

1930’s

Top Song: Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland

Known For: Pop

1940’s

Top Song: White Christmas – Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers

Known For: Jazz

1950’s

Top Song: We’re Gonna Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets

Known For: Rock & Roll

1960’s

Top Song: Hey Jude – The Beatles

Known For: Hard Rock

1970’s

Top Song: Imagine – John Lennon

Known For: Disco

1980’s

Top Song: Every Breath You Take – The Police

Known For: Rock

1990’s

Top Song: I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Known For: Rap, R&B

2000’s

Top Song: Hey Ya! – OutKast

Known For: Hip Hop, Alternative Rock

2010’s

Top Song: Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Known For: Alternative Rock, Pop

Music has given musicians the ability to influence fashion, politics, and culture worldwide and has become a multi-billion dollar industry. With all the opportunity music has to offer we are left to wonder, who will step up to the mic and be the next major influencer?

To see more songs that made the top 10 list of their decade click here!

Back to School Tips & Tricks

Ease your kids into a school bed time.

Waking up early is hard, especially if you are not used to it yet. The week before school starts begin moving up your child’s bedtime and waking them up earlier in the morning. This will make the first week of school easier to wake up for and help with a smooth transition.

Get things together the night before.

This includes lunches, backpacks, and tomorrow’s outfit. Having fewer items to put together in the morning means you are less likely to forget something. This also allows you to set an organized schedule for your kids while giving them some responsibilities of their own.

Have everyone participate in the morning.

Doing everything by yourself can get exhausting. Pass off some of the smaller tasks to your kids. Something as simple as having your child feed the family pet in the morning can save you valuable time and gradually introduces your child into the responsibilities that you want to teach them.

It is important to start organized and healthy habits early on so that they carry throughout the year. I hope these tips and tricks will help your transition into the new school year go smoothly!

Art in the Park

This Saturday, August 11th, Lake Geneva has its 38th annual Art in the Park!

The Details:

  • Flat Iron Park, downtown Lake Geneva
  • Saturday, 11th from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 12th from 10am – 4pm
  • FREE ADMISION

Visitors can look at local art from more than 80 exhibits including pottery, glass, jewelry, printmaking, and much more while listening to live music!

There will also be a “Just for Kids” activities area where kids can make their own art at the Flat Iron Park Gazebo!

There is something for everyone at the Art in the Park event from the kids craft area to the live music and lakefront view. Spend your weekend at Art in the Park!

For more information click here!