The Gilded Age of Lake Geneva

The Gilded Age of Lake Geneva                                         
Wednesday, June 26, 2019  -  $105

Today, follow in the footsteps of wealthy Chicagoans such as Wrigley, Schwinn and Maytag to what was once known as the "Newport of the West", Lake Geneva, WI.

We step back in time to the Lake's gilded age of the 1890s as we visit two of the area's most decadent Queen Anne Mansions, Black Point Estate and the Baker House Mansion.  

At Black Point Estate, a summer home built for Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp surrounded by dense forest, you'll marvel at this stately mansion which features 13 exquisite bedrooms, a four story "crow's nest" observation tower and 620 feet of pristine Lake Geneva shoreline. See the amazing grand piano and gold-encrusted blotter and inkwell. Hear the stories about the family and how the raising of the American flag was a daily ritual as a symbol of Seipp's American dream fulfilled.

At the Baker House Mansion, we will be treated to lunch in the same rooms where grand entertaining and lavish parties were once thrown daily.  Called the crown jewel of the downtown Lake Geneva waterfront, this 1885 treasure was built in honor of Senator Robert Hall Baker. See the incredible craftmanship of the stained glass, and the 13 ornate fireplaces surrounded by hand carved mantels.

After lunch enjoy a leisurely stroll along the lake or enjoy some free time to shop in downtown Lake Geneva.