Lake Geneva Cruise Line received the 2012 Service Excellence Award at the Conference on Tourism, recognized by Governor Scott Walker for its continued commitment to unique, memorable experiences afforded by their daily tours and private charters. Tourists can traverse the picturesque waters of Lake Geneva in their stylish ships equipped with bars, snack bars, and restrooms. During tours, knowledgeable guides dispense narration about local history and guests provide their own soundtrack during afternoon ice-cream socials and sundown cruises. Evening cocktail cruises keep libations flowing for two hours as musical notes played by local musicians float out across the dark, sparkling water before they're gobbled up by jumping fish.
Like most brewery owners, Penrose Brewing Company cofounders Eric Hobbs and Tom Korder cannot possibly pick a favorite beer. For them, it?s more about the experience of drinking great beer; and that experience is social ? best shared with friends over hours of conversation and laughter.
With a focus on Belgian-inspired session ales, Penrose brews skew toward the lower end of the alcohol by volume, which means people can share a few and keep the party going longer. In Penrose's taproom, customers are able to try year-round favorites like their crisp, dry saison, Devoir saison, to their hoppy Belgian IPA, Fractal, or any number of taproom-only small batch offerings that never leave the brewery. Some pours even come with a brewery tour.
The taproom further encourages lingering with its stock of board games, while its BYOF-friendly attitude, rotating art installations, and special events keep visitors coming back often.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are the first and only Jiu-Jitsu school in the Tri-City area of Geneva, Batavia, and St Charles.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
16 and up
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The owner is a native of Geneva and his goal is to bring his passion for Jiu-Jitsu to his local area and share the benefits of the art with others.
What do you love most about your job?
Helping people learn a valuable and effective self-defense system while getting in shape and having fun while doing it.
The die-hard paddlers of Geneva Kayak Center stay on the move throughout the year?both in their watercraft and across the globe. From May to September, they are headquartered in and around Chicago, where they teach kayaking during courses, workshops, and quick orientations, and dole out kayaks, canoes, and tubes for those who want to explore the Fox River's whitewater on their own.
When cold breezes start to blow through the Windy City, they head to Saint Marys, Georgia, to lead kayak camps and sea adventures on the Cumberland Island National Seashore. They also lead curated adventures off the costs of Alaska and Maine and in Wisconsin's idyllic Door County, where kayakers might spot deer grazing on grass or nibbling on cheese curds.
Playing golf will always be subject to the whims of Mother Nature, but Robinson Golf Academy makes practice possible regardless of weather or season. The academy's climate-controlled facility shields players from precipitation and fervent sales pitches from skywriters inside a golf simulator that closely approximates playing on a real, full-size course. With each swing, the simulator's finely tuned sensors take a multitude of readings that typically aren't possible even on the range, including club head speed, launch angle, and overall distance. Led by a 12-year PGA veteran, lessons in these simulators help students understand all aspects of their golf swing and learn the precise tweaks necessary to unlock their game.
The Geneva Park District encompasses 50 parks and 3,000 annual programs over its 700 acres. Stone Creek, a river-themed mini-golf course with a windmill, water wheel, creek with real running water, and a wishing well offer playful variations on the sport of kings, and is great for groups, parties, or picnics.