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Classic American Bars: The Baker House, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

November 28, 2012

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As resorts go, Lake Geneva is unique. It was originally settled after the Chicago fire in the 19th century, and became a summer retreat for captains of industry and commerce (it’s sometimes referred to as “the Hamptons of the Midwest”). The wealthy individuals who summered at Lake Geneva built “cottages” of 15,000 to 20,000 square feet; the most notable of these is the Wrigley mansion, actually a collection of six separate buildings directly on the lakefront.

There are a number of full-blown resort hotels in town, the most interesting of which is the Grand Geneva, which served as the location for the first Playboy Club. As you might expect, there are a number of quaint bed and breakfast inns as well, and the most distinctive of the Lake Geneva B & Bs is the Baker House. (more…)