Your Whitewater Adventure Awaits!
Ready for a weekend escapade? Come take a locally sourced
home grown spirits tour through Walworth & Jefferson Counties.
Let’s visit 9 places that will surprise you with the perfect
cluster of wineries, breweries, and distilleries.
Start your weekend early by arriving on Friday. Let Whitewater be your home base with an enchanted stay at the Hamilton House or the Victoria on Main. If mainstream hotels are more your speed, then the Fairfield Inn or Baymont would be great options. One last and most important thing when doing this spirits tour is to remain safe. Please drink responsibly and seize the moment.
Begin your Friday at 841 Brewhouse (841 E. Milwaukee St.) in Whitewater where you can order their Golden Pilsner or Winter Porter craft brew while pondering over their lunch menu to see what would complement your choice of beer. Afterwards drive about 35 minutes Northwest to launch into your tour with these point of interest
Before you rest your head for the night, dine at the delicious, Bings Farmstead Restaurant for a cozy and casual end to your night.
Start your Saturday morning with an energizing healthy tea
or breakfast shake at the recently opened ReVamp Nutrition or try one of the well-crafted products from the talented bakers at The Sweet Spot Bakehouse or Café. Now that you’re ready to start your day, here’s your list for Saturday’s tour…
When nightfall comes around, The Black Sheep is a must do for dinner.
Want a hearty breakfast for your last day on Sunday? Then Jessica’s offers a traditional breakfast to fuel you for your day out. If you have time, visit the small unique shops along Main Street. With a stop at Reflections of the Past, you’re sure to find unique & rare quality items that you can purchase to remind you of your time in Whitewater or
jaunt over to The Fuzzy Pig for some fun souvenir merchandise. End your day at the Apple Barn Orchard & Winery (W6384 Sugar Creek Rd, Elkhorn) for a taste of some award-winning wines. This winery specializes in fruit wines made from fresh, non-grape fruits & berries.
Now that your spirits tour has come to an end, make plans
for your next visit to Whitewater and try out one of our other fun itineraries.
Explore More Sample Itineraries.
Hometown Holiday Itinerary
Candlelight Ski/Hike: Enjoy the magic of a two mile hike under the stars on the Nordic Trail. Check out the DNR Events page for current details.
The BEST Hot Cocoa: Pick up your perfect cup of cocoa at the SweetSpot to warm you as you continue your winter adventure.
Tour the Neighborhood Lights: What is more of a delight than admiring all the Christmas lighting throughout the area neighborhoods?
Ice Castles: This winter jaw dropper is just a short drive away from Whitewater. These hand-crafted icicles will leave you breathless. It’ll be chilly, so head back to cozy up in a room at The Hamilton House B&B or The Fairfield Inn.
The BEST Holiday Desserts: Grab your favorite holiday themed desserts from Fanaticos to enjoy at home or back in your hotel room!
Spring Fling Itinerary
Reserve a room at Victoria on Main or Hamilton House. After a day of traveling, exploring, and eating, you’ll want a cozy place to rest. Then treat yourself to a picnic platter at Staller Estate Winery among the vines.
Young Auditorium has a number of great shows planned. Make sure to enjoy dinner at a local eatery before the show Visit. Perhaps a drive-in movie at Whitewater Cinemas! Indulging in popcorn, candy, and a good movie from the comfort of your car.
What ever you choose to do on your Spring vacation, do it fully and with great joy.
Foodie lovers Itinerary
Whitewater is for food lovers. What’s a vacation without trying out as much local flavor as possible? Whitewater celebrates its diversity of dining choices.
Fuel up with a hot beverage to-go from The SweetSpot Cafe before a stroll along Cravath Lake. Or, a classic American-diner breakfast at Jessica’s Restaurant. Look for the famous Eat at Jessica’s neon sign. Keep it casual at Casual Joe’s for b-b-q food. Taco Fresco for creative takes on classic tacos. For special occasions reserve a table at Fanatico for authentic Italian cuisine and highly attentive waitstaff. Or The Black Sheep for creative takes on classic American dishes.
The Whitewater City Market, located at the historic Train Depot, celebrates farmers, artisans, and producers. This outdoor event includes food carts, live music, and craft beer! Second Salem pays homage to Whitewater's haunts and legends with an assortment of brews and outstanding pub food. 841 Brewhouse features a traditional pub experience of mouthwatering food and lively libations. Sip the afternoon away with at Staller Estate Vineyard and Winery picnic with a view of the surrounding vineyard.
Great Outdoors Itinerary
Fresh air, rolling hills, and endless opportunities for amazing adventures await you in Whitewater, WI! Pack your bag and grab your most adventurous friends for hours of outdoor play alongside the gorgeous natural landscapes of Wisconsin.
Throw a towel in the car and head over to Whitewater Lake Beach! Spend the afternoon under the summer sun. Cast a line in the water. You’re bound to catch a plethora of scaly swimmers like Northern Pike, Walleye, Bass, and Bluegill. As the sun begins to set, jump into a kayak for a gentle paddle. Experiencing the sights and sounds of local wildlife is the perfect end to your outdoor adventure.
After a long day outside check into a cozy bed & breakfast for incredible accommodations, a scrumptious morning meal and outstanding hospitality. Reserve a room at the Hamilton House or Victoria On Main to make your trip one to remember!
Tee Time Itinerary
Grab your clubs and your favorite foursome for a weekend golfing Adventure.
Come to town early so you can stroll through art galleries and museums before hitting the greens.
Willow Brook Golf Course, N9035 WI-89, at the edge of Whitewater, is a public 9-hole course. The perfect place to get your weekend golf adventure started. Walk the beautiful 3,156 yards of picturesque landscape as you try for a hole in one. Don’t forget to step in for a cocktail before you . . .
. . . Settle into one of the comfortable lodging options. You’ll find lodging accommodations to meet every need, from historic bed & breakfasts to well-appointed hotels and a hidden away airbnb.
Share a farm-to-table dining experience or a plate of homemade Italian goodness in a cozy downtown eatery before returning to your accommodations for a good night’s rest.
After a hearty breakfast, head out to try a course or two in a neighboring community. The area courses feature fairways nestled among rolling hillsides, spring-fed lakes, towering old oak trees, and natural ponds.
Willow Brook Golf Course N9035 WI-89, Whitewater, WI 53190
Prairie Woods Golf Course 12601 E County Rd A, Avalon, WI 53505
Spring Creek Golf Center 4787 Yandry Rd, Whitewater, WI 53190
Jefferson Golf Course 913 Golf Dr, Jefferson, WI 53549
Koshkonong Mounds Country Club W7670 Koshkonong Mounds Rd, Fort Atkinson,
Evergreen Country Club N6246 US-12, Elkhorn, WI 53121
Delbrook Golf Club 700 S 2nd St, Delavan, WI 53115
Lauderdale Lakes Country Club N7498 Country Club Dr, Elkhorn, WI 53121
In the evening, if you are not dining at the course’s Country Club, You must experience one of the area’s traditional Wisconsin supper clubs: Buckhorn, famous for their lobster boils, or Duck Inn, interesting history and great duck entrees. Or How about a bit of theater? Fireside Dinner Theater and Young Auditorium have a variety of professional productions throughout the year.
Extend the weekend a bit by adding a day to explore the area’s unique off-course adventures. Can we tempt you with a boat rental to explore the sparkling spring-fed lakes or stroll along our trails? Or perhaps sipping a glass of locally crafted beer or wine is more your style.
Keep striving for that hole in one.
But make sure to create a grand adventure along the way.
Summer Fun Itinerary
Arrive Friday evening, check into your lodging option of choice. Perhaps Whitewater's newest hotel, Fairfield Inn and Suites is just right for your? Stroll through downtown for a hand crafted dinner at one of our locally owned restaurants. Second Salem has a great patio with views of the park. Rest well.
Indulge in a hearty breakfast at the local diner, cafe or prepared by your innkeeper. Pick up a picnic fixins to enjoy at the park. Bike the back roads to the lakes, stopping at the artisan well to fill up your water bottle.
Relax in your hot tub suite with visions of another great breakfast. On your way out of town, stop by the local winery.
Or, How about hang gliding over campus?
Spooky Spooky Itinerary:
Whitewater, WI, has a dark side filled with local folklore and shadowy historical figures. The legends, lurking amongst the dark corridors of our little slice of the Midwest leads to a surprising story.
It all started with the Morris Pratt Institute, the educational leader in the study of spiritualism. Followers participated in seances within the institute’s “white room,” lifting the veil between our world and the world beyond.
Whitewater is known as “Second Salem,” thanks in part to the infamous water tower known as The Witches Tower. It is said that witches lurked through tunnels to meet at the tower.
Forming a "Witches Triangle", three cemeteries hold the key to some of the more treacherous of Whitewater’s legends like famed Mary Worth also know as Bloody Mary.
Experience the spooks and scares for yourself on the annual Spirit Tour in October. The event is hosted by the Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Hike, walk, or run your way through our scenic parks and trails. Whitewater is the premiere location for Outdoor adventure. With well over 20 parks in the Whitewater area, you’ll find the perfect place for exploration of all kinds.
Hike the Trails! For fans of hiking, walking, or running, there are multiple trails ready to host your next outside adventure. The Kettle Moraine Southern Unit has multiple trail loops for varying levels of experience. The Nordic Trail has capabilities for cross-country skiing and sledding. The Ice Age Trail allows you to explore land formations left by the last glaciation. Whitewater’s Cravath Lakefront Park, host to various festivals, events and concerts, offers a well-maintained, picturesque spot for picnics, fishing, and lounging under the warmth of the sun.
Two Wheels are Better Than None! Beginner bicyclists and expert off-roaders alike can experience the thrills of powerful upward drives and the relief of those bunny hills! Test your skills on the moderately intense John Muir Trail System with 6 loops ranging from1.25-12 miles long. Or, break an immediate sweat on the Emma Carlin Trail System as it winds through the Kettle Moraine with three difficult loops. Both trails offer picturesque views of pines, hardwoods, lowlands, and moraine.
Make Waves! Enjoy some of the best waterplay in the great state of Wisconsin. At Rice Lake, you’ll have the opportunity to kayak into a gorgeous sunset while you take in the sights and sounds of Wisconsin wildlife. Or, hop on a jet ski, boat at your leisure, or even fish all afternoon! There’s even a park area with a playground for the kiddos to burn off some energy. Whitewater Lake features a sandy beach for leisurely day in the sun or family BBQ! Don’t forget to grab your picnic basket and your fishing rods for a fun day outside. Water fun doesn’t stop when the weather feels bitter. The Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center offers indoor slides, pools, and water programs to keep the fun going all year long with day passes available for purchase.
Bogey Down! Remember to pack the golf clubs before leaving for Whitewater. Explore the variety of golf courses located in the area. Prairie Woods Golf Course, with its forested greenway, offers a pristine experience lined with 100-year-old trees and hilly terrain. Spring Creek Golf Center sets the tone for a full golf experience with a plethora of activities and programs available for all ages and levels of expertise. A beautiful 9-hole golf course, Willow Brook Golf Course satisfies any golfing ability. Plus, they serve it up off the course with amazing food and a full bar available in the club.