Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lake Geneva by Boat




How about a fall boat ride? The weather is perfect. It's 84 degrees and sunny. I promise that on this boat ride you won't get sunburned. On our boat everyone gets nicely bronzed. Today we will relax and enjoy all the colors of fall.





This will probably be the last boat ride for the season. Everyone in my family wants to come along. The two men in my life are sharing the captain's position.





My DD and my DS's girlfriend love to sit where the action is. If you want to sit in the bow of the boat you may get a little wet.





Even little bear loves a great ride on the boat! By the way, you look great in your bikini! Wow, you have lost weight. Your looking 15 years younger!





There are some huge mansions on Lake Geneva. It's so neat to cruise around the lake and dream about living in one of these homes.





I found some info here on the web for this estate. Stone Manor (officially Younglands), the 18,000 sq' magnificent Italianate palace with a 250' veranda and an expansive lawn visible from downtown Lake Geneva. The estate was built in 1900-1901 by Otto Young, a man who made his fortune buying real estate along State Street in Chicago following the great fire of 1871. It was constructed for over $1,000,000 and features such as gold-plated fixtures, a basement bowling alley, and a third floor miniature golf course astounded even the wealthiest resident. The property was a single family home until 1939 when it was presented to the order of St. Anne to be used as an Episcopalian private school for girls. The school was discontinued after only a few years. Later the mansion housed an elegant French restaurant Around the 1980's the mansion and remaining property were purchased for back taxes, reportedly for $74,000. It has recently been restored and converted to 6 condominiums ranging in price up to $1.6 million.




This mansion is my DD's favorite. Richard H. Driehaus Estate is awesome! It sits on 36 acres. I can't even imagine what the price of this estate would be.





I don't even think that I could afford this little shack! Ha Ha!




You can take a romantic steam boat ride on the Lady of the Lake. I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Lake Geneva by boat. Please make sure to get outdoors to savor the fall season!

11 comments:

Jennifer said...

Love it. Thanks for the trip. I couldn't quite trick my mind into 80 degrees since I'm wearing a sweater, my clapotis, and fetchings today. I'm avoiding bringing out the space heater in my office. Trying to toughen myself up! Anyway...
I love mansions. Just love them. We have a couple here in Leavenworth. Oh to live in one...and not worry about the gas bill or cleaning it. :)

susan said...

makese me want to take a trip on my boat and see the whales, althou it just might be a little bit early. i do miss the warm pacific and it gentle rhythm...drove mark nuts. for him, the waves were loud and kept him awake, for me they were as constant as my heart beat. for me, silence is deafening...he just doesnt understand. somebody knew something and wasnt letting anybody else know, cause for $74K some litterally got a steal!!!!!! wehad to lovely days of 70s and sun but its bake to chilly weather. mark reminded me the snow will be here in a month or less. yikes! always fun to go on a little adventure with you.

Quiltersal said...

Oh, my gosh! What a great trip! Glad you liked my bikini - I knited it myself! (NOT EVEN!!!) I surely do miss the color of fall in New England...you brought it back in force for me. Our colors here in Southwest Missouri aren't quite that brilliant - more muddy. And that floating boat at the end is super - named after one of my very favorite quilt blocks - Lady of the Lake!

Wool Winder said...

I enjoyed the ride. But, someone forgot the fishing tackle. :)

Debbie said...

So beautiful! Thanks for the tour... and I didn't even need sunscreen!
I would definitely be sitting up front...where the action is :-D

Renna said...

That was fun, Barbara, my idea of a really good time! ;-)

I'm LOL at Wool Winder's comment about the fishing tackle. ;-Þ

Jenny Girl said...

What an awesome and fun trip. Great pictures too. I would love to walk around in those huge houses to see what they looked like. The architecture is amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

Debra said...

It was a fun ride! WOW! Those mansions are amazing. One of my pastimes is looking at old houses. I really liked the little shack, though!
Love, debra

Joyfulsister said...

Wow that was a great boat ride and tour..Thanks *smile*. I love that mansion, and you furbaby is sooo cute!!!

Hugz Lorie

Tea said...

A great boat ride! I love home tours..be they ever so not-humble.;) Thank you for a lovely afternoon on the lake.

CarpeDyem said...

Wow!