Midwest Living Review
What better way to learn about the lifestyles of the rich and famous than to take a walk through their backyards -- without the threat of a restraining order? The "Feet, Seat and Eat" tour ($43 plus tax) around Lake Geneva does just that, topping the 7-mile hike off with a champagne brunch and relaxing boat cruise around the remainder of the lake. The hike starts at the Riviera Boat Docks in downtown Lake Geneva, where we pick up our tickets. Then we head west along the Lake Shore Path at our own pace. The easy 7-mile walk, which takes 3-4 hours, takes guests up-close-and-personal with mile after mile of million-dollar homes (as well as modest ones). An old law requires that this path be maintained and open to the public, so we're well within our rights. Still, we felt a touch uncomfortable at first, as we peered into windows, onto porches and practically took part in family barbecues. But after a few mansions, we got used to it and fantasized about which home we'd want. The path leads straight to Williams Bay Municipal Pier, where a ride awaits. We hop on our tour boat and enjoy a champagne brunch (eggs Benedict, broccoli and cheese quiche, mini desserts, a complimentary glass of champagne and more) during our lake cruise. The guide enlightens us with Lake Geneva trivia, sharing stories about some of the more famous residents of the past, including the Wrigleys, the Rockefellers and the Schwinns, and our feet get the chance to rest before we return to the docks at Lake Geneva, ready for our next adventure.