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Wisconsin’s Baker House


By Brian Jewell
Groups can experience the glamour of 19th-century Lake Geneva during an afternoon or evening at the Baker House, an 1885 lakefront home that has been converted into an inn and restaurant.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Baker House is one of the original Lake Geneva “summer cottages,” and its owners have worked to restore it to the luxurious look of the Roaring ’20s. There’s an elegant entryway, a music room with a player piano, a library and a game room, not to mention a beautiful patio and garden with phenomenal views of the lake.

Although the house has guest rooms and offers a la carte dining, it most excels as a venue for group receptions or meals. The owners and staff dress in Gilded Age apparel and invite guests to don one of dozens of whimsical hats in their collection for an evening of historic fashion. Events feature signature cocktails and inventive appetizers such as “lamb lollipops” as well as a sunset toast.

Groups can also arrange to have a tour of the historic property, as well as a dramatic performance or murder mystery dinner.