Known for its pristine lakes, parks, circus history and historic downtown, Delavan, Wis., is a popular destination for events and activities of all kinds, especially during the winter.
“Delavan is definitely Main Street USA, a small town with a big impact,” says Belle Carbonara, public relations and community outreach manager for the Walworth County Visitors Bureau. “It’s a great place to visit any time of year.”
Delavan is located 45 miles southwest of Milwaukee and a few miles north of Lake Geneva.
Like everywhere else in the world, Delavan has been affected by COVID-19, but local retailers, restaurants and lodging operators are being creative to attract shoppers and guests. Over at Lake Lawn Resort, there are heated and insulated igloos for outdoor dining all winter long.
Delavan Lake and the nearby Comus Lake are popular destinations for winter ice fishing. Rudy Lange Sledding Hills is one of the most popular places to sled in Wisconsin. Calladora Spa, at Lake Lawn Resort, is offering winter packages to help people relax and unwind while also rejuvenating their skin from the harshness of cold Midwest winters.
The Walldog murals are especially magnificent during the winter months as the bright colors sharply contrast with new-fallen snow. The visitor’s bureau offers scavenger hunt printouts for a guided tour of the murals, which can be supplemented with information about each mural online at visitdelavan.com.
“Virtual Author Events” is a free Zoom series on Tuesday evenings in January and February hosted by Aram Public Library. “Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History” will be the topic on Jan. 12.
Author John Oden Jensen, a former crab boat captain and shipwreck survivor, will talk about his professional and personal experience, as well as his study of North American mariners, ships and shipwrecks.
The virtual series continues Feb. 2 with Dean Robbins, author of “The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon,” a non-fiction children’s book about the true story of Alan Bean, the only artist to travel to outer space. ❚
For more information about Delavan, check out visitwalworthcounty.com.