Whether you are visiting the area and looking for a fun vacation activity, or you live here year-round and want a creative day with friends, the Lake Geneva area offers plenty of ways to get your hands dirty and make something amazing. Providing a wide variety of experiences for people of all skill levels, these five businesses offer classes taught by skilled instructors and experts in the fields:
1. Bella Botanica
Located in Springfield (just outside of Lake Geneva), Bella Botanica, LLC, is a destination plant and gift shoppe that offers unique indoor plants, Italian terracotta pottery, local artisan goods and beautiful finds for home and garden. It’s a sanctuary within a sanctuary where creativity, growth and possibilities are fostered. Check their website for upcoming workshop options.
1787 Walworth St., Springfield | 262-379-8786 | bellabotanicaboutique.com
2. Lake Geneva School of Cooking
The Lake Geneva School of Cooking offers entertaining culinary classes for the cooking enthusiast, whether novice or gourmand. Students will learn professional cooking techniques from Chef John Bogan — and will then enjoy the fruits of their labor as the entire class sits down for a meal together. Visit their calendar online for a list of upcoming classes and to reserve your spot.
727 Geneva St., Lake Geneva | 262-248-3933 | lakegenevacookingschool.com
3. Lake Geneva Board & Brush
At these DIY wood sign workshops, instructors help you to maximize your creativity and willingness to learn new skills. They provide the instruction, materials and design for you to distress, sand, stain, paint, and customize your personalized piece of art! Choose from dozens of wood signs and projects that you can customize to your liking. Book a workshop on their website.
262 Center St., Lake Geneva | 262-409-1639 | boardandbrush.com
4. The Candle Mercantile
This distinctive store, located in downtown Lake Geneva, is a one-of-a-kind experience. Design and mix a signature scent from their hand-selected collection of oils, and then pour your very own custom candle, body spray, diffuser or wax tarts. Visit their website for details or call to make your reservation.
870 W. Main St., Lake Geneva | 262-203-5557 | thecandlemercantile.com
5. Gallery 223 / Geneva Lake Arts Foundation
Operated by a local nonprofit organization, Gallery 223 offers art classes and workshops in downtown Lake Geneva as well as art shows and exhibits. Online classes are also periodically available; check the website for details.
223 Broad St., Lake Geneva | genevalakeartsfoundation.org