Get Ready for Biking – May is National Bike Month!

National Bike Month - let's ride

Sure signs of spring – a robin, a motorcycle, top down on a car, snowfall from 4 days ago melted… And with May being National Bike Month! That last part has to seal the deal with there being no more snow, right? Please and thank you to Mother Nature…!

FAt Tire Delavan Lake signsA great way to get back in the saddle, and have it be both physically beneficial for you and financially beneficial for students at St. Andrews Parish School, a local school, is the Fat Tire Delavan Lake Ride. This is the 8th annual occurrence of this 12 mile ride around scenic Delavan Lake, with designated stops: Start at The Waterfront, then Inn Between Bar & Grill, Scoop’s, End Zone Sports Bar & Grill, Watershed Saloon, Village Supper Club, and finish back at The Waterfront. Proceeds all go to support technology at St. Andrews Parish School and past Rides have allowed the school to install WiFi, and purchase iPads, smart boards, computers and Chrome notebooks. The Fat Tire Delavan Lake Ride is Saturday, May 5, and is a guaranteed fun day with friends, all for a good cause. Registration opens at 10:30 am, ride starts at 11 am and ends by 5:30 pm. Raffle and poker winners (riders are collecting a poker card at each stop) will be announced starting shortly after 5:30 pm (must be present to win). The registration fee is $25 if paid in advance or $30 the day of. Follow this link for registration and further details.

Swan Creek Trail signSwan Creek Corridor Trail System is a community-wide, recreational corridor system that runs along Swan Creek. This graveled pedestrian and bike path currently connects Lange Arboretum, Veteran’s Park, Terrace Park, Rudy Lange Sledding Hill, Lower Springs Park and Upper Springs Park. The winding trail provides various benches/rest areas, several restroom facilities, and is complete with periodic signs and maps to guide its users. The Swan Creek Corridor Trail System may be one of Delavan’s best kept secrets!

Barn Quilts of WalCo logoTake a leisurely 8.6 mile loop starting and ending in Downtown Delavan to view the serenity of the countryside, three barn quilts and over 400 rose bushes. At just a smidge over a mile out on County Highway P, you’ll find the Duesterbeck Farm proudly displaying their Carpenter’s Wheel barn quilt on the end of their barn. You might also notice their obvious love of certain sports teams, displayed on the silo and side of the barn! 0.8 miles up the road, is the Schmaling Farm and their Corn & Beans barn quilt. I wonder if they chose it specifically to have a secondary excuse for sporting green and yellow (Go Packers!). Keep going out to Hazel Ridge Road, take a right, and for kicks and giggles, count the number of solar panels in the field as you wander by. amon_homesteadTake a right on County O, where you’ll then find Doug Amon’s home. Doug’s home offers a quiet getaway where everyone is welcome to ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’. Doug can frequently be seen outside pruning and nurturing the over 400 rose bushes he tends. There are 14 raised beds among the trellises, along with a pond that includes a waterfall and bridge, and a gazebo. Doug also has a ‘Smell the Roses’ Rose Path barn quilt, so you’re getting 2-for-1 enjoyment here. It’s then a casual 3.4 miles back to Downtown.

In June 2015, the Walldogs, a group of talented sign and mural artists from all over the world, gathered in Delavan and transformed the city with beautiful murals bringing to life the varied history of Delavan. While 14 of the 20 existing murals are all within walking distance Downtown, they are also easily accessible by bike, and then you’re ready to roll with seeing the other 6 that are outside the Downtown, the furthest being 3.6 miles from the Downtown, while the others are closer in and on the way to that mural. You can easily pick up the self-guided tour brochure at the Tourism Information Center (2375 E. Geneva St., Delavan, across from Lake Lawn Resort at the airport).

There’s plenty to explore in and around Delavan,
on two wheels or otherwise, so come find your adventure!
Go to VisitDelavan.com

 

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6, not 5, Must Do Things for Spring!

John Muir quote - nature's peaceLooking for ways to get out now that spring has finally decided to show itself? And do not remind me of the forecast for this weekend and ruin the thought process…! Okay. Moving on. Research shows that being outdoors can help reduce stress levels, improve physical health, ease anxiety and brighten one’s overall mood. To briefly quote John Muir, “Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”

Here are six ways of getting out and about in Delavan.

  1. You don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy learning about Delavan’s varied history. Take a self-guided walking tour of the 20 murals adorning buildings throughout the Downtown area, with a few out and beyond. In June 2015, the Walldogs, a group of talented sign and mural artists from all over the world, gathered in Delavan to paint the original 18 murals, each depicting an aspect of Delavan’s storied history. Since then two more murals have been added. Walldog-PT Barnum Circus
  2. Get ready to be amazed by the dazzling equestrian show at the Dancing Horses Theatre. Marvel at the pageantry and beautiful blend of skill and communication between horse and human, through the majesty of the exquisitely trained horses. Be sure to make time for the full adventure, which includes the 40-acre Animal Gardens, home to 16 species of exotic creatures and 60 hay-eating animals, and then watch the always entertaining Exotic Bird Show, featuring Echo, the singing bird from America’s Got Talent.
  3. Take a leisurely stroll along the historic brick street through the Downtown, checking out the unique, one-of-a-kind shops. You’ll easily find that treasured item you didn’t even know you needed! Don’t forget to stop and see the largest collection of cookie jars in the Midwest, found at Remember When Antiques. A visit Downtown isn’t complete without shopping at Bradley’s Department Store, one of the oldest, continuously operating department stores in the country.
  4. Take in the view of Delavan Lake while golfing a round at Majestic Oaks at Lake Lawn Resort or help Delbrook Golf Club celebrate their 90th anniversary with a round at their 27-hole golf course. Make sure to grab a bite to eat at a local favorite, Greenie’s Clubhouse at Delbrook Golf Club, even if you don’t golf!
  5. Enjoy Delavan Lake in other ways than just with the view while golfing, by paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, swimming, fishing, or go ahead and just sit and relax along the lake shore.
  6. Do you have a green thumb and love gardening? Congdon Gardens will offer beauty and inspiration with its ever changing display of flowers, shrubs and trees surrounding a serene pond. Walk through the various gardens, snap some photos, get inspired, or just enjoy the peace and serenity. You could even pick up some carry out treats at any of the local eateries and have a picnic in the gazebo. Congdon Garden 2.jpg

Whatever you choose to do to find yourself out and about in Delavan,
you can always go to VisitDelavan.com for ways to find your adventure!