City Guide: Williams Bay

Welcome to Williams Bay, Wisconsin! Constructing a life here is a breeze thanks to the city’s rich history and diverse lineup of local cuisine. Home to our Bailey Estates community, this city north of Geneva Lake is a popular selection for prospective buyers searching for new beginnings.

Our team compiled a brief history and list of things to do in Williams Bay to introduce you to this shining Wisconsin city:

A Tapestry of History & Charm

Lake Geneva shore path

Williams Bay’s past comes alive in its historic architecture and landmarks. Stroll through the town and discover echoes of its early days as a lumber town. Visit the Geneva Lake Museum to learn more about the city’s rich heritage or stand in awe beneath the massive telescope at the Yerkes Observatory, a testament to the city’s early fascination with astronomy.

Year-Round Adventures Await

people in a ski light in the snowy mountains

Williams Bay transforms like a chameleon each season, presenting a kaleidoscope of activities to match. Winter blankets the landscape, turning Alpine Valley Ski Result into a playground for skiers and snowboarders. Even cold nights hold their own magic, with the dazzling Lake Geneva Santa Cruise illuminating the icy waters. As spring thaws the snow, the vibrant Lake Geneva awakens, inviting kayakers and paddleboarders to glide across its glassy surface. Summer paints the scene in sun-kissed hues, perfect for soaking up the rays on the beach or exploring the Geneva Lake Shore Path. 

Beyond the seasonal delights, Williams Bay boasts a vibrant art scene. Nestled amidst charming shops and cafes, galleries such as Gallery 223 showcase the talents of local artists, offering a unique window into the town’s creative soul. 

A Culinary Dream

Geneva Inn on the shores of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin
Photo Courtesy of The Geneva Inn

Williams Bay tantalizes your taste buds with a diverse culinary scene. From casual lakeside cafes serving fresh, locally caught fish to fine-dining establishments showcasing regional specialties, there’s something for every palate:

  • The Abbey Resort – Whether you dine at 240̊   West or at Waterfront, The Abbey Resort features fine dining and casual eating, serving up juicy steaks, scrumptious pasta and craft cocktails. Other onsite dining spots include Bar West, Cafe Latte and Gazebo Grille.
  • The Geneva Inn – Showcasing lakefront dining, The Geneva Inn’s onsite restaurant, The Grandview, allows visitors a can’t-miss culinary experience. Whether you sample choices from the grill or seasonal selections, you’ll crave more!
  • Harpoon Willie’s – Open seven days a week, this rustic pub serves up a mouth-watering menu, including signature burgers, barbecue, salads, tacos and more.
  • Bay Cooks – A fusion of Mexican staples and American favorites, Bay Cooks is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each dish is infused with the flavors of coastal Mexico!
  • Lucke’s Cantina – Another fabulous Mexican spot, Lucke’s Cantina dishes out classic selections such as quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, soft tacos and more.
  • Pier 290 – A place for people of all ages to come together, Pier 290 showcases a variety of dining experiences! Whether you’re in the mood for live music or brunch with loved ones, this is the spot to be. Order scrumptious options to set the tone for your night, such as garden quiches, salads, pasta, specialty cuts, cobbler, burgers and more.

Bailey Estates in Williams Bay

Bailey Estates model home interior

At Gerstad Builders, we understand that your home is integral to your lifestyle. Our Bailey Estates community embodies the spirit of Williams Bay, offering modern homes seamlessly integrated into the city’s vibrant fabric. With prices starting at $426,490, this community presents two to five bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and two- or three-car garages across 1,800 to 3,200 square feet of living space. Visit the community page today to explore our nine floorplan selections virtually!

Explore more Gerstad Builders communities on the Find Home page to browse virtual galleries and more. To speak with a team member, dial 815-385-4495 or visit the Contact page.

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