• March 16, 2013 · 1:45 PM
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Gather with friends at this historic lakeside mansion filled with antiques, and sip teas fireside while enjoying sweet selections prepared by an award-winning pastry chef. After tea & tour, let's explore the town.


The house butler gives visitors a Tea & History presentation, regaling them with Victorian anecdotes and mansion lore, after which groups explore the historic rooms. Guests are encouraged to don their fanciest hats for their visit or borrow one from the house’s Grand Hall Hat Collection, which boasts more than 200 chapeaus.

ABOUT BAKER HOUSE 1885 Mrs. Robert Hall Baker built a lakeside summer residence in 1885 that she called “the Redwood Cottage.” Despite the humble name, Emily Baker’s residence was no quaint bungalow. She commissioned a Queen Anne mansion, now restored, that still houses 17,000 square feet of living space with a peaked turret, 30 lavishly appointed rooms, 13 fireplaces surrounded by hand-carved mantles, antique tiles, and a lakefront garden.

Since its days as a summer retreat for Emily and her five children, the house has led a colorful life. It thrived as a Victorian sanitarium for wealthy patrons suffering from nervous disorders, a Prohibition-era speakeasy, and a boarding-house for Playboy Club burlesque dancers, before becoming a restaurant and lakefront hotel.

Today, renamed the Baker House in honor of its founder, the mansion is again a private residence that doubles as a luxury inn, restaurant, and portal through time back to the Gilded Age. Visitors can listen to the house's player piano in the music room, play backgammon in a game room, and sip glasses of wine fireside. In scenic settings lauded in USA TODAY as a romantic destination, guests enjoy dishes from a menu that features artisanal Wisconsin cheeses and charcuterie, filet mignon, and butter-broiled lobster tail. Rather than sitting in one central dining room, guests are seated throughout fire-lit parlors while lounging on wing-back chairs and overstuffed fringe couches overlooking Lake Geneva.

Regular Cost $32
Our Discounted Cost Tour & Tea $19 pp

WHAT IS INCLUDED Tour, Tea, Sweets & Savories, Event & Paypal Fees

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS (Paypal not required)

Please follow the instructions below for making payment. Most of our events do sell out, so we recommend you secure your spot online early.

  1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"
  2. Enter the number of guests coming and click "rsvp"
  3. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button
  4. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"
  5. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

REFUND POLICY & RESELL Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled. Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and send us an email letting us know who will be taking your spot. Thanks for understanding.


WHERE TO LOOK FOR US on the porch

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We hope to see you there!

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  • Donna

    A unique experience in delightful surroundings.

    March 21, 2013

  • Ali ☀.

    Hey ladies, All spots are now filled!

    If your plans do change, sell your spot. Post a comment here and include your email addy. Then work out payment with those who contact you. Make sure to let me know the Meetup name of the person taking your spot. Thanks!

    February 25, 2013

  • Donna

    I'm driving from Oak Brook & can take 3 people..........OR is anyone leaving from the suburbs that I can ride with?

    February 22, 2013

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  • Ali ☀. +1
    Rock Star Planner, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Susan +1
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