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Elkhart Lake’s Best Attractions

Activities you’re sure to enjoy

After enjoying our full, home-cooked breakfast, take a stroll across the street to enjoy a swim or a beautiful morning sunrise on the beach of Elkhart Lake. Or head out on a leisurely walk on the cobblestone path along the lake shore. That will take you to many unique shops, cafe’s, ice cream parlors. And every Saturday morning June 1st thru October 15th, you won’t want to miss our open air Farmers, Artisans and Collectibles Market.

 You’ll find Elkhart Lake is full of exciting things to do any time of the year. Enjoy walking, running,  roller blades, horseback riding, cross country skiing, bicycling, geocaching, and snowmobiling. 

Here are four great options for outdoor activities near Jay Lee Inn: 1) The Old Plank Road Trail is a paved hiking and biking trail that extends  from Greenbush to Sheboygan. 2) The Ice Age Trail and 3) Greenbush Recreation Areas are excellent for hiking and nature watching. And finally 4) the Sheboygan County Marsh Tower provides a great view for enjoying an excellent view of nature and resting your soul.

Local Attractions Map

Thrilling Racing and Car Shows

Elkhart Lake Historic Racing

Here’s a quick history plus a few highlights of Road America and classic car shows.

History. In 1950 through 1952, Elkhart Lake hosted open road sports car races which were planned  and operated by the members of the Chicago Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).  These events were intended to improve the economic development of the Elkhart Lake area.

Our Jay Lee Inn is on the path of the original race track for the 1951 and 1952 races. For  reasons you can imagine, open street racing was discontinued after 1952.  Yet the spirit of racing would not die! It vibrantly lived on in the community. In 1955, the current Road America race track opened its gates to highly and sometimes wildly enthusiastic local and national fans.  And the excitement is just as strong today.  http://www.historicracecircuits.com/

Road AmericaDid you know that Road America is the world’s fastest permanent road course? And it’s located here in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay. It’s five minutes from Jay Lee Inn and only minutes more from the shores of Elkhart Lake and Lake Michigan.


Classic car shows. Fascinating for everyone, these happen often  throughout the summer months. You’ll see your favorite classics.  And you’ll spot classics you haven’t seen in years.  And the people who call Elkhart Lake home? They love these cars too. They truly enjoy  the industry that has throbbed and roared full-throttled in the heart of the fun at Elkhart Lake.

Love to swing a club? Pick one of our three great nearby courses.

Quit Qui Oc Golf Club. It’s a 27-hole golf course less than one minute down the street from Jay Lee Inn.

Blackwolf Run golf course. World famous, it’s located in Kohler WI, 18 miles from Jay Lee Inn.

Sir Lancelot Golf Course. It’s a fun, challenging course located in Crystal Lake, three miles south of Jay Lee Inn.

You’ll Come Back for the Live Music

People just like you are surprised how great the music scene here is. Elkhart Lake has many options for live outdoor music between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, all within easy walking distance from Jay Lee Inn.

Local Links

Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information   www.elkhartlake.com

Plymouth, Wisconsin, located seven miles from Elkhart Lake , offers many indoor and outdoor activities for families including hiking, biking, tours, and shopping.     www.plymouthwisconsin.com

Sheboygan County offers many, varied, fun activities for people of all ages visiting Elkhart Lake.  www.visitsheboygancounty.com

Sheboygan County Airport is 13 miles from the Jay Lee Inn, and provides 24hr,  7 day per week service.  http://www.co.sheboygan.wi.us/html/d_airport.html