hey hey davekatevy
we spent 6 nights in annecy and really love it. a small town with villages around the lake.
we hired a private taxi tour to see the villages around the lake.
went to ferme de la charbonniere, a working dairy farm with restaurant above the cow stall you can see thru the clear glass walls and floors. try their raclette or reblochon cheese. set menu to choose from. totally french food
col de la forclaz, small village with gorgeous views and mountains with lots of hang gliders soaring right past you, cows roaming the green pastures with bells around their necks, lovely old style homes, stopped for a view and snack, had to buy a real cowbell in memory of my mom, a cowgirl growing up a ranch in hawaii. anyone want to hang glide?
annecycitytour.fr a shuttle tour around the small town, pointing out attractions.
chateau-de-menthon. legend has it walt disney visited and was his inspiration for sleeping beauty castle in disneyland.
theculturetrip.com/reasons to visit annecy it's known as the "venice of the alp", village old town (vielle ville). shops, cafes, restaurants, small canals and winding cobbletones streets to walk along, sightsee/people watch, "free" entertainment, farmers market (tuesday, friday, sunday) lake and kids activities across the street, palais de i'ile (splits river thiou into 2 canals) a museum now, built as a prison, later courthouse and lord's residence. had a fondue lunch at rotisserie du thiou, pizza and calzones at al vesuvio outside table, crepes at creperie-ti-mad on rue royale.
le gourmande on rue de paix. a cute cute shop with cookies, candy and bisquits. packed up a box of goodies plus flavored marshmallow stixs, fruit gems and fruit jam packed inside a french cookie to bring back to states
check for renting boats/bikes to ride around lake, swimming in lake, boat cruises.
we flew to paris took a train to geneva, taxi to annecy and train back to paris. since you are driving others can advise you. you do have kids that may slow you down at times, "picky eaters", children activities to make all happy. hope this gives you some info to help out. enjoy