Why You Might Want to Take a Relaxing Trip to Delafield This Winter

While away a day or two in this Wisco town.

Early settlers called Delafield, a tiny town located on the outskirts of a gigantic forest, Hayopolis. And for many decades – even after it was renamed Delafield in 1843 – it was populated largely by farmers who let their sheep wander through the surrounding hills and valleys.

In the 1980s, greeting card company mogul Bob Lang poured millions into a massive development project, slowly transforming Delafield into the kind of idyllic country town that might appear on one of his cards or calendars. Although the 19th century charm is completely manufactured, it certainly looks and feels real, albeit with less hay and fewer sheep than you might have encountered back then.

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Where to Stay

Photo courtesy of the Delafield Hotel

OUTSIDE, THE RECENTLY remodeled Delafield Hotel (415 Genesee St.) looks every bit as historic and traditional as many of the other buildings in town. Inside, it’s sleek and contemporary, with plush seating scattered throughout its lower level and an open-concept restaurant, I.d., that consistently ranks among the best in the area – chef Joe Heppe cut his teeth at Chicago restaurants like Untitled Supper Club before coming to town.

What to Do

Photo courtesy of Delafield Hotel

HIKING IN WINTER offers wonderful vistas, so why not rise with the sun and climb Lapham Peak, the highest point in Waukesha County? From the top of the 60-foot Parnell Tower built at its summit, you can see the glaciated hills and valleys of the Kettle Moraine State Forest rolling below you in every direction.

Then venture into town for dinner and drinks. The Delafield Brewhaus is a perennially popular microbrewery with a couple of award-winning beers on tap (try the Naga-Wicked Pale Ale!). Or check out Revere’s Wells Street Tavern, a quaintly colonial-style pub located within stumbling distance of your hotel room.

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.