A picture-perfect town, less than 30 miles from Downtown Milwaukee
If Delafield (pop. 7,494) looks like the storybook illustration of an idyllic village, there’s a reason: Between 1988 and 2005, the calendar and greeting-card magnate Bob Lang financed much of its development, transforming Delafield into a real-life version of one of the quaint villages depicted on his products. Time your visit with the Fall Art Walk (Sept. 21) and you’ll get a peek at Lake Country’s art scene as you’re shuttled around in a horse-drawn carriage. At the close of your day, fill up on gas at the Daybreak Mobil station, which sells Australian wagyu beef in its deli, believe it or not.
415 Genesee St.
At this jewel-toned, industrial-chic eatery, open since 2016 at the Delafiield Hotel, executive chef Joe Heppe whips up true farm-to-table dishes like Wisconsin summer thyme flatbread topped with Roth cheese and local mushrooms. Cocktails – sporting fun and sassy names (such as “A Sazerac, eh?”) – are worth a sip.
523 Milwaukee St.
Four rooms at this coffee shop – where the sign behind the barista reads “Peace Love Coffee” – are filled with Tiffany-style chandeliers, Persian rugs, library tables, cushy sofas and wooden booths. And there’s far more than muffins and morning rolls on the menu.
810 Genesee St.
You can find creatively flavored cupcakes – like Very Vanilla and Salted Caramel Pretzel – between the sky blue and bubble-gum-pink walls of this from-scratch bakery. Frosted cut-out cookies change with the seasons (pumpkins in fall, snowmen in winter).
708 N. Genesee St.
Kick back on a plush mustard-yellow sofa at Lake Country’s version of Anthropologie while admiring plant-based dish soap and hand-painted dishes, or shop for flowy tops and wide-leg pants in fun prints.
703 Milwaukee St.
Delafield’s oldest antiques shop, which opened in 1978, is chock full of vintage treasures. Every item in the pretty blue house is procured by owners Julie and John Platz. Scoop up finds such as Red Wing pottery or a diamond-studded antique wristwatch.
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14th best suburb to raise a family in Wisconsin in 2018
61.7 percent of residents own their own homes