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Oct. 2017



Delafield is a little town with a big personality. People of all ages and interests can enjoy the area’s natural beauty, wildlife, recreation and amenities. Take a relaxing stroll through the downtown district, explore its surrounding sights for an active day trip, or try a combination of the two before the weather turns.

See & Do

There’s nothing prettier than autumn in Lake Country. Pop into Clear Water Outdoor and rent a kayak or canoe, land it at St. John’s Pond Park on Lake Nagawicka, and enjoy the gorgeous colors of fall from the water. 803 Genesee St., (262) 303-4206, clear

Formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin, the topography of Kettle Moraine and glorious Lapham Peak provide excellent backpacking, hiking and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. W329 N846 County Road C, (262) 646-3025,

Get your history on at Hawk’s Inn, a Greek Revival inn built by Nelson P. Hawks in 1845. An unsurpassed example of an early stagecoach stop, the inn was the center of social and political life in the frontier village of Delafield. In addition to tours, Hawk’s Inn offers a host of activities, classes and educational opportunities. 426 Wells St., (262) 646-4794,

Whether you’re looking for unique and beautifully crafted furniture pieces and home furnishings, rare finds in clothing and jewelry or sassy little greeting cards, The Montage is an unexpected oasis. 2420 Milwaukee St., (262) 646-2773,

Eat & Drink

Oliva Di Vita owners Jim and Susan Allen struck liquid gold with a brilliant combination of high-end EVOOs and olive oil and vinegars infused with exotic essences such as blood orange, wild fernleaf dill, backlouti green chili, eureka lemon and more. Sniff, taste and savor pairings designed to bring your taste buds to their knees. 623 Genesee St., (262) 303-4292,

In 2000, Executive Chef Kurt Amidzich Jr. and his father, Chef Kurt Sr., opened Kurt’s Steakhouse in the woods of historic Delafield. Part wood-paneled lodge, part Rat Pack clubhouse, Kurt’s serves old-school steaks, chops and seafood specials. Order the petit filet with butter-sautéed mushrooms and a mountain of delicately fried onions. 22 W. Main St., (262) 646-3333,

Milwaukee Street Traders has the elegantly worn appeal of a rock star’s crib in Topanga Canyon. The ambiance is chill, the coffee is strong and hot, and the food — including home-baked delicacies and delicious sandwiches, soups and salads — is as comforting as a slouchy leather club chair. 523 Milwaukee St., (262) 646-9289,

When new owner Raul Perez took over the Lumber Inn, a local institution, townsfolk worried their favorite diner would change, but the eatery remains as wonderful as when it opened nearly 35 years ago. Perez expanded the restaurant, leaving intact the original counter, where patrons sit down to bacon and eggs with the crispiest hash browns anywhere. 617 Wells St., (262) 646-8988,

A charmingly rustic bakery, Great Harvest Bread Co. creates its delicious breads and baked goods from freshly ground wheat grown in Montana’s Golden Triangle, which is arguably the best wheat source on earth. Grab a loaf of warm, honey whole wheat to go and then take a seat at a community table for a handcrafted sandwich, grain bowl or salad. 603 Genesee St., (262) 337-9023,


95 percent white
3 percent other
2 percent Asian-

*Source: U.S. Census Bureau


According to early documents, the original name of Delafield was Hayopolis, which was then changed to the
Indian name Nemahbin, and it wasn’t until 1843 that the town was finally called Delafield in honor of early settler Dr. Charles Delafield.


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