You might say that Classic Americana and massive ice sheets shaped this quiet town of 7,000 (but not in that order).
In 1982, Bob Lang founded the Lang Companies in Delafield, Wisconsin (25 miles west of Milwaukee), and began churning out Americana-cute calendars and home accessories while injecting downtown with a Colonial-American style. Though the main Lang store has since closed, pretty shops continue to carry on that tradition. Knitch sells a wide selection of top-quality yarns, accessories, patterns and books. Monograham Paper and Gifts stocks elegant and hip stationery, plus candles, totes and “monogrammed anything.” Bittersweet sells Lang goods, Thyme bath products and other gifty items.
But thousands of years before Lang devotees arrived, enormous sheets of ice were sculpting much of Wisconsin. Today the 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail explores the edge of this glacier, including some 70 miles winding through Delafield and the hardwood trees and rolling prairies of Kettle Moraine State Forest, 30 miles south.
Just 7 miles south of Delafield, in Genesee Depot, the art collection and personal mementos of Broadway power couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne impress visitors touring the couple’s National Historic Landmark home, Ten Chimneys.
Whether you tour, shop or hike, plan to dine on California-Italian cuisine at chic Zin and on the hamburgers, sandwiches and salads served in the small, intimate rooms of Colonial-style Revere’s Wells Street Tavern.
For the biggest nod to history, visit the Delafield Hotel, a 38-suite boutique property created in a former warehouse. Rich cherrywood accents, antique furnishings, spa bathrooms and upscale bath products contribute to a pampering, restful stay (from $179).
To plan your trip, contact Visit Delafield (888) 294-1082; visitdelafield.org