By Shayna Mace
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Looking for a wallet-friendly, yet entertaining weekend for the entire clan? Check out Waukesha County’s Lake Country area, known for its many sparkling lakes, approachable beaches and many things to do nearby for everyone to enjoy. Here’s our itinerary for a great time.
Pack a picnic lunch and head over to City Beach at Oconomowoc’s Lac La Belle. This three-acre lakeside gem has a grassy area with tables for lounging and a sandy beach with awesome playground for toddlers up to big kids. Swim in the lake and treat everyone to ice cream or a snack from the concession stand.
On select summer Fridays, try stand-up paddleboarding for no charge on the beach’s Free Fridays event. Bring your fishing poles and fish off the shore, or pack a volleyball for a game at the nets.
For dinner walk over to the Crafty Cow on Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Oconomowoc for a craft beer and “jucy lucy”-style stuffed gourmet burger—like the PB & B with jack cheese, pickles, peanut butter and peppered bacon, or the El Jefe with flank steak, guacamole, sweet corn, black bean pico and tortilla strips. In all, they have 16 specialty burgers—or concoct your own with 25 topping choices.
Then head back to City Beach for a free concert in the bandshell on the first and third Fridays of the month for a perfect capper to the day.
Start the morning off right with breakfast at Delafield’s Lumber Inn. This homey diner is tucked around the corner from the main drag, so it’s easy to walk over after your meal and peruse the shops on Genesee Street, like The Barn Owl, Bittersweet and Tadpoles.
A quick ten-minute drive will get you to Naga-Waukee Beach, one of the county’s largest lakes. Bring a cooler for lunch and eat at a picnic table in a shaded area, then meander over to the sandy beach to cool off in the water. If the crew gets tired of the water, stroll down the boardwalk with water views, play on the playground or amble on one of the wooded trails in the 206-acre park.
If you’ve got a gang of golfers, the 18-hole Naga-Waukee War Memorial Golf Course is right next to the park, too.
For dinner, there are plenty of great places to eat nearby. Pewaukee’s Five O’Clock Club is almost 90 years old and one of the area’s best-known classic tavern/supper clubs. Or sip a craft beer with your meal from Delafield’s outpost of Water Street Brewery or the Delafield Brewhaus.
Treat the group to a family-friendly breakfast at Amalia’s Family Restaurant in downtown Oconomowoc. Be sure to pick up some baked goods to bring with you from their to-go counter, too. Or eat at Glenda’s in Okauchee, an adorable spot with a little outdoor dining area and amazing omelets, pancakes and more.
Plan another beach day at Pewaukee Lake, the county’s largest lake, where beachfront is plentiful and boats and sailboats cruise all day long. There’s a lovely walking path along the waterfront and small shops and restaurants offer places to eat and take a load off while watching the waves.
If everyone is “beached out” and ready to get active instead, drive over to Kettle Moraine State Park’s Lapham Peak Unit off of Highway C in Delafield and catch a segment of the Ice Age Trail. If your crew is motivated, the eastbound trail takes you to the famous 45-foot observation tower, which is the highest point in Waukesha County.
After your walk, end the weekend with a sweet treat at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in downtown Delafield. Truffles, cookies, fudge and more are the perfect reward for a weekend well spent.