There are great activities planned for the 40-Year Reunion of the BCHS Class of 1979. Even if you attend all the events, there will be free time between them, so we’ve come up with a few ideas to help make your visit even more enjoyable.
If any of these suggestions appeal to you and your sense of adventure, please make sure you call and reserve your space or time in advance.
Most of Milwaukee’s best shopping is found in the western part of the metro area. Mayfair Mall continues to be the premier shopping destination. Mayfair offers the only Nordstrom in Wisconsin along with more than 160 other retail stores and restaurants. Visit Kate Spade New York, Crate & Barrel, and more. The state’s only Container Store is also at Mayfair. Ruscello in Nordstrom is an excellent restaurant – ideal for lunch or just a snack. There’s also a Cheesecake Factory at Mayfair. (It’s still on the corner of North Avenue and Mayfair Road/Hwy 100 just about a mile north of the Crowne Plaza.)
The Mayfair Collection is the exciting new retail and dining destination in Wauwatosa. Just off Highway 45 at Burleigh Street, The Mayfair Collection offers the best names in apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and hospitality in one convenient location. You’ll find a great selection of leading discounters like Nordstrom Rack and Off 5th by Saks Fifth Avenue at the Collection. There’s also a great selection of restaurants serving all types of fare from French cuisine at Café Grace to barbecue at The Smoke Shack to pizza at The Pizza Man (a reincarnation of the original on the Eastside).
The Corners of Brookfield is the new shopping destination in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Open only a little more than a year, it’s attracting shoppers of all types with more than 30 stores and eating establishments. The Corners is anchored by Van Maur offering leading brands such as Eileen Fisher, Free People, Kate Spade New York, Joe’s Jeans and Tommy Bahama, among many others. You’ll also find an incredible selection of Milwaukee’s leading casual restaurants at the Corners including Cafe Hollander, BelAir Cantina and Wahlburgers. It’s located just east of the intersection of Bluemound and Barker Roads in Brookfield.
Recreational Walking Trails
Take a walk around Elm Grove and see what’s changed and what has stayed the same. Mitchell Park in Brookfield offers a lot of space for people who enjoy being outside along with miles of trails. It’s conveniently located across Barker Road from Fox Brook Park. Enjoy both parks with one long walk. (Park your car at Fox Brook and walk over to Mitchell if you want to walk through both.) Pewaukee Lake, its public beach and the shops and restaurants that make up the community surrounding the beach are worth the short drive down Capital Drive. It’s a great walking tour.
The Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, or “Lapham Peak State Park” is in Delafield, Wisconsin in the heart of the Lake Country. It is located one mile south of I-94 (exit 285), just a short 15-minute drive from Brookfield. The trails are well maintained and offer something for first-time hikers (paved path, 2-miles) to a 6.6-mile trail for the most experienced hiker. The park is open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. year-round. There is a fee charged per car. Here’s a map of the park.
As the leading zoological attraction in the Midwest and one of the finest zoos in the country, the Milwaukee County Zoo will educate, entertain and inspire you! Visit over 3,100 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles in specialized habitats spanning 190 wooded acres. Explore educational wildlife shows, fun attractions and enticing special events. While you’re at the zoo be sure to try the CTS Zip Line. It offers a truly unique view of the zoo as you zip nearly 500-feet past the animals at treetop level.
Breweries & Wineries
Of course, there are plenty of establishments serving liquor that you can visit in the Elm Grove/Brookfield area. Why not explore the breweries and wineries that are making their own brand?
Raised Grain Brewing in Waukesha
Spring City Wine House in Waukesha
Pieper Porch Wines in Waukesha
Biloba Brewing in Brookfield
Two Brothers Winery in Pewaukee
Rain or shine, it’s always a lot of fun to knock down some pins. Bowling alleys are hard to find in many communities. Now might be the best time to bowl a few games.
Bluemound Bowl on Bluemound Road
Sunset Bowl in Waukesha
Foxx View Lanes in Waukesha
Veloce Indoor Speedway offers adult-size go-carts for men and women who want to enjoy the thrill of racing around hairpin turns and down the straightaway to victory. This track is indoors so they’re always racing. Right off I-94 at W229N1400 Westwood Drive in Pewaukee.
Indoor Rock Climbing
Adventure Rock offers a premier climbing experience for beginners to experts. This indoor facility is ready for a group or a single climber. Adventure Rock is at 21250 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield.
This adventure style mini golf course is full of fun obstacles and hazards for golfers of all skill levels to enjoy. Prairieville Park offers water features, a mountain, and trick shots to test your brain as well as your aim. You might want to hold a tournament with other classmates. Prairieville Park also offers batting cages and bumper cars. 2507 Plaza Court in Waukesha (next to Bluemound Road where it crosses over I-94.
Go Boating on Pewaukee Lake
It’s always a fun and relaxing day when you’re out on the water whether you’re paddling along in a canoe or kayak, motoring across the lake or fishing in a quiet bay. You can rent canoes, kayaks and fishing boats on Pewaukee Lake through Smokey’s Muskie Bait and Tackle. Pontoon and fishing boats on Pewaukee Lake are available for rent from Beach Side Boat. If you go, remember your sunscreen.
Kayak on Fox Brook Park Lake
You can rent kayaks, paddle boats and all kinds of “specialty boats” to use on Fox Brook Park Lake from High Roller Fun Rentals. They also offer bicycles for rent at their location in Fox Brook Park.
Go to the Spa
Why not spoil yourself a little? Better yet, go with a group of your friends and take advantage of the salons, spas and other pampering options while you’re in town for the Reunion. Here are some great places to relax and revive.
Sparkle in Elm Grove
Urszula & Company in Brookfield
Eva Luna Day Spa in Brookfield
Clean Slate Spa in Brookfield
Azana Spa in Brookfield
Neroli Salon & Spa in Brookfield
Old World Wisconsin (W372 S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle) is one of the nation’s top living history museums and features more than 60 original structures from all over the state. Join in crafts, farm chores, games, and more interactive fun as re-enactors show you what life was like for Wisconsin’s early settlers.
Ten Chimneys, the estate lovingly created by theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, is open to the public as a world-class house museum and national resource for theatre, arts, and arts education. The estate is in Genese Depot about 20 minutes from Brookfield just south of I-94 on Hwy 83.
Frozen Custard & Ice Cream
Kopp’s in Brookfield is the premier custard location in the Brookfield/Elm Grove area. It started in 1950. The location at Bluemound and Brookfield Roads came to the area after our high school days. It’s become well-entrenched as a favorite for students and adults alike. It serves outstanding burgers as well as frozen custard treats. Oscar’s is another great place for frozen custard. It’s a little farther west on Highway 18 just over I-94 in Waukesha (21165 N. Moreland Road, Waukesha). Regular patrons to each business have been known to debate if Oscar’s chocolate custard is better than Kopp’s, or if Kopp’s chocolate is better than Oscar’s for hours with no conclusion. See for yourself. For premium ice cream you’ll want to go to the Chocolate Factory. There’s a location in the center of Elm Grove (13475 Watertown Plank Road) as well as locations in Pewaukee and Waukesha. (The difference between ice cream and frozen custard is eggs. Custard has eggs as an ingredient while ice cream does not.)
After nearly 30 years of operation, the market is thriving. With dozens of suppliers, you can find fresh Wisconsin grown produce and handmade products. You’re also likely to see people you know. The Brookfield Farmer’s Market has become a Saturday morning meeting place for many residents from Brookfield and the surrounding communities. There are several stands offering baked goods, sandwiches and coffee so it’s a great way to start the day. The Brookfield Farmer’s Market is held on Saturdays during the Summer from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon. It’s located at 2000 N. Calhoun Road behind City Hall.
Since it’s summertime, the local restaurants move their tables outside to enjoy the weather. There are a few spots in the area that offer a handful of restaurants that consistently offer good food and can easily handle two people or a large group.
MAYFAIR COLLECTION – The Mayfair Collection is easy to get to. It’s off Highway 45 at Burleigh Street. It offers a great selection of restaurants that offer outdoor seating and consistently good food: AB Social Sports Bar, AJ Bombers, Café Grace, Corner Bakery Café, Pizza Man, Smoke Shack, and Taqueria El Jefe.
ELM GROVE – From the patio at Zisters, you can see nearly all the center of the village. It’s a great place for lunch or breakfast (they open at 7 a.m.) and offer full-bar service. 13425 Watertown Plank Road in Elm Grove. There’s also O’Donoghue’s which offers a great patio facing Watertown Plank Road. The menu at OD’s is typical Wisconsin bar food – great burgers and sandwiches.
CORNERS OF BROOKFIELD – The Corners is the new shopping center in the Milwaukee metro area. When they designed the center, they made sure there was plenty of space for people to enjoy the outdoors. You’ll find an incredible selection of casual restaurants at the Corners including Cafe Hollander, BelAir Cantina, Goddess and the Baker, FreshFin Poke, Grimaldi’s Coal-Fired Oven Pizzas and Wahlburgers (coming early summer). Just west of The Corners is Jose’s Blue Sombrero which serves southwestern fare and great margaritas on their patio. The Corners is located just east of the intersection of Bluemound and Barker Roads in Brookfield.#
If you have any suggestions for activities to do in the Elm Grove and Brookfield area (West of Highway 100), please add them in the comments section below.
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If you want to explore the greater Milwaukee area (downtown, lakefront, Third Ward, etc.), check out some of the suggestions below: