We’ve been sharing our favorite activities to do both with and without kids if you find yourself with an extra 2 hours to kill in some of our favorite Milwaukee area neighborhoods. We’ve visited areas like Tosa and Waukesha and have plenty more on the way!
But for today, if you are in Mequon or Cedarburg with a rare opportunity for a little mom-only time? Here are some of our favorite ideas to fill your solo hours.
If you’re in Mequon, a great spot for people-watching and caffeinating is the newly opened Colectivo Coffee (11205 Cedarburg Rd.), where you can pick up a latte, mocha, or fruit smoothie, along with pastries, sandwiches and soups. In Cedarburg, you’ll find plenty of terrific espresso drinks and drool-worthy bakery items, along with a cozy neighborhood vibe, at both the Cedarburg Coffee Roastery (W62 N603 Washington Ave.) and Fiddleheads, located right next to each other. Try the monster cookie at the Roastery—no one can take just one bite!
Let the wonderful staff indulge you with an express manicure or pedicure ($15 or $25, respectively) at Bay’s Nail Spa (163 S Main St., Thiensville). Or enjoy a traditional Spa Manicure ($35) and splurge a few extra dollars for some unique nail art! Walk-in appointments are welcome.
Feeling hungry, or in the mood for a brew or mimosa? All of the above and more can be found at Cafe Hollander (5900 W Mequon Rd.), which opened this May at the new Mequon Town Center. Huge windows and garage doors enable open air dining and delightful patio seating on the cafe’s two levels. Peruse the extensive bier list and food menu, which draw inspiration from the “Benelux” region of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Looking for a faster meal that’s just as tasty? The Vintage Cafe & City Deli in Cedarburg (W63 N674 Washington Ave.) serves outstanding sandwiches and salads. Grab your food to go, or dine there and enjoy the gardens and patio.
Browse the farmer’s market for fresh produce, flowers, bread, and beautiful, locally made items. In Mequon, the Thiensville Village Market is open from 9 AM to 3 PM every Tuesday, June 14 through October 25. The Farmers Market in Cedarburg is open from 9 AM to 2 PM every Friday, June through October.
Go to the Movies
Is there a film you’ve been dying to see? The Marcus North Shore Cinema in Mequon (11700 N Port Washington Rd.) offers $5 movie tickets all day on Tuesdays, so it’s a great opportunity to catch a flick, preferably one with Colin Firth or Matt Damon, and without any Disney characters.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Biking, hiking and running enthusiasts can connect with nature and get a taste of history on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, which once linked Milwaukee and its surrounding communities via an electric railway system. Today, the trail offers 30 miles of paved, off-road enjoyment, with plenty of serene backdrops. From Mequon, you can hop on the trail from the parking lot of the Weyenberg Library (11345 N. Cedarburg Rd.) and travel north to Cedarburg’s historic downtown. Also worth a visit is Mequon’s Highland Woods (12701 N Green Bay Rd. 59W), an outdoor sanctuary boasting several miles of trails that change beautifully with the seasons. Pets are welcome, but leave your mountain bike at home. You’ll love feeling like you’re on an adventure in the trees—are you lost in Narnia? Is the Shire right around the corner?—smack in the middle of the suburbs.
Downtown Cedarburg features a plethora of shops, offering art, gifts, and specialty food items. If you like Joanna Gaines’ style (who doesn’t?), check out Birchwood Wells (646 Washington Ave.), an amazing home furnishing and accessories store. The store’s owners, a mother and daughter team, scour estate sales and old barns to bring you vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces, working with a local craftsman to re-purpose their finds into something beautiful. Also downtown, find sustainable products for your home and garden at Weeds (W62 N588 Washington Ave.), or discover your favorite new seasoning at Penzey’s Spices (W62N604 Washington Ave.).
For a sweet treat to keep you going, visit Boulangerie Du Monde (W62 N588 Washington Ave.) or Amy’s Candy Kitchen (W62N579 Washington Ave.), both in Cedarburg. Amy’s ships its apples worldwide, and while they’re not the cheapest you’ll ever buy (ranging from $6-$12 depending on toppings), these decadent treats make a fantastic hostess gift or indulgence for yourself. Place one at the bedside of your out-of-town guests, and they’ll be singing your praises.
If you’re ready to relax and chill, The Ruby Tap in Mequon (6000 W. Mequon Rd.) is the perfect place to do so. Grab your girlfriends and meet for glass of wine, which you can review, select and pour via a nifty self-service vending machine. For a more traditional winery experience, pay a visit to Cedarburg’s Cedar Creek Winery (N70 W6340 Bridge Rd.). Nestled on the banks of Cedar Creek, this winery resides in a limestone building dating back to the 1860’s, and will delight both history buffs and wine enthusiasts alike. Wine tastings and tours are available most days.