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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year! With the year properly underway, now’s the time to take stock: how well are you doing on your resolutions? It’s easy to make a vacation an excuse to indulge in things you wouldn’t at home (and we totally support that!), but you don’t have to forget about your resolutions while you’re traveling. Whatever pledge you made to yourself as 2016 dawned, we rounded up a few ways to help you stick to the most common options while in Milwaukee.
 
Get Active
There’s no reason to skip an outdoor adventure just because of a little chill in the air! Milwaukee was named one of USA Today’s top destinations for urban cross-country skiing, and our award-winning county parks are great for running, walking and biking all year round (I’d maybe leave the rollerblades at home until the ice melts, though.) Plus, Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee’s bike share system, is staying open all through the winter. With a network of more than 20 stations throughout downtown, why not hop on a bike next time you need to get from point A to point B? If outdoors in the winter really isn’t your style, burn some calories inside with a visit to CMP Tactical Lazer Tag, where a multistory cityscape arena takes you inside the heart-pounding action of your favorite video games, or family-friendly Bounce Milwaukee, home to laser tag, inflatable obstacle courses and a rock climbing wall – all open to both kids and adults!
 
Eat Healthier
Sure, Milwaukee may be known for some of our…more indulgent dining options, but there are plenty of great spots that won’t break your resolve. Located right downtown, Colour Palate lets you build your own custom salad or wrap, or pick from menu options like a classic Caesar, quinoa & corn or the Bombay chop. With four locations throughout the area, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative is a great place for a healthy meal wherever you are. A full-service grocery store specializing in local, organic and natural foods, Outpost also has an in-store café with made-to-order juices and smoothies and an organic soup and salad bar. The Milwaukee Public Market is a must-visit spot; there’s a wealth of delicious vendors inside, but health nuts will make a beeline for the fresh juices, smoothies, salads and sandwiches at The Green Kitchen.
 
Learn Something New
You promised yourself you’d pick up some fresh knowledge in the new year – commendable! A brewery tour is classic Milwaukee fun that’s educational too; check out the high-speed production lines of an industry giant on the free tour at MillerCoors, or get a taste (literally) of craft brews at local microbreweries like Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee Brewing Company and Sprecher Brewing Company. For a more hands-on approach, why not try a cooking class? Head into the kitchen with Chef Michael Feker at his culinary studio, get some training at Braise Culinary School or stop by Superior Equipment & Supply for classes for all ages.
 
Travel More
Hey, this one is a no-brainer: come to Milwaukee! We’ve been named one of the hotspots to visit in 2016 in The Boston Globe, so what are you waiting for? Check out our itineraries for tons of vacation inspiration for foodies, families, beer connoisseurs, couples and more to jumpstart your planning. See you in 2016!
 

 

 
Shopping the Pfister Holiday Marketplace

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Monday, December 14, 2015

By Katy Deardorff
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

Shopping at the Pfister Holiday Marketplace

The Pfister Hotel is stepping up its holiday game this year with the addition of its first ever holiday market. The Pfister Holiday Marketplace, which is located on the first floor of the hotel, will be open through Dec. 24, 2015 – just in time for you to pick up some last minute gifts.

As I am in need of some local, handcrafted Christmas gifts, I skipped down Wisconsin Avenue to check it out last week. It turns out that the Pfister Holiday Marketplace has the perfect gift for everyone in my life. Here are my top choices:

For my botanical friends:

Planters at the Pfister Holiday Marketplace.

For my MKE downtown dwellers:

Map print at Pfister Holiday Market

For my bird lovers/travel enthusiasts – because if I can’t buy my own airstream, then at the very least, my finches should have one:

Airstream trailer birdhouse at Pfister Holiday Marketplace

For my many dinosaur enthusiasts:

Painted creatures at Pfister Holiday Marketplace

To check out all of the amazing handcrafted gifts by local artists, make sure to check out the Pfister Holiday Marketplace before it’s too late! Do note that the market is not open all of the time, so check your watch before heading over on a lunch break.

From Nov. 28 – Dec. 21
Thursdays – 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fridays – 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sundays  – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Christmas Week Hours
Tuesday, Dec. 22 & Wednesday, Dec. 23 – 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve / Final Day –10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Happy gifting!
Katy

 

 
Milwaukee Holiday Round-up

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Old-School Bar Scene

‘Tis the season for holiday fun! If you’re in Milwaukee this December, there are so many options for making your spirits jolly, whether you’re in the mood for a classic holiday show, something new and a little snarky or getting outside to enjoy the winter air! We’ve rounded up 20 great ways to celebrate the holidays in Milwaukee this month – how many will you do?
 
  1. Take in the Holiday Lights Festival with a ride on the Jingle Bus or on a walking tour led by your very own holiday elf!  
  2. Taste the treats on a holiday food tour
  3. See a holiday show like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s A Christmas Carol (celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!)
  4. Or Black Nativity
  5. Or The Nutcracker
  6. Or Second City’s Holidazed and Confused Revue
  7. Or A Wonderful Life: The Musical
  8. Or A Charlie Brown Christmas
  9. Or A Twisted Carol
  10. Or An L.M. Montgomery Christmas
  11. Or Christmas in the Basilica
  12. Or Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays
  13. Go ice skating in the heart of downtown at Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park
  14. Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Pabst Mansion, halls thoroughly decked for the season
  15. Go even further back to Wisconsin’s immigrant past for an Old World Christmas at Old World Wisconsin
  16. Dine with Charles Dickens at the Dickens Dinner at the Grain Exchange
  17. Visit the Kooky Cooky House, a Milwaukee holiday tradition reborn at Discovery World
  18. Enjoy a stunning light display in the Miller Valley at MillerCoors Holiday Lites
  19. Take a drive through Wisconsin’s largest outdoor drive-through display, Country Christmas
  20. Ring in the New Year with The Crystal Method at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Still craving holiday cheer? Find more events on Milwaukee365.com!

 

 
Weekend Getaways: Milwaukee for Foodies

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Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: Matt Haas

Expedia and VISIT Milwaukee created a list for food lovers as the final piece in our three-part series.

At Expedia.com, we partnered with VISIT Milwaukee to showcase some of the best places in town for beer lovers and those traveling with families, but what about visitors on a mission to treat their taste buds? Some of the best Milwaukee attractions are those that will have you asking for a second helping, so we rounded up several of our favorite eateries for you to chew on. From avant-garde recipes to seven-course delicacies, we’ve planned out all your meals for your weekend getaway in MKE. When you’re traveling to a place like Milwaukee, where the state’s nickname mentions cheese, you’d better arrive with an appetite.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: Matt Haas

Sit-down Spots

At Wolf Peach, it’s not considered rude to start nibbling on your dish before everyone’s meals are served. This alternative restaurant is committed to a “como viene” or “as it comes” approach, which means the wait staff brings out each dish as soon as it’s cooked to ensure the ultimate freshness. The menu includes a variety of innovative items, many of which are picked straight from its urban garden. Try the slow-poached egg wood-fired pizza, or sample the Buddha baby mustard mix.

While you’re in town, get a taste of what Sanford Restaurant calls “modern ethnic” cuisine, a contemporary twist on traditional dishes. Every Monday through Friday, the sous chef conceptualizes the Four-Course Exploration Menu, and the chef whips up the Seven-Course Surprise Tasting Menu. Prefer to play outside the boundaries? Pick your own dishes off the daily menu—with fennel-dusted beef tenderloin and lamb consommé with shrimp flan, any choice is a good one.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers

Meals and Wheels

The struggle of deciding between sushi and burritos is over thanks to the Sushi Go food truck. Enter this truck’s specialty: a massive sushi roll, wrapped in a nori, like a traditional burrito. The TunaGeddon is packed with raw escolar and yellowtail tuna, while The Instigator, loaded with marinated flank, is perfect for those who prefer turf over surf. Swing by Schlitz Park on Tuesdays or Central Standard Craft Distillery on Fridays for a Mexican twist on your Japanese favorites.

Also, chase down Yellowbellies when it rolls through town. Famous for its rotisserie chicken sandwiches, this food truck knows just what you’re craving. From the Mother Clucker, served with a blue cheese spread and bacon, to the Hail Hail with Caesar dressing and crumbled croutons, these flatbread sandwiches take lunch to a whole new level.

Some food trucks operate on a seasonal schedule, so check with the individual food truck’s event calendar to ensure they’re serving during your visit.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: VISIT Milwaukee

Lodging Fare

When it comes to deciding where to stay, a comfortable bed shouldn’t be your only criteria. Choose a place like the Iron Horse Hotel, where you’ll be well rested and well fed. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Smyth, serves exquisite and sophisticated dishes, including duck pate, charcuterie boards and rabbit meatballs.

For those who prefer some variety, consider making reservations at The Pfister Hotel, which boasts a number of dining options. However, you don’t have to stay at the hotel to enjoy the restaurants, such as Mason Street Grill, which uses a wood-burning oven and grill to create its flavorful signature dishes. Dive into the shishito flatbread or savor the bone-in filet mignon. Craving something lighter? Stop in the Café at the Pfister for Wisconsin ham and cheese or a grilled salmon salad.   

Whether you’re a grazer or a devourer, Milwaukee has an eatery for you. Satisfy your appetite by noshing and nibbling your way through the city’s foodie scene on your next trip to the Cheese State.

Written by Chloe Mulliner

 
Weekend Getaways: Milwaukee for Families

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Expedia teamed up with VISIT Milwaukee for its second post in a three-part series focused on weekend trips to Miltown.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: VISIT Milwaukee

We recently joined forces with VISIT Milwaukee to highlight some of the beer spots in town, but we didn’t want to leave your little ones out of the Cheese State fun. Because there are so many attractions in town that are suitable for your under-21 crew, Expedia.com has created an itinerary filled with family-friendly hangouts, eateries and hotels. For your next weekend getaway in Milwaukee, round up your gang and add these attractions to your schedule:

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: Expedia

Activity Time

Discovery World isn’t just for kiddos. The science and technology exhibits at this museum will fascinate both you and your youngsters. A place where you can expand your knowledge and imagination, Discovery World invites you to learn about everything from energy to sound. Explore Rockwell Automation’s Music Factory, and get your hands on the “Wind Leaves,” an outdoor musical structure of rotating aluminum columns and giant xylophone benches.  

Next, burn off some of that built-up vacation energy at the ice rink. Pettit National Ice Center, which is an Olympic training facility, offers public skate sessions, where the whole family can put on mittens and carve up the ice. Show off your figure 8’s or let your kids school you in a speed race. Rain or shine, pencil this indoor activity into your travel itinerary.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers

Grub Time

If you’re dealing with some picky palates, you can’t go wrong with pizza. Head to Palermo’s Pizzeria 3301, where the simple pepperoni and four cheese pies will have your munchkins asking for seconds. Looking for a little more grown-up oomph for the adults? Order the prosciutto and arugula or go with the Calabrese, which includes Calabrian chili paste, hot soppressata salami and green olives. What’s more, Palermo’s hosts factory tours, giving families a sneak peek into the wonderful world of frozen pizza manufacturing.

For some much-deserved vacation sweetness, treat the fam at Leon’s Frozen Custard. This family-owned business has been serving up the cold stuff since 1942. Go the traditional route with some chocolate and vanilla frozen custard, or kick it up a notch with a butterscotch malt or root beer shake.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: Visit Milwaukee

Sleepy Time

There are a number of family-friendly Milwaukee hotels in town, but if your kids are notorious for bouncing off the walls, consider staying at the Milwaukee Marriott Downtown. This accommodation features an indoor pool, where you kids can make a splash while you put your feet up and lounge. There’s also an on-site restaurant, Millioke - Meat. Cheese. Beer., which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so your clan won’t go hungry. To top it all off, the hotel is within walking distance of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Lake Michigan, and the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

Another family favorite is the Hilton Garden Inn. While the spacious hotel is located in the heart of all the action, it also offers a complimentary shuttle, which provides hassle-free transportation to the local attractions. What’s more, The Garden Grille & Bar features a menu that serves up kid-approved meals. With chicken tenders and peanut butter and jelly for the rugrats and grilled steak forestiere flatbread for the grown-ups, this hotel restaurant is a win-win.  

While traveling with children may slightly alter your adult vacation plans, thanks to Milwaukee’s countless attractions, you’ll hardly even notice. Venture to Milwaukee with your pack, and you just might end up feeling like a kid again.

Written by Chloe Mulliner

Looking for even more? VISIT Milwaukee has itineraries made for families of all ages.

 
Weekend Getaways: Milwaukee for Beer Lovers

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Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: VISIT Milwaukee

Expedia partnered up with VISIT Milwaukee to showcase the best beer-inspired spots in MKE as part of our three-part series.

Home to some of the original big dogs—Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz and Miller—Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is said to be the city that built beer. It’s a town that revolves around what’s on tap, and a place where brew selections change with the seasons.

Here at Expedia.com, we wanted to know the best ways to get a taste of the beer scene, so we teamed up with VISIT Milwaukee. We gathered some of the top places to go in town to sip and learn about the city’s brewing history, so if your ears perk up at the mere sound of a beer cracking open, this list was made with you in mind:

 

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: VISIT Milwaukee

Quench Your Thirst

Let’s face it, the options are practically endless when it comes to the best places to knock back a few. There are plenty of watering holes around town, but if you want something authentic, head to Milwaukee Brewing Co. Kick back at the Open House with a round of Little Bittas or Polish Moons, or take the “Beer in Hand” tour where you have the opportunity to try different brews, sample the ingredients and learn about the brewing process.

Still feeling thirsty? Swing by Lakefront Brewery for a tour and a flight. Featuring both the nation’s first organic beer and gluten-free beer, this innovative craft beer maker is well worth the stop. Choose from the year-round lagers and ales, switch it up with the seasonals or go all out and sample them all.

 

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: VISIT Milwaukee

Chow Down

Some like to say there’s a sandwich at the bottom of every beer, but we don’t suggest relying on that theory. Instead, pair your brews with some solid grub at the Uber Tap Room and Cheese Bar, which is committed to upholding the state’s love of cheese and the city’s brew history. Cheese platters, mac ’n’ cheese and grilled cheese selections dominate the menu, but you can also order bratwurst, hot dogs and pretzels. Wash it all down with a local Lakefront IPA or the Oakey Dokey pale ale from Sheboygan.

As long as you’re sipping some brewskis, why not nosh on some beer-infused fare? Inspired by the practice in Belgium and Northern France, Milwaukee Beer Bistro cooks all of its cuisine with barley pop. If beer-brined chicken wings and sandwiches served on beer rolls are making you thirsty—don’t worry—they serve more than 55 bottles and cans and 13 selections on tap.

 

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: VISIT Milwaukee

Step into the Past

There are various brew-based attractions in town for when you’re not in the mood for a mug. Explore the city’s beer heritage around the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. The Pabst brewery opened in 1844, and it became the largest brewer in America between the late 19th and mid-20th century. Take the “Beer History Tour,” and mosey through the Blue Ribbon Hall and The Great Hall, while uncovering PBR’s past.

For another taste of the city’s history, visit MillerCoors Milwaukee Brewery. Here you can embark on a tour of Miller Valley and discover 155 years of brewing history. Learn about Frederick Miller—the man behind the beer can—and check out the distribution warehouse. At the end of the tour, swing by Miller Inn for some samples of a fresh batch.

 

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
Photo Credit: VISIT Milwaukee

Put Your Feet up

Can’t bear to part with the beer scene when it’s time to rest up? Thanks to The Brewhouse Inn & Suites, you don’t have to. At this hotel, you can sleep soundly on the grounds of the original Pabst Brewing Company, which closed in 1996. Reserve a room and admire the two-story, stained glass window of King Gambrinus enjoying a beer, which was commissioned by Frederick Pabst, the brewer himself.

In order to enjoy a brew-inspired vacation in Milwaukee, you don’t have to be a beer connoisseur. Simply arrive in the city with an open mind and willing taste buds.

Written by Chloe Mulliner

 
Milwaukee’s Old-School Bar Scene

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Old-School Bar Scene

The readers of SAVEUR, in our humble opinion, have pretty good taste. So we’re thrilled that they chose Milwaukee as a runner-up for “Destination-Worthy Old-School Bar Scene” in the magazine’s inaugural Good Taste Awards. And sharing a category with Dublin, Ireland and Budapest, Hungary means we’re in great company. Obviously these readers know all about Milwaukee’s great bar history, but do you?
 
Milwaukee’s bar scene is built on a history of tied houses. In the late 19th century, breweries would form exclusive contracts with bar owners, helping them open their business for the right to be the only brew flowing from their taps. Thanks to Milwaukee’s local breweries, tied houses flourished across the city; their connection to the breweries changed after Prohibition, but some of these original corner taverns are still thriving today, many still bearing some mark of the brewery they were once “tied” to.
 
Raise a glass to the past in one (or more) of Milwaukee’s great historic bars. Here are just a few of the old-school bars that should be on your list:
  • Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge: First opened as a Miller Brewing tied house in 1936, in 1938 owner Bryant Sharp gave up beer in favor of cocktails, making Bryant’s Milwaukee’s first cocktail lounge. Sharp is also credited with the invention of the Pink Squirrel and the Banshee.
  • Wolski’s: Opened in 1908, Wolski’s still maintains much of the tavern’s original interior, including the back bar, but it’s best known for the infamous “I Closed Wolski’s” bumper stickers that have been spotted all around the world, from Paris to Japan.
  • Holler House: Home to the oldest certified bowling alleys in the country, this bar opened in 1908 and is still run by the original owner’s daughter-in-law. Call ahead if you want to bowl so some neighborhood kids can come be pinsetters.
  • Uptowner: Originally a Schlitz tied house, the Uptowner has been continuously operating since 1884, the longest of any bar in the city (they made it through Prohibition by serving “medicinal alcohol”).
  • Landmark 1850 Inn: Built as a stage coach stop between Milwaukee and Racine in 1850, Landmark 1850 is the oldest tavern in the city. Today it’s fully renovated, but still maintains its historic charm.
  • Historic White House Tavern: Another Schlitz tied house, this bar was founded in 1891. Today, the original wood floor, main bar and some original 1890’s décor remains in use.
Looking for more history (and drinking)? Click here for more places to experience beer history in Milwaukee. If it’s just the drinking you’re after, you can find unique bars old and new here. Cheers!
 

 

 
Milwaukee Comfort Food for Fall

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Monday, August 31, 2015

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Mac n cheese and ribs at Maxie's Southern Comfort

Though fall doesn’t officially start until September 23 this year, you’ll start to feel the crispness of autumn in the air much sooner. Nothing warms you up on a cool day like some good ol’ fashioned comfort food, and luckily, we’ve got you covered. Check out these local spots for some of the cheesiest, gooiest, stick-to-your-ribs-iest comfort food around.

Grilled Cheese: Find the grilled cheese of your dreams at Uber Tap Room, where they serve up everything from the classic piece of American slapped between two pieces of white bread to a Limburger sandwich (a classic of a different kind).

Soup: Stop by the Milwaukee Public Market for a bowl of soup from the Soup Market. You’ll find chicken noodle, chicken dumpling and a featured chili every day, plus three to six featured soups.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Comfort food doesn’t have to be low-key. Treat yourself to Balzac Wine Bar’s signature “Sac Mac,” made with five cheeses and topped with bleu cheese and toasted panko bread crumbs. Or get a side of mac at Maxie’s (pictured above), where Southern comfort is the name of the game.

Pasta: The best comfort food is always made with love, and you’ll be able to taste that in the pasta made from scratch daily at Onesto. If you head a little further west to Wauwatosa, you’ll enjoy a traditional Northern Italian feast at Ristorante Bartolotta.

Pizza: Have you ever had pizza with cream cheese? Don’t ask questions: just go and order some at Pizza Man. Even if you don’t get some cream cheese on your pie (trust us, just do it), the classic thin-crust ‘za here is good for what ails ya.

Coffee: So it’s not technically food. A nice cup of coffee is still one of the best ways to warm yourself up on a chilly morning (or afternoon). Colectivo Coffee is roasted by hand right here in Milwaukee, and you can get a cup of this local Joe at one of their twelve Milwaukee cafes.

 

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