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5 Milwaukee Bed & Breakfasts Perfect for a Romantic Getaway

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee
Couple relaxes on the grass on the Milwaukee lakefront in autumn
Fall is the perfect time for a romantic getaway, and a bed & breakfast is the perfect place to get cozy for a special weekend away! Whether you and your sweetie want to enjoy a charming oasis in the heart of downtown or enjoy a calming getaway in a nearby village, Milwaukee has a B&B that will make your heart flutter.
 
Experience Milwaukee’s Irish hospitality at County Clare Inn & Pub. This cozy getaway is in easy walking distance of much of downtown Milwaukee’s popular attractions, from the lakefront festival grounds to the nightlife and shopping of Brady Street. Guests will enjoy complimentary breakfast, parking in a private lot and a luxurious double whirlpool bathtub. The on-site pub and restaurant is the perfect place to end your evening with Irish cuisine and live music every weekend.
 
Just minutes away from downtown, enjoy the romance of the Victorian era at Manderley Bed & Breakfast. The stunning cream city brick Queen Anne Mansion features much of the style of the era with six fireplaces, intricate woodwork, stained glass windows and hand-painted walls. Stay in one of four rooms and dine on handmade breakfasts that feature vegetables from the on-site vegetable garden and even eggs from the backyard chickens!
 
The historic Schuster Mansion Bed & Breakfast is still a testament to the past; your stay includes a guided tour of the mansion’s many stories and treasures. A sumptuous custom homemade breakfast will help you rise in the morning, and fresh baked cookies alongside tea and coffee in the Butler’s Pantry is the perfect snack. For the full experience, make sure to reserve a place at the mansion’s famous Victorian High Tea.
 
Located in charming, historic Cedarburg, the Washington House Inn was originally built in 1886. It served as an inn until the 1920s and was renovated and returned to its original purpose in 1984. Since then, it has served as an elegant, romantic retreat for visitors to Cedarburg. A variety of unique rooms are available for your getaway, including majestic two-level suites. A deluxe continental breakfast can be enjoyed in your own room or in the Gathering Room, and a complimentary wine and cheese social hour is hosted each afternoon.
 
Just a short drive outside the city, you’ll find the beautifully restored Westphal Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast nestled amongst the scenic beauty of the Kettle Moraine region. Enjoy the charming Old World atmosphere in eight suites, each bearing the name of a great literary figure, alongside modern luxury. The Westphal Mansion Inn is known for elegant four-course breakfasts that feature the best of local farm fresh produce during summer and fall. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese social hour each evening and fresh baked cookies.
 
But what should you do on this romantic getaway? Don't worry - we've got that covered too.
 

 

 
Beer Garden Grub Worth Toasting

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee
Women toasting at The Bavarian Bierhaus
 
The classic German tradition of the beer garden is back in a big way in Milwaukee’s local parks! These community gathering spaces aren’t just a great place to raise a glass – though you’re welcome to bring your own food, it’ll be hard to resist the Bavarian classics and picnic favorites served up alongside steins of beer. So come take a seat at a shared table and enjoy good beer, good friends and good food – prosit!
 
Milwaukee’s newest destination for a German good time is a brewery, beer hall and two beer gardens, all in one! Choose a spot on the full-service Beer Garden patio attached to the Beer Hall to enjoy the complete menu of Bavarian favorites from jaegerschnitzel to bienenstich.
 
Set on the banks of the Milwaukee River, this beer garden features beers imported from the Munich Hofbräuhaus. The daily menu includes brats, hot dogs and giant pretzels, but for a special treat, come for Friday Fish Fry or Saturday Schnitzel (both while supplies last).
 
Located in nearby Wauwatosa next to the TOSA Pool, The Landing serves a changing selection of craft and import beer. In addition to beer garden classics, The Landing also offers “Cranky’s Pizza” from locally beloved doughnut/pizza place, Cranky Al’s. Enjoy a few slices along with your brew!
 
Enjoy a rotating selection of craft beers and even handmade maple root beer on tap at this relaxed beer garden. It also has an impressively broad food menu, serving up small bites like beer cheese nachos, salads, sandwiches, pizza and ice cream alongside the expected wursts. Plus a pig roast every Saturday!
 
Click here for a map of Milwaukee beer gardens - most will stay open into October as weather allows, so come enjoy!
 

 

 
What your favorite Wisconsin State Fair food says about you

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Fair
 
The animals, the bands, the rides – everyone has their own favorite part of the Wisconsin State Fair, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: the food! The fair is famous for over-the-top treats served at more than 200 concession locations. You’ll find classic fare and new (and ever wilder) delights served up at the various food vendors, but did you know that you can tell a lot about someone from their preferred State Fair food? It’s true! 
 
Family eating cream puff at Wisconsin State Fair
Cream Puff: You’re young at heart, but you also appreciate the classics. Tradition means a lot to you, and you know that waiting for something just makes it better.
 
Baked Potato: You are responsible. You plan ahead and know the importance of looking before you leap. 
 
Fried food at Wisconsin State Fair
A deep-fried, bacon-wrapped something on a stick: You are a thrill-seeker. A renegade. You don’t believe in doing anything halfway.
 
Cheese Curds: You’re dependable. You know what you like and you never compromise on it. Friends and family admire your strong sense of self.
 
Line at Milk House at Wisconsin State Fair
Flavored Milk: You’re laidback. Why rush when you could just soak in the atmosphere? You probably actually read the program.
 
Do you recognize yourself or someone you know in these descriptions? Make sure to share this post with them!
 
You can find a comprehensive list all the “Fair Fare” here
 
The Wisconsin State Fair runs August 4-14, 2016.
 

 

 
Where to catch Pokemon in Milwaukee

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Friday, July 15, 2016

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

 

Vulpix at North Point Lighthouse
 
It’s official – the whole world is ready to catch ‘em all! Milwaukee’s easily walkable downtown makes it a haven for Pokémon trainers, and with Lake Michigan, three rivers and tons of urban green space, there’s a huge variety of Pokémon types to be caught even if you stay right downtown. Tracking down PokéStops and Pokémon in PokémonGo is a great way to explore a new city or get a new perspective on your hometown – here are a few spots we recommend for Pokémon trainers in Milwaukee!
 
Wisconsin Avenue East: This main downtown drag is a great starting spot. There are many PokéStops and 3 gyms within 2 blocks, and it’s an easy walk to most of the other prime Pokémon -catching spots downtown. 
Notable Pokémon: Growlithe, Onix, Tentacool
Tip: Start inside the Milwaukee Art Museum for several PokéStops, 2 gyms, a photo op and a coffee. Then walk east and you’ll find another gym at US Bank with many PokéStops along the way. Continue east to find the RiverWalk.
 
RiverWalk: Milwaukee’s 3-mile RiverWalk is studded with public art – which means lots of PokéStops! The famous “Bronze Fonz” statue is a must-visit selfie spot…and a PokéStop!
Notable Pokémon: Magikarp, Staryu, Squirtle
Tip: Find Gertie the Duck and you’ll find 4 hotspots within a few yards of each other.
 
Cathedral Square Park: This popular downtown park is always full of lures. It’s surrounded by several bars and restaurants, so make a stop to fuel up.
Notable Pokémon: Jynx, Jigglypuff, Hypno 
Tip: Visit during Jazz in the Park every Thursday during summer to enjoy free music while you hunt.
 
East Side: You’ll find many stops between Brady Street, one of the city’s most popular destinations for nightlife, food and shopping, and the UW-Milwaukee campus. Keep heading east to enjoy great views of the lakefront while you’re out.
Notable Pokémon: Machop, Clefairy, Ponyta
Tip: Lake Park makes for a great social gathering. Colectivo on the Lake is the perfect rest stop while hunting along the lakefront.
 
Riverwest: There are many PokéStops and gyms in close proximity in this neighborhood on the north side of the city known for its funky style and cool venues.
Notable Pokémon: Scyther, Tauros, Dratini
Tip: N. Holton St. holds 3 gyms within a city block, and many PokéStops heading east toward the Milwaukee River.
 
BONUS! Milwaukee County Zoo: Where else can you catch some virtual critters while admiring over 2,500 live animals? The Zoo’s 200 acres are home to over 30 PokéStops and 4 gyms, so plan on spending a full day making the rounds here.
 
Where are your favorite places in the city to catch Pokémon?

 

 
Summer Break in Milwaukee

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By Molly Nugent
Marketing & Communications Intern
VISIT Milwaukee

Celebrating at the Brady Street Festival
 
The summer months in Milwaukee are a time of adventure and fun for local Milwaukeeans and travelers alike. The Brew City caters to people of any age, but for young students in college, the city has much to offer...so study up on what to do if you're staying in Milwaukee for the summer!
 
Bradford Beach: After the stress of being in a library cramming for those finals, everyone knows the best form of recovery is relaxing on a beach. Lucky for us, a beautiful beach is located minutes from downtown! Bradford Beach is a place where some can lounge lazily under cabanas, and others can play volleyball, or just about any other sport they can think of! Challenge your friends to races on a single or a double kayak, standup paddleboards or pedal boats. For those who are really trying to make some waves on Lake Michigan, just down the street are Jet Ski rentals.
 
Festivals: Milwaukee is known as the “City of Festivals,” and that name isn’t just for show! We host a variety of festivals almost every weekend in our great city just waiting to be explored and enjoyed. College students are known to love three things: food, music and beer, and just about every festival offers a plentiful amount of all.
 
On the coast of Lake Michigan, you’ll find the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest. At this 11 day extravaganza, you can be jammin’ to reggae and minutes later be dancing with the latest pop band. Get a glimpse of all the stages from an aerial view with our favorite way of transportation, the SkyGlider. Check out the 2016 lineup here!
 
Milwaukee festivals are a great place to delve into different cultures through their food, music, and traditions. Enjoy Irish dancers at Irish Fest, Storm the Bastille at Bastille Days or dance along to a mariachi band at Mexican Fiesta and much more!
 
For those students on a budget, don’t worry! Every Thursday at East Town, Jazz in the Park is a perfect (and free!) way to get outside and enjoy some classic music performed by many acclaimed artists. Wine pairs very nicely with jazz music, so don’t forget to explore some of the vendors there!
 
Food: Milwaukee is proud to boast a very eclectic and upcoming dining scene, with amazing atmospheres that pairs with the food. From mom and pop pizza joints to James Beard recognized chefs, Milwaukee will satisfy any appetite, on any budget.
 
Milwaukee has many budget-friendly restaurants with great patios to take in the summer breezes and sun. In the Historic Third Ward is Café Benelux, which offers you the chance to enjoy their Belgian themed menu outside on their stunning rooftop dining area. Colectivo Coffee has many locations, including one on the lakefront with an abundance of outdoor seating where you can grab a coffee and hang out, or even get some homework done!
 
For a more unorthodox way to grab some grub, try hunting down one of many food trucks that romp around downtown. From falafel to pizza by the slice, and even bubble teas, these trucks will satisfy any cravings. Grab whatever you please and head to the lakefront to enjoy your great food with a great view. You just have to find them first!
 
To get the full Milwaukee experience, stopping at the Milwaukee Public Market is a must. Make sure to come on an empty stomach though, because you’ll want to try a little bit of everything. Try anything from artisan cheeses to margaritas and desserts of all sorts. Between the delectable food and the exhilarating atmosphere you will definitely leave happy and full! The Milwaukee Public Market has been ranked as one of the best public markets in the country and features 15 locally owned merchants who really showcase what good Milwaukee food is all about.
 
College students, tell us where else you love to hang out at during the summer! 
 

 

 
What To Do in Milwaukee On A Budget

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Friday, May 13, 2016

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee
Couple at Hubbard Park Beer Garden
 
The NY Times Frugal Traveler gave two thumbs up to Milwaukee, calling the city “vibrant and cheap,” which, hey – we’ll take it. There are certainly plenty of ways to enjoy the finer things in life in Milwaukee, but it’s also a city where great things come at a great price. These inexpensive or free things to do in Milwaukee are perfect if you’re looking for an easy weekend getaway on a budget or want to save up for a special night out while you're in town (James Beard nominated restaurants, anyone?).
 
Beer gardens
This German tradition is back in a big way in Milwaukee! Beer gardens are springing up at parks all around the city, and they’re the perfect place to hang out when you’re on a budget. Treat yourself to a stein, then take in the atmosphere, the good company and oftentimes live music! Many beer gardens allow visitors to bring their own picnics for extra savings, though there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to resist that giant pretzel once you see it. (Most beer gardens serving in traditional glass steins will charge a glassware deposit, but you’ll get it back before you go!)
 
Lakefront
No, not the brewery…the actual shoreline of Lake Michigan is a great spot to spend your time if you’re short on cash. The stunning views of the lake and the city’s architecture are all free. If you can time your visit right, watch the “wings” of the Milwaukee Art Museum open at 10 a.m., flap at noon or close at 5 p.m. (8 p.m. on Fridays). The trails along the lakefront are great for jogging, biking or just strolling, and if you have a little extra money to spend, you can rent paddleboats, bikes and more.
 
Brewery tours
The MillerCoors brewery tour takes you from the caves where Frederick Miller originally cooled his brews up to today’s high speed production lines and is FREE (that’s right, $0). But your dollar stretches far on any tour in town – $10 will get you a tour and plenty of delicious craft brews at Lakefront Brewery or Milwaukee Brewing Company, and for just $6 you can tour Sprecher Brewery and sample both beers and their popular gourmet sodas.
 
Summer concerts
This one is also totally free! Almost every night of the week, you’ll find free outdoor concerts in parks across the city. Local favorites include Chill on the Hill (Tuesday), River Rhythms (Wednesday) and Jazz in the Park (Thursday). These events vary on their carry-in policies, but enjoying nice weather and free music is always a good time!
 
Free events
From gallery nights and street festivals to museum free days and outdoor movies, there’s almost always something fun and free happening in Milwaukee. Check out the free section of Milwaukee365.com to see what’s on tap while you’re in town.  
 

 

 
Instagrammable Milwaukee

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee
If a person goes on an awesome vacation but doesn’t post about it on Instagram, did it really happen? Better to play it safe and make sure you get some awesome photos during your trip to Milwaukee! Here are some recommendations for can’t-miss shots while you’re in Milwaukee, with a little help from the photographers of DearMKE.
 
 

Sunsets at @milwaukeeart are always so lovely. Photo by @chrisdegnan #dearmke

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It’s a favorite for a reason! The striking Santiago Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the city’s most iconic and photogenic buildings. 
 
 

Taking moments to notice the beauty all over in the city with @ben_kral #dearmke

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If clean, modern lines aren’t really your thing, you’re in luck – Milwaukee is filled with beautiful historic buildings just waiting to be captured by your lens.
 
 

Have a wonderful Monday #Milwaukee! #dearmke (thanks for the positivity @andrewhess2 )

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What’s not to love about public art? Murals and outdoor sculptures give a city a personality all its own. Milwaukee’s RiverWalk is lined with sculptures, and you’ll find colorful murals like this one adorning several downtown buildings.
 
 

Lake Michigan was angry yesterday �� (��: @crconnell89) #dearmke

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Milwaukee is right on the coast of Lake Michigan, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get some great nature shots without having to leave the city.
 
 
 

Amazing capture by @sheaavril �� #dearMKE

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The golden Hoan Bridge that stretches across the harbor is another favorite photo spot, especially at sunset.
 
 

Ice cream... Correction *custard* is always a good idea. #dearmke

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Ah yes, the classic food shot. Even if you’re not usually the kind of person who refuses to take a bite of your meal until you get the perfect shot, it’s still worth your time to get a snapshot of some local delicacies like custard or cheese curds.
 
Check out DearMKE.com to see more photos from locals showing off their Milwaukee pride – you’ll get some great inspiration from these talented local photographers! And make sure to share your own Milwaukee adventures with #VisitMKE.
 

 

 
How to Travel Solo in Milwaukee

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee
 
No travel buddy? No problem! More and more travelers are discovering the fun and adventure of traveling solo. It can be intimidating to plan your first unaccompanied trip to a new city, but once you catch the bug it can be hard to find a travel experience that matches the freedom and adventure of going solo! Here are a few tips for what to do alone in Milwaukee.
 
Museums
Museums are the perfect spot to visit as a party of one. How many times have you been entranced by an exhibit or piece of artwork only to be dragged away by an impatient friend (or been the one trying to keep a pokey buddy on the move)? No thanks! When it’s just you, you can enjoy at your own pace. The Milwaukee Art Museum recently completed a full renovation of their galleries and nearly doubled the number of works on view (and added a coffee shop and wine bar – the perfect spot for a little solo chill time!). At the Milwaukee Public Museum, local favorite exhibit “The Streets of Old Milwaukee” is newly updated for a more immersive look into Milwaukee’s past; pop your headphones on and check out the Streets of Old Milwaukee app for ever-changing stories from turn-of-the-century Milwaukeeans.
 
Outdoors
Communing with nature is the perfect one-on-one activity: just you and the great outdoors. And Milwaukee’s urban outdoors are pretty darn great – with Lake Michigan, three rivers, more than 150 state and county parks and more than 130 miles of bike trails, there’s an option for everyone. Rent a kayak to explore Milwaukee’s waterways, hop on a bike (if you didn’t bring one, check out Bublr Bikes, the city’s bikeshare system) or just take a stroll. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (of Central Park fame), Lake Park is a local favorite spot for nature lovers and photographers thanks to waterfalls, stunning stone bridges and historic Northpoint Lighthouse. 
 
Dining
Eating out is often the most intimidating part of a solo trip, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re shy about being alone at a sit-down restaurant, cafes and counter service restaurants are great options. Colectivo Coffee has been handmade in Milwaukee since 1993, and no one will look twice if you’re sitting along with a book or laptop at one of their thirteen local cafes enjoying a cup of coffee, soup, sandwiches or baked goods locally baked at their Troubadour Bakery in Bay View. During the summer, sidle up to a food truck for a delicious meal on the go to be enjoyed in any local park (tip: check Twitter to find out local truck schedules…they tend to travel in packs!). Or get a little braver: many popular local restaurants serve a full menu at the bar (and at some, that’s the only place to get a seat without a reservation!), so belly up for great farm-to-table eats at places like Braise and Wolf Peach, or retro-style counters at Comet Café and Miss Katie’s Diner.
 
Nightlife
If you’re the artsy type, use your solo status to your advantage to pick up some last-minute show tickets; pairs and groups are out of luck when it comes to snagging that one awesome seat that’s left! Milwaukee’s arts and theater scene boasts a Grammy-winning opera company, a world-class symphony, a nationally-acclaimed ballet company and an array of professional dance and theater companies performing at venues all across the metro area. Or if you’re more interested in trying some of Milwaukee’s local libations, a craft cocktail bar is the perfect place for a solo traveler. Like-minded patrons and knowledgeable bartenders make great company. Try Distil, Milwaukee’s House of Bourbon, for carefully crafted cocktails and an impressive spirits list. Or visit the tasting room of Great Lakes Distillery and Central Standard Craft Distillery, where you’ll sip on cocktails made with liquors distilled on-site.
 
What's your favorite solo hangout in Milwaukee?

 

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