Lots to do in Milwaukee!
If you’ve never been to Milwaukee, WI you may picture a iron rusted, run down, Midwest city, with a polka soundtrack playing somewhere off in the distance. While it is true that Milwaukee has its roots in hard working, blue collar, mid-western values; Milwaukee might surprise you. In recent years Milwaukee has been making a transition into a thriving hip city with many different things to do, places to see, and food to eat. It’s true, if you like beer and cheese, you’ll be in heaven. There is really no two ways about that. It is also true that if you don’t like the cold you should probably steer clear come mid-December.
If you can get past these obsticles Milwaukee is a treasure trove of wonderful experiences. Some of which have been highlighted in the New York Times travel article “36 Hours in Milwaukee.” Here are a few high lights from their first night:
1. Cheese Factory
Improbably, the Clock Shadow Creamery, which opened in the fashionable Walker’s Point neighborhood in 2012, is Milwaukee’s one downtown cheese factory. A small outfit in a corner space in a green building, it produces a variety of products — from ricotta to the local favorite, cheese curds — and offers half-hour factory tours for $3 (reservations required). Keeping company in the same space is the equally new Purple Door Ice Cream, which uses only local and natural ingredients and serves up beguiling flavors like absinthe made by the Great Lakes Distillery nearby, and fig and black tea. A single-scoop cone costs $3.50. Purple Door will move into its own space a couple of blocks away in 2014.
2. Third-Coast Cuisine
Nearby, the airy new restaurant Blue Jacket epitomizes “Third Coast” pride. The seasonal dishes are locally sourced, while the beverage menu, using regional beers and spirits, was created by Bittercube, a Milwaukee-based bitters producer. Whitefish, served with brussels sprouts and guanciale ($16), comes from Lake Superior, and smelt, a Great Lakes staple, are put to good use as kettle-chip batter-fried snacks ($9). They go nicely with the Lake Bluff Gimlet ($9), laced with lavender syrup and bitters made with hops harvested in Door County upstate.
3. Old-Time Cocktails
After-dinner cocktails await in the historic Mitchell Street neighborhood at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, a dim, lushly upholstered time capsule of a bar inside a nondescript two-story house. On a recent evening the soundtrack was Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin playing over a vintage McIntosh stereo system. Sit in the barely discernible back room banquettes if you want to be invisible; the alternative is the long bar, crowded with young couples calling out for chocolate grasshoppers, pink squirrels and other ice cream drinks, along with brandy old fashioneds, Wisconsin’s unofficial state tipple. In December, ask for the Christmas punch. Drinks are $7 to $12.
If you read the rest of the article you’ll see what a diverse and fun location Milwaukee really is. There is truly something for everybody.
The best time of the year to visit is summer or fall. One of the most well known highlights of summer is Summerfest on the shores of Lake Michigan. This festival is touted for being the largest outdoor music festival in North America. There are literally hundreds of bands that play the stages there each year, so you’re sure to find something you’ll like.
The fall is awesome because the weather is a little cooler and the leaves start to change. It isn’t too late in the year to catch a Brewers game but if you’re willing to make the ride to Madison for a Badger football game or trek two hours north to Lambeau Field aka God’s country, you are in for one heck of an afternoon.
All in all, Milwaukee Wisconsin is an ever evolving city that hasn’t lost its Midwestern feel but it has also developed a new, hipper, edge. There is plenty to do here so come see us!
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