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Staycation: All You Ever Wanted
Pamper yourself in town with more options, thanks to newer hotels with beyond-basic amenities.

BY RICK ROMANO

June 2017

 

Photo courtesy of Kinn MKE Guesthouse

Big Gig Neighbor

Conveniently positioned in the Historic Third Ward, the nine-story, 158-room Kimpton Journeyman Hotel offers a walkable distance to the Summerfest grounds, museums, dining, bars and shops. Guests have access to customized leather backpacks loaded for exploration or picnics as well as a limited number of bicycles. A charging port services electric-powered vehicles. If you want to dine on-site, you can have dinner at the Mediterranean-inspired Tre Rivali or enjoy the view from the rooftop at The Outsider. “We know it’s important to relax close to home,” says General Manager Patrick Gaskin, who welcomes the opportunity to serve local guests. 310 E. Chicago St., (414) 291-3970, journeymanhotel.com
 

Opening Act

The Westin Milwaukee will debut June 1 as a 220-room hotel in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, just one block from lakefront access. Inside, the hotel promises to cater to your well-being. Begin the day with a healthy smoothie. Then reserve kayaks to get a different view of the city, or consult with the run concierge, who will help plan a solo or group venture. Yoga classes, a spa, and the Westin’s signature lavender balm and heavenly bed are featured too. General Manager Jeffrey Hess says the hotel also lends workout clothing and gear that guests may have forgotten to pack. 550 N. Van Buren St., (414) 224-5224, westinmilwaukee.com

Rendering courtesy of The Westin

Home Away

Kinn MKE Guesthouse, a brand-new micro-hotel located in the heart of Bay View, caters to both Airbnb travelers and those looking for a more intimate stay. Cream City brick and local artwork adorn the walls of Kinn’s seven poshly decorated suites, and select suites can be adjoined to accomodate larger families. Walk to nearby South Shore Park for a day in the sun, or explore the neighborhood’s thriving culinary scene without the worry of driving home. Kinn’s in-house restaurant and bar, Kindred, promises tasty dishes and craft cocktails too. 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (773) 909-4947, kinnmke.com
 

Game On!

In 2014, 23 years after Pot-awatomi Bingo opened in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, an adjoining 19-story, 381-room hotel extended the experience for those who want to stay and play at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Gaming here is king, though national acts in The Northern Lights Theater and an array of dining options, including Canal Street Café and Ruyi, satisfy other interests. Downtown and lakefront amenities are just to the east, and immediately west is Miller Park. The Hank Aaron State Trail runs past the complex in both directions. That makes the hotel a great hub for your stay, suggests Public Relations Manager Ryan Amundson. 1721 W. Canal St., (800) 729-7244, paysbig.com
 

Conventional Wisdom

The 1-year-old SpringHill Suites by Marriott has settled into its west-of-the-river downtown Milwaukee location, with walkable access to the Wisconsin Center, theaters, restaurants and bars, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The six-story, 155-suite hotel recently welcomed Doc’s Commerce Smokehouse, serving lunch and dinner as well as featuring a full-service bar. So maybe the next time you go to a basketball game, show or exhibit, you can take a short walk instead of fighting traffic.744 N. Fourth St., (414) 273-9811, springhillsuites.marriott.com

 

Wright Trail

All is Wright in Wisconsin this month. Check out the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, commemorating the architectural pioneer’s most iconic works, as June 8 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. The self-guided trail and designated motor route weaves throughout nine Wisconsin counties, but here’s a snapshot of what you’ll see:

» SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower — Racine

» Wingspread — Wind Point

» Model homes — Milwaukee

» Monona Terrace — Madison

» First Unitarian Society Meeting House — Madison

» Taliesin — Spring Green

» Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center — Spring Green

» AD German Warehouse — Richland Center

To learn more about the trail, visit travelwisconsin.com.





 

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