M IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Menomonee River Valley
“If you build it, they will come.” This iconic line from the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” refers to a baseball field in Iowa, but it could easily be about the Menomonee Valley.
M TRAVELER: Sheboygan
It’s not just the “Bratwurst Capital of the World.” Sheboygan, about an hour north of Milwaukee, is bringing the sizzle to vacations and weekend getaways. Get out on Lake Michigan for fishing, sailing and kayaking.
10 great places to hole up and play board games
Crummy weather? Bored of staring at the computer screen? Sounds like a great day to get a coffee (or perhaps something stronger) with a friend — or three — and unpack a board game. Here are 10 game-friendly places throughout the Milwaukee area.
“Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!” Whether or not you recognize the opening line from “Laverne & Shirley,” check out The Brewery, a funky new neighborhood of restored buildings in the former Pabst production complex.
Search “coolest Milwaukee neighborhoods” on Google, and Walker’s Point is consistently a top contender. Home to restaurants, breweries, bars and thriving art and antique scenes, the neighborhood also hosts the annual Milwaukee Pride Parade in June.
M TRAVELER: Rib Mountain State Park
No need to hibernate this winter. Pack up the skis and snowboards and the family and head north to Wausau in Marathon County, where playing in the snow is a way of life.  
Around the world in 21 days
“We flew up a fjord and right into the rapidly rising terrain — a glacier. We climbed quickly along the glacier, disappearing back up into the clouds again,” recounts Rolf Berg, a Menomonee Falls resident.
Take a Hike!
Celebrate National Take a Hike Day on Nov. 17, and start a new family tradition! Milwaukee County alone boasts more than 140 parks and parkways, spanning upward of 150,000 acres and many miles of trails — offering individuals and families amazing opportunities to explore the wild world of nature close to home.
All aboard
Forever traveling in our songs and dreams are the A Train, the Orange Blossom Special and the City of New Orleans. A new locomotive is about to enter that lore: the Ghost Train. It will cross the intersections of technology and history.
No passport required
Got the itch to travel abroad, but lack the time and money? During the summer, Milwaukeeans can scratch that itch at Irish Fest or one of many other international festivals, but once festival season subsides, they may yearn for fresh, foreign and festive experiences. Worry not! Cream City has plenty to offer the would-be traveler.
Hidden Gems
Jeremy Fojut, co-founder and "chief idea officer" of NEWaukee, is always on the hunt for Milwaukee gems. "I don’t think anything is hidden," he enthuses. "Gems are in plain sight." For Fojut, a gem is something that is artisan, well-crafted, authentic and has a story.
Design-Inspired Destinations
With such a strong and thriving arts community right here in Milwaukee, it’s easy to forget that our neighbors are pretty creative too. 
Let there be light
The Trojans built a seaside fire tower at the ancient city of Sigeum in 1300 B.C. The Boston Lighthouse on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor was erected in 1716 as America’s first lighthouse. And in 1789, the First U. S. Congress set up the United States Lighthouse Establishment in its ninth official piece of legislation. Navigational aids have always been a sailor’s salvation.
Bespoke Camping
With the weather warming up and Wisconsin Bike Week this June 6 to 11, the trails are beckoning. Whether you’re a canoe camper who commutes by bike or a recreational rider hoping to explore more of the landscape, consider a new adventure: bike camping. I
Play time - Milwaukee style
Looking for something fun to do with kids in Milwaukee? Pick a card — not just any card, but a Play Milwaukee card.
Quaffing beer is among Milwaukee’s most popular sports each warm summer. Brewskis have been taken seriously here since at least the 1830s, and they’ve solidified this position since the community’s earliest days as a Teutonic stronghold.
My kind of beach
One of the great advantages to living in southeast Wisconsin is the easy access to a variety of beaches. As summer takes hold and the water warms up, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than soaking up the sun on the shores of an area lake.
Back to the basics
If summer sleepover camp is a great childhood memory, Camp Wandawega is your chance to relive it. With your kids.
Grafton residents have always known the village’s downtown district was a diamond in the rough. Now, thanks to recent revitalization efforts, including new streets and sidewalks, a pedestrian plaza and river walk, visitors are discovering this gem of a community.
One of just three "Greenbelt" communities in the United States, the village of Greendale’s history is unique. The Franklin Roosevelt administration built the planned community – marked by the "greenbelt" of forests and parks surrounding the area – in 1936 to provide much needed jobs and better housing for families at the height of the Great Depression.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Once a nondescript bingo hall in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has transformed into an entertainment destination, with slot machines, gaming tables, award-winning restaurants, a theater that attracts national acts — and now a four-star hotel.
Revitalizing Port
Emily Kapszukiewicz and her fiance, Alex Funk, chose to live in Port Washington in early 2013 because it was centrally located between their jobs.
Gather by the river
Milwaukee, according to the language of its original Native American inhabitants, means gathering place by the water. The downtown Riverwalk has become a very popular place for all sorts of gatherings. Here are seven activities to enjoy along the Riverwalk this summer.
Places: Brown Deer Village
A century ago, Brown Deer’s original village center, a triangular area surrounded by railroad tracks to the west, Green Bay Road to the east and Brown Deer Road to the north, was the hub of the community, humming with basic services like a barber shop, grocery store, ice cream parlor and service garage.
Making friends in high places
Sometime soon, you may be invited to spend the night in the arms of Apollo, the Gemini Twins or even Wild Bill. The trees at Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville all seem to have names, and Jessica Jens, the center’s executive director, would like visitors to get to know them, up close and personally.
Turner Hall
Established more than 130 years ago, Turner Hall honors Milwaukee’s rich German heritage in every sense of the word. The building was designed by a German architect, named after a German-American association and remains under the supervision of that same organization.
Trail mix
Metro Milwaukee boasts more than 300 miles of recreational trails, and you’re sure to find a perfect one to explore each month of the year. Here’s a sample of what the area has to offer.
Whitefish Bay
Located at the corner of Silver Spring and Lake drives, Winkie’s has been a family tradition for generations. The upscale variety shop, which dates to the 1940s, carries an array of novelty gift items.
SUITE success
Whether they’re here for business, pleasure, or both, visitors to Milwaukee are finding many more choice hotel rooms in town lately, with more on the horizon.
Heart of the action
The recently opened Three Bridges Park in the Menomonee Valley is the latest step in the transformation of a long-abandoned rail yard into a popular destination for families and a growing number of businesses and employees in the area.
Milwaukee Icons 08-12-13
The home of the Milwaukee Brewers is an impressive attraction with its red brick façade, arched windows and retractable roof. Baseball players and the Racing Sausages aren’t the only ones to have graced the field. President George W. Bush threw the first pitch on the park’s inaugural opening day on April 6, 2001. 
Visit Waukesha 08-12-13
Historic charm, an ever-growing arts scene and a slew of new restaurants and gourmet food shops have revitalized downtown Waukesha.
Lower prices make winter a great time to visit the Windy City 02-11-13
CHICAGO — It’s sleek, shiny and sensational. But let’s add two more words to describe Chicago for tourists: darn expensive. On Feb. 1, admission to the Art Institute of Chicago jumped to $23 for out-of-state visitors. In the past month, a host of other price hikes that affect tourists have also taken effect: Museum of Science and Industry ticket prices rose. 

Midwest Travel 

Chippewa Falls pours on the charm
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — This county seat just beyond the fringes of Eau Claire may have discovered the elixir to attract new tourists and millennial-friendly businesses.
Iowa State Fair: the Disneyland of state fairs
The Iowa State Fair, which runs through Sunday, was described to me as "our Disneyland. Well, not really … but it is". It's something people look forward to every year, and it's easy to see why.
Exploring the revived Eau Claire, Wis.
My Wisconsin hometown is easy to miss — the real Eau Claire, that is. Take any of its three I-94 exits, 90 miles east of the Twin Cities, and you’ll find gas stations, fast-food joints, chain hotels, a shopping mall. Nothing too memorable.
Voyageurs National Park is iconic, rugged, marvelous Minnesota 08-01-16
Our houseboat threaded the narrows of Ash River, turned to port at Kabetogama Lake and encountered a dazzling vista. An enormous canvas of blue — of sparkling water and clear sky — was cut through with a spiky line of green formed by distant tall pines. Islands eased past, bearing such names as Wolf, Deer Point and Pine, while loons bobbed on the waves.
Face to face with a tiger, Cleveland Zoo opens new exhibit 06-20-16
CLEVELAND — Imagine coming face to face with a tiger and living to tell the tale.
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s new Rosebrough Tiger Passage literally puts visitors smack dab in the middle of the tiger exhibit to see the Amur tigers up close and personal.
After the hike, there’s plenty more to do at Illinois’ Starved Rock 11-16-15
For 20 years, Lisle and Pat Elsbury made the 80-mile drive from their suburban Chicago home to Starved Rock State Park, one of Illinois’ favored hiking and camping spots.
Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine can burst with colors 
Wisconsinites might grimace at how rough winters can get these days, but 20,000 years ago much of the state was under a sheet of ice thicker than a mile in some places. 
Harpersfield Covered Bridge, Morgan Swamp among Ohio's Ashtabula County attractions 06-01-15
Ashtabula County is Ohio’s covered-bridge capital. You can savor one of the county’s 18 covered bridges when you visit the Harpersfield Covered Bridge over the Grand River in Harpersfield Township. It is one of the most popular and most easily accessible covered bridges in the county.
Headlands Dunes preserve is a wild Lake Erie beach with sand, forest, marshes  03-23-15
Boyne puts a resort spin on Midwest skiing

Shipwrecks, lighthouses in spotlight at Toledo's National Museum of the Great Lakes  08-25-14

A lovely day in - Gary?

In Baraboo, Wis., the circus is always in town 05-27-14
Chicago's new 'Tilt!' puts you over the edge 05-12-14
South Bass Light Station is Lake Erie lighthouse with its own ghosts 02-17-14
Sailing a tall ship across Lake Superior 02-17-14

Vacation Spots

Death Valley is place of unique features, unexpected character 03-13-2017

Where to go for dining and drinks in Portland? It’s rocking across the Willamette 03-13-2017

Zion in winter is a great place to be, with room to roam 03-06-2017

A kid-friendly guide to Yosemite 03-06-2017

5 great things for families to do in Phoenix’s West Valley 02-27-2017

How to create a perfect Hawaii beach getaway on Oahu’s North Shore 02-27-2017

In Portland, it’s best to go with the flow 02-20-2017

New food tours offer deep dive into Key West seafood, rum 02-20-2017

From Orlando to Sanibel Island, finding magic in the Florida kingdom 02-13-2017

For Gulf Coast thrill seekers, Alabama theme park to open in May 02-13-2017

Hurricane didn’t blow away Hilton Head’s well-planned perfection 02-06-2017

Yosemite adventures: Wawona’s blast to the past 01-30-2017

Seven big Mardi Gras celebrations (not in New Orleans) 01-30-2017

After devastating wildfires, Gatlinburg, Tenn., welcomes back tourists 01-23-2017


Travel Features

Paradise Found
Gardens can be fascinating places for meandering, meditation or mental and physical healing. And, southeastern Wisconsin is home to some of the loveliest public gardens in the country, where you can explore the many gifts of nature.
Drive and dine
Sometimes the best road trips are those with a savory reward at the end: an unforgettable restaurant meal. Fortunately, within an hour of downtown Milwaukee are several decadent options, from a throwback steakhouse with Lake Michigan views to a pizzeria with pies that rival those baked in Italy.
Mobile streaming
Aaron Carman likens owning a vintage Airstream trailer to owning a classic car, both for the wow factor on the open road and the ongoing maintenance issues. He and wife Amy found the 1971 Airstream about five years ago on eBay — it was in a barn in Eau Claire — and have been restoring it ever since.
The life loyal
Several times each year, Loyal Mehnert, 34, will veto a resort-style vacation in favor of a volunteer project.
Make your escape
It’s springtime, a season for slipping into a driving mode and rambling. Among the limitless "best" driving destinations are long-time favorites and several new explorations to consider. The only criteria: Get up and go! With this season’s high gas prices, the following suggestions are within a half-day drive from greater Milwaukee, making it easy on the pocketbook.
The holidays have a natural hustle and bustle to them that charms children and puts everyone in a good mood. But if the thought of the upcoming holidays feels more like a hassle, maybe it’s time to rethink your celebration.







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