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 

Boyne puts a resort spin on Midwest skiing
BOYNE FALLS, Mich. — Perhaps Midwesterners were not meant to ski. Consider what they’ve been given: flat terrain, oppressively gray winter skies, subzero wind chills and fickle helpings of a ski weekend’s most crucial ingredient.
Shipwrecks, lighthouses in spotlight at Toledo's National Museum of the Great Lakes  08-25-14
TOLEDO, Ohio — There have been 8,000 shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. A few of those are spotlighted in the expanded and relocated National Museum of the Great Lakes, a new Toledo attraction that opened in the spring and includes a 617-foot-long ore boat/museum ship.
A lovely day in - Gary?
Conventional wisdom says Gary is a city that time forgot — the worst, ugliest, smelliest, most decrepit, dangerous city in the Midwest, if not the nation.
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
Ride on Richland B&O Trail survives broken windows, shaky start 02-10-14
There's more to winter sports in northern Michigan than skiing 02-03-14
Commodore Perry plays tall role on Ohio's South Bass Island, Put-in-Bay 12-16-13
A shopper's guide to Chicago's new Eataly 12-16-13
Flint Ridge is one of Ohio's most historical sites with old quarry pits 12-02-13
Believe it: The beer will be cold 11-25-13
Picnic with cannibals at Wisconsin's Aztalan State Park
Ohio's Sheldon Marsh features wetlands, wild Lake Erie beach, birds 10-21-13

Vacation Spots


Death Valley in winter: Perhaps the only sane time to visit 02-23-2015

Chinati Hot Springs: A rugged oasis in Big Bend 02-16-2015

Take a Hawaiian-style art walk on Kauai  02-16-2015

Mammoths and mastodons make way for skiers in Snowmass 02-09-2015

Prepare for a wild and woolly time in Las Vegas for the next month 02-09-2015

In an emerging downtown, 'DTLA' makes strong initial impression 02-02-2015

Plenty of life in Death Valley 02-02-2015

Ziplinging at Yosemite 01-19-2015

Welk resort is a legacy of the Champagne musicmaker 01-12-2015

At Legoland, adventure without leaving the hotel 01-12-2015

Headed for Orlando? Here's what's new 01-05-2015

Indiana Jones and the Oakland Aviation Museum 01-05-2015

In Las Vegas, take the Zappos corporate tour 12-29-2014

Disney Springs roundup: What's in store for the Downtown Disney remodel 12-29-2014

Holidays are merry moneymakers for theme parks 12-22-2014

Avoid the crowds and head to the Hilo side of the Big Island 12-22-2014

Relaxing, rebooting at a Sedona Spa 12-15-2014

There is public art aplenty in Boulder City, Nev. 12-15-2014

Oahu combines big city buzz, history and rural beauty 12-08-2014

Hike, soak in a natural hot spring in New Mexico's funky Jemez area  12-01-2014

Schweitzer ski resort: Big on powder, light on parties 11-24-2014

A day in Greenwich Village 11-24-2014

Washington's lesser-known attractions make for a capital time 11-17-2014

When in Aspen, ski, shop, dine and hunt for shrines on the mountain 11-17-2014

In Nevada, Lake Las Vegas is a bit too sleepy 11-10-2014

Perfect day in Carmel: Beach picnics, wine walk and sunset concert 11-10-2014

How to take a bite out of the Big Apple, without breaking the bank 11-03-2014

In Nevada, close encounters of another kind  11-03-2014

Free skiing for kids keeps families on their toes 10-27-2014

On Florida's Amelia Island, a mix of tranquility and history 10-27-2014

Catching fish and history at Pike Place Market on Seattle's bustling waterfront 10-20-2014

South Lake Tahoe's in makeover mode 10-13-2014

Feeling at home with New Orleans dining 10-13-2014

Autumn shows it true colors in northeastern Pennsylvania 10-06-2014


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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