Have Time, Will Travel
For many, retirement brings the simple, but glorious, promise of more time. More time to cook, to learn a new skill, or to travel the world.
MKE Traveler: La Crosse
Nestled along the Mississippi River and framed by majestic bluffs teeming with wildlife, La Crosse is the perfect weekend escape, especially as the trees turn vivid and cooler temps make outdoor activities a joy.
The Ultimate Milwaukee Outdoor Bucket List
When we say “bucket list,” you might think of lofty, extreme goals – climb Mount Everest, skydive from an airplane, book a flight to some far-flung destination. But not every bucket list requires a plane ticket or an epic summit. We’ve put together a list of can’t-miss attractions right in our Wisconsin backyard, each one guaranteed to get you outdoors and take full advantage of your home base in The Good Land.
MKE Traveler: Door County
Door County is the perfect getaway for a family vacation, a romantic escape or an exciting girls (or guys) weekend. And the best part? This almost tropical paradise (with slightly colder water) is less than 2 ½ hours away.
10 Great Spots to Enjoy the Arts Outdoors
Many people wonder how Wisconsinites can endure the long winter months filled with short, dark days and below-zero temperatures. But most who ponder this have never experienced summer in Wisconsin. With warm temperatures, lush greenery and more lakes than Minnesota, Wisconsin summers are nothing short of magical.
M Traveler: Madison
Madison provides more entertainment than just a tour of the stunning Wisconsin State Capitol building and a rousing Badgers football game. A center for intellectual thought and healthy debate, it also caters to foodies, art aficionados and nature lovers. In fact, this spring Madison is blooming with reasons to make the drive — and to tote your bike.
M Traveler: Lake Geneva
Picture this: The sun is glistening of the pristine lake, and waterfront mansions dot the shoreline as families frolic on a nearby beach. It’s a beautiful summer day in Lake Geneva. Now, subtract 60 degrees, add snow, and watch Lake Geneva transform from a summertime retreat to a winter wonderland; for many cold weather fans, this makes for an even better getaway.
In The Neighborhood: Thiensville
There’s something special about a small-town holiday celebration, and Thiensville epitomizes small-town America, complete with cute shops, great restaurants and friendly people strolling down Main Street. Spending a day in Thiensville feels like stepping into a Norman Rockwell  painting — but with cell phones and Wi-Fi.
In The Neighborhood: Wauwatosa
As its seemingly endless construction nears completion, the Village of Wauwatosa shines, offering a European-esque dining and shopping destination for all ages.
In The Neighborhood: Delafield
Delafield is a little town with a big personality. People of all ages and interests can enjoy the area’s natural beauty, wildlife, recreation and amenities. Take a relaxing stroll through the downtown district, explore its surrounding sights for an active day trip, or try a combination of the two before the weather turns.
M traveler: Devil’s Lake State Park
As autumn arrives and nature beckons, consider driving two hours northwest to Devil’s Lake State Park. Feel the freshly fallen leaves crunch underfoot as you hike the park’s myriad trails, and visit nearby Baraboo, which offers a wealth of dining options and events.  
In The Neighborhood: Shorewood
Want to hang out in a trendy neighborhood with eclectic shops and tasty yet affordable restaurants? Look no further than Shorewood’s Oakland Avenue, where hipster vibes are in full force on this recently updated main street.
72 Hours In MKE
In the spirit of summer Fridays and long weekends, we asked three local writers to compile a full-day itinerary for exploring their side of town. The result is a three-day guide to enjoying the greater Milwaukee area, from the rolling hills of Lake Country and the North Shore’s picturesque coastline to the ever-growing culinary mecca that is downtown and its surrounding neighbors.
A River Reimagined
Twenty years after the North Avenue Dam’s removal, conservationists look back on what worked in restoring the Milwaukee River and its surrounding green space, and why engaging the community in these efforts is more important than ever.
The bustling atmosphere of Brady Street translates to great shopping, dining and people watching. Yet at this neighborhood’s center stands one of my favorite Milwaukee images, which is markedly more peaceful: St. Hedwig’s steeple, tall and serene in the nighttime sky.
This tree-lined, walkable neighborhood with expansive views of Lake Michigan appeals to lots of folks. Dog lovers adore the new Bay View Dog Park on Bay Street; families love the parks and play areas (especially Humboldt Park and South Shore Park); and bikers and hikers love the Oak Leaf Trail’s stretch along the lake.
M TRAVELER: Apostle Islands
For an active summer escape that doesn’t require a plane ride and isn’t overrun with tourists, look no further than the spellbinding Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
In Riverwest, baby boomers and OG hippies peacefully coexist with millennials and hipsters. You’ll also run into artists, writers, musicians, yogis and plenty of other folks too. No matter which group you identify with, Riverwest is a progressive, charmingly quirky, all-around cool place to explore.
Summerfest Celebrates 50 Years
For 50 years, Summerfest has brought together people from all backgrounds who share a passion for music. It’s what Summerfest has striven for since the start, says Bob Babisch, vice president of entertainment. “Let’s get all the people from Milwaukee to get together and celebrate the summer and good vibes, if you will, and great music and all the different cultures,” he says.
Staycation: All You Ever Wanted
Pamper yourself in town with more options, thanks to newer hotels with beyond-basic amenities.

Story Hill might look like it jumped off the pages of a children’s book, but the name actually came from Hiram Story, who settled the land in the 1840s. Story discovered that mining the stone beneath his farmland would be a bigger moneymaker than farming, and he was right.
Another World
A former Milwaukeean’s journey from advertising exec to photographer.
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 

How to eat your way through Appleton, a Wisconsin city full of sweet surprises
APPLETON — Don’t expect apples to be jumping out at you in Appleton. I found one on a recent trip, and it was a doozy. But others like it might be gone by the time you get here. 
A guide to catching fall colors at Indiana Dunes National Park: Where to eat, sleep and hike
PORTER, Ind. — When Indiana Dunes jumped categories from national lakeshore to national park earlier this year, it joined the elite ranks of the country’s most hallowed natural wonders, 61 sites whose esteemed members include Yellowstone and Yosemite.
In Starved Rock country there’s no excuse to go hungry, from crispy fried chicken to creamy peanut butter pie
OTTAWA, Ill. — Sometimes you just need to get in a car and drive, out to the edge of Chicago, through the suburbs and past the exurbs, to a place where the highway is straight and smooth and the sky shows you where it meets the land, or at least the treetops, in all four directions.
From the soil to suds and spirits: Where to find creative cocktails and beer on Wisconsin farms
DANE — We’re ready for a bit of day drinking at 1:30 p.m. on a Monday and know where to begin. A tree-lined driveway near Dane, 20 miles north of Madison, leads to expansive lawns and a farmhouse with pillars and shutters.
Sweet summer trip: Where to get your blueberry fix in southwest Michigan
Mike DeGrandchamp’s boast is as big as his sprawling blueberry farm, about half a mile east of Lake Michigan. “We were in the drive-thru business before McDonald’s,” he said.
A wine country weekend close to home: Southwest Michigan’s vineyards boast variety — and a cute new B&B
“Sometimes I take baths because it’s hard to drink wine in the shower.” This maxim hangs on the wall near the cedar tub in my room at Among the Vineyards, a bed and breakfast where the shoutouts to grown-up grape juice are as plentiful as misplaced beverage containers on the set of “Game of Thrones.” (The B&B’s Wi-Fi password? “Drinkwine.”)
Milwaukee’s frozen custard hot spots: Where to find Cream City’s signature treat
Don’t call it ice cream. Not if you’re in Milwaukee. Not if you don’t want to be ridiculed as rude, clueless, a rube. Folks in Wisconsin’s largest city take their signature dish seriously — no offense, cheese curds — and consider it an insult to confuse their rich dairy dessert with ordinary supermarket ice cream.
From saunas to snowshoeing, northern Minnesota’s Camp du Nord hosts a peaceful winter escape
We darted across the frozen lake wearing wool socks and swimsuits, the icy snow crunching beneath our feet.
There is an entire cookbook dedicated to Wisconsin cheese; the featured creameries are worth a road trip
No matter how you slice it — or spread it, shred it or cube it — Wisconsin cheese is worth a road trip. Whether goat, sheep or cow; whether swathed in wax, riddled with holes or dotted with cranberries, the Dairy State takes its wheels and bricks seriously. 
Beer spa is a barrel of fun
CHICAGO—You’ve had beer. Maybe even enjoyed it. But you haven’t indulged in beer until you’ve indulged in beer: a 98-degree bath filled with hops, yeast, herbs and, yes, beer.
Where to eat and shop in Stillwater, Minn., a town with year-round holiday cheer
The lighting was low, indirect. The perfectly arranged displays were backlit, so all I saw when I stepped into the old-fashioned storefront was ornaments — hundreds and hundreds of them, gleaming and sparkling in cascades of colors.
In this Cleveland hall, classical music is king (and ancient Egypt meets the jazz age)
CLEVELAND — Above, the ceiling was done up in silver, beige and blue like frosting on a wedding cake. Below, at the lip of the stage, a tall man in a black suit and white bow tie leaned forward with a tip.

Vacation Spots


The Ben hotel plans on being the latest hip hotspot in West Palm Beach  01-20-2020

Contemplating the growth of spiritual tourism at a peaceful, if sometimes odd, Santa Fe resort 01-20-2020

How to see Yosemite’s ‘firefall.’ Waterfall glows for a limited time in February  01-13-2020

In wake of Kincade fire, Sonoma wine country lifestyle is very much intact  01-13-2020

Washington, D.C., deservedly earns reputation for world-class cuisine 01-06-2020

Norfolk’s varied virtues are sure to enchant 01-06-2020

Get to know New Mexico’s White Sands, the country’s newest national park 01-06-2020

Shelbyville, Ky., offers the real Christmas town experience 12-30-2019

Want authentic Vegas? We found it at Fergusons Downtown 12-23-2019

Beaufort, crown jewel of South Carolina’s Low Country, has plenty to offer 12-23-2019

National parks take center stage at Bush Center’s Christmas exhibit 12-16-2019

Televangelist opens his Bible-themed attraction — from wailing wall and catacombs to luxury lodging 12-16-2019

Chocolate tours satisfy more than just your sweet tooth 12-09-2019

It’s a beautiful day in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood: the town of Latrobe, Pa. 12-09-2019


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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