Milwaukee: Start with the Art

A highlight in Milwaukee is its unique art museum, with wings that open up during the day and close at night, right on the lake.
A highlight in Milwaukee is its unique art museum, with wings that open up during the day and close at night, right on the lake.

Milwaukee Wisconsin; land of beer and baseball – with a hidden knack for tourism. Come experience the festivals, the art and the unexpected.

The city has a spectacular art museum, with a roof that opens up like a bird’s wings during the day.  The art inside is pretty great too!

Get your relaxation and entertainment all in one place at the West Bend, a boutique Milwaukee hotel housing the Museum of Wisconsin Art. The Museum will also be opening a new rotating gallery in a fellow Hotel, Saint Kate. Its sparse, modern style will parallel the art exhibit beautifully.

As Jessica Wildes, communications and marketing director for the museum, was quoted on gmtoday.com, “The Saint Kate, for us, is a wonderful way to expand the museum footprint.”

Saint Kate, an Art Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Saint Kate, an Art Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin where more art is on its way.

If you’re in the area during the summer, definitely check out the Summerfest; the world’s largest music festival. Spanning over 11 days, 13 stages and most any genre of music you can think of. This, paired with an equal variety of food, shopping and children’s, activities should keep any and all blends of families entertained.  For 2019, headliners include Lil Wayne, Snoop Doggy Dog, and Jason Aldean, among dozens of other star musicians.

Unusual  Milwaukee attractions include The Holler House, the nation’s oldest bowling alley. Two lanes in the basement of a historic tap room – it doesn’t get any more authentic than this. This little gem is a ghost from the past reaching forward – you even have to call ahead to make sure the owner can schedule a pinsetter. No automatic machinery for these guys.

If you want to know what’s going on in the city, there is one place–it’s called OnMilwaukee, a city website that explores arts, news, and anything worth knowing about city.

For those more inclined to Milwaukee’s classic beer scene, Miller Brewing, Sprecher Brewery are key stops on the Baseball and booze tour. Miller Park provides a home for the Major Leagues Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers.

Drury Inn and Suites in Milwaukee.
Drury Inn and Suites in Milwaukee.

After a hard day of taste-tests and identifying hops, amble over to the 223-room Drury Inn and Suites, a hum-drum office building recently converted to the upscale hotel it is today.

Three new hotels are coming to Milwaukee,  due to open in July 2020. Located in downtown Milwaukee, the cumulated room count will total 300 so don’t worry, you won’t have to book too far in advance. Though maybe you will, as the ideal goal for these developers is to have these lodgings open at least a month before the 2020 Democratic National Convention, which should draw around 50,000 visitors to the area.

On second thought, make your reservation sooner rather than later.

So, while Milwaukee may not be your top traveling destination, it surely shouldn’t be your last.  Check out this link for easy access to all your top Milwaukee hotels.