|Lake Michigan from Milwaukee Art Museum|
French missionaries and traders showed up in this area in the 1600s and 1700s, setting up fur-trading posts and beginning thriving businesses, as well as a few churches. Germans began arriving not long after the French and by the 1900s there were more German
|L to R: Chihuly Sculpture, |
Exterior of Milwaukee Art Museum
Although Milwaukee was one called ‘Cream City’, it wasn’t because of dairy delicacies, but
|Top L to R: Gertie, Milwaukee City Happ|
Bottom: Theodore Roosevelt information
There are wonderful places to stay and to eat in downtown Milwaukee. There are also lots of things to do within walking distance of that area.
What we did…
|The Spice House|
While the Spice House (400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202; 414-431-0835) is a place to buy spices, it’s also a great place just to look around. The owners have lots of information about the spices they sell and are happy to answer any question you may have. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of their wares and talking about where they came from; I also brought a few spices that we can’t get in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
|Three and one-half Carrots|
Bead and Button Show (Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI) was the reason for our visit to
Milwaukee so we spent a lot of time in the convention
center beading. The conference and the
classes were quite expensive, but the teaching by Teri Lawson was outstanding. We were a bit
surprised at the lack of space for the vendors and at the fact that the vendor
area didn’t open until nearly the end of the conference.
|Top L to R: Three-Tier Necklace, Skull Headpiece|
Bottom L to R: Four Bracelets, Beaded Bowl
Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202; 414-224-3200) exhibits were not open during out stay, but the building was available for touring. We wandered through this structure and had a peek at the views of Lake Michigan visible through the windows in the reception area. While we were there, a youth orchestra was performing; they played very well then were turned loose to romp in the park that is next to the museum. The architecture is truly amazing with the giant wings spread above the pavilion. I would like to return to this museum once the exhibits are open.
The Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202; 414-336-1111)
not at all what we expected. It is mostly places to buy food that you can eat
there or take away. There are also a few shops and a pub or two. There were a few vendors on the street who
had crafts and art. My favorite was Nedo Beck
with his wonderful art for children and for adults. He has been to several art
markets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but isn’t traveling as much as he once
|Top L to R: Market, Cow Statue|
Bottom: Nedo Beck and Cynthia
Where we stayed …
Our hotel this time was the Fairfield Inn (710 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203; 414-224-8400) and we were very pleased with the location. It is just a couple of blocks from
the Wisconsin Center. The beds were quite comfortable, the bathroom roomy and
the included breakfast substantial. The maids were nice enough to provide us
with extra coffee and ‘fixins’, as well as cleaning the room at odd times to accommodate
our schedule. The internet was free, in the room and was very fast. We were quite surprised
that upon hearing that there would only be two of us in the room rather than
four, the manager cut our charges in half. Had there been a restaurant, this
would have been a nearly perfect place to stay.
|Bedroom and bathroom at the Fairfield Inn|
What we ate…
Bistro 333 (333 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203; 414-270-6130; inside the Hyatt
was surprisingly well priced for hotel food and it was very good. I had a
wonderful hamburger that was made of excellent beef, nicely prepared and
delivered by a cheerful, prompt and efficient waitress. The fried potatoes were
crisp on the outside and soft on the inside; the lettuce and tomato were fresh.
The staff did as good a job of taking care of a crowd as they did when there
were only a few people present.
|Top: Sign, Menu|
Bottom: Angus Burger
King and I (830 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203; 414-276-4181) is a Thai restaurant that is very good. The night we ate there it was packed. However, since we were
a small party, our waiter made sure that he got our order in before the several
tables of six or more. We really appreciated his efforts to make sure that we
were fed in a timely manner. Our bottle of Polka-Dot Riesling was a semi-sweet
counterpart to the Beef Jerky Appetizer that was spicy and a bit salty. The Pad
Thai was a lovely blending of flavors with plenty of meat, as were the Drunken
Noodles. The Pork Fried Rice had not only pork, but bits of vegetables that
made it a pretty as well as a tasty dish. I would go back here in a flash.
|Top L to R: Drunken Noodles, Beef Jerky|
Middle: Pork Fried Rice
Bottom: Pad Thai
Uber Tap Room and Cheese Bar (1048 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203; 414-
755-2424) is a funky, fun pub attached to a cheese market with cow statues stationed here and there.
The main offering is cheese, of course. One of our group got a grilled cheese
sandwich that had several types of cheese on it and was warm and gooey. She had
to take half of it to go since it was so large. I had the macaroni and goat
cheese skillet; it was fabulous. Another of our group had a flight of beer that
he really enjoyed. I liked the pear cider, particularly since I got the second
glass for free. Afterwards we wandered through the cheese market; had I been
going directly home I would have taken several types of cheese with me.
|Top L to R: Cheese Mart, Menu|
Center: Cow Cheese
Bottom L to R: Beer Sampler, Mac and Goat Cheese
|Three and one-half Carrots|
Calderone Club (842 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203; 414-273-3236) is an Italian restaurant that the locals frequent for lunch. On the day that we visited they had fish
and chips so we all had a serving. My two friends thought they were very good;
I wasn’t as impressed, but the sauce was quite nice as were the fries. Their
pizza looked good so we decided to come back for dinner. The pizza was quite
good, but the noise level was deafening; the place was over crowded. It
appeared that they had added extra tables to accommodate all the people at the
expense of walkways for the waiters and the noise level. We did indulge in a
delicious cannoli at the end of our meal.
|Left T to B: Fish and Chips, Pizza|
Right T to B: Menu, Cannoli
Miller Time Pub and Grill (509 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203; 414-271-2337;
inside the Hilton) is a nice place to grab a bite of lunch, but you need to be
really hungry. I got a ham, cheese and turkey sandwich that would have fed at
least two people. The sweet potato fries were a bit gummy and definitely not
worth the added price; this is not a cheap place to eat. My waitress was a bit
inattentive and I had to wait quite a while for my check.
|Left T to B: Pub, Turkey, ham and cheese sandwich|
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