Milwaukee has a reputation for being a blue collar, hard-working, friendly town. Midwest charm is in plentiful supply in this city by Lake Michigan. The city offers a wide variety of dining options, numerous luxury accomodations, outdoor recreation, arts and entertainment, museums, and the comfort of friendly hometown people. While Milwaukee may not be the number one destination for vacationers in the United States, those who find themselves there for business, pleasure, or just passing through are always surprised at the charm the city has to offer.
Sometimes known for its array of restaurants, it has been a long time since Milwaukee featured on steakhouses. Dining options include sushi establishments like Sake Tumi, organic, local creations at Roots, lakeside dining at Coast, and hip bistro dining at Envoy. Of course, it is the Midwest, so steak restaurants are in no short supply, even with the modernization of the city's dining landscape. Sandford is one of the city's best, nestled into a quiet neighborhood on the east side of town, barely recognizable as different than the homes surrounding it.
If you are staying in Milwaukee, there are near-limitless options for your stay. The Knickerbocker on the lake hotel is part owner-occupied, part hotel featuring comfortable, homey suites. Another boutique hotel in the area is Hotel Metro, a modern take on hospitable accomodations. Bike fans will love The Iron Horse hotel, located conveniently near the Harley-Davidson museum. The dycor of the hotel reflects the industrialized style of the Harley's Milwaukee heritage.
Located right on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers visitors and residents a chance to bike, hike, stroll, and skate right by the water. The city has made an effort to not over-commercialize its landscape, so you can enjoy the greenspace near the lake. A visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum would not be complete without a stroll around the grounds overlooking Lake Michigan. Throughout Milwaukee County are public parks that offer visitors and residents a chance to relax, play, and exercise.
The art district of Milwaukee is packed with theatres, museums, and galleries. Various locations around town also feature a chance for visitors to the city to experience the rich art community Milwaukee has to offer. Most of these options are within walking distances of one another, as well as the area restaurants and nightlife. During the festival season, visitors can attend an ethnic celebration at the Henry Maier Festival Park. If you are in town around July 4th, check out a show at Summerfest, the city's annual music festival. One entrance fee will get you access to more than five stages of musical performances, entertainment, vendors selling handicrafts, and delicious local cuisine.
Milwaukee provides visitors with a hometown feel that can only be found in the Midwest. The beauty of the lake, the culture of the museums and entertainment, and the delicous cuisine built around the carnivorous appetites of Midwesterners will have you wanting to return to the city again and again. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, you will never lack for things to do.