I've always said that a city is only as good as the stories it tells. And, I believe we all have a responsibility to tell good stories about greater Milwaukee. We're the caretakers of our community and the messages and vision we project matters. Of course, it also matters what others say about Milwaukee too.Â
It's always interesting to read an outsider's opinion of Milwaukee. Live in a place long enough and some of the extraordinary can become ordinary. We all do it.Â
Hats off to Visit Milwaukee, our tourism and convention entity that regularly brings in travel writers to see all that's happening in Milwaukee. One such writer, Bill Cleven, was here during Summerfest. Â
The St. Louis native Clevlen writes "Bill on the Road," and in his latest post he tells everyone that Milwaukee's secret is out.Â He starts his feature like this, "Nobody ever brought up Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a "must see" destination when I started traveling around the country.Â Maybe thatâ€™s because Milwaukee has been keeping a secret from the rest of America â€“ itâ€™s a really cool place to live and visit." Â
You can read it all here, and take note of this first time Summerfest-goer's impressions of the Big Gig.Â "I was completely blown away and downright stunned as I walked the grounds and passed stage after stage of concerts.Â And I donâ€™t mean like four or five," writes Clevlen.Â Yep, "World's Largest Musical Festival" holds true.
Travel writers seldom rail on their selected destinations. I get that. But, Cleven's impressions and observations of Milwaukee seem genuine and should make us all a bit more proud of our state's largest city.Â
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published Sept. 29, 2016
Beginning today, all 125 McDonald's restaurants in Southeastern Wisconsin have expanded All Day Breakfast menu items to include McGriddles and Biscuit breakfast sandwiches.
Published Sept. 15, 2016
We are Marquette! U-rah-rah! Wisconsin! It's really no surprise that both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison rank in the top 20 for "colleges with the most school spirit."
Published Sept. 8, 2016
This weekend and next week you'll have the chance to casually explore the custom fit clothing world of J. Hilburn as the brand brings its fashions to Milwaukee via the #JHFitTour at three local destinations.
Published Sept. 2, 2016
The Milwaukee Public Market will encourage people to "pet their whistle" as it helps raise money for the Wisconsin Humane Society this weekend.
Published Sept. 1, 2016
Milwaukee visionary and philanthropist, Michael Cudahy, has lost his swans and needs help locating them.
Published Aug. 29, 2016
This story isn't new, but I just heard about it. And it actually never mentions a "Milwaukee" chicken - but the chicken in question just happens to be Milwaukee native and current Milwaukee Brewers skipper, Craig Counsell.
Published Aug. 24, 2016
Milwaukee native Sarah Hoye has spent more than a decade as a reporter and storyteller for Al Jazeera America, CNN and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Her latest CNN piece is a must read and a great conversation starter around town.
Published Aug. 20, 2016
Corner Bakery will replace the Baker's Square at 1305 E. Capitol Dr. in the Village of Shorewood.
Published Aug. 11, 2016
OnMilwaukee is once again honored to support Potawatomi Hotel and Casino's Heart of Canal Street program. As a long-time partner and passionate community advocate we're also thrilled to announced that this year we'll help support our long-time partner, the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM).
Published Aug. 9, 2016
You'll be skeptical, I'm sure. But I think you'll love the new Nexflix documentary "Tony Robbins: I'm Not Your Guru." It's an amazing look at motivational speaker and his team as they hold one of his marquee events in Boca Raton, Fla.