The first day of our trip saw me leave Washington, D.C. and its never ending polar vortex cycle, only to touch down in sunny Phoenix, Arizona where I felt a sunny 88 degrees burn my pasty skin.
Hope, once again, springs warmly eternal
After 15 years of consecutive Brewers spring training trips, this one almost didn't happen. My tradition of fleeing the Milwaukee winter and heading to Arizona to watch the Crew tune up for the regular season pre-dates the creation of OnMilwaukee.com by one month. It's a working vacation that I cherish, a time for rejuvenation and renewal when I hear that first crack of the bat.
Talking tourism, conventions, hotels and more
As a follow up to last week's "Hotel Week" feature, I reached out to the leadership at Visit Milwaukee to get additional flavor on our city's tourism market, capacity and future.
Some hotels offer a view onto history
There are hotels that occupy purpose-built structures, like The Pfister. And there are hotels that are created in the shells of buildings erected for other purposes, like the Hampton Inn on West Wisconsin Avenue, which occupies a converted office building. Over the years, I've stayed in both. A few of the latter kind of hotel have remained planted firmly in my memory. Here are some of them.
Were you a hotel kid?
Growing up in the Tanzilo household was perfect practice for being in a working band. We never flew - always drove - when we'd visit family in North Carolina or Milwaukee. And we never stayed in hotels.
Hotels rooms: love 'em or hate 'em?
Why do I hear so many people complain about hotels? People who don't sleep well in them. Or they're too loud. Or they're afraid they'll get bed bugs. Or they can't wait to get back home. Or they don't like living out of suitcases.
From Sybaris to serial killers: storied hotels I've stayed in
Because it's Hotel Week on OnMilwaukee.com this week, senior writer Molly Snyder revisits some of her favorite hotel-related articles from the past.
This is the ONE thing you should do in Wisconsin?
It's a tall task to pick just one thing to do in each state, and not too much different than trying to pick your favorite child. Nonetheless, HuffPost did it and the answers vary from parks to places and foods to festivals. What did the editors pick for our wonderful state? Read on.
A peek inside the Potawatomi Hotel
Earlier this week, Potawatomi Bingo Casino invited the media in to see mock hotel rooms it has set up in the Menomonee Valley building that houses Zimmerman Design. The rooms offer a peek at how the casino's 18-story, 381-room hotel will look when it opens in autumn.
New York Times toasts Walker's Point
The New York Times reporter Elaine Glusac has a feature today about Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood. It's titled," In Milwaukee, a District for a Bite or a Brew."
How do you vacation?
What's your plan for actually unplugging, slowing down and recharging on vacation? I really want to know.
Jetsetter is latest to highlight Milwaukee
Jetsetter, "a community of travelers that provides members with insider access, expert knowledge and exclusive deals on the world's greatest vacations," has released its "Where to go in 2014" list. And, Milwaukee's on it!
New exhibit brings the open road to the Harley-Davidson Museum
On Jan. 17, the Harley-Davidson Museum will open a new exhibit entitled "Living Lost: Photographs by Josh Kurpius."
Milwaukee is top spot for family destinations in 2014
Milwaukee has been named the best destination for children and their families, according to ABC Travel Guides for Kids, a producer and publisher of all-in-one alphabet, activity and souvenir guides designed for kids.
Mitchell International Airport installing new charging stations
General Mitchell International Airport is in the process of installing 60 new charging stations throughout the gate-area seating for use by travelers.
11 tips for surviving a family trip to Orlando
Until last week, I'd visited Orlando twice. Once, when I was about 5, and once on my way back from spring break when I was 21. Neither really prepared me for the Florida family vacation we took with my wife and 5-year-old daughter, but it turned out to be as perfect - maybe more so - than I could imagine.
How to road trip like a boss
After driving my 12-year-old front wheel drive SUV 2241 miles in three days through a nasty autumn storm system, I consider myself fit to give a bit of advice on how to road trip like a boss.
New York Times spends "36 Hours in Milwaukee"
Robert Simonson who, "writes about spirits and cocktails (and sometimes wine and beer) for The New York Times," has a long feature on today's NYTimes.com recalling his recent "36 Hours in Milwaukee." It also will appear in this Sunday's print edition.
Iron Horse Hotel named one of the best in the Midwest
The award-winning Iron Horse Hotel, located at 500 W. Florida St., claimed a 86.5 score in the Conde Nast Traveler's readers survey, good enough to earn the No. 3 spot on the magazine's list of the best hotels in the Midwest.
A Dining Month detour to the Windy City
This weekend I took a little Dining Month detour to the Windy City and packed in a variety of culinary experiences over two days.
Milwaukee County Zoo gets AZA accreditation
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced today that the Milwaukee County Zoo has been granted accreditation by the AZA's independent Accreditation Commission.
Pabst Mansion makes list of 20 "must visit" American homes
Milwaukee's made yet another national list as The Pabst Mansion shows up on Complex Magazine's list of "20 Must Visit American Homes."
Captain Pabst's letter to his children
On a recent visit to The Pabst Mansion, I picked up a copy of a letter that sits on Pabst's desk in his study that features an oak coffered ceiling with his favorite German proverbs worked into the beautiful design. I've cut and pasted in this blog. It's touching, relevant and loving.
Area parks boast quarry lakes that offer fun and history
I have long been a fan of the "lake" at Harrington Beach State Park. That's in quotes because really, the body of water is an old quarry that has filled with water. Recently, I went to Menomonee Park for the first time and got a peek at Lannon Quarry, which is very similar to the one at Harrington Beach, except that this quarry lake, in addition to having a path around it, has a beach with swimming for families, a dog swimming area and you can even go scuba diving in it, which sounds cool.
Milwaukee ghost stories: The haunted honky-tonk
The members of the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee got a scare while investigating a haunted honky-tonk in Kentucky.