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.
Why Milwaukee Irish Fest matters to Ireland's economy
Michael Ring, TD, Irish Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, visited the Wisconsin Club today to speak to local media about the role Milwaukee Irish Fest plays in Ireland's economy.
Milwaukee's Iron Horse makes Manliest Hotel list
Men's Health has a new "20 Manliest Hotels in America List," and Milwaukee's Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St., is one of the chosen few.
On the road in Wisconsin - and beyond - with kids
When we had kids we decided we'd take them with us to as many places as we could. I didn't travel much as a child - lots of camping trips a couple hours away and the occasional visit to places like Hershey, Pa., and Washington, D.C. - but those were different times. Still, we have always wanted to make sure our kids have experienced a range of places in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, in the Midwest, across America and beyond.
How to pack and plan for a family trip
Family vacations are supposed to be fun, except when you're unprepared. My advice is simple: plan ahead. And don't worry about coming off as annoying or overly meticulous. The time you put in beforehand can save you headache later.
Water, water and more water at Sheboygan's Blue Harbor
My family and I really enjoy water parking in the Wisconsin Dells, but we like going to Sheboygan's Blue Harbor equally as much and for different reasons.
Iron Block loses its scaffolding
After years of seeing the historic Iron Block building on Water and Wisconsin clothed in stark white paint - and most recently - hidden behind scaffolding - it's nice to see a subtler tone and a copper brown on the storefront and mezzanine levels.
Prepping for 130th anniversary, 8th Street School becomes a birthday cake
As it nears its 130th birthday, Eighth Street School on the corner of 8th and Michigan in Downtown Milwaukee, is getting a makeover.
The stars are coming to Door County this summer
The Door County Auditorium in Fish Creek is attracting some big names for their 2013 Main Stage Season. Bands like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Shovels & Rope, the Indigo Girls and Steve Earle and John Hiatt will be gracing the stage in the DC this summer.
Hawai'i with the kids: A Toy Tips guide
Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and by far the one with the most to do for families with children. On a recent visit with my two children, our goal was to soak in some Vitamin D and enjoy the beauty of the island, skyscrapers of Waikiki, the ocean and all the sites that we could visit over nine days.
Moose on the loose this weekend in Milwaukee
This Memorial Day weekend, Milwaukee's full of events and "moose" as nearly 8,000 members of Moose International are headed to the area for their 125th annual International Convention
Downtown summer trolleys begin Thursday
Downtown's summer trolley service, the Milwaukee Trolley Loop presented by VISIT Milwaukee, rolls out tomorrow with its "Hop `n Shop, Wine `n Dine" route.
MPM gets "The Scoop on Poop"
A new traveling exhibition, "The Scoop on Poop," will run from Sept. 28, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014. Based on the popular children's book of the same name, the exhibit will lead visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it.
Lake Express Ferry celebrates 10 years
The Lake Express Ferry, which makes four daily trips between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich. in the summer, has kicked off its season and is celebrating its 10th anniversary of service with special promotions for bike-lovers and family travelers.
Door County still makes a solid day trip, even in the off-season
Door County is something of a ghost town this time of year - and frankly, that's just how we like it. Seeing Fish Creek, Ephraim, Egg Harbor and Sister Bay all but abandoned in the middle of winter is reminiscent of the tranquil, removed setting and slowed-down pace that made these towns a tourist hotspot in the first place.
Door County named one of 10 Best Small Towns in America
Door County may not be a town, exactly, but it's been named one of the 10 Best Small Towns in America by Fodor's, a worldwide provider of travel guides and information.