7 less obvious reasons I love Brewers Spring Training
My 18th annual Brewers Spring Training trip is now complete, and I'm back in chilly Milwaukee, which actually feels a little better after a few days under the beating hot sun of the desert. This trip was a good one. A really good one. New experiences, old friends and lots and lots of baseball. But you probably know about all that if you read my blog entries this week.
Getaway day: behind the scenes, behind the plate
When I left off yesterday, I was feeling tan, rested and ready for baseball, and we made the 30-minute drive from Talking Stick Resort to Peoria Stadium a little before noon. Brewers fans were out in force for the game against the Padres. St. Patty's Day revelry was in full effect.
The off day: St. Patrick's Day Eve in Scottsdale
I've said this before, but sometimes Spring Training feels a lot like the movie "Groundhog Day." Events, games and trips tend to run together, because with only a few variations, you're basically doing the same thing every day (and of course, that's a very good thing). But yesterday, we did something that we've only done one other time in 18 years: we didn't go to a Brewers game.
Back in the swing of things
When you've been awake for 24 consecutive hours, due to an early flight, a time change and the excitement of an 18th consecutive Spring Training trip to Arizona, it's understandable to make a few bad decisions. Fortunately, the only one I regret is that humungous carne asada burrito from Filiberto's at 2 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, before collapsing into a few hours of sleep at the Talking Stick Resort here in Scottsdale.
My personal travel hell
There are some things that no human, no matter how much grace, patience or tolerance they possess can abide. There are some things that get the goat of even the Mother Theresa of airline passengers.
4 Marcus Hotels & Resorts' properties nab AAA Four Diamond Award
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation announced today that four of its owned and managed properties have again received the AAA Four Diamond Award rating in 2015. Less than four percent of 58,000 AAA-approved hotels and restaurants receive this rating.
Psst ... hey, buddy, wanna buy a haunted hotel?
As you might imagine, all manner of press releases, pitches and other emails land on my desktop. This is one of the most intriguing yet...
Bay View B&B almost ready for business
The Muse Guesthouse - an art gallery and bed and breakfast - will soon open in Bay View at 2268 S. Winchester St.
Sometimes holidays are easier from a distance
As much as we love our families, our roots and some of our old ways, I think there's usually a reason (besides our jobs) that we opt to live thousands of miles away from them. So, if you didn't get a chance to see those closest to you this holiday, please enjoy them from a distance; sometimes it's easier that way!
Bobblehead Museum eyes Milwaukee
Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced its establishment and intention to locate in Milwaukee. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will display the world's largest collection of bobbleheads and bobblehead-related exhibits and will be "the premier source of bobblehead related news and information," it said in a release.
9 best reasons to visit Wisconsin
Thrillist -- a website that focuses on food, drink, travel and being merry in general -- recently posted a list of nine of the best reasons to visit Wisconsin. We want to hear your addition for No. 10.
It's a colorful time to ride for local bikers
As the fall colors hit their peak in southeastern Wisconsin and beyond this month, it's easily the best time of year for motorcycle riding.
Milwaukee makes new "Underrated but Intriguing" list
This time around, Milwaukee lands on Anne Roderique-Jones', a freelance travel writer at Yahoo! and other sites, list of "7 Underrated but Intriguing U.S. Cities You Need to Visit."
5 fun things to do in Knoxville, y'all
There isn't much that feels as good to me as some good ol' Southern love. Knoxville offers up a mix of the South, the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and a classic college town.
What happens in Nashville, stays in Nashville
Right under our Midwestern noses is a city so full of culture, entertainment, food, sports, art, community and music that it's almost a transgression of good tourism not to visit Nashville.
NY Times misses big by leaving Kroll's off scheduled Green Bay stops
Recently, the Times' Robert Monson did one of his "36 Hours in ... " pieces by visiting Green Bay. He got a lot of it right. But where in the heck was Kroll's West?
Potawatomi Hotel nears completion
The new 18-story, nearly 400-room Potawatomi Hotel is slated to open on Monday, Aug. 18. We stopped in to get a peek at the nearly complete hotel.
New York Times spends "36 Hours in Green Bay"
The New York Times goes beyond the Packers in its latest "36 Hours" piece - "36 Hours in Green Bay, Wis." - that's now up on nytimes.com. For you paper people, I'm sure it will run in print on Sunday.
9 pictures of the Central Library dome: inside and out
Today, I visited the Milwaukee Public Library's beautiful Central Library to do research for a couple upcoming stories. While I was there, I asked to see the dome...
Construction done right
It's easy to complain about highway construction in Milwaukee. After all, it's pretty much a constant. When one project finishes, another begins ... if we're lucky. More often, it seems like every interchange or stretch of freeway is being worked on all at once.
Bill (on the road) can't keep Milwaukee a secret
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.
Riders enjoy VIP experience at Harley-Davidson Museum on final stop
The week-long VIP, Harley-riding experience ended as it began, with a police escort, first, out of town from Joplin, Mo., to begin the journey on Route 66 last Tuesday. Three days later, it was down Canal Street onto the grounds of motorcycle Mecca - the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Riders see Americana in action on "The American Road Tour with Bill Davidson"
Pontiac, Ill. wasn't supposed to happen on "The American Road Tour with Bill Davidson." It was going to merely host a quick stop and then riders would be on to another city. But tour organizers didn't count on Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell and the residents that know how to roll out a red carpet - and they keep it rolling.
5 views of the tiles of Vliet Street
Lately, I've been noticing how many buildings on Vliet Street have facades featuring different kinds of tile work. Here are some of my favorites.
Route 66: Paved with characters and memories
When traveling historic Route 66, it's not so much the landscape littered with long-abandoned gas stations or antique cars scattered along the roadside, it's the journey through its cultural landscape that makes the memories. For veteran motorcycle riders, it is their mantra - it's all about the journey.