Wisconsin State Fair announces 24 new awards
The Wisconsin State Fair has received a total of 24 first-, second- and third-place awards at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Convention.
TripAdvisor names Pfister, Aloft to Top 25 Luxury, Trendy lists
Milwaukeeans don't have to travel far for a luxurious getaway. TripAdvisor's 10th annual Travelers' Choice Awards named The Pfister one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the U.S. Aloft Milwaukee Downtown was named on the site's "Trendiest" list.
Las Vegas suggestions, please
This weekend, I'm heading out to Las Vegas with two friends, partly for a quick desert getaway, and partly to write my annual winter travel story from my favorite adult playground. It's a perfect world when work and fun combine, and I just received my credentials to cover the Adult Video News Expo at the Hard Rock Casino. I think the topic of this article will be "putting the sin back in Sin City."
Wisconsin State Fair to make its mark on the Travel Channel
The Travel Channel will feature footage from the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in two upcoming specials this month.
Potawatomi confirms plans for a Menomonee Valley hotel
Potawatomi Bingo Casino officially announced plans today to build a four-star/four-diamond-level hotel adjacent to its Menomonee Valley casino.
Potawatomi likely will add a hotel
Late this afternoon, Potawatomi Bingo Casino officials announced they will unveil a plan tomorrow morning for the Menomonee Valley casino. Word is that it's a hotel.
Kalahari renovates, invigorates
Recently, the Kalahari resort in the Wisconsin Dells renovated again, adding three new water slides that required workers to, literally, raise the roof.
I just landed back on the mainland after a week in Maui. There should be rehab facilities for re-entry into "normal" life after an island getaway. Leaving behind daily beach walks, yoga with a soundtrack of waves, horseback riding through tropical forests, fresh fruit and fish beyond fantastic, swimming in warm, aqua water and highly available, decadent cocktails was not an enjoyable moment. I did, however take home some precious, immaterial souvenirs that will stay with me forever. I didn't have to shove them in my sand-filled suitcase, so I thought I'd spill them out here.
The endorsement of the mini-road trip
To some, it might be hard to justify driving 400 miles in 24 hours, to take a one-day road trip to a sleepy Up North town in the dead of winter. To me, it's just what I needed, and after my quick trip to our very modest (read: cheap) cabin in the Town of Wausaukee, an hour due north of Green Bay, I'm ready to do it again tomorrow.
Indianapolis' "Superbowl Shuffle" Huh?
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association has a new parody video of the Chicago Bears "Superbowl Shuffle." It's, well, interesting.
Marquette University Chorus to perform at the White House
The Marquette University Chorus will perform at the White House Dec. 17 during its Holiday Open House.
Member Swap Day offers four times the fun
The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World and Betty Brinn Children's Museum have teamed up yet again to offer their members free general admission to all four museums during Member Swap Day, Sunday, Dec. 4.
Writer's block and a new career path
I haven't written in a while. I have had a little writer's block. There is only so much one can write about similarities between Milwaukee and Singapore.
Getting out in a hurry
The soft whisper of my cell phone's text message alert, "Hey Hey" gently startled me out of my not so solid sleep on the couch at our Reno, Nev. home at 2:24 a.m. last night. The neighborhood was on fire.
Sue Black named 2011 Park Professional of the Year
Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black has been named this year's Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association "Park Professional of the Year."
Discover Wisconsin launches new division, hires former Fair CEO
Discover Mediaworks has launched a new division focusing on destination marketing and branding. It will be led by a former CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park Randy Prasse.
Writer's block solved by wolves
Earlier today, I complained that I've got a horrible case of writer's block. It turns out that maybe I just need a new hobby. Did someone say, "You should volunteer to be a wolf tracker?"
New York Magazine explores "the newer side of Milwaukee"
See what New York Magazine has to say about Milwaukee.
Harley-Davidson Museum gets Travel Green Wisconsin certified
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has added the Harley-Davidson Museum to its most recent list of Travel Green Wisconsin-certified businesses.
Former Wisconsinite: "New York slowly catching up to Wisconsin"
Travel writer and Wisconsin native Megan L. Wood has a great post today on her site, meganlwood.com and on The Awl, a New York-based site.
A principal's plea for support of Denis Sullivan programs
Many MPS schools have thriving partnerships with local institutions and businesses to help bolster the options available to kids. Bay View's Trowbridge School is an example. Today, Trowbridge principal Tom Matthews sent out a note to the community asking it to support Discovery World's S/V Denis Sullivan programming fundraiser in early October.
Abele cuts ribbon on Domes' new "green" entrance
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, County Supervisor Peggy Romo-West and other officials will unveil the the new "green" entrance to the Mitchell Park Domes in a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.
Wash. Post reviews Milwaukee, mostly minus "brats and beer"
Every time I read a travel piece about Milwaukee, it leads with beer and brats - and it really bugs me. An article is last week's Washington Post did it again, but this time it wasn't so bad.
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All due respect to Milwaukee brands
I've been hesitant to write this blog for the following reasons: 1. I love the brands I'm talking about and want them to succeed. 2. It goes against my mom's advice of, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." But my frustration level is at orange and I may need a little venting.
What is a sandwich?
The first time I ordered a sandwich in Singapore was soon after I arrived in 2006. I almost broke out laughing when my ham and cheese came with one thin slice of ham and one slice of American cheese. I wrote it off to being in the wrong place for a real sandwich.