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AmEx loves Milwaukee summers Image

AmEx loves Milwaukee summers

Published Wednesday, May 13

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. We live for our summers. So, it comes as no surprise to us - or you either - that Milwaukee is a top destination for summer travel within the United States.

6 things I learned in Germany Image

6 things I learned in Germany

Published Friday, May 8

No matter how far away you go for vacation, it's hard not to keep track of the similarities and differences of the cultures that you encounter along the way. Here are a few notes Jason McDowell kept during his visit to the motherland.

Investigating the ghosts of the legendary Stanley Hotel Image

Investigating the ghosts of the legendary Stanley Hotel

Published Thursday, May 7

Before Jack Nicholson ever portrayed Stephen King's protagonist in "The Shining," before the words "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!" were ever muttered onscreen, and before images and dialogue from Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation ever took root into the annals of film history, there was a seed planted at the Stanley Hotel in majestic Estes Park, Colo.

Chicago trip can nurture a young passion for architecture and design Image

Chicago trip can nurture a young passion for architecture and design

Published Wednesday, May 6

If your house seems more like a storage unit for thousands of dollars' worth of LEGO building sets, you're not alone. LEGO sales in recent years have soared beyond $3 billion annually and they've been growing steadily. But if you're hoping that your child's ability to follow the directions to assemble the Death Star translates into something bigger, you just might want to elevate the challenge.

8 aerial views of Milwaukee Image

8 aerial views of Milwaukee

Published Wednesday, April 29

Every now and I again, I come across the photos I took the day I flew an airplane. Now, I make no claim on being either an airplane pilot or a great photographer, but the combination of dabbling in those things resulted in some decent aerial photos of the city, some of which made it into the original story. When I stumbled across them today, I decided to share them here, along with some great advice I received that day from my instruction ... "don't drop the camera out the window."

A mini Third Ward architectural walking tour Image

A mini Third Ward architectural walking tour

Published Tuesday, April 21

The Third Ward is not only a vibrant living museum of historic Milwaukee architecture, those buildings offer examples of work by all the greatest architects the city has produced.

10 essential books about Milwaukee Image

10 essential books about Milwaukee

Published Sunday, April 19

The local interest section in Milwaukee's bookshops are not overflowing with titles, it's true. But there are some good books that offer insights into our city and are essential reads for Milwaukeeans and also make great gifts for visitors, family and friends that have moved out of town and for yourself!

Seven Seat Bike Tours take riders 'round the city Image

Seven Seat Bike Tours take riders 'round the city

Published Saturday, April 18

There are a plethora of vehicles that offer unique ways to explore Milwaukee, from the Pedal Tavern to a Segway to a seven-seat bike. Shlomo Levin is the owner of Milwaukee Seven Seat Bike Tours, a seasonal business that takes riders on city adventures via a "conference bike."

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11 Milwaukee Public Museum insider tips

Published Friday, April 10

Milwaukee Public Museum is, by far, the most-visited museum in the state. And, did you know, it's the sixth most-visited natural history museum in the country? Even the folks who stroll the Streets of Old Milwaukee and explore the rainforest on a regular basis can miss some of the many little details scattered around this Milwaukee institution. Here are a few to look for.

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12 Spring Green hot spots

Published Saturday, March 21

Located on the banks of the Wisconsin River, Spring Green is small in population (about 1,600 people) but grand in reputation. And located only two hours from Milwaukee, it's a viable and enjoyable weekend getaway.

7 less obvious reasons I love Brewers Spring Training Image

7 less obvious reasons I love Brewers Spring Training

Published Thursday, March 19

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 Image

Getaway day: behind the scenes, behind the plate

Published Wednesday, March 18

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 Image

The off day: St. Patrick's Day Eve in Scottsdale

Published Tuesday, March 17

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.