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Urban spelunking: Downtown Transit Center Image

Urban spelunking: Downtown Transit Center

Published Thursday, April 21

While the site of the new Downtown Transit Center - at Michigan Street and Lincoln Memorial Drive - had previously been a surface parking lot, some skeptical Milwaukeeans thought a bus depot was ill-suited to Milwaukee's lakefront. Now, it's about to disappear.

Lake Express collects bikes in exchange for ferry tickets Image

Lake Express collects bikes in exchange for ferry tickets

Published Wednesday, April 20

Last year, Lake Express - the ferry that runs between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich. - collected over 700 donated bicycles in exchange for tickets on the ferry. This Friday, they'll be at it again, accepting used bike donations for trips across the lake.

#WeWant: Milwaukee staycation edition Image

#WeWant: Milwaukee staycation edition

Published Sunday, April 17

The staycation is a special thing - especially in Milwaukee. Here are some of our favorite things to do while taking one!

5 reasons Milwaukee's excited about The Kimpton Journeyman Image

5 reasons Milwaukee's excited about The Kimpton Journeyman

Published Sunday, April 17

A number of new hotels are on the horizon for Milwaukee, but the new Kimpton property -- the first in town -- is among the most anticipated. The Journeyman, on the corner of Broadway and Chicago, should be open by late June. Here are some features attracting the most attention.

Milwaukee Boat Line almost ready to rock Image

Milwaukee Boat Line almost ready to rock

Published Sunday, April 17

The Milwaukee Boat Line has three boats, all of which are getting remodeled in time for the season. The staff will soon move into Milwaukee's only "floating office" inside the historic Iroquois.

Ambassador Hotel a charming old gem that's been polished to feel new Image

Ambassador Hotel a charming old gem that's been polished to feel new

Published Saturday, April 16

The Ambassador Hotel is an establishment existing in charmingly colorful contrast with itself. The Milwaukee landmark, which has been a fixture on the west side of Downtown for nearly 90 years, is an intriguing juxtaposition of many things all at once.

New boutique and suite hotels keep coming to Downtown Milwaukee Image

New boutique and suite hotels keep coming to Downtown Milwaukee

Published Saturday, April 16

Hotel rooms are expanding with openings imminent or on the drawing board for the near future. Perhaps the one drawing the most attention is the Klimpton Journeyman Hotel, scheduled to open in the Historic Third Ward in June.

Approachable Victorian elegance awaits at The Pfister Hotel Image

Approachable Victorian elegance awaits at The Pfister Hotel

Published Friday, April 15

For the many dozens of times I've visited the historic Pfister Hotel - for meetings, meals, weddings and drinks - until prepping for OnMilwaukee Hotel Week, I never spent an overnight at this Victorian masterpiece. Cross that off my bucket list - and I didn't even have to meet a ghost to do it.

Step back into the 1920s at The Plaza Hotel Image

Step back into the 1920s at The Plaza Hotel

Published Thursday, April 14

Charming. It's a word I repeated a multitude of times to myself during a recent stay at The Plaza Hotel, a 1920s vintage hotel I'm certain is often overlooked all too often by travelers to the Cream City.

Sheridan House serves up scrumptious serenity Image

Sheridan House serves up scrumptious serenity

Published Wednesday, April 13

There are many reasons why we are now smitten with the Sheridan House, located at 5133 N. Lake Dr. in Cudahy, but first and foremost, it is - hands down - the cleanest hotel we have ever stayed in.

Times' Frugal Traveler features Milwaukee  Image

Times' Frugal Traveler features Milwaukee

Published Wednesday, April 13

"Cheap drinks, Midwestern soul food and a sensibility that incorporates equal parts worldliness with small-town friendliness." This is how a new New York Times' Frugal Traveler feature on Milwaukee ends. Quite fitting, I'd say.

Whether for the future or right now, the Aloft is doing A-OK Image

Whether for the future or right now, the Aloft is doing A-OK

Published Wednesday, April 13

Standing out in front of the Aloft, the view is not optimal - but only for now. The new Bucks arena and entertainment district will soon be moving in, and as long as Aloft keeps up its cozy and cool ways, it should right in the middle of it.

Brushing up on hometown hotels Image

Brushing up on hometown hotels

Published Monday, April 11

During last year's Hotel Week, I mentioned that I could tell you more from experience about Chicago hotels than I could about Milwaukee ones, because, well, I live here and so I've very rarely experienced a Brew City hotel. That's changing.