Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
Weather- 83 / 61 - Rainy
The day started off with me reading the airport board wrong. So we sat at the wrong gate when we heard our names over the intercom and ran across the airport to make our flight.
After checking into the hotel we got ready and headed out and it was raining pretty hard! We waited a bit and it stopped so we continued our stroll before it started to rain again. This isn’t just a sprinkle either, which made it that much more fun - not! We hid under a covering until it stopped again. We then made it another few blocks before getting rained out again. This time we just called an Uber to take us to Lake Front Brewery.
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
Weather - 76/58
Miles Walked - 10.2 miles
We day started with grabbing coffee at Colectivo Coffee on the Lake.
The coffee shop is next to McKinley Park and McKinley Beach. I don’t know if that is something I would classify as a beach but there is water and sand so I don’t know what else you’d want to call it.
We walked up the hill and stumbled across the Old Water Tower while trying to see if the Villa Terrace was open, but it wasn’t. If you are into seeing cool houses we saw a bunch in that area!
After that we stopped by the Black Cat Alley which has murals on the walls which is pretty cool.
We started to make our way back to the hotel when we came across Good City Brewing and stopped for a beer on their rooftop!
We started to head back to the hotel and stopped at Peter Scortino’s Bakery. They have all your bakery needs and I would recommend the churro donut and/or apple turnover!
After making it back from “getting coffee” we got ready and headed to the Milwaukee Public Market. While there we ate at St. Paul’s and had oysters and salmon Jerky which is exactly what you think it is. Pretty good though!
Downtown there is some cool architecture and wandered over to the Chambers of Commerce before doing some drone stuff real quick! That really worked up an appetite so we headed to Benelux to enjoy their rooftop which has an awesome view!
We needed to walk off the food and beer so we took a stroll on the river walk which is really cool. We wandered over to Purple Door Ice Cream and sat in Water Business Park to eat it which was right next to the Milwaukee River. The ice cream is good if you are in that area of town stop by!
We then headed back into the Historic Third Ward and enjoyed the view of the river from the patio at Milwaukee Ale House
We continued the walking by heading north on the river to see the Bronze Fonz himself before walking through Cathedral Park and heading home.
Friday, June 12th, 2020
Weather: High 66/ low 51
6 miles - Kayak 3 hours
We started our day with our morning walk to coffee and choose Alderaan. The coffee was pretty good but the negative reviews of poor customer service were pretty on point.
We had picked up some grocery and made breakfast at home and took lunch to eat outside the Milwaukee Public Market before our day of kayaking.
When we were kayaking there are two real paths and since we had seen what was north we decided to go south since we saw Barnacle Bud’s was cool. DO NOT KAYAK THIS WAY! The views are very industrial, the water is super chopping and although Barnacle Bud's was alright it wasn’t worth the 45 mins to get there.
We then went to San Gorgio for some fancy neopolitan pizza and wine. The pizza is good if you like that style but it is very similar to others I’ve had.
Saturday, June 13th, 2020
Biked almost 14 miles.
Walked - 7.2
The day started with an almost 3 mile walk to end up next door. We tried to go Pilcrow coffee but it looked like they had gone out of business. We then tried Dryhootch and Rochambo but both were closed! So we ended up going to Astor Hotel for coffee. They had Andonyne beans but I don’t know if I trust the lady who made the coffee to do them justice.
We had breakfast at the hotel before renting bikes and heading out for the day. The first stop was Bradford Beach which looked a little more beachy than McKinley Beach. They even have tiki bars right there if you need it!
We made the climb up the hill to see Lake Park which was pretty and had awesome houses near by.
In Lake Park you'll find the North Point Lighthouse. You can go to the top of you want that is only $8.
We then biked over to Cafe Corazon for burritos which were pretty good for classy burritos!
I wasn’t able to try all the beers I wanted so we headed to Fresh Thyme to make a 6 pack of our choosing which included the New Glarus' Spotted Cow and more of Lakefront's beers.
We had some beers and packed before heading to Easy Tyger on Brady Street for ramen.
Things To Do: 8/10
I think this depends on the time of year you visit. Luckily, and by that I mean intentionally, we visited during the summer when there is a lot more going on and the weather is better. If you enjoy being active you can kayak on the river or bike around town. If you are into beers they have brewery tours or you can take a distillery tour. If you want to relax they have beaches, a public market or neighborhood markets. If you are a sports fan they have an NBA and MLB team with the Green Bay Packers somewhere near by. There are museums, cool houses, and a lot of parks in the city. This honestly surprised me but there is a lot to do. Again, this is during the summer and have no idea what to do in the winter. Normally during summer there are a bunch of festivals which sounds awesome!
Some things weren’t fully open because of COVID-19 but all the food I had was good. Nothing was the best thing I’ve ever had but was at least comparable to other good options I’ve had. They even have 5 star restaurants if you are looking for that as well!
Getting Around: 10/10
I felt the city was really easy to get around. Everything seemed to be a 15-20 minute walk with the most extreme being 30 minutes. They have bikes you can rent to get around and if that isn’t your thing there is always Uber.
This may be one of my most shocking rankings I’ve given. I came into Milwaukee with moderate expectations and left thinking the city was really cool. As I mentioned above the city really has a lot of things to do, places to eat, and plenty of beers to be drank looking over a river. I went in June and the temperature was in the 50s some days and heard July and August is when the weather is the best. If I went in the middle of winter this ranking would probably look vastly different!
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