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A cool city with a laid-back vibe. Stroll past lively brewpubs along downtown’s charming RiverWalk and enjoy shopping at the Milwaukee Public Market in the trendy walk-around neighborhood of the Historic Third Ward. Award-winning brewery tours await and no one can resist the Harley-Davidson Museum, where you can have a blast playing Easy Rider!

Milwaukee Public Market

Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt

Who does she think she is? The Queen of Egypt?
The world of Cleopatra VII, lost to the sand and sea for over 2,000 years, will be brought back to life through the exhibition of 150 artifacts from the smallest gold pieces to colossal statues at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The exhibition, Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, will open on October 14, 2011 and extend into the spring 0f 2012, only the third stop in the entire world and second in the nation.

Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin Lager and Sprecher Brewery’s Oktoberfest beer aren’t the only “spirits” in Milwaukee this fall. If paranormal activity ignites your inner ghost chaser, reserve the haunted penthouse room of Shaker’s Cigar Bar and World Café, scene of a murder at this former bordello. Take the ghost tour of the building with period authentic absinthe cocktail in hand to help coax the spirits from their corners before your stay.

Milwaukee Food Tours also serves up the haunted history of Milwaukee’s unique neighborhoods on a three-hour bus tour featuring local ghost stories through the Historic Third Ward, along Brady Street and down Wisconsin Avenue. Delicious tastings in the haunted Concordia and Fifth Ward neighborhoods with accompanying BOO-ze and spirits fill out the activities and your stomachs along the way.

From the time the leaves go from green to gold and from gold to the ground, Milwaukee rolls through fall with plenty to do and see. Milwaukee – the perfect fall getaway destination!

This blog post is presented by Visit Milwaukee – find more great things to do at visitmilwaukee.org.

Browse Wisconsin hotels, motels, resorts, B&Bs and other lodging accommodations at wisconsinlodging.org.

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We’ve got 12 exceptional finalists for you to choose from in the 2012 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, and the contest winner will be announced here at the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Tuesday, May 10!

The Wisconsin Lodging Directory is published annually by the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Directory and distributed to hundreds of locations throughout the Midwest. More than 200,000 copies were printed for 2011 and are available at locations like community libraries, interstate highway rest areas, Wisconsin State Fair, local chambers of commerce and convention and visitor bureaus and more! The directory features more than 800 hotels, motels, resorts, inns, bed & breakfasts, condos and vacation homes in Wisconsin, complete with contact info, amenities listings, web sites and property photos. Need a copy of the 2011 Wisconsin Lodging Directory? Get one here.

View the 2012 contest finalists and cast your vote here!

Please only vote once for one cover. A valid e-mail address must be entered for your vote to be counted (don’t worry, WH&LA does not sell or otherwise distribute e-mail addresses!) and any duplicate votes from one e-mail address or votes for multiple covers from the same address will be disqualified. Employees and owners of finalist properties are not eligible to vote.

Finalist properties include:

Comfort Suites, Hayward
CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, Appleton
High Point Inn, Door County
Landmark Resort, Door County
Newport Resort, Door County
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee
Red Crown Lodge, Arbor Vitae/Minocqua
St. Croix River Inn, Osceola
Westphal Mansion Inn B&B, Hartford
Wilderness on the Lake, Wisconsin Dells

 

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Congratulations go out to The Iron Horse Hotel who yesterday received the Boutique Hotel of the Year award from the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association.

According to hotel owner Tim Dixon, “Our hotel has quickly become a diamond in the rough – a property in design much like a NY or LA hotel but delivered with our staff’s famous Midwestern hospitality. Despite our September 2008 opening in the worst economic time for the travel industry, our small Milwaukee hotel has managed to compete at the same level as hotels in the major markets.”

From a “100-year-old warehouse” to a “luxury Milwaukee boutique hotel”, The Iron Horse Hotel is the industry’s first modern boutique hotel geared towards business and leisure travelers along with a growing segment of motorcycle enthusiasts.

For more information on The Iron Horse Hotel click on over to WisconsinLodging.org. Congratulations again to the team at The Iron Horse Hotel!

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Congratulations go out to the Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center who recently received the Best Western Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards.

“The Director’s Award is an important symbol of success,” says Mark Johnson, General Manager/Vice President. “This award confirms the Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Centers commitment to providing quality accommodations for our guests. Our Housekeeping and Maintenance departments have worked hard to achieve this level of excellence.”

Located directly across from Mitchell International Airport and minutes from the Frontier Airlines Center, Potawatomi Casino and several Milwaukee downtown attractions, the Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Conference Center is a convenient choice. Whether you’re a corporate traveler, business meeting attendee or a social leisure guest, you will be spirited into a special full-service atmosphere with first class amenities and uncompromising service.

For more information on the Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel click on over to WisconsinLodging.org. Congratulations again to Mark and the staff of the Best Western Milwaukee Airport!

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Another hot & steamy day here in southeast Wisconsin & what better way to cool down than with an ice cold beer or crisp glass of wine?  Check out some of these upcoming beer & wine fests & festivals and experience Wisconsin by-the-glass!

August 13-14
Brews, Brats & Bands – Point Brewery, Stevens Point

August 20-22
Cedar Creek Winery’s 20th Anniversary – Cedarburg

September 4
Milwauktoberfest – Milwaukee

September 10-11
Lake Geneva Wine Festival – Lake Geneva

September 11
8th Annual Thirsty Troll Beer Fest – Mount Horeb
Fall Harvest Fest – Parallel 44 Winery, Kewaunee

September 11-12
5th Annual Fall Festival – Autumn Harvest Winery, Chippewa Falls

September 12-18
Milwaukee Beer Week – Milwaukee

September 17-18
Great Lakes Brewfest – Racine

September 18-19
Annual Wine & Harvest Festival – Cedar Creek Winery, Cedarburg
Fall Harvest Festival – Chateau St. Croix, St. Croix Falls
Wet Whistle Wine Fest – Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma

September 24-October 2
Oktoberfest 2010 – La Crosse

October 1
Taste of Wine & Beer – DePere

October 2
Lincoln Lager BarleyFest – Merrill

Mark your calendars & raise a toast to Wisconsin this fall! (As always, please enjoy responsibly.) What are your favorite beer or wine tours in Wisconsin? Are there any fests we missed on the list?

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…then you’ll find much to love about Wisconsin this weekend!  Here’s just a quick look at eight places to explore great music, great dancing & GREAT FUN!

June 23rd – 27th:
Country USA – Oshkosh
Billed as “five days of non-stop, world-class entertainment featuring country music’s biggest and hottest headliners“, Country USA features a “$2.1 million dollar talent lineup, coming together for the biggest show of them all.” PLUS great food & shopping.

June 24th – 26th:
Star Spangled Celebration – Richland Center
Held in Krouskop Park, Star Spangled Celebration brings country music to southwest Wisconsin. Headliners include Dierks Bentley, Daryl Worley,  Phil Vasser, Neal McCoy and Wynonna Judd.

June 24th – 27th:
Country Fest – Cadott
And even MORE of country music’s hottest stars will be in northwest Wisconsin as well: The line-up includes Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker & Reba.

June 25th:
Big Woods Big Band and Dance Party – Washburn
Billed as “northern Wisconsin’s most popular dance jazz orchestra” the Big Woods Big Band will be performing at STAGENORTH in Washburn Friday night. Includes free swing dance lessons before the concert as well!

June 25th – 27th:
Fiesta Waukesha – Waukesha
Held in Waukesha’s Frame Park, festival goers will find “a wide variety of Hispanic entertainment” plus “Latin American cuisine, amusements rides, children’s area, youth tent and arts/crafts marketplace.” Free admission for all.

Willard Annual Polka Fest – Willard
Friday night kicks off three days of great polka bands. Admission from $6 (Friday), $10 (Saturday) and $9 (Sunday).

St. Anne’s Polka Fest – Wausau
Great Polka music and dancing from Friday to Sunday plus Bingo, Fish Fry, Craft Sale, Beer Garden & more!

And the big daddy of them all… Summerfest in Milwaukee – 11 days of music featuring more than 800 bands across 11 stages: June 24th – July 4th.

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Today on the second day of National Tourism Week, we’ve got a double giveaway! We want to hear about your favorite Wisconsin summer vacation memories. Family getaways, road trips, Northwoods camping – what was the greatest Wisconsin summer of your life?

We’ll pick two comments at random to win a night at the Crowne Plaza Madison or a night at Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva. Be sure to comment on this blog post to be eligible to win!

Comments will be closed at 10 p.m. CDT and the winners will be announced Wednesday morning with great things to do in Lake Geneva and Madison during Stay Longer weekend.

Don’t forget to check the @TravelinginWI Twitter for two more giveaways today! Tweet “It’s Tourism Week” and you could win a stay at the AmericInn Beaver Dam in a king whirlpool suite.  Include-Follow @TravelingInWI by 12amCST. Also, Tweet about your favorite tourist place in Milwaukee – include/follow @TravelingInWI and you could win free night at MainStay Suites Milwaukee.

Good luck!

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Ready for a truly unique addition to our series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers? Billed as “the first urban indoor waterpark of it’s kind in America,” Paradise Landing is located in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. 

The 20,000 sq ft facility features a three-story Jamaican village theme with four water slides, a Hydro-therapy Spa, and an idyllic lagoon. Watch the kids enjoy themselves on the Lily Pad walk, Turtle Squirt, Beached Boat Slide, Seashell & Frog slides, and Mushroom Rain Drop Fountain.

Because all this fun will create big hunger in even the littlest bodies, the Cabana Cove serves up a variety of snacks and refreshments. The menu includes nachos, pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, and hot dogs (prices are fairly reasonable, too!) Adult beverages are also available.

When you’re ready to throw in the beach towel, remember that you’re in the middle of Milwaukee’s many family attractions; the Zoo, museums, and shopping!

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to learn more about the Hilton Milwaukee City Center as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.

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By Pamela Haase
Whenever a holiday rolls around there are always many fun, safe family events around Wisconsin and – if you celebrate it – Easter is no exception! Check out the following:

Wednesday, March 31 – Saturday, April 3
Teacher Place & Parent Resources, Burlington
Activities: Five different & unusual techniques to dye eggs: “classic, modern & awesome styles!” See website for times available.
Cost: $3 per person, children must be accompanied by a paying adult

Friday, April 2 – Saturday, April 3
Apple Holler Restaurant & Playhouse, Sturtevant
Big Bunny Weekend Celebration
Activities: Storytelling, hay wagon ride through the orchard, games, prizes, Big Bunny visit, pony rides, egg hunt
Cost: $7 per person

Friday, April 2nd
Branded at The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee
Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt
Activities: Search for eggs filled with grown-up prizes such as free drinks, also serving Pink Peep Martinis all weekend

Saturday, April 3rd
Milwaukee County Zoo
Egg Day
Activities: Scavenger hunt, face painting, arts & crafts, Easter parade

Children’s Museum of La Crosse
Easter EGG-Stravaganza
Activities: “Egg hunt, games, crafts and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Cost: $5 per child (members), $7 per child (non-members) Adults free

Easter Hat Parade 2010, Madison
Activities: Hat-making workshop, parade for kids & adults around the Capitol Square & live baby animals
Workshop begins at 10:00 am, parade at Noon

Boulder Junction Winter Park
Easter Cache Hunt
Activities: Introduction to geocaching, hunt for 12 caches, complimentary lunch to participants, wagon rides, prizes

Saturday, April 3 – Sunday, April 4
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Activities: Meet the Easter Bunny, egg hunt and workshops, Sunday brunch buffet

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Milwaukee – More than just Brats & Beer… though we do those pretty well!

Great Place on a Great Lake
On the southwest shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee boasts miles of lakefront walking/ jogging/ biking paths and on a beautiful, sunny day, there’s no better place to be! Don’t miss Discovery World or the Milwaukee Art Museum for stunning lake views and some pretty cool indoor views as well! The hands-on fun of Discovery World will entertain the whole family for a good couple of hours and the “wings” of the Art Museum actually open & close twice each day. Last summer, Bradford Beach earned Blue Wave certification and is once again receiving rave reviews as a great place to hang out on summer days.

City of Festivals
With dozens of large and small festivals taking place every summer, visitors soon discover why Milwaukee’s been dubbed the “City of Festivals”. Whether you’re headed here for Summerfest, “the world’s largest outdoor music festival”, or perhaps to celebrate your ethnic heritage at German Fest, Festa Italiana, Arab World Fest, or more, Milwaukee is ready to celebrate with you.

Home of Harley
For over 100 years Milwaukee’s been home to Harley-Davidson and motorcycle enthusiasts (and the rest of us!) have a great time poking through Harley’s history in the new Harley Davidson Museum. This is not your typical, stuffy museum; there’s fun buttons to push, cool architecture and amazing stories to learn about motorcycles & their riders. Be sure to also leave enough time to hop on all the different styles of motorcycles in the Experience Gallery!

Westward Ho!
Keep heading west for even more fun: Potawatomi Bingo Casino features blackjack tables, craps, roulette, video poker, slots, bingo & more. (Adults only, must be 18 for bingo and 21 for the rest of the casino games.) For full family fun – & even a little education- check out the Mitchell Park Domes.  This year-round conservatory consists of an arid dome, tropical dome and a “show” dome which changes throughout the year. Finally, only 10 minutes west of downtown is the Milwaukee County Zoo. Situated on about 200 acres, even the Zoo gets into the Festival spirit, hosting Zoo a la Carte every August.

Home of an IDOL
Well, there’s been the Fonz & Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and in 2009 Milwaukee produced season 8 finalist Danny Gokey (click image to see a short video of Danny sharing his Milwaukee highlights):

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!
With four 2010 James Beard Award semi-finalists, Milwaukee knows good food! Check out Outstanding Restaurant nominee Sanford‘s for a delicious, upscale meal (Entrees in the $30-$40 range). Ready Made magazine says: “Make a beeline for Milwaukee. Don’t stop until you get to County Clare Irish Inn…. Pull sips off a pint of Guinness, share an order of fish and chips at their Friday Fish Fry ($12) and listen to Irish music makers.” Best place in the city for martinis and more? Blu, on the 23rd floor of the Pfister Hotel, offers great drinks plus an amazing view. Also gaining popularity as a hip hangout: Branded inside the Iron Horse Hotel. Finally, if out-of-the-ordinary, intriguing and slightly wacky is more your style, locals always recommend the Safe House. You’re SURE to enjoy yourselves – if you can find it… (Entrees from $10-$30)

Just can’t leave without your beer & brat fix though?
Sprecher Brewery Tours- $4 per adult gets you four samples of beer, a souvenir glass, plus samples of all seven flavors of their soda. Be sure to check their site before you go for tour dates & times.

Although Milwaukee is no longer the headquarters for Miller Brewing/ MillerCoors, you can still take a free tour of their “Miller Valley”. Check out their site for tour times or ask about a private tour after-hours (small fee applies).

Lakefront Brewery Tours- Sample four different beers and get a coupon for another free beer at one of a dozen different local establishments all for $7 per person. Recently released: their Wheat Monkey Ale.

For a true Milwaukee sausage experience, head to Usingers, still located on Old World Third Street, the site of the original store.

We invite you to find great places to stay in Milwaukee & throughout Wisconsin by clicking over to WisconsinLodging.info.

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