Hey there! Y'all know I usually prefer warm destinations - so if I'm honest - Milwaukee has never been on my travel list. (Mainly, because Wisconsin makes me think"Cold! Brrrr. Cold!"). However, I just went to my very first "Women in Travel Summit" in Milwaukee and now a return visit to this fun city is definitely on my mind and in the works!
Since this post is titled "Five Fun Things About Milwaukee That I Didn't Know" I guess I better get to listing:
1. Milwaukeeans pronounce Milwaukee like this: "'Muh'waukee". (So say it that way too if you don't want to be immediately identified as a tourist.)
2. A Bloody Mary in Milwaukee can be lunch - really - I kid you not! I had one that for garnish had on it: two whole fried jumbo shrimp; one fried zucchini fry; one brew-ton (a large wonton filled with chicken, scallions, cream & jack cheeses); half a dill pickle; quarter of a lime; a few olives; a skewer of cheese squares; a celery stalk; and a slice of crispy bacon! (You can get them at some locations with an entire burger slider plus lots of other stuff as garnish!)
3. The Harley-Davidson Museum is in Milwaukee. And that's because Harley-Davidson was started in Milwaukee.
4. The WORLD'S largest music festival (Summerfest) is held in Milwaukee.
5. Milwaukee has over 150 parks and 25 theaters! So there's something for everyone to do in Milwaukee.
Typing that 'didn't know' list got me to thinking about a 'did know' list - of things I knew about Milwaukee before I visited - and I think I can come up with five things:
1. Beer. I knew that Pabst Blue Ribbon came from Milwaukee (my dad used to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon). Milwaukee is famous for beer.
2. Cheese. HeeHee. A friend (and co-worker) of my husband gave me a giant cheesehead hat one year. (And, yes, I did wear it a heck of a lot more than anyone in my family wanted.) Everyone knows the Wisconsin/Milwaukee/cheese connection. I had cheese curds while there and they are yum yum.
3. Happy Days. I grew up watching Happy Days so I knew the Cunningham's and The Fonz ("Eyyy") lived in Milwaukee.
4. Al Jarreau was from Milwaukee. I love Al Jarreau's music and keep his birthplace filed in my "potential cruise ship trivia" folder in my brain.
5. Lake Michigan. A few years ago my husband worked/lived in Chicago so I studied up a bit on the Great Lakes and knew that Milwaukee was located on Lake Michigan.
(Whew! Glad I wasn't going for six!).
Making this short and sweet: Milwaukee was way more than I expected but the best surprise was meeting so many friendly folks - their bright smiles and personalities reminded me of being home in the South - so, of course, I want to go back! One of the best travel experiences is when you visit a place with no expectations and are completely impressed. That's how I feel about my trip to Milwaukee and I can't wait to visit again. You should put Milwaukee on your list too!
Come along with this southern girl on my fun travel adventures! I’m taking the tours; seeing the sites; trying out the hotels; dining at the restaurants; cruising on the cruise ships; and sharing the experiences on this blog. I hope you enjoy reading about my travel escapades and that they will be inspiring and helpful when planning your own fabulous adventures.