The stereotype of Milwaukee is that it is the land of beer, brats and fried cheese curds. Not exactly the makings of a Travel Diet vacation, but even in the land of fat and carb indulgence, maintaining or losing weight while visiting this underrated, and somewhat misunderstood city is not hard at all.
Even though I have been based in Arizona for nearly half my life, I still consider Milwaukee my hometown. On a recent trip back to visit family and friends I lucked into one of the nice weather anomalies so I was really able to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors Milwaukee serves up in the summer.
One of the crowning glories of the city is Lake Michigan. Miles and Miles of lakefront are there for the taking. On the weekend in the summer the lakefront is teeming with locals taking advantage of the brief sunshine Wisconsin gets. Rollerblading, biking, and walking along the lake have always been some of my favorite things to do. The breeze off the lake coupled with the chance to walk by the high-rises of the east side, the downtown skyline and right up to the Calatrava art museum ensure that the walk is a feast for the eyes as well as a workout for the body. At McKinley Marina and Veteran’s Park, just slightly North of downtown you can rent paddle boats or go for a sail and get out on the calm waters.
Another must-do is a walk through the Third Ward, just south of downtown. This converted warehouse district is now teeming with boutiques, restaurants and bars and is one of the hippest areas of the city.
While eating in Milwaukee could be a challenge to the waistline, it doesn’t have to be. The city is now full of chic eateries with small plates being a strong trend at new places like Cafe Movida, Odd Duck and La Merenda. Heck you can even enjoy Milwaukee’s mainstream brew, Miller, with the Miller 64 brew!
And speaking of beer, make the newish Brewhouse Inn & Suites your home in Beer Town. Conveniently located Downtown, this 90-room suite hotel is housed in the former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewing plant. The homage to beer is everywhere from the front desk made from 1500 beer bottles, to little touches in the room and the old brew tanks that the rooms are built around.