Hey all, I know there was some discussion about having it around Milwaukee this year, which is great. I was wondering if we could start talking dates. Hubby has vacation the weekend of September 16-18, and we wanted to bring our camper and do our big yearly trip then. Do you think this one would work?
Smack and I were thinking of coming and make it part of our vacation this year...have to talk to her about it and see what she thinks...that is hurricane season here, but prayerfully we will be spared them this year again. Hmmmmm......
RW and I will y'all at the Safe House bar after you get done at Maders. Good luck finding the door and getting in because you need to know the special password to gain entry. We'll be watching y'all from the bar trying to figure out what it is.
At some point I think we should discuss where exactly we'll be staying. I really don't feel comfortable driving in large towns, so I'd prefer finding a hotel in the suburbs that isn't too crazy as far as traffic goes and then carpooling into the city when we want to do our fun stuff. Thoughts?
I work for Comfort Inn & Suites. I'll talk to my GM and see if any discounts can be arranged for a block of rooms (the usual number is 10 or 15) and what type of discount I could get using my employee discount. There's a Comfort Inn located near the airport. Mitchell Field is close to Lake Michigan and not far from downtown. There is also an Amtrak stop right by the airport. State Fair Park is a great place for RV's. I'm not sure of the cost but we will find out. We could get a block of RV places there, if necessary. State Fair Park is close to Miller Park, home of Brewers Baseball. Mitchell Field and State Fair Park are about 10 - 15 miles from each other.
A possible side trip could be a 2 hour drive up to Green Bay for the Packer Hall of Fame. Even though I have lived here most of my life I have never been there! People tell me that its pretty neat. Lots of football history. People are able to do the Lambeau Leap! A new rollar coaster is going up at Bay Beach. Bay Beach is on the bay of Green Bay. It's a small amousement park with .25 (cent) rides, like the Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler, a giant slippery slide, even a little train. It's right across from the Wildlife Sanctuary. That is a really neat place. The rollar coaster is called the Zipper Tripper or something like that. Claim to fame was that it was Elvis's favorite amousement park ride!
where Lady Di has in mind is not right in the city center, it is only about a mile from farms (there are still a few in the city limits). that said you don't wan't to be in the Burbs, then you would have to drive through the city to get any where. The nearest Burb with a motel is only a mile or so south of where Di has in mind, but no regular bus service:(, the motel Di has in mind is right by the airport (it's a mile south of my friends house that Di and I will be staying at) and you can catch the bus right out in front to down town and all or most of the atractions. Plus it's with in walking distance of restuarants, from fast food to semi fine dining.
I will make sure that there is a city map and a bus rout map for everyone, and pick up bus tickets for those that don't want to drive in the city. Milwaukee is not very hard to find your way around, it's layed out in a grid north/south- east/west , and if you go to far east you get wet:p. the whole county is 20 miles north south and 12 east west.
Maybe I'll just have to ride along with someone else so I don't have to drive. GG and I were thinking more in the lines of Waukesha or Brookfield but it doesn't look like there's much there for hotels.
What kind of activities are people looking to do? Things like the museums, lakefront, Riverwalk, Pabst Mansion, tour Concordia, dinner shows, zoo, the Domes, etc. etc. A list of ideas would be good, then we could find a central hotel location that doesn't invovle too much interstate, suburb, to suburb driving. Parking does cost. Brookfield and Waukesha are further out. Airport hotels are closer to downtown and have transportation close by. Oak Creek could be and option.
I thought the agenda of activities was already set.
5 p.m. - Arrive in Milwaukee and check-in at hotels or campgrounds.
6 p.m. - Supper
8 p.m. - Investigate Lutheran Beverage Selection at Local Establishments
11:30 p.m. (or later) - Take taxi back to lodging.
7 a.m. - Breakfast - AKA Hangover Recovery
8 a.m. - Brewery Tour
10 a.m. - Brewery Tour
Noon - Drink Lunch
2 p.m. - Brewery Toot
4 p.m. - Tourery Brew
6 p.m. - Slupper at... where was that place? Oh, yeah! A restaurant.
8 p.m. - Karaoke at Establishment Serving Beveraged Lutherans
11:30 p.m. (or later) - Crawl back to lodging due to not remembering about taxi service.
7 a.m. - Skip Breakfast and head straight to Hangover Recovery
8 a.m. - Pack up for return home... assuming we can remember where our rooms and/or campsites are at.
9 a.m. - Send decoy home to attract DUI enforcement officers.
10 a.m. - Begin return home... after figuring out which direction we live.
Where the heck is Wisconsin?!! jk - Just saw where SW Airlines has tickets (from Omaha of course) for $130 RT!! woohoo!! Of course no cash to purchase right now - just my luck!
I'm with Sara and Di - hate big cities and crowds, but what the heck - another growing experience! So...We are in the initial planning stages here! Socking away that hard earned cash! We can just meet Smiley and Duane, jump in the RV and Wa Lah - Wisconson here we come!!
PP: Your post cracked me up!! We weren't THAT bad in Hannibal were we??
To me any town bigger than 30,000 people is big, which is why I suggested one of the towns west of Milwaukee so I wouldn't have to do as much driving in busy busy areas. But if I can hitch a ride with someone else, it doesn't matter.
Bad news for you, all those towns west of the city" are well over 30,000 with 8 lane roads that make no sense. there is an old saying around here "if you haven't been lost in Waukesha you haven't been there yet"
Anyway on to other things.
If someone needs a cheep place to stay, I will work on finding a place for you with members from church send me an email at mailto:george.guof@gmail I don't use this email much so give me a week or two to respond.
Now wait a minute! Who was driving the pilot car a couple years ago when we went looking for that karioke place? We went down so many back alleys, did so many double backs, and saw so many abandoned warehouses I thought we were the target for a Mafia hit!
And yes, Deb did get lost in Hannibal. Note how we never followed her for the rest of the weekend... teehee!!
See....I always say it is good to travel with a quality GPS...
Note I say, QUALITY GPS!
Remember Mike had that GPS unit in his rig? I used to call it Miss Know-It-All. One day I came to realize that he loved her more than me, trusted her more than me. The only thing left to do was to leave them to let their love blossom without my interference.
On the other hand now, see, I had a QUALITY GPS unit with me in Hannibal. I called that one, Hey You! Worked like a charm! And for back up you'll notice I often kept a python in the cab as well. Between him and his legs like a staghorn elk, mind like a steel trap, and Heyyou...? Who could ever get lost? (besides, I've seen both of them return year after year)
Unless of course...you don't suppose they follow us home until the next year, do you???
Well, lots seems to have been planned already--or getting planned! That's great! CLW and I are just south of Milwaukee and we hope to make it this time! Missed being in Hannibal. Our pastor was in that area and said it was nice.
We will put it on the calendar for Sept. 16-18th then and try not to have any more weddings to play for! I've already talking to a newer chatter about joining us. May try to get another friend to come along.
I was downtown this week and picked up a couple of visitor's pamphlets. Here are some things to be aware of:
9/17 Milwaukee River Challenge, Pere Marquette Park
9/17-18 Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival, Cedarburg (north of town)
9/6-25 Oktoberfest Weekends, Heidelberg Park, north of town
Things to do:
Old World Third Street - a Taste of old Milwaukee
includes Usinger's Sausage, 1030 Old World Third
Mader's Restaurant, 1037 N Old World Third
Wisconsin Cheese Mart, 1048 Old World Third
Old German Beer Hall, 1009 N Old World Third
Brat House, 1013 N. Old World Third
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1029 N Broadway (told it is the founding church of WELS)
Milwaukee Boat Line tour boats
Milwaukee City Hall, 200 E Wells St
Milwaukee County Historical Soc., 910 Old World Third St.
Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel, Marquette Univ., 14th and Wisconsin
War Memorial Center, 750 N Lincoln Memorial Drive (not too impressive IMHO)
Edelweiss Boats - Milw River Cruise, 205 W. Highland
Milw Boat Line, 101 W. Michigan St.
Riverwalk Boat Tours, Peter Marquette Park
Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N Commerce (hard to get in to it's so popular)
Miller Brewery Visitor Center, 4251 W. State St. (west of downtown)
Great Lakes Distillery, 616 W. Virginia St.
Sprecher's Brewery, Glendale (north of town)
Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Harley Davidson Museum, 400 Canal St.
Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive (adjoining the War Memorial)
Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St (across the street from the Library)
Milwaukee Admirals Hockey, 1001 N. 4th St. (Bradley Center)
Milwaukee Bucks Basketball, 1001 N. 4th Street (Bradley Center)
Milwaukee Wave Soccer, 510 W. Kilbourn Ave. (next to Bradley Center)
Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park (west of downtown off I-94)
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 108 E. Wells (near Milw. Symphony)
Milwaukee Symphony, 700 N Water
Pabst Theater, 144 E Wells (next to Milw Rep)
Riverside Theater, 116 W Wisconsin
Turner Hall, 1034 N 4th St.
Karl Ratzch's Restaurant, 320 E. Mason St.
Uhle's Tobacco Co., 114 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Indulge Wine Bar, 708 N. Milwaukee St.
Whiskey River Saloon, 1025 N. Old World Third St.
Coyote Ugly Saloon, 1131 N Water St.
(lots of bars on N. Water Street)
Major Goolsby's, 340 W. Kilbourn Ave.
The Pfister Hotel, has Mason Street Grill and BLU bar, 425 E Wisconsin Ave.
Mo's Irish Pub, 142 W Wisconsin Ave.
County Clare Pub, (supposed to be a great hotel too), 1234 N Astor St. (NE of downtown)
Metro Bar and Cafe, (a hotel as well), 411 E. Mason Street
Cubanitas, 728 N Milwaukee St.
Safe House, 779 N Front Street (really a fun food place, hard to get in)
John Hawk's Pub, 100 E Wisconsin Ave
Elsa's on the Park, (my favorite restaurant), 833 N. Jefferson St.
There are a lot I left out. Almost all of this is walking distances downtown, which is an east-west stretch of Lake Michigan to Marquette University, 19 blocks, and north-south 7 blocks. Any and all Milwaukeeans, please add/correct as needed. I can post some hotels and B&B's; be aware Milwaukee is always booked on the major hotels, so act fast if that's what you want.
I'm all about tradition and think we need to include a riverboat tour. We've been on the Miss a couple times and I'd like to continue on different stages of the Miss and one day include the Headwaters up here in MN as well. Folks could even stay in the state park where it all begins if they choose. Up here where I live, the water is still clear and clean.
Just a thought.