Travel on the Side


This fall, Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin hosted China Lights. This was the second time it was hosted here. It’s an enchanting display. Constructed entirely by Chinese artisans, their creations are illuminated each evening. You show up before sunset, maybe have a beer or a glass of wine, tour around the beautiful gardens, then after dark watch the magical displays get lit up! My favorites were the traditional Chinese dragon… Read More

Milwaukee is a city of neighborhoods and one of the best is Bay View, located south of downtown, east of Interstate 43, and north of St. Francis, it borders Lake Michigan. Originally a factory town, Bay View is the site of the 1886 Bay View Massacre, when laborers protesting for an 8-hour workday were fired upon by order of the governor. Seven people died, including a 13-year old child. Today, Bay View,… Read More

The lakefront and its festivals are two jewels in the crown that is Milwaukee. For 11 days in late June and early June, the Henry Maier Festival Grounds are home to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. Almost all musical styles are represented here. It’s a big event with big headliners. This year featured The Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, and Ed Sheeran–just a small sampling of the acts…. Read More

Winter finally faded away…or at least it did for a couple of weeks. The trees are budding, the daffodils are up, and things are green again. But now it’s a bit cooler–but I know it’s temporary. I heard a guy on the radio call it “springter” – that weird in-between winter and spring combo. When the weather was nice, made it into Milwaukee. Toured around the old Pabst Brewery and had lunch… Read More

Whether you’re a motorcycle rider or not, you can appreciate the American story that is the Harley-Davidson company. In Milwaukee (home to the company), the Harley-Davidson Museum showcases its history with vibrant exhibits and hands-on displays. You can spend several hours here. There are bikes to test out, videos to watch, and you can even hear sounds of the various motors used throughout the years. On site is a good bar and… Read More

Deep fried treats, animals, rides–it’s the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis. The most sought-after and popular delicacy is the cream puff. People wait in long lines for this tasty treat. I had to go and experience it myself. It’s worth the wait!

Ahh…summer in Milwaukee. Time to take advantage of the nice temps and sunny skies. There’s lots to do. Three of my favorite places include the Milwaukee County Zoo, the lakefront at Bradford Beach, and some food at the Northpoint custard stand.

Late April morning…nice time for stroll in downtown Milwaukee. Went to the Milwaukee Public Market to sample some foods and then went for a walk along the Riverwalk.

Took a daytrip to the Mitchell Domes – a botanical conservatory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lots of great plants and flowers to see. They were running a Don Quixote themed exhibit when we visited. Check out some photos below.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the Milwaukee Public Market, located in the historic Third Ward. Featuring local vendors, it’s a great place for fresh, local food and good spot to stop for breakfast or lunch.