Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Day In Milwaukee


With three days to relax and enjoy Wisconsin, we decided to spend the day walking around and seeing some sights on foot. Besides, the weather is still questionable with heavy thunderstorms popping up from time to time. So, with umbrella in hand, we head out of The Iron Horse Hotel about 9:30am. Our first destination is the Harley Davidson Museum which is a short walk from the hotel and is actually visible from our 6th floor loft room.

The Harley museum is huge and impressive. In true Motor Company tradition, admission is not cheap at $16 per person. The exhibits cover the entire history of HD with models dating back to the early 1900s. Even though we are no longer "HOG"s, it was an excellent way to spend a couple of hours. There is also an attached cafe and nice HD shop for souvenirs (of course).

Before we knew it, it was Noon and we were both starting to get hungry. Requiring something more substantial than the cafe at the Harley museum, we decided to walk back toward the hotel. In the opposite direction (from the hotel) we walked down to the historic "Third Ward", a popular shopping district in Milwaukee. This area went through a sort of renaissance back in the 90s and consists of early 20th century buildings which have been restored. The centerpiece of the Third Ward is the Milwaukee Public Market which is filled with all manner of culinary "shops" arranged in an open market fashion. We found a little stand selling Middle Eastern dishes and could not resist. An order of Hummus w/pita and a huge Gyro pita wrap and we were set. We took our meal, and our Cokes up to the second floor which is setup with tables for dining. For $13 we both enjoyed an excellent lunch.

After lunch, we walked around the Third Ward checking out the quirky antique shops and eclectic decorator stores. This is a fun place to spend a morning or afternoon. However, there's not enough here to occupy an entire day. A cloud burst had us ducking back into the Public Market to seek refuge until it let up enough for us to start our walk back to The Iron Horse. Right across from the Public Market is access to the River Walk which is a boardwalk along the Milwaukee River. The River Walk also has cafes and restaurants with river front dining. We only saw the "tail end" of the River Walk. If the weather is lousy again tomorrow, we might come back and walk the other end of the River Walk and check out Milwaukee's new art museum.

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