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Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Part 1
Source: Celebrity Cafe
by Janet Pope
August 4, 2006
“Schlemiel, Schlimazel....Move over Laverne and Shirley, Milwaukee has grown up and moved
on without you.”
Mention Laverne and Shirley, or God forbid, Lenny and Squiggy and most Milwaukee natives will cringe.
For those who have never had the pleasure of discovering this city recently, it has become so much
more than cheese, beer and your memory of the Shotz Brewery.
I headed off from New York City to Milwaukee for a two-day jaunt, to primarily experience Summerfest.
Billed as the world's largest music festival, the title alone intrigued me. My trip, though a short
one, was a pleasant surprise from beginning to end. To start, I need to put in a mention of Midwest
Airlines. I had never flown Midwest before, and I was immediately struck by the width and comfort
of the seats, which to me was the closest seating I have had to first class. The flight was thankfully
uneventful and pleasant enough, but as I was nodding off, the delectable smell of warm chocolate cookies
roused me from what I thought was a dream. This was not a dream- coffee, tea and cookies were being
served. Personally, I'd travel Midwest again, just for the cookies. Traveling tends to be draining,
so what could better brighten up your flight, than a cookie break? There's an inner child in all of
us, yearning to be comforted.
The hotel was The Comfort Inn Suites, formerly The Park East Hotel. My room was a spacious suite,
with a living room I never even got a chance to sit in. The amenities I did avail myself of, were
the complimentary buffet breakfast, free shuttle service to museums and Summerfest and a business
center. It is also within walking distance to many attractions and the magnificent lake. I ventured
out into Milwaukee with the hotel shuttle to the Pabst Mansion. This town was built by beer barons
and has a rich history revolving around the beer industry. The Flemish Renaissance Revival mansion,
built in 1890, was owned by Captain Frederick and Marie Pabst. After the death of the Captain, the
house was bought by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and a succession of five archbishops lived in the
house, with luckily most of the original furniture and interiors remaining.
This home was a definite indicator of the wealth of its original owners. There is an abundance of
woods throughout the house, with each room having a distinct mahogany or oak, wooden floor and door.
Pocket doors were actually made with different solid woods on each side to match the room in both
wood and details. The stained glass windows duplicated the carvings on the wood in each room. The
attention to detail is evidenced throughout the mansion, making this a beautiful house to visit.
I have seen so many houses on my travels and after awhile one old house begins to blur into the next,
but this one is a rare treasure. With a distinct German flavor, there are German sayings within the
stained glass in the kitchen and painted on the ceiling in the "men's" parlor. One of the
sayings is "To learn, to strive, to honor, to wait with patience." Captain Pabst and his
wife had 14 servants and I think the little proverbs and quotes scattered throughout, were subtle,
everyday reminders to his staff to develop the high work and family ethic he himself maintained. Pabst
was, at one time, the world's largest lager beer brewery. It closed down about 10 years ago and through
the years other breweries like- Schlitz, Pabst and Blatz also closed up shop. Miller is now the only
brewery left in a town known for its beer.
That evening I dined with a group at a restaurant opened in 2000, by Chef Michael Feker, called Il
Mito. Eating here was more than having a dinner out, it was truly a dining experience. From the music,
by the Lynne Barber Trio, to the wines coordinating with each course of the meal. From the low-lit
ambiance to the eclectic menu, Il Mito was a delicious treat. I began the meal with a tossed salad
with chopped mushrooms and beets, followed by excellent pasta with shrimps and scallops in a creamy
sauce. My main dish was veal chops with potatoes and mushrooms, sweetened with tangy mango. The finale
was fresh strawberries over a lemon sorbet. I felt like applauding when the meal was done.
Over dinner my fellow diners and I spoke about our misconceptions about Milwaukee and all the city
currently has to offer, especially Summerfest, which we all look forward to tomorrow.
Today was my day to discover Milwaukee and Summerfest. A bus tour was scheduled to give my fellow
travelers and myself an overview of the city. It ended up being a playful tease, as we passed by many
attractions we didn't have enough to explore. Well, there's always a return visit.
A definite must see the next time around is the Milwaukee Art Museum, located on the shores of Lake
Michigan. In 2001, it underwent a $121 million dollar expansion- yes I said $121 million and was voted
the Best Design of 2001. With its 90-foot high windows and wing-like roof structure, which actually
opens and shuts like the wings of a bird, the building itself is a stunning work of art. In addition,
the collection is world class and houses a collection of over 20,000 works from antiquity to present,
including many Georgia O'Keeffe paintings- a famed Milwaukee native.
Our bus passed the tallest building in Wisconsin at 42 stories- The U.S. Bank, as well as many art
deco buildings that have been refurbished, including the Old Wisconsin Gas Company, topped by an ever-changing
21' tall weather "flame."
Veteran's Park, along the lake's edge, was filled with paddle-boaters, kiters, joggers and strollers.
The lake was a vibrant blue and the white sailboats gliding peacefully by, formed a picture worth
taking. There are also five free swimming beaches in Milwaukee to enjoy, all of which looked so clean,
pristine and inviting. Speaking of clean, the entire city is immaculate and a pleasure to walk or
ride through. There’s a shiny freshness everywhere.
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