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Trip Report Stuck in Milwaukee - "surprise" trip mini report

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Do you see the glass half empty or half full.... On my way back from LA to NYC I wound up with a cancelled layover flight due to weather in NYC and "stuck" in Milwaukee...

I took the "pink" discount hotel voucher and went to the airport hotel --- nothing to see there... and then I thought... wait a minute, I'm in Milwaukee, what is that like?

And everything changed... I quickly recruited friends to help me find the nicest hotel in the city -- we happed on a historic one called the

Pfister Hotel : a dreamy hotel from yesteryear... doorman greet you and take your bags, to the bell hop who waits quietly while you are checked in giving you time to take in the gorgeous, stateley, and refined lobby... words do not do this place justice, the ceiling is painted with angels in the clouds and surrounded by gold, oversized, leaflets of sorts, soaring above your head... an intricate stairway is marked by two golden lions that reminded me of the MGM Hollywood days, and the carpet and music just flow through the air...

The rooms are just as fine, with expansive views of the city, (and Milwaukee is quite a fine city), plush linens, clean, dreamy bed and a marble bathroom that is fit for a king..or queen... or both...

So you get the idea... next, I asked the locals for some advice and found myself heading to the lake front -- ok -- Lake Michagan is huge -- a sea really... I could not see across the lake nor see it's boundaries and it was a perfectly sunny day... the water was blue and sailboats floated on the fresh water... A wedding picture place locals were taking pictures and having parties at the musuem and waterfront restaurant...

Next, I headed to the cities riverwalk... local boaters were driving up to the boardwalks and parking their boats to goto one of many (I counted 20) restaurants within a bird eye view of thier vehicle... so we have a big lake people, a river that boaters puddle around in and go to dinner and drinks with friends and family, and a river walk --- so you walk around the river and take it all in...

I started in daylight and ended during nightfall where the lights that reflect the water and bring to life the buildings of the city of Milwaukee give the city a glow that I have not seen elsewhere! The city uses colored lighting on purpose to create a sense of place and continiation from one part of the River Walk to another... An art building of historic magnitude and character changed lights from vibrant blue, to shocking red, to a mood light of green from within,,, a white art deco building, had pale lit colors of purple, pink and blue that seemed to mimic the colors of some lit up fish on a building being reflected in the river down below... I loved this place... and I felt perfectly safe into the nightfall here... ok so on to the eats...

Mader's German Restaurant:
Besides the breweries on Riverwalk and in Milwaukee (Miller and Pabst Blue Ribbon I was told -- but unverfied) you have German food... and this is no ordinary German food...

I did not think I even liked German food but my how I have changed...

Imagine walking into a complete replica of a German hall in a family for 5 generations... complete with wooden chairs hand carved with forest trees, a overwhelming collection of beer steins, a $3million art collection and a private collection of rare/unique Hummels... I am not even into Hummels and I was quite impressed...

If you drop by here even just for a beer, be sure to get the most amazing roll I've ever had in my life... a pretzel roll! It looks round, like a roll, but it is a soft, hot, pretzel ... if that wasn't a treat enough, it is served with get this, hot, cheese sauce!

The server recommended the "Taste of Germany" and I figured, why not... yes, it is more food than you want to eat, but the taste is the point here...
The plate included:
-Wiener Schnitzel: Strauss veal cutlet lightly breaded and pan sauteed, served with chive buttered spaetzle and lemon
-Sauerbraten: delicious, mrinated for ten days and oven roasted and served with red cabbage
-Mader's Famous Pork Shank: Claiming to be a number one favorite for 100 years. Updated to a wonderfully delicious skinless shank with an apple demi glaze
-Homemade sauerkraut
-And nice, oversized dumping with a bit of gravy on it, delicious

Of course, I claimed the occasion to have a German beer, Spaten brand, which was served up in an beer stein to boot

I love this place... Oddly, Paul Newman likes this restaurant,,, why is this odd, the last restaurant I raved about on this board (El Cholo in Santa Monica, CA) also mentions Paul Newman as a big fan in the menu... apparently me and the old soul have similar taste... who new?

The next day, I had a bagel at Brueger's bagel (i just happen to be a fan so I stopped in), grabbed a local paper to see what is what in the area, and checked out a tea shop, cheese shop (milwaukee is in Wisconsin you know -- cheese heads for you football fans), a gift shop that was truly unique across from my hotel and a total suprise, the hotel had a women clothing shop to die for-- unique boutique items that are practical (meaning I would wear them) -- I found this my last 15 minutes before my shuttle back to the airport -- oh my...

I am sure Milwaukee has much to offer that I missed, but I'll tell you what -- I'll be back, and next time, on purpose...

http://www.thepfisterhotel.com
http://www.madersrestaurant.com/

So, next time your flight gets canceled may I suggest embracing the city and enjoying as I did...

Onward!

Amanda

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