If the walls of The Port Hotel could talk, they'd tell a tale dating back to 1902. In that year, John F. Thill tore down an existing hotel and tavern and constructed a brand-new one comprised of 40 guest rooms, which is four times the number you?ll find today. Thill installed electric lighting and warmed the rooms with steam heat?both luxurious features in those days. The hotel closed down in 1973, but the restaurant maintained a lively business.
The summer of 2005 saw the grand reopening of The Port Hotel, restored to its original state of elegance with 10 uniquely appointed guest rooms and chef-prepared breakfasts served in bed. Joseph Zankl and his family now operate this historic property, preserving its turn-of-the century charm while introducing modern amenities such as wireless Internet and plasma picture boxes. The Port Hotel Restaurant continues to serve up steaks, seafood, and other rib-sticking goodness in a stately dining room or on a breezy outdoor patio.
Punctuated by festive colors, a plentiful bar, and ample outdoor seating, La Chimenea's two locations put diners in the mood to celebrate. Germantown owner Hector Jimenez?who also has a website dedicated to healthy Mexican food?offers dishes that run the gamut of Mexican staples, much like his Saukville counterpart, owner Luis Calix. Menu items include homemade guacamole and sirloin-steak fajitas, along with more innovative creations, such as the specialty chilies en Nogada, which fills two poblano peppers with ground beef, peaches, apples, and nuts before slathering it all in a creamy cashew sauce. At the bar, a variety of tequilas anoint lime, strawberry, raspberry, or other flavored margaritas, and patio seating keeps the seasons at bay with a fire pit during the winter months and a restaurant-sized snow globe over the summer.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
With a background brewing beer, Jim Wirsching-Neuser was immediately interested when his wife suggested that they create a wine with which to toast at their wedding in 2001. More than a decade later, the two have refined their winemaking processes and recipes to create an impressive selection of varietals using juices from wine grapes produced around the globe. Inside their tasting room, guests sample pours from each of the house-made wines, a selection which may vary according to the season and the sommelier?s ability to juggle. The elixirs may include a faintly tart blueberry pinot noir, dry Tuscan chianti, and Johannesburg riesling, which bursts with fruity notes before breaking through into a smooth dryness.
Authenticity is key at E-Collectique Runway Boutique, where every previously owned dress, necklace, and satin pump is marked with a verified designer or vintage label. Pristine white walls surround high-fashion women’s wares that range from items from current lines to vintage pieces that date back more than a century. Shoppers can peruse clothing and accessories from couture designers such as Balenciaga, Chanel, and Gucci, as well as ready-to-wear styles from makers such as American Apparel and Ralph Lauren.
Located in the historic Hoffman House, Tello's Grille and Cafe crafts a dizzying array of edible offerings, from American-style hot dogs and hamburgers to Mexican classics such as tacos and burritos. The sprawling menu is the confectionary result of owner Angel Tello's experiences cooking in a mix of Mexican and U.S. eateries; it includes a mouthwatering mountain of breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare. Traverse the meaty crevices of the carne a la tampiquena, a grilled-and-spiced skirt steak resting nestled in the gooey arms of a cheese enchilada ($14.95), or the mucho burger, crowned with grilled poblano peppers, mushrooms, onions, swiss cheese, and avocado ($7.95). A selection of imported and domestic beers ($2–$7) and wines ($4.50–$6.50 per glass) punctuates orders of homemade baklava ($2.95) and mid-meal checkbook balancings.