Quiet Suburban Hotel Just Outside Milwaukee
The gentle waves of Lake Michigan lap onto the sands at Whitefish Bay, which resides less than 1 mile east of the Radisson Milwaukee North Shore. Situated in the suburb Glendale, the hotel enjoys tranquil surroundings, yet Milwaukee and its multitude of arty attractions, sporting events, and microbreweries are only a 20-minute drive away.
The hotel's indoor swimming pool and whirlpool are set inside a verdant garden atrium. Up in the king and double guest accommodations, a color palette of olive and tan lends an earthy feel, and each room comes outfitted with a 27-inch cable TV. Guests can place bets on each other's sleep scores with the Sleep Number bed, which provides customized comfort in select rooms. A daily breakfast buffet is served at Zambonie's and, come nightfall, the night's big games show on the sports bar's 11 televisions.
Greater Milwaukee: Artsy Hub on Lake Michigan with Quality Brews
Just a quick drive from the hotel lies the charming lakeside metropolis; jutting out near the water is the unique center structure of the Milwaukee Art Museum, a white fan that curves up like a whale's tail about to dip below the surface. More than 20,000 works line the walls, ranging from antiquity to the present day, including a large collection of Georgia O'Keeffe paintings. Down the street, the historical Third Ward bustles with galleries, shops, restaurants, and a river walk.
Milwaukee has been synonymous with beer brewing since the mid-19th century, where larger producers such as Miller, Pabst, and Schlitz dominated the landscape. Several microbreweries also call Milwaukee home, including Lakefront Brewery, where guests embark on a light-hearted, guided tour of the facility as they sip on four 6-ounce pours of beer. Popular Lakefront beverages sampled along the way may include the amber, Vienna-style lager Riverwest Stein or the award-winning gluten-free beer called New Grist.
The Harley-Davidson Museum sits on a 20-acre campus, comprising three buildings that chronicle the iconic motorcycle's evolution, notable Harley riders, and the unique culture surrounding the brand. Visitors can traipse through the design lab, which touts a multitude of early prototypes and sketches, and the experience gallery lets guests climb aboard real motorcycles and test out the season's most adorable skull bandannas. More than 450 motorcycles and thousands of artifacts are scattered about the displays, including a collection of engines and the oldest known Harley in existence.
Though the Radisson Milwaukee North Shore offers discounted rates in late December, this Groupon is still the best deal available.