Hotel at a Glance: Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South
Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South is a comfy home away from home for travelers to Milwaukee and beyond. Each spacious suite contains a fully-equipped kitchenette and a separate sitting room or living room with a sleeper sofa and LCD TV. The hotel even provides complimentary laundry facilities, with soap and fabric softener available for purchase. The hotel is just 10 minutes from General Mitchell Airport, and its 24-hour airport shuttle makes getting to and from the terminals a breeze.
- Complimentary hot breakfast buffet: Wolfgang Puck coffee, fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, and hot waffles
- Catch a flick: The 14-seat home theater features a selection of more than 200 movies and free popcorn.
- Go swimming in the indoor pool and hot tub.
- Midweek receptions: Free food and drinks are served in the lobby or on the outdoor patio (depending on the weather) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.
- Award winner: The hotel received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014; guests loved the large rooms and midweek receptions.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Breweries, Sports, and Art along Lake Michigan
Located along Lake Michigan, about 90 miles north of Chicago, Milwaukee is a proudly unpretentious city with working-class roots. The city has been synonymous with brewing since the mid-1800s, when Miller, Pabst, and Schlitz dominated the landscape. Visit the Flemish-style Pabst Mansion, beer baron Frederick Pabst’s 1890 estate, to see just how profitable the beer business was. The mansion has 14 fireplaces, an opulent dining room, and several hidden compartments.
Today there’s a new microbrew-inspired scene, with several smaller brewers opening their doors for tours and freshly brewed beer. One of the city’s best tours is at Lakefront Brewery on North Commerce Street. Here, witty tour guides take guests through the beer-brewing process, encouraging them to enjoy samples of Lakefront’s india pale ale and organic coffee stout along the way.
There are also noticeable cultural undercurrents in Milwaukee. Set along the downtown lakefront, the Milwaukee Art Museum is beloved for its futuristic, sailboat-like architecture by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Inside, you can browse 30,000 works of art, ranging from 15th-century antiques to Georgia O’Keeffe paintings. Just south of the museum, the Milwaukee RiverWalk runs alongside the river for 3 miles, taking you through the Historic Third Ward, where antique shops and art galleries fill century-old warehouses. Drop by the Milwaukee Public Market here to sample local cheeses, baked goods, and other culinary delights.
For a city of its size, Milwaukee offers several sports and recreation opportunities, including Brewers baseball and Bucks basketball games. Fans start tailgating outside of Miller Park before each Brewers home game hours before the first pitch. The stadium’s sixth-inning Sausage Race has been called one of sports’ best traditions. There are also more than 150 local parks to explore, 100 miles of lakefront biking and hiking trails, and seasonal watersports in Lake Michigan, with beaches typically open from mid-June to late August.