Hotel at a Glance: The Port Hotel
Since 1902, The Port Hotel has welcomed visitors to Port Washington from its location in the historic district on Main Street. Each of the 10 guest rooms has unique decor, ranging from French Provincial to Mediterranean and Williamsburg Colonial. Some rooms look out to the harbor, and others feature views of downtown.
- Chef-prepared breakfast is included each morning.
- Award-winning cuisine is on the menu at the onsite Port Hotel Restaurant, known for its steaks, fresh seafood, and traditional German food.
- Get comfy: In-room amenities include terry-cloth bathrobes, goose-down-filled comforters, fireplaces, and nightly turndown service with chocolates.
- Drink like a local: Tour Cedar Creek Winery and enjoy a tasting afterward. The winery is in Cedarburg, 20 minutes from the hotel.
Port Washington, Wisconsin: Quaint Coastal Town North of Milwaukee
A port town along Lake Michigan, Port Washington has thrived since the mid-1800s. Its historic district is lined with significant buildings, many of which predate the Civil War. Just a short stroll away is the 1860 Light Station, which helped guide ships safely to Port Washington's harbor in the 19th century. Today, it acts as more of a museum to showcases the life of a lighthouse keeper.
In neighboring Cedarburg, stop into the historic Rivoli Theatre to catch a flick. The art-deco-style theater—replete with velour-covered chairs, a neon marquee, and a sidewalk ticket booth—opened in 1936.
Just 30 miles to the south, Milwaukee also offers plenty to do. 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 3-mile Milwaukee RiverWalk takes 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.