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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, April 18, 2014

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51. Desert burn
No amount of sunscreen could keep me looking like a lobster when I looked in the mirror this morning. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.
52. The race to baseball and beyond
Last I blogged, we were racing down a mountain, halfway between Vegas and Phoenix, struggling to make it to Maryvale Baseball Park by first pitch. After hitting every red light in Maricopa County, we arrived in time for the third batter. But we didn't see much baseball, anyway.
53. Leaving Las Vegas ... in a hurry
This didn't go exactly as planned. Yes, I'm speeding through the Arizona desert in a humungous white Chevy Suburban, while my friend from college, Paul, handles the driving for now. If we don't encounter any setbacks, we should arrive at Maryvale Baseball Park just in time for first pitch.
54. Our lake is truly great
People who are planning to visit Milwaukee often send me email, asking for suggestions of places to go. My suggestions are tailored to their interests and budget, but the last suggestion of what not to miss in Milwaukee is always the same.
55. Throwing away Milwaukee's favorite pair of jeans
If our city fits us like our favorite pair of jeans how long before too many holes and tattered and frayed edges lead to problems or stuff hanging out where it shouldn't be?
56. Second snake button found!
You can imagine our dismay yesterday at finding the snake button at the Milwaukee Public Museum inactive. But imagine our surprise a few minutes later when we found and pressed the museum's SECOND snake button. Who knew?!
57. Luxury hotel planned for Third Ward
Milwaukee-based development firm HKS Holdings LLC plans to develop an eight-story, 158-room Kimpton hotel in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today.
58. Local hotel owners featured in Best Western commercials
Local hotel owners Bob and Anita Dir are featured in Best Western's new "Stay With People Who Care" ad campaign.
59. Urban spelunking: District 2/The Jefferson School
So much of why we love a bar is because of its location, its atmosphere, its history. That being the case, Best Place - located in the former Pabst Brewery - just might be my new favorite bar.
60. Nationwide high speed rail map has Milwaukee as key stop
There's a nationwide rail map that's making the rounds and Milwaukee's a key stop on this vision for high speed rail in the United States.
61. Milwaukee makes another "cool" list
MSN is out with a new list of the "10 coolest cities in the Midwest," Calling the Midwest, " flyover country," the site tabs ten destinations. Of course, Milwaukee made the list. Madison made it too.
62. American Club named best hotel in WI
The American Club resort has been named the best hotel in Wisconsin by the U.S. News & World Report, Kohler Co. announced today.
63. Milwaukee's "iconic meal" makes No. 26 on new travel list has a new list, "30 Things Every Traveler Must Do Before They're 30." And, since Milwaukee's a part of it I'm sharing it.
64. Fox News spends 24 hours in Milwaukee
Natalia Angulo-Rico, a news editor at Fox News, recently discovered Milwaukee, and, like many who find our city for the first time, she was very impressed.
65. Fighting flying fears
In December, flying back from New Orleans, I was to the stress-filled point of reminding myself to breath, and I don't really know why. I have never been on a scary flight - in fact, I have had almost seamless air travel experiences.
66. Where do you take out-of-towners?
What's on your list of "Milwaukee musts" when visitors come to town?
67. Digging Kenosha's Dinosaur Discovery Museum
We're no strangers to Kenosha. We've been to the public museum, we've taken streetcar rides, we shop at Tenuta's. But we'd never seen the Dinosaur Discovery Museum before, so over the holiday break, I loaded the kids into the car and after the mandatory Tenuta's stop, we headed straight over.
68. The Pfister Hotel launches new Four Diamond Experiences program
The Pfister Hotel is putting an exclusive spin on the weekend getaway with its new Four Diamond Experiences program, which gives guests the opportunity to participate in unique art and dining experiences during their stays.
69. Cruises: What am I missing?
Despite recent offers, I have absolutely no interest in ever going on a cruise. But certainly there's something to love about these ship trips?
70. West Coast gets wind of Milwaukee, "the City of Creativity"
The latest bit of glowing, national attention for our city comes from the West Coast on the pages of StarkInsider.
71. Behind the scenes water park tour adds interesting, educational element
Recently, we went on a behind-the-scenes tour at KeyLime Cove in Gurnee, Ill., and learned all sorts of fun factoids.
72. Is MKE a good "airport to get stuck in?"
In a recent poll, the travel-dating website,, asked if you had to be stuck in an airport, which would you choose? Dallas seems to be a good choice. Did MKE make the list?
73. Of course, Milwaukee made this list
Milwaukee's made another global "best of" list. This one's a no brainer and in today's USA Today.
74. This is Milwaukee
This new short film truly captures Milwaukee. Love it? I do. See it here and share it with friends and family. Post your own Milwaukee videos on
75. An outsider's view of "quirky Milwaukee"
Our fine staff and those from the countless travel sites and blogs continue to find the gems and jewels that make Milwaukee great. The latest collective list comes from It explores some of the city's "quirky" destinations.