Live the High Life on a Beer Budget in Milwaukee

Posted September 8, 2009 by Amy Westervelt

Milwaukee-ArtMuseumNight Think Milwaukee lives on Miller Time? Not so! For a little taste of everything Milwaukee has to offer in a short trip, head straight to Riverwalk, a three-mile long path that follows the Milwaukee River as it meanders through downtown, past historic city hall, the Milwaukee Public Market, dozens of waterfront shops and restaurants, and the stunning art museum. At the end of the day, rest up in a nearby Irish B&B.

Milwaukee Art Museum: Designed by world-renowned architect Eero Saarinen, with a recent addition created by probably-just-as-famous Santiago Calatrava, the Milwaukee Art Museum building itself is art worth seeing, even if you don't have the time or inclination to head inside. Those who do cross the pedestrian bridge that connects the museum to downtown will be rewarded with world-class exhibits. Admission costs $12.

Milwaukee Public Market: Start your stroll along the Riverwalk with a stop at the Milwaukee Public Market. Opened in 2006, the market is essentially a large, enclosed farmers' market with local vendors selling everything from fresh-baked breads and organic vegetables to homemade tamales. Eat in for lunch or dinner, or grab supplies for a picnic along the waterfront.

County Clare Inn: Near the river downtown and within walking distance of the museum, the County Clare Inn offers all the comforts and charm of a quaint Irish B&B for about half the cost. Rooms are spacious and fitted with comfy chairs and beds as well as large Jacuzzi tubs. A complimentary breakfast buffet is included nightly rate, and the Irish pub downstairs serves up tasty grub and great live music.

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(Photo: Timothy Hursley)

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