Milwaukee, WI *A City Guide for Travel Nurses or Nurses who Travel*

 

FINALLY - summer is here :)

As promised in my opening blog - I’m going to be posting some city guide blogs for travel nurses!

With warm weather approaching, it is only natural for travel nurses throughout the country to flock to the northern states - so...let’s head NORTH FOR THE SUMMER. During the summer I will be highlighting some of my favorite spots in the less scorched states.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is my hometown so this feels like the most natural place to start. Unfortunately, for the majority of the year Milwaukee <aka MilTown> is an arctic tundra - hence the reason why it is my home town, not my current town. HOWEVER, in the summertime there is no place I’d rather be. Milwaukee has a ton of festivals, amazing restaurants, fun activities, and all the beer and cheese your big nursey heart could desire.  On top of great things to do OUTSIDE of work - Milwaukee boasts quite a few large medical centers including a top tier children’s hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where I started my nursing career.

 

To-Do:

 

-Summerfest: A 2 ½ week music festival on the lakefront (**Going on NOW**) See the line-up here: <http://summerfest.com>

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                                  Summerfest one dark and stormy night.

-Catch a movie at The Oriental: this majestic, historic theatre will transform a typical movie night into a special occasion <If here in the fall: don’t miss the Milwaukee Film Fest>

-Weekend festivals: Bastille Days, Festa Italiana, Irish Fest...etc. Find the schedule here: Despite my undeniable Irish gingerness- my favorite is Bastille Days located in Cathedral Square. I mean, how could you resist wine, beignets, and live music? (July 14-17)

  Bastille Days.

Bastille Days.

- Eat a fish fry at lakefront brewery on Friday night and dance the polka <http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com>

-Attend a Brewer’s baseball game- tailgating is a must, don't forget the brats!

- Bike ride to Estabrook Park and reward yourself with a beer at their beer garden! <need a bike? Rent with Bublr>

-The Fonz bronze statue- because ehhhhh you're in Milwaukee- home of Happy Days!

-Volleyball at Bradford Beach: Bradford beach is located just north of downtown and recently received a facelift. (also a great place in the winter to see Lake Michigan frozen over with mini icebergs... Like I said - the tundra) Now you can find volleyball nets and a cabana bar

  Bradford Beach.

Bradford Beach.

-Milwaukee is just a hop, skip, and jump from *Chicago* - catch the train downtown for a weekend in the Windy City

- Camp at Devil’s Lake

-Hike the Ice Age trails

-Go fly a kite...on the waterfront! You can spot lakefront kite rental stands a mile away

-Milwaukee Art Museum: this BEAUTIFUL art museum is the gem of our lakefront, designed by Santiago Calatrava. The museum boasts a large variety of permanent exhibits as well as featured exhibitions- check out the schedule at <www.mam.org>  

  Milwaukee Art Museum. Instagram: @hemacon

Milwaukee Art Museum. Instagram: @hemacon

-Historic Cedarburg: Explore shops and restaurants on Washington Ave. including The Mill, visit Cedar Creek winery, and check out small town festivals like Strawberry Fest. My favorite store: Dime a Dance thrift store- full of beautiful vintage treasures- found at The Mill.

  Dime a Dance.

Dime a Dance.

-Explore the Third Ward- boutiques,trendy restaurants, Milwaukee Public Market

  Mural in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

Mural in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

-Jazz in the park: pack a picnic, get there early to grab a spot (Cathedral Square), and enjoy! <http://easttown.com/events/jazz-in-the-park/entertainment-line-up>

- Rent a kayak with the Milwaukee Kayak Company and paddle your way through downtown

 

Restaurants/Bars:

 

~Bryant's: Old school cocktail lounge with no menu- just tell the bartender what you’re in the mood for!

~Collectivo (formerly Alterra) Pump house on the Lake: Coffee with a view

  Collectivo. Instagram:@rachel_in_london

Collectivo. Instagram:@rachel_in_london

~Pastiche:Delicious French cuisine, located in Bayview- one of my most favorite restaurants <http://pastichebistro.com/bayview.html>

~La Merenda: Tapas served up in every style: From Spanish- to Argentinian-to Vietnamese <http://www.lamerenda125.com>

~Finks- Hipster dive bar-play bar dice with the bartender- vinyl night: you bring it, they play it!

~Cafe Corazon: Tex Mex with a fresh, healthy spin, located in Riverwest. I love their soy chorizo tacos with sauteed veggies <http://www.corazonmilwaukee.com>

  Cafe Corazon. Instagram:@rachel_in_London

Cafe Corazon. Instagram:@rachel_in_London

Crazy Water: located in a renovated house, this restaurant is super cozy with food that can’t be beat. Perfect for special occasions or just when you need to #treatyourself <http://www.crazywaterrestaurant.com>

Trocadero: come here for weekend brunch, bloody marys, and their beautiful outdoor seating area < fun fact: I waitressed here with my best friend for two summers while home from college> <http://www.trocaderomke.com>

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                                                                                                 Trocadero.

~Beans and Barley: Best vegetarian options in town- the tofu burger’s so good you won’t miss the beef. My personal favorite is the balsamic tofu sandwich. *Don’t worry carnivores, they do have meat options as well :) Bonus: attached to a precious market with a full deli, small grocery, and gifts <http://beansandbarley.com>

~Kopps This is a Milwaukee staple known for its frozen custard and burgers as big as your face. All you need to know <https://www.kopps.com>

  Kopps. Instagram: @hannahhdesign

Kopps. Instagram: @hannahhdesign

~VonTrier: Rustic old Milwaukee interior with cute enclosed patio. Come here for their large beer selection! (If you stick around for winter: make sure to stop in for their delicious hot cocktails)

Joey Gerard’s: If you're willing to venture to the suburbs, check out this fancy supper club in Mequon. Hint: you can’t go wrong with any Bartolotta owned restaurant <http://joeygerards.com>

  Joey Gerard’s. Instagram: @rachel_in_london

Joey Gerard’s. Instagram: @rachel_in_london

~Hotel Foster: speakeasy style cocktail bar, be careful on the weekends this place is close to UW-Milwaukee and has the potential to get cray ~ but maybe that’s what you’re looking for ;)

~Comet Cafe: Diner serving up comfort food that will knock your socks off (My fav: The Artichoke Melt) <http://www.thecometcafe.com>

  Comet Cafe. Bloody Mary and Beermosa.

Comet Cafe. Bloody Mary and Beermosa.

~Glorioso’s: Italian market and eatery on the east side. Warning: arriving here ravenous can be dangerous <https://www.gloriosos.com>

~Barnacle Bud’s Recently on Thrillist’s top outdoor drinking spots in the U.S! This place is casual, right on the water, and features Milwaukee’s only outdoor fresh oyster bar. <http://barnacle-buds.com>

**Working Night Shift? My favorite after work breakfast spots are Cafe Hollander, Comet Cafe, Simple Cafe, and Blue's Egg**

I hope you enjoy MKE as much as I do! Stay tuned for more city guides! ~ happy nursing!