Often it’s helpful to have limits. I get so excited when I have a completely free Saturday, but then the time slips by so elusively. I wonder how Saturday evening is here already, then realize that the whole day, I thought I had time to do X, Y, and Z later on. I hate to admit it, but often I’m more productive if I have shorter deadlines.
We had a good amount of time in Kansas City relative to some of our other stops on our MLB stadium tour, but we really didn’t do that much. It was a great opportunity to catch up on sleep, laundry, and workouts – and we did enjoy the game, meals, and movie a lot… it’s funny how much we were able to pack into a six hour visit to Milwaukee though! We hit the Milwaukee Public Market, drove around downtown and by Marquette University, stopped by the Milwaukee Art Museum, went to lunch at Blue’s Egg, and headed over to the Brewers game.
Milwaukee Public Market
I love a good city market and Milwaukee’s was a fun stop. We tried different olive oils, bought some unique spice blends, checked out a cute wine shop with a plethora of rosés, and were tempted to eat lunch early at various places.
Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum is a stunning building, located along Lake Michigan. The Quadracci Pavillion, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, boasts a moveable, wing-like sunscreen and soaring, vaulted ceilings.
Unfortunately, the main areas of the museum were closed for renovation, but we had limited time anyway and I was mostly interested in seeing their special exhibition, “Modern Rebels,” which featured Van Gogh, Pollock, Lichtenstein, O’Keefe, Warhol, Kandinsky, and more. It would have been nice if the tickets had been discounted with the limited display, but it was a great experience all the same.
We saw Blue’s Egg recommended in several travel guides, and since it is located close to the stadium, it was the perfect spot for a pre-game lunch. Our waiter was easygoing and endearingly awkward, but seemed to really care about us having a good time there and in Milwaukee.
There was so much on the menu that I wanted to try! We ended up starting with the Monkey Bread ($1 special that day) with Irish whiskey dipping sauce. Chris had the Croque Madame, which included delicious pulled ham, and I had the Mushroom Strata with goat cheese and spicy aioli hash browns.
The Brewers & Miller Stadium
The Brewers game at Miller Stadium was a fun time. There was a pretty hopping’ tailgating scene, which you don’t always see before baseball games. Oakland is the one other stadium that stands out to me as having a lot of tailgating.
Miller Stadium structurally is an interesting blend of indoor and outdoor elements with the retractable roof. The roof is understandable with the different kind of weather in Wisconsin, but it gave the ballpark a different feel after we had just visited some really open stadiums.
I love seeing the different ways that stadiums celebrate homeruns. The New York Mets have a giant apple that pops up in the outfield and lights up. St. Louis had fireworks, even during the daytime. At Miller Stadium, Bernie the Brewer slides down a giant yellow slide. At their old stadium, Bernie actually used to slide down the slide into a bucket of beer! That doesn’t happen anymore unfortunately.
Though we missed it while we were walking around, every game also has a Sausage Race! We did get to see the sausages walking around at least. Milwaukee was actually the first ballpark to have racing mascots.
It was just a taste, but we REALLY enjoyed Milwaukee. The people are laid back and friendly, the downtown is full of character, and the food scene is one that would be fun to explore further. I’m adding Milwaukee to my list of places I’d love to spend more time in at some point. (Currently, that list includes Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine.) Thanks, Milwaukee!