Taste Escapes: Milwaukee

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Located just 75 miles north of Chicago, Milwaukee is known as the "beer capital of the world." But there are plenty of food finds here, and along the way, too.

Here are a few must-visit spots:

  • Before you get to Milwaukee, make a quick stop in Kenosha, Wis., at the famous Mars Cheese Castle. You won't find amazing bargains or ultra-unique products (many can be found in local grocery stores throughout the state), but you will find a wide selection of Wisconsin cheeses, sausages and baked goods, conveniently located just off Interstate 94. Also, the nostalgia factor is high.
  • Once you arrive, head to the Milwaukee Public Market where you'll find 20 specialty food vendors selling produce, bread, sweets, ethnic foods, wine and meats (even smoked salmon on a stick!).
  • After stocking up on snacks, take a stroll along the RiverWalk, and then head to the Milwaukee Art Museum, home to great architecture and exhibits, and frequent festivals (including this weekend's Milwaukee Wine Festival).
  • Finally, a trip to Milwaukee wouldn't be complete without a brewery tour, so why not check out one of the smaller, craft producers like Lakefront Brewery or Sprecher Brewing Company.

Related: Taste Escapes: Brown County and Bloomington, Indiana

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