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.