Come for the Conference, Stay for the Scenery

Now that we’ve convinced you to come to Wisconsin for the Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 Annual Meeting , why not spend a few extra days discovering all that our state has to offer. Here are some of our recommendations:

Wisconsin Dells

Kalahari Resort Waterparks
Photo: Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

If waterparks are your thing, you’ve got to check out Wisconsin Dells. The Dells has more waterparks per capita than anywhere else on the planet! And there’s no need to worry about the weather – indoor waterparks were pioneered in Wisconsin Dells. Wisconsin Dells is located about 2 hours northwest of Milwaukee.

Door County

Located on the thumb of Wisconsin, Door County is peninsula that is bordered by miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and where you will find islands, small cities and lighthouses. Door County is a popular get away for nature lovers, small town explorers and those looking for a romantic getaway. Door County is located about 2 hours north of Milwaukee. Continue reading “Come for the Conference, Stay for the Scenery”

Discover the Historic Central Library

If you are in Milwaukee on a Saturday afternoon, don’t miss out on the chance to take a free tour of Central Library, the main branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. The library is located just 1/2 mile away from the hotel and it is an architectural wonder.

Free tours of the Central Library with the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday morning in the rotunda.  No reservations are required.

Location:  814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233

Milwaukee Public Library interior lobby and ceiling 2012

The original structure is built of Bedford limestone in the French and Italian Renaissance styles.  Several additions have been added over the years.  Central Library was designated a landmark by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission in 1982 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The building opened to the public on October 3, 1898.


Friday Fish Fry: A Wisconsin Cultural Tradition

This culinary Wisconsin tradition can prompt any number of debates – what type of fish is served (Cod, bluegill, perch, walleye, and others), the batter, the slaw, rye bread, potato pancakes – you name it, Wisconsinites will talk about it!  The hospitality team is here to the rescue.  Here is the nitty gritty on some of the best Milwaukee Fish Fries.

Fish fry
Photo credit: Milwaukee Record

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Discover Milwaukee – A Visual Delight!

Lovers of art, nature, architecture and just plain kitsch can enjoy many beautiful sights in Milwaukee, just a short distance from our conference location.

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Lake Michigan Beaches & Parks

While October may be a bit too cold for using the beach, the “Third Coast” offers many opportunities to view the jewel of Milwaukee—beautiful Lake Michigan.  Walk along the paved sidewalk from Veterans Park at the lakefront and take in the views of the water as well as enjoy the skyline.  The War Memorial, the Art Museum and Discovery World are also along this path.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N Art Museum Dr, 53202

A work of art inside and out! Three buildings designed by legends Eero Saarinen, David Kahler and Santiago Calatrava house forty galleries of art.  Highlights of the collection include American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art and one of the largest collections of pieces from Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keefe.

Nares: Moves is the first retrospective exhibit on the contemporary New York-based artist James Nares (b. 1953) and it runs through October 6, 2019.

Don’t have time to view the art inside?  The famous Calatrava Brise Soleil is a masterpiece of its own.  Catch the Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan, which unfolds and folds twice daily. Continue reading “Discover Milwaukee – A Visual Delight!”