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Thursday, January 31, 2013

11 Reasons Milwaukee is More Romantic Than Cupid’s Arrow

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Jeannine Sherman
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11 Reasons Milwaukee is More Romantic Than Cupid’s Arrow

Not Your Usual Chocolates & Champagne Valentine’s Getaway in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – Jan. 24, 2013 –Tired of the same old chocolates and champagne routine? Do something different this Valentine’s Day and take your special someone on a trip to Milwaukee – where your date could include constellations, elephants in love, beer pairings or a pipe organ.

Here is a list of 11 things to do in Milwaukee this Valentine’s Day that won’t leave your love yearning for more.  

1. Create a work of art together at Splash Studio, Milwaukee’s paint bar where a local artist walks you through the creation of a masterpiece on canvas, accompanied by libations of your choice. The Valentine’s Day featured painting is “Trunks” – two red elephants with trunks connected into a red heart. The package also includes a complimentary welcome cocktail, a box of truffles, and a sample at Red Elephant Chocolate.

2. Give her an upscale version of a Valentine’s Day mixtape. Take in the intimate surroundings of Vogel Hall at the Florentine Opera’s “That’s Amore” – a concert of classic love songs on stage Feb. 8-10.

3. Treat your sweetie to a day in foodie heaven with “A Day in the Kitchen” at Coquette Café. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the restaurant and assist the chef during lunch. Later, return for a complimentary dinner with a guest, a souvenir chef’s coat and bottle of wine, picked specifically for you.

4. Enjoy an out-of-this-world date night at the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Daniel M. Soref Planetarium where you’ll gaze at “constellations of love.” The “Romancing the Stars” evening includes a rose and chocolates for each stargazing duo. 

5. Put the LOVE in your beer lover’s life at a “Tapas and Beer” tasting at Sprecher Brewery. Enjoy samples of more than a dozen microbrews paired with small plate flavors designed to highlight each brew.

6. Dine at the Harbor House, Milwaukee’s only restaurant on Lake Michigan with breathtaking views of the city and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Heat things up with the “Harbor-disiac” – a platter of 12 oysters and a half-bottle of Henriot Souverain Champagne.

7. Take the “Naughty Bits” tour at the Milwaukee Art Museum and see Adam and Eve on the brink of sin, the best stone-cold derriere in Milwaukee and a birds and bees look at why Noah brought two of each animal on the ark.

8. Groove to the jazz and R&B sounds of Street Life with Warren Weigratz at the Milwaukee Domes Music Under Glass “Valentine Sweetheart” night. Take a stroll from the jungle to the deserts of Madagascar and marvel at blooms of orchids with cascading waterfall backdrops, one of the world’s finest cacti and succulent collections and colorful birds soaring below the 85-foot high glass domes.

9. Catch (more than just) a movie (with cocktails) at Milwaukee’s 84-year-old movie palace complete with the largest pipe organ in the U.S., six larger-than-life Buddhas, eight porcelain lions, hand-drawn murals, two ornate minaret towers and hundreds of elephants at the Oriental Theatre.

10. End your evening with a night cap at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, a Milwaukee institution since 1938 that is still making headlines, including a nod in Esquire Magazine’s “Top 10 Bars in America.” Order up your classic cocktail by describing your mood and head upstairs to the Velvet Lounge where the lush red walls will have you cozying up in no time.

11. Choose one of these indulgent overnight stay packages to make your Valentine’s getaway a night to remember:

For more information on what to do while you’re falling in love with Milwaukee, log on to visitmilwaukee.org.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Statewide EMS Conference at Wisconsin Center

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Statewide EMS Conference at Delta Center

MILWAUKEE – January 30, 2013 – More than 2,700 emergency medical services personnel from across the state convene at the Delta Center from January 30 – February 2 for the 27th Annual “Working Together Conference and Exposition” held by the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Association (WEMSA), along with its Platinum Partner, LifeQuest Services.

Dozens of educators will come to Wisconsin from all across the nation to provide more than 50 sessions and topics of quality education, such as “Critical Decision-Making”, “Good Medicine in Bad Places” and “Commanding the Mayday.”

In addition to offering a wide variety of EMS-related topics, sessions also include firefighting and rescue operations, plus sessions for department leaders and officers, educators, first responders and more.

For more information on WEMSA and the conference: http://www.wisconsinems.com

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Returns to the Pettit Jan 18-20

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Jeannine Sherman
VISIT Milwaukee
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Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Returns to the Pettit Jan 18-20

MILWAUKEE – January 14, 2013 – Runners from 21 states will be converging on the Pettit National Ice Center January 18-20 for the fifth annual Icebreaker Indoor Marathon. The weekend festivities include a 5k race on Friday night, a half marathon and a marathon relay on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday.

All of the events this year are once again sold out with over 800 runners expected to take to the Pettit Center’s running track. This year’s field includes a select group of 40 runners who will be competing for the Gold Medal Challenge, which is for runners who compete in the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. 

“This year will be our biggest yet event,” said race director Chris Ponteri, who founded the event in 2009. “We added spots to the 5k race due to high demand, and those additional runners will put us ahead of 2012 in terms of total runners through the weekend.”

The Revolution Natural Running 5k will start at 7 pm on Friday and will feature a field of more than 80 runners. The Performance Running Outfitters Half Marathon on Saturday morning will have two heats with 130 runners in each.  The first will start at 7am and the second at 9:30am and Sunday’s full marathon will feature 130 runners with the starting gun firing at 8am.

The men’s 2011 marathon champion, Albertus Rohling of West Allis, will be back, as will last year’s runner up, Matt Jeromin of Roselle, IL. On the female side, defending marathon champion Mary Flaws of Waukesha is back to defend her title and will also be looking to keep her GMC title for a fourth consecutive year.

The track at the Pettit National Ice Center is 443 meters, which makes it the largest indoor running track in the United States. Runners will need to complete 95.4 laps for the marathon and 47.7 for the half marathon. The 5k is about 11 laps.

Perhaps the most unique event of the weekend is the marathon relay.  Teams of 2-4 runners must combine to finish 95.4 laps. Runners can be exchanged at any time; this “tag-team format” makes for a fun and exciting atmosphere. This year over 105 teams will be participating, ranging from professional runners to self-described couch-potatoes. Prizes are given to the top finishing teams in three divisions: men’s, women’s and mixed. The marathon relay has quickly become a favorite event of many runners making for a fun, lively and contagious atmosphere on the Pettit’s track.

For more information on the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon or any of this weekend’s events, please contact Race Director Chris Ponteri by phone at 262.758.9226 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

VISIT Milwaukee Launches Milwaukee365.com

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VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee Launches Milwaukee365.com

User-friendly site offers new way to experience the city

MILWAUKEE – December 5, 2012VISIT Milwaukee has officially launched a new virtual key to the city’s wide range of arts, sports and entertainment events. With the roll-out of Milwaukee365.com, the city joins the ranks of Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Austin, Phoenix and more than 30 other major cities nationwide in offering this all-inclusive, citywide go-to-guide, which makes it easier than ever to find all the fun events in Milwaukee, book tickets and GO.

In a collaboration with local arts groups and utilizing Artsopolis software originally developed in the Silicon Valley, VISIT Milwaukee has designed a website unique to the city’s 365-needs. Visitors and residents will find a one-stop-shop of event information, including links to purchase tickets, connect with social media, read and post user reviews and more.

“VISIT Milwaukee is thrilled to bring Milwaukee365.com to the Greater Milwaukee Area,” says Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “It represents the most robust events site Milwaukee has ever seen and has already received 50,000 visits in its test phase.”

The colorful, user-friendly website is separated into 15 categories or themes, including “Theater,” “Free Events,” “Festivals” and “Kids & Family” for easy navigation. The keyword and advanced search feature allows users to quickly find events by individual and phrase keywords, date, category type or location.

Rave reviews have come in from more than 700 organizations that have already showcased their events in the test phase. Organizers are treated to a website which allows for events to be showcased in the best way possible, through customization and the ability to upload multiple photos and videos. Additional benefits include the ability to track traffic to the organizations’ websites, sell tickets, sell merchandise and even receive donations.

And the best news of all for organizations submitting events is that Milwaukee365.com is absolutely free of charge, regardless of how much content is uploaded.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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