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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Great Running by a Great Lake

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Great Running by a Great Lake

Make it a Marathon Weekend in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE– April 11, 2013 – When it comes to outdoor recreation, Milwaukee outpaces most other cities. Milwaukee’s more than 100 miles of running and biking opportunities along the Oak Leaf Trail, an award-winning park system and Lake Michigan beaches add up to a winning combination for outdoor activity. 2013 brings some major runs to Milwaukee for everyone from the elite athlete to the weekend warrior. And when it’s time to cool down there’s no reason to race home. From architectural heritage to brewery tours to some of the nation’s largest festivals, Milwaukee is the perfect blend of cosmopolitan fun and relaxed attitude.

The Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Run, USA Triathlon and Milwaukee’s Lakefront Marathon are expected to draw participants from across the nation and internationally this year. The unique aspect of each run is that Milwaukee’s distinctive location allows athletes to do some sightseeing while competing!  It’s a convenient preview to all Milwaukee has to offer once athletes cross the finish line.

The 3rd Annual Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run kicks off Saturday, June 15, with three concurrent races - a half-marathon, quarter marathon and 5k. Last year’s event drew more than 7,400 participants including runners from 40 states and five countries. Part of the draw includes the chance to run across the two-mile-long Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge, a tied arch bridge spanning the Milwaukee River Inlet. This is the only time of year the bridge is closed for foot traffic, allowing runners the unique experience of traversing one of Milwaukee’s best-known landmarks. 

All Rock ‘n Sole Run participants receive a post-race party pass to festivities at the Henry Maier Festival Park along Lake Michigan, which is a great way to warm up for the main event of the Milwaukee summer. Run registration also includes free entry to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, held June 26-30 and July 2-7, 2013. 10 ground stages, a 23,000-seat amphitheater and dozens of food and marketplace vendors are a great reason to return to Milwaukee to experience the lakefront’s largest party.

The USA Triathlon is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement and its calling Milwaukee home for the next two summers. Qualifiers of all ages will swim in Lake Michigan and bicycle and run along the lakefront on August 10 and 11. The event takes participants past the Milwaukee Art Museum's magnificent brise soleil, the North American architectural debut of Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava. The city’s signature icon, this commanding, moveable, wing-like sunscreen has been called one of the “new wonders of the world” by Conde Nast Magazine and the Sexiest Building on the Planet by Virtualtourist.com.

The first days of fall bring the 33rd Annual Lakefront Marathon on Saturday, October 6. The event attracts 3,100 runners every year to participate in the 26.2 mile journey from Grafton, WI, along the shore of Lake Michigan to the finish line in Milwaukee’s Veterans Park.  Architectural standouts along the way include the beautiful Italianate gardens and water stairs of the historic Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, the mid-century modern appeal of the Bradford Beach Boathouse and the award-winning rehab of an 1880s river pumping station into Alterra at the Lake, a local coffee shop and popular lakefront hangout. 

Post-race Milwaukee offers competitors a chance to unwind and enjoy some relaxation MKE-style. From one of the nation’s top-ranked brewery tours, to the cuisine of James Beard chefs to a casual stroll along its award-winning RiverWalk, Milwaukee offers a well-deserved reward. 

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 2011 and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., 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, April 03, 2013

Milwaukee’s Festival Season Brings the Biggest and the Best to its Shore

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Milwaukee’s Festival Season Brings the Biggest and the Best to its Shore

Your World Tour Starts Here

MILWAUKEE –April 3, 2013 – Milwaukee lives up to its “City of Festivals” nickname when music, food and traditions from around the world draw hundreds of thousands to the Henry W. Maier Festival Park along Lake Michigan. Nearly every weekend brings a new cultural experience filled with art, history and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. 

The festival season kicks off with PrideFest (www.pridefest.com), the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender pride festival in Wisconsin. Join the festivities June 7-9, 2013 with food, entertainment and shopping in the marketplace. The Indigo Girls take the stage on June 8, and don’t miss the Bad Romance Show, a live concert theatrical production to the music of Lady GaGa, in the PrideFest Dance Pavilion.

The parade of world cultures begins with one of America’s largest Polish-themed festivals, Polish Fest (www.polishfest.org), June 14-16, 2013. See historic exhibits, folk art demonstrations and old-world crafts. Enjoy enchanting legends coming to life, traditional dance troupes swirling and twirling, and scrumptious dishes served in heaping portions to satisfy your appetite. Stop by the 15th Annual Chopin Youth Piano Competition, a family favorite for years.

The world’s largest music festival, Summerfest (www.summerfest.com), rocks out at the lakefront from June 26-June 30 and July 2-7, 2013 (closed on July 1). This world-renowned musicfestivalis an 11-day event offering the best in regional and national entertainment on 10 different ground stages and an amphitheater featuring a diverse array of music. The area’s finest restaurants serve delicious fare and entertainment is inescapable with comedic performances, a children’s play area and daily demonstrations and activities. Headliners this year include Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Tim McGraw, John Mayer and FUN.

Romance, nostalgia, and rich Italian delicacies fill the air at Festa Italiana (www.festaitaliana.com), America’s premier Italian cultural event. From July 19-21, 2013, enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the Sicilian brass marching band, browse the cultural exhibits or be a part of the colorful religious procession following Sunday mass. Every night offers explosive fun with a dazzling Italian-style fireworks show. See a replica of an ancient Roman home, take a gondola ride, play bocce ball and more.

Grab a stein, put on your finest lederhosen and cool off with your favorite brew at North America’s largest annually held German festival, German Fest (www.germanfest.com). Indulge in unforgettable German cuisine, marvel as craftsmen demonstrate old world artistry, enjoy a colorful brass band or stroll through the Marktplatz for unique German gifts. You especially won’t want to miss the Dachshund Derby, the genealogy area or the Glockenspiel. Join in July 25-28, 2013 for a wunderbar experience.

Celebrate African-American heritage and culture at African World Festival (www.awfmke.com/) August 3-4, 2013. Explore the cultural village, taste a variety of ethnic foods, shop at the marketplace, let the kids play in the Children’s Village and enjoy great entertainment.

Irish Fest (www.irishfest.com), the world’s largest Irish cultural festival, brings the Emerald Isle to Milwaukee’s lakefront August 15-18, 2013. Cultural exhibits, displays, theater, poetry readings and demonstrations bring alive the spirit of Old Ireland's folklore and charm, while contests, raffles and sporting events add to the fun. Celebrate Irish music and dance on more than a dozen stages or enjoy the roaming performers dressed in traditional costumes walking the festival grounds. Stop at one of the two marketplaces to take a piece of Ireland home with you.

Spice things up at Mexican Fiesta (www.mexicanfiesta.org) August 23-25, 2013! A south-of-the-border experience featuring mouth-watering food, rousing mariachi bands, foot stomping rhythms, and an elaborate swirl of traditional dancers. Walk through the cultural pavilion and learn about the history and traditions of Mexican and Latin cultures from ancient civilizations to the present.

The Indian Summer Festival (www.indiansummer.org) offers a fun and entertaining way to experience the diversity of both traditional and contemporary American Indian culture. Held September 6-8, 2013, the festival celebrates the rich American Indian heritage with authentic tribal villages, storytellers, traditional handcrafts, dance troupes and lacrosse. Other highlights include a competition Pow Wow, fireworks, Aztec dancers, canoe rides, a fashion show full of beautiful Native American designs, food and an Education Day on Friday.

Other festivals, concerts and events taking place around the city in different locations include:

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, Frontier Airlines, 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, March 25, 2013

Upchurch Named Chair of Wisconsin Tourism Council

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Upchurch Named Chair of Wisconsin Tourism Council

MILWAUKEE – March 25, 2013 – Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett announced that Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, has been elected as the new chairman of the Governor’s Council on Tourism.

Most of the twenty-one members of the Council are appointed by the Governor and represent all walks of tourism life. All are experienced in marketing, and act as a sounding board for the Department of Tourism as it develops annual tourism plans. Members also serve on subcommittees dedicated to grant reviews, general marketing, meetings and conventions and sports marketing.

Upchurch has led VISIT Milwaukee since 2010 and has more than 30 years in the tourism industry as general manager of major convention hotels, and also serving as vice president of hotel operations at Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

“I am honored to chair the prestigious Governor’s Council on Tourism as it builds on the success it has garnered in the past few years, said Upchurch, who takes over his one-year term immediately.

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s portal for traveler information can be found at: www.travelwisconsin.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, Inc., 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, March 18, 2013

Take a Top Five Family Vacation Without Your Wallet

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Take a Top Five Family Vacation Without Your Wallet

The “Great Milwaukee Family Getaway” Makes It Easy

MILWAUKEE – March 18, 2013 Voted by the travel experts at ShermansTravel.com as a Top Five Family Vacation, Milwaukee is a fun-filled, affordable and easy-to-get-to destination for families. With spring break on the horizon and gas prices and flight costs on the rise, finding a fun family vacation spot can be challenging. But Milwaukee is pulling out all the stops and offering a chance to take the whole family on a getaway – for free.

From a ride through space in a virtual reality chamber to family-friendly competition at one of the nation’s most popular game and restaurant experiences, there’s plenty to explore no matter the time of year. Now families can win a package todo it all FOR FREE by entering our “Great Milwaukee Family Getaway.” Click here for details on the package worth more than $1,000.

Stay in the City
The Hilton Milwaukee offers a family-friendly getaway in the heart of the city. Everyone will enjoy spacious rooms and casual dining at The Café and parents may be tempted to sneak away to the Monarch Room, a cool lounge with a “Mad Men” vibe.

Where the Wild Things Are
See the king of the jungle, a sea of colorful butterflies, and slithering, swimming and swinging creatures at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Take a ride on the Safari Train and don’t forget to get a heaping scoop of Wisconsin ice cream at the Dairy Store located in the Family Farm area before you go!

Discover the Possibilities
Transport the family from Portugal to outer space in seconds in the virtual reality chamber at Discovery World, featuring interactive exhibits that fuse innovation, science and education. See the inside of a nuclear reactor, view life under the sea at the aquarium and feel the sensation of flying an airplane.

From Jurassic Park to Edge of the Universe
See the kids’ faces light up as they see larger-than-life dinosaurs, brilliantly-colored butterflies and ancient mummies at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Treat them for good behavior at the candy shop in the Streets of Old Milwaukee on the way to a showing of the stars and planets in the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium, Wisconsin’s largest.

Get Ready to Rumble
The world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum offers something for the entire family through its exhibits and interactive experiences. Kids of all ages will have a blast sitting on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles ranging from the World War II era to present, or using touch screen technology to hear the signature sound of Harley-Davidson engines. Kids must stop by the Imagination Station Kids Area that includesa coloring table, motorcycle-themed books and dress-up biker clothes. After getting dressed in their ridinggear, kids can hop on the kid-sized motorcycle and (pretend to) leave their parents in the dust!

Fun Under Glass
Walking in to three, 85-foot high, glass domes is an experience in itself, but once you get inside – a world of nature’s wonders awaits! Visit the jungle, the desert and see a blanket of spring color in a sea of tulips, all indoors at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, known lovingly as the Milwaukee Domes.

Mom, I’m hungry!
After you’ve worked up an appetite visiting Milwaukee’s most active attractions, refuel at family-friendly dining spots throughout the city.

Dave & Buster’s serves up a variety of dishes like steaks, ribs and pasta that please adult palates as well as a special kids menu full of favorites. And that means everyone leaves happy. With a game arcade, shuffleboard, bowling, billiards and more, it’s a great place for an afternoon or evening of family fun!

Got picky kids? No problem! The Milwaukee Public Market’s nearly 20 specialty food vendors offer something for every taste from grilled cheese and made-to-order deli sandwiches to a full lobster dinner and Mexican fare.

After you visit hog heaven at the Harley-Davidson Museum, head to MOTOR BAR & RESTAURANT for some American Classic dining. Enjoy a bowl of Motor’s award-winning chili, house smoked BBQ pork sandwich or the monstrous bacon stuffed burger. Any choice will be a great choice within the communal atmosphere that Harley enthusiasts are known for.

Breakfast is what we’re talking about at The Original Pancake House. Its signature items include the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection to create a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze.

For details on how to experience these great family-friendly experiences in Milwaukee on us, click here

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, Frontier Airlines, 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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