Best Place Beer History Tour, Historic Pabst Brewery

Best Place Beer History Tour, Historic Pabst Brewery

Pabst Brewery, once the world’s largest beer producer, had been shuttered and fenced off for almost two decades. The buildings, all 28 of them, would have been torn down had the city not gotten the brewery on the National Register of Historic Places. We learned this story and a lot more about Milwaukee’s beer history during the Beer History Tour at Best Place, located at the historic Pabst Brewery.

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of four articles about Milwaukee’s Pabst family and the historic Pabst Brewery, at one time the nation’s largest brewery. Read more

Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub: Serving Nostalgia in Milwaukee

Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub: Serving Nostalgia in Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s former Pabst Brewery is breathing new life. Pabst beer is no longer brewed here, but it is being served. The Pabst property is being repurposed, building by building, and Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub has taken up residence in one of those buildings.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four articles about Milwaukee’s Pabst family and the historic Pabst Brewery, at one time the nation’s largest brewery. Read more

Pabst Mansion Restoration: A Continuous Work in Progress

Pabst Mansion Restoration: A Continuous Work in Progress

Two years after construction began in 1890, the Frederick Pabst family moved into their home, one of the finest and the last of the great mansions built on what was then Milwaukee’s Grand Avenue. The home almost didn’t survive to see its 100th birthday, but thanks to its next owners and the perseverance of a concerned preservation group, the mansion and many of its original furnishings were saved. We toured the Pabst Mansion in November when it was all decked out in its holiday finery. Read more

New Year’s Eve in the Midwest for $25 or Less

New Year’s Eve in the Midwest for $25 or Less

You don’t have to spend a fortune to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here are 12 events throughout the Midwest that won’t break the budget before the New Year even begins: Read more

Milwaukee Art Museum: A Peek at Its Renovation

Milwaukee Art Museum: A Peek at Its Renovation

The Milwaukee Art Museum, one of the oldest art museums in the nation, reopened its Collection Galleries last week following a renovation six years in the making. The $34 million renovation added 16,000 square feet of space and completely transformed placement of artwork and wayfinding. The new east end addition opens the museum once again to the beauty of Lake Michigan, right outside its doorstep, and the remodel of the oldest museum sections creates an easy flow from one area to another with surprises around every corner. Read more

Browsing Downtown Hayward, Wisconsin, Shops

Browsing Downtown Hayward, Wisconsin, Shops

Browsing downtown shopping areas has become one of my favorite things to do when visiting a resort town. Along with souvenir and t-shirt shops, I’ll often find unique gift shops, wine tasting rooms, specialty food stores and boutiques. Inevitably I pick up a treat or two. Hayward, a resort town in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, is one of those towns. We spent an entire afternoon shopping and sampling our way through Hayward on our trip there last summer. Read more

Seeking the Wild in the Wilderness Walk

Seeking the Wild in the Wilderness Walk

Goats and deer and woodchucks—oh my! The Wilderness Walk Zoo and Recreation Park in Hayward, Wisconsin, just isn’t that wild. To be fair, there is a tiger, as well as black bears named Laverne and Shirley. And smaller animals that aren’t exactly tame. The 35-acre Wilderness Walk represents the wilderness of Northern Wisconsin, and the animal life in that area, for the most part, is more mild than wild. We visited the Wilderness Walk last summer and found the attraction to be geared toward kids, but since I’m a big kid, I had a good time. Read more

The Riverside Motel: Relaxing Wisconsin Northwoods Setting near Attractions

The Riverside Motel: Relaxing Wisconsin Northwoods Setting near Attractions

When you’re in a resort town jumping from attraction to attraction, it’s convenient to stay in an accommodation that’s close to everything. On the other hand, when you have a few minutes of downtime, it’s nice to relax outdoors amidst a natural setting. At the Riverside Motel you get both the convenience of being a few blocks from downtown Hayward, Wisconsin, and a river setting that offers a relaxing atmosphere. Read more

Lincoln Pops Up in the Most Unexpected Places

Lincoln Pops Up in the Most Unexpected Places

You expect to find Abraham Lincoln sites all over Illinois, and I have. Of course, they’re ubiquitous in Springfield, his home for 24 years, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Lincoln Home.

Me_with_first_familyLincoln's homeAnd then there’s Vandalia, the state capital prior to Springfield and the oldest existing Illinois capitol building.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERADecatur was his first Illinois home, and he lived in West Salem prior to Springfield.

Lincoln statueAs a lawyer, Lincoln rode all over the 8th Judicial Circuit, and there are commemorative sites throughout Central Illinois where Lincoln stayed, spoke and worked. The Museum of the Grand Prairie captures Lincoln Travels through the area.

Lincoln_buggyI’ve searched out many of these places, which are often part of the Illinois Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition.

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There are plenty of Lincoln sites outside of Illinois, too, like his birthplace and First Lincoln Memorial in Kentucky, his Indiana boyhood home, and of course, his place of honor on Mount Rushmore.

Lincoln_memorial_KYLincoln Cabin, IndianaMt Rushmore 11Occasionally, however, Lincoln pops up where you least expect him. We found him recently in Beloit, Wisconsin. Skip and I were browsing the shops in the downtown area when we wandered past this building and noticed the plaque commemorating Lincoln’s 1859 visit.

1502_Lincoln_in_Beloit-4104 1502_Lincoln_in_Beloit-4096In what unexpected place have you found a Lincoln site? Let me know in the comments below.

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