Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Homes
2700 W. Burnham St., Burnham Park
One of the most interesting glimpses into Frank Lloyd Wright’s work can be caught from the 2700 block of West Burnham Street in Milwaukee. Here, there are several duplexes and bungalows from circa 1915 made with pre-cut factory lumber, designed by Wright with affordability in mind, and built by Arthur Richards, which are now known as the American System-Built Homes. This stretch of rare prefabs makes the best stroll in town.
Holler House Lanes
2042 W. Lincoln Ave., Burnham Park
Next-level-kitschy, this family-run bar (think PBR in a bottle) has been open since 1908, headed up by the ninety-plus-year-old matriarch, Marcy Skowronski. The tavern is covered in memorabilia (including autographed bras from past visitors), and downstairs you’ll find its two-lane bowling alley (known as the oldest in the States).
Karl Ratzsch’s (Closed)
320 E. Mason St., East Town
This German beer hall (which debuted in 1904 as Hermann’s Cafe) got an uplift when Chef Thomas Hauck (a Milwaukee native who previously worked with the late great Chef Michel Richard) became the owner in 2016. While the interior was redone, with a new dining room now on the second floor and the beer hall on the first, the menu more so returned to its roots, really focusing on traditional German food—schnitzels, sausages, kraut, potato dumplings and pancakes, entrees paired with pickled red cabbage. The beer fits the bill, too—a mix of hefes, pilsners, sour weiss, plus the odd Belgian ale, stout, and lager.
901 W. Juneau Ave., Hay Market
The city of Milwaukee has become synonymous in many minds with brewing; you could easily (and happily) devote a trip to its beer spots alone. Pabst was the OG brewing company here, its roots dating back to the 1800’s. The brewery closed in 1996 and sat empty for several years, but you can now tour the legendary site and taste some of their classic brews along the way.
Clearwater Camp for Girls
7490 E. Clearwater Rd., Minocqua
This camp is set on a gorgeous, clear lake in Minocqua, Wisconsin, and it has been open since 1933. Upgrades have been made over the years and the camp is very well kept, but it's special for what has not changed. After every meal, the girls sing songs that have been written by campers over the years, and every Sunday night, they spend time listening to poems and writings on certain themes, then have dinner alfresco on the tennis court. At Council Fire, campers wear historic voyager hats and share stories about trips taken, called "trip sparks." Clearwater is truly a safe haven for girls to discover themselves, while learning every skill from archery and sailing to canoeing and horseback riding. For ages eight to sixteen, for a half or full summer or a two-week introductory session.