There are a thousand reasons to come to Milwaukee. The Miller Brew Tour. The Milwaukee Art Museum. The Elegant Farmer. And let’s not forget, SummerFest. But the one reason I love to visit there is my dear friend, Mary Ochowicz. You could say she’s my sister from another mister. LOL. I’ve known Mary since biking in Ragbrai(a bike race across the state of Iowa) and we have remained close friends ever since. Mary has lived in Wisconsin her whole life so she played my tour guide when I paid her a visit recently on Great Lake Michigan.
The Elegant Farmer is also a MUST when visiting Wisconsin. It is located just outside Milwaukee and seasonally, it has the BEST APPLE PIE in the world. It is baked inside a bag and the flavors are out of this world!
I’m not that big of a beer drinker but I felt I had to pay my respects to the Miller Brewing Co when visiting Milwaukee. You could say they are one of the founding fathers of our beer constitution. Mary took me on a guided tour (it’s free daily btw) and learned a ton about the history of Miller, how the beer is made, and the empire it has grown into today. At the end of the tour, you get to taste a few beers and leave with a fun little buzz. Beware: Drink Responsibly. I say this only because I think Mary had a few too many and ended up talking my ear off. LOL.
The Champion of Beers!
Considering our beer buzz was alive and kicking, we decided to get inspired and roam through the majestic art filled walls of The Calatrava. One of the largest museums in the U.S., this grand structure stands tall on the shores of Lake Michigan and is filled with everything from German Expressionism to American Art after 1960. This place also holds one of the largest collections by Georgia O. Keefe, one of the greatest artists ever. One of Mary’s personal favorites, she is known for her landscape paintings along with her flower paintings. Mary couldn’t shut up about her! Definitely a hot spot to check out.