I think we packed an entire summer in three days in Milwaukee, and racked up countless miles on the Radio Flyer. While Aaron put in full days working, Claire and I explored the area on foot (and in wagon), skipping through the parks, picking rocks on the beaches and singing “I’m a Little Teapot” at the top of our lungs at Milwaukee’s finest kite shop (I guess Claire just got inspired!). We also may have visited Colectivo, my favorite local coffee shop, a time or three.
The three of us spent the late afternoons at the Milwaukee Yacht Club pool and hot tub; we went on a walking adventure one night, and enjoyed dinner with friends at the tiki bar another. Yep, the yacht club also has a tiki bar, not to mention a gorgeous clubhouse and showers that rival a five-star hotel.
Anxious to reach new cruising grounds, we cast lines mid-afternoon yesterday and arrived at Port Washington just as the sun was setting. So excited to explore this charming little town today as the three amigos – Aaron is officially on vacation!
Clarity, tucked in at Milwaukee Yacht Club
Colectivo! My favorite coffee shop, which just so happens to be a five-minute walk from the club.
It quickly became Claire’s favorite, too. “Mommy, I want to eat all of this!”
Mmmmmm… Fresh cinnamon rolls…. Nom nom nom…
I used to worry about Claire not being social enough. This is her “best friend,” met just outside the coffee shop. Name unknown 🙂
The playground right off of McKinley Beach, also a five-minute walk from the club.
Passing thunderstorms aren’t that bad when you can wait them out at the club pool house (!!)
No way I was stopping this from happening 🙂
After dinner one night, we decided to go exploring and see what we could find. I’m more of a planner, but Aaron always takes us on the best adventures!
During our evening adventures, we found the Oak Leaf Trail, a gem hidden just off of Lincoln Memorial Drive..
We walked to the Gift of Wings kite shop in Veterans Park when we were here two years ago, and I was excited that it was still there – though you’ll have the hardest time finding it on a map, or even finding this specific location listed on their website! I guess it’s a secret kite shop.
That octopus kite came home with us. It will now serve as Clarity’s wind vane.
Kites, kites, kites
What could be more exciting than a ring pop?!
Paddleboat rentals in the Veterans Park lagoon. If we had stayed a day or two longer, we definitely would have rented one!
It really doesn’t take much to keep this kid entertained outdoors. She played in her “sand nest” for at least an hour.
Beach Babes 🙂
The sign of a successful day! Towels and swimsuits drying on the lifelines.
On the walk to Bradford Beach, we passed by the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Unfortunately it wasn’t open – but it’s definitely on the list for our next visit!
Cruisin’ – wagon-style
“Excuse me, miss! May I please have some fried cheese curds?”
Northpoint Custard must be a huge destination in these parts. About a minute after this photo, a group of 20-30 visitors descended.
Bradford Beach – the North Avenue Beach of Milwaukee. Claire had a blast and swam for a bit, but unfortunately the water was filled with weeds.
Those hats! I wish the Chicago lifeguards had those as part of their uniform.