Milwaukee may be known for its breweries, baseball and motorcycles, but did you know it’s also a great spot for a city getaway with your special someone? Milwaukee’s exciting restaurant scene, charming boutique hotels, and wide variety of activities make it an ideal escape for a romantic weekend for two.
Make a reservation at Movida and transport yourselves to Spain for the evening without leaving the heart of the Walker's Point neighborhood. This Ernest Hemingway-themed, industrial-chic restaurant boasts a great wine, craft cocktail and tapas list that will keep you lingering for as long as you like. Choose from boards of cheeses and meats, tapas like mushroom croquetas and garlic shrimp, or dig into a skillet of saffron-scented paella for two and a bottle of sangria.
For a romantic, once-in-a-lifetime dinner for two make a reservation at Ardent, where James Beard finalist chef Justin Carlisle offers a chef's tasting menu with optional beverage pairing. Sample menu items include beef with ramp miso and mustard greens and smoked trout with yogurt basil and ground cherry.
Tuck into a long, lazy brunch at Story Hill BKC. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory, this restaurant and bottle shop has you covered. Choose from berry-filled crepes, baked French toast bread pudding, or shakshouka- an egg dish with cumin-spiked tomato sauce, smoked lentils and sumac mayonnaise. Round out your meal with one of their delicious brunch cocktails, like the Garden Variety Bloody Mary.
Iron Horse Hotel
For a romantic retreat within walking distance of bars, bistros and craft breweries, sneak away to the Iron Horse Hotel located in the city's historic warehouse district. This boutique hotel offers chic, cozy rooms and spa services, including hot stone massages for couples. Add the Farmer's Market Dinner package to your stay and visit local markets with Iron Horse's chefs, where they’ll shop for ingredients for a four-course dinner they will prepare specially for you that evening.
Hotel Metro is an historic Art Deco hotel located in the heart of Milwaukee. With complimentary cruiser bikes (available during warmer months), a saltwater rain shower and a rooftop garden with outdoor fireplace, Hotel Metro is the ultimate romantic getaway for a weekend for two.
Sledding & Ice Skating
For a playful evening of winter fun head to Whitnall Park, where the main sledding hill is lit until 8:30 PM and a concession stands sells cups of hot cocoa. If ice skating is more up your alley, check out the rink at Red Arrow Park located in downtown Milwaukee. Skate rentals are available, and mittened hand-holding is highly encouraged!
Stroll the Riverwalk
Explore the city of Milwaukee by strolling the Riverwalk, a continuous 3.7 mile-long path along the river through downtown and the Third Ward. Check out the public art along the way and duck into one of the area's bars or restaurants for a spontaneous date experience.
Bowling may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to romance, but the sport goes hand-in-hand with the city of Milwaukee. Head to a dark, retro spot with a dive bar feel and let the good times roll. Two spots to try are Landmark Lanes and Bay View Bowl.