One Milwaukeean's ideal itinerary for a day in Cream City.

While sometimes it’s fun to pack a bag, hop on a plane and fly to a beach, other times it can be just as fun to find adventure at home. Because while absence makes the heart grow fonder, we also know there’s no place like home. A day free of work, free of cares, free of obligations in our fair city means a day filled to the brim with all the things I love most in Milwaukee.

8 a.m.

My ultimate Milwaukee staycation would begin with an overnight stay at the Pfister Hotel. Our city’s landmark luxury lodging opened its grand doors in 1893 and has been offering opulent experiences ever since.

9 a.m.

I would book one of the enticing packages offered by the Pfister, which pairs your stay with various services or dining experiences at the hotel. Since relaxation would be my end goal, I would opt for the Relaxation Package, which includes a 60-minute massage. If you’ve never experienced the pampering offered by the WELL Spa and Salon, you’re missing out.

Photo courtesy Pfister Hotel

10:30 a.m.

I’d then head to Blue’s Egg for one of the best brunches in all of Milwaukee. Yes, you’ve probably heard it a thousand times. But it’s true a thousand times over – this place is one of a kind. (There’s a reason it has a 4.5-star rating on Yelp with almost 1,000 reviews!) I’d go there solely for the monkey bread and whiskey sauce. But because one can’t live on monkey bread alone, I’d probably also treat myself to some Very Stuffed Browns. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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12:30 p.m.

After I was stuffed to the brim with delicious food, I’d probably be ready for more relaxing. So I’d head over to Bay View to Milwaukee Community Acupuncture. Maybe you’re an acupuncture aficionado, or maybe you’ve never tried the restorative technique in your life, but either way: give this place a try. Fair warning, it’s a big open space where others are receiving their treatment as well, but the vibe is so relaxed, it’s easy to forget you’re not alone in the room. The chairs are comfy. The folks who work there are top-notch. And, boy, are those needles relaxing; don’t be surprised if you fall asleep in your big, comfy chair.

1:30 p.m.

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I’d wake myself from my relaxed state with a lavender latte from Stone Creek Coffee. (The once-seasonal beverage is now year-round – yippee!) I’d take a good book – the kind that’s impossible to put down – and I’d sip my floral-infused beverage and leaf through my book, whiling the afternoon away.

4:30 p.m.

After I’m properly rejuvenated, I’d find my way to Veterans Park to wind down the day. It’s one of my favorite places in Milwaukee. You can walk or run the lakeside trail, you can picnic, you can fly a kite. Or you can just stare out over the expanse of Lake Michigan before you, watching sailboats and the world go by.

One of my personal favorite things to do in Veterans Park is rent a surrey. You can rent one of these bike-like vehicles for just $25 an hour for a two-seater, or $35 an hour for one big enough for four people. Hop in and wheel around Milwaukee’s lakeside park. It’s ridiculous amounts of fun.

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Veterans Park6:30 p.m.

I’d round out the day with a meal at one of my favorite restaurants: La Merenda. Small plates with big flavor. Plan to order one of everything on the menu. Okay, not really. But you could, because it’s all so flavorful and savory. The butter chicken is the stuff dreams are made of.