Plan the Ultimate Sunrise Picnic at a Milwaukee Beach

Pack a tote with morning fuel – see our tips on what to bring – and enjoy the daybreak.

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WHETHER YOU’RE STARTING the day early or ending the night late, watching the sunrise over Lake Michigan is something everyone should experience at least once during the summer. The beaches are blissfully empty at that hour, save for a few surfers and early-morning dog-walkers. Check the timing – you’ll want to arrive well before the sunrise to be able to witness the glow emerge at the horizon. 



 
 
1.

Breakfast Sandwich

DONUT MONSTER

Meet the breakfast sandwich of your dreams at Donut Monster (5169 N. Elkhart Ave., Whitefish Bay). It’s a homemade English muffin folded around a combo of savory fillings like ham, egg and cheese. Tantalizing.

Photo courtesy of Donut Monster



 
 
2.

Travel Mug

SOCIETY 6 | $29

Fill this fetching MKE skyline-themed travel mug with your favorite coffee.

Photo courtesy of Society6

 

 



 
 
3.

Bottled Juice

SHERMAN PHOENIX 

Stock up on healthy, thirst-quenching bottled juices from Shindig! at the Sherman Phoenix (3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave.). Get an energy boost from Purple Haze, a mix of pineapple, apple, beet, lemon and lime.

Photo courtesy of Shindig


 
 
4.

Bluetooth Speaker

AMAZON | $60

Usher in the sunrise with invigorating vibes filtered through the Koss BTS1 bluetooth speaker.

Photo courtesy of Amazon


 
 
5.

Beach Blanket

WEST ELM | $86

Chill out on this vivid, striped Nipomo blanket.

Photo courtesy of West Elm


 
 
6.

Hooded Jacket

KOHL’S | $60

Brave cool temps with a wind-wicking Columbia Switchback III hooded jacket in sunshine yellow.

Photo courtesy of Kohl’s


 
 
7.

Tote Bag

SPARROW BOUTIQUE | $88

Load all your provisions in a sturdy waxed-canvas bucket tote.

Photo courtesy of Sparrow Boutique



 
 
8.

Granola

ALDERAAN COFFEE

Get a creamy, crunchy fix with the yogurt parfait with homemade granola from Alderaan Coffee (1560 N. Water St.).

Photo courtesy of Alderaan Coffee


 
 
9.

Pastries

ROCKET BABY BAKERY

Satisfy your morning carb craving with delectable pastries from Rocket Baby Bakery (6822 W. North Ave., Tosa). May we suggest the cinnamon-sugar monkey bread and bacon-cheddar-chive croissant.

Photo courtesy of Rocket Baby Bakery

 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s June issue.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.