Each season we have the opportunity to create a custom tour for a very special group of guests: the wives of some of our very own Milwaukee Brewers, along with baseball league staff! We have curated tours for this group before and they have always been a…home run!
In this post we will break down the timeline and costs of the day to give you an idea — a ball-park figure, if you will — of how we can help you craft and enjoy your very own custom tour.
11:00 am: Meet and greet at Miller Park The guests arrived at Miller Park where their baseball-playing spouses would be spending many hours on the field. So right off the bat we loaded the bases…er, bus, and took them out to show them some fun around Milwaukee.
11:15am: National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
The National Bobblehead Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum that has recently opened its doors in Milwaukee. This museum boasts “the world’s largest collection of bobbleheads from all genres and periods,” and is a source of fun and history about vintage and contemporary culture. While they have bobbleheads of everything from Supreme Court members to the members of Divo to cartoon characters found on classic cereal boxes, we were there for one very special purpose: a rousing game of “Find Your Husband!” After a personalized tour from Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the museum, we sent our guests off on a Brewers-themed scavenger hunt, including the task of searching out the bobbleheads of their ball-playing beaus.
12:15pm: Lunch at Lake Park Bistro
The bobblehead scavenger hunt helped our guests work up an appetite, so to stay on the ball we headed over to the sensually situated Lake Park Bistro for lunch. This beautiful French restaurant is perched atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, which sparkles on a sunny day and evokes a moody setting of mystery in less-fair weather. No matter the weather, this is a beautiful place to dine.
For this tour, menu cards at each table setting offered our guests a choice of the following:
Rillettes de Saumon Salmon Salad made with Poached and Smoked Salmon, Lemon Mayonnaise, and Chives, served with Preserved Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Arugula and Toasted Brioche
Paillard de Poulet Thinly Pounded and Breaded Chicken Breast with a Frisée Salad, Lemon Vinaigrette and Basque Cheese
Each was paired with a delightful wine. Suffice it to say that lunch did not strike out; rather, food and service knocked our expectations out of the park.
1:15pm: Fully-Narrated City Tour
After departing Lake Park Bistro, our guests were treated to a 45-minute city tour to take in the sights while listening to narration by our knowledgeable tour guide. There is so much to see in this city, it is nice once in awhile to slow down and appreciate the mix of hustle-bustle and history.
2:00pm: Peter Sciortino Bakery
The next stop on our tour was to one of Milwaukee’s longest-standing gems: Peter Sciortino Bakery–or as the locals simply and lovingly call it, Sciortino’s. Sciortino’s is a celebrated local spot on Milwaukee’s Historic Brady Street, often referred to as our one-street Little Italy. Guests were each treated to a bag of three different handmade, Italian cookies that are as delicious as they are beautiful.
2:15pm Glorioso’s Appetito
What a better way to enjoy a dessert than by making it yourself? Independence tastes sweet. Gloriosos’ Appetito is the latest addition to Glorioso’s Italian Market, a family-owned grocery store that has been a staple of the Brady Street neighborhood for over seven decades! Appetito, which is located across the street from the market, is a gathering place for catering, events, and cooking school. Our guests were treated to a cannoli demonstration complete with fresh coffee; such a sweet way to experience the Italian roots of the neighborhood.
3:00pm Third Space Brewing
It would not be a complete Milwaukee experience without a stop at one of our local craft breweries. To top off the day, our guests were taken on a mini brewery tour and treated to a pint of beer each to cap off the day. Third Space Brewing is known for batting a thousand when it comes to brewing delicious, well-crafted beers, and is an excellent example of the local pride found in Milwaukee’s quality breweries that keep the culture of small local business alive in this city.
4:00pm Tour Concludes at Miller Park
After a long and delicious day full of beautiful sights and tasty treats, we said goodbye to our guests back at home base: Miller Park.
- Head Count: 15
- Mode of Transit: Bus
- Length of Tour: 5 hours
- Locations: National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, Lake Park Bistro, Peter Sciortino’s Bakery, Glorioso’s Appetito, Third Space Brewing
- Total Costs: $90 per person + 25% gratuity / booking fee
Milwaukee Food & City Tours is proud to offer a variety of tours perfect for groups of all kinds and sizes. Looking for a fun way to get the night started on your Bachelor/Bachelorette party? Need a new way to engage your corporate group in team bonding? Do you have a scout group aspiring to gain new badges? Looking for a fun and educational way to teach your students about the cultural origins of Milwaukee? Our private tours offer all that and more.
We are flexible, we provide a multitude of tours, and most of all, we make it fun and easy for you. Private tours can be arranged on any of our tour options and can be customized just for your party. Generous food/drink portions are included in the per person price. We require 8 or more for a private walking tour, or 15 or more for a private bus tour – but the sky is the limit as we’ve hosted groups of 300+ on custom tour experiences.
You pick the tour route, date and time that works best for your group, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest. From there, we’ll handle the rest. Five days prior to the tour date we’ll need a final head count, list of any vegetarians, and payment via credit card or check. Literally, it is that easy!