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Festival travel: Milwaukee's Summerfest coming soon, a flight away from Nashville

Festival travel: Milwaukee's Summerfest coming soon, a flight away from Nashville
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By Hoodline - Published on May 29, 2019.

Wisconsin winters can be brutal, which means locals know how to enjoy the summer. The annual Summerfest in Milwaukee is one of the largest (and most affordable) music festivals in the U.S., and it's happening June 26 to July 7, so there's just enough time to start making travel plans.

The city's "Summerfest Grounds" includes more than 10 stages, plus an interactive sports zone and a children's theater and play zone. The venue is located downtown on the Lake Michigan lakefront, near many of the city's famous breweries, as well as restaurants, theaters, galleries and more.

Whether you’re ready to book your trip now or just curious about the options, take a look at these forthcoming flights between Nashville and Milwaukee, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included popular hotels, restaurants and attractions in Milwaukee to round out any visit. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Milwaukee

The cheapest flights between Nashville and Milwaukee are if you leave on June 28 and return from Wisconsin on July 1. Delta currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $289.

There are also deals to be had earlier in June. If you fly out of Nashville on June 27 and return from Milwaukee on July 1, Delta can get you there and back for $300 roundtrip.

Top Milwaukee hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Milwaukee’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.)

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For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Pfister Hotel. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $169.

Set in the heart of Milwaukee, this hotel is close to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World. 

The Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida St.)

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There's also the 4.7-star rated The Iron Horse Hotel, which has rooms for $169/night.

"Great, stylish hotel with gorgeous rooms. The service is top-notch and there are a couple of great bars and restaurants at the hotel," wrote visitor Tom.

The InterContinental Milwaukee (139 E. Kilbourn Ave.)

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A third option is The InterContinental Milwaukee. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $126/night. 

Local restaurant picks

Don't miss Milwaukee's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Leon's Frozen Custard (3131 S. 27th St.)

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First things first: dessert. For a popular option, check out Leon's Frozen Custard, which has an average of five stars out of 13 reviews on Skyscanner. Leon's Frozen Custard opened for business on May 1, 1942, and is still owned and operated by the original family.

Beans & Barley Market, Deli & Cafe (1901 E. North Ave.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite restaurant pick, head to Beans & Barley Market, Deli & Cafe, with 4.9 stars from 10 reviews.

"Everything about this restaurant and co-op is comforting and delicious," wrote reviewer Andrea. "On the co-op side of the building, you can pick up everything from books and magazines to grocery and sundries. The menu items on the restaurant side include local and delicious vegan, vegetarian and meat items."

Cafe Corazon (3129 N. Bremen St.)

Finally, there's Cafe Corazon.

We strive to serve the freshest, natural ingredients by supporting local farmers through Restaurant Supported Agriculture. We raise our own beef on the family farm and grow our own produce. The chicken and pork is also from local farms. Our desserts are based on seasonal ingredients.

"Cafe Corazon has delicious Mexican food," wrote Anya. "The place has character and nice drinks."

Top Milwaukee attractions

Not sure what to do in Milwaukee, besides eat and drink? Here are a couple of recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

The Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Drive)

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First up is The Milwaukee Art Museum, which has four floors of rotating displays and over 30,000 works of art. The museum includes a rich history, that dates back to the 1880s and encompasses many types of art forms. The museum also offers many programs for everyone in your family.

"This museum has been expanded and renovated recently to a current size of 341,000 square feet," wrote visitor Mary. "This collection includes European art from the 15th through the 20th century as well as American art from the 17th to 20th century."

Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.)

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Lastly, consider checking out Harley-Davidson Museum.

This museum celebrates the 100-plus-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles with trivia, models and exhibits.

"This museum is a must-see for motorcycle buffs," wrote visitor Mary. "On display one will find more than 450 motorcycles and artifacts, dating back to Serial Number One, which is the oldest known Harley-Davidson motorcycle."


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