A couple recently told me that playing cribbage was part of their secret to a long, happy marriage.
After being married for thirty years, “there are only so many TV shows you can share,” said Tim and B.C. as we sat with crisp, cool drinks in hand, waiting out the heat of the summer afternoon in the air conditioned lobby before they head to Summerfest.
Tim’s dad used to play with the grandkids, as a way of bonding with them. A few years ago, during a family reunion over the Fourth of July weekend, Grandpa sat in the…
Floating around the room, dressed in white linen, her red curls a striking contrast to the layers of turquoise, jade and green crystal beads that encircle her neck and dangle from her ears. She slices pieces from two birthday cakes, after being serenaded by a gallery full of friends, new and old. Melodee, a masseuse and administrator for a healing arts education center, is in town visiting one of her best friends, who also happens to be the Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence, Shelby Keefe. Originally from Milwaukee, Melodee moved to Tucson four years ago to pursue a new life…
It’s summer in Milwaukee. Finally. We know the calendar has said it’s summer for some time now, but the weather simply hasn’t cooperated, as evidenced by the city’s wavering between the wet, cold of March and the hottest, most humid dog days of August. Not only has the mercury risen and the sun come out to tan the hides of hundreds of folks cavorting on Bradford Beach, but the clearest sign of the season has begun: the fireworks have been shot off, PrideFest has passed, the festivals are here!
Boasting large cultural fests like the Lakefront…
While the lobby bar hosts an array of Monday night businessmen having a casual beer and some mixed nuts with colleagues, buoyed by a soundtrack of classical and jazz piano tunes, just down the hall and through a set of doors is the entrance to the Mason Street Grill. It’s an entirely different world, and easy to forget it’s a part of the hotel at all, were it not for the high-class service and ability to charge your meal back to your room.
Camel leather and stools and high-backed bar chairs with milk chocolate wood legs…
Enjoy the view in Blu during the city’s fireworks display on July 3rd.
Our personal favorite, Jenny Thiel will be providing live entertainment during the night.
Blu will be offering 3 packaged deals for the Fourth of July to ensure you have front row seats for the show.
Package 1 – $300 for Bottle of Dom Perignon and a tower of apps.
Package 2 – $200 for Bottle of Veuve Cliquot and a tower of apps.
Package 3- $150 for a bottle of Santa Margarita Prosecco and a tower of apps.
Tower of apps consist of Cheese, Sausage, Shrimp Cocktail, Chocolate…
“Hey! Keyser Soze!”
The guest at the other end of the bar shouts towards me. He’s referencing a conversation the entire bar was having earlier that led into someone trying to describe Gabriel Byrne, and ultimately referenced the film, The Usual Suspects. I’m a huge fan of Kevin Spacey, so naturally I jumped into the fray.
“What are you working on?” He calls out.
This happens often to me: Guests are curious about what I’m doing with a notebook and a name tag – it’s a great opener for striking up a conversation. It leads to a…
We’re honored to have such talent within our midst. Shelby is not only a very talented painter but she’s also pretty quick at it, too.
So we asked Shelby if we could set up a camera in her studio to capture one of her pieces from start to finish.
Take a look at her first completed piece with the Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee Blue. Don’t blink, you might miss it.
Visit thepfisterhotel.com/artistinresidence to learn more about Shelby Keefe…
From the brass knocker that indicates a guest’s room number to the matching brass plate on the electronics charging box inside; from the intricate patterns of the stair railings to the wallpaper stripes; from the ever-changing flowers in the front hall to the roses on the carpet – the tiniest of details come together to create the Pfister experience. Most people come inside and are so mesmerized by how it all comes together in its final tableau, the details are easily overlooked.
For example, the grand elegance of the lobby with its varieties of Italian marble, pink and gold…
In 1987, the Klisch brothers rolled out their first barrel of beer and in the process Lakefront Brewery was born. Lakefront currently brews a specialty amber for Mason Street Grill and who better to lead us on a tour of the Milwaukee beer making institution than the Pfister’s Chef Concierge Peter Mortensen!
What’s your favorite Lakefront Brewery beer?
To find out more about Lakefront Brewery and get your advanced tour tickets, visit their website at www.lakefrontbrewery.com…
This recipe will surprise you! It’s incredibly delicious, but it’s also very easy to make. With a few simple ingredients you’ll be able to create this creamy, rich custard base coated with a decadent caramelized layer in minimal time. This is a one recipe you’ll turn to again and again.
1 quart heavy cream
½ cup granulated sugar
10 each egg yolks
2 each vanilla beans
Split the vanilla beans in half and scrap the seeds place the whole bean and the seeds in a medium pot with the heavy cream.
Combine the granulated sugar…
Dan Albrechtson is slight of stature, stooped as though permanently shaped to sit on a bench and let his shoulders lead dancing fingers across a black and white striped musical floor. A retired math and computer teacher, his spectacles echo the days of computer programming gone by: large, square rims made of thick wire, but his tux and Scots-plaid vest are high class.
“Do you know what request I receive the most?” He takes a sip of his coffee (“one sugar, one splenda, got to make it equal,” Dan quips) as he sits next to me on his break…
Where: Parking garage
What: Power-washing of the parking ramps. Motors running, water streaming, hoses draped across the cement. Cars with license plates from Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee all sport bike racks. Perhaps for people taking part in the UPAF Ride for the Arts which went on over the weekend?
Where: Elevator bank in hallway
What: The soft hum of the A/C reflects the summer heat outside as fans circulate cooled air.
Where: Café at the Pfister
What: A man in a khaki shirt moves rhythmically through the space, circling…
He sits by the window, the only person wearing a t-shirt amidst suit jackets, colorful ties, and stylish vacationers. Looking around, he says “I like the way it feels in here. It’s nice, but casual.” He glances up, gesturing to the red, brown & cream striped awning where the window arches, “this feels like the breakfast places in New York,” studies the menu for a moment, “and the food is really reasonably priced.” When his fresh vegetable omelet arrives, he exclaims over how greatly stuffed it is, full of tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. With the toast…
This isn’t your typical tuna salad. It’s a unique blend of tuna, onion, olive oil, watercress pesto and red pepper.
The creative and healthy combination is perfect as a light snack, but could also be served as a satisfying meal. The colorful watercress pesto adds the finishing flavors that will be pleasing to any palate.
4 cans albacore tuna
1 sm white onion, diced small
2 stalk celery, diced small
1 each lemons freshly squeezed
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
2 tbsp EVOO
TT Kosher salt
TT Fresh ground black pepper
“It’s a marvelous night for a moondance,” croons Marcell Guyton, guest musician at the Blu. This sweet Van Morrison melody happens to be one of my favorites. Despite the fact that the moon isn’t out tonight, it is, indeed a marvelous night. The sky is clear, the lights of Milwaukee sparkle like stars and the view from here is entrancing: the Wisconsin Gas Building with its flame lit up blue to indicate temperature change stands adjacent to the U.S. Bank’s white tower; then the Hoan Bridge with the up-and-coming neighborhood of Bay View beyond…
I can’t see Beth and she can’t see me. Even if we weren’t talking on the phone, she still wouldn’t be able to see me. Blind since 1985 when she was only 26 years old, Beth Finke is a mother, NPR commentator, and author of two books (Hanni & Beth: Safe & Sound and Long Time, No See) who plays the piano, moderates a blog, has modeled nude for art classes, learned to sail and two years ago got to drive a Mustang at speeds of 80pmh. This is a woman who just won’t quit…
You don’t have to leave your four-legged family friend behind when you make your travel plans. Your pets are welcome when you stay at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel.
The prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award winning hotel has welcomed dogs into its doors since the luxurious hotel first opened back in 1893. The Pfister Hotel leads the way in hospitality, and our gracious staff treats your furry friend like a welcomed guest. Animals are invited to stay for a weekend getaway or extended vacation. Our pet friendly accommodations include superior service, breathtaking architecture and modern amenities. The Pfister…
A blond, a brunette, and a redhead sit at the bar. But this isn’t a joke. They’re lifelong Rick Springfield fans, in town for his shows at the Northern Lights Theater.
“It’s not just a show,” says Jeanne, the most outgoing of the trio, “It’s also the time when we get to see all our friends.” The other two ladies enthusiastically nod. It turns out the music is what introduced them – Jeanne and Angie met in 2001; Debbie in 2004 – as they would try to catch every concert within an eight-hour driving radius of Chicago…
Two men casually sit in the lobby lounge, amidst a loud, chattering crowd of entrepreneurial salesmen and women converging for an annual gala. They sit in facing chairs with an immense, dark walnut coffee table between them, each mirroring the other’s physicality and body position. Perhaps it’s their khaki pants and button-up shirts with collars undone that signal business casual. Perhaps it’s their quiet engagement with one another as they confer over a clipboard. Whatever it is, they are an unassuming presence, two apart from the rest of the people in the room. While everyone else…
The lobby is packed with people. It’s prom season and dozens of couples have appeared to pose for photos together, even though the dance is being held elsewhere. Their dresses are brightly colored: sunny yellows, crisp greens, rich pinks and deep purples – embellished with crystalline drops or lacy embroidery. The bubbly nature of youth is contagious, and all are smiling. Suddenly, appearing at the entrance to grand applause, is a woman in the grandest gown of all: a bodice of pure white, encrusted with pearls, and billowing skirt clutched in one hand while her other hand grips a bouquet…
The art of the recommendation. It’s a skill born of the preternatural ability to read people and an intimate knowledge of available options. It’s why you go to your local bookstore or record store: the clerks who enthusiastically love what they stock and sell are guaranteed to connect you to what you want – even if you didn’t know what it was you wanted when you walked in the door.
The woman who walked over to the pastry case at the Cafe at the Pfister didn’t know what she wanted. Tailed, on the other side of the…
The historic Pfister Hotel has transformed a portion of the entrance area of Café at The Pfister with a barista counter offering gourmet coffee, fresh baked pastries and other items. The Cafe Pfister now includes an area with casual seating, free WiFi and plenty of outlets to keep your devices charged. It’s a great place to get some work done, afternoon meetings, or host a mid-day gathering.
The Cafe is open until 8pm, daily.
Cafe at the Pfister…
Expedia® has named The Pfister Hotel among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list. The Insiders’ Select list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value. The full list represents only 500 of Expedia’s top-ranked hotels selected from the more than 130,000 properties offered by Expedia®, placing The Pfister among the top one percent.
“Delivering our guests superior service is a top priority at The Pfister,” said Joe Kurth, general manager. “We are pleased that our efforts have been acknowledged by Expedia…
Capturing special moments and sharing them with family and friends has never been so simple. Let us take the moments you’ve captured and turn them into treasured memories.
Check out one of The Pfister’s digital cameras at the front desk
Take photos of your time in Milwaukee and at The Pfister
Turn in the camera before you depart
A Pfister associate will use your top 10 photos to create a personalized photo website, available to you the very next day
Share with family and friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and more
If you prefer to use your own…
The weather in Milwaukee was (briefly) exquisite this week. Temperatures soared into the low 60′s, the breezes indicated Spring was finally here with their combination of warmth and lakeside coolness, and the sun was brightly shining. Perfection. The daffodils and tulips are in full bloom on, what feels like, every city block. In front of the Pfister’s Wisconsin Avenue entrance, tall, brightly colored pink and yellow tulips are ringed in the low, black, decorative iron that mark the corners of the sidewalk garden boxes. All of this belied the clouds that were moving in, ever so slowly, threatening…