weekend getaway

February 27, 2012 · 22 comments

in ramblings, restaurant reviews

this weekend, brad and i had plans for a fun one-night getaway!

we packed up the car, and road tripped all the way to….milwaukee!

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haha. ok, so milwaukee’s not very far away, but a couple weeks ago, there was a groupon deal for a night at the ambassador hotel with a bottle of wine plus breakfast for a great price, so we snapped it up and planned to use it as a belated valentine’s celebration.

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apparently, a lot of people had that idea because they didn’t have an open room until this weekend by the time we booked.

that’s ok though – it was just a little bit more belated of a celebration than we planned.

the hotel was pretty sweet. it was built in the 1920’s and has been restored, so it’s still got some awesome historical touches, but it still nice to stay at now! we got a king whirlpool suite, so i was clearly thrilled with our room.

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the bed was huge and very comfy! someday i’d love a king sized bed….

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the whirlpool was pretty standard, but still nice. we felt very spoiled having it in our room.20120225-20120225-2012-02-25 017-2


i also loved the bathroom. you could really see some of the old art deco touches, with modern improvements, of course!

it was a great place to stay for our night away, and it was definitely a great deal with the groupon! i wasn’t feeling the best, so we didn’t get to do all of the “activities” we wanted, but that was ok. it was a really relaxing night and we got to spend a little extra time together.

i ended up sleeping over 10 hours that night thanks to falling asleep a little early and not waking up until brad woke me at 8:30 sunday morning! (i guess my body is really trying to get better- i could have slept longer). by that time, we had to get going to make it to our free breakfast.

when we checked in, we got two breakfast vouchers to use at envoy, the hotel’s restaurant.

we both ordered coffee immediately and then chose our entrees.

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i got the crab cakes benedict – eggs benedict on crab cakes instead of bread!

it was delicious! even with my majorly stuffed up nose, i could still taste the flavors.

brad ordered steak and eggs and really liked his meal too. (unfortunately, the photo has disappeared off my memory card…?).

while we were waiting for our food, we saw someone at the bar order a bloody mary, and after seeing it, we each had to get one too.

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this was one of the best bloody mary’s i have ever had! it was so spicy and was packed with “toppings”. it had a pickle, asparagus spear, beef stick, and cheese! yum. the spiciness really helped to clear up my sinuses. Smile

we had a great experience at envoy and would definitely consider going back if we are ever back in milwaukee for breakfast!

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i wanted to visit the public market, but i was really dragging, so we just headed home after check-out. i slept the whole way back, and then climbed into bed for a 4-hour nap when we got home.

i think i’m caught up on sleep now…

anyway, we had a great time at the ambassador despite me being sick. hopefully we can return when we’re both feeling well!

full disclosure: we paid for this meal and hotel stay entirely on our own and i was not compensated in any way for this blog post. as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own.


when was the last time you had a night away?

what’s your favorite bloody mary garnish?

i always get excited the there is a beef stick or bacon in a bloody! the best bloody i ever had was at a restaurant in st. louis called rooster. they had a bunch of flavors of bloodies and the one i chose had wasabi peas in it!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

king sized beds are THE BEST. we bought ours with our wedding money. best purchase ever!
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Sarah February 27, 2012 at 9:47 am

oh i’m sooo jealous! do your dogs sleep with you? we don’t usually let jake & capone up, but when we do, it would be so great to have a bigger bed! plus then i can sprawl out comfortably without taking up all of brad’s space. i might be a bit of a bed hog….!


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm

yep…tucker is always up there. abner about 1/2 the time and sometimes a cat or two :)
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Sarah February 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

wow – full bed! :)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

That bloody looks amazing! I don’t care for the drink itself (not a tomato juice fan) but I LOVE making them and am always in charge of the morning bar when we take my friend’s boat out.

Glad you had a relaxing weekend!


Sarah February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

my mom makes some pretty killer bloodies, so i’ve learned to love them. the spicier the better for me, so i really liked this one!


Mellissa February 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

I stayed at the Ambassador a few years ago for a friends wedding and it was so nice, great service and the bloody mary’s were fantastic!
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Sarah February 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

i agree! it was the perfect place to stay for the night! i could go for another one of their bloodies right now.


heather February 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

love love love that the bloody mary came with a beef stick and cheese! how v. Wisconsin!
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Sarah February 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

another reason that i love wisconsin. beef and cheese as garnishes in drinks. :)


Aparna B. February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

What a fun trip! REB and I should really do that some time, but we’re planning to go up to wine country in northern MI for our one year anniversary. Should be fun! I LOVE bloody marys! Yum yum. I just like the simple garnish: celery stick, bleu cheese-stuffed olive, onion ring and a dash of Tabasco. Delicious!
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Sarah February 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

your anniversary trip sounds great! we didn’t take a honeymoon, so we’re planning to go to sonoma for our 1 year anniversary. my sister is graduating from culinary school in san francisco a month after our anniversary so when we go for that, we’re just going to tack on an extra week to the trip and make it a belated honeymoon! :)

haha, a bleu cheese-stuffed olive is a simple garnish?!? sounds fancy & delicious to me! ;)


Aparna B. February 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

That sounds like a great trip! The SF area is something I hope we can explore and travel to soon! And OK maybe they are fancy, but still! Yours sounds super fancy! Bacon seems to be quite the popular thing these days!
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Sarah February 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

you will LOVE s.f. i was only there once a couple years ago, but i cannot wait to get back!


Marissa February 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

Bacon in a bloody?! Now that’s my kind of bloody mary, I’m with you all the way on the beef stick. I had a pretty good one at The Fountain on State Street Saturday with a side of cheese curds = yum!
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Sarah February 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

i’ve been to a couple places with bloody mary bars that had bacon as one of the available garnishes! i’ve never been to the fountain…i’ll look into it! :)


Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

The best bloody Mary I ever had was at the Pfister in Milwaukee ~ it was seriously loases with snacks, including a shrimp and a bleu-cheese-stuffed olive! SO good. I’m the opposite though, I order mine with no tobasco ;) Looks like a super fun weekend!
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Sarah February 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

i’ve never been to the pfister. i like the idea of shrimp in there though – yum!


Mac February 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

Olives are a must! But I also like spicy green beans, i got hooked when I visited New Orleans!


Sarah February 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

oohh, i do like spicy beans. spicy anything really. :)


Mama Sieracki February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

My favorite bloody mary condiment is my home made pickled mushrooms.


Sarah February 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

mmm, yes! your pickled mushrooms are always delicious! i like your pickled brussels sprouts too. :)


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