A Guide to Milwaukee Oktoberfest

Much of Wisconsin has roots in German heritage and with fall quickly approaching, that means one thing … Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is a folk festival held worldwide that celebrates Bavarian culture, German style food, and of course, lots of beer. If you’re in Wisconsin this fall, Milwaukee Oktoberfest is a can’t-miss. Here’s what you need to know about the festival:

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6, 2019

The plaza outside of Fiserv Forum
1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203

Food & Drink
Milwaukee Oktoberfest will have lots of traditional German food like pretzels and bratwursts. There will also be many varieties of Oktoberfest beer, both German and local. Prost! (Cheers!)

Milwaukee Wisconsin Oktoberfest
Milwaukee Wisconsin Oktoberfest

Milwaukee Oktoberfest is:

  • Free to enter
  • Dog friendly (especially for weiner dogs!)
  • Family friendly – with face painting, a coloring station, and games for the kids
  • A smoke free event

Visit the official website for additional information and updates.

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  • Live polka music all day, every day.
  • Ceremonial Keg Tapping. (October 4, 5:00 pm)
  • Das Boot Bar Tour. (October 5, 12:00 pm) This is the annual bar crawl along Old World 3rd Street. Participants will get event t-shirts, drink specials, and a “das boot,” which is a German beer mug in the shape of a boot.

Contests & Competitions

  • Stein Hoisting Competition (October 4, 7:30 pm) – $250 prize
  • Bratwurst Eating Competition (October 5, 3:30 pm) – $500 prize
  • Miss Oktoberfest Contest (October 5, 7:30 pm) – $250 prize
  • Bags/Cornhole Tournament (October 6, 12:00 pm) – $1000 prize
  • Weiner Dog Show (October 6, 2:30 pm) – $100 prize and doggie prize basket

Where to Stay

When visiting Milwaukee for Oktoberfest, you’ll want to stay in close proximity to Fiserv Forum to avoid pricey Uber rides. Luckily, Frontdesk has you covered with trendy short-term apartments in the Westown area. We have several listings in the Brewery District and Theater District, which are each only about a half mile walk to Fiserv Forum.

Top Frontdesk Properties Near Stadiums

Football, soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey … no matter the sport, we know that fans take the game seriously and many travel distances to see their team play. After all, nothing beats watching live, in the stands, surrounded by thousands of fellow ecstatic fans. Whatever team you’re rooting for, at the end of the night you’ll want to return to a comfortable room and the closer to the stadium, the better. Avoid the traffic and those expensive Uber rides!

If you’re in Columbus, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Charlotte, or Indianapolis to catch a game, Frontdesk has you covered. Frontdesk offers trendy, spacious short-term rentals with tons of amenities that will keep you close to the action. Here are some of our top properties near the major stadiums in these cities.


Columbus, Ohio is known for its college sports. The city boasts the 102,082 seat Ohio Stadium, or “the Horseshoe,” which is home to The Ohio State Buckeyes football team and is located on The Ohio State campus. Columbus is also home to Mapfre Stadium of the Columbus Crew Soccer Club, which is located just outside the OSU campus.

Frontdesk properties near the Ohio Stadium and Mapfre Stadium in Columbus:

Sunrise View + Indoor Parking @ Downtown 1br Loft

This 1 bedroom apartment with one queen bed, couch, and air mattress has everything you need to enjoy your stay in Columbus! Enjoy views of the city with floor to ceiling windows plus a balcony. Located across the street from Columbus Commons, the property is a short walk to Scioto Mile and Capitol Square, and only about a 10 minute drive from the stadiums. Amenities include a smart TV, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, access to a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, and a parking pass for indoor parking in the garage below the building.

COL - Historic Beauty 2br with parking

This 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of Columbus has two queen beds, a couch, and an air mattress in an incredible art-deco-meets-21st-century former bank. The walkable location allows easy access to shops, galleries, sporting and entertainment venues and is only a 10 minute drive from the stadiums. Amenities include a smart TV, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, floor to ceiling windows, access to a 24-hour fitness center, and free parking.


Black and yellow! While you’re visiting this Pennsylvania city, you should be sure to catch a Pittsburgh Steelers game at the 68,400 seat Heinz Field football stadium. Or for baseball fans, the North Shore district of Pittsburgh also has PNC Park, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates MLB team.

Frontdesk properties near Heinz Field and PNC Park in Pittsburgh:

PIT - Arts and culture at 1br

This one bedroom apartment with one queen bed, couch, and air mattress is located in the cultural district of downtown Pittsburgh, steps from performing arts, dining, and riverfront trails. Getting to Heinz Field is a 5 minute drive and you could even walk to PNC Park, which is less than a mile away across the Andy Warhol Bridge. The beautiful apartment features exposed brick, timber beams, and tall ceilings. Amenities include a smart TV, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, and access to a fitness center.

Dynamic 2br Loft w/ Parking on Allegheny River

This two bedroom apartment with two queen beds, a couch, and an air mattress is located in the North Shore district of Pittsburgh, right on the river. Enjoy lots of natural light with the large windows! The renovated historic building is less than a 10 minute ride from Heinz Field and PNC Park, and is also close to museums and other entertainment. Amenities include a smart TV, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, access to a fitness center, and covered parking.

St. Louis

St. Louis is most well known for its baseball team, the Cardinals, who play at Busch Stadium downtown. St. Louis is also home to The Enterprise Center, an 18,400-seat arena that is used primarily for their Stanley Cup-winning hockey team The Blues, as well as for basketball, professional wrestling, and more.

Frontdesk properties near Busch Stadium and The Enterprise Center in St. Louis:

STL - Colorful 1br loft in walkable location

This one bedroom apartment with one queen bed, couch, and air mattress is located in a convenient downtown location, only a 10 minute walk to Busch Stadium and 15 minutes to The Enterprise Center. The Gateway Arch is only minutes away as well as many great dining options. The apartment is in a historic building with 18-foot ceilings and exposed ductwork. Amenities include a smart TV, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, and a balcony.

Central Downtown 2BR Apt w/ Balcony + City Views

Located in the same historic building is a 2 bedroom apartment for larger groups, with two queen beds, a couch, and an air mattress. It is a short walk to Busch Stadium, The Enterprise Center, the Gateway Arch, and many great dining options. Amenities include a smart TV, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, and a balcony.


While North Carolina is most well known for car racing, the city of Charlotte is home to an NFL football team and NBA basketball team. The Bank of America Stadium, located in Uptown, is headquarters to the Carolina Panthers. Spectrum Center, an indoor arena also located in Uptown, houses the Charlotte Hornets.

Frontdesk properties near Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center in Charlotte:

Deluxe 1BR Apt Conveniently Near South End/Uptown

This one bedroom apartment with one queen bed, couch, and air mattress is conveniently located near the arts in South End and all that Uptown has to offer. It is only a 5 minute walk to the Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center is a mile away. The apartment features an open design and modern kitchen. Amenities include a TV equipped with Roku, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, balcony, and free parking.


This trendy two bedroom apartment with two queen beds, a couch, and an air mattress is in a prime location near dining and high-end shopping, within walking distance of the Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center. It features a modern kitchen and expansive windows. Amenities include a TV equipped with Roku, free WiFi, a washer and dryer, balcony, and free parking.


Like Charlotte, Indianapolis is a city best known for its motorsports, notably the Indy 500. However, it is also home to many other sports. Lucas Oil Stadium, located downtown, is the 67,000 seat multi-purpose stadium with a retractable roof that houses both the Colts football team and the Indy Eleven soccer team.

Frontdesk properties near Lucas Oil Stadium in indianapolis:

Adorable 1BR Apt in Arts & Music District

This one bedroom with one queen bed, couch, and air mattress is located in Indy’s up and coming neighborhood of Fountain Square. It is conveniently located near shopping and within walking distance to great, local dining, plus is only one mile from Lucas Oil Stadium. The apartment sits on Indy’s Cultural Trail: eight different paths which take you past downtown’s greatest amenities & restaurants. Amenities include a TV, a washer and dryer, and free WiFi.

333-01 (1)

This two bedroom apartment with two queen beds, two bathrooms, a couch, and an air mattress is located in an extremely walkable downtown location near the Monument, Circle Centre Mall, the Statehouse, dining/nightlife, and is less than a mile from the stadium. The historic building was once a department store and still has gorgeous marble accents, an interior atrium, chrome escalators, and the original columns and beams. The apartment has large windows and amenities include a smart TV with Roku, free WiFi, and access to a communal laundry room.


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National Wine Day

It’s National Wine Day! This is a great day to grab a friend and enjoy each other’s company by catching up and sipping on some fine wine. In spirit of the holiday, we took the time to highlight top rated wine bars in just a handful of our property destinations. Cities include Charlotte, Kansas City, Tampa, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Louisville. Each city had multiple highly suggested wine bars; these were selected based on the individual experience provided by each one. Keep on reading for some wine-tastic suggestions! 

Barcelona Wine Bar in Charlotte North Carolina, photo from Barcelona Wine Bar

The Barcelona Wine Bar has various locations throughout the U.S. and they are continuing to grow. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Chef Nicolas is the Executive Chef at the Charlotte, NC location. He has spent time traveling the world to learn and understand new cultures and cuisines. This location is open daily until 11 PM and they offer a delicious brunch that ends at 3 PM. The menu follows a tapas concept to pair with the fresh wine. The wine menu includes a wide list of wines from all over the world, with a noted emphasis on the lesser-known regions of Spain and Portugal.

Mercy Wine Bar

There are Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant locations throughout the U.S. The Kansas City location is located on 4686 Broadway and is open every day of the week (looks like National Wide Day can be everyday). Wine served can fit every occasion and mood, while giving you a taste of different corners of the world. Not only do they serve award-winning wine, but you also have the chance to become a member; there’s a wide range of memberships. Cooper’s Hawk tends to be busy, so it is suggested to make a reservation prior to coming in.

Cru Cellars

Cru Cellars gives you the option to sip and shop. You can taste through a wine flight or live like a local and purchase wine right off the shelf and let the wine bar uncork it for you. If not everyone in your group enjoys wine, Cru Cellars also offers local and craft beers. There is also the Cru Wine Garden, a secluded space designed to enjoy a glass of wine and small bites. This open space hosts walk-in traffic and private parties alike. Cru Cellars is open every day of the week with the exception of Sunday and hosts wine tastings regularly.

The Wine Market in Indianapolis Indiana, photo from the Wine Market

The Wine Market at Fountain Square is a great place to enjoy a light, afternoon wine. Being located in Fountain Square, there is much to do while in the area. There are art galleries and studios, local restaurants, live entertainment, vintage and vibrant retail, and much more. Sip on a wine and a light food pairing, and if you love what you taste, you can purchase a bottle for later. The Wine Market at Fountain Square is closed Sunday and Monday, but open for the rest of the week. You have the option to reserve the space or simply stop in for a casual drink.

Mercy Wine Bar

Mercy was opened between two close friends, Glen Agritelley and Vincent Havard. Both have a passion for wine and fine food. Their goal when opening was to provide over 100 wines by the glass from over 12 countries. Glen also had a passion for music; the name Mercy is a tribute from Glen to his musical idol, Toy Orbison. Mercy is open daily and hosts live music nearly everyday. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This might be the best Happy Hour to celebrate National Wine Day.

Old 502 Winery in Louisville Kentucky, photo by Old 502 Winery

The Old 502 Winery is not like other traditional wineries. Instead of gathering wine from different parts of the world, Old 502 Winery gets its wine from Louisville. They use grapes grown by local, Kentucky farmers and craft it locally in Downtown Louisville. They refer to their wine as being electric and funky, that help to create a wine experience unlike any other. They offer wine tastings and tours to provide visitors with the full experience. The Old 502 Winery is open Wednesday through Sunday.

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Best Neighborhoods in Milwaukee

Milwaukee offers unique adventures for all visitors. Each neighborhood presents character and individuality through different dining, adventure, and entertainment experiences.

No matter the destination, it can be hard to know where to begin planning your trip. Challenges can start at the very beginning when you’re trying to decide what the best area is while staying in town. The best place to stay in Milwaukee depends on who you are and what you’re looking to take away from your short term stay in Milwaukee. We have experienced Milwaukee and outlined our top five favorite neighborhoods.

Brady Street Days on the East Side of Milwaukee Wisconsin

Milwaukee's East Side

The East Side of Milwaukee is trendy and ever-changing. Surrounding the UW-Milwaukee campus, the neighborhood is considered Milwaukee’s melting pot and is flooded with students, young professionals, along with longtime residents. With such a diverse crowd, visitors can feel welcome during every experience. A local favorite for food is Glorioso’s Italian Market. This is a good spot to pick up lunch or do some grocery shopping for your stay. One of Milwaukee’s nightlife hubs is on Brady Street; the area emcompasses bars, shopping, art theaters, live music, and more.

Downtown Milwaukee Wisconsin

Downtown Milwaukee

Downtown is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions. From the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, to the lakefront beach, downtown offers endless adventure. There seems to be never-ending dining and bar options; selecting a place will be a challenge but you’ll be satisfied no matter where you go. A top bar for date night is Blu, a martini bar located inside of the Pfister Hotel. Buckley’s Restaurant and Bar offers a classy and cozy atmosphere and specializes in great food, wine, and beer. Visitors can enjoy Downtown through the day and into the night with all there is to do.

Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee Wisconsin

Historic Third Ward

If you’re looking forward to a trip that is full of specialty shops and unique restaurants and bars, then the Third Ward is the place for you. This part of Milwaukee provides memorable dinners, entertainment, and art. A popular spot is Cafe Benelux, offering a full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night menu. Cafe Benelux is located on North Broadway, making for a great spot to start your Milwaukee day as it separates the Third Ward from Downtown.

Walker's Point

This Milwaukee neighborhood appears to be continuously growing. Many of the bars and restaurants in this area are focused on Second Street, while Fifth street is becoming a newer hot spot for even more outings. Walker’s Point has an edgy appearance and energy, while also being one of the most LGBTQ+ welcoming areas of Milwaukee. All locals and visitors feel at home in Walker’s Point. This area also hosts a variety of street festivals throughout the year. 

Street view in Bay View Wisconsin

Bay View

Along with other neighborhoods of Milwaukee, Bay View seems to be forever evolving. Rated one of the top bar districts in Milwaukee, this a great place to visit if you’re into a unique and trendy bar scene. Kinnickinnick Ave offers a wide selection of bars, beer gardens, a farmers market, and there is even a weekly concert series in the summer. Located just south of Milwaukee on the shore of Lake Michigan, Bay View is a hip and eclectic neighborhood. 

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Top 8 Vegan Restaurants in Dallas

It’s no secret Texas is known for its great BBQ. What many don’t know however is that Dallas is home to a large selection of vegan restaurants. Not only that, but many restaurants that aren’t vegan, still do provide options for those that may feel more comfortable with green based plate. Check ‘em out!

The Cosmic Cafe

The Cosmic Cafe has been around for nearly 30 years and is one of the highest-rated vegan restaurants in Dallas. The vegetarian menu is Indian focused and this theme is also seen in the setting of the restaurant. Not only does the Cosmic Cafe have great food, they also offer on-site yoga classes. The Dallas Observer calls the Cosmic Cafe ‘The most easygoing and unpretentious vegetarian restaurant.” If you’re visiting the Dallas area stop in and try one of their popular dishes like Mandala Pizza or Tomato Dreams Soup. You won’t be disappointed.

Cosmic Cafe in Dallas Texas

Nature’s Plate

The name should be a large indiciater of what style dish this Dallas restaurant serves. You may not expect it, but Nature’s Plate has quite the diverse menu. Reviewers rave that even if you’re not vegan, you’ll love the food due to the taste and quality of the dishes. This restaurant has a different style of service; this is a quick, grab and go style. Customers can come in and pick up a meal, or set up a weekly meal plan. The goal is to help consumers stay on track with a healthy and sustainable diet. Their plant-based menu is updated and changed weekly, so you’re never bored.

Nature's Plate in Dallas Texas


Kalachandji’s is Dallas’ longest serving vegetarian restaurant – 35 years to be exact. Kalachandji’s mission is to provide vegetarian cuisine that delights the palate, promotes good health, makes the mind peaceful and elevates the consciousness. They have a diverse Indian based menu and they have a strict policy against using meat, fish, eggs, onion or garlic. One of the common themes in the customer reviews is the amount of people who normally eat meat that love Kalachandji’s. Also offered are a wide range of classes, from cooking classes to meditation.

Kalachandji’s in Dallas Texas

The Loving Hut

The Loving Hut is the fastest growing International vegan fast food chain in the world. It currently has 38 locations in the United States while also promoting locations in 35 different countries. You don’t become the world’s fastest growing vegan restaurant chain without having terrific food. All items on their menu are 100% vegan. If you’re looking for a quick, vegan meal then this is the place to go. From spring rolls, edamame, to various salads, there is a dish for everyone at The Loving Hut.

The Loving Hut in Dallas Texas

V-Eats Modern Vegan

V-Eats Modern Vegan is one of the more unique vegan restaurants in Dallas. Their menu strays from the traditional vegan favorites like spring rolls and soups. It offers traditional comfort food items like vegan chicken fried steak, pizza, brisket, pulled pork and lasagna. Don’t believe us, take a look at their Instagram. This menu is enough to make even the biggest meat eater a little curious. V-Eats is open everyday except for Monday and offers a Sunday brunch as well. It’s a popular spot, so it’s suggested to make a reservation before walking in.

V Eats in Dallas Texas

El Palote Panaderia

El Palote Panaderia is an awesome spot for vegan Mexican food. Believe it or not, this restaurant offers plenty of the traditional mexican favorites like al pastor tacos, chimichanga and tortas. Not only does El Palote Panaderia have great lunch and dinner items, they also have donuts. Where else can you get vegan friendly mexican food and then top it off with a vegan-friendly donut?

El Palote Panaderia in Dallas Texas

Vegan Vibrationz

Vegan Vibrationz is not your traditional brick and mortar restaurant, but it’s certainly one of the best places to get a vegan-friendly dish in Dallas. They have a food truck and a stand at the Dallas Farmers Market. They offer delicious dishes like a spicy mac bowl with collard greens, okra fries and grilled shrimp or shrimp stuffed avocados. They also offer a vegan soul food brunch at the farmers market with blueberry pancakes each weekend. Vegan or not, this is a must try.

Vegan Vibrationz in Dallas Texas

Dallas is Vegan Friendly and So Much More

Dallas is one of the coolest cities in the United States and truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re a vegan or a meat-lover, there is something for everyone in Dallas, from food to entertainment. If you are planning a trip to the Dallas area and are looking for some place to stay, consider one of our short stay apartment listings.

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Milwaukee October Events

Fall is an exciting time in Milwaukee. Summer has come to an end and us Midwesterners are ready to be in our comfortable, cooler weather. This time of year is jam-packed with exciting events; with so much to do, it’s easy to bypass some of the local favorites. 

Whether you’re coming to Milwaukee this fall for work or play, there is a lot to do while you’re in town. Here are some suggested events that we’re looking forward to that we know you’ll enjoy too!

Oktoberfest at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee Wisconsin

Oktoberfest at the Fiserv Forum

Milwaukee Oktoberfest is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The German festival will be held at the Plaza outside of the Fiserv Forum for the second time, and will take place October 4th-6th. This is free and public event will put on a Stein Hosting competition, brat-eating contest, live polka music, and many more German-themed activities. There is even a bar tour offered throughout the neighboring area. The weekend of fun will take place rain or shine!

The Brewery Comedy Tour in Milwaukee

Herron Entertainment is excited to present The Brewery Comedy Tour on October 12th. The event will take place in partnership and at the MobCraft Beer Brewery and Taproom in Milwaukee. Top comics from places including NYC and LA will take the stage while the audience laughs, relaxes, and enjoys a nice, cool beer. If you miss your chance to laugh in October, the event will also be hosted on November 16th and December 28th.

Gallery Night and Day

Throughout the year in Milwaukee, there are a range of gallery nights, days, and features that take place. All are enjoyable and display an array of artists from the Milwaukee area. The Milwaukee Gallery Night and Day is the original of these events. It invites locals and visitors to discover local galleries and more through this free, 2-day event, held October 18th-19th. While enjoying the art, you can also have the opportunity to dine in restaurants within the participating areas and shop in the local boutiques.

Lakefront Discovery Run

On Saturday, October 26th the Milwaukee Lakefront Discovery Run will hold its 15K and 5M run. The race is in partnership with MKE Brewing and it will start at the Milwaukee Ale House. The run also includes awards, prizes for best costumes, music, food, fun and an after party. The best part of the run is the view; participants will be able to witness the beautiful lakefront course while enjoying the outdoors with their fellow runners/walkers.

Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee Wisconsin
MKE Film Festival Milwaukee Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Film Festival

This year, the 11th Milwaukee Film Festival will take place from October 17th-31st. The 15-day celebration presents cinema for all kinds of audiences and welcomes thousands of guests. Along with showings, there are parties and panel discussions offered to visitors to have a chance to dive more into the story and the people behind the works presented. Venues used hold Milwaukee character and have help to form the community since the beginning. Theatres include The Oriental Theatre, The Avalon Theater, The Times Cinema, and more.

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City Spotlight: Scottsdale

Why visit Scottsdale, Arizona?

  • Some of the top golf courses in the world
  • Beautiful desert mountain scenery
  • Wild West-themed downtown area that is also an artistic hub
  • Family-friendly experiences, especially for animal-loving kids
  • Rich nightlife scene, from casual bars to upscale casinos
Scottsdale Arizona View

Frontdesk welcomes you to Scottsdale, AZ! Scottsdale is nicknamed “The Most Liveable City” and “The West’s Most Western Town.” It is home to premier golf courses, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, and lots of western charm. Located in the Salt River Valley, in the Greater Phoenix Area of Arizona, Scottsdale has something for everyone. The city offers a vibrant downtown art scene, bustling nightlife, top restaurants, plus family-friendly fun.

Scottsdale is famous for its luxury resorts – but for an option that is still trendy and accommodating, while being easier on your budget, consider staying in a Frontdesk suite.

Scottsdale Vacations

If you’re visiting Arizona on vacation, there are plenty of things to do in Scottsdale. Scottsdale offers a nice blend of relaxation and activities, so whether you want to go out on the town or take it easy, there will be something for you.

Scottsdale Business Trips

Millions of people travel through the Greater Phoenix area each year, many of them for business. Be sure to break away from the conference room when you can, because you would be remiss to visit Scottsdale without taking advantage of the beautiful weather, scenery, and variety of activities.

Scottsdale Neighborhoods 

Old Town Scottsdale (Downtown)

Scottsdale’s downtown, or “Old Town Scottsdale,” will transport you back in time, with saloons and old-fashioned shops. Don’t let the Wild West vibe fool you – Old Town also boasts top restaurants, nightclubs, high-end fashion, and art galleries. In downtown, you’ll find the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, the iconic Robert Indiana “LOVE” sculpture (perfect for an Insta selfie), and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

South Scottsdale

Just outside of Old Town, is the more working class region of the city. It once had one of the most profitable auto-miles in the United States, with 31 dealerships along the strip. Today, it is home to SkySong, a research center for Arizona State University.

Central Scottsdale (Shea)

Central Scottsdale, also called “Shea,” has a mix of boutiques, spas, restaurants and several shopping plazas. A large portion of Scottsdale Road has been dubbed the “Resort Corridor” for the large number of resorts located along the street. Central Scottsdale also includes several highly desired residential communities like Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch.

North Scottsdale

North Scottsdale is located farther north, away from downtown, and stretches up toward the mountains. The area is largely residential, with many top golf courses, a few resorts, and high-end restaurants. North Scottsdale is also home to Scottsdale Airpark, which is the second largest employment center in the Phoenix area.

What is there to do in Scottsdale?

Whether spending time outside or indoors, with family or out on the town, Scottsdale has no shortage of things to do. Art connoisseurs, foodies, and nature lovers alike will enjoy their time spent in the city. Here are a few of the activities and hotspots we recommend checking out while in Scottsdale, AZ.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Spend Time Outdoors

If there is anything Scottsdale is known for, it’s being a premier golf destination. Scottsdale has more than 200 courses – try out Troon North Golf Club for classic desert golf, or if you prefer green grass, play at TPC Scottsdale. Besides golfing, you can soak up the sun and mountain views by hiking the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a large, sustainable desert habitat with five major trail heads.

Grown Up Fun

Scottsdale is probably more well known for its “grown up” fun, such as casinos, which are popular throughout Arizona. Scottsdale has two casinos: Casino Arizona to the south and Talking Stick Casino to the north. Downtown also has a bustling nightlife plus a four-stop Wine Trail – keep reading for a few of our other bar recommendations.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Scottsdale Arizona

Appreciate the Art

Old Town Scottsdale is an artistic hub. It boasts several galleries as well as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, which features modern art, design, and architecture, and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, which features historic artwork and artifacts from the Wild West era. A downtown artwalk is held weekly, every Thursday evening from 7-9 pm. While in Scottsdale, you should also be sure to check out Taliesin West, the winter home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Southwest Wildlife Sanctuary Scottsdale Arizona

Enjoy Family Fun

If the whole family is along for your trip, don’t worry; there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions in Scottsdale that are fun for the whole family. Visit the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, which is not quite a zoo nor an animal park. The animals (such as black bears, leopards, tortoises, and foxes) are rehabilitated and released back into the wild whenever possible. Animal-loving kids will also enjoy OdySea in the Desert, which encompasses an aquarium, butterfly wonderland, and dinosaur exhibit. You can also go for a horseback ride or hayride at MacDonald’s Ranch in northern Scottsdale.

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Restaurants & Bars

Scottsdale has a bevy of great restaurants and bars. Grab brunch at Arcadia Farms Cafe, a family-owned restaurant that will start your morning off right with a breakfast quesadilla or fresh berry crepes. Craving a burger for lunch? Head to Rehab Burger Therapy and chow down on the city’s most unique burger creations, such as the infamous PBJ & Bacon Burger. Enjoy dinner at Grassroots Kitchen and Tap, another family-owned restaurant with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and an extensive draft list. Relax after a long day with a drink at Wasted Grain, a laid-back bar and lounge with specialty cocktails. Or keep the party going at Maya Day + Nightclub, a flashy, Vegas-style nightclub, with a pool, patio, and top name DJs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scottsdale

The city was named Scottsdale in 1894 and incorporated in 1951.
Scottsdale was originally going to be named Orangedale for its citrus-growing climate, but was instead named after U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott, who founded the city.
“Old Town Scottsdale” refers both to the western-themed, historic section and to the downtown area as a whole. The name used to be reserved just for the historic area, but the city made the decision to officially call all of downtown “Old Town” in 2018, since most residents used that name instead of “Downtown Scottsdale” anyway.
Frank Lloyd Wright was a famed American architect whose work spanned decades and locations all over the U.S. Taliesin West in Scottsdale was the winter home of Wright and his family. He also designed many of the other buildings and homes in Scottsdale, and there is even a street named after him.
Scottsdale is a desert town, which means it is generally dry and warm but may get cooler at nightfall. We suggest bringing a light jacket or sweater for the evenings and with an average of 299 days of sunshine a year, you’ll definitely want sunscreen!

Pack Like a Business Pro

The travel industry is constantly evolving, leading to new tips, tricks, and hacks for how to be the most prepared traveler. Traveling for business can especially be tricky at times. Many have developed their own system over the years, but with the ever-changing industry, does anyone really know the best way to travel? Read more on what we have found through experience to be key factors in packing like a business pro.

Find a Carry-On You Love

For many, checking a bag can be one of the most stressful things about traveling. From waiting in line to have your bag weighed, to the concern that the airport may lose the luggage, the burden of checking a bag can mentally and physically way you down. Using a carry on will help ease your mind as you head to your destination knowing that everything you need is in the bin right above you.

Don’t just settle on any carry-on. If shopping online, take the time to read consumer reviews. Experiences shared by your peers is a tool that provides a good idea of usage for the product. When in-store, take a look at the inside of the bag to see if it’s organized to your liking and for functionality. Keep the following questions in mind: Does it have 4 wheels for easy steering? Does it have multiple dividers inside to keep your belongings organized? Is it a newer model that includes charger ports?

Plan Before Packing

It might sound strange to plan to pack, but this can come in handy later. Grab a cup of coffee, sit down and write out everything you’re going to wear and need on this trip. If you’re going to be gone for five days, write out exactly what you’re going to wear each day. Not only does this strategy make sure you don’t forget anything, it also makes your decision making process easier each morning while you’re away.

Another part of the planning process is doing some research on the place you will be staying at. For example, does your hotel provide laundry service? Once you have a list of everything you need then you can decide what luggage you’ll need and which items go where.

The Perfect Backpack

Business travelers are constantly on the go. Over the course of one day, you might be going through the airport in your home city, the airport at final destination, picking up a rental car, driving to a hotel, and then bouncing from office to office for meetings. A great backpack allows you to keep everything you need secure and in one place. Not all backpacks are created equal. Find something that is durable, has the amount of space you need and feels comfortable on your shoulders.

Purchase a Water Bottle

Now that you have a nice new backpack, one of the things you should always have with you is a reusable water bottle. Every airport has water fountains and having a reusable water bottle prevents you from standing in line for 15 minutes for a single-use plastic water bottle. It is also likely that your reusable water bottle will be larger than a single-use one. Not to mention, you will be doing your part in a bigger movement on decreasing plastic use.

Portable Clothes Steamer

Steaming your clothes can be much easier than ironing them. You can find many portable steamers online; most cost less than $50 and can fit easily in your backpack or carry on. All you have to do is fill it up with water, plug it in, and your clothes will be wrinkle free in no time.

This is an especially important item to pack if you’re someone that wears their business clothes on the airplane.

Evaluate and Adjust to Find What Works for You

The most successful business travelers are those that have been traveling for years and have developed their own process based on previous experiences. The best way to figure out what works for you is by always overpreparing – especially at first. Based on your experiences there will certainly be adjustments you want to make to your process. As time goes on packing for your business trips will just get easier and easier. You’ll be packing like a pro in no time.

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Columbus: Best Outdoor Patios

Columbus is one of Ohio’s most exciting cities; the popular downtown area offers a variety of attractions and locals are able to enjoy the city year round. Many know the city for offering an abundance of public parks along with having one of the top zoos in the country. What many don’t know is that Columbus is home to a variety of outdoor patios to enjoy a fresh meal and a refreshing drink. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, or just grabbing drinks with friends, Columbus has plenty of outdoor patios to choose from; check out just a few of our suggestions!

Lindey's in Columbus Ohio
Seventh Son Brewing Co in Columbus Ohio
Milestone 229 in Columbus Ohio


Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Milestone 229

Columbus Underground calls Lindey’s patio area one of the most attractive in the Columbus area. Having a nice view is nothing without a tasty menu. Lindey’s menu is updated weekly, leaving visitors coming back for more. They are known for their brunch menu, that includes classics such as french toast and smoked salmon, along with original Lindey’s meals.

Lindey’s has a great brunch menu, but a quick look at their lunch and dinner menus is enough to consider a trip regardless of the time of day. They also have a happy hour from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Columbus is home to plenty of breweries for visitors to enjoy. Seventh Son Brewing Co. has been open for roughly five years and offers a unique patio experience. This is the perfect spot to mingle with friends during a happy hour or after dinner.

Seventh Son Brewing also offers an exciting food truck experience. The food truck schedule varies from day to day, but you can always count on being able to grab something to eat to go along with your brew. There’s no need to worry about the weather, either. Seventh Son’s patio has expanded and now offers a second level with a retractable roof.

Milestone 229 has one of the best atmospheres in Columbus. The patio offers a beautiful view of Bicentennial Park and is the perfect place to catch the fountain shows. It’s more than just a great patio, though. Milestone 229 has a large menu that will satisfy everyone in your group. They have pizza, salads, seafood and many of the classics like mac and cheese to choose from.

Columbus Underground gave it a stellar review: “Milestone 229 is the perfect outdoor gathering spot for you and your friends based on the menu and the views alone.”

Vaso in Columbus Ohio



BrewDog has quickly become one of most popular spots in Columbus. Much like Seventh Son Brewing Co, it supplies a large sum of fresh beers (48 on tap to be exact). Along with BrewDog‘s long beer menu, there is a full food menu that is updated and changed according to the season.

The BrewDog patio is made of 2-floors, so there is plenty of room for you and your group to stop for a refreshing drink. They also offer a variety of tours; we recommend the Beer & Cheese Tour featuring cheese from the local creamery, Black Radish.

It’s hard to turn down a day spent at a rooftop bar. Vaso is currently one of the most trendy rooftops in Columbus and sits atop the AC Hotel. Vaso has a beautifully modern look and boasts incredible views of the trees along the Scioto River.

Unlike the previously listed breweries, Vaso is known for their cocktails. This is the perfect spot to unwind after a long week. They also offer a pretty unique menu, which is reasonably priced. From small plates to seafood, Vaso can certainly cure your hunger.

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City Spotlight: Kansas City

Why visit Kansas City, Missouri?

  • Shopping, shopping, and more shopping
  • Breathtaking views with a historical background
  • A wide variety of restaurants, from casual sit downs to gourmet grocery shopping
  • Museums to fit all interests
  • Rich in global culture, including food and entertainment
Fountain at Country Club Plaza Kansas Missouri

Frontdesk welcomes you to Kansas City, MO! It is home to a variety of different styled museums, all different kinds of food, and the views to take in are endless. From shopping to exploring different global cultures, you’ll enjoy the visit whether you’re coming for work or fun.

Kansas City Vacations

Kansas City is great for visiting with friends and family. There is something for everyone to enjoy and entertainment is plentiful. Members of your group can look forward to a museum visit or walk through a historic area and enjoy a satisfying dinner after a long day of fun.

Kansas City Business Trips

With historical sights and tasty eats, visiting Kansas City for business can feel like you’re visiting for play. Spend a lunch break walking through one of the many art areas and enjoy dinner at one of the local spots that make you feel like you’re visiting another part of the world.

Kansas City Neighborhoods

This section of Kansas City is heavily populated with trendy coffee bars, brewpubs, retro-styled bars, and much more. Old restored warehouses have been converted into art galleries and boutiques sell items from clothing to quirky stationery.

River Market
Places from all over the globe meet right here. The Busy River Market dates back to 1857. It is packed with casual global eateries, gourmet grocery stores, and indie boutiques surround the area.

Crown Center
Full of family-friendly attractions, Crown Center is a great place to shop and enjoy entertainment.

18th & Vine
This isn’t any regular street corner. This is an area that brings music, art, sports, and fine dining all together. There is something for everyone in your group to enjoy!

Country Club Plaza
This section resembles a Spanish village with fountains, hand-crafted mosaic tiles, and custom ironwork. Being that it’s one of the country’s oldest outdoor shopping and entertainment districts, you’ll feel you’re walking through a historical town with modern attractions. 

What is there to do in Kansas City?

Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, Kansas City has much to offer. From wonderful views to shopping, museums, and family entertainment for all, there is something for everyone in this Missouri city to enjoy.

Kansas Missouri Graffiti Art Tour
Work from Anthony High at the American Jazz Museum
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas Missouri
Country Club Plaza Kansas Missouri

Tour the City

The Kansas City Graffiti Tour is a guided trip that takes you through some of the best murals and street art in Kansas City. Guides explain the ever-changing area and provide a peak of the artists behind the art. The tour takes you through the iconic Art Alley and end at the Parlor, located in the heart of the Crossroads District.

A Musical Trip

Located on 1616 E 18th St in the 18th and Vine District, the American Jazz Museum preserves the history of American jazz music. Exhibits feature artists such as Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and much more. Within the museum is The Blue Room, that holds live performances throughout the week.


LEGOLAND Discovery Center is an interactive trip for the whole family and an educational experience for the kids. Located in the Crown Center of Kansas City, this is considered the ultimate indoor LEGO playground, with 2 rides, play zones, a 4D cinema, and more. LEGO fans of all ages can enjoy together.

Shop in Style

If someone in your travel party doesn’t like to shop, they might change their mind after visiting Kansas City. A popular shopping suggestion is the Country Club Plaza. There are stores that meet everyone’s needs and wants, along with options for dining and entertainment. A whole day can be spent visiting just this one part of Kansas City, MO.

Restaurants & Bars

Dining options range from local sandwich shops to eats from different corners of the world. Located in the River Market, Taste of Brazil offers authentic Brazilian specialties, including food and drink. Want to stay outdoors? Taste of Brazil also includes a food truck! In the Crossroad District is Town Topic, a classic old style diner that provides a fresh breakfast. For a great round of drinks, you’ll want to head over to Harry’s Country Club. This local bar is known for a killer happy hour and a wide selection of alcohol. Relax and enjoy a drink on their outdoor patio.

Frequently Asked Questions About Kansas City

Kansas City was founded in the 1830s. On June 1, 1850, the town of Kansas was incorporated, then shortly after it became an establishment of the Kansas Territory.

Kansas City is mostly known for Barbecue, Jazz, and the World War 1 Museum.
Actually, yes! It spans over Missouri and Kansas. You can actually be in both states at once if you sand on the State Line Road.
The city was estimated in 2018 for having a population of 491,918, making it the 38th most-populated city in the US.
Soccer. Unofficially, it is known as the Soccer Capital of America.
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