City Spotlight: Atlanta

Why visit Atlanta, Georgia?

  • Home to the largest aquarium in the U.S.
  • Rich civil rights history
  • First-rate botanical garden
  • Many shopping and entertainment options
  • Great variety of dining and nightlife

Frontdesk welcomes you to Atlanta, GA! Atlanta is located in central/northwest Georgia and is the capital and most populous city in the state. Atlanta is most well known for being the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., the birthplace of Coca-Cola, and for having the “busiest airport in the world.” While Atlanta does have a rich history to explore, there are also many modern enjoyments from shopping to visiting the aquarium and botanical garden – not to mention, fantastic restaurants.

Atlanta Vacations

Atlanta makes a great choice for a vacation spot. Whether you’re taking a solo trip or traveling with friends or family, the city offers a wide variety of activities and attractions to enjoy, ranging from touristy to educational to just plain fun.

Atlanta Business Trips

Atlanta is a popular business destination and it’s no wonder – it has a large airport, is easy to get around with public transportation, and is more affordable than some other big cities. In fact, Atlanta was ranked #7 in the nation for top business meeting destinations. Just be sure to break away check out some of the top-notch entertainment and dining options while you’re in town!

What is there to do in Atlanta?

Atlanta is a bustling city and it’s hard to narrow down all of the options to just a few top picks. Whether you want to visit the top cultural attractions to learn and appreciate, or you’d rather spend your time focused on shopping, entertainment, and dining, the city will have something for you. Here are a few of the hotspots we recommend checking out while in Atlanta, GA.

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta Georgia

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is the U.S’s largest aquarium (and was the largest in the world up until 2012), with tens of thousands of animals separated into seven galleries. Animals you will see include whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales, otters, penguins, and of course many species of fish.

Ponce City Market in Atlanta Georgia

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market is a shopping, dining, and entertainment epicenter in a historic building. You can shop stores like Anthropologie, West Elm, Williams Sonoma, J. Crew, Madewell, and many more. The “food hall” is far from a basic cafeteria, with some of the city’s most well-known chefs serving up their dishes there. PCM even has a carnival-style amusement park on the rooftop.

Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta Georgia

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden, located in Midtown by Piedmont Park, features over 30 acres of indoor and outdoor flowers and plants. The Garden also has special events and exhibits, including giant topiary-like plant sculptures in themes like Alice in Wonderland.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta Georgia

Civil Rights History

Atlanta has a rich history with the Civil Rights Movement. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a 42,000 square-foot museum dedicated to educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary struggle for Human Rights around the world. You’ll also want to check out the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, which includes several buildings such as a visitor center, the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr., and the King Center, as well as a rose garden, monument, and more.

Atlanta Neighborhoods

Downtown Atlanta is a busy business district with lots to do. Downtown is home to the Georgia Aquarium, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Centennial Olympic Park, and lots of great restaurants.

Midtown is the city’s cultural epicenter and is located just north of downtown. The neighborhood is adjacent to Piedmont Park and has many art and cultural offerings including the Woodruff Arts Center, Fox Theatre, and the High Museum of Arts.

Little Five Points
Little Five Points is a small, trendy neighborhood east of downtown. It is home to great restaurants like The Vortex and The Porter Beer Bar, plus a range of indie stores and vintage boutiques.

Virginia Highland
Virginia Highland (or VaHi) is close to the busy city while still maintaining small-community charm. The historic neighborhood is mostly residential with over 100-year-old homes from charming bungalows to beautiful Victorians. Virginia Highland is also adjacent to numerous attractions including the Ponce City Market and Piedmont Park. The neighborhood is also home to several popular restaurants.

Restaurants & Bars

Start off your day in Atlanta with brunch at the aptly named Atlanta Breakfast Club. Here you’ll enjoy soul food like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, or bacon breakfast tacos. Later in the day, if you’re craving a burger or bar food, head to The Vortex, which has locations both in Midtown and Little Five Points. They serve up a variety of classic burgers as well as more unique ones like the “Fat Elvis” with peanut butter, bacon, and fried plantains. If you had something fancier in mind, Staplehouse is a reservations-only restaurant with an ever-changing 10-course tasting menu. All profits go to The Giving Kitchen, which helps restaurant workers in need. The renowned restaurant is notoriously hard to get into, so book your reservations far in advance!

In terms of drinks, we recommend checking out The Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points for a very extensive beer list plus whiskey and cocktails.

Vortex in Atlanta Georgia

Frequently Asked Questions About Atlanta

The city was initially founded as a settlement called Terminus in 1837, then renamed Marthasville, and it was eventually incorporated in 1847 as Atlanta.

Atlanta is the feminine version of Atlantic, as in the Atlantic Railroad that ran through the city. However, some people speculate that it was named after the then-governor’s daughter, Martha Atalanta.

One of the best ways to get around the city is via Marta, the light rail. There is even a Marta app with maps.

Summers are hot and humid with temperatures reaching 80-90° or higher. Winters are generally dry and in the 30-50° range, although the occasional snow flurry can happen.

Top Coworking Spaces

Let’s face it – the days of working in a cubicle are (thankfully) nearing an end. More employees are opting to work from their home offices or are being given the opportunity to travel for work. While this may be a welcome change for some, others may miss the chance to socialize with their peers in the office on a daily basis. Enter the coworking space!

What is a coworking space, you might ask? Coworking spaces offer a refreshing break from your typical 9-5. Imagine a space filled with people networking with their peers, brainstorming their next ventures, or simply enjoying a professional working environment. No matter what their background, it’s likely all of these patrons are there for the same purpose – to get things done.

While there are plenty of great coworking spaces out there, we’ve put together a few of our favorites that you can utilize during your stay with Frontdesk!

Hudson Business + Lounge

Milwaukee: Hudson Business + Lounge

Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, the Hudson Business Lounge is an excellent option if you’re looking for a unique and modern coworking space. Enjoy working in the Hudson’s loft-style common spaces or host a meeting in one of its larger conference rooms. Additionally, they have solo spaces available if you prefer to work alone in a quiet, private office. In short, the Hudson really has the needs of its members in mind. In addition to providing basic amenities, such as free printing and wifi, this space also hosts an amazing cafe and lounge where you can get a hot cup of coffee, grab a bite to eat, or even enjoy a cold brew after a long day at the office.

But wait – you don’t have to be a member to take advantage of this great co-working space! The Hudson offers a fantastic day pass option for anyone looking to get some work done, making this a great option for locals and travelers alike.

WeWork - Charlotte, NC

Charlotte: WeWork

Next up on our list is a coworking space that puts the “c” in convenience. With three locations in Charlotte, as well as across the United States and internationally, WeWork is what you could call a chain coworking space. While there are several smaller, unique coworking spaces in Charlotte, there’s something to be said for the convenience of being able to utilize your membership and find a beautiful coworking space no matter where you go. In addition to convenience, WeWork prides themselves on next level community focus, cultivating positive relationships between their members through networking events, social gatherings, wellness events, and more. 

If you aren’t sold on WeWork by way of convenience and community alone, their mission to bring the world together through their global outreach may just do the trick. They are actively working to make the world a better place through projects like their Refugee Initiative, Veterans in Residence Program, and Creators Awards that can be earned by members with a product or an idea that could change the world for the better. 


Dallas: GoodWork

Located 10 minutes or less from any one of our properties in Dallas, GoodWork is a slightly different kind of coworking space compared to the rest featured on our list. They still offer all of your typical amenities, but it’s their mission that really caught our eye.

GoodWork genuinely cares about its community, so much so that they’ve made the wellness of their members a priority. Their building is newly renovated and is considered a green building, meaning that it is not only built with better, cleaner materials, it also has just the right amount of sunlight and clean air which can increase your mental well being and productivity. Additionally, everything is solar powered, so they aren’t just taking care of you, they’re also taking care of the environment. How cool is that?

By now you’re probably thinking, “Membership somewhere this great must cost an arm and a leg.” It’s your lucky day. GoodWork took their good work a step further by offering a range of fair prices for everyone. What a day to be alive!


Indianapolis: Industrious

Industrious offers a space for people who mean business. Like WeWork, they offer locations all across the country, including several of our Frontdesk city destinations! While on the topic of convenience, Industrious Indy is located right on Mass Ave which means you’ll find yourself in the hub of activity and within walking distance to incredible restaurants and bars downtown.

While membership at Industrious is slightly pricier than others that made our list, the abundance of amenities offered makes up for the price difference. Like most coworking spaces, Industrious offers several basic amenities for its members such as unlimited printing, wifi, and hot coffee to get you through the work day. In order to go the extra mile for their members, they also offer additional spaces such as wellness and mothers’ rooms to make sure you’re at your best – always. All in all, Industrious was built with it’s member’s best interests in mind!


St.Louis: Covo

Covo is a beautiful, all-encompassing space for you to accomplish your goals. Their tasteful decor and beautiful facilities are what caught our eye, and their fair membership prices are what caused us to stick around! Like many coworking spaces, they offer 24/7 access for their members, as well as secure internet, community classes, spacious office space for you and your team to collaborate, and more.

In addition to all of the typical amenities you’d expect in a shared office space, Covo offers some fun little perks for its members such as a loyalty program, napping rooms, and of course, the Trust Cocktail Bar. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the end of a long day, or meet with clients in an impressive space. The options are truly limitless.


Columbus: Kollektiv

Last, but not least, is Kollectiv, a coworking space with the business traveler in mind. At just $10 a day, you can drop in between the hours of 9am and 4pm and utilize one of their many common space desks or work areas. When using the day pass, you have access to all of the same basic amenities as full time members such as business class printing, unlimited coffee, and fast wireless internet. Kollectiv’s common spaces are aesthetically pleasing with tastefully decorated rooms, large shared desk spaces, and stylish, cozy couches. In addition to being a great option when you’re on the go, Kollectiv offers fully furnished private offices and conference rooms for full time members. They have a workspace for everyone!

Like other spaces on our list, Kollectiv offers some perks for their members! As a member you will have access to special Kollectiv community and networking events. You can also elect to include a few add on services to your membership, such as breakfast and lunch catering for your events. Before you leave, stop in and have a drink at Wunderbar, Kollectiv’s on-site happy hour spot. It will surely not disappoint!

While there are many great coworking spaces to be found during your travels, we hope that we’ve helped narrow down your list of contenders. Are you planning an upcoming trip to one of the locations above? Frontdesk has a wide variety of expertly furnished short-term rentals equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, no matter where you find yourself. Spend a day at one of these fabulous coworking locations and then let us be your home away from home!

Brewery Comedy Tour: Milwaukee

The pick-up of the fall season in the Midwest welcomes many events in the Milwaukee area. This time of year is jam-packed with entertainment, especially throughout Downtown. With so much to do, it’s easy to bypass some of the local favorites. Whether you’re coming to Milwaukee this fall for business or for vacation, there are many events to attend. One that we’re specifically excited about is the Brewery Comedy Tour.

MobCraft Logo

Herron Entertainment is excited to bring laughter and craft-brewed beer to Milwaukee. The Brewery Comedy Tour will be hosted at MobCraft Beer Brewery and Taproom in Milwaukee. The cross-country touring comics are some of the best in the U.S. and are from areas such as New York City and Los Angeles. These top NYC and LA-based comics will be bringing high-value entertainment but at the Milwaukee price.

The event will be held on October 12th, but if you miss the chance in October, the event will also be hosted on November 16th and December 28th. Don’t miss out! You can get tickets here.

MobCraft Brewery Growler

Savory Eats

MobCraft Brewery Artwork

Trendy Venue

Mural by Walkers Point Creative Collective

MobCraft Beer Flight

Unbelievable Brews

Looking for a place to stay while in Milwaukee for the Comedy Tour? Frontdesk has you covered with trendy short-term apartments near the venue. Just a couple include our bright apartment with parking and a patio and our Modern 1-bedroom that also includes parking and a patio. Being that Milwaukee is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, there are exciting things to do year-round. After having a laugh and some great brews from MobCraft, explore the rest of the city and experience all that it has to offer!


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City Spotlight: Tempe

Why visit Tempe, Arizona?

  • An oasis in the middle of the desert, with a lake offering waterfront recreational activities
  • Great museums and cultural attractions, conveniently located on the ASU campus
  • Large shopping centers that will please both bargain hunters and trendy fashionistas
  • Dozens of fun festivals to be enjoyed year-round in the great weather
View of Tempe Arizona

Frontdesk welcomes you to Tempe, AZ! Tempe is located in south-central Arizona, bordered by Phoenix to the west and Scottsdale to the north. Tempe is most well known for being home to the Arizona State University’s main campus. The campus offers great restaurants, nightlife, museums, and galleries that are enjoyed by far more than just students. Besides the campus, Tempe has many other things to enjoy: outdoor recreational activities, shopping, festivals, and great food.

Tempe Vacations

Tempe makes a great spot for a relaxing vacation, whether you need a weekend away or you’re doing a road trip through all the major Arizona hotspots. This southwestern college town is the perfect combination of laid-back and entertaining, with a variety of activities and attractions to enjoy.

Tempe Business Trips

Business travelers typically come to Tempe when they have events or business to conduct at the ASU campus. You also may be doing business in Phoenix, but opting to stay in Tempe where the vibe is a bit more offbeat and relaxed. Whatever the reason, Tempe has lots to do without the overwhelming feeling that some travelers get from larger cities.

What is there to do in Tempe?

Whether you prefer spending time outdoors on the water or at a festival, or indoors visiting top tourist attractions and shopping, Tempe will have something for you to enjoy. The city also has great restaurants and bars, many of which can be enjoyed from outdoor patios! Here are a few of the hotspots we recommend checking out while in Tempe, AZ.

Tempe Town Lake in Arizona

Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake is a 220-acre artificial reservoir, waterfront area, and recreational haven. Located right in downtown, this top attraction is the perfect spot for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating, or picnicking. You can rent electric boats, try paddleboard yoga, or bike alongside the water. Tempe is also an artsy city, so you can even take a self-guided tour of the Tempe Town Lake public art.

Tempe Marketplace in Arizona

Shop Until You Drop

Arizona Mills is the largest shopping center in Arizona with 175 name-brand outlets and value retailers. The mall also features unique entertainment options like Legoland, Sea Life (a 26,000 square foot aquarium), and a movie theater. One of the other top shopping destinations in the area, Tempe Marketplace, is home to more than 100 retailers and restaurants within the 1.3 million-square-foot outdoor retail space.


Tempe is known for hosting great events and festivals, and they do so year-round. The biggest festival in Tempe is the biannual Festival of the Arts (held in the fall and the spring), as well as the Dragon Boat Festival, the Aloha Festival, Oktoberfest, the Innings Festival, and more. View a schedule of city events and festivals here.

ASU Art Museum in Tempe Arizona

Museums/Galleries on ASU Tempe Campus

A college campus may not sound like the most fascinating place to spend your time, but trust us, this one is. The ASU Tempe Campus (the university’s main campus) has dozens of impressive museums and galleries. For art lovers, the ASU Art Museum exhibits national and international contemporary artists as well as the largest collection of Cuban art in the U.S. There is also the Ceramics Research Center in connection with the art museum which has an extensive ceramic collection of close to 4,000 objects. For science lovers, the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration has several museums and galleries: the Gallery of Scientific Exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Facility, the Mars Space Flight Facility, and more.

Pedal Haus Brewery

Restaurants & Bars

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you’ll want to start it off at Daily Jam (formerly called NCounter), a causal brunch spot that serves up everything from the classic eggs benedict or yogurt and granola to the more unique red velvet waffles. Like the rest of Arizona, Tempe is known for its southwestern flavor and Mexican-inspired dishes. Head to El Tlacoyo for lunch, a low-key family restaurant in the northeast corner of the city that focuses on the dishes of central Mexico. We recommend the lamb barbacoa and the quesadillas. House of Tricks serves up a nice dinner whether you’re on a date or just looking for some good food. It is located in a charming 1920s cottage just off Mill Avenue and also has an intimate tree-canopied patio and fire pit. If you’re looking for drinks to enjoy on another great patio, check out Pedal Haus Brewery. The gastropub was voted one of the top 10 best patios in Tempe and has an extensive beer and cocktail list, as well as an onsite brewing facility.

Key Areas of Tempe

Compared to other places in Arizona, Tempe isn’t particularly large although it is populous. While the city isn’t split into major neighborhoods or districts, here are a few of the key areas you will need to know.


Downtown Tempe is bustling and filled with things to do. The downtown area is bordered by Tempe Town Lake and the ASU campus. You may also hear reference to “Mill Ave,” a popular stretch of the road with top restaurants, nightlife, and Tempe’s Music Walk.

ASU Campus

The Arizona State University campus area, which partly overlaps with downtown, has great dining options as well as many museums and galleries. This area is not just for college students!

South Tempe

South Tempe is a quieter, more residential area of the city compared to the more northern parts, but it still has its own draws. South Tempe is home to the large Arizona Mills Mall and the Kiwanis Recreation Center, which has fields, courts, and an indoor wave pool.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tempe

The city was officially founded in 1871 and incorporated as a city in 1881.
Tempe was named after the Vale of Tempe near Mount Olympus in Greece.
Although many out-of-towners may incorrectly say “Temp-eh,” the correct pronunciation is “Temp-ee.”
If you are venturing outside the downtown/ASU area, you will likely need a car. But the downtown area itself is very walkable! You could also opt to use a bike or public transit like the bus or light rail.
Hot! In the warmer months, temperatures average above 85°, reaching up to 103°. In the cooler months, temperatures average in the 40-60° range. Tempe is generally dry and sunny with an average of 300 days of sunshine.

Best Places to Stay Downtown

Visiting a city and exploring its popular downtown area gives visitors the chance to experience a modern and fast-paced environment. With the popular attractions, restaurants, and bars, there’s no limit to the fun that can be had when visiting downtown. Especially when you stay in a suite that is right in the middle of the action.

That’s where Frontdesk comes in. In all of our destinations, we supply suites and short-term rentals in thriving downtown areas. They are conveniently located for easy transportation, business, and adventure. Check out just a handful of our downtown suites!


The view says it all. This 1-bedroom suite is in the heart of Downtown St. Louis and overlooks the Old Post Office Plaza. It is within walking distance to Busch Stadium, City Museum, and the famous Gateway Arch. The area screams city culture. There is a wide selection of dining, shopping, and bars. This area is also known to be packed with history that is infused with an urban and modern style. Aditional popular attractions in Downtown St. Louis include the Dome at America’s Center Arena and the St. Louis Blues Museum.


This modern and updated apartment is located on Milwaukee’s East Side. Just outside is a lively nightlife, shopping, and entertainment. The most popular streets in this area are Brady Street and Water Street, offering new places to go and events to attend every night. This suite is within walking distance to Milwaukee’s popular Riverwalk and Lakefront. Also close by is Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, where a new art culture is introduced. Other popular attractions that are close by include the Milwaukee Art Museum, Veteran’s Park, the Summerfest grounds, and the Milwaukee Public Market.


Conveniently located in the Cultural District, our 1-bedroom apartment offers you a unique stay in the heart of Downtown. The Cultural District is home to a dynamic art and entertainment scene. This is a 14-square block district that is home to over 90 retail shops, 50 dining establishments, 7 world-class theaters, 8 public parks, and art installations and a dozen art galleries. This is arguably one of the most unique downtown adventures you’ll find due to the diverse culture. There is always something new and exciting to experience, even the locals think so.


This Uptown suite offers amazing views of the city! Situated in Uptown’s Fourth Ward in one of their newest high-rise apartments, is our 1-bedroom apartment that is perfectly located for adventure. With the view of the city right outside of your window, you won’t have to go far to enjoy everything that Charlotte has to offer. Within walking distance are shops, dining, and entertainment. You’re also located right around the corner from Fourth Ward Park, offering an outdoor adventure.


Stay in the heart of downtown near the Power and Light District where history, culture, and entertainment surround you. This 2-bedroom suite is within walking distance to the Sprint Center, Barney Allis Plaza, KC Convention Center, and the Municipal Auditorium. Downtown Kansas City is known for being a hub for both culture and business. There is a vibrant waterfront area that provides shopping, entertainment, and dining. Additional attractions include the River Market, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and the shell-shaped Kauffman Center.


Stay in the heart of downtown near the Power and Light District where history, culture, and entertainment surround you. This 2-bedroom suite is within walking distance to the Sprint Center, Barney Allis Plaza, KC Convention Center, and the Municipal Auditorium. Downtown Kansas City is known for being a hub for both culture and business. There is a vibrant waterfront area that provides shopping, entertainment, and dining. Additional attractions include the River Market, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and the shell-shaped Kauffman Center.


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Everything You Need to Know About Heinz Field

A few things come to mind when thinking of Pittsburgh. It’s a city that was built on the success of its steel mills, cares deeply about their football team and believes there is only one ketchup brand in the world. With NFL season already in action, we know that many are excited to visit the stadium of their favorite team. For some, that is Heinz Field. 

Heinz Field: Early Years

Prior to Heinz Field, the Steelers shared the historic Three Rivers Stadium with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the cities’ Major League Baseball team. Both the Steelers and Pirates outgrew the Three Rivers Stadium and decisions needed to be made.

The Heinz Field project was approved in 1997 and construction began in 1999. The Steelers played their first home game at Heinz Field on October 7, 2001, against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team has been incredibly successful in their new home, already having won two Super Bowls. The first came in 2005, while the second came in 2008. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, which is more than any other team. Yes, even the New England Patriots who have won five world championships.

Architecture and Views

Allegheny River in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

One of the best parts about Heinz Field is the stunning view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline. The stadium is located right on Pittsburgh’s’ North Shore, sitting just off of the Allegheny River. It’s a traditional horseshoe-shaped stadium featuring roughly 70,000 seats, including 7,000 club seats and 120 luxury suites. There is also a massive video board in the end zone used for instant replay and in-game entertainment.

Steelers History All in One Place

The Great Hall in Heinz Field

Steelers fans also have the opportunity to explore The Great Hall. It’s an area showcasing an abundance of memorabilia from some of the most historic moments in Steelers’ history. It’s a must-see exhibit for any Steelers fan or football fan. The display includes timelines, computer stations that are equipped with video games, and 20-foot-high metallic structures in the shape of Super Bowl trophies.

Food at Heinz Field

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Heinz Field was recently named the sixth best stadium for food in the NFL. Heinz Field offers roughly 20 different concession stands throughout the stadium. Top suggestions include the Primanti Brothers sandwich or some Potato Patch fries.

Many remember Franco Harris’s role in the immaculate reception that led the Steelers to a stunning victory over the Oakland Raiders on New Year’s Eve in 1972. Harris has a restaurant in the stadium called Franco’s Pizzeria and you can get The Immaculate Pie. It’s a delicious pizza featuring pepperoni, hot sopressata, capicola, and fresh basil.

Experience the North Shore and All of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s North Shore is home to Heinz Field and PNC Park, and offers much more. While in town for a game you can grab a drink at Southern Tier Brewery, press your luck at the Rivers Casino, grab a bite to eat at Burgatory, or take a stroll on the Three Rivers Trail.

There are plenty of exciting neighborhoods like the Stript District, Shadyside, Lawrenceville, and Mount Washington just to name a few. Whether you like football, theater, or exploring all that nature has to offer, Pittsburgh is the place for you.

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City Manager Interview: Milwaukee

In every Frontdesk destination, there is a Frontdesk City Manager. The City Manager is responsible for all operations happening in that city, including on-site staff and providing top customer service to guests. The people who carry-out these roles are locals to the area, and love their city!

Meet Jason! He is our Milwaukee, Wisconsin City Manager. He has traveled all over the states, but has found himself back in the city that he loves. He sat down with us to tell us a little more about Frontdesk, what he enjoys about Milwaukee, and what he thinks you’ll enjoy during your visit too!

Jason for Frontdesk Milwaukee Wisconsin

Q1. Tell me about your role at Frontdesk and what you like most about working with us.

As a City Manager my main duty is to ensure that all guest suites are fully presentable and properly stocked for all guests upon arrival. We want to make sure they have everything they need to ensure their visit goes as smoothly as possible. If we never hear from the guest then that means everything was done correctly and there were no issues with their visit.

I work with a group of really hard workers, that also like to have fun. The “get er’ done” idea is there, but it’s also a team that I joke around with. That has to be the best part of working with Frontdesk.

Q2. What do you like most about living in Milwaukee?

The diverse culture and cuisine on hand without having to break the bank! There are tons of great restaurants to explore and experience without having to mortgage your home to make a reservation!

Q3. What can a visitor expect when staying at in a short-term Frontdesk rental suite?

Our short-term rentals have all the accommodations from your home; from having a washer and dryer handy, to a well stocked kitchen if you get the itch to stay in and cook for an evening. We also provide Netflix for those who may be in town for work and just need some downtime on the couch after a long day, plus we provide a handy guide book to our city with a list of our favorite haunts and activities.

Q4. What is your favorite restaurant in Milwaukee and what is your favorite meal to get there?

Hotel Madrid by far is my absolute favorite place to dine in MKE. From the stylish decor to the impeccable service and attention to detail, Hotel Madrid provides a superb dining experience without the pompous attitude. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating, be it enjoying a meal by yourself at the bar to entertaining friends in the dining area, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Hotel Madrid. As for favorite meal, you really can’t go wrong with the 48oz Tomahawk. From the presentation to the flavors they are able to entice from the cut, you really can’t go wrong.

Q5. What is your favorite bar in Milwaukee and why?

The Journeyman on the rooftop of the Kimpton in the 3rd Ward. By far one of my favorite spots. With the views to the east looking over the water, to the air seating outside with open fireplaces when the weather starts to dip a bit, it really is an experience to just be there and we haven’t even talked about the drinks! The staff are quick on their feet and know exactly what to make you. Everything exudes craftsmanship, from the way the mixologist prepped the ingredients beforehand to how they meticulously build the cocktail and the final presentation itself is nothing short of a labor of love and passion for their craft.

Q6. What is a must-see attraction when visiting Milwaukee?

There’s a lot to see in Milwaukee but mine has to be The Bronze Fonz! Anyone who visits, MUST get a picture with him!

Visiting Milwaukee?

You’ll need Frontdesk’s Milwaukee Guidebook. It’s curated by local experts and filled with only the best bars, restaurants, and places to visit.


Best Sports Bars to Catch the Game

Football season is in full swing and we feel like we’re already late to the party! It’s hard to make sure that you’re up-to-date with the details of the season, or maybe with your fantasy league, when traveling. Don’t worry! We got you covered. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or on business, we tracked down some of the top sports bars in just a handful of our destinations to make sure that you don’t miss a play. Check out these local pubs!

Photo from the Official Instagram of the Mecca Sports Bar and Grill in Milwaukee Wisconsin


Located in the new Fiserv Forum Entertainment District is The Mecca Sports Bar and Grill. Being right in the heart of district, many consider this one of the hottest spots to catch the game. With their state of the art equipment, you’ll feel like you’re right on the field. In the center of the bar, is the 42-foot wide Ultra High Definition screen, so you won’t miss a second of the big game.


Photo from the Official Instagram of the Brass Door


Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis, TN is The Brass Door. The Irish pub reopened in November 2017 and provides a menu that is focused on upscale pub fare, Irish spirits, and excellent wine. The pub is most talked about for it’s great customer service and its Irish theme. This a great place to watch all of the excitement or just a pre-game drink.


Photo from the Official Facebook of The Troll Pub


The Troll Pub Under the Bridge has a long history of being rebuilt since 1834. After months of digging and building, the Pub was finally reopened to the public in October of 2011. If you’re into cold local bears, well-made drinks, and great bar food, then this is the sports bar for you. This hidden gem is noted to be a local favorite that serves up a great time.


Photo from the Official Instagram of Sports ONE Bar and Lounge


The energy at Sports One Bar and Lounge in Charlotte is unlike any other sports bar. This upscale venue offers live music, delicious food, and weekly events. The modern sports bar and lounge utilizes many TVs, so you won’t miss a minute of the game while enjoying American fare dishes, from steaks to chicken wings.


Photo from the Official Instagram of High Velocity


After visiting High Velocity, you’ll see why they were voted one of the Top 10 Restaurants in Indianapolis by Travel Adviser. The tasty, American fare menu served by top customer service is the best combination for a great night. During football season, visitors have the chance to try the Touchdown Special; a tray loaded with chicken wings, quesadillas, mini hot dogs, and nachos at the very center. No matter where you sit in High Velocity, you’ll be facing the game with ease with one of over 50 HDTVs.


Photo from the Official Instagram of Pub Mahone


The Pub Mahone is well known for its Irish cuisine and culture. The relaxing and casual pub serves up a full menu and freshly made drinks. There are TVs for those who came for the game, and there is often live music to enjoy in the background or as your main event. They are open everyday of the week, so no matter the time of game or event, they have you covered.


Best Neighborhoods: Kansas City

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

No matter the destination, planning a trip is never necessarily easy. There are many decisions to make, especially at the beginning! For example, what is the best neighborhood to stay in? Are you into shopping, looking for unique drinks, or are you traveling for business? The best neighborhood to stay in Kansas City depends on who you are and what you’re hoping to take away from your trip. We’ve outlined Kansas City neighborhoods, hoping to make your life a little easier.

Crossroads Neighborhood

Crossroads Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri
This section of Kansas City is packed with creative energy. There are happening art galleries that were once old warehouses, hip coffee bars and brewpubs, and retro-styled bars. There are independent boutiques that sell a wide range of items, from handcrafted jewellery to quirky stationery.

Out on the Town

Located on 1526 Walnut St, the Tannin Wine Bar + Kitchen is a great spot for date night or an evening with friends. The extensive wine list is suited well for every type of wine drinker. Whether you’re an avid wine drinker or looking to taste something new, there is a flavor for everyone wanting to taste, have a glass, or share a bottle. They also offer a separate lunch and dinner menu that includes shareables to large plates.

Family Fun

The Kauffman Center of Performing Arts is located on 1601 Broadway Blvd. This not-for-profit center is home to the local Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programs. The Kauffman Center of Performing Arts provides a wide range of art experiences from music, opera, theater, and dance. It was opened by Moshe Safdie in 2011 and has been honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls.

Where to Work

Thou Mayest is here to “get you buzzed” while traveling for business. Located on 519 E 18th St, this a great space to get work done on your own or meet with colleagues to collaborate. Thou Mayest translates to “the way is open” ; this idea is delivered in the ambiance and service of the cafe.

River Market Neighborhood

River Market Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri
The River Market neighborhood of Kansas City is a busy and happening area. This area brings global eats, gourmet groceries, and indie boutiques together, and is surrounded by pavilions that provide weekly farmers’ markets. If you’re looking for different experiences and sights in just one area, this a wonderful neighborhood to either stay in or visit while in Kansas City.

Out on the Town

Taste of Brazil presents an authentic and delicious Brazilian menu. Unique and tasty dishes include platters, sandwiches, burgers, desserts, pastries and drinks. Located on 25 E 3rd St, was opened by Sao Paulo, Brazil natives Marco Rabello and Cristian Maciel. Brazil is known for being the most hospital country in the world; this hospitality is mirrored at Taste of Brazil. The relaxed and friendly environment makes you feel like you’re part of the family.

Family Fun

A must see while in the River Market Neighborhood is the Arabia Steamboat Museum. The Steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City on September 5, 1856 and was discovered in 1988. The Museum, located on 400 Grand Blvd, takes you back in time during Kansas City’s frontier days and gives visitors the chance to explore the wonders of the 1988 discovery. There are tours every 30 minutes and we suggest that you plan at least an hour and a half for a visit.

Where to Work

The Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium serves up breakfast, coffee, lunch, and even events! Located in Kansas City’s historic Gillis Opera House, it provides a space that is calming and charming, to meet with friends and employees, or come on your own to enjoy a fresh roasted coffee and tasty treat from the bakery.

Crown Center Neighborhood

Crown Center Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri

If you’re in town to shop, the Crown Center neighborhood is the spot for you! There is shopping and entertainment, and the area is dominated by its namesake mall. The area is full of family-friendly attractions that include the Hallmark Visitors Center and the Coterie Theatre.

Out on the Town

Pierpont’s at Union Station has been called the “culinary jewel” of Kansas City with food and service that is noted to be as memorable as the historic setting. They are known for their steaks and fresh seafood that arrives daily. The bar is 30 feet and made of mahogany, perfect for happy hour.

Family Fun

The Hallmark Visitors Center provides the chance to discover the beginning of the billion-dollar company that gives us a all that warm, fuzzy feeling. The world of Hallmark presents the timeline, starting from its humble beginnings to now working with U.S. presidents, world leaders, famous artists, and more. Visitors have the chance to meet the artists, be part of events, and tour the facility.

Where to Work

The Parisi Cafe is located inside the historic Union Station. They offer fresh roasted coffee, handcrafted espresso drinks, breakfast, lunch, and pastries that are baked daily. The cafe is Italian influenced and being located in the Union Station, it is in a great destination to spend the work day while traveling.

18th & Vine Neighborhood

18th and Vine Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri

This isn’t your average street corner. This intersection is a place where exceptional arts such as music and art, collide with delicious cuisine and sports. This is considered one of Kansas City’s most historical entertainment districts.

Out on the Town

The Blue Room is nestled inside the American Jazz Museum. This jazz bar honors past musicians, while also showcasing jazz performers of today. Some of the best local and national talent comes to perform to the iconic museum to play and sing in the distinctive jazz bar. The Blue Room is open daily with performances nearly every night. There is a weekly Blue Monday Jam session, larger known bands will play on the first Monday of each month, and there is a Latin Jazz/Salsa series that takes place on the last Thursday of each month.

Family Fun

The Blue Room is located inside the exciting American Jazz Museum. The museum is located on 1616 E 18th St, and is referred to as “as interactive paradise” by the New York Times. The American Jazz Museum provides excitement for people of all ages with its many listening stations, touch-screen adventures, and custom-mixing soundboards.

Where to Work

The family owned, Mildred’s Cafe has been a staple in the area for over 20 years. Throughout the years, it has become one of the most popular places for breakfast, coffee, and lunch. There is a wide variety of baked goods, specialty coffee, and a lunch menu with sandwiches, soups, and salads. They offer weekly specials and a killer espresso bar for those longer days.

Country Club Plaza Neighborhood

Country Club Plaza Neighborhood in Kansas City Missouri

This neighborhood in Kansas City features one of the country’s oldest outdoor shopping and entertainment districts. This area resembles a Spanish village with fountains, hand-painted mosaic tiles, and custom ironwork.

Out on the Town

The Oliver is considered a refined version of the American tavern. Located at 4807 Jefferson St, it celebrates the community by using local ingredients while having an individual and modern style in the food, service, and environment. Menus include brunch, lunch, dinner, and desert, each including a specific drinks section.

Family Fun

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, located on 4525 Oak St, is a great place for the entire family. With free admission every day, go ahead and discover the rich history from ancient to contemporary collections of more than 35,000 pieces of art. Take a tour, visit a festival, or partake in one of the many offered classes.

Where to Work

The Kaldi’s Coffee Cafe located on Jefferson Street is one of two stores located in Kansas City’s renowned Country Club Plaza. It has a wide coffee selection and comfortable seating, so you can focus throughout the day and stay caffeinated. It is open daily, Monday – Friday 6 AM – 10 PM, Saturday, 7 AM – 10 PM, and Sunday 7 AM – 9 PM.

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City Spotlight: Indianapolis

Why visit Indianapolis, Indiana?

  • Home to the Indy 500 Motor Speedway
  • Largest children’s museum in the world
  • Hundreds of miles of biking and hiking trails and great public parks
  • Dozens of museums and cultural attractions

Frontdesk welcomes you to Indianapolis, IN! Indianapolis is nicknamed “Crossroads of America” and often shortened to just “Indy.” It is most well known for the Indy 500 annual car race. Located in central Indiana, Indy offers a plethora of activities whether you like to spend time outdoors, with your family, or exploring tourist attractions. Indianapolis also has an up-and-coming food scene with great restaurants and bars.

Indianapolis Vacations

Indianapolis offers lots to do for those visiting on vacation, whether you prefer to keep it low-key and explore at your own pace or you want to fit in as many activities as you can. No matter what you enjoy doing with your time, Indy will have something for you.

Indianapolis Business Trips

Indianapolis is a popular business trip destination. The city has numerous restaurants and cafes that make great business meeting locations and there are plenty of fun things to do that you can fit into your free time as well.

Indianapolis Neighborhoods

Downtown (Mile Square)

Downtown Indianapolis, also called Mile Square, is where the bulk of activities are located, including all the cultural attractions within White River State Park. Downtown is separated into several districts, including the Wholesale District, which has world-class shopping, sports, concerts, theatre, and dining, and the Mass Ave Arts District. Even though it is located Downtown, Mass Ave presents another culture. This five-block area is filled with theaters, restaurants, art galleries, and many boutiques. Definitely a local favorite. 

Lockerbie Square

Lockerbie Square is a historic district and small suburb of downtown Indy. The neighborhood is rich with history and charm as the oldest intact residential neighborhood of the city. In Lockerbie Square, you will find many historic homes as well as a little peace and quiet.

Fountain Square

Fountain Square is a quirky neighborhood located just southeast of downtown. Here you will find ethnic eateries, antique and vintage shops, duckpin bowling, offbeat nightlife, and art galleries. Among other unique spots, you’ll find Nine Lives, Indianapolis’ first cat cafe.

Broad Ripple

This neighborhood is located about twenty minutes north of downtown and offers a mix of bars/clubs, art galleries, music venues, restaurants, and indie shops. Broad Ripple is popular with college students and young professionals, largely due to the thriving bar scene and proximity to Butler University. The neighborhood is also home to the Indianapolis Art Center.

What is there to do in Indianapolis?

Whether you prefer hiking, going to the zoo, or visiting top tourist attractions, Indianapolis has no shortage of things to do – and great places to eat! Here are a few of the attractions and hotspots we recommend checking out while in Indianapolis, IN.

Motor Speedway

You can’t visit Indianapolis without spending time at the Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500. Depending on when you’re visiting, you may have the chance to watch one of the big races. Or, visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which has a museum, hall of fame, gift shop, and offers several different track and behind-the-scenes tours.

Photo from the official Instagram of imsmuseum

Fun for the Family

Indianapolis is definitely a family-friendly city; after all, it is home to the world’s largest children’s museum! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has five floors of interactive exhibits about American pop culture, Ancient Greece, Egypt, space, dinosaurs, Chihuly glassworks, and much more. The city also boasts the Indianapolis Zoo which is home to over 2,000 animals separated into five biomes: Oceans, Forests, Deserts, Flights of Fancy, and Plains.

Explore White River State Park & the Canal

Don’t let the name fool you! While WRSP certainly has plenty of green space to enjoy (Military Park, the Central Canal, White River itself), some of the most popular cultural attractions in downtown Indy are also located along this stretch of land. Attractions include the aforementioned Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana State Museum, and more. Explore by foot, bike, segway, or boat!

Photo from the official Instagram visitindy page of White River State Park in Indianapolis Indiana

More Outdoor Activities

Indianapolis has hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, so if you’re looking to focus on time spent purely outdoors, you’re in the right city. In fact, there are so many trails that we wrote a whole separate article to cover them! You can also check out Holliday Park about 20 minutes north of downtown, which features a nature center, arboretum, and playground in addition to trails.

Photo from the official Instagram of indystar Verified of Holliday Park

Restaurants & Bars

Indianapolis’ food scene is up-and-coming, with lots of great new digs popping up. Start your morning off right with brunch at Milktooth, a fine diner that serves comfort food with an innovative twist. For a lunch you can feel good about, eat at Public Greens. The self-described “urban kitchen with a mission” not only has great vegetarian/vegan-friendly food, but also helps provide after-school meals to at-risk kids. Have a nice dinner out at St. Elmo’s Steakhouse – a famous restaurant in the city that has been enjoyed by celebrities from Jimmy Fallon to U2.

When it comes to bars, you’ll want to check out Bluebeard – a nod to the writer and Indy native Kurt Vonnegut – for a cocktail or two. The bar is decorated with old books and typewriters and has a nice patio for the warmer months. If you’re in the mood for something even more eclectic, Union 50 has skeeball, shuffleboard, great drinks, and wine on tap – plus it’s located right on Mass Ave.

What should I stay in Indianapolis?

The best place to stay in Indianapolis is in the heart of downtown, close to all the action and attractions. Frontdesk offers many beautiful apartment suites that are trendy, secure, and have many amenities. We recommend checking out one of our stunning Frontdesk rental apartments for your stay in Indianapolis.

Frequently Asked Questions About Indianapolis

The city was founded in 1821.
An Indiana Supreme Court judge picked the name Indianapolis by sticking the state’s name together with the Greek word for “city.”
The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is the world’s oldest automobile race, which began in 1911. The race is held annually over Memorial Day Weekend in Indianapolis.

Kurt Vonnegut (writer), David Letterman (talk show host), Brendan Fraser (actor), Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (R&B producer/performer), Benjamin Harrison (23rd US President), and Larry Bird (CEO of the Pacers).

Weather in Indianapolis varies by season and sometimes even by the day! Winters are cold and windy while summers are warm and humid. No matter the time of year, pack in layers.

Visiting Indianapolis?

You’ll need Frontdesk’s Indianapolis Guidebook. It’s curated by local experts and filled with only the best bars, restaurants, and places to visit.


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