Reception planning a stressful experience..
I had been to Hubbard Park Lodge several times for brunch before selecting it as the site of our wedding reception. I had always enjoyed the natural environment, straightforward service, and out of the way location. It is beautiful and rustic.
While HPL was initially responsive to our inquiries regarding the event, there were occasions throughout the planning process when weeks -even months would go by before we could get a response or confirmation. We were at times treated rudely and were not able to finalize the majority of contractual issues until two weeks before the event. While the wedding reception was lovely and the service met our expectations, HPL did not return property to us after the event. It was overall a very stressful experience.
While bruch at HPL is a nice idea for large or small groups, its catering services have left me with a bad taste.
Nestled on the banks of the slow-moving river, this log cabin is home to the most welcoming restaurant..
Nestled on the banks of the slow-moving Milwaukee River, and accessible by a short walk through a tunnel and the woods, this charming log cabin offers an inviting fireplace and a spectacular view of the river. Open to the public only on Friday nights and for Sunday brunch, the lodge is a great getaway spot. During the summer months the deck along the river provides an opportunity to dine in the fresh air.
The Sunday brunch is an impressive spread, with fresh fruit, cheese, salads, pasta, omelets and crepes made to order. House specials include poached Atlantic salmon with sorrel, pan-seared medallions of beef dinner and entrees like roast Wisconsin duckling with red currant glaze, grilled chicken and a Wisconsin fish fry with lake perch or walleyed pike.
Shorewood's Secret!. This restaurant is hard to find, if you don't know what you're looking for. It's in the middle of a county park, and is not very accessible for those with difficulty walking. However, once you get there, the food, ambiance, service, and scenery are outstanding. The gourmet cuisine features Native Wisconsin foods like duck, wild rice, and fish. European specialties are also common. The Sunday brunch is truly the best in the city. Christmas is an especially beautiful time to visit, as they have an enormous tree in the center. It is very romantic, and dinint here usually leads to a moonlit walk in the park . . .
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