The Muse Gallery Guesthouse

Signs above the windows of Cafe Centraal restaurant

Exploring Bay View

We’re Located along the shores of Lake Michigan

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a city comprised of many different neighborhoods. The Muse Gallery Guesthouse is located in an old neighborhood called Bay View on the south side of the city along the shores of Lake Michigan. Bay View has experienced an interesting renaissance in the last few years and is now a very sought-after place to live and play.

Bay View is burgeoning with things to do/see/experience during your Milwaukee vacation, and for this reason, we have decided to highlight for the most part restaurants and attractions you will find within walking/biking distance of The Muse Gallery Guesthouse. The Visit Milwaukee webpage is a great resource for a comprehensive list of things to do in the Greater Milwaukee area.

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Brick building painted with a mural of women, with a sign that says LULU Bay View and has an arrow with lightbulbs.

Dining in Bay View

Bay View is the new food Mecca in Milwaukee. There is an abundance of amazing restaurants to try in the Bay View area within walking distance of The Muse Gallery Guesthouse. Whether you are looking for fine dining, casual dining, great ethnic food or just a cool coffee shop to hang out in, there is something for everyone. We’ve gathered a list below of our favorite places and have sample menus in our common areas for you to see once you arrive.


Fine Dining: advanced reservations recommended


Casual Dining



Coffee Shops

Onions, turnips, carrots, and radishes stacked up for sale at a farmer's market.


You will find an eclectic variety of places to shop in Bay View – something for everyone!

The Muse Gallery Guesthouse: Thanks to our wonderful art curator, Amy Schmutte, we have gorgeous art for sale in every room of the house as well as a fun gift shop of smaller arts and crafts made by local artists to collect a souvenir of your time with us.






Brick facade of Enlightened Brewing Company with angular roofline, large metal-framed windows. Louis Allis warehouse behind the brewing company.

Beer & Spirits

Bay View is home to a vibrant microbrewing and distillery scene and has many fun bars for craft beer and craft cocktails.




Every Place Else

View of Milwaukee shore of Lake Michigan with boats in the harbor.

Lake Michigan, Neighborhood Parks & the Milwaukee River

The Muse Gallery Guesthouse is located in Bay View which is on the shores of Lake Michigan.  It is a mile walk or bike ride to get to the beach. South Shore Park located at the beach hosts a farmers’ market every Saturday in the summer.  It also has a beer garden overlooking the lake called South Shore Terrace open spring to fall. The pavilion at South Shore Park is a very popular venue for wedding receptions, so if you are thinking of getting married in Milwaukee, you may want to host your wedding there and have your guests stay with us!


Humboldt Park is the other neighborhood park within walking distance of The Muse Gallery Guesthouse.  It boasts a wine and beer garden called The Vine also open spring to fall.  On Tuesday evenings in the summer at the Humboldt Park chalet there is a free music concert series sponsored by the Bay View Neighborhood Association called Chill on the Hill. It showcases Milwaukee musical talent who play original music. There are food and beer trucks, and you are welcome to grab a folding chair from our porch and head over there each week June – September for what promises to be a very fun evening.

The Milwaukee River runs through downtown Milwaukee and meets Lake Michigan close to The Muse Gallery Guesthouse. Kayaking and walking the Riverwalk which ends where you can have your picture taken at The Bronze Fonz Statue is a fun way to spend the day. River cruises are also available. Charter fishing on Lake Michigan is another great way to enjoy the water.

South Shore Farmer’s Market – entertainment line-up each Saturday morning of the season at 10:00 a.m.

Chill on the Hill 2019 line-up

Milwaukee Riverwalk 

River cruises

Man playing an acoustic guitar

Music and Festivals

Milwaukee has a very vibrant music scene – from local bar shows to internationally known music festivals such as Summerfest and Irishfest at our Henry Maier Festival Park along the shores of Lake Michigan. There is plenty of good music around town all year long for your stay at The Muse. You can walk to Club Garibaldi and Cactus Club from our place. The 75-acre Henry Maier Festival grounds are a short trip over the Hoan Bridge. Other music venues like The Riverside Theater, the Pabst Theater, Turner Hall and Fiserv Forum are all a short Uber ride away. And in the summer, many parks host free music concert series. Most notable are Chill on the Hill in Humboldt Park – Tuesdays and Jazz in the Park at Jackson Park – Thursdays


Club Garibaldi – weekly events

Cactus Club – fantastic music for indie music

Milwaukee Festival Guide

Chill on the Hill 2019 line-up

Bublr Bikes available to rent at a station at Zillman Park

And So Much More!

As we mentioned above, Milwaukee has many attractions that are a must-see while visiting. To list a few, there is the Milwaukee County Zoo, the Harley Museum, the Pabst Mansion, Mitchell Park Domes, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Market, the Third Ward, St. Josephat’s Basilica, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Milwaukee Rep Theater, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Oak Leaf Bike Trail, the Wisconsin State Fair, various brewery tours and so much more. There is no way we could feature them all, but will be happy to tell you about them when you come to stay. You can find out more at the Visit Milwaukee website.

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