Green Bay, Wisconsin Travel Guide with Marriott Bonvoy
Green Bay, Wisconsin… A city on the edge of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes that sits between Canada and the Northern United States. Home to Lambeau Field and of course, the Green Bay Packers football team, this city loves its home team. I have been to Wisconsin as a kid once or twice. Being neighbors with my hometown of Minneapolis (travel guide here,) Wisconsin was just a short road trip away. As an adult, it was never high on my list of places to visit. But after visiting in February I can tell you this for certain, Green Bay will always hold a special place in my heart. It is the perfect place to visit for anyone looking for a fun and low-key family vacation in the midwest. So here it is, the best travel guide that includes all of the best places to stay, eat and visit in Green Bay, Wisconsin with Marriott Bonvoy.
Beautiful art deco details with a modern twist at the Hotel Northland.
Where to Stay in Green Bay
Steps away from Main Street stands the historic Hotel Northland, part of the Autograph Collection of Marriott properties. When it opened in 1924, Hotel Northland was the largest hotel in all of Wisconsin. Walking through the grand lobby is like being transported through history with the lavish architectural details that were popular during that era. Now upgraded and modernized, Hotel Northland still keeps much of that roaring 20’s charm and its title as the crown jewel of the city.
Coffee and breakfast at Kavarna coffee shop.
Grab a latte at the Daily Buzz espresso bar.
Hot cheese curds from Poke the Bear Restaurant.
Beer and wine tasting at the Ledgestone Vineyards and Gnarly Cedar Brewing.
Best Restaurants in Green Bay
Poke the Bear Bar & Grill: Located right inside the Hotel Northland, come here to try your first batch of cheese curds and watch the game. They also have an amazing chili if you are looking for some comfort food. If you feel like enjoying your room, just order your meal to go and grab it on your way up.
The Walnut Room: Also located right inside Hotel Northland. This fine dining establishment is open for breakfast and dinner. They make a mighty good cocktail and a few amazing amuse-bouche (chef tastings) may just hit your table.
The Daily Buzz: This cozy espresso bar and coffee shop is just a few blocks from Hotel Northland and is located in the Bellin Building, the oldest building in Green Bay. I highly recommend grabbing their cherry-filled puff pastry with icing that’s baked fresh daily.
Kavarna Coffee Shop: If I lived in Green Bay, this is the coffee shop you would find me at almost every day. Their food, drinks, and ambiance are amazing. The warm sunlight hits your face as you sit down at the front countertop to take your first sip of hot coffee. Eat a hot plate while you’re there and take a few pastries to go. Or just stay there all day trying everything in the glass display.
Feeding ducks and geese at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
Bike riding along the Fox River.
Ice skating at Titletown Park
Cheese tasting at Scray Cheese Co.
Touring the Automobile Gallery
Fun Things to Do in Green Bay
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary: There is something special about hundreds, if not thousands, of ducks and geese flocking toward you over the frozen pond to be fed. This 535-acre urban wildlife refuge is an absolute must for families with kids! Walk along the pathways taking in the breathtaking views, visit live animal exhibits, and learn more about the animals they care for.
Wine + Cheese Tasting: You cannot visit Wisconsin without stepping into a cheese shop! The best in town (in my opinion) is Scray Cheese Co. The amount of choices they offer is insurmountable. Not to worry, the friendly staff offers plenty of samples to help you decide. They specialize in Gouda/Edam, Fontina, and Cheddar for all you cheese aficionados out there. Definitely bring home some cheese curds as a souvenir. They will even ship to where ever you’d like.
Ledgestone Vineyards and Gnarly Cedar Brewing: This winery and brewery combination was another favorite stop. They have an entire cozy backroom to sit and enjoy a variety of wines and beers. You may even get the owner recommending some options for you. Order a flight of your favorite beer and wine plus order the flatbread pizza and the pretzel. If you go with a group, order two of each, and you won’t regret it.
Bike Riding: You would think that going to Green Bay in February would limit our options for things to do. But that was not the case at all! We went fat biking along the Fox River bike path which is essentially just bike riding with snow tires on. Pick up your bikes right near the bike path at the Broken Spoke Bike Studio and take them cruising around town.
Ice Skating: Grab your skates for an outdoor winter wonderland at the Titletown Park ice arena. Right across the street from the Lambeau Field, this place is unlike any ice arena I have ever visited. Warm up inside with hot chocolate and ice cream or brave the snow tubing hill if you dare!
Automobile Gallery: Even if you are not an automobile fanatic, the Automotive Gallery is absolutely incredible. They have cars from the early 1900’s until now. (Including a rare Ford GT.) Our guide Megan knew so much about all of the cars on the property including a lot of fun facts about many of the privately owned automobiles.
I hope you all enjoyed my Green Bay, Wisconsin Travel Guide. Check out more of my travel guides with Marriott Bonvoy including the best place to ski in Canada, my recap of our amazing stay in Minneapolis, and a getaway to the JW Marriott Desert Marriott in Palm Springs. Find the complete list of my travel guides here and don’t miss your chance to take advantage of all the Marriott Bonvoy member perks including free nights, late checkout, and contactless check-in. Learn more and sign up here.
Thank you to the amazing Discover Green Bay Team. A true example of pure midwest hospitality; they make you feel like you’re with family.
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Oh wow what a beautiful getaway spot!! I’ll definitely add it to my list, especially since there looks to be some amazing food choices and activities!!
Absolutely there are! And everywhere you go everyone is so friendly! It’s a great family spot if you’re looking to bring kids or just a getaway for the weekend with friends.