My latest Wisconsin trip marked my first-ever use of Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, where I was delighted to find a cavernous used bookstore that brought back many happy memories of childhood.
No Lounge, But A Great Used Bookstore At Milwaukee Airport
The airport, often called Mitchell Field and officially called General Mitchell International Airport until 2019, is named in honor of United States Army General Billy Mitchell, who was raised in Milwaukee and is heralded as the father of the United States Air Force. There is a nice museum in his honor:
Airport museums may be rare, but they are certainly not unheard of. But next door to the museum I found a used bookstore, which brought a huge smile to my face. I was quite a bookworm growing up (shame I never mastered spelling) and you could often find me in a used bookstore. Across Los Angeles, I knew where the best used bookstores were and spent my money on books. If you go to my parent’s house today you’ll still find a floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in my old room filled with my books.
I always preferred used bookshops to Borders or Barnes & Noble (though I liked those too). Even the smell of musty books is something I quite like. Sadly, every single one went out of business.
Anyway, MKE has a massive used book store called Renaissance Books. I find that so cool! In fact, it took every bit of sales resistance to avoid buying some more Easton Press books while there…
That bookstore really gives the airport some character.
General Mitchell International Airport did not have a lounge for me to use (USO lounge is only for active-duty military and I did not have access to Delta SkyClub), but it did have a used bookstore for me to peruse. I loved it!