This has been a great sojourn in and around Madison, Wisconsin, where there’s lots to love. (To start at Part 1 click here)
Within a few blocks walk and all over town, are numerous restaurants, bars, cultural entities, retail shops and more, each offering its own distinctive Madison flavor and flair.
To get your culinary exploration on its way, check out the Food Fight Restaurant Group, a who’s who of about 20 of Madison’s favorite eateries. Two great places I would give honorable mentions are Cooper’s Hawk Tavern, offering an extensive variety of over 200 beers, pilsners, ales, wines, scotches, and excellent European-inspired fare; and Graze. Inspired by the New York gastropub scene, Graze features a range of comfort food classics (do NOT miss the Beet & Walnut Burger or the Mac ‘N Cheese with smoked kielbasa – Oh My God!) that go above and beyond traditional pub food while incorporating meats and products only from grass-fed animals.
Overall, you’d be hard pressed to find anything but an excellent meal at any level anywhere in Madison.
So Much to See, so Little Time
Yikes! I get so excited recounting my travel adventures that I often run out of space, and agonize about not leaving anybody or anything out! So here is an abbreviated, yet no less noteworthy or wonderful, list of places to be sure to add to your Madison exploration list:
- A ride on a Madison B-cycle, a 350 Trek bike sharing program with easily accessible bike stations all over town. It is a great opportunity for visitors to take in the sites and sounds of the bike capital of the Midwest which boasts more bikes than cars!
- A cocktail, meal or stay at Hotel Red, Madison’s first and #1 true stylish boutique hotel and restaurant (its awesome!).
- Death’s Door Spirits, producers of high quality gin, vodka and whisky made from Wisconsin-farmed products, the largest craft distillery in Wisconsin, and one of the largest in the region with an annual capacity of 250,000-plus cases. Be sure to take a tour of the facility for up-close and personal insights into their products and passion, plus samples.
- The Overture Center for the Arts, an impressive 400,000 square foot, world class visual and performing arts facility and home to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the newly renovated Capitol and Playhouse Theaters.
- The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art a spectacular 51,500 square foot facility highlighting modern and contemporary art, as well as a 7,100-square-foot rooftop sculpture garden and adjoining restaurant.
- The Chazen Museum of Art, situated on the University of Wisconsin campus and home to the second-largest collection of art in the state with more than 20,000 works including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. (This is one of the best museums I have been to in the country).
Madison, Madison, Madison! I love it and I’m sure you will too!
(To start at Part 1 click here)