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Castle Creek Conservancy

Wedged between the railroad tracks and a suburban neighborhood, the Castle Creek Conservancy preserves a slice of native prairie and woods. Parts of Six Mile Creek wander through the property. The path makes a large loop, so no chance of… Continue Reading →

Six Mile Creek Fishery Area

Fishery areas rarely hold any interest for us. Usually, they’re a small lot, then a short trail to a body of water. After driving by Six Mile Creek Fishery Area for nearly two decades, we were completely floored to find… Continue Reading →

Leopold’s Books, Bar and Caffé

Despite the pandemic and a glut of coffee shops, Leopold’s opened in the spot of the former Greenbush Bakery (now moved down the street a few blocks). The totally renovated location is unique and elegant. Combining some of Madison’s favorite… Continue Reading →

Dane County Farmers Market

The weekly Saturday market on the Capital Square is a Madison institution. As the largest temporary farmers market in the Unites States, there is something for everyone. Sellers run the gamut from traditional farmers market fair (locally grown produce, cheeses,… Continue Reading →

A Room of One’s Own

A long-time Madison staple since 1975, A Room of One’s Own bookstore has recently moved to a wonderful new Atwood Ave. location. While the square footage is actually a bit smaller than their former location off of State Street, the… Continue Reading →

Global Market & Food Hall

The new east side Global Market & Food Hall, in the former Toy ‘R’ Us location, had the misfortune to open right at the start of the pandemic. However, this diverse and tasty business has persevered. While the products skew… Continue Reading →

Mad-City Ski Team

A long-time tradition, the Mad-City Ski Team offers free shows throughout the summer (end of May-Sept). Wander down to the shores of Lake Monona (next to Monona Terrace) on most Sunday evenings. Spread out a blanket, site back and marvel… Continue Reading →

Kismet Books

This wonderful new bookstore is worth a visit. Located in the oldest house in Verona, the shop is an eclectic mix of books, local crafts, toys and gifts. There are large sections of regional authors and children’s books, plus plenty… Continue Reading →

William Lunney Lake Farm County Park

There are gorgeous views over the lake, a boat launch, camping and a playground.

FlannelJax Ax Throwing

There is something wildly satisfying about taking a razor sharp ax, hurling it at wall and having it stick in the target with a resounding thud.

The Chazen Museum of Art

The Chazen (formerly Elvehjem) Museum of Art underwent a massive expansion in 2011, along with the name change. The formerly small and sleepy art museum is now substantially larger and far more vibrant. A large ground floor gallery and two… Continue Reading →

Mallatt’s Costumes/Make It Up!

Update Fall 2022: The retail location on the west side also appears to be closed, and the numbers on their Facebook, Google Business listing and website are all disconnected. Update 2021: Looks like Mallatt’s is now Make It Up! Costumes… Continue Reading →

Wisconsin Historical Society

The grand Wisconsin Historical Society building sits at the base of Bascom Hill, across from the Union and Red Gym. It’s an imposing building, but like most of the other UW-Madison buildings, open to the public. While most of the… Continue Reading →

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)

MMoCA is in the same location it has been since the early 80s. But with the massive renovation of the attached Capital Theater and creation of the Overture Center for the Arts, MMoCA got a fabulous new building. Though not… Continue Reading →

Inter Market

Hidden in the corner of a small strip mall off Old Middleton Road, Inter Market provides all your Eastern European and Russian grocery needs. The small shop is packed with teas in every possible flavor, tons of cookies, candies and… Continue Reading →

My Dog and Me Park

Update Fall 22: The indoor dog park is now closed. We’re very upset to see this wonderful service go as it was perfect for the really nasty weather. Apparently the private outside dog park is still open under new ownership…. Continue Reading →