Cameo Rose Country Inn
“So Close To Everything!”
101 THINGS TO DO
THINGS TO DO BY COMMUNITY
Things to do in the Greater Madison WI area, arranged by city or community near Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn bed and breakfast.
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THINGS TO DO BY COMMUNITY
As you tour South Central Wisconsin communities, be sure to check out the things to do in the various communities in Southern Wisconsin.
BELLEVILLE (6-7 minutes south of Cameo Rose)
Argue-ment Golf Course – between Belleville and New Glarus.
Badger State Trail (1 minute west of the inn) – Bike, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski 41 miles from Madison to the Illinois state line.
Birding – Cameo Rose overnight guests can hike the inn’s trails and watch the bird feeders and nests.
Canoeing – 1 minute west of Cameo Rose launch your canoe on the Sugar River. Rent canoes at Sugar River Sports, 7008 Little Lakes Rd.Belleville – (608) 424-6045.
Cross Country Skiing – Cameo Rose has miles of private trails for overnight guests to cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike.
Duluth Trading Company – Belleville clothing outlet store – 1107 River ST (Hwy 69).
Fishing is 1 minute west of the inn on the Sugar River or 5 miles to Lake Belleview. See Sugar River Sports – 7008 Little Lakes Rd, Belleville – 608-424-6045.
Hiking – Cameo Rose offers overnight guests miles of scenic and private hiking trails on 120 scenic acres.
Ice Age Trail (1 minute west of Cameo Rose) – The 1000-mile trail runs from St Croix Falls to Madison to Janesville to Whitewater and to Door County.
Snowshoeing – Guests can snowshoe at the Came Rose on our miles of private trails. Snowshoes available for guests.
UFO DAYS – The Aliens came to Belleville and the people keep celebrating on the weekend near Halloween. Whether you are a believer or not – aliens come to town in October.
Uplands – The most beautiful region of Southen Wisconsin. Uplands refers to the Driftless area of WI left untouched by the glaciers from the Cameo Rose to the Western edge of the Mississippi River.
MADISON (15-20 minutes NE)
Alliant Energy Center – Madison – Includes several facilities for a variety of sporting events, concerts, fairs and entertainment.
Art Fair on the Square – The Art Fair On The Square features artists from all over the United States for two days every July. There is also an Art Fair Off The Square on Martin Lurther King Jr. Blvd. at the same time.
Downtown Madison Wisconsin – offers the arts, culture, farmers’ market, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, the State Capitol and tours, and State Street shops and stores.
Capital City State Trail (10 minutes north from the inn) – Runs east of Verona along the southern edge of Madison for about 9.5 miles.
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison Campus football stadium – capacity is 80,321. It hosts UW – Madison football games, outdoor concerts, Drum Corps International.Madison Dane County Airport -MSN (24NE) – 4000 International Lane Madison. Ph 608-246- 3380. Arrivals,
Chazen Museum of Art – UW – Madison campus museum preserves, interprets and exhibits works of art of ancient time to the present and offers educational programs, museum shop.
Dane County Fair – Alliant Energy Center, Madison WI – Showcases the achievements of Dane County’s youth involved in 4-H, FFA and other youth organizations, plus Carnival Rides, entertainment, food stands.
Edgewood College – Madison – Liberal arts college helps students enjoy opportunities for learning.
Executive Mansion – 99 Cambridge Road, Madison WI – Southern classical revival home that has housed Wisconsin governors and their families since 1949. Call (608) 246-5501.
Gerald Bartell Community Theatre is a 100-year old theater where Madison artists tell stories about themselves and their world to the delight of audiences on the Drury and Evjue stages.Wisconsin attractions in vibrant Madison. The theatre is located at 113 E. Mifflin, Madison, WI – 608.661.9696
Institutes For Discovery – Madison – Private-public partnership for Research dedicated to improving human health by scientific discovery.
Institutes For Medical Research – UW and health programs designed to allow researchers to work with other scientists from other disciplines to address urgent health problems of common concern.
Kohl Center – Madison – Seats over 17,000 for men’s and women’s basketball, approximately 14,000 for hockey, and between 15,000 and 17,000 for concerts.
Lake Mendota – Madison – Lake Mendota has been called the most studied lake in the United States with the UW – Madison limnology department located on its southern shore. It is the largest of the four lakes near Madison, Wisconsin.
Lake Monona – The 2nd-largest of the four lakes in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. The City of Madison surrounds the lake on three sides with the City of Monona on the south side.
Lakeshore Path is part of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. Lakeshore Path is in two trail segments. The University of Wisconsin bought a 198-acre parcel in 1866. Lakeshore Path runs from UW Memorial Union to scenic Picnic Point.
Madison College – MATC offers Madison are technical, business, health care programs and college transfer courses at two Main Madison Locations at Downtown and Truax (East).
Madison Farmers Market – Madison – Largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country and one of the oldest and best farmers’ market in the nation. Offers about 300 vendors on Saturdays with produce, bakery, meats, flowers, plants… .
Memorial Coliseum – Madison – A prime venue provides space for concerts, consumer shows, conventions, large events, sporting events, staged performances and trade shows.
Monona Terrace – Designed by the renowned architect – Frank Lloyd Wright and serves Madison and Dane County WI as a convention center. It overlooks LakeMonona and accents the State Capitol building.
Midwest Horse Fair – Madison – One of the top 3-day Horse Fairs in America held at the Alliant Energy Center.
Museum of Contemporary Art – 51,500 square feet of space for exhibitions, study, presentation, and conservation of modern and contemporary art, 230-seat lecture hall, a Rooftop Garden and restaurant.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens – Madison – 16 acres of gardens, a Rose Garden, Thai Pavilion, Sunken Garden, Perennial Garden, the Bolz Conservatory filled with exotic tropical plants, orchids, other flowers, birds and waterfall.
Overture Center of The Arts – Madison – Performing arts center by Architect CesarPelli includes Overture Hall – a 2,251-seat performance hall, Capitol Theater 1,100-seat theater, The Playhouse.
State Street – Downtown pedestrian mall from the Wisconsin State Capitol to the University of Wisconsin with unique restaurants, shops and arts.
Taste of Madison Madison – On the Capitol Square food items from over 65 restaurants and three stages of entertainment for an estimated 175,000 attendees. Admission is free.
UW Arboretum – Madison – 1260 acres restored prairies, forests and wetlands plus plantings of flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection.
UW – Babcock Hall Dairy Store – Our famous ice cream and dairy store on campus! – UW Hospital, Health, Clinic, and other attractions listed on this page.
UW Geology Museum – Madison – History and exhibits, rocks from a time when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin and sea creatures, dinosaur specimens.
Wisconsin Historical Museum – Madison Capitol Square – Offers artifacts, full-scale dioramas, photographs, audio-visual presentations, interactive multimedia programs. over 110,000 historical objects and nearly 400,000 archaeological artifacts documenting the history of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin State Capitol – Madison, WI – The Madison site was chosen and building built in 1838 and replaced in 1863. A fire left the second Madison Capitol badly damaged and a new Capitol built between 1906 and 1917 at a cost of $7.25 million.
Wisconsin Union – Social center activities, events, recreational and world-class performances. The Union also offers films, lectures, non-credit, mini courses, music, outdoor recreation programs.
Wisconsin Union Theater – Madison UW Campus – Part of the Memorial Union building. You can rent the Theater for your events.
World Dairy Expo – International meeting of the world dairy industry in 5 days of showcasing animal health supplies, feeding products, forage handling, manure equipment, milking systems, new technologies and genetic research.
Wisconsin Veterans Museum – The 10,000-square-foot museum is located across the street from the State Capitol. Instructive exhibits highlight important military events in Wisconsin history.
ALBANY (20-25 minutes South of the inn).
BARABOO (55-60 minutes north of Cameo Rose)
Aldo Leopold Legacy Center – The award winning green building offers energy conservation in design and uses. The Legacy Center makes an outstanding commitment to land stewardship and how we can reduce our impact on the environment. Center is located at E13701 Levee Road, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Call 608-355.029.
Circus World Museum – Located on the original Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Quarters inBaraboo. Explore Circus World Museum, watch Circus Performances, enjoy circus animals and rides, see the world’s largest Circus Wagon Collection.
Crane Foundation – Baraboo, WI 53913USA Phone: 608-356-9462 x101 – Preserves a future for all the World crane species.
Devils Lake State Park – Prettiest State Parks in Wisconsin offers spectacular views from 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails, lake, 2 large sandy beaches, boating, climbing, cross country ski trails, fishing, hunting and more.
Tower Hill State Park – Baraboo – Offers panoramic views of the Wisconsin River, 2 miles of hiking trails, upland forests – 175-foot Cambrian sandstone cliff with a lead shot tower and smelter house.
BARNEVELD (30 minutes NW)
BELMONT: (60 minutes SW)
First Wisconsin State Capitol and Supreme Court buildings is preserved on Hwy G north of Belmont at Leslie, WI. The buildings are open to the public for a self-guided tour.
Pecatonica State Trail – Wisconsin DNR – May 16, 2017 – Running 10 miles through the picturesque Bonner Branch Valley, this county-operated trail links Belmont with the 47-mile Cheese Country Trail [exit DNR] in Calamine. … The Pecatonica State Trail also provides connections to the Cheese Country Trail and the Lafayette County This County trail; connects to Cheese Country Trail running 17 miles through the picturesque Bonner Branch Valley to Belmont. Used for hiking, touring biking, skiing and snowmobiling. 608-328-9430.
BLANCHARDVILLE (45 minutes NW)
Yellowstone Lake State Park – A 455-acre lake, 968-acre park adjoining 4050 acres of wildlife habitat and cropland. Ideal for camping, fishing, hunting, hiking trails, water recreation.
BLUE MOUNDS (25 miles NW)
Blue Mounds State Park – Blue Mounds – 1,153-acre park with the two tallest hills in Southern Wisconsin offers camping, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking (both double and single track), picnicking, swimming, tower views.
COLUMBUS (45-50 minutes NE)
Antiques and Crafts Malls and Stores.
COTTAGE GROVE (25-30 minutes NE)
Glacial Drumlin Trail – 52-mile Glacial Drumlin bike trail runs east from Cottage Grove to Waukesha.
DODGEVILE (45 minutes NW)
Doby Stables – near Dodgeville, WI in Iowa County, WI – 1 to 2-hour horse rides Through Gov. Dodge State Park. Doby Stables – 4228 State Rd 23, Dodgeville, WI – 608.935-5205. * Folklore Village is a nationally recognized folk arts and culture center. Since 1968 it has dedicated itself to enriching lives and sharing time-honored traditions of food, dance, singing and playing with friends and new people. Enjoy their annual and seasonal cultural programming, song and dance festivals. Folklore village is located at 3210 County Highway BB, Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533. Phone 608-924-4000.
Folklore Village – Nationally recognized folk arts and culture center.
Governor Dodge State Park – 5000 acres of driftless bluffs, hilltops, plants, rock outcroppings, valley views, a waterfalls, wildlife and Cox Hollow Lake. You can bicycle, boat, camp, fish, hike, horseback ride, picnic, snowmobile and swim.
House on the Rock – began in 1945 when Alex Jordan wanted a retreat with view. Alex expanded his vision on a massive scale with many buildings, exhibits and collections. The house inspires, the exhibits and collections seem endless. In the middle of the tour is an eating place and a chance to rest your feet. 3591 Hwy 23, Dodgeville, WI. 608-935-3711 or 888-935-3960
Lands End is a Wisconsin firm making clothing or Women, men, girls and boys. Lands End located at 113 N Iowa St, Dodgeville, WI – 608.935.9053.
FITCHBURG (10 minutes NE)
Nevins Spring Fish and Wildlife Area in Fitchburg WI is the oldest of all DNR managed lands. The State acquired it in 1876 for use as a fish hatchery. Located in the City of Fitchburg about 6 miles south of the City of Madison and is adjacent to the Nevin Fish Hatchery. Nevin is managed for fish and wildlife habitat. There are fourteen natural springs and feed into the Yahara River System. The Capitol City Bike now passes through the natural area. Recreation activities include berry picking, biking, bird watching, fishing, geocaching, hunting, trapping and wildlife viewing. Nevin is located South of Madison inside Fish Hatchery Road (County Hwy D), Lacy Road, and Syene Road. There is a parking lot at Syene Road. Nevin Springs Fish and Wildlife Area – Fitchburg, Dane
FORT ATKINSON (50-60 minutes east)
Fireside Dinner Theatre (43E) – Fort Atkinson – One of the Midwest’s most popular theaters. Every show is worthwhile.
HIGHLAND (60 minutes west)
Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery is about 50 miles west of Madison. Spurgeon Vineyards specialize in dry, semi-sweet wines, fruit wines, mead honey wine and champagne. Spurgeon purchased the land from her parents in 1977. That year Glen and Mary planted a half row of grapes. In 1978 put in 5 acres of grapes and 5 acre plantings in 1979, 1981 and 1982. Each acre contains 600 or more vines.
JANESVILLE (45 minutes SE)
Rotary Botanical Gardens – Janesville – Offers educational opportunities, visitor center, a gift shop, and a horticultural showcase of 20 acres of themed garden areas.
LAKE MILLS (30 minutes NE)
Tyranena Brewing Company – 1025 Owen Street, Lake Mills, WI 53551 – 5 year-round beers and seasonal specialties, tasting room, beer garden, retail outlet, observation window. -920-648-8699.
MAZOMANIE (30 minutes NW)
Bottoms State Natural Areal – The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway is a natural area consisting of 3,550 acres located in Dane County 2 miles North of Mazomanie on County Hwy Y and 3 miles south of Sauk City on Hwy 78
McFARLAND (20 minutes NE)
MERRIMAC (50 minutes north)
Devils Head Ski Hills – Located intheBaraboo Bluffs – A preferred ski area of Midwestern skiers and snowboarders. The Vertical Rise is 500 feet. There are 30 gentle, long, wide and steep runs. The Longest Run is 1 1/2 miles.
Lake Wisconsin – Merrimac – The heart of the Wisconsin River Valley offering area vacation opportunities including excellent fishing, boating water and winter sports amidst some of the Midwest’s greatest scenery.
Merrimac Free Ferry – Ferries people and cars across the scenic Wisconsin River.
Parfrey’s Glen is located within Devil’s Lake State Park and is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-designated State Natural Area and about 28 miles NW of Madison. Parfrey’s Glen was designated a State Natural
MERRIMAC (50 minutes north)
Capital Brewery Company – Named the #1 Brewery in America at the 1998 Beverage Testing Institute’s World Beer Championships in Chicago, IL and rated #7 in the world. Gift Haus, a Bier Stube (sampling), Bier Garten.
National Mustard Museum – Middleton, WI offers 5,000 jars and tubes of mustard from 50 states and 60 countries, gift shop, Poupon U college and Gourmet Foods Emporium to taste and take home many of these world famous mustard.
MILTON (50 minutes SE)
Antiques and Crafts Malls and Stores.
Milton House Museum – Milton – An 1844 hexagonal stagecoach inn and considered the oldest building of its type in the U.S. Its’ basement and tunnel served as one of 14 stops along the Underground Railroad.
MINERAL POINT (50 minutes west)
MONONA (20 minute NE)
Aldo Leopold Nature Center – is an environmental, conservation and nature educational center. The Leopold Nature Center offers conservation education, hands-on programs, and interactive exhibits located at – 330 Femrite Dr, Monona, WI – 608-221-0404. The Nature Center offers individuals and families a chance to connect with nature through special events, education programs, children’s exhibits, a Climate Science Education Museum, plus outdoor wetland, woodland and prairie trails. The Nature Center’s mission is to educate the next generation of stewards of the land and to provide students hands-on programs to see the land, understand what is seen, and enjoy what is understood in the spirit of Aldo Leopold. The Monona Campus, provides visitors the chance to explore local flora and fauna on the trails, oak savanna, wetlands, prairies and woodlands to see how their observations connect to the land, local and global phenomena.
MONROE (40 minutes south)
Monroe Balloon Rally – Monroe – Spectators get your cameras and snap photos of a sky full of colorful balloons usually held on Fathers Day weekend at the Green County fairgrounds.
Cheese Country Trail – Monroe WI Cheese Country Bike Trail meanders 47 miles to Mineral Point.
Cheesemaking Center in Monroe Wisconsin offers the history of cheesemaking and cheese factories. Located at the southern gateway to Wisconsin of Monroe, WI 35 miles SW of Madison the Cheesemaking Center offers the story of early cheese-making which gave Monroe the title of the “Cheese Capital of the USA.” Cheesemaking Center – 2108 6th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566 – (608) 325-4636.
Green County Cheese Days – Monroe – Oldest cheese fest in the Midwest celebrates Swiss heritage, cheese-making and dairy farm history on Monroe’s Historic Courthouse Square. Taste cheese, polka, yodel, visit a dairy farm or cheese factory. Enjoy live music, Swiss entertainment, cuisine and Cheese Days Parade.
Minhas Craft Brewery – Monroe, WI – The Old Huber Brewery has been modernized and expanded and offers one of the best tours. Museum.
Minhas Winery – Newer winery. Give it a taste.
Silver-Lewis Cheese Coop – Come to Wisconsin and cheese country to buy your cheese in one of the state’s most historic cheese factories built in 1897. The cheese plant is located near Monticello about 26 miles SW of Madison. The Co-op is well respected for its award winning Muenster and a Wisconsin original, Brick. They also carry other handcrafted cheeses including Farmers, flavored Farmers, Cheddar, Havarti, flavored Havarti, Colby and more. The cheesemaker is Josh Erickson. The milk comes from a farm still owned by the Silver family. Purchase their cheeses by visiting their store or (608) 938-4813. Silver-Lewis Cheese Co-op, W3075 County Highway EE, Monticello, WI 53570 – (608) 938-4275.
MOUNT HOREB (20 minutes NW)
Cave of the Mounds is a National Landmark cave experience and the geological wonder and the jewel cave of the upper Midwest for the variety and delicacy of its formations. Cave of the Mounds is about 20 miles SW of Madison. Tours are on paved and lighted paths. The Gift Shop offers rock and fossil specimens, nature and historical exhibits. Kids find treasure at the gemstone mine and fossil dig. The Cave of the Mounds, is located at 2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd, Blue Mounds, WI – 608.437.3038
Tyrol Basin – Ski and Snowboard Area (22NW) – Mount Horeb – Downhill skiing, ski lodge, snow boarding. (20E) Mt Horeb.
NEW GLARUS (15 minutes SW)
Bailey’s Run Vineyard & Winery – N8523 Klitzke Rd. – 608-496-1966 One of our favorite spots for a glass of wine and entertainment. Outdoor porch and spacious indoor bar in a lovely barn-like venue, 5 minutes from downtown New Glarus.
Chalet of the Golden Fleece Museum – Picture 3 floors in a Swiss Bernese mountain chalet built in 1937 in New Glarus filled with the unique collections.For Tours call 608-527-2095 or 1-800-527-6838.
Edelweiss Chalet Country Club – New Glarus.
Hawks Mill Winehaus – New Glarus – Taste wines and enjoy the gift shop located in a historic building in downtown New Glarus, Wisconsin.
Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus – 554 1st Street, New Glarus, WI. (608)-527-2000. Try the fudge flavors.
New Glarus Brewing Company – World-class beers, new and expanded “Hilltop” facility is fantastic and offers Hard-Hat tours and self-guided tours.
New Glarus Woods – New Glarus – 411-acre state park offers camping, hiking, picnicking and snowshoeing with access to The Sugar River State Trail by nearby road.
Sugar River State Trail – New Glarus, this 23-mile trail goes to Monticello, Albany and Brodhead, WI. It is a National Scenic and Recreational Trail.
Swiss Historical Village – New Glarus – Museum displays the founding of New Glarus in 1845, early Swiss life in a complex of 14 preserved or showcase buildings, gift shop.
Wilhelm Tell Festival – New Glarus, WI – Offers English and German performances of the Wilhelm Tell Drama – the story of Wilhelm Tell, the Swiss national hero, plus Swiss history and a little myth, creates this greatest of all Swiss plays and legends.
NORTH FREEDOM (60 minutes NW)
Mid-Continental Railroad Museum is an outdoor museum at North Freedom, WI that operates a short line railroad that recreates the “Golden Age of Railroading” of 1880-1916. Museum opened in 1963 and has operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays of restored rolling stock. Museum is located about 36 miles NW of centrally located Madison. The Mid-Continent Railway Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the railroad legacy for the educational benefit of the general public. Step back in time and take a trip on the seven-mile, 55-minute round-trip ride in a valley between the Baraboo Hills in rural Sauk County. Ride in restored steel coaches built a century ago. An authentically-attired conductor calls “all aboard!” before the train leaves from the historic wooden depot, built in 1894. All trains are currently powered by diesel locomotives with a hope to add steam locomotives in the future. Mid-Continent is much more than just a train ride. It is also a museum. The Coach Shed is filled with restored wooden passenger, freight cars and displays from the turn of the century including the Badger #2 “Fish Car”, and the 1903-built Copper Range coach #60. The outdoor display yard includes steam locomotives including Copper Range locomotive #29, Soo Line #2645 and Kewaunee Green Bay & Western #49 among about 40 train cars and locomotives.
Natural Bridge State Park is a 530-acre state park near North Freedom, in Wisconsin and feature Wisconsin’s largest natural arch in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area that was missed by the Glacier melting 11-12,000 years ago. Evidence of human use of the rock shelter over a very long period dated between 9000 and 8000 BC. By the 1920s, the bridge was a favorite place for picnics and a popular tourist destination. Natural Bridge became a state park and state natural area in 1973. The natural sandstone arch was created by the eroding effects of wind and water making a natural opening 25 feet high by 35 feet wide. 11,000 years ago it was a rock shelter used by native people when the glacier was melting. The park can be used during the day. No camping is allowed. Several activities are available. There is a self-guiding, a 2-mile hiking trail through the woods south of the highway, a large picnic area with tables on County Highway C, hunting and trapping are allowed at certain times, cross-country but there are no trails groomed, winter hiking and snowshoeing are allowed anywhere in the park. The Park is located at E7992 County Road C, North Freedom, WI 53951. Park is located about 40 miles NW of centrally located Madison. Call – 608-356-8301.
OREGON (10-12 minute east)
PAOLI (4 minutes north)
Lily’s Mercantile & Makery – 6858 Paoli Road, Paoli, WI. (608) 636-4481. Be inspired by beautiful home decor, artwork, jewelry, candles, vintage and so much more.
Hop Garden – Paoli WI – Located behind the Old Mill in Paoli is a brewer’s outlet bar and carry out. You will want to try these beers. The beers are different and delicious. Owners raise their own hops and make their own brews. Also run the sandwich and ice-cream shop next door. Enjoy a sanwhich and a beer together.
Landmark Creamery – Unique cheeses of Southern Wisconsin. 6895 Paoli St., Belleville, WI 53508.
Paoli Gallery & Print Shop – Original art, antiques, fine art prints, home decor and gifts. 6894 Paoli Road, Belleville, WI 53508. 608-845-1535.
Zazen Gallery – since 1997, is in Historic Paoli, Wisconsin and the showroom of Richard Judd – designer and maker of contemporary furniture. It is also his woodworking studio and exhibit space for other contemporary all media artists. Zazen Gallery is located about 9 miles west of centrally located Madison. Richard Judd, born 1953 in Marshfield, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee receiving his B.S. in Architecture in 1975. His work in architecture eventually led to his formation of business as designer and craftsman since 1984. Exhibits have been held around the nation and numerous collections are scattered throughout the Midwest and beyond. Richard Judd has received awards including the Gold Award, Susie Gray Founder’s Award: 2014, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington D.C. and numerous “Best of Show” awards in furniture. He has been featured in numerous publications. Richard Judd is a world famous furniture and other items artist. Zazen Gallery – 6896 Paoli Rd, Belleville, Dane County, WI – 608.845.9722.
Cornerstone Carriages – Call Amy Meyer, owner, at 608-516-6059 – in Pardeeville, north of Madison. Horse and sleigh rides.
PORTAGE (45-60 minutes NW)
PRAIRIE DU SAC (40 miles NW)
Bald Eagle Watching – Prairie du Sac, WI – Watch by Wisconsin River View Stand and By The Prairie du Sac Hydroelectric Dam. Experience Bald Eagle Watching in Prairie du Sac, WI – a popular eagle watching area and a top 101 Southern Wisconsin attraction and things to do in South Central WI. Visit Prairie du Sac, South Central WI and Bald Eagle watching. Bald Eagle Watching in Sauk Prairie WI is located on the main street in Sauk Prairie at the view stand, along the river, or at the Hydroelectric dam just north of Sauk City. Eagle watching in Prairie du Sac is about 24 miles NW or Madison. In December, January and February watch bald eagles in Wisconsin at open water by the dams early mornings where eagles can fish, or in the fields feeding on deer carcasses. They roost late in the afternoon in large trees that provide some protection from cold.
Wollersheim – Award winning winery rests along a scenic Wisconsin River hillside. This winery is the largest winery in Wisconsin.
POYNETTE (50 minutes north)
Mackenzie Environmental Center – Poynette – Diverse environmental education center, 250 acres of prairie and forest land, outdoor experiences, live wildlife exhibits, nature trails, museums, wildlife exhibit, arboretum, logging exhibit.
RIDGEWAY (40 minutes west)
Hi Point Steakhouse – Ridgeway, WI – https://www.hipointsteakhouse.com – Great steaks, chops and more at reasonable prices. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays – OPEN: Wednesday: 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Thu – Sat: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Sunday: 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Contact Us. 6900 County Rd HHH. Ridgeway, WI …
SPRING GREEN (55-60 minutes)
American Players Theatre (48NW) – Spring Green – APT is an 1148 seat outdoor Shakespearean theater plus a 201 seat indoor classical theater.
Antiques and Crafts Malls and Stores
House On The Rock – Spring Green – Most unique house and other buildings filled with builder Alex Jordon’s collections of antique dolls, guns, music machines and much more.
Taliesin – Spring Green, WI – Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s home incorporating the harmony of nature and surrounding environment into his buildings.
Tower Hill State Park – 5808 Cty. C, Spring Green, Wisconsin 53588, Phone: 608-588-2116. Tower Hill State Park, Spring Green, WI – shot tower and park and a top 101 South Central Wisconsin attractions and things to do in Southern WI. Tower Hill State Park offers a 77-acre park 40 miles NW of centrally located Madison. 11 campsites serve campers. There is a canoe landing for canoeists. Families can enjoy the picnicking facilities and shelter. Everyone will enjoy the panoramic views of the Wisconsin River, the nature and hiking trails and bluff trails, and upland forests and a variety of animals, birds, plants and shrubs. Tower Hill is best known for its 175-foot Cambrian sandstone cliff where a tower was built to make lead shot back in 1833. The tower includes a wooden shaft and the smelter house at the top. It has been rebuilt and a video program.
STOUGHTON (25 minutes east)
Abel Contemporary Gallery – offers World-class artist displays in old creamery in Historic Paoli, Dane County WI. The Artisan Gallery, since 1987, has one of the largest and most impressive collections of fine craft and fine gallery art in Wisconsin and features over 100 artists from throughout the United States. It now includes the works of exhibiting artists with national reputations in many media.
Lake Kegonsa State Park is about 16 miles from Madison near Stoughton, WI in Dane County is this 342-acre park of oak woods, prairie, wetland marsh joins a 3200-acre, 30-foot deep, glacier-hewed lake offering excellent fishing, a hiking trail, beach and boat launch. 608-873-9695.
Syttende Mai Festival (18E) – Stoughton – Celebrates Norwegian independence with numerous events, art fair, quilt show, colorful costumes, folk dancing, Norwegian parade, Norwegian foods…
VERONA (10 minutes north)
Capital City State Trail – About 8 miles from our inn via the Badger Trail North you can connect to the paved Capital City Trail which runs East of Verona along the southern edge of Madison for about 9.5 miles. Near Verona it also connects to the Military Ridge Biking Trail, the New Badger Trail. Copy a trail map from its web site. 608-224-3606.
Epic Systems – Incredible campus for Medical software company for health care organizations.
Fisher King Winery – at 1105 Laser Street, Verona, WI – 608-497-1056. Popular area winery offering tasting. Winery was formerly in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Store offers some edibles to compliment your tastings. Try my favorite wine – Perfection – Port style.
Military Ridge State Trail – 41-mile bike trail follows an old 1855 military trail from Verona to Dodgeville.
University Ridge Golf Course – Premier golf course on the West side of Madison.
Wisconsin Brewing Company – Wisconsin brewery just southeast of Verona.
WISCONSIN DELLS (60 minutes north)
Antiques and Crafts Malls and Stores
Dells Boat Tours – Make Wisconsin Dells part of a scenic day trip in South Central WI. The land is Wisconsin scenic beauty at it’s best. The commercial attractions may entertain, but the landscape will take your breath away.
* Crystal Grand Music Theatre – Live entertainment, country, oldies and comedy – 430 W Monroe Ave, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Wisconsin Duck Tours – World War II amphibious vehicles tour the scenic part of Dells – 1890 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Wilderness Woods Golf Club – Premier Wisconsin Dells golf course.