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Stops to Make in Downtown Madison

Downtown Madison

Madison, WI is one of the top 30 happiest cities in America, according to a poll conducted by USA Today. Madison's residents know that Dane County is a happy, welcoming place to call home and we consider Madison's vibrant downtown one of the biggest attractions. Wondering why Downtown Madison is so highly rated? We have some fun facts about Downtown Madison to help you live the life you want in our charming small big city.

  • Downtown Madison Knows Lake Vibes & Waterfront Views
    Who says you need to live on the coast to enjoy a waterfront lifestyle? Downtown Madison is framed by two large lakes, which provide scenic views and endless opportunities for outdoor fun. Lake Mendota and Lake Monona sit on both sides of Downtown Madison, forming what we call our Isthmus. There are a total of five lakes located near Madison area homes for sale, along with multiple nature preserves, so you'll always have somewhere new to explore.

  • Hundreds of Miles of Trails Connect the Community
    Known as the bike capital of the Midwest, Madison is connected by over 200 miles of trails perfect for biking, hiking, and navigating the city without having to drive. Use your own bike, or grab one anytime from one of the many bike-sharing stations located around the city. Since many of Downtown Madison's attractions are located within a radius of a couple of miles, walking is also a great way to see the city.

  • Living Local is Easy on State Street
    Speaking of walking and biking, Downtown Madison's State Street is a great place to get those steps in and explore small businesses. The stretch of State Street that runs from the UW campus to the Wisconsin State Capitol is a pedestrian-friendly haven, home to some of Madison's favorite local shops and restaurants. Grab a meal, see a show or score a one-of-a-kind find all within a few blocks.

  • Everyone is an Honorary Badger at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has been a local institution for more than 150 years, featuring a variety of attractions that both residents and visitors love. A concept called the Wisconsin Idea ensures that the university is meant to benefit the entire state. The University of Wisconsin Arboretum and the Allen Centennial Gardens are showstoppers for nature lovers and moving here will quickly turn you into a UW Badgers fan, with fantastic football games at Camp Randall Stadium.

  • Family Fun in Downtown Madison
    Downtown adventures aren't just for adults. The Madison Children's Museum is filled with interactive exhibits that kids love, along with a busy schedule of special events. People of all ages will love visiting the Henry Vilas Zoo, which offers free admission and many indoor and outdoor attractions, located on the shores of Lake Wingra.

Are you considering relocating to one of America's happiest cities? Our local real estate team can help. Contact Stark to learn more about how we can help you move to the life you want in the Madison, WI area.


Local Holiday Shopping Near Dane County

Local Holiday Shopping

Whether you're browsing Madison homes for sale, or looking to score some unique finds for VIPs on your holiday shopping list, our real estate agents have a helpful suggestion or two.

Visit home-grown brands around Dane County, and you'll get to support small businesses while snagging gifts you can't find anywhere else. It's worth the adventure, you may find a new favorite place and you'll knock those hard-to-shop-for relatives off your list.

Stop by these local businesses to discover gifts that will delight your friends & families and give them a piece of our beloved Dane County community:

  • Madison Chocolate Co. – 729 Glenway St., Madison, WI 53711
    Madison Chocolate Co. has an array of delectable delicacies. You can even order with local delivery. Most visitors start with the dedicated gluten-free cafe, featuring scones, apple cider donuts, and pain au chocolat. Gift boxes at the in-house chocolatier include the mixed truffle and caramel box. Make time to savor the Weekend Waffles brunch offerings, too!

  • Tradition Market – 1821 Parmenter St., Middleton, WI 53562
    Tradition Market is divided into two showrooms for women's and children's attire, connected by an inside walkway. Gift cards are available for all your last-minute shopping needs but don't pass up the chance to explore the selection in person. Private appointments are available, and if you don't have time to make the trip, you can even set up a virtual viewing time using Zoom or FaceTime.

  • National Mustard Museum – 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, WI 53562
    Established in 1986 near Middleton homes for sale, National Mustard Museum will delight you with the untold story of one of America's favorite condiments. And, of course, you can also purchase a gift box of gourmet mustards with hand-picked treats from all over the United States.

  • Wisconsin Candle Company – 119 W. Main St., Waunakee, WI 53597
    Wisconsin Candle Company showcases handcrafted candles especially suited to the needs of people with asthma and scent sensitivities. All products are made from 100% soy wax with no additives, and the fragrance oils are 100% free of parabens and phthalates. If you've been browsing Waunakee homes for sale, you might recognize the theme of these inspired assortments, like "Life on the Lakes" or "Hygge Home," then get free shipping on any order over $75!

  • Rust & Lace Collectibles and AntiquesVarious Locations
    Rust & Lace Collectibles and Antiques is the kind of quaint local store you'll want to go back to again and again because there's always something new. A regular attendee of local events like the Vendor Night Market and the Fall Village Market, Rust & Lace offers housewares, antiques, collectibles, clothing, art, and all sorts of fascinating treasures that defy description. 

Contact Stark Company Realtors to find out more about real estate in Dane County.

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