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November
3

National Cappuccino Day: Madison Area Coffee Shops

Madison Coffee Shops

Our real estate agents don't need any excuse to sing the praises of our favorite local coffee shops here in the Madison area... but with National Cappuccino Day coming up on November 8, now is a better time than ever. Be sure to check out these awesome Dane County coffee shops in honor of the occasion!

  • Bradbury's Coffee - 127 N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703
    Noted for its hipster vibes and lively atmosphere, Bradbury's Coffee is a beloved hole-in-the-wall shop within sight of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Downtown Madison. They serve some expertly-made lattés and cappuccinos, along with artisanal crêpes and other treats. Bradbury's also stocks whole-bean coffee from some of America's finest roasters. 

  • Hodge Podge - 160 Keenan Ct Suite 1, Verona, WI 53593
    The folks at Hodge Podge make a killer cappuccino, not to mention plenty of other great coffee and tea drinks. This Verona coffee and cocktail bar also serves up some tasty craft cocktails during weekly happy hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Just footsteps away from many Verona homes for sale, Hodge Podge is committed to using as many local ingredients as possible, from locally-roasted coffee beans to locally-distilled spirits. 

  • Michelangelo's Coffee House - 114 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    Established in 1997, Michelangelo's Coffee House has been a mainstay of Downtown Madison for 25 years. Michelangelo's is known for friendly service, a warm, welcoming space, and great coffee. Whether you're looking to slowly savor a cappuccino or just want to grab a quick cup of joe to go, this place has you covered. 

  • Prairie Café & Bakery - 3109 Pheasant Branch Rd, Middleton, WI 53562
    Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day at Prairie Café & Bakery, a favorite local breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot just minutes from these Middleton homes for sale. In addition to their all-day-breakfast menu packed with staples like omelets, pancakes, and waffles, Prairie Café & Bakery also offers a well-rounded selection of coffee and espresso drinks. 

  • Mother Fool's Coffee House - 1101 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703
    Known for its funky atmosphere as well as excellent coffee, Mother Fool's Coffee House is always a great place to enjoy a cup of joe. They serve excellent espresso and have a menu of delicious baked goods with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Mother Fool's Coffee House is also a fun gathering place for the local community, with walls adorned with the works of local artists and frequent live music, poetry readings, and other events. 

  • Barriques -  5957 McKee Rd., Fitchburg, WI 53719
    With a huge selection of sandwiches, espresso drinks, and wine, Barriques offers something for everyone! This market-style setup is perfect for picking something up on the go near Fitchburg homes for sale. Or stay a while and enjoy one of their tasting sessions, where they pair beverages and cheeses. Skip the line and order your National Cappuccino Day drink in advance on their app.

  • Ancora Cafe + Bakery - 107 King St, Madison, WI 53703
    With over 25 years in business, Ancora Cafe + Bakery is an established Madison favorite for coffee lovers. Their Downtown Madison store started it all and has been open since 1994. Besides their fantastic espresso-based beverages, they have three different varieties of brewed coffee for your morning cup of joe. Brunch is served every day and makes a fantastic accompaniment to your drink of choice.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Dane County and talk with our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Madison, WI, and the surrounding areas. 

September
8

Wisconsin Farms for Fall Fun

Wisconsin Farms

Wisconsin's farms offer fall fun for the whole family. Our real estate agents invite you and your loved ones to form memories that will last a lifetime as you enjoy the outdoors and a variety of activities that define the season: Hayrides, bonfires, and even participating in the harvest.

Choose Madison homes for sale, and you'll never be far from the area's gorgeous farmland and local perks such as farmers' markets, festivals, and more. Plus, you can visit plenty of local farms whenever the weather permits.

In the fall, several farms throw open their doors so you can meet farmers and their animals, see the work that goes into planting, and enjoy surroundings rich with the energy and the unmistakable feeling of a Wisconsin fall.

Let's take a closer look at a few options for fall fun:

  • Enchanted Valley Acres – 5047 Enchanted Valley Road, Cross Plains, WI 53528
    Enchanted Valley Acres is one of the top local farms near Cross Plains homes for sale for any family that wants to peek at authentic farming. It is known for one of the region's best corn mazes, plus the opportunity to pick flowers or choose and carve pumpkins. Activities are available through September and October, with giant slides and a jump pad set up for the kids.

  • Appleberry Farm – 8079 Maurer Road, Cross Plains, WI 53528
    Appleberry Farm is one of Dane County's most beloved apple orchards. You have the chance to pick fresh apples straight from the tree in the finest "Pick Your Own" Wisconsin tradition. Appleberry has events throughout the year, you can also visit for the summer berry season. You might even get to see the beekeepers at work on Appleberry Farm's artisanal honey.

  • Schuster's Farm – 1326 US-12, Deerfield, WI 53531
    Schuster's Farm is another great selection for summer or fall near Deerfield homes for sale. Journey through eight acres of corn mazes, more than fourteen acres of pumpkins, and a slew of hand-picked barnyard attractions. There's a full "Haunted Forest" for the kids and classic Wisconsin apple cider donuts that people of all ages will enjoy.

  • Eplegaarden – 2227 Fitchburg Road, Fitchburg, WI 53575
    Eplegaarden is, as the name suggests, a premier place to find apples just minutes from Fitchburg homes for sale. In August, it throws open its gates for Pick Your Own apples and raspberries. Within sight of the big red barn, you'll also find the Eplegaarden pumpkin patch. There are acres of apples, hosting generations of families who've participated in this Wisconsin tradition!

  • Eugster's Farm Market – 3865 WI-138, Stoughton, WI 53589
    Eugster's Farm Market is one of the most convenient choices – just 15 minutes south of Madison and within moments of Stoughton homes for sale. Eugster's has made a trusted name for itself over 40 years, and fresh, seasonal produce is always available in the farmer's market. From fall's pumpkins to winter's Christmas trees, there's always something exciting going on at the Eugster family farm.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in the Dane County area.

August
29

Labor Day Weekend Activities Near Madison

Labor Day in Madison

How will you spend the last three-day weekend of the summer? Join our real estate agents at these lively Labor Day weekend events taking place around Madison. 

  • Taste of Madison - Capitol Square, 100 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703
    Celebrate 40 years of "the largest picnic on Capitol Square" at the Taste of Madison. Indulge in your favorite dishes or try some new ones from more than 75 food vendors on hand. Help some good causes by tipping beverage stand staffers who are from local volunteer groups near Madison homes for sale. A full lineup of live music is headlined by Daughtry, platinum artist and American Idol finalist. Hours are 2:30  8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 4. Admission is free.

  • Shifting Gears Bike Path Dance Festival - Capital City State Trail, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    Take a break from viewing Fitchburg homes for sale and get your groove on at the Shifting Gears Bike Path Dance Festival. For the second year, green spaces alongside Capital City State Trail will be transformed into performance spaces for an assortment of local dance groups. Join in the fun by walking, biking, or skating along the trail to visit the different sites. The festival takes place on Monday, September 5 from noon - 6 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Devil's Lake State Park - S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913
    Devil's Lake State Park is a slice of heaven, just minutes from Baraboo homes for sale. With 29 miles of trails, there are gorgeous hiking opportunities for people with all levels of abilities. Experienced hikers enjoy the challenge of Balanced Rock Trail, with its namesake formation and sweeping views of the park. Water lovers head to Devil's Lake for swimming, canoeing and kayaking, scuba diving, and fishing. Picnic facilities include a number of shelters, both reservable and first-come-first-served. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 11 p.m., seven days a week. The entrance fee per vehicle is $13 per day or$28 annually.

  • First Friday on Monroe Street - 1400-3600 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711
    Get a head start on the holiday at First Friday on Monroe Street. During this popular monthly event, participating shops along Monroe Street keep later hours and offer a variety of specials, from discounts to prizes. Other features include pop-up vendor stands, live music, and kids' activities. First Friday is also a great chance to dine at the incredible restaurants in the area. Hours are 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Riverfront Terrace - 27 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
    Wisconsin Dells homes for sale are near some of the most scenic spots in the state. It's the perfect location for Riverfront Terrace, an outdoor entertainment venue on the banks of the Wisconsin River. This year, Riverfront Terrace has added a food cart serving appetizers, pizza, and specials to go with their drink menu of beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. The music lineup for Labor Day weekend includes the jazz ensemble String Fever on Saturday, singer-songwriter Noah James Hittner on Sunday, and acoustic guitarist/vocalist Brian Beard on Sunday. Riverfront Terrace is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. - midnight, Saturday from noon-midnight, and Sunday from noon - 11 p.m.

Life near Madison is special every day of the year. Contact us for all your real estate needs.

August
4

One-of-a-Kind Bars in Dane County

Dane County Bars

If you're looking for a place to grab a drink in the Madison area, you have a wealth of options to choose from. From local brewpubs and microbreweries to cocktail lounges and arcade bars, our real estate agents have rounded up a list of the most unique places to wet your whistle in Dane County!

  • Atomic Koi Cocktail Lounge - 2685 Research Park Dr, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    Fitchburg's Atomic Koi Cocktail Lounge is one of the best places in the Madison area to enjoy a broad selection of expertly-crafted mixed drinks. From classic cocktails and martinis to unique champagne cocktails and ice cream drinks, there's something on their wide-ranging menu for every palate. Atomic Koi is also just minutes from many Fitchburg homes for sale.

  • I/O Arcade Bar - 924 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703
    Aimed squarely at "drinkers with a gaming problem," I/O Arcade Bar is certainly one of Madison's most fun watering holes. With their dizzying array of vintage arcade games and pinball machines, it's almost impossible not to have a good time here. They also serve a great selection of craft beer and custom cocktails and are located within walking distance of many Madison homes for sale.

  • Wando's - 602 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715
    Wando's is a three-level bar that offers an upbeat, welcoming atmosphere. Given their location on University Avenue, Wando's definitely attracts a college crowd during the months when school is in session. They offer great weekly specials, like "Free Bacon Tuesdays," and have happy hour every day of the week. 

  • Boulder Brewpub - 950 Kimball Ln, Verona, WI 53593
    Inspired by Colorado's wild natural beauty and Western architecture, Boulder Brewpub is one of the best gathering places for craft beer fanatics in the Madison area. With 24 rotating taps, there are always new and unique brews waiting to be sampled near Verona homes for sale. The kitchen also turns out some truly delicious modern pub grub. 

  • Christy's Landing - 2952 Waubesa Ave, Madison, WI 53711
    Nestled on the shoreline of Lake Waubesa, just 15 minutes from Downtown Madison, Christy's Landing is a beloved lakefront hangout, especially during the summer months. Along with a tiki bar and waterfront dining, Christy's Landing also offers boat docking and frequently hosts live music. 

  • Funk Factory Geuzeria - 1602 Gilson St, Madison, WI 53715
    The Madison area has a ton of outstanding microbreweries. But Funk Factory Geuzeria stands apart from the crowd by focusing on Lambic beer. This family of traditional Belgian beers relies on wild yeast for fermentation, resulting in unique flavors that resemble wine and cider, often with a touch of tartness similar to a sour beer. There's no better place in Dane County to experience these next-level brews.

  • Le Tigre Lounge - 1328 S Midvale Blvd, Madison, WI 53711
    This family-owned bar has the oldest liquor license in Madison, making it a long-standing local favorite. Le Tigre Lounge not only serves up fantastic drinks but the bar is themed around cats of all kinds, especially tigers. In fact, you can even watch a tiger cam while enjoying your drinks live streamed from a Florida rescue facility. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Madison, WI, and the surrounding areas. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Dane County!

July
7

Downtown Madison Summer Events

Downtown Madison

Our real estate agents love all that the downtown area has to offer, especially during the summer! From craft fairs and farmers markets to music festivals and marathons, there are plenty of ways to enjoy our small big city during some of our favorite months. Be sure to mark your calendar for these summer happenings in downtown Madison.

  • Lunchtime Live - N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703
    If you're looking for something to do during your lunch breaks this summer, we have the answer! Lunchtime Live is a weekly event that takes place across 13 consecutive spring/summer Tuesdays through August and features a different live music performance every week from noon to 1 pm. The music takes place on the lawn at the Hamilton Street corner of the Wisconsin State Capitol, just minutes from these Madison homes for sale.

  • Concerts on the Square - King St, Madison, WI 53703
    A longstanding summer tradition in Madison since 1984, Concerts in the Square is a live concert series performed by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra brings exciting guest artists throughout the six-concert series, which takes place at the King Street corner of Capitol Square. This year's events include Reflections on Liberty on July 13, The Planets & Ho-Chunk on July 20, and Rachmaninoff's Third on July 27.

  • Maxwell Street Days - 100 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    You could call Maxwell Street Days Madison's biggest annual sidewalk sale, but it's much more than that. For a few days every summer, State Street transforms into a full-fledged pedestrian mall lined with vendors selling everything from local arts and crafts to food and drinks, clothing, jewelry, and books. Around 30,000 people attend this event, which takes place July 14-17, 2022.

  • Madison Mini-Marathon - Corner of Lake St & Langdon St, Madison, WI 53703
    Saturday, July 23, 2022, will bring the return of the annual Madison Mini-Marathon & 5k. Participants are welcome to register for the 13.1-mile half marathon, which starts at the corner of Lake Street and Langdon Street, or the 5k walk/run, which kicks off at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union. Be sure to stick around after for the legendary 14th Mile Post Race Party!

  • Jazz at Five - 100 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    Jazz at Five is a music series that occurs several times each summer. Along with great music, there will also be food trucks and a craft beer tent at each event. New this year, Jazz at Five events will be split between two locations. The concerts on August 3 and August 10 will take place at McKee Park in Fitchburg, while events on August 17, 24, and 31 will occur at the top of State Street.

  • Madison Night Market - State St, Madison, WI 53703
    There are two Madison Night Market events left in 2022. Artists and other local vendors set up all along State Street and neighboring portions of Gilman Street, and Lisa Link Peace Park hosts live music during the events. The final two markets of the season take place on August 11 and September 8 from 4–8 pm.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Madison! If you're planning on moving to Wisconsin's capital in the near future, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping find the perfect home for you and your family.

June
20

Summer Festivals Throughout Dane County

Summer Festivals Dane County

Get ready to live life to the fullest in the Dane County area this summer! Local annual summer festivals bring music, food, and fun to many Southern Wisconsin communities throughout the summer, and our real estate agents are excited to share the upcoming festivities. 

Mark your calendars for these great summer festivals in Dane County.

  • Oregon Summer Fest - 245 Brook St, Oregon, WI 53575
    The Oregon Summer Fest is a beloved annual tradition in the community of Oregon, Wisconsin. This year's festival spans four days from July 23 to 26 and will offer enough fun, food, and festivities to keep you going all summer long! It starts with a fireworks display on Thursday evening and ends with Sunday's BBQ 'Thrilla on the Grilla'. In between, there will be a car show, craft fair, carnival games, cornhole tournaments, and much more. The festival takes place in Kiser Park, just minutes from these Oregon homes for sale.

  • Concerts in the Park - 100 E Main St, Cambridge, WI 53523
    The Summer Concert Series in Cambridge, WI, will be returning this year, with live music on select Fridays throughout the summer at Veterans Park. Upcoming shows include Mad City Jug Band on 6/17, Small Blind Johnny on 7/8, and The Tooles on 7/29. All concerts are free to the public and convenient to many Cambridge homes for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, and there will be food available onsite (usually in the form of a taco truck or the Cambridge Lions Club pizza/beer tent).

  • Coffee Break Festival - 400 Mandt Pkwy, Stoughton, WI 53589
    Sure, Wisconsin might be known for our cheese curds and local craft beer. But did you know the vital role coffee has played in our communities? In fact, the area around Stoughton homes for sale is known as "Home of America's Coffee Break." Celebrate your favorite caffeinated beverage at the Coffee Break Festival on the third Saturday in August. Coffee tastings are available for $6 at the festival. 

  • La Fête De Marquette - 202 S Ingersoll St, Madison, WI 53703
    Live music is also the central focus of La Fête De Marquette, which will be returning to Madison's Eastside neighborhood this summer. In addition, to live bands on three stages, the festival will feature food, beer, and wine tents, as well as family games and activities, and a three-story Ferris wheel. The festival takes place July 14-17 at McPike Park, which also happens to be the setting of Madison's beloved Eastside Farmers Market every Tuesday from April through October. All proceeds from La Fête De Marquette benefit the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

  • Concerts at McKee - 2930 Chapel Valley Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    By now, you've probably noticed that Dane County has plenty of summer festivals that involve talented local musicians. And the area near Fitchburg homes for sale is no exception, thanks to the Concerts at McKee series! On the third Monday of June, July, and August, you can enjoy a free concert at beautiful McKee Farms Park. Be sure to check out their website for the latest band announcements for their concert series.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Southern Wisconsin and the surrounding areas! When you're ready to find your dream home in Dane County, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

June
7

Where to Order Ice Cream Near Dane County

Dane County Ice Cream

What better way to cool off on a sunny day than with a heaping bowl or a towering cone of your favorite flavor of ice cream? 

If you're looking for a place to cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth, then our real estate agents have you covered. These are our favorite Dane County ice cream shops.

  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. - 2685 Research Park Dr, Fitchburg, WI 53711
    A Madison-area staple that has multiple locations, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. feels a bit like a classic, old-fashioned ice cream parlor with a modern twist. They've been family-owned since 1962, and the Fitchburg location serves more than 100 flavors. Can't decide what you want? Try an ice cream flight with four unique flavors. Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. is within walking distance of many Fitchburg homes for sale, so a tasty treat is never far away.

  • Ice Cream Social - 2421 University Ave, Madison, WI 53726
    Serving hand-made small-batch ice cream, Madison's Ice Cream Social started out as a homemade ice cream delivery service during spring 2020. Now in their own brick-and-mortar shop, Ice Cream Social still serves amazing ice cream with creative flavors like Orange Pistachio Chip and Lavender Honeycomb. Find them on University Avenue, just minutes from these Madison homes for sale.

  • Hubbard Avenue Diner - 7445 Hubbard Ave, Middleton, WI 53562
    A homey American eatery that serves all the classic diner fare you'd expect, Hubbard Avenue Diner is one of the best lunch spots in Middleton. But we're here to talk about ice cream, so let's skip right to dessert. This place serves up some truly next-level giant sundaes, not to mention shakes, malts, and floats. Hubbard Avenue Diner is also famous for their pies—you'll see them in the old-fashioned display counter as soon as you walk in the door—and we highly recommend ordering a slice à la mode.

  • Villa Dolce - 1828 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI 53562
    Pizza is the first thing many locals think of when they think about Villa Dolce, a relaxed Italian eatery in Middleton. And while this place certainly offers up some of the best pizza in the area, it also has an amazing gelato selection, so you'll definitely want to save room for dessert. The restaurant is located a stone's throw from many Middleton homes for sale and also serves up some tasty gelato cocktails ("Gelatinis," if you will) for the grown-up members of your party. Try the Strawberry Sensations, made with Malibu coconut and pineapple rum, Cointreau, and strawberry gelato.

  • Calliope Ice Cream - 3241 Garver Green, Madison, WI 53704
    Madison's own Calliope Ice Cream was founded in 2011 and has become a beloved local staple, serving some of the best (and most creative) homemade ice cream flavors in town. Their selection of hand-crafted, small-batch ice cream flavors is always changing, but you can count on finding something unexpected, like Brandy Old Fashioned or Mexican Hot Chocolate flavored ice cream. Hot Peanut Butter is a particular favorite; it's like Thai peanut sauce in ice cream form!

Contact us today to learn more about life in Dane County. The Madison, WI area really comes alive during the summer months, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you live life to the fullest in Dane County!

April
21

Biking Trails Around Dane County

Dane County Biking

After a long wait, spring weather is here – and that means it's time for spring biking.

No matter where you are around Dane County or what kind of biking you prefer, there are options to enjoy. Our real estate agents know many people pick Madison homes for sale because of the outdoor adventures waiting nearby! Dane County has over 100 miles of trails made for bicycling. Read on for our recommendations on where to bike in Dane County. Each website provides location details:

  • Capital City State Trail
    Capital City State Trail connects two other major trail systems in the state, but requires a permit. It has been recognized since 1998 and passes through a variety of biomes including wetland, lake, creek, prairie, uplands, and heavily wooded areas. It's more than 20 miles long and provides access to several points of interest and branching trails. Don't forget your state trail pass before you start!

  • Lower Yahara River Trail
    Lower Yahara River Trail is one of the newest trails in Dane County. Its "Phase 1" opened to the public in August 2017. With 2.5 miles of off-road trail, it provides a brand new connection between Madison and the village of McFarland. It features North America's longest inland boardwalk bridge, intended solely for bicyclists and others using non-motorized transportation.

  • Cannonball Path
    Cannonpath Path is a trail of just under four miles following the path of a historic railway from the bicycle roundabout at Military Ridge State Trail. In 2015, it was extended with a bridge across the Beltline. Plans are underway to further extend the trail all the way to Bowman Park, linking it with the Wingra Creek path.

  • Military Ridge State Trail
    The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail extends through the paths of Iowa and Dane Counties. Acting as a hub for local bicycle journeys, it connects Dodgeville and Fitchburg as well as many communities along the way. Defined by a military trail dating back to 1885, it provides bicycle access to the Capital City Trail or Badger State Trail. It passes through rolling hills, idyllic farmland, and historic mine country.

  • Ice Age Junction Trail
    Ice Age Junction Trail is located east of Verona and is Dane County's answer to the 1,000 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. This local spot highlights geological formations where Ice Age influence can be seen even today. The paved path is suitable for bicyclists and pedestrians. It's also popular with hikers and links up with a variety of state and county public lands associated with the National Scenic Trail.

  • Monona Lake Bike Loop
    Monona Lake Bike Loop is the best way for cyclists to appreciate the wonderful views of Lake Monona, the second largest in the local chain of lakes. The loop itself rings twelve miles around the lakeshore and is among the most picturesque cycling trails in the region. On it, you'll visit the heart of bustling Madison and see quiet lakeside communities as you complete the journey.

Spring is a great time for outdoor adventures, and it's also a good time to accomplish your real estate goals in Dane County. Contact us to find out more about Dane County real estate opportunities.

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