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November
22

Shop Small in Dane County

Shop Local

There's something special about shopping at small local businesses for the holidays. Not only do you get the satisfaction of supporting locally-owned shops and boutiques in your community, but you can also find some amazing holiday gifts that the big chain stores simply can't offer. 

Luckily, we have some cool local shops here in the Madison area. With Small Business Saturday coming up on November 26, our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite places to shop small in Dane County. 

  • Madison Modern Market - 310 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    An independent, locally-owned boutique in the heart of Downtown Madison, Madison Modern Market is heading into its 10th year offering unique gifts and home goods. With an eclectic selection of unique yet functional gifts ranging from books, board games, and stationery to kitchenware, candles, and décor, you'll find something for just about anyone on your list here. Madison Modern Market is conveniently located just minutes away from many Madison homes for sale and within walking distance of many of the city's best shops and eateries.

  • Good Day Shop - 1925 Monroe St #120, Madison, WI 53711
    Offering a unique array of local and mindfully made goods, Good Day Shop always offers something unexpected. They primarily carry products made by independent artists, makers, and small brands, ranging from home goods to pantry items and apparel. Good Day Shop is a great place to find gifts for any occasion, but they really go all-out during the holidays, including a huge selection of themed gifts and décor, as well as pop-up events throughout November and December.

  • The Soap Opera - 319 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    A mainstay of Madison since 1972, The Soap Opera is one of the city's finest purveyors of bath and body products. From soaps and grooming supplies to essential oils and skin care, they have a truly outstanding array of gifts for everyone, including some great curated gift baskets filled with hand-picked items. You can order online, but browsing the store in person is half the fun, and their friendly staff is always happy to help you find something special.

  • Booth 121 - 6203 Monona Dr, Monona, WI
    It doesn't get more one-of-a-kind than Booth 121. With a huge selection of clothing, gifts, and jewelry, this Monona shop is perfect for finding a creative gift, even for those on your list who are notoriously hard to shop for. Stop by their shop to see their ever-changing selections of handmade goods and see what their makers are up to near Monona homes for sale.

  • The Regal Find - 1834 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI
    Looking for handmade gifts in the downtown Middleton area? The Regal Find has you covered! Their selection offers a true taste of what local makers are creating in the Dane County area. Browse their wares online and opt for curbside pickup for a convenient way to shop before looking at Middleton homes for sale. Or shop in person Monday through Saturday.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Madison, WI, and the surrounding areas. If you're on the search for your dream home, you can count on our real estate agents to help you find it in Dane County. 

October
24

Where to Sample Wines in Southern Wisconsin

Wine in Southern Wisconsin

The rolling countryside of Southern Wisconsin has become one of the leading wine regions in Wisconsin and beyond, joining local breweries and cideries in producing top-notch local libations.

Late summer and early fall are prime seasons to experience the harvest at Wisconsin's wineries, but there are opportunities to taste local wines year-round. These are some of our real estate agents' favorite places to sample Wisconsin wines. 

  • Cambridge Winery - 1001 S Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711
    Creating award-winning wines using grapes grown in California, New York, and right here in Wisconsin, Cambridge Winery has established itself as one of the leading wineries in the state. Their tasting room in Madison serves their full, ever-changing range of reds, whites, and rosés, as well as tasty house-made pizzas, salads, and small plates. Cambridge Winery is conveniently located just minutes from many Madison homes for sale.

  • Table Wine - 2301 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704
    Nestled in the heart of Madison's vibrant Schenk-Atwood neighborhood, Table Wine is one of the leading wine stores in the city. An expertly curated selection of wines from around the world, along with local favorites from Wisconsin greet customers. In addition to in-store shopping and curbside pickup, they also offer limited bar service and often host tastings and other events. If you're not quite sure what to get, their friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready with suggestions.

  • Square Wine Company - 1 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703
    Square Wine Company is a great place to explore and discover all things wine-related. This warm, welcoming, and unpretentious wine shop is located a stone's throw from the State Capitol Building in downtown Madison. The store focuses on selling quality wines from small family growers, and the staff is always happy to help visitors find the perfect bottle for any palate and budget. Square Wine Company also holds wine tastings every Friday from 5 to 7, but they tend to sell out, so be sure to RSVP!

  • Drumlin Ridge Winery - 6000 River Rd, Waunakee, WI 53597
    Some of the best wine in Southern Wisconsin is made at Drumlin Ridge Winery, a family-owned winery with a charming tasting room and outdoor patio. Stop in on Wednesdays through Mondays to try a tasting or enjoy their excellent wines by the glass or bottle. Some of their finest offerings include a dry, Chardonnay-style Frontenac Blanc and a sweet, Port-style Four Lakes Dessert Wine. Drumlin Ridge Winery is located in the beautiful rolling countryside outside of Waunakee, less than a 30-minute drive from Madison and not far from these Waunakee homes for sale.

  • Tasting Room - 800 W Broadway #100, Monona, WI 53713
    With a straightforward name that pretty much says it all, Monona's Tasting Room offers an impressive selection of wine. Located near Monona homes for sale, Tasting Room has been nominated for "best wine selection," "best patio," and "best bar with a view" in the Madison area. In addition to wines from all over, Tasting Room also serves craft cocktails, beer, and spirits and even has a selection of fine cigars in their walk-in humidor. This is truly a one-of-a-kind destination in Southern Wisconsin. 

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

May
18

5 Ways to Get Out on the Water in Dane County

Kayak in Dane County

Wisconsin's May temperatures have made it feel like summer already. That means now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy all the outdoor adventures Dane County has to offer.

The Madison area is home to several beautiful lakes and rivers, making it an idyllic place to enjoy fishing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, and water sports. Our real estate agents have some tips on places to get out on the water in Dane County!

  • Wingra Park - 824 Knickerbocker St, Madison, WI 53711
    Overlooking Lake Wingra, Wingra Park is the perfect jumping-off point for your next adventure in Madison. Wingra Boats offers canoe, kayak, and paddleboat rentals. Lake Wingra spans 336 acres, making it the smallest of the Madison area lakes and one of the best for small boats. Enjoy all of this within 10 minutes of Downtown Madison and with convenient proximity to many Madison homes for sale.

  • Schluter Beach - 4511 Winnequah Rd, Monona, WI 53716
    Schluter Beach is an off-the-beaten-path spot to enjoy the waters of Lake Monona. Within walking distance to several Monona homes for sale, the beach is nestled in a small lakeside park in a quiet, residential area. It's a popular place for families to take kids to cool off on warm summer days. Public restrooms are available, and the park also has a small fishing pier. You can grab an ice cream cone at Monona Bait & Ice Cream right across the street.

  • Fish Camp County Park - 3359 County Rd, McFarland, WI 53558
    Overlooking Lake Kegonsa, 99-acre Fish Camp County Park offers one of the best boat launch facilities in Dane County. The 3,200-acre lake is open to boats with unlimited horsepower. Fish Camp County Park is also a productive fishing spot, offering a fishing pier, fish cleaning station, and shoreline picnic area. Lake Kegonsa is minutes from many McFarland homes for sale and offers anglers ample populations of bass, pike, walleye, and panfish.

  • Sugar River Outfitters - 6890 Paoli Rd, Belleville, WI 53508
    The Sugar River meanders through several communities south of Madison, and its mostly tranquil, easily navigable waters offer some of the best paddling in Dane County. For those unfamiliar with the river, Belleville's Sugar River Outfitters offers gear rentals, instruction, and guided river trips. A short distance from these Belleville homes for sale, the river's gentle flow passes woods, farmlands, and several small towns. Sugar River Outfitters is right next door to Hop Garden Brewery, a perfect spot for a post-paddle pint.

  • Governor Nelson State Park - 5140 Co Hwy M, Waunakee, WI 53597
    The largest of Madison's four lakes, Lake Mendota encompasses over 9,700 acres and offers some of the best fishing and boating opportunities near Waunakee homes for sale. You can access this beautiful lake at several points, but Governor Nelson State Park is a long-standing favorite. With boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, a sandy swimming beach, lakeside picnic areas, and 8 miles of hiking trails, it's the ideal setting for a family lake trip. 

Contact us today to learn more about the adventures that await in the Southern Wisconsin area! Our real estate agents are here to help you move to the life you want.

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