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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. 

October
4

National Pizza Month: Where to Order a Pie in Dane County

Dane County Pizza

Order a pie or grab a slice, October is officially National Pizza Month. No matter if you are looking at Sun Prairie homes for sale or Fitchburg homes for sale, there are plenty of pizza options in Southern WI.

Here is a closer look at just a few places to score a slice or a pie with your favorite toppings:

  • Buck's Pizza – 219 Cottage Grove, Madison, WI 53716
    Buck's Pizza is a Madison tradition that has been around since 1960. All the details come together for a truly unique pizza – including an award-winning sauce recipe, the secret sausage recipe, and the fresh homemade dough. Recently, Buck's began to sell "half-baked" pizza, giving its fans the opportunity to enjoy the genuine Buck's Pizza experience from home.

  • Pizza Brutta – 1805 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
    Pizza Brutta is the place to go for authentic Neapolitan pizza made fresh using local ingredients from small producers. Using family recipes passed down for years, it is a local institution that also works hard to strengthen the local food system and community. A popular pick for catering, it features indoor dining, curbside pickup, and delivery. The Margherita is the most popular pie.

  • Ian's Pizza by the Slice – 100 State Street, Madison, WI 53703
    With three locations in Madison and several more across Wisconsin, Colorado, and Washington, Ian's Pizza by the Slice is one of America's fastest-growing pizza parlor chains. Don't miss out on the growing pizza craze distinguished by signature pizzas like "Mac n' Cheese" and "Maui Wowie." Ian's also stands out with its robust selection of vegetarian pizzas, a dozen in all. There's something for everyone at this shop.

  • Greenbush Bar – 914 Regent Street, Madison, WI 53715
    Authentic Sicilian pizza is the star at Greenbush Bar. You can find this local favorite in the basement of Madison's historic Italian Workman's Club building. The restaurant is committed to using fresh organic ingredients from local farms whenever possible. Use these ingredients to build your own pizza with a variety of toppings, including basil pesto, mushrooms, and kalamata olives, plus a variety of meat and cheese options. Opt for dining on your pie at the bar or ordering for carryout. Don't forget to end your meal with one of their delicious cannolis!

  • Sugar River Pizza Company – 1390 Cabela Drive, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
    With locations in Sun Prairie and Verona, you're never too far from a Sugar River Pizza Company pie. The Sun Prairie location features a weekly Happy Hour, lunch specials, and weekly specials that are sure to tempt your tastebuds without breaking the bank. Regular menu items include specialty pizzas such as their Amazon Deluxe, Garden Bella, Buffalo Chicken, and Baked Potato. Dine-in or enjoy carryout options, or check their website to see if they deliver to your area.

Contact us today to find out more about real estate opportunities here in Dane County.

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!

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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