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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.

July
20

Explore These State Parks & Recreation Areas Near Dane County

Dane County Parks

The wonders of Wisconsin summers spent outdoors are calling to us. From Wisconsin State Parks to other protected land, Southern WI has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor adventures. Our real estate agents are delighted to share their favorite Wisconsin state parks near Dane County. 

  • Cross Plains State Park - Cross Plains, WI 53528
    Located just west of Madison near several Cross Plains homes for sale, this landscape was scoured by glaciers during the last Ice Age. The park has become well known for its glacial landforms, which include a gorge carved by meltwater and expansive views across the glaciated terrain. Several hiking and mountain biking trails are available, and a future section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is planned for construction.

  • Capital Springs Recreation Area - 3102 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711
    Capital Springs Recreation Area spans 3,000 acres, of which 326 acres are designated as state park land. Opportunities for recreation abound, including a beautiful campground and 6 miles of hiking trails and boardwalks. The park also includes a boat launch and fishing access on Lake Waubesa, which is known for excellent panfish and largemouth bass fishing. Capital Springs Recreation Area is just minutes from Downtown Madison and a short drive from many Madison homes for sale.

  • Governor Nelson State Park - 5140 Co Hwy M, Waunakee, WI 53597
    Located in Waunakee on the north shore of Lake Mendota, Governor Nelson State Park is one of the best state parks in Dane County for getting out on the water. The 422-acre park includes a sandy swimming beach, ample fishing access, and boat launch facilities on the 10,000-acre lake. It's a popular picnic spot on summer weekends, though visitors who want to beat the crowds might prefer to come on a weekday when the lake is quieter.

  • Lake Kegonsa State Park - 2405 Door Creek Rd, Stoughton, WI 53589
    A popular destination for boating, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking, 3,200-acre Lake Kegonsa is the centerpiece of Lake Kegonsa State Park. The park includes boat ramps and an unguarded swimming beach on the lakeshore, along with picnic areas, fishing piers, boat rentals, and a pet swim area. Anglers often catch panfish, bass, pike, and walleye. Lake Kegonsa State Park also includes a campground for both tents and RVs for your next camping adventure near Stoughton homes for sale.

  • Devil's Lake State Park - S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913
    The magnificent 500-foot quartzite bluffs of Devil's Lake State Park make this one of Wisconsin's most recognizable state parks. A major destination for hiking and mountain biking, the park boasts nearly 30 miles of trails, including a portion of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Devil's Lake State Park is also one of the most popular camping destinations in the region and offers three campgrounds with a total of 423 campsites. Rock climbing is a major draw here as well for visitors near Baraboo homes for sale.

  • Blue Mound State Park - 4350 Mounds Park Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517
    Nestled amid a rugged landscape of unique geological features, Blue Mound State Park is home to 20-plus miles of hiking and biking trails that provide some of the most spectacular views in Dane County. Blue Mound State Park also offers some great camping options. In addition to a traditional family campground with 77 campsites, the park also includes 12 hike-in or bike-in campsites along the Military Ridge State Trail. Plus, don't miss the pool/splash pad.

Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in Southern Wisconsin! And if you're thinking about moving to the Madison area, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find the perfect home for you and your family. 

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.

May
9

Dog Parks in Dane County to Visit This Spring

Dane County Dog Parks

Spring has finally arrived. Our real estate agents know your four-legged friends are waiting for outdoor adventures. Luckily, there are plenty of places you can go with Fido throughout the Dane County area.

Canine friends are welcome in many municipal parks, but the crown jewels for pet owners are the area's dedicated dog parks. You'll find them in many of Dane County's most desirable communities, full of fun amenities for both you and your pooch. Just remember, you will need a dog license and a park permit before you use the local dog parks.

Let's take a look at some of Dane County's top dog parks:

  • Sun Prairie Dog Park – 1025 South Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
    Not far from several Sun Prairie homes for sale, you'll find the Sun Prairie Dog Park. Also known as the Sun Prairie Pet Exercise Area, it is located on an inviting eleven acres of beautifully tended land. Equipped with parking for 32 vehicles, picnic areas including tables and benches, shelters, water, and portable restrooms, it has everything you could need for a day out with your four-legged companion.

  • MRD Dog Exercise Area – 5209 County Highway Q, Waunakee, WI 53597
    MRD Dog Exercise Area showcases several enjoyable walking trails, shade shelters, a fenced-in agility course, and portable restrooms. Trails are mowed regularly. The park is open all year round, and you can pick up a permit for just $5 at a self-service station upon entry. It offers loads of fun near Waunakee homes for sale.

  • Penni Klein Park – 8780 Airport Road, Middleton, WI 53562
    Several Middleton homes for sale are conveniently located near the Penni Klein Park, an expansive community park of 34 pristine acres. Home to eight soccer fields, the Steve Adler Baseball Diamond, and an ample trail system, you can explore Downtown Middleton from here. Visitors benefit from a parking area for 250 vehicles. Within the park, you'll find six acres of fenced land dedicated to off-leash exercise.

  • Brittingham Park – 326 South Broom Street, Madison, WI 53703
    Madison homes for sale often have backyards for Rover to enjoy, but you can take things to the next level with a visit to the city's many off-leash dog parks. Brittingham Park may just be the most popular of these, sprawling across more than 25 acres in total. Substantial renovations were finished in 2019, including the addition of paw-friendly synthetic turf and an ADA-compliant doggy drinking fountain.

  • Quann Park – 1802 Quann-Olin Parkway, Madison, WI 53713
    At a full 55 acres, Quann Park stands out as a haven for dogs and their owners. Sitting along the shore of beautiful Wingra Creek, the park is open every day from 4 a.m. to 10 o'clock in the evening. Most of the visitors come for the off-leash dog park, but there is also a 12-court tennis complex you can reserve in advance, as well as the Wingra Creek Bike Path. Drinking water and restroom facilities are available.

  • Warner Park – 2930 North Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
    Last but not least, Warner Park's 200+ acres sit on the shores of Lake Mendota. In addition to its dog park and runs, it hosts a variety of outdoor community events. Concerts, dramatic performances, charity foot races, and family reunions all take place on a regular basis.

Contact us to learn more about what Dane County has to offer your family, pets included.

December
9

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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