Turn your next girls' night out into a girlfriend getaway to Greater Madison! Grab your bestie, find a hotel you'll both love and start planning a weekend adventure today!
Eat, Drink, Relax, Repeat
Breweries, wineries, and spirits are part of Wisconsin's heritage and you'll find award-winning options in all directions. Between wine tasting rooms, brewery tours and local distilleries, there's something for every taste. Start with a tour of beautiful Wollersheim Winery, located in nearby Prairie du Sac and overlooking the Wisconsin River. Or take a tastings tour with Hop Head Tours and learn more about the local craft beer scene. Old Sugar Distillery is a fun hangout, and THE place to try a specialty cocktail that uses local ingredients.
For relaxation, slip into a robe and try a spa day in the city or the countryside. Sundara Inn and Spa is nestled in 26 acres of pines, and Indulge Spa is right here in Madison. Both provide a perfect way to relax and give your body a break, with massage, skin treatments and nail care. The Edgewater Spa, located next to the historic Edgewater hotel, also has a full-service menu and you don't need to be a hotel guest to use their services.
There are countless ways to explore Madison's natural beauty. Get started at the amazing UW-Madison Arboretum, which locals often suggest is the best place to run, walk or snowshoe because of its long routes and beautifully serene setting. A stroll down Lakeshore Path to Picnic Point is also a favorite because of it's scenic views of UW-Madison campus and Lake Mendota, the city's largest lake. Or explore the second largest lake by looping Lake Monona by bike or foot. The entire loop is a 20k, and will take you through neighborhoods and parks.
Madison's shopping scene spans small boutiques to malls and outdoor marketplaces. Downtown retailers like Little Luxuries offer accessories and eclectic gifts, and Monroe Street features one-of-a-kind stores like Orange Tree Imports with an incredible combination of gifts and culinary delights. Other local malls and shopping centers include:
- Hilldale Shopping Center: an upscale, outdoor shopping center with stores like Free People, Anthropologie, Lululemon and Sur la Table.
- Greenway Station: an adorable outdoor shopping mecca, with great, well-known stores like Loft, Chico's, DSW, and J. Jill. There are also several eateries, including a hibachi and sushi restaurant called Fuji.
- East Towne Mall: rests in the center of a large retail area with numerous restaurants and big-box stores, including a large Barnes and Noble.
- West Towne Mall: 110 stores, including J. Crew and Ann Taylor, plus the mall recently added The Cheesecake Factory.