16 hours in Madison, WI

Michael and I stayed at The Graduate Hotel in downtown Madison, WI. I have been to the bar at this hotel quite a few times, so I was excited to actually stay there for a night. I would highly recommend it. The best part, it is pet friendly.

Once checked in to the hotel, head up to the rooftop bar and grab an adult Capri Sun and a s’mores kit. Enjoy the fire pit with your friends!

Michael and I grabbed a quick dinner on the water at The Boathouse before crashing in to bed after our day at Devil’s Lake. The next morning we grabbed coffee at my favorite coffee shop in Madison, Colectivo Coffee. It was a slow morning enjoyed outside on State Street.

Sitting on the patio at Colectivo Coffee, looking over to State Street Brats

State Street connects the capital of Madison to the University of Madison, WI. No vehicles, other than a trolley, are allowed on the street. State St. is filled with bars, restaurants and a few shops. In the summer, the square (at the end of State St.) is home to a large farmer’s market. If you go, grab a loaf, or two, of the warm cheesy bread. You will not be disappointed.

After coffee, we walked down State St. to the Terrace, which is part of the Union on Monona Lake. The Terrace is a must-see where locals, university students and tourists hang out. On weekend nights, it fills up quickly for live music. The grills fire up with brats and Spotted Cow beer is bought by the pitcher. The Terrace is also known for the colorful, metal chairs with one larger chair for photo ops.

Michael and I grabbed a spot on the lake and enjoyed a sandwich, beer (Spotted Cow for me) and ice cream. Kloe enjoyed a pup cup too.

OUR THOUGHTS: Even though you have a long drive home, never rush the last day. It was a beautiful day to enjoy the lake and time together.

Have you been to Madison, WI? What is your favorite stop there? Michael and I would love to hear from you.


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