Monona Terrace Conference Center
Another Frank Lloyd Wright design, this was constructed posthumously, VERY posthumously, in the 1990s. It is only a few hundred yards from the state capitol, and sits right on the edge of Lake Monona. Wright designed the building to take maximum advantage of the site.
Time Machines? What?
Let's imagine you are in a shop in Madison and wish to pay for your purchase with a credit card.
CLERK: I'm sorry, we don't accept Visa, but there is a time machine over there.
VISITOR: So I can transport myself to a distant future when you do take credit cards?
Here the clerk is referring not to a science-fiction device but rather an automatic teller machine, which Madisonians commonly refer to by the brand name Tyme.
Biggest collection of stuff you'll find here
House on the Rock.
Amazing place, you'll either love it or think it's real tacky. Hard to explain....it's got everything and a lot of it.
Alex Jordan, a collector, owned and started it. Not in Madison, but in Spring Green about 30 miles west of here. I was last here 15 years ago and it took 4 or 5 hours to walk thru it all. Thankfully there was a cafeteria like place about 2/3 of the way through.
High point is the 'infinity room' a small narow room that comes to a point about 218 feet off the building. All glass, you can look down and you're about 154 feet above the ground and nothing but trees below you.
Has a huge carousel in the middle of it.
Best Way to Start your Day
The is absolutely the best breakfast spot Madison has to offer. In fact, I would challenge it to any breakfast place in the states! It is a small, counter service spot with brightly painted walls. It is often crowded but the kitchen if efficient and keeps up with the pace remarkably well. That being said, this is not the place to go lookikng for a quiet spot to set up with lap top and drink coffee for hours. The 2 owners value local farming and ingedients. The menu is always changing featuring the seasonsal produce. They are open M-sat 7am -2pm. Lunches are also wonderful. Sandwhiches are served on great breads. The salads are loaded with toppings and topped with awesome vinaigrettes. I encourage you to visit their website to check out the menus. Although driving around the capitol square can be confusing, this place will definitely be worth your efforts! Breakfast sandwhich with nueskes bacon; Scramblers with crab, corn and asparagus; Omlette with roasted tomatos, artichokes and asiago cheese. Rueben made with home made corned beer; Cheesebruger has this awesome sauce on it; Grilled chicken salad with amazing light champagne vinaigrette.
Best downtown brewpub
Best Brewpub downtown. Good hearty food portions and good beer made on site. Situated in an old turn of the century building that used to be a hotel. It has big room with pool tables, and room that passes as a bar, and a room for dining, and a room downstairs for parties. In the summer, there is a patio that has about 12 tables.
Try the Peck's Pilsner. As with all restaurants and bars in Madison, no smoking allowed. Big Ten Burrito is what I usually have. Huge, and tasty.