Travel Wisconsin: Girlfriend Getaway to Downtown Madison


Stay at the Edgewater Hotel on the shores of Lake Mendota and just down the street from the Capitol Square.

  • The historic hotel originally opened in 1948 (underwent a renovation in 2014) and is the only hotel with a AAA Four Diamond rating in Madison or Dane County.
    • The Edgewater is more than a hotel, it’s an urban resort with onsite dining, a spa and wellness area and a live music concert series that’s hosted right on the terrace in front of the hotel. 
  • The hotel’s Statehouse restaurant features a modern take on Midwestern comfort cuisine. They use fresh ingredients and artisanal products whenever possible. 
  • The Edgewater Spa offers everything from Swedish massages to facials, manicures and pedicures, as well as yoga classes, a relaxation pool and steam rooms.


State Street is Madison’s popular pedestrian walkway that connects the Capitol Square with UW-Madison. The street is home to hundreds of shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries.

  • The Overture Center has a mix of Broadway shows, live music, dance performances and educational talks. It’s also home to the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
  • Popular shops along State Street include the Soap Opera, which specializes in soaps, lotions and perfumes and Little Luxuries, a home goods and gifts shop that sells a lot of Wisconsin and Madison-themed gifts.


Capital City Food Tour is a great way to learn more about the history, culture and food of Madison.

  • There are four different guided tours to choose from, all of them focus on a different area or neighborhood in downtown Wisconsin.
    • The Around the Square Tour and Stroll Down State Street Tours focus on the cuisine and shops in the heart of downtown Madison.
    • The 5th Quarter Tour takes visitors to the most popular tailgating spots on Regent Street, which leads to Camp Randall Stadium.
  • Visitors will learn more about the architecture of the city, the local businesses in the area, and sample food and microbrews.
  • The tours last about 3 hours and range in walking distance from 1.5-2 miles.



For the best views of Madison, visit Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro – a rooftop restaurant and bar located on the 10th floor of the AC Marriott, one of Madison’s newest hotels.

  • The bar that overlooks the city and Capitol, so you’ll want to have your camera ready.
  • Eno Vino offers over 150 wines and specialty cocktails, as well as small plates and flatbreads to share.
    • They serve dinner, desserts and even have a special gluten-free menu.
    • Happy Hour runs from 4-7 p.m Monday-Thursday or 4-Midnight on Sunday.
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