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“Smallest Big-City Ever”
Review of Madison

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Schaumburg, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
2 helpful votes
“Smallest Big-City Ever”
Reviewed 5 May 2009

What a cute city! You feel like you're in a tiny home-town kind of place but it's a capital city! Great shopping, wonderful people, impressive restaurants!

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Flat Rock, MI
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Just call before you go...”
Reviewed 1 October 2007

Yeah. You should call this area to see what may or may not be going on. If something like a football game is going on, you will be screwed. Drunk drivers, no cops, noise, hotels will be comepletely booked up! Its crazy, and its not a nice time for a southeast Michigan resident where there is actually some normalcy, even while the SUPER BOWL is going on.

I don't know, I just wanted to shoot a warning out there for anyone considering visiting.

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Thank MILin0
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madison, wi
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
“Madison is Wonderful”
Reviewed 3 August 2006

Madison is a friendly, adventurous, peaceful place to visit. The lakes provide a serene backdrop for this quaint town filled with a large selection of restaurants and outdoor activiities. Whether you like to golf, boat, bike, walk, run, shop or relax, Madison certainly has something for you.

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Chicago, IL.
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
10 helpful votes
“A fantastic getaway”
Reviewed 8 October 2004

After our trip to Grand Cayman was cancelled at the last minute due to Hurricane Ivan, my husband and I had just a few days to plan a new trip for our first anniversary. When searching for a new location close to Chicago, Madison was a desirable choice.

Our best experience in Madison was dining at the restaurant, Harvest, which is located across from the Capitol. The atmosphere at Harvest was warm and unpretentious while the servers were polite and professional. The food was amazing! We enjoyed the roasted tomato soup to start and the monk fish and stuffed chicken breast entrees. This restaurant is a bit more expensive than others in Madison, but is well worth the price. We highly recommend Harvest for a memorable dining experience.

The options for recreation and fun were limitless in Madison. We found ourselves having to choose from a long list of things to do and see. The majority of our time was spent boating on two of Madison's many lakes. From the middle of Lake Mendota, we were entertained by the sounds of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Band. We also enjoyed the public zoo, shopping in many unique stores, and visiting the UW campus.

While having lunch at Frida (Mexican/South American), also near the Capitol, we observed a man, who appeared to be the manager, yelling at waiters, waitresses, and bus boys on three different occassions. This made us very uncomfortable and prompted us to leave as quickly as possible. We would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

We stayed at the Arbor House, an environmentally friendly historic inn on the west side of the city. The innkeeper, Cathy, was friendly and her staff, warm and helpful. We enjoyed the homemade baked goods and organic coffee that was served. However, our stay at the Arbor House was less than ideal due to construction/historic preservation being done on the exterior of the inn. We were not made aware of the construction when we made reservations. While our room was clean, the furniture and flooring were stained and worn. We did enjoy our stay overall, but feel the price of the room (180/night) was a bit high. It was fun to stay at an inn with an environmental emphasis.

We would definately return to Madison for future weekend trips, for dining, and outdoor recreation.

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