Monthly Archives: November 2018

November 29, 2018

Where to Stay and Dine in Middleton

Two weeks ago, thanks to Wisconsin Travel Best Bets, we went for the first time to Middleton, Wisconsin. We fell in love with the town neighboring Madison and are already planning on going back for another weekend getaway. You can read about our experience there in my previous post. Check out my guide below about where to stay and dine in Middleton, WI if you’re planning on going there.

Where to Stay in Middleton, WI

The Residence Inn by Marriott of West Middleton

We stayed in an oversized suite with a fully-equipped kitchen at The Residence Inn. Our room was spacious and perfect for our family of 4. The hotel has a 24-hour gym, an indoor pool and a hot tub. The breakfast had a variety of foods and the staff was very hospitable. The hotel was only 5 minutes from downtown Middleton and in a commercial area with a great outdoor mall, Greenway Station.

Courtyard Madison West/Middleton

Located in the same area as the Residence Inn, the Courtyard Madison is another great hotel option. This new hotel offers a pool area, spacious suites, and complimentary high-speed internet.

Hilton Garden Inn West/Middleton

Only 7 miles from downtown Madison and the State Capitol, Hilton Garden Inn is another great option if you need a place to stay. Also located next to the Residence Inn, this hotel has a swimming pool, a fitness center, and complimentary WiFi. You can order room service from Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, located next to the hotel.

Where to Dine in Middleton, WI

Pizza Brutta

On our first night in Middleton, we went out to eat at Pizza Brutta, a favorite pizza restaurant amongst the locals. It was an easy choice since the reviews were amazing and everybody in our family loves pizza. Their thin crust, fire-baked pizzas were delicious and super flavourful. We not only loved their pizza but the people working there were very friendly. One of the pizza makers gave Rapha pizza dough to play with. That kept him entertained all throughout dinner. Win!

 

Bloom Bindery

Bloom Bindery is the most charming cookie bakery, bookstore, and coffee shop. We fell in love with this coffee shop’s desire to do good in their community. For every cookie purchased, Bloom Bindery gives a percentage of its profits to support literacy in the local community. Let me tell you, their whoopie pie cookie sandwich was out of this world! We enjoyed our time there and so did the kids. They played with play dough while my husband and I enjoyed our coffee. I ended up purchasing a Thanksgiving children’s book right on time for the Holiday.

 

Sofra Family Bistro

Sofra offers authentic Albanian-American cuisine and serves fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had a great lunch at Sofra. My husband had a salmon salad, the children had grilled cheese, and I had their eggs for breakfast with a side of Albanian sausage. 

Villa Dolce Italian Ristorante

On Friday night we tried getting a table at Villa Dolce, but they were completely full. The wait was too long, so we made a dinner reservation for the next day. We figured that the wait meant it was another popular restaurant amongst the locals. Villa Dolce is a quaint, cozy restaurant with amazing Italian food. I regret not eating their homemade gelato. I was too full from my mac & cheese. Next time I go there, I will try their gelato and one of their delectable looking desserts displayed in the entry of the restaurant.

Freska Mediterranean Grill

On the last day of our weekend getaway, we went to the Greenway Station outdoor mall to eat at Freska Mediterranean Grill. We were very excited to find out that the owner of the restaurant is Greek, since my mother-in-law comes from a Greek family. The food hit the spot and made for a perfect lunch. We liked the atmosphere and how quickly we got our food. We had their “plate” that was served with brown rice, pita, a choice of meat, sauce, and up to 4 toppings. That meal definitely put a smile in our faces. One day, we want to go back to this restaurant for lunch.

I hope this guide helps you on your next trip to Middleton!

You can read my “Mini Vacation to Middleton, WI” post here.

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November 28, 2018

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November 26, 2018

Easy Weekend Trips from Chicago

There is something special about Wisconsin – from quiet lakefront cabins in the Northwoods to music festivals in Milwaukee there is something for anyone. Lucky for us Chicagoans Wisconsin is close and easy to visit for just a weekend. This year I’ve spent many weekends reacquainting myself with my home state and can’t wait to share my favorite weekend trips with you.

MINOCQUA

Minocqua is one of those places that is straight out of a postcard. This Northwoods lake town is full of charm, and I promise you will fall in love with the cute shops, friendly locals, and endless activities. The highlights of my visit were the fantastic food options, seeing the incredible landscape, and shopping for vintage treasures. Minocqua is about a five-hour drive from Chicago. The best times to visit are summer, fall, and winter depending on what you want to do. Winter is great for snowmobiling, fall is excellent for hiking and seeing the leaves change, and summer is great for boating, fishing, and hiking.

MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee is Chicago’s hip younger sister. Milwaukee has a burgeoning culinary scene, world-class breweries, charming neighborhoods, and an incredible lakefront. Best of all, it’s easy to get to – you can take a train or drive from Chicago (both take ~two hours). One of the things I love about Milwaukee is the festival scene. Summerfest is the most famous, but the city has festivals nearly every week in the summer.

LAKE GENEVA

Lake Geneva is a two-hour drive from Chicago and is one of my favorite places to visit in the summer. The lake is beautiful, and there are lovely options for dining and shopping. A couple of my favorite activities in Lake Geneva include walking the lake path (it goes around the entire lake), grilling brats from Lake Geneva country meats, and of course swimming and boating.

MADISON

Madison is best known for the University of Wisconsin, but there is plenty to do for nonstudents. The Farmer’s market in Madison is one of the best in the country and well worth the drive from Chicago to visit. The capital building and Lake Monona are also incredible. To get to Madison drive from Chicago (~two to three hours). My favorite times of year to visit are in the Summer and the Fall.

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November 26, 2018

Mini Family Vacation to Middleton

Last weekend we had a mini family vacation to Middleton, Wisconsin. Middleton is a suburb of Madison and is just two hours west of Milwaukee. Thanks to Wisconsin Travel Best Bets, we had the opportunity to visit and explore this charming town.

We hit the road Friday afternoon and drove straight to our hotel, The Residence Inn by Marriott in West Middleton. Our hotel was in a commercial area next to a very nice outdoor mall (Greenway Station). Only 5 minutes from downtown Middleton, our hotel’s location made traveling with children convenient.

On our first night in Middleton, we went out to eat at Pizza Brutta, a favorite pizza restaurant amongst the locals. It was an easy choice since the reviews were amazing and everybody in our family loves pizza. Their thin crust, fire-baked pizzas were delicious and super flavourful.

After dinner, we headed back to our hotel to go swimming in the indoor pool. Needless to say, that was my oldest son’s favorite part of the trip. He went swimming every night.

The next day, we woke up early, ate a big breakfast at our hotel, and went to explore the downtown area. We had a few places in our checklist that we wanted to go, but we also left our days open for anything new that came along. Our Saturday was filled with shopping, good eats, and walking around town. We went to the Mustard Museum and had so much fun sampling all the different kinds of mustard. I didn’t know it was possible to have so many! The rest of the day we spent shopping around town and even went to West Towne Mall to take advantage of the pre-Black Friday deals.

On the last day of our mini vacation getaway, we went to the Greenway Station to eat at Freska Mediterranean Grill. We were very excited to find out that the owner of the restaurant is Greek since my mother-in-law comes from a Greek family. The food hit the spot and made for a perfect lunch.

I have to say, we didn’t know what to expect going to Middleton. We were surprised by all of the wonderful shops, restaurants, and overall hospitality. My family and I are definitely planning on going back to Middleton for the weekend or even to spend the day. We love weekend trips where we don’t have to drive too far to have a good time.

Thank you so much for reading! More posts about Middleton coming up this week. Now tell me, have you been to Middleton?

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