Quirky. Vibrant. Geek chic. Madison is so many things: A foodie’s dream, a bicyclist’s paradise…there are a million reasons why Madison is regarded as one of the best cities to work, play and live. Hosts Mariah Haberman and Jake Zimmermann explore iconic spots and uncover the hidden sides of Wisconsin’s capital city.
Situated amidst a number of lakes, Madison boasts the best of both worlds: It’s a vibrant city filled with local sounds and homemade flavors with gorgeous lake views around every turn. Miles of bike trails wind their way from downtown Madison to outside the city limits, where there is no shortage of historic landmarks and state parks to explore. And wherever you go in the Madison area, you’re sure to breathe in a whole lot of what the locals dub: “Bucky Pride.”
Grab your bike helmet, bring an appetite and get ready to “Jump Around.” We’re discovering 10 reasons why Madison is one of the coolest cities in America!
In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, hosts Mariah Haberman and Marie Justice get to know the diverse and unexpected sides of Beloit. From weekly farmers’ markets, to community events like the Art Walk, Fridays in the Park and Music at Harry’s Place, there is always something going on in Beloit!
On the beautiful grounds of Beckman Mill County Park, Mariah learns about Beloit’s rural history, which comes alive in a working 19th century gristmill. Meanwhile, Marie and her family explore some of the family friendly things to do around town, including meeting the alpacas at Pacesetter Alpacas and enjoying a delicious breakfast made from scratch at Double B Farm. Families visiting Beloit can also enjoy a day in the country at The Apple Hut (which serves up the best cider doughnuts in Wisconsin) or take in a Beloit Snappers game at Pohlman Field.
Beloit is home to some amazing restaurants that offer up unique food and atmospheres. At Lucy’s #7 Burger Bar, Marie learns how to cook the perfect Juicy Lucy; and later, she steps back in time at Clara Bo and Gatsby Wine Bar. And while the city is bustling with culture and activity, Mariah discovers pockets of wild, beautiful nature that provide lots of hiking, learning and paddling opportunities to visitors. You may think you know Beloit, but it’s time to go see for yourself – and expect the unexpected!
Mariah and Jake leave the hustle and bustle of Madison behind and take the quick drive down Highway 151 to Sun Prairie, one of Wisconsin’s fastest growing communities with all the charm of a small town.
Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the world’s most celebrated artists, was born in Sun Prairie, and her influence continues to be seen in the community’s art scene to this day. Mariah visits the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum, home to an exhibit honoring her work and life in Sun Prairie, before heading to Board & Brush to create her own “masterpiece.”
Meanwhile, Jake dives in to the history and community traditions of Sun Prairie, including the beloved Groundhog Day celebration. He also explores downtown Sun Prairie and takes a home brewing class at Cannery Wine & Spirits.
Sun Prairie’s food scene has no shortage of flair and flavor, and visitors will find some of the best flavors at Sassy Cow Creamery, Beans ‘n Cream Coffeehouse, and Willie Ty’s Eatery. But a trip to Sun Prairie isn’t complete without a stop at Salvatore’s, where Jake learns the secret behind their famous tomato pies.
Sun Prairie’s annual Sweet Corn Festival is a favorite summer event for locals and visitors alike, while nearby Angell Park Speedway has been a staple of the racing community since the 1930s! Meanwhile, nearby Patrick Marsh provides 315 acres of peace and quiet; and if you come during the summer months, you may even catch a glimpse of the American White Pelican.
Mariah wraps up the trip to Sun Prairie with a peek inside the Prairie Athletic Club, one of the largest health clubs in the state, before learning a trick or two at the Sun Prairie Ice Arena. While it may be growing, Sun Prairie still maintains its friendly, welcoming atmosphere that will make it easy for every visitor to see why in Sun Prairie, when you’re here, you’re home!
As they say around town, “All roads lead to Tomah.” Located at the intersection of I-90 and I-94 between Madison and La Crosse, Tomah serves as a gateway to much of the western portion of Wisconsin. While most people have probably driven through or past Tomah on road trips, in this episode, Mariah and Eric dive in to what awaits just off the interstate.
Tomah lies right on the edge of the Driftless Area, and the region’s unique geography includes everything from rolling hills, winding roads perfect for motorcycling and, of course, cranberry marshes. Mariah visits local cranberry grower, Wetherby Cranberry Company, to learn more about Wisconsin’s state fruit.
Meanwhile, Eric tackles the Tomah Recreation Trail, which takes him past Lake Tomah and the city’s numerous parks, before heading to the Tomah Rotary Beer & Sausage Fest.
Whether you’re driving through Tomah or staying for the weekend, a trip to BP Smokehouse is a must! Owner Darren Price has been barbequing since the early 2000s, winning both national and international awards and making an appearance on the Food Network along the way.
Finally, Mariah takes in the excitement of Crazy Daze, Tomah’s annual summer festival and experiences the power and passion behind Tomah’s truck and tractor pull, one of the three biggest pulls in the country, that draws thousands of visitors from all over the world.