MADISON, SOUTHERN WISCONSIN ATTRACTIONS

Helpful Madison Wisconsin attractions guide to a variety of Southern Wisconsin attractions in the Madison area including the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dane County and the surrounding counties of Columbia (North), Dodge (Northeast), Jefferson (East), Rock (Southeast), Green (South), Lafayette (Southeast), Iowa (West) and Sauk County (Northwest). Visit Madison attractions and numerous area tourist communities and Area Chambers.  Dawn's recommendations for fine Dining and Activities and Events make for scenic, interesting and easy day trips. Visit Madison WI and the Arts and Entertainment. Tour the famous tourist areas of New Glarus, Mineral Point, Spring Green and Wisconsin Dells. Stay longer and enjoy longer Day Trips East to Lake Geneva and Cedarburg or West to Prairie du Chien and the Mississippi River and the in-between. We have a large selection of brochures and menus for Madison and Wisconsin Travel Info for your vacation planning.

See our Madison 101 Wisconsin Things To Do travel guide online recommendations.

  

BASCO WI: (1 minute) – Basco Wisconsin is 1/2 mile from the Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn B&B.

  • Badger State Bike Trail  - Links Madison WI and Freeport Il, the Military Ridge Trail, Sugar River Bike Trail, Capitol City Bike Trail to our our bed and breakfast.

  • Ice Age Trail - The Badger Trail near Basco is now part of the Dane County portion of the Ice Age Trail running from County Hwy A south of Basco north to Parcell Road.
  • Dot’s Tavern: A Basco WI original attraction with Bumper Pool & old Juke Box.

  • Ron Dekok – Contemporary furniture & accessories by a master artist.

 

PAOLI WI: (3 minutes) – Historic Paoli Wisconsin is the perfect small town gem with unique shops and galleries and world famous artisans displaying their art. May be small compared to Galena, Il, but it offers unequaled quality at affordable prices. Paoli is only 2 miles from Cameo Rose and only 10 miles SW of the Madison beltline. Be sure to visit the Wisconsin shops and galleries on both sides of the Paoli Bridge. Our guests often rave about their finds in Paoli. Your Madison WI vacation should begin at the Cameo Rose and Paoli.

 
  • Artisan Gallery – Buy the world-class arts and crafts of 200 skilled artists.

  • Beast Buffet – Pet supplies and brand name dog and cat food.

  • Canoe / Kayak Landing - Behind the Old Mill.
  • Creamery Cafe – Intimate WI restaurant with dining overlooking the Sugar River.

  • John / Christine Designs - Paoli WI fine jewelry design. Located in the upper story of the Artisan Gallery building.

  • Montrose Town Hall - Rental available for reunions, receptions, etc; Paoli, WI, 608-424-3848.

  • Old Mill Ice Cream Shop: Enjoy fine ice cream in a park-like setting.

  • Old School House Shops: Unique gift stores inside.

  • Paoli Cheese Cottage - Fine Wisconsin cheese products, snacks and gifts.

  • Paoli Clay Company - Clay for artists.
  • Paoli Pub – For a cold drink and a good hamburger at Paoli’s finest tavern.

  • Zazen Gallery – Richard Judd furniture and other world-class artisans.


Belleville Wisconsin (5 minutes) - Belleville WI Chamber of Commerce website. Belleville is a quiet Wisconsin attraction “beautiful village” with Old Library Square Park and scenic Community Park – a peninsula in Lake Belle-View. Belleville is the “UFO Capital of the Universe”. Everyone in the universe wants to visit here and stay at the Cameo Rose.

  


Madison Wisconsin (12 minutes) – City of Madison WI website. Madison WI Chamber of Commerce presents the State Capital City, the University of Wisconsin Madison campus, its scenic lakes, the beautifully restored State Capitol building, and the square. Visit antique malls, businesses, dining, events, stores, vacation and Madison Wisconsin travel attractions.



New Glarus Wisconsin (15 minutes) - New Glarus WI Chamber of Commerce: “America’s Little Switzerland”, antique shops, attraction list, business members, fine restaurant dining, monthly events, Swiss museums, unique stores, travel and vacation info.


 

Mount Horeb Wisconsin (20 minutes) City of Mt Horeb WI website. Mount Horeb WI Chamber of Commerce – Mt Horeb offers antique stores and malls, area attractions, business directory, casual dining, community events, accommodations, specialty shops, and travel, tourism and vacation info.    

  • Cave of the Mounds – Near Blue Mounds, WI this National Natural Landmark limestone Wisconsin cave is Wisconsin's most famous cave. Discovered in 1939. It is 400 million years old and has lighted walkways. 2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin - 608-437-3038.

  • Little Norway – Park-like setting and Norwegian museum buildings of Norse-style architecture.

  • Mt Horeb Area Museum – Museum of ethnic contributions in Dane County. 608-437-6468.

  • Mount Horeb Mustard Museum - 4600 varieties of mustard on disply, 500 varities for sale, and unique gifts from around the world - only at The Mustard Museum, 100 W. Main St, Mount Horeb, WI - 800-438-6878.

  • Trollway Shops – Mount Horeb's Trollway of bustling main street businesses and tourist attractions with wood carved life-size Troll pointing the way to places to shop, eat and relax. Hwy JG North, Blue Mounds. 608-437-8211.

  • Tyrol Basin downhill skiing – Downhill Ski and live snow cam.

 

MADISON WI TOURISM & AREA WI CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE INFO: 

 

Plan a variety of Madison Wisconsin vacations from the Cameo Rose suggestions and WI attraction lists, the tourist sites that interest you, and from the various area WI Chambers of Commerce websites below. These various Madison WI travels can keep you busy for several days.


Albany Wisconsin (20 minutes) – Village of Albany WI website. Albany is a rural community with a small Amish settlement with a furniture store and a couple grocery supply stores. Albany WI Chamber of Commerce Website includes events calendar and members list.

Baraboo Wisconsin (1 hour) – Baraboo WI Chamber of Commerce - antique stores, area attractions, businesses, dining, events, museums, tourism, travel and vacation info.

  • Belmont Wisconsin (1 hour) – 1836 1st State Capitol Historical Site. Ciunty Hwy G, Belmount, WI 808-987-2122.

  • Black Earth Wisconsin (30 minutes) – The Black Earth WI Chamber of Commerce.

    • Shoe Box – One of the largest independent shoe stores in USA.

     

    Blanchardville Wisconsin (40 minutes) – Blanchardville WI Chamber of Commerce information.

    • Yellowstone State Park.

    Brodhead Wisconsin (40 minutes) – Brodhead WI is the South end of the Sugar River State Trail.

    • Courtyard Coffeehouse - An upscale cafe for a great lunch if you are in the area.

    Cambridge Wisconsin (30 minutes) – Cambridge WI Chamber of Commerce, Village Square, antique stores and malls, area attractions, businesses, fine dining, monthly events, galleries, Victorian store fronts and area travel and vacation info.

       

    • Cam-Rock Parks – 422 acres, hiking, cross-country skiing & mountain bikes.

     

    Dodgeville Wisconsin (45 minutes) – Dodgeville WI Chamber of Commerce things to do and see.

    • Governor Dodge State Park -  5270 scenic acres, bluffs, valleys and two lakes. 
    • Downtown Stores and Court House Restaurant
    • Lands End – A Lands End Store and Lands Ends Headquarters.

     

    Edgerton Wisconsin (40 minutes) – Edgerton WI Chamber of Commerce website.

     

    Evansville Wisconsin (25 minutes) – Evansville WI Chamber of Commerce website. 


    Fitchburg Wisconsin (10 minutes) – Fitchburg WI Chamber of Commerce website.

    Fort Atkinson Wisconsin (45 minutes) – Ft Atkinson WI Chamber of Commerce events, entertainment, attractions, dining and tourism.
     


    Janesville Wisconsin (45 minutes) – Janesville WI Chamber of Commerce website with attractions, businesses and history.
    • Rotary Gardens – Beautiful floral gardens and ponds on your way to or from the Cameo Rose if you live Southeast of us.

     

    Lake Mills Wisconsin (40 minutes) – Lake Mills WI Chamber of Commerce.  Lake Delton WI: (60mi)
     
     
    Lodi Wisconsin Chamber (45 minutes) – Lodi WI Chamber of Commerce events, Susie The Duck Days.

     
    Mazomanie Wisconsin (30 minutes) – Village of Mazomanie WI website.
    • Halfway Prairie School - Oldest school building in Dane County.  Sundays Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Hwy F and 19 -  608-242-4576.

    Merrimac Wisconsin (45 minutes) – Merrimac WI hosts Wisconsin River Ferry crossing.

     

    Middleton Wisconsin (15 minutes) – Middleton WI Chamber of Commerce website of attractions, events, food, recreation and shopping just 10 mi West of Downtown Madison.

     
    Milton Wisconsin
    WI (45 minutes) – Milton WI has several antique malls:
    • Campus Antiques

    Mineral Point Wisconsin (45 minutes) – Mineral Point WI Chamber of Commerce, an old Cornish mining town with historical Gundry House, Merry Christmas Mine, Pendarvis State historical Museum (6 buildings) and Shake Rag Alley.  Town offers antique stores,  attractions, fine dining, galleries, monthly events, area shops and travel and vacation info.
    • Pendarvis -  Cornish settlement Wisconsin history experience. Mineral Point, Wisconsin 608-987-2122.
    Monona Wisconsin (15 minutes) - Southern Madison suburb.

    • Aldo Leopold Nature Center - ALNC promotes environmental education. 300 Femrite Drive, Monona, WI.               

    Monticello Wisconsin (20 minutes) – Monticello WI is along the Sugar River Bike Trail.


    Monroe Wisconsin
    (35 minutes) – Monroe WI Chamber of Commerce website.



    Muscoda Wisconsin
    (1 hour) – Village of Muscoda WI government info.


    Oregon Wisconsin
    (10 minutes) – Oregon WI Chamber of Commerce website.

    • A-Z Farm - Check web site. Sheep-shearing and raising. 1820 Schuster Rd, Oregon, WI. 608-835-5553.


    Poynette Wisconsin - (55 minutes)

    • Mackenzie Environmental Education Center - Conservation museum, arboretum. W7303 County Hwy CS, Poynette. 608-635.8110.


    Prairie Du Sac Wisconsin – Sauk City, WI
    (50 minutes) – Sauk City Wisconsin and Prairie Du Sac WI Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce – eagle watching, events, a Cow Chip throw.

    • Wollersheim Winery – Best WI winery, best tour of Wisconsin wineries and the best Wisconsin wines.


    Shullsburg Wisconsin
    (70 minutes) – Shullsburg WI, smaller than Galena Illinois, is an old restored mining town that has become a WI tourist destination.


    Spring Green Wisconsin
    (1 hour) – Spring Green WI Chamber of Commerce. Spring Green offerss arts, attractions, dining, events, recreation, shops, theater, and tourism in Spring Green area.  

    • American Players Theater – Classic theatre in a natural outdoor amphitheater. Several Shakespeare plays are performed here in the Spring Green area.

    • Cedar Grove Cheese, Inc - Cheese and gifts, factory toursin Plain, WI.
    • House On The Rock – World-famous House on the Rock attraction has over 2 1/2 miles of unique exhibits. Located between Dodgeville and Spring Green, WI.

    • Jura Silverman Gallery – Art and fine crafts of WI artists.

    • Taliesin and Visitor Center – Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s home built in 1911 and Hillside School and drafting studio. Several worthwhile tours available. 5607 County Rd C, Spring Green - 877-588-7900.

    • Tower Hill State Park – Historic lead shot tower & melting house, bluff trails.

     

    Stoughton Wisconsin (25 minutes) – Stoughton WI Chamber of Commerce website for this Norwegian heritage community. Main event is Syttende Mai.


    Verona Wisconsin (8 minutes) – Verona WI is known as Hometown USA. See Verona Chamber of Commerce.


    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
    (70 minutes) – Wisconsin Dells – Lake Delton Chamber of Commerce website. The Dells is only an hour form the Cameo Rose – an easy day trip to the WI Dells River District and River Walk, other attractions, boating, events, fishing, hiking, horseback riding,  Shopping, area State parks and WI vacation experiences.
      • Dells Boat Tours - Wisconsin River boat tours. 

     

    75-90 MINUTE TRAVEL WISCONSIN TRIPS FROM THE CAMEO ROSE:

    When you stay longer you can even plan your Madison Wisconsin travels from the Cameo Rose to include all the area Madison Wisconsin tourism sites and even WI travel day trips to Lake Geneva, Old World Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Prairie Du Chien and Ten Chimneys. 

    • Lake Geneva Wisconsin (90 minutes) – Lake Geneva WI Chamber of Commerce. A few blocks of variety stores, restaurants, area attractions, travel and vacation info. Take a lake Mailboat or boat tour. Do the walking path around the lake.

    •  Milwaukee Wisconsin (90 minutes) – Milwaukee WI Chamber of Commerce website of area attractions, businesses, dining, events, museums, travel and vacation info.

    •  Old World Wisconsin Eagle WI (90 minutes) - America’s largest outdoor museum of ethnic buildings and rural life contributions of several of the European countries. Time has forgotten Old World Wisconsin but here it is relived.

    •  Prairie Du Chien Wisconsin (90 minutes) – Prairie Du Chien WI Chamber of Commerce website on this Historic community, Villa Louis and attractions along the mighty Mississippi River. 

    •  Ten Chimneys – Genesee Depot WI (90 minutes) – Estate of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Tour their home studio and cottage in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin – reservations required.

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