The Capitol Pedaler was designed and built by a Dutchman in bicycle-happy Amsterdam before arriving in Madison to whisk travelers around town in eco-friendly style. Lovingly referred to as “The Big Red Bike”, it adopted its signature hue state-side in honor of the Wisconsin Badgers, and frequently takes breaks from escorting pub-crawlers and wedding parties to ferry fans on game day. Capable of accommodating up to 14 passengers, with the recommended group size of at least six–eight pedalers the vehicle typically cruises at 5–7 miles per hour—the perfect speed for drag racing local steamrollers.
Prechosen routes include excursions to the zoo or the Old Sugar Distillery, making up to three preselected stops en route at local bars, public parks, and coffee shops. While alcoholic drinks aren’t allowed on the foot-powered party bus, passengers are welcome to bring their own snacks and nonalcoholic drinks to enjoy between stops, and can blast premade playlists of party songs or favorite commercial jingles courtesy of an on-board stereo with iPod and mp3-player connections.
The Wisconsin Badgers have appeared in the Rose Bowl every year since 2010, and Badger Trips of Wisconsin has ensured that more than 1,000 Wisconsin football fans have been there to represent Madison in person. This year, with the Big Ten conference champions set to clash with the Stanford Cardinal on New Year’s Day, Badger Trips fulfills what has become its annual duty by organizing luxurious travel packages to Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. Along with tickets to The Granddaddy of Them All, the packages include customizable necessities—including airfare and hotel stays—and extra perks such as transportation to Rose Bowl events, which means fans won't need to rent a car or hitch a ride on Bucky Badger’s shoulders to get around.
The Wisconsin Cheese Man has been has been filling empty stomachs and dressing empty crackers with their high quality cheeses, spreads, and snacks since 1947. Each party-perfect, three-pronged option includes a half pound of cheese carefully matched with sweet and salty compliments, along with a marble cheese slicer ($15), saving you the exasperating trouble of provoking the cheese onto your cracker with excessive pretzel prodding.
Family owned for 40 years, the affable staff at Douglas American Car Care welcomes drivers with open service-bay doors and tool-wielding hands ready to battle on behalf of any troubled automobile. This 15-to-30-minute basic oil change helps maintain the motors of daily commuters and long-distance road trippers alike. By draining spent engine oil and injecting up to five quarts of fresh Valvoline into vehicular veins, the service ensures moving parts slide and glide rather than hiccup and lay down for a while. An included 30-point inspection thoroughly checks major under-hood nooks and chassis crannies for unsafe situations and potential problems, giving peace of mind to over-fretted drivers.
• For $50 you get $100 worth of services. • For $100, you get $200 worth of services. Hollywood Limo's chic 2008 black Lincoln Town Cars shuttle passengers to social and business engagements under the licensed guidance of professional people-couriers. Helmed by classroom-trained chauffeurs, the Town Car intuitively guides guests to glamorous destinations with state-of-the-art GPS navigation. Corral up to 10 close friends or hitchhiking cowboys for a night out, and rabble-rouse the roadways for two to five hours at a time ($170–$385 weekdays; $200–$440 weekends). Hollywood Limo's well-manicured steed also makes homecomings and proms more memorable ($540/five hours) and whisks travelers on worry-free jaunts to O'Hare ($160 each way), Midway ($185 each way), or Milwaukee's Mitchell ($170 each way) airports, with all permits, tolls, and fees included. Hollywood Limo's ball-park and concert packages ensure excitement for up to eight hours at a time ($450/package), promptly motoring groups to destinations such as Wrigley Field, Alpine Valley, or a wood-paneled basement with 8-track surround sound.