Hotel at a Glance: Magnuson Grand Hotel Madison
Texas hold’em, Omaha, seven-card stud, and more than 1,000 slot machines are some of the flagship games at the Ho-Chunk Madison Casino, located down the street from the Magnuson Grand Hotel Madison. You can press your luck with the daily $10 per person casino credit included in this getaway, then get a bite to eat at the casino’s 24-hour grill. The hotel is also walking distance from Yahara Hills Golf Course, and a 15-minute drive from downtown Madison and the city’s lakes.
- Feast on a complimentary breakfast stocked with eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit, yogurt, and donuts.
- In-room amenities: microwaves, mini fridges, and coffee makers
- Late-night pool parties: The hotel’s heated indoor pool is open 24 hours a day.
- Complimentary shuttle service to local attractions is available with advanced notice.
Madison, Wisconsin: Capital City and College Town Surrounded by Water
Madison is nicknamed “The City of Four Lakes” because of its proximity to Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa. All that water gives Wisconsin’s capital city an almost coastal feeling—there are striking views almost everywhere you look.
A few blocks from picturesque Lake Monona, you’ll find the capitol building, a white-domed structure that’s the tallest building in Madison. You can take one of the free tours that leave hourly from the information desk or just gaze at the colorful murals painted on the rotunda 200 feet up. On Saturdays, make sure to check out the year-round Dane County Farmers’ Market at Capitol Square. More than 160 local vendors at indoor and outdoor stands sell handmade cheeses and honey as well as farm-grown produce.
From Capitol Square, make your way down State Street, a popular pedestrian thoroughfare packed with quirky and upscale shops, ethnic eateries, and bookstores. It’s also packed with students—State Street eventually leads to the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Several museums worth visiting are located nearby. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is currently showing a collection of prints by famed American painter Ellsworth Kelly, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum has an exhibit of popular inventions and ideas born in Wisconsin.
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