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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, December 28, 2007
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

We're Off To Madison, Wisconsin....

The four lakes region was formed by the glaciers when 
they retreated about 13,000 years ago. Between 300 and 
1,300 AD Native American "mound builders" occupied the 
area. Of the thousands of effigy mounds that once 
surrounded the lakes only a few remain to remind us of 
this unique culture. By the time the Yankee settlers 
began to arrive, the Winnebago Nation called the area 
home and continued to camp near the lakes into the 

James Duane Doty, a territorial Judge and land speculator, 
traveled through the Isthmus in May 1829 and liked the 
site so much that he bought 1,200 acres for $1,500 and 
platted a grid of streets. In 1836 he persuaded the 
territorial legislature meeting in Belmont WI to designate 
his paper city as the site for the new Capital. Doty named 
the city Madison for James Madison, the 4th President of 
the U.S. who had died on June 28, 1836 and he named the 
streets for the other signers of the U.S. Constitution. In 
April 1837, Eben and Rosaline Peck moved to the Isthmus 
from Blue Mounds and built a log cabin boarding house near 
S. Butler St. to accommodate the workmen who came from 
Milwaukee to build the Capitol. 

Nine years later when the Village of Madison was incorpor-
ated the population had reached 626. Wisconsin became a 
state in 1848. Madison became a city in 1856 and boasted 
a population of 6,864. The first settlers were Yankees 
from the eastern states. They were soon followed by German, 
Irish and Norwegian immigrants. Italians, Greeks, Jews and 
Blacks also found a home here after the turn of the Century. 

King St. and the E. Main/S. Pinckney Street sides of the 
apitol Square were the first commercial districts. The 
first residential districts were north of the Square along 
Gorham, Gilman and Langdon Streets. The growth of state 
and county government, the University of Wisconsin and a 
few industries such as Oscar Mayer, French Battery Co. 
(Ray-o- Vac) and L.L. Olds Seed Co. (and businesses that 
are gone such as the Gisholt Machine Tool Co. and the 
Fauerbach Brewery) provided employment and stimulated 
Madison's growth. 

The Madison Landmarks Commission has produced a series of 
eight neighborhood walking tour booklets. MADISON'S PIONEER 
BUILDINGS is the title of the downtown walking tour booklet. 
There are also booklets for First Settlement, Langdon 
Street, University Heights, Greenbush-Vilas, Third Lake 
Ridge (Marquette), Old Market Place and Schenk's-Atwood 

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--DESTINATION: Madison...The Capital Of Wisconsin
Because its very existence as a community can be traced 
to selection as the capital in 1836 Madison has a special 
relation to Wisconsin’s sesquicentennial anniversary. 
This exhibit encourages Madisonians to think about the 
ways in which this status has shaped our community. 
Historic Madison also urges scholars to undertake the 
research necessary for a full examination of this 
important historical issue. The illustrations in this 
exhibit suggest that although it is by no means the only 
source of Madison’s uniqueness, status as the state 
capital is an important part of our sense of place. 

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The U.W. Arboretum 

Recognized as the birthplace of ecological restoration, 
we heal the land and restore native species. Our exem-
plary research and land care practices support a bene-
ficial relationship between people and the land. 

Henry Vilas Zoo is open year round
Grounds are open daily from 9:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 
Building hours are 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.


Other Places of Interest:

Welcome to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center! 

Mission & Philosophy
The mission of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center is to 
"...teach the student to see the land, understand what 
he sees, and enjoy what he understands." in the spirit 
of famed Wisconsin conservationist, Aldo Leopold. 
Through hands-on, guided experiences, children and 
adults come to discover and explore the wonders of the 
natural world!

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center specializes in connecting 
children, their families and teachers to the outdoors. 

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center was established in 1994 
as an independent not-for-profit charitable organization. 
It operates year-round, is governed by a volunteer board 
of directors and managed by professional staff. The 
Center is solely supported by charitable contributions 
and program fees. 

Golf Courses....

The City of Madison Parks Division announces that the 
golf season at Glenway and Yahara Hills Golf Courses 
will come to an end effective Wednesday, November 7, 
2007 due to cold weather. Odana Hills and Monona Golf 
Courses will remain open on a day-to-day basis based 
on weather conditions and the number of golfers 
utilizing these courses.    
The City of Madison offers four premiere public golf 
courses for residents and visitors. 

A commitment is made to provide affordable, accessible 
golf programs and facilities through the use of environ-
mentally sound maintenance practices. 

Led by Professional Golf Associations professionals, 
each course provides an enjoyable and challenging level 
of play. Each golf course offers unique lessons programs 
for adults and juniors alike. Whether you are a beginner 
or seasoned golfer, the City of Madison Golf Courses have 
the program for you. 

Check out all four courses for their unique programs and 
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Comfort Suites Madison
1253 John Q. Hammons Dr.
Madison, WI 53717
Nightly Rates (119.99 - 149.99)   3 Star      
Deluxe Suite Hotel. Convention Center adjacent. Duffy's 
Pub and Wine Bar on premise. Indoor pool, whirlpool and 
fitness room. FREE Continental Breakfast. One FREE 
cocktail per adult. FREE Airport Shuttle 0800 - 2100. 
1998 AWARD Comfort Suites I    
Quality Inn & Suites
2969 Cahill Main
Madison, WI 53711
Nightly Rates (99.99 - 129.99)   3 Star      
 The Quality Inn & Suites hotel is less than two miles 
from Madison's Beltline, with easy access to area 
businesses and attractions. This Madison hotel is close 
to points of interest like the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, the Alliant Energy Center.  
Clarion Hotel Central
2110 Rimrock Road
Madison, WI 53713
Nightly Rates (111.99 - 111.99)   3 Star      
 All suite hotel centrally located within minutes from 
downtown and Monona Terrace Convention Center. Directly 
connnected to the exhibition hall at the Alliant Energy 
Center. Olin Park and Lake Monona within walking 
Howard Johnson Madison
3841 E. Washington St
Madison, WI 53704
Nightly Rates (77.01 - 92.01)   2 Star      
Easy Access to Interstates. Adjacent to East Towne Mall-
Largest in Madison. Close to many local Restaurants and 
Movie Theaters. Only 5 miles to State Capitol, Downtown 
Attractions and University of WI. Largest Indoor Pool in 
Baymont Inn & Suites Madison West
8102 Excelsior Dr.
Madison, WI 53717
Nightly Rates (80.00 - 90.00)   2 Star      
Visiting Madison, Wisconsin on business? See why Entre-
preneur stated "Baymont Inn" is the best hotel value. 
The Baymont Inn Madison WI features an added value. 
Located one hour from Milwaukee, WI and two hours from 
Wingate by Wyndham - Madison
3510 Millpond Road
Madison, WI 53718
Nightly Rates (89.01 - 89.01)   3 Star      
 Complimentary Full Breakfast The capital city of 
America's Dairy Land is home to many thriving busines-
ses as well as one of the Midwest's fastest-growing 
cultural centers Convenient location and just 8 miles 
from the airport and minutes from downtown Madison.  
Madison Days Inn
4402 E. Broadway Service Road
Madison, WI 53716
Nightly Rates (79.01 - 115.01)   3 Star      
Looking for value, comfort and cleanliness while travel-
ing? The Days Inn of Madison has won the 5 Sunbursts and 
Chairmans Award for Quality every year since opening in 
1995. We pride ourselves on being able to go the extra
mile for our guests.  
Crowne Plaza Hotel Madison East Towne, Wi
4402 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
Nightly Rates (132.96 - 171.72)   3 Star      
Madison Crowne Plaza Hotel is located in Madison 
Wisconsin, and is the ®Place to Meet® for meetings 
and weddings alike. Our premier hotel is located on 
the East-side of Madison. 

Blue Marlin
101 North Hamilton Street
Madison, WI  

Serving: Lunch: Tuesday   -   Friday 
Dinner:    Tuesday   -   Sunday 

The Blue Marlin restaurant, a downtown Madison institution 
since it’s inception, is a small, intimate restaurant with 
a pleasant atmosphere. 

Stepping into the restaurant, the first noticeable aspect 
is the size. The Blue Marlin is not large.  The tables are 
situated closely together, making truly private conversa-
tions a bit difficult to achieve.  Due to the high ceilings 
and a wall made of stone, acoustics are not at their best.  
The restaurant, however, still manages to be cozy and 
comfortable despite that.  Our party of five was seated 
immediately next to the bar.  This made the staff traffic 
a bit heavy at times surrounding the table.  This didn’t 
detract terribly from the dining experience.

Our party was made up of varying degrees of four fish 
aficionados,  as well as one fairly rabid landlubber who 
prefers a well turned steak. After perusing the menu, it
was apparent that while the choices were plentiful for 
the seafood fans, the steak lover was going to have a 
difficult time finding choice of dishes.  

The menu was comprised of a variety of delights for those 
who relish seafood, with the barest hint of a nod to those 
who do not.  Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, Sea Bass, 
Swordfish, Tuna, Salmon, Halibut, Mahi and Grouper all 
adorned the menu, which appeared to change daily dependant 
on the fresh catches available.  The sole concession to 
those who are not interested in seafood was a Carpetbagger 
Steak.  This was only a cursory concession, as the steak 
was prepared stuffed with oysters.

Our party ordered a variety of dishes, including Live Main 
Lobster, Swordfish, Atlantic Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, and 
the Carpetbagger Steak, sans oysters.  Judging from the 
fact that the server did not blink when asked if the steak 
could be served without the seafood addition, one would 
assume that this is a common request.

The wine list was adequate, though necessity dictated that 
it be biased towards white varieties and other seafood 
friendly types.  We chose a personal favorite, a bottle of 
Qupe Syrah.  Dinner was preceded by a choice of soup, or a 
vinaigrette or ceasar salad.  Crusty sourdough dinner rolls 
also were served.  The salads ranged from adequate to good, 
and the bread was a bright spot, crusty and flavorful.

The serving staff was attentive and efficient, and conver-
sation flowed freely as we were served leisurely but 

When dinner was served, the Live Main Lobster drew murmurs 
of appreciation from all, aside from the landlubber.  Two 
pounds of grilled lobster, it was quite a spectacle.  
Though it looked overwhelming, it was eaten with apprecia-
tion, and little was left by the end of the meal.

The Chilean Sea Bass was blackened, and served with lime 
yogurt and a mango papaya salsa.  It was moist and flaky, 
and a hit.  The grilled Atlantic Salmon, served with a 
cucumber dill sauce citrus marinated gulf shrimp provided 
a well appreciated flavor combination.  The Swordfish,  
grilled with a black peppercorn sauce and served with a 
mignonette sauce was tender and delicious, one of the best 
cuts of swordfish experienced.  The Australian Carpetbagger 
Steak, sans oysters, was an eight ounce filet of beef, 
marinated in dark beer, olive oil, lemon, garlic, tabasco 
sauce and brown sugar.  For a joint that specializes in 
seafood, the quality of the steak was significantly more 
than adequate.

We can heartily recommend the Blue Marlin, particularly 
if your party is comprised of seafood lovers.  The prices 
are a bit steep, but completely reasonable for the quality 
received.  It would be wise to plan ahead and secure 
reservations, as the size of the restaurant guarantees 
that it will be seated to capacity.

2500 University Avenue
Madison, WI  

Hours: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday   5:00 pm   -   9:00 pm 
Friday & Saturday   5:00 pm   -   10:00 pm 
Closed Mondays       

Lombardino's has been a Madison tradition since 1952.  
Though it's changed hands, the tradition continues, for 
the better.

Anyone who has lived in Madison has heard of Lombardino's.  
This restaurant has been serving the community with fresh 
Italian food for years.  The establishment has changed 
hands within the last few years, leaving the same atmos-
phere, but creating a more upscale menu to cater to a niche 
that was missing in Madison.

Walking into Lombardino's on a recent Saturday night, we 
were struck simultaneously by two things; the noisy crowd 
and the decor.  The restaurant was bustling and full.  
The decor doesn't appear to have changed in years.  Murals 
on the walls, painted tiles, and fake old world charm 
dominate the dark restaurant.

We were quickly seated at a comfortable table for four.  
We had reservations, and we strongly recommend that you 
make them if you plan on trying the place out.  All tables
 were taken throughout our meal.

We started the evening out with a round of drinks; red 
wine, a margarita, and two Garten Brau Mai Bocks.  We 
were thrilled to see the Mai Bock on tap, as it's a top-
notch seasonal beer that needs to be appreciated while 

As our very friendly and efficient waiter took care of 
our drink order, we perused the menu.  Lombardino's 
doesn't serve your standard spaghetti and Lasagna.  The 
menu is full of more interesting choices, ranging from 
a variety of pizzas to multiple interesting pasta dishes. 

We skipped the appetizers and went right to the soup and 
salad course.  The soup and salad does not come with the 
entree, but it's not unreasonably priced.  The Caesar 
Salad that was ordered was heaped on a large plate, topped 
with croutons, freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 
and classic dressing with anchovies.  It was pronounced 
"very good" by the member of our party who ordered it.

The rest of our party started off with the Ribollita Soup.  
This soup had a tomato and white bean base, with vegetables, 
smoked pork and toasted bread that somehow managed to soak 
up the soup yet maintain it's crispness.  While it was an 
excellent soup, it was served to us lukewarm, at best.  
That was our only complaint for the evening.

As we waited for our entrees, we talked over excellent, 
crusty bread, served with olive oil and grated cheese for 
dipping.  The restaurant was very full at this point, and 
very noisy.  Conversation was a bit difficult due to the 
echoing sounds, but the atmosphere was warm and friendly.

We had chosen a reasonably priced Italian Primitivo as a 
red wine to go with our entrees.  This grape is the 
Italian equivalent of the California Zinfandel, and it's 
spiciness was a welcome accompaniment. 

Our entrees arrived after a short wait.  Two of our party
ordered the Roasted Chicken al Mattone (under a brick).  
The chicken was roasted to perfection, with a very crispy 
skin that had been coated with herbs and maybe a bit too 
much salt.  It was served on a bed of polenta that was 
rich with mascarpone cheese.  It was garnished with olives, 
thyme, and lemons.  This entree was well worth the $17 

Also ordered was the Orecchiette with Fraboni's Sausage & 
Rapini.  You really can't go wrong with an entree that has 
Fraboni's sausage in it!  The disk-like  pasta was shaped 
like "little ears", and tossed in a roasted garlic, cream 
and brandy sauce.  The sausage was flavorful, and the 
rapini (broccoli raab)  added some color.  It was a rich 
and satisfying entree for $14.

The last entree of the evening was the Seared Sea Scallops, 
for $19.  The member of our party who ordered this dish 
had been torn between this and the grilled trout.  The 
waiter steered her firmly towards the scallops, and he was 
right on target.  The perfectly seared scallops were mixed 
with roasted potatoes and sautéed greens.  Surprisingly, 
they were served with a deep, rich rosemary-infused veal 
demi glace that really set this dish apart.  

Dessert time rolled around, with all of the members of our 
party feeling the full effects of the bread and olive oil,
followed by the filling entrees.  We ordered one baked 
apple to share amongst the four of us, and settled into 
that with coffees and ports.

Lombardino's is a Madison restaurant that you should 
experience if you are looking for elegant, upscale 
Italian dishes beyond the norm.  Make reservations and 
prepare for an evening of noise and bustle, but excel-
lent food well with the price. 


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