Spring Forward; My City Picks: Summer in Madison, WI


Today’s warmth has me eager for the consistent sunny weather that is soon to come!  Being able to sit outside, drive with the windows down, grill vegetables (without freezing), and wear dresses (sans tights!) are aspects of spring and summer that become ritual come July, but in these first few weeks of sun, they seem like true miracles.  We melt, and I love it.

As we gear up summer, I look forward to some of my favorite seasonal activities in Madison, Wisconsin.  My summer picks are listed below.


My City Picks: Summer in Madison, WI

Dane County Farmers Market on the Square**–Head to the Capitol Square on Saturday mornings for a huge selection of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, plants, jams, honey, meats, pasta, cheeses, and more.  My favorites?  Healthy scones from Chris & Lori’s Bakehouse, fresh local pasta from RP Pasta, any organic greens, and basil.  Lots and lots of basil.

Eating outside at Café Porta Alba–Enjoy one of their delicious, authentic Neopolitan pizzas at an outdoor table after shopping the stores at Hilldale Mall.  For dessert, head up to the rooftop patio at Sundance 608 restaurant across the street.


My regular order at Café Porta Alba: insalate emiliana followed by pizza marinara with added basil and parmagiano shavings.

Concerts on the Square–Another activity on Captiol Square, the weekly outdoor concerts happen on Wednesday evenings from June through July.  Pack food (anything goes, but some folks get pretty elaborate!) and arrive early to lay a blanket down, as the seemingly spacious lawns fill quickly with picnickers.

**For a post-market breakfast, grab a table at the bustling Marigold Kitchen on Pinckney Street.  Their rosemary potatoes are to die for.


Happy Easter.  And Happy Spring.