Tomorrow is the first day of November and the month promises to be, as usual, a busy one with tons of events in Madison. If you need a breather choose from among some of the fun Madison events in our November calendar. 

November 4 and 5

Holidays Galore and More

Kick off your holiday shopping at Attic Angel Association’s holiday shopping event. You’ll find holiday décor, stocking stuffers, made-in-Wisconsin food treats and Green Bay Packer stuff as well. You won’t go hungry either because there will be a food table with local goodies, coffee baked goods and more. Proceeds from all this shopping help fund local groups that assist kids ages 3 to 5 in learning to read. Shop between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, November 4 and on Saturday,…

1288 Views, 1 Comments

While Lake and City Homes wouldn’t turn down a haunted listing, we think that in October it’s more fun to visit “haunted” houses and other spooky attractions. While we can’t list all of them, we’ve polled our friends, family and clients to determine which ones are the most popular. Here they are, just in time for Halloween.

Wisconsin Scaryland

Ever wonder what it feels like to be buried alive? You’ll wonder no more after you visit the Coffin Ride at Wisconsin Scaryland. In fact, they promise that “our job is to scare the living daylights out of you!”

Geared more toward teens and adults (although kids 12 and under are allowed in if accompanied by a paying adult), the nearly-20,000 square-foot Scaryland has been called “one of the freakiest and…

1645 Views, 0 Comments

Fall fell on us a month ago and it’s time to stop putting it off and get to those fall home maintenance chores. We just happen to have some information specific to Madison homeowners on what areas to focus on and where to find DIY tips or professional help.

Protect your family

When the weather chills we naturally turn to our fireplaces to help save money on heating bills. This is primarily why home fires occur more frequently during fall and winter. National Fire Protection Association studies show that 21 percent of deaths from home fires occurred because home occupants weren’t alerted by a smoke alarm. The moral of this story is to check your smoke alarm to ensure the batteries work and the unit is in operable condition. The American Red Cross…

1100 Views, 0 Comments

When you have a schedule that accommodates staycations far better than vacations, you may be the perfect candidate for a second home in Madison. Think “Lake Mendota” instead of “Lake Como,” and you’ll see where I’m going with this. Not only will you not need to learn to speak Italian, but you’ll be lounging around your lake home instead of spending hours in an airplane.

Many Americans with the means to do so are finding that “getting away” doesn’t have to mean “far away,” according to the Wall Street Journal’s Candace Taylor. The trend toward buying a vacation home in the same general area as the permanent home makes perfect sense to some. “They say the key to relaxation is a change of scenery, even if it’s just a few miles from where they normally…

1617 Views, 0 Comments

I was asked recently what area of town I’m asked the most about and without hesitation, I answered “Middleton, WI.” It seems as if most of the clients I work with want to live there and, really, it’s not surprising. From the responsive city leadership to the acclaimed school system, there’s a whole lot to like about Middleton. If you attended the annual Good Neighbor Festival last month you, too, probably have Middleton on your mind.

There’s no doubt about it, Middleton has led a charmed life. Many cities across the country owe their birth to the railroad and, yes, Middleton is among them. But, as fortune would have it, the city was also a major wheat producer at its founding nearly 170 years ago. Good fortune piled on good fortune over the ensuing…

1791 Views, 0 Comments