The countdown to the winter holidays is on now and we’ve gathered up some places to go and things to do to keep you in the holiday spirit (or maybe escape from it!).

Through January 1, 2017

Zoo Lights at the Henry Vilas Zoo

Time to ooh and ahh at holiday lights and Zoo Lights at Henry Vilas Zoo is just the place to do it. More than 200,000 lights and 300 displays will delight the kids while parents can visit the craft market place, enjoy live music and food and “see the zoo in a whole new light.” This event happens every week on Sunday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m. Visit the zoo’s website for more information.


Through January 2, 2017

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

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Think of what buying a house would be like without a real estate agent. Oh, I know – that sounds a little self-serving, right? But imagine finding a Madison home for sale that you want to purchase – say it’s priced at $475,900. How do you know that it’s worth that amount of money?

Do you know how to determine the market value of a home in Madison? Nope. But your real estate agent does and any worth her salt will quickly compile a comparative market analysis (CMA) to determine if the asking price is accurate and save your hiney from overpaying for a house.

Before we jump into the nuts and bolts of this, keep in mind that there are many factors that influence home value. These include the current economy, the economic outlook, the job market and…

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After a couple of decades of the annual cook-a-thon known as Thanksgiving, most hostesses and hosts get to the point where they question whether or not they can do it again. Hey, it’s ok – take a break this year and get back to it next Thanksgiving.

Luckily, you live in Madison, where you can find take-and-bake alternatives, a lovely sit-down dinner where someone waits on you for a change (and cleans up after as well!) and even Thanksgiving brunch.

Read on for our alternatives to the crazy-making cooking marathon that will happen all over the country this November 24, 2016.

Take-out Thanksgiving dinner in Madison

Union South is offering Thanksgiving to Go, with a pre-cooked feast that includes all the traditional holiday favorites. These…

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date night in shorewood hills wi

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or just need a night out with your special someone, you can’t go wrong heading to the Shorewood Hills area for a romantic and relaxing evening. We suggest dinner, a movie and a moonlight stroll afterward on the bike path in Shorewood Hills.

New to Madison? Shorewood Hills sits on a bluff, west of downtown. Residents here love the quaint and charming streets, dotted with trees and vintage homes. They also like one another and find any excuse they can to throw a community shindig, like the Fourth of July celebration, the Water Ballet and Ice Cream Social and Gala on the Green.

Dinner in Shorewood Hills

Is recommending a sushi restaurant in Madison becoming trite? We hope not because one of our…

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