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Madison is surrounded by tourist points, so many that it can be overwhelming. No matter what direction you go, you are sure to find places of interest. To the Northwest of the capital is Sauk Prairie. This small town was Wisconsin's first incorporated village and is scenically located along the Wisconsin River and next to Lake Wisconsin. Horse lovers should be sure to stop at The Cayuse Shop, the Midwest's largest selection of saddles and Western and English riding accessories. The area is also home to Wollersheim Winery, a producer of nationally awarded wines. The winery offers tours daily and hosts many festivals, notably the Grape Stomp Festival in October. When coming through this area, make sure to eat at the Blue Spoon Creamery & Cafe.
Just past Sauk Prairie lies the Wisconsin Dells, which is of course worth a visit. Also in this direction is an artist and craft-fair junkie's dream, little town of Spring Green. This area was the home of the world's greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and his works are scattered throughout the rolling hills. The top destination is the House on the Rock which features 218 feet of unsupported walkway overlooking a valley gorge. And don't miss Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin which is another prime example of the architect's work and also offers tours. Equally important to this town is the world-reknownwed Shakespearean theater, the American Players Theater which offers a chance to be in the great outdoors while enjoying a top-notch performance.
For a taste of the farmland, a visit to Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet, just north of the city, will give you more than enough cheese options. Or, for a tour of a farm itself, visit the Hinchley Farm, which in the fall also has a corn maze that kids love.
Just on Madison's border, the suburb of Fitchburg highlights the historical restaurant Quivey's Grove. Foodies will love the menu here while history buffs can soak up the old architecture of the house and stable of the restaurant, built in 1840.