State Street – Madison’s Great Street!


30 Years of Observation and Fun!

In the 30 years I have lived in Madison, I never get tired of State Street and think it is the heart of downtown, especially in the summer. All times of the year are interesting though. The street has undergone many changes over time like anywhere else.  No cars are allowed on this street, only busses and bikes.  I have enjoyed eating and shopping at many of the places on this special street. Let’s start at the top..from the Observation deck of our state Capitol.

 

100 Block

State Street Observation Deck  Capitol in Madison

State Street 100 Block

Myles Teddywedgers in Madison

Myles Teddywedgers has been a favorite in Madison since it opened in 1976. If you have a hankerin’ for a Cornish Pasty and you can’t get to Mineral Point or Dodgeville, this is the place to get one! They are very good! On the other side is Ian’s Pizza, famous for their Macaroni and Cheese pizza.

Ian's Pizza

 

 

200 Block

 We begin the 200 block with the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison’s premier center for Broadway performances as well as local companies.  It was a gift by Jerry Frautchi and Pleasant Rowland to Madison. Madison does partially subsidize it’s expenses however.  On the site was originally the Civic Center, the space was greatly expanded with the building of the center. It re-opened in 2004. Looks pretty at night.

Overture Center and Associated Bank Madison State Street

 

Overture Center at night

 

The kept the front of the old Civic Center intact.

Civic Center front State Street

Paul’s Club across the street on the right has been an institution on State Street since 1962. It has an oak tree inside, an unusual feature.

Paul's Club State Street

Nick’s Restaurant has a long history also, since 1959.

Nick's Restaurant on State

The Orpheum Theater and it’s red sign has been a fixture in Madison since 1926.

OrpheumOrpheum plaque

 

We arrive at the end of this block, looking back toward the Capitol is a Noodles and Co. and the other end of the Overture Center. This picture was taken during Maxwell Street Days in the summer. This is a classic view of State Street.

200 Block State Street in Madison

300 Block

This block is home of the iconic Triangle Market and Tutto Pasta. This is part of Madison’s special “Six Points” intersection. It’s a convergence of State, Johnson and Henry St. Behind us is the scene above.

300 Block State Street July 2014

A closer look at the Triangle Market. Be sure to get your free tour the first time you stop in :)

Triangle Market in Madison on State StreetTriangle market Free Tour

 

I have enjoyed lunch many times at Pizza Di Roma.  Next door is the  Takura Japanese Restaurant and Mackesey’s Irish Pub.

State Street 300 Pizza Di Roma

On the right is a new place, Crandall’s Peruvian Bistro. The Crandall family has served great food to Madison for 67 years and this is a new venture for them. Good luck! Also an old favorite, Parthenon Gyros. I have enjoyed going there the last 30 years.

Crandall's Peruvian Bistro State St. Madison

Parthenon Gyros State Street Madison

 

 You can get new clothing at Jazzman,  great used and new clothes at Ragstock across the street.

Jazzman clothes State Street Madison

 

 

Ragstock in Madison

 We reach the end of the 300 block.  More great places yet to see!

400 Block

We begin the 400 block with Jamba Juice and Badger Liquor, “The Happiest Corner in Madison” since 1972. Jamba Juice has been on this corner since about 1990.

End of 300 Block of State Street in Madison

Next are Tellus Mater Inc (since 1959), Which Wich? sandwich shop (2003) and The Sacred Feather Hat Store (1975).

Tellus Mater Inc., Which Wich? and Sacred Feather stores State Street

 

Princess of India Imports is another popular long-time clothing store on this block.

Princess of India Imports

 

Right next to this store is Elizabeth Link Peace Park, renovated in 2010.

Elizabeth Link Peace Park on State Street

 

There is a lot in downtown Madison that can be overwhelming to a visitor.  That’s covered too, the downtown visitor information center has many booklets and maps to help you get oriented.

Visitors Center on State Street

 

Now at the end of this block, there is a Subway (462 & 731 State), Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream or Cold Stone Creamery on the other side. As you can see, there is construction going on up ahead.

500 & 600 Blocks

State Street 500 Block

 

This building on the right has several businesses in it. American Apparel and Mimosa.

 

Mimosa Book Store State Street

 

Stop and Shop Grocery

 

The other grocery store on State, Stop and Shop. More views of the block, a large building going up right now. After picture next summer.

Businesses on 500 block of State Street Madison

 

This will be more retail space and also possible living space also.

Future Retail Space on 500 block of State Street Madison

Further down is Steep and Brew Coffee, one of the early coffee shops in Madison.

Steep and Brew on State Street

Roast Public House for food made with local ingredients, plus a bar.

Roast Public House on State

 

Also Potbelly Sandwich Works for more sandwich choices.

Potbelly Sandwich Works on State Street

 

Urban Outfitters, another mainstay on this block.

Urban Outfitters on State Street in Madison

 

State Street Brats, a very popular place to go to watch a Badger football game. We have enjoyed going there.

State Street Brats on State

 

We near the end of the 600 block of State Street and we see our final businesses before seeing Library Mall and the UW Campus.

Six Hundred Block on State Street Madison

I have enjoyed going to Paul’s Books since I came to Madison in 1984. They have been here since 1954. The same exact window display too. you might find the out-of-print book you have been looking for here!  You can sell books to them too!

Paul's Books on State Street

This story of State Street ends on a sad note. This is the College Barbershop, one of the oldest businesses on State, since the 1920’s.  The landlord of the building ordered it be closed for good by the end of August in 2014. The landlord wants to renovate the building, a sad loss for Madison.

College Barber Shop on State closed Sept 2014

Our journey is done, be sure to take a stroll down State Street next time you visit Madison.

 

 

Port of Dubuque Marina – Ice Harbor Fun!


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Port of Dubuque

The Port of Dubuque Marina has something for everyone and there is a lot to see. We  began our explorations at Paddlewheel Plaza. On display is a large paddlewheel from the steamship William M. Black. It is now permanently docked in Ice harbor and is a Bed and Breakfast from April-November.

 Paddlewheel Plaza in DubuquePaddlewheel Plaza signPaddlewheel Plaza is at the back-end of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, both kids and adults will learn a lot about the river and creatures that inhabit it.

Mississippi River Museum

Back behind the museum is Ice Harbor, where you can enjoy watching all the activity in the marina. You can take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque from May to October. On our way out of town, I saw the ship out on the river.

Ice Harbor view Dubuque

Spirit of Dubuque riverboat

 

Spirit of Dubuque on the river

The Coast Guard ship USCGC Wyaconda keeps the waters safe in Dubuque.

Coast Guard USCGC Wyaconda Dubuque

Also in this location is the Ice Harbor Restaurant, right on the water.

Ice Harbor Restaurant Dubuque

 

And now we reach the end of this part of Ice Harbor, and the beginning of  Art on the River on a walking path. Each year the art pieces change.

Dubuque Riverwalk trailhead

 

Along the walk we arrive at the Grand River Center, the convention center of Dubuque.

Grand River Center

We are reaching the end of the riverwalk, and we see the historic Star Brewery building, now Stone Cliff Winery. It is now is a restaurant and museum and now produce wine instead of beer. To the right is the historic Shot Tower, one of the last ones standing. It was constructed in 1856 and lead shot was manufactured here.

Stone Cliff Winery and Shot Tower Dubuque

Shot Tower plaque

 

This concludes our tour of Dubuque. We really enjoyed the sightseeing and hope to return and take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque. This city’s rich history made an impression on us and the residents are very proud of living here and welcome visitors warmly.

Greetings from Dubuque

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – Come Grow With Us!


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We discovered most big cities to the small towns we have visited  have at least one public garden for the public to enjoy. Dubuque is no exception. The Dubuque Museum and Botanical Gardens is quite beautiful in mid-summer and was well worth the visit.

Dubuque Botanical Gardens

 

Be sure to stop in the Visitor Center for a map of the huge grounds. You could easily spend the day here. They also have apparel and souveniers.

 

Dubuque Garden Visitor Center

Dubuque Garden gazebo

There are gardens of different themes…

Japanese Garden

Dubuque Japanese Garden

 English Garden

English Garden in Dubuque

Rose Garden

Dubuque Rose Garden

 

Even waterfalls are here.

Waterfall at Dubuque Garden

Just some of the beautiful flowers here at the garden.

Dubuque Garden Collage

We had a wonderful visit here. Could not see it all this time but perhaps on a return visit we can see the rest.

Dubuque Botanical Garden Stone sign