Area Resources

The Middleton Tourism Commission has a very helpful page for finding area attractions, restaurants, shopping, hotels and restaurants. Their website is:

They also have a visitors guide that is extremely helpful. You can download it here:

Sights to be Seen

Local Fish Stores

Tristan’s Tropical Fish
6528 N. State Rd 213
Evansville, WI 53536

Marcel W Fish Room (Roseline17 on Aquabid)

(tours can be scheduled with Randy Peterson at the convention or by email at
100 tanks with rare rainbowfish, hillstream loaches, plecos
458 Agnes Dr, Madison, WI 53711

Golden Guppy
115 E Broadway Suite 100
Monona, WI 53716
(608) 405-5548

Big Kahuna Tropical Fish
1010 Stewart Street
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 848-1288

Dane County Farmers’ Market

A sight to behold, the biggest FM in the midwest on the beautiful Capital square. –

House on the Rock

Featured in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

Cave of the Mounds

Monroe Street shopping district

State Street Pedestrian Mall & Downtown

Memorial Union Terrace & Lakeshore Path NOTE You do have to buy a 1-day membership pass to buy beer, but it is only $1 as of the time of this listing.

Advanced Aquarium Systems

Green Bay, WI – TOTALLY Worth the trip and they ship so you can buy fish and arrange to have them shipped home – 1720 S Ashland Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304

LFS in Milwaukee

  • Aquatic Clarity (Call prior to visiting it isn’t a retail store front)
    • 906 Middle Ridge Dr Hubertus, WI 53033
  • American Aquaria
    • 3485 N 124th St, Brookfield, WI 53005
  • Aquatics Unlimited
    • 3550 S 108th St, Greenfield, WI 53228
  • Best Fish
    • 1335 N Doctor Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Food & Drink

There are a ton of places to eat in all price ranges near the hotel – within walking distance depending on your fitness level – but below are some of the nicer restaurants in the Madison area. The West Towne Mall area – close to the hotel but far enough away you have to have a car – has every chain restaurant known to man.

Prairie Cafe and Bakery

A local café and bakery, offering breakfast, lunch and daily bakery specials. Everything, from the soups to the salads to the fresh bakery items are made in house daily! Along with the delicious food, Prairie Café and Bakery displays local artwork on a rotating basis. Open Tuesday-Sunday, stop by for a local taste of Middleton!

Jets Pizza

Offering pizza, submarine sandwiches, and salads, as well as their signature deep-dish pizza.  Made with fresh, quality ingredients to provide a superior tasting pizza.

The pizza from here is INCREDIBLE – totally worth the thousands of calories it probably contains, lol.

Hubbard Ave Diner

An American diner themed restaurant that has diner food with a twist – and they serve breakfast all day.

The Stamm House $$$$

Fresh fish, steak, pasta and lighter sauces.

Menu favorites include the Stamm burger topped with melty cheese curds, homemade chicken parmesan, and their classic Old Fashioned.

Amber Indian Cuisine

This restaurant is Megan’s favorite Indian place in the area. Terrific food!


Barriques offers a wide selection of food, wine, spirits and beer; as well as a full coffee and espresso bar serving up fantastic tasting coffee. There are bi-weekly wine tastings on Friday evenings, wine and scotch served by the glass, and beer by the bottle.  Free wireless internet access is available.

Free House Pub

Cozy gastropub offering sandwiches, burgers and bites, as well as more substantial entrees. Also boasts a large beer, wine, cocktail, and whiskey menu, within a cozy setting and an outdoor patio. Open for lunch and dinner.


Culver’s is a Wisconsin chain offering famous ButterBurgers, sandwiches, fries, frozen custard, and more! Culver’s has earned its reputation for deliciousness by cooking every ButterBurger to order and crafting every batch of Fresh Frozen Custard throughout the day, with a new flavor of the day everyday!

Craftsman Table and Tap

Craftsman Table and Tap is a friendly neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Middleton. The menu features sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, and entrées inspired by local and seasonal ingredients. Our beer selection is extensive with 18 drought lines and over two dozen bottles. We feature the best of the local brews, as well as, some of the best craft beers from around the world. Craftsman cocktails are inspired by the classics and features a full lineup of scotch, whiskey, and bourbons.

Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery specializes in brewing German style lagers and has won over 240 medals. The indoor Bier Stube and Grain Room is open to the general public in the fall/winter. The Bier Garten is open in the Spring and Fall, and offers live music and food vendors several days of the week.

The Harvey House $$$$

644 W Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

A twist on the traditional WI “supper club”

Bonfyre American Grill $$$$

2601 W Beltline Hwy, Madison, WI 53713

Locally owned restaurant. Excellent food and great atmosphere.

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano $$$

1611 Aspen Commons, Middleton, WI 53562

Close to the hotel. Chain restaurant, but good food.

Buck & Honey’s $$$

800 W Broadway Suite 300, Monona, WI 53713 | (608) 478-2618

Locally owned

Harvest $$$$$

21 N Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703 | (608) 255-6075

Locally owned

Old Fashioned $$$$$

23 N Pinckney St #1, Madison, WI 53703 | (608) 310-4545

Locally owned

L’Etoile $$$$$

1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703 | (608) 251-0500

Locally owned