Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used to acknowledge a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, that’s cozy, charming and special. This year, plan to embrace hygge and all the little joys that winter brings with a visit to Madison. With amenities including fireplaces, hot chocolate and luxurious spas, it’s clear that Madison hotels have got this hygge thing down.
With stunning views of Lake Mendota, The Edgewater Hotel is an excellent spot to embrace winter’s indoor and outdoor joys. Spend time skating on the Edgewater ice rink (with complimentary hot chocolate, of course), cozy up for a meal overlooking the lake at The Statehouse, or treat yourself to a day at the spa.
Want to get out on the lake? During the first weekend in February, the Edgewater is home to the family-friendly Frozen Assets Festival. Enjoy a day of snow-shoeing, ice fishing demos, ice kites and more on frozen Lake Mendota.
If spending time cozied up indoors is your style, visit the charming Buckingham Inn. The classically-restored 1911 residence features three luxury guest suites, spacious private baths with Jacuzzi tubs, and daily home cooked meals, prepared by owners Tom and Heidi. With its close proximity to the UW-Madison (a stone’s throw from Camp Randall) you can spend the day exploring campus, or shopping on nearby Monroe Street. Afterward, cuddle up near the fireplace with blankets and your favorite book.
For an action-packed weekend, stay at the Hampton Downtown. Located within walking distance of downtown’s vibrant shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife as well as the Kohl Center and La Bahn Arena, this hotel is perfect for those who want to get out and explore. After a day on the town, relax in the pool or visit the hot chocolate bar and warm up by the fire.
In the morning, head downstairs for the Hampton’s daily hot breakfast or grab a table at Bassett Street Brunch Club – the on-site restaurant which offers specialty coffee drinks, doughnuts and all-day brunch.
Traveling with family? Request a room that opens up to the pool. The Concourse’s fourth floor has a few rooms with direct access to the pool area, hot tub, sauna, gym and arcade – making it a one-stop spot for indoor fun.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, opt to stay in the Governor’s Club, located on the top three floors of the hotel. Guests here enjoy complimentary breakfast, as well as cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the private lounge with breathtaking Capitol views. Additional indoor dining options include CIRC and The Bar.
Hotel Week is February 9 – 19, 2018
All hotels mentioned above are participating in Madison Hotel Week, a promotion providing discounted rates from February 9-19. With room rates of $75, $100 and $125, it’s the perfect reason to plan a winter getaway. Check the events calendar to plan your perfect weekend.