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Old 05-15-2008, 11:45 AM
 
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I was wondering,

First off: its no big earth-shattering statement to make that Madison is different from most other places in Wisconsin, due to its liberal lifestyles and attitudes.

What I wondering is: to what effect does that way of thinking affect the small towns/villages, exurbs within say 30 miles or so of Madison.

I got relatives around Richland center, and have gone to many state parks and attractions (House on the Rock, etc.) in the driftless area/Baraboo hills.

Which small communities close to Madison do you think have a certain artsy/slightly hippy vibe to it, considering the natural beauty to the north and west of Madison that would attract people to those places?
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Old 05-15-2008, 11:52 AM
 
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Arena is known for it's "artsy" community, but other than that I don't know of any outlying areas that are "hip." Most of them are just typical small towns.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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I may not be to good with this but I know what you mean by Artsy like Asheville, NC one of my favorite towns. Any ways I would say that Baraboo is pretty interesting in a sense that they have the theater right down town with alot of plays and being near Devils Lake allows for you to have a sense of desolation. I really like Baraboo because of its vibrant downtown and proximty to the Wisconsin Dells and Madison. You could always try towns such as Prairie du Sac or Sauk City, Portage, Columbus, Poynette.
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Old 05-15-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I was wondering,

First off: its no big earth-shattering statement to make that Madison is different from most other places in Wisconsin, due to its liberal lifestyles and attitudes.

What I wondering is: to what effect does that way of thinking affect the small towns/villages, exurbs within say 30 miles or so of Madison.
It doesn't. It stops pretty much at the Madison border, with some spillover into its immediate suburbs like Middleton, Fitchburg and the like -- places where you can't tell where Madison stops and the suburb starts. It's an island of urbanity and liberalism in a sea of rural conservatism.
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Old 05-15-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Arena is known for it's "artsy" community, but other than that I don't know of any outlying areas that are "hip." Most of them are just typical small towns.
Arena? Are you serious? As far as I can tell, Arena has:

1) A gas station/convenience store
2) A diner
3) A cheese co-op
4) A population of townies
5) A tiny brewery that's impossible to find
6) A consignment shop (I think)
7) That's about it.

Artist community??
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Old 05-15-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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Arena? Are you serious? As far as I can tell, Arena has:

1) A gas station/convenience store
2) A diner
3) A cheese co-op
4) A population of townies
5) A tiny brewery that's impossible to find
6) A consignment shop (I think)
7) That's about it.

Artist community??
Hey, that's what I've heard.
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Old 05-15-2008, 05:55 PM
 
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Spring Green, Dodgeville, Mineral Point.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:19 PM
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Spring Green, Dodgeville, Mineral Point.
I would agree with Ronnie on this. Especially Spring Green and Mineral Point. Both have pretty active artistic communities. In addition, New Glarus is starting to develop some strength in that direction too.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:37 PM
 
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There is a SMALL town called Paoli just south of Verona. It has the art galleries, cheese shops, antique stores, etc. But it's very small, although rural and pituresque, but close to Madison's SW side. I think you might be looking for a place like Mineral Point, WI which is father from Madison but it sounds lit it is what you are looking for.
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:48 AM
 
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Stoughton is really picking up. We just got a coop, they've renovated the library, neat little shops downtown, a wine bar, a martini bar. I am very, very happy with all that Stoughton has to offer these days.

Back in February I was ready to jump out a window, but now that I can actually get out of my house and walk around, Stoughton's got it going on!
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