Destination: Milwaukee/ Madison Region Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Jessie Fetterling
August 30, 2012
Madison often surprises visitors with its forward-thinking mindset. Sometimes called the Berkeley of the Midwest, this free-spirited college town (home to the University of Wisconsin) is similar to its western counterpart, promoting sustainability and embracing a locavore food movement that dates back to the 1970s. In fact, it is now home to the largest producers-only farmers market in the U.S.
By Jessie Fetterling
January 31, 2012
Minnesota and Wisconsin have several things in common: Midwestern hospitality, budget-friendly prices and seasonal weather allowing for outdoor activities year-round, requiring only a change in what to wear. Both states have an abundance of water, with rivers flowing into lakes, rolling into tiny inlets and back. A drive through the area presents a glistening landscape that looks as if a road of waters paves the way. With a bounty of waterfront options, these two states also guarantee a rejuvenating atmosphere for meetings, where groups will find it almost impossible not to meet by the water.
Learn about Milwaukee/ Madison Region for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 118
Total Hotel Rooms: 9,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 22
Local Convention Centers: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Alliant Energy Center
Local Airports: Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)
Local CVB: Wausau/ Central Wisconsin CVB Wausau Wisconsin, Brookfield CVB brookfield wisconsin, Superior Douglas County CVB superior wisconsin, Kenosha Area CVB kenosha wisconsin
Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is home to the University of Wisconsin and plays host to meetings, government business, university-related symposiums and other events. The natural beauty of the area, combined with the services of a larger urban, pedestrian-friendly center, makes the city a favored destination for groups.
The university brings a youthful vibrancy to nightlife and dining options, while maintaining the professional ambience that comes with being a science and business hub. And what could be more fitting for conventions than the city that the Algonquin Indians named Millioki, meaning “gathering place by the waters.” Three rivers join before flowing into Lake Michigan and are lined with quaint yet urban neighborhoods that reflect the melting pot of Milwaukee’s rich history. Architectural highlights include the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, the St. Joan of Arc Chapel and the signature, wing-like addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum.