|Rooftop at the Monona Terrace|
The three-hour tour begins with some education and photo ops at the Monona Terrace, which is an architectural stunner. The first contact with food was at Merchant, where the group devoured a delectable spiced arugula and beet salad accompanied by a sample of one of their specialties, biscuits and gravy.
|Lovely presentation at Merchant|
Moving along, our knowledgeable and perky tour guide, Mandy, shared interesting facts about the city that I wasn't even aware of. Next stop was the Capitol, where we made our way to the observation deck for some fabulous views of the city (hold on to your hat)!
|Panoramic from the observation deck|
Off to Fromagination to discuss and sample cheese. We aren't known as America's Dairyland for nothing. This adorable shop is a feast for your eyes and stomach. It's also quite popular, so keep that in mind if you pay them a visit.
|So many choices, so little time at Fromagination|
For the sake of some mystery, I will only say that we also visited Ian's Pizza (toppings you won't believe), Himal Chuli (wonderful Nepalese/Himalayan), and State Street Brats (think spicy and spotted).
|Good times at State Street Brats|
In my opinion, they save the best for last. Your final destination is the Memorial Union, which is the perfect place to unwind for a few hours. Cool chairs, the lake, live music, beer, ice cream, people watching, and a whole lot more.
|The Terrace at Memorial Union|
Ready for your own exploration? I just might be your guide, because I enjoyed myself so much I signed up:)