February 2013

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Photo courtesy of The Mansion Hill Inn play Around Town Romantic Retreats Easy jaunts for an intimate getaway When winter winds whirl and the nights feel frosty, it might be time to heat things up with an easy escape from it all. If you���re looking for a romantic retreat, Madison has plenty to offer. From one-of-a-kind bed and breakfasts to historic quarters, local inns offer intimate digs, relaxing views and plenty of charm. A Valentine���s For a one-of-a-kind local exVacation perience turn to the Speckled Looking to take your Valentine���s date beyond dinner and a Hen Inn, a 50-acre property movie? Madison���s historic Mansion on the northeast side boastHill Inn will be offering a package ing pine plantations, orchards with a night���s stay, two tickets to and walking trails. The inn also ���West Side Story��� at the Overture dishes up a rave-worthy breakCenter for the Arts and a bottle fast showcasing local produce in of wine Feb. 15 or 16. Visit a candle-lit dining room. Or look to Annie���s Bed and Breakfast, a north-side retreat that hosts only one reservation at a time���the perfect recipe for romantic solitude. When you want to get close to nature, try a weekend at the Token Creek EcoInn, a tranquil B & B near the Token Creek headwaters. With a focus on sustainability, the inn offers ecological workshops, a water catchment system and free-range chickens. Or find your roots among hardwood forests, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails at Springdale Inn near Verona. With on-site complimentary yoga and mediation workshops, your weekend will be both relaxing and intimate. Or head to Arbor House on Monroe Street, one of Madison���s coziest and secluded inns, which stands at a fitting location across the street from the UW Arboretum. With an alternating breakfast menu dependent upon what���s growing in the garden, morning offerings range from rosemary popovers to cinnamon raisin French toast with blackberry syrup. If you���re after a getaway near the heart of town, spend a night at the Collins House Inn, a lakefront, arts and crafts style hideaway with four unique rooms boasting impressive views and romantic restaurants nearby. A stay at Madison���s oldest operating hotel, the Ruby Marie, will surely transport you to days gone by. With a bed and breakfast feel, this hotel atop the Up North Bar is a nostalgic, intimate and conveniently located retreat. ���Kelsey Bewick February 2013 65

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