travel tips

Madison is a cultural, culinary, nature, and wellness hub with that warm midwest charm. There is so much to do, and you can build an itinerary around your time at Kosa.

Here are some of our favorite things:

Hotels (ask for 10% discount)

  • Hotel Indigo - 10 min from spa, eclectic repurposed paint factory downtown
  • Seven Acre Dairy - 20 min from spa, boutique hotel with locally sourced food, beautiful setting by a river
  • Covington Manor - 20. min from spa, wellness B&B on a charming Main Street in Cambridge


  • Ahan - James Beard winning chef Korean fusion, funky
  • Mintmark - James Beard nominee; small plates, fun cocktails
  • Sardine - Madison favorite, on water, great seafood

Garver (you could spend the whole day here!)

  • Perennial Yoga - take in a flow before your spa time
  • Ledger Coffee Roasters - roasted onsite
  • Ian's Pizza - high quality ingredients, famous for Mac 'n Cheese pizza!
  • Roll Play - Korean street food, boba tea, and games
  • Garver Lounge - craft cocktails, locally sourced food and brunches
  • Garver Patio - grab a beer or coffee and enjoy sitting outside, often live music

Things to do

  • Olbrich Gardens - world class botanical gardens right behind Garver
  • UW Memorial Union Terrace - best venue on the water with beautiful sunset! beer, brats, live music
  • Rutabaga - rent a canoe or kayak on one of our many lakes and rivers
  • BCycle - rent an e-bike through the city on the Capital City Trail right behind Garver

Read this wonderful AFAR article about how to eat your way through the city!