Celebrate your Labor Day weekend the right way — combine your favorite Middleton restaurants with some of the city’s best places for a picnic, and you’ve got a great time on your hands. Here are a few ideas on where to pick up to-go food and cocktails and where you can go for some outdoor dining.
Grab some food
Many of your favorite Middleton restaurants are offering delivery, carry-out or curbside pickup, so there’s no shortage of food options to choose from. Here’s a look at downtown Middleton’s dining spots and here’s a comprehensive list of restaurants in Middleton — check with your favorites to see what options they offer.
Not in the mood for a whole meal? Pick up some snacks from the National Mustard Museum & Gourmet Gift Shop and pair it with some beer from Capital Brewery, which you can find at grocery stores and convenience stores throughout Middleton.
Find to-go beer, wine & cocktails
Looking for something to drink at your picnic? Stop by Longtable Beer Cafe, whose self-serve coolers boast more than 300 bottled beers, so it’s easy to build your own six pack.
Wine lovers shouldn’t miss Grape Water Wine Bar, which is offering to-go “Treat Yo’self Kits” that include a miniature bottle of bubbly and a snack (popcorn or gourmet popcorn) with a champagne flute and a straw. Grape Water also offers limited outdoor seating as well as curbside pickup options. If you’re looking for a bottle of wine (or spirits, coffee or beer, too), stop by Barriques in downtown Middleton.
Be sure to check with your favorite restaurant as well, as many are offering to-go options for beer, cocktails and wine.
Set up your picnic blanket
The city recently launched the “Pick Your Picnic” campaign, which encourages diners to enjoy a picnic lunch at the green spaces throughout downtown Middleton. Grab some carryout or bring your own meal from home and have a seat at the picnic tables at Stone Horse Green plaza or the Terrace Avenue Pavilion in downtown Middleton. There are also some socially distanced circles painted on the green by City Hall.
If you’re looking to enjoy an adult beverage at your picnic, you’re in luck—as long as you don’t bring glassware, you can sip cocktails, beer and wine at Lakeview Park, Firemen’s Park and Stone Horse Green.
Looking to get a little playtime in before or after your picnic? There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in Middleton, from pet-friendly spots like the MRD Dog Exercise Area to scenic recreation options like Pleasant View Golf Course.
Here are a few more outdoor spots to explore:
- Pheasant Branch Conservancy
- Marshall Boats (boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals)
- Firefighters Memorial Park
- Harvey John & Lucille Taylor Memorial Park
- Firemen’s Park Trail
- Lake Street Boat Launch
- Lakeview Park
- Middleton Community Dog Park
- Middleton Bike Park
- Orchid Heights Park
- Penni Klein Park
- Quarry Skate Park
- Walter R. Bauman Outdoor Aquatic Center
Learn more about Middleton’s outdoor recreation options here.