Let Middleton Help Accomplish Yearly Goals

A new year, often means setting goals and making new plans. Middleton is here to help make your new year the best one yet.

Now that we’ve let the new year sink in a bit, let’s talk about making 2024 the best year yet.

Regardless of your plans for the year ahead, Middleton would love to be a part of your journey. Whether looking to take on a new hobby, smash a fitness goal, try new foods or see more places, Middleton has a mix of everything to ensure 2024 is your year!

For those with fitness goals

A woman doing yoga on a wooden floor.
Breathe Yoga Studio

Maintaining your fitness goals does not have to be hard when traveling to Middleton. Here, you’ll find multiple great gyms and fitness centers.

Downtown Middleton is home to a variety of gyms that offer drop-in classes. Try lagree method pilates at REFORMadison, strength training or yoga at BLAZE Fitness and BREATHE Yoga Studio or a group boxing class at Canvas Club Boxing. If looking for a place for the kids to run around and exercise, The Little Gym has gymnastics classes for children aged 4 months to 12 years old.

Capital Brewery in downtown Middleton hosts weekly group bike rides. During the spring, summer and fall, group bike rides occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. New in 2024, Capital Brewery Bike Club is adding an electric bike ride on Wednesday nights.

Travel to Greenway Station for a professionally assisted stretch at StretchLab.

For a fierce, high-energy workout, check out Burn Boot Camp for a 45-minute strength and conditioning class, Zucca Pilates for a small group or private training class or CrossFit MadTown for some heavy weightlifting.

Keva Sports Center is home to premier indoor recreation facilities, including state-of-the-art turf fields and courts for volleyball and basketball. Adult leagues and youth programs are available year-round; learn more here.

And if you’re staying in town for a while, here are a few gyms that offer monthly memberships:

For those inspiring to be a foodie

A group of people sitting at a table in an outdoor restaurant.
1847 at the Stamm House

If you want to try new cuisine types this year, Middleton’s food scene offers a world of flavor. From Japanese-style noodles to Indian dishes to flavors of New Orleans, there’s a different cuisine to enjoy for every meal. You’ll find more than 80 restaurants and cafés to choose from, many of which are local and only found in Middleton. View a complete list of dining options here.

If your 2024 goal is to add more mustard to your diet, check out the National Mustard Museum in downtown Middleton. This quirky museum is home to nearly 6,000 varieties of mustard on display and more than 200 bottles and jars available for purchase. Stop by the tasting bar to sample some of the most popular brands before picking out your own to bring home. The National Mustard Museum also has an online shop to ensure you can receive your favorite mustard even when you are miles away.

For those wanting more outdoor adventures

A wooden bridge over a river.
Pheasant Branch Conservancy

With more than 30 parks and natural areas and 27 miles of multi-use trails, Middleton is the perfect adventure spot to explore more of the great outdoors this year.

Pheasant Branch Conservancy is home to 549 acres of protected natural area and welcomes outdoor enthusiasts of all types, including walkers, hikers, bikers and birdwatchers. Whether looking for a stroll to admire lowland forests or a more strenuous hike up wooded hills, this scenic jewel offers an adventure for everyone.

Winter in Middleton does not slow down. There are multiple great places to play in the snow. Take in beautiful winter scenery by skis at CXC Outdoor Recreation Center, snowshoes at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, and skates at several of Middleton’s community parks. Learn more about where to enjoy outdoor winter sports here.

On the east side of town, you’ll find the beautiful Lake Mendota, the area’s largest lake. Whether looking to get out on the water with a floating vessel of your own or a rental, there are multiple ways to do so in Middleton.

  • Marshall Boats is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and offers canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and pontoon rentals.
  • Find a tranquil place to enjoy a scenic lake view in Mendota County Park & Campground. The park has a swimming area, a launch for small boats, picnic facilities and a campground.
  • And if you are looking to launch your boat, you can do so at Marshall Park.

For those looking for a new hobby

A group of people sitting at a table.
Frosted Farms Cooking Class

If your goal for the new year is to pick up a new hobby, then Middleton is your place. Here, you can get crafty in a studio, messy in a kitchen, adventurous on ski trails, and much more.

Whether you want to learn the basics of pottery or advance your skills behind the wheel, Dongzhu Pottery Studio offers classes and workshops for all skill levels.

Rock Paper Scissors Studio is the place for the young ones in your life to go and expand their creative skills. This art exploration studio located in downtown Middleton offers a variety of weekly classes and workshops for children of all ages.

Miggy’s Bakes often hosts cake-decorating classes in its adorable pink bakery. These classes tend to be themed for the season and are open to all levels of bakers and cake decorators.

Grape Water Wine Bar hosts a variety of craft workshops, from flower bouquet making to rope art; check out upcoming events on their event calendar.

If you’re in town with a group of people, Frostwood Farms offers private recreational cooking classes led by their executive chef.

The Middleton Parks and Recreation Department and the Middleton Public Library often host various public events, including adult arts and crafts classes, creative writing workshops, cooking and baking tutorials and more.

If you are looking for a winter hobby, try cross-country skiing at Middleton’s CXC Outdoor Center, home to 13 kilometers of groomed trails. The CXC offers private ski lessons for beginners and novice skiers. The lessons are 60 minutes and are taught by a PSIA-certified instructor who personalizes each session to match every skill level.

For those in need of relaxation

A woman getting a massage.
Elements Massage

If you’re hoping to slow down and relax more this year, Middleton has multiple places for you. Calm the mind and slow the pace with a restorative yoga class at BREATHE Yoga Studio or through the City of Middleton Parks and Recreation Department.

Enjoy a little extra self-care at one of these Middleton Spas: ANiU Salon & Spa, Blue October Spa, DG Beauty Salon, Elements Massage, Happy Nails & Spa, Ideal Image, Le Nails Salon & Spa, Massage Envy, Renu Massage Energy and Bodywork, Studio 262 Salon and Timeless Design Salon & Spa.

Sometimes, the best form of relaxation comes from curling up at a coffee shop. Middleton is home to multiple local coffee shops that offer delicious espresso and specialty drinks, full breakfast and lunch menus, and relaxing atmospheres. Grace Coffee Co. welcomes guests with an aesthetically pleasing ambiance featuring bright murals and modern furniture. Barriques has various cozy seating options and a large fireplace to keep guests warm. Prairie Café and Bakery offers stunning architecture modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature prairie, organic styles, and tall windows that let in lots of natural light.

Modified January 24, 2024