A Winter Weekend Away This Valentine’s Day

Spend a weekend away this Valentine’s Day in Middleton! Check out things to do, places to eat and great hotel deals right here in Middleton.

There is plenty to fall in love with in Middleton, from amazing food to beautiful trails to unique shopping. If looking for a place to spend a cozy weekend away with a special someone — or celebrate some self-care — start right here in Middleton.


Self-care isn’t a buzz word — it’s a lifestyle to promote personal health and happiness. Book a spa day for one or a group of friends. Gift cards are also available online. Check out Happy Nails & Spa, Le Nails Salon & Spa, ANiU Salon & Spa, Studio 262 Salon and Timeless Design Salon & Spa to view services.


Capital Brewery & Bier GardenHidden Cave CideryGrape Water Wine Bar and Barriques are just a few of the popular spots to try local and regional flavors. Capital Brewery is an award-winning local craft brewery, and Hidden Cave Cidery is an award-winning local cidery which only uses Wisconsin-grown apples, and they are hosting their own Valentine’s Day event, a Valentine’s Dinner paired with the release of their Chocolate Hazelnut Cider (Feb. 10, 2023). Free House Pub and Craftsman Table & Tap also offer a wide selection of beers, cocktails and food.


Enjoy more than 70 restaurants, diners, cafes and ice cream shops in Middleton! Whatever you are craving, you will find minutes from your hotel. See our extensive menu of restaurants here.

Looking for a very special brunch option? Sofra Family Bistro offers cocktails, breakfast classics and specialty crepes. There are several cafes that also do an amazing brunch services, like Grace Coffee Co. and Prairie Cafe.


Special Valentine-themed treats are available at Hubbard Avenue Diner’s bakery counter — cakes, cookies and pies, oh my! Clasen’s European Bakery’s displays of chocolates, cakes, heart-shaped brownies and candies will delight any sweetheart.


Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a perfect place for a winter hike. Take in tranquil woodland trails or take a trek up Frederick’s Hill. The view is expansive — you can even see the state capitol.

You’ll find some of the area’s best cross-country skiing at CXC Outdoor Recreation and Sports Center (CXC Center). There is skating and classic skiing. Facilities are open through March 13, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily with the purchase of a trail pass. City of Middleton residents receive a 50 percent discount by purchasing tickets at City Hall or via online. Only cross-country skiing is allowed on the cross-country ski trail system.

Click here to view a map of the cross-country ski trails.

CXC bike trails are free and open to the public.

Somthing unique

Immersive Van Gogh is being shown in Middleton through Feb. 20, 2023. The lobby gives visitors a glimpse at Vincent Van Gogh’s style, but the exhibit is stunning. Sit or stand quietly while Van Gogh’s art fills the walls, ceiling and floor around you, set to music to accentuate its meaning.


Middleton is filled with unique local shops and stores as well as popular national retailers. Head to Greenway Station and explore 51 acres of stores and restaurants, linked by covered walkways. Venture to Middleton’s beautiful downtown filled with old and new shops to explore, including many located in charming historic buildings.


Spice up your life with America’s favorite condiment. The National Mustard Museum is a shrine to all things sweet and spicy. The museum is one of Wisconsin’s most popular tourist attractions, holding more than 6,000 mustards from around the world. The museum and retail shop are open for visitors and offer mail orders and delivery. Learn more about the museum.

Modified August 31, 2023