Mad Town Week-end and Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace!

On Saturday, hubby and I headed 2 hours south to one of our favorite towns Madison, Wisconsin. We went to shop the farmers market and just get away for a day. 

This outstanding farmers market is held on the sidewalks outside our state capital.

It was very crowded and so I didn't get a lot of pics but it was a beautiful summer like day.

  On Sunday morning we headed over to tour Monona Terrace.  Monona Terrace was  designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, probably the most well known American architect.  Wright was born on June 8th, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison and first presented his vision and design of Monona Terrace to the city of Madison in 1938. 

In 2002,  43 years after his death, his vision was realized with the completion of Monona Terrace. 
Monona Terrace links the shimmering waters of Lake Monona to the State Capital.  It spans 90 feet out over Lake Monona.  (The pic above and the one below are  from their website)

It truly is an amazing place!   Look at that view of Lake Monona!

A breathtaking design that leaves you in awe of his genius.

And the view of the lake keeps drawing you in.

There are 5 or 6 levels with the rear side facing the capital building.

Street level to.................

an upper level that features an open air café.

It was early Sunday morning and nothing had opened yet but it was nice to have it mostly to ourselves.

Gardens and views!

A truly amazing place!
If you are ever in Madison, make sure to check it out. 
On another note, our average high temp for this time of year is mid to upper 70's.   We are supposed to reach 94 degrees today with a heat index of 100!   My son and dil are flying into Wisconsin from Phoenix tomorrow.  I  think they thought they would get to escape the heat.   And their not used to this kind of humidity anymore so it may be a bit of a shocker.   On the bright side, my plants are loving the humidity!
Take care everyone and have a nice week!


I am linking this post to Blue Monday with Smiling Sally  and

Outdoor Wednesday with Susan at a Southern Day Dreamer.

Thanks Ladies!


  1. This was such fun to see, Cindy! I'm a fan of FLW architecture, and the man himself was fascinating. That is an amazing building with quite a view.

    I've never been to Wisconsin, but my grandfather was apparently born there in 1861, and the family moved shortly thereafter. Can you believe that date? Yes, we skip some generations in our family as people had children when they were OLD. LOL!

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the tour, and the capital building is beautiful, too.


    Sheila :-)

  2. Aaah, what a beautiful place, Cindy. I am amazed by the size of Monona Terrace. What a beautiful area! Stunning!
    Thank you for sharing with us!

  3. Beautiful photos! Love that photo of Lake Monoma.

  4. Oh Cindy, how special! Living in Florida, I don't expect to travel to Wisconsin, so I greatly appreciate you sharing this delightful experience with me. Happy Blue Monday.

  5. Great photos and thanks for sharing your weekend trip with us.
    Enjoy your week.

  6. Oh Cindy, I've been thinking of your son and DIL, as I'm sure they were thinking cooler weather. Well, it's gorgeous here and hot there. Who knew!
    But I know they will have a fabulous time with all of you.
    I am so going to take a trip to Madison the next time we're back there. I have not been there since high school! Great pics Cindy!

  7. Hello there! Madison is one of my favorite cities and your photos are amazing. Right around the corner from where I used to work in Minneapolis sits a Frank Lloyd Wright home. I would drive or walk past it as often as I could. Pure magic! It's cold here right now in Bend, low's in high 20's ... high's barely 50! Send me some heat, please!

  8. What beautiful pictures you have shared. Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful time with you Son and his wife.


  9. Cindy, this sounds like such a great getaway. Love the farmers market. So many gorgeous flowers. Monona Terrace is a gorgeous building. So pretty and the lake looks fabulous. Have a great time with family. Yes, it is cool in Phx, so they are visiting the wrong time. lol Hugs, Marty

  10. Cindy, the Monona Terrace buildings are fabulous. I am a fan of FLWs buildings, and attended graduate school in Madison, but before this was built. Your heat wave sounds huge, but the corn probably likes it.

  11. I have always loved FLW's work, they are so solid and strong and beautiful. This is a really gorgeous building too. I also love farmers markets, one is starting up here this summer. Thanks for sharing a nice day! :D

  12. Hey there! Sounds like we both had awesome weekends! your photos are fabulous! I'm laughing at your Capitol building . . . looks just like California's in Sacramento! Even like Pasadena's! LOL.
    I'm still waiting for dates from CeeKay so you can book your flight!!!! :)
    BIG HUGS!!!

  13. What an amazing story! He pitched the idea in 1938 at age 71 and it wasn't built for another 64 years, that's goose-bump stuff! Thanks for sharing, Happy Blue Monday <3

  14. The farmers market looks like a great time. I was envious of that first picture, such a great selection.
    Too bad Frank Lloyd Wright didnt live to see his vision become a reality. It is stunning.

    Pour some cold lemonade and keep cool! It's in the 90's here today too. Whew.

  15. Cindy looks like a great place to visit...so glad you had a good time...

  16. Lovely series of photos and thanks for the nice tour!

  17. The views just go on an on and on from the FLW building.. Wonder what took Madison, WI so long to build it?

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  18. Hi Cindy. What a great looking Farmers Market. The Monona Terrace is just fantastic. What a beautiful place.

  19. My doctor that I work for attended U of WI.

    Lovely pictures you took.

    Please come join me soon


  20. What gorgeous pictures...oh and that lake..I so miss water!!

  21. Hi Cindy!!!!
    That reminds me of Grady Gammage Auditorium here in Tempe, AZ, you know the sight,as your son lives near there.
    I love it, I have been wanting to visit his winter home and school here in Scottsdale, Taliesin West, I believe is the name, have you been there????This structure is beautiful!!!!I also LOVE State Capitols!!!!Love touring them and seeing all of them!!!!I would have to count how many I have seen????Madison, WI wow-wow, you are 2 hours NORTH of there!!!!No wonder it is so cold and WHITE at your place all winter!!!!!WOW, that is way North!!!!
    Loved those pics!!!!
    Great city tour!!!!
    I hope I see you in July!!!!

  22. Thank you for taking us to see these breathtaking views, Cindy. Frank Lloyed Wright is a true genius. That farmers market looks so much fun to visit....Christine

  23. Wow Cindy,

    I wish I had talked with you before my trip to Madison. I'd love to see Monona and the Farmer's Market. Maybe this trip through. We ARE planning to reserve tickets to Taliesin. Can't wait to see it.

    Sending love from the road,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  24. Everything is so pristinely beautiful! All those visitor's and yet everything is so nice. What a lovely place. You took some great pictures!
    It sounds like you and your husband get out and do things and I think that's so wonderful. My husband is not much for that sort of thing anymore, so looking at the photo's others take is so much fun!

    Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on Danny. And..yes..it is a great name. I think, and have always thought it was a warm name. :) Silly me!
    Hugs and love to you, Cindy. How is your Mom doing??

  25. Hi it's me again!!!!
    I know shopping for girls is so fun and can be very dangerous!!!!haha
    I and we have a few secrets about shopping sales and good places to go that are NOT that expensive yet so very cute!!!
    That aqua tutu skirt Miss C wore this past sunday, to Costco and my neighbors birthday party, well that is from TARGET--9.99 and the white tank is from old navy--2.99 and she adds ribbons to the sleeves to give it a couture (so cute)look!!!!and it is cheap!!!!!
    and there are a few more secrets!!!haha I will feel you in!!!!!
    I have a little dress for your new Grand daughter on the way, but I need to know when she is due and when she will be 6 months old, I bought a summer dress size 12 months, but babies usually wear 12 months at 6 months!!!!if she has a sweater on it would work for early spring, but it is for sure a spring looking dress!!!!
    Let me know
    and I can tell you a few more secrets to dress for cute for less!!!!
    babies and toddlers that is!!!!

  26. Oh Cindy what a fun day you guys had...WOW!! I loved seeing this piece of history...great post my friend..How are you feeling...I emailed you last week and never heard back from you my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  27. I enjoyed seeing all the neat places you visited. However, I truly lovely that farmer's market with the lovely flowers.

  28. Madison looks so beautiful. I've never been able to travel there. Monona Lake and Terrace look breathtaking. The buildings are so unique, love the farmers maket too.

  29. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend! All that warm air headed to the east... we're in the 90's tomorrow!

  30. Looks to me like a perfect place to walk around, enjoy the scenic views, and unwind.

  31. Cindy, what an amazing building, and how beautifully it ties into the surroundings. He really was such a talented man. I'm so glad they completed his vision. I loved seeing that! (Looks like everybody had the same idea - going to the Farmers Market!) laurie

  32. Swooning over all of the gorgeous architecture in this post. Very lovely!
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful sites with us.

    Becky K.

  33. What a beautiful building. Frank Lloyd Wright was truly a genius of an architect!

  34. Love these pictures - the outdoor market, the capital, the Frank Lloyd Wright building. What a special place.
    Thanks for sharing,
    visiting via Outdoor Wednesday

  35. What a great tour! Thanks for taking us along and also thanks for your very sweet visit too!

  36. Hello from Wisconsin as well. I haven't gotten to explore the terrace yet. Maybe this summer


  37. I would love to visit this area one day. Everything looks so pretty at this time of year. The view from that cafe is fabulous too isn't it? Looks like you had a great day.

    Please send your son a birthday G'day from me too!

    Best wishes,

  38. What a great way to spend the day! Great photos too!
    I love FLW designs!

    ~Really Rainey~

  39. Hi Cindy. Those are wonderful and beautiful scenes.
    I enjoy so much.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy outdoor.

  40. Cindy, what a beautiful city! Love the flowers in the market, the capitol building, and the lake - oh, my! Lovely tour! Linda

  41. Wow, this place is beautiful, I would love to take a leisurely stroll and take in the views firsthand. These photos are the next best thing, thanks for sharing. I guess now I need to put Madison on my bucket list of places to go.

    I think it's wonderful that Wright's vision was brought to fruition for all to enjoy. Indeed, a magnificent tribute to his work.

  42. Lovely photos and what a great architect! :)

  43. That is beautiful! What a great spot!
    It was hot today here too. Last week we had to turn the heat on..crazy!
    Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  44. Hey, Cindy!

    I was just checking in to see if you were doing Tab. Thurs. Just wanted to drop in and say, Hi, either way.


    Sheila :-)

  45. I was last in USA 15 years ago, and am unlikely to visit again as New Zealand is very far away. Thanks for lovely photos.

  46. Hi Cindy, My son lives in Illinois and two summers ago we vacationed on one of the lakes of Wisconsin and went to Madison briefly. I really enjoyed your tour.

  47. Hello sweet friend...

    Just wanted to come by to say hello! I know that you're busy visiting with Josh and his wife...and having a blast! How long are they going to be there? Anyway, have lots of fun and enjoy, sweet lady!

    Girl, it looks like ya'll had a great time in Madison! Ohhh...and Monona Terrace is magnificent! It looks like a place that you could just hang out in all day long! I would love to just sit with a glass of tea on that outdoor patio and look at the lake...ohhh yea!!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful building and your trip to Madison with us...loved it! Well Darlin', I will talk to you later. I know that you're busy with your son so we'll talk later!

    Love ya,

  48. Wow! What a beautiful city!

    I love going to Farmer's Market...one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon!

    Thanks for the sweet visit earlier!


  49. That is my kind of day! I love going to Farmer's Markets (we don't have one here) and the tour of Monona Terrace was wonderful. We've seen several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and they are all very unique.

    Thanks for the kind words about my mom. It has really been a blow, but I honestly feel better knowing she is no longer stuck in a body that had simply quit working. Her funeral was just Tuesday, so the past 2 days have just been "let down" days. It still doesn't seem quite real. I do know it is the hardest thing I have ever done.


  50. Oh Cindy, when you come out again, we will definitely go to this fabric store. You will need to ship home or bring another suitcase. This place is so much fun. It always takes me hours to go through there and then I carry bolts of fabric around in a cart. They have huge tables where you can spread them all out and then go back and find more. It is so much fun. We will have a ball. Hope you are coming out this fall. Not in the summer. You will just melt. Hugs, Marty

  51. What beautiful architecture! Too funny about the weather. We should be in the 80 or 90's and we've been in the 60' and 70's with rain! We had record lows in California last weekend!

    My giveaway is over, please stop by when you have a chance :)

  52. Cindy, sweet friend, I have got to say that Mr Magpie was just thrilled with his birthday wishes. They truly made his day. So thank you!

    In return, I hope that you and yours have a very Happy Memorial Day! I'm taking a brief blog break and in so brief you won't know I'm gone, and I wanted to make sure I wished you that ahead of time.

    Sending you love, too...


    Sheila :-)

  53. Looks like a beautiful adventure, Cindy.

    Happy weekend!

  54. Cindy, I am such a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. I really enjoyed this tour. Thank you. Twyla

  55. I love Madison and don't get to visit there often enough any more, except for an occasional fun Badger football game in the fall. I've heard wonderful things about the Farmers' Market and what a gorgeous building Monona Terrace is!

  56. Cindy I enjoy your blogs! I live in Reedsburg and am in Madison weekly. I have attended a couple weddings at the Monona Terrace and love to go to the Farmers Market when I can. My husband has parkinsonlike symptoms with dementia and I have cared for him for the past several(4)years. I enjoyed your pretty outside furniture in red! Perfect for a spot of tea or a sunset dinner for two!


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy