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A Day in Cottage Grove

Many Wisconsin and out-of-state travelers are looking for a perfect small-town gem to spend a day exploring. Cottage Grove is a picturesque postcard community offering small-town charm with access to Wisconsin’s natural beauty. The proximity to Madison makes Cottage Grove an ideal one-day destination. Come join us in Cottage Grove, slow down and enjoy all we have to offer!

No trip would be complete without enjoying these activities in Cottage Grove.

Experience the Glacial Drumlin State Trail your way. Hike, bike, or run the trail that originates in Cottage Grove and winds 52 miles through beautiful southern Wisconsin scenery with multiple stops in towns along the way before finishing in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee.

Spend a day on the links with rolling Wisconsin hills as your backdrop. Cottage Grove is home to two “Best of Madison” championship golf courses, the Oaks and Door Creek Golf Course. Both are set in pristine natural surroundings and offer challenging and enjoyable play for all levels.

Fuel up before play at Old Town Coffee House. Located at the trail head of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail, Old Town Coffee House is the perfect starting point for your day in Cottage Grove. Open for breakfast and lunch, Old Town is known for its wonderful food and locally brewed coffee.

Take in a rugby match. Madison United Rugby has its home in Cottage Grove at the sports complex, which features two rugby fields. Teams travel from around the country to Cottage Grove to compete against local clubs. In late spring, be sure to catch the Wisconsin high school championships.

Unwind with live music and a great meal! After a day full of fun activities, kick back and relax as live music sets the scene for your evening. Grab your favorite beverage and head out to the soft lit patio of School Grounds Café featured on the cover of this guide. Local bands perform there all summer long.

Check out 1855 Saloon and Grill and its outdoor seating over-looking the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. Inside additional seating, live music and cold drinks complement the diverse menu.

Friday nights provide options for a delicious traditional Wisconsin fish fry at many of the local restaurants.

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