Given that Madison was ranked one of the best places to live in America by Liveability, we’ve found that many locals have no desire to leave… even for vacation.

Why travel outside of Madison (and deal with the stress of a long car trip or airport) when you can spend a blissful weekend at an opulent local hotel. Madison’s rich history provides us with some incredible historic inns. As well as some new boutique hotels that are dripping in amenities. Here are some incredible resorts where you can spend a staycation in Madison.

Governors Mansion Inn 

The Governor’s Mansion is one of the most historic buildings in all of Madison. It served as the official residence of the governor of Wisconsin for over 100 years. Located on the scenic shores of Lake Mendota, it’s only a short walk to state street shopping and dining. The mansion is opulent enough to double as a wedding venue.

Currently, they are also hosting unique theatre performances. Currently running is the zany comedy The Floridians.

If you’re not in the market for an overnight stay, it’s worthwhile to have lunch in their adorable cafe.

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Hotel Ruby Marie

This is Madison’s oldest operating hotel. It was built in 1873 during the railroad boom. Currently, it has a delightful blend of modern luxury and Victorian-style elegance. Each room features a unique design. Onside dining is available (including late-night food and drink options). Breakfast and happy hour are included in your stay. The Ruby Marie sits across the street from Lake Mendota and has a scenic bike path. The capitol building is only a few blocks away. The hotel hosts live music every Monday- Saturday. We recommend splurging for jacuzzi room options if you can! 

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Mansion Hill Inn 

Every room is luxurious at the Mansion Hill Inn, a 160-year-old establishment, in the heart of downtown. The atmosphere is both warm and elegant. You’ll sleep between fine Italian linen sheets. Mood lighting is available in every room. Choose between a whirlpool tub or a rainwater shower. Nightly turndown service is complimentary and includes freshly baked cookies.

A stay at Mansion Hill also means that you’ll receive complimentary bike passes for exploring the city!

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Mendota Lake House Inn 

This bed and breakfast is located in a charming arts and crafts style home, built circa 1911. As the name suggests, it’s located directly on the lakefront, and sunset views are unparalleled. Although Mendota Lake House Inn will provide you with both a comfortable bed and a delicious breakfast… it doesn’t have the same overbearing culture that BnBs are known for. Guests have plenty of space to feel at home. The staff doesn’t hover, and there is not a doily to be found in the building. Breakfast is light and organic. You’ll feel energized for your day.

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The Edgewater Hotel & Spa 

Is there anything more relaxing than a waterside spa? Not in our opinion! The Edgewater Hotel features a whole-body spa that is a relaxing respite from any daily life stress. Massage, facials, nail services, and body treatments are all available. Enhance the experience by adding hot stones, collagen eye pads, or hydration features. When you’re finished unwinding, enjoy a healthy meal at one of the three restaurants: The Statehouse, Augie’s tavern, The Market, and The Boathouse Bar & Grill. A variety of room options are available. The most opulent is the presidential suite, which features floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the water. 

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The Madison Concourse 

The Madison Concourse is located in the heart of downtown. It’s a chic hotel with a fresh, modern feel. Three different restaurants and a Starbucks take residence inside the hotel.

Staying on the Governor’s Club executive level will make you feel like Madison royalty. Located on the top three floors of the hotel, guests enjoy top-shelf beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Breathtaking views of the capitol building sparkle in the evening.

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The Livingston Inn 

The Livingston is a 160-year-old gothic revival home. It’s a historic landmark and has been furnished with historical antiquities. And yet the colorful interior is a fun twist on the classic home. It’s a unique friendly bed and breakfast, and actually, an trip advisor award-winning BnB. Wood-burning stoves and tall ceilings are just a few of the amenities that make this place special. 

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The Buckingham Inn 

Competition is fierce for a room at the Buckingham Inn. This lovely BnB only has 3 suites, but it’s well worth it, especially for anyone interested in staying near the UW campus. It’s walking distance to the stadium, which makes it a great option for a post-game day place to crash. Gourmet breakfasts are complimentary, and the suites are large. Guests also receive fuzzy bathrobes, local chocolates, and complimentary wine. 

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The Madison Marquette 

This boutique hotel lives in the Marquette-Willy neighborhood, one of the most vibrant and musical neighborhoods in the city. It’s even one of the top ten neighborhoods in the country. This pad is next to an organic grocery, and off-street bike paths. Enjoy the neighborhood and a stress-free check-in. Rooms are minimalistic but fresh, and every room includes streaming services. 

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