Truly a great time! My husband and I stayed here a Sunday to Friday and had a great time. The place was very tidy and cozy… nothing fancy, but perfect for the location because you’ll want to spend a lot of time outside. All kitchen items you could possibly need are provided, charcoal was even provided! Lots of wood available, which was great because we were out watching the beautiful sunsets from the river with a nice fire going almost every night. The house is right off of the road, but it didn’t bother us as it’s not very busy and doesn’t create much noise. A great location, we’ll definitely be back!
We used Black Hawk River Runs for kayak rentals. They dropped two kayaks off for us to use for the week and then picked us up down river on Thursday. It was so nice and easy to just lower the kayaks down into the river and then paddle up and down river, around the islands, and then to a sandbar to take in some sun and to splash around in the water.
The cottage is in a perfect area for doing little day trips to the cute towns close by and Madison. We went to Middleton and had the best cupcakes at Bloom Bake Shop, enjoyed the Mustard Museum, and had fantastic pizza from Villa Dolce (and that’s coming from Chicago folks who have spent a lot of time in Italy!). New Glarus is always a great trip too where we enjoyed the brewery (obviously), the best fondue in the world from the Glarner Stube, tasty treats from Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus, and just taking in the little shops! If you feel like making a trip for some amazing meat to grill one night, head into Madison and hit up the Conscious Carnivore.
The two things I would mention are: 1. Bring LOTS of bug spray and Citronella candles. The bugs are not as bad up by the house, or once you’re down by the river with a fire going, but they are horrible in the wooded are in between. 2. The kitty visitors you will probably have do have a home. One looked so old and weak that my husband and I were about to just adopt/rescue/take her, but the neighbors ended up letting us know that she is their 18 y/o cat named Bubbles. The two kitties were super friendly, so it was kind of nice to have a little furry company when out on the patio or down by the fire.