May 2023 Cover and Spread

A one-room, off-grid Scandinavian cabin. A mushroom house fit for a bookish hobbit. A posh spa retreat within an 80-acre pine forest. Each Madison Magazine editor hit the road in very on-brand ways, heading to lodging destinations with one goal in particular: ditching our digital devices. It proves difficult, if not impossible, to check email from the inside of a sauna with no Wi-Fi, or when you’re cradling a book in one hand and petting a bookshop dog named Tater Tot with the other. We break down three trips that took us away from our screens, plus 23 other destinations and activities for a Midwestern getaway filled with authentic experiences that don’t require two-factor authentication.

Also in this issue, could psychoactive substances like psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine finally crack the code on treatment-resistant depression, anxiety or PTSD? If you are one of the millions of Americans living with mental health challenges like depression — or if you’re among the 30% who don’t respond to traditional antidepressants —alternative treatment options can’t come to market soon enough. Here’s what Madison’s researchers and practitioners have to say about what’s available, why it’s all so complicated and why there’s still no magical solution — and what one local woman says about the difference the right treatment can make in one’s life.