Off-the-beaten-path patios worth the drive

This summer, go the extra mile and spend time with friends and family at one of these outdoor spaces beyond Madison.
The Summer House Grill & Bar patio in the evening featuring Lake Delton
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The perfect spot for a summer evening in Wisconsin.

There’s no shortage of outdoor space when it comes to the Madison area. In fact, we’ve already done the heavy-lifting and compiled a list for you. However, there are a few off-the-beaten-path patios that are worth the extra mile. Here are six that we think you should check out.

Anchor Bar & Grill | Edgerton
Dock and dine at Anchor, located on the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong. Grab some pretzel fries and take a seat outdoors to enjoy live music on Anchor’s Riverstage. If you’re in the mood for something more mellow, consider taking advantage of the watersport rentals. Anchor also offers campground picnic picks. Take your food to-go and lounge along the shore with family and friends. 718 WI-59, Edgerton, 608-884-7565,


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Driftless Cafe | Viroqua
Driftless Cafe officially opened its beer garden recently. The outdoor seating area features its own seasonal menu and is open Friday and Saturday nights for walk-ins only. It comes as no surprise that Driftless is all about farm-to-table fare. Situated in Vernon County, executive chef Mary Kastman makes certain to utilize the more than 200 certified organic farms the community has to offer. Its mission is simple: to provide high-quality food with a menu that reflects what’s in season. They even provide a list of local farmer producers. 118 W. Court St., Viroqua, 608-637-7778,


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Homecoming | Spring Green
Before it was Homecoming, the former schoolhouse hosted Spring Green’s much-loved and cherished event, Pizza Night at the White School. Co-owners Leah Spicer and Kyle Beach have continued this tradition and incorporated the existing outdoor wood-fire pizza oven into their year-old business venture. Homecoming’s patio and outdoor space are reminiscent of a rustic yet rousing escape into the farmland. The handmade pasta is reason enough to make the trip. Using flour that is grown and milled by Meadowlark Community Mill and locally sourced eggs, the texture is just right and the flavor is unmatched. 242 N. Lexington St., Spring Green, 608-459-5313,

Nineteen09 | Cross Plains
This wine bar, event venue, and gift shop in one provide its customers with a space to enjoy the simple pleasures and offer an escape from everyday life. A full schedule of events including workshops and classes with local artists fills each month’s calendar. Spend time with friends and family for its “Summer Series: Thursdays on the Patio” or join the Wine Club and celebrate local viticulture through tastings and workshops. Did we mention that on Wednesdays you can bring your furry friends to the wine garden? 1909 Main St., Cross Plains, 608-798-0374,


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Summer House Grill & Bar | Lake Delton
Take the drive North for some R&R at the Summer House Grill & Bar conveniently located on Lake Delton. This Wisconsin Dells hotspot features an impressive patio with waterfront seating and beautiful lake views. Nibble on some crispy calamari or dive right in for a fried walleye hoagie while enjoying live music through the weekend. Friday nights are reserved for fish fry: hand-battered perch, your choice of potato, corn or coleslaw, and a souvenir cup to take home. There’s even Yoga On The Lake. 1280 E. Hiawatha Drive, Lake Delton, 608-253-0207,


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Vintage Brewing Co. — Sauk Prairie | Sauk City
This family-owned and operated brewery is home to some of the best outdoor spaces you can find on the Wisconsin River. The on-site banquet room, complete with rustic summer-inspired decor and impressive views of the river, has served as the idyllic wedding venue for many. While there are two VBC locations in Madison, the Sauk Prairie spot stands out for its unbeatable views and immaculate vibes. The beer garden features an array of hand-crafted and highly acclaimed craft beers. Try the Banoffee Pie, a rich and decadent amber ale from a selection of rotating brews, or opt for a classic like the Mosasaur, which was honored as one of the Top 3 Wisconsin IPAs at the 2017 Wisconsin IPA Fest. 600 Water St., Sauk City, 608-370-8200,

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