Travel Nurse Assignments: Live Like a Local – Madison, WI!

If stepping out into nature, taste testing a limitless amount of cheese and learning about locally sourced food is up your ally, then look no further than Madison, Wisconsin as your next travel nurse destination. The city of Four Lakes is a hot spot that should be on every travel nurse’s list. Here are some tips for experiencing Madison like a local during your travel nursing assignment with Axis Medical Staffing! 

Local Dining and Farm-to-Table Cuisine

Madison is a foodie’s paradise, with plenty of local restaurants and farm-to-table experiences to explore. So while you’re here, be sure to visit these local restaurants that only a Madisonian would know:

The Old Fashioned: Claimed as home to the best cheese curds around, you’ve got to make a pit stop at The Old Fashioned Tavern and get your hands on the curds. 

Eno Vino: Offering a selection of over 300 wines and serving up locally grown small plates, Eno Vino will serve at the perfect dinner location for your night out.

The Weary Traveler Freehouse: This cozy neighborhood restaurant offers comfort food made with local, organic ingredients. While waiting for your dinner you can enjoy board games in a vintage restaurant setting.

Tornado Steak House: This steakhouse is a throwback to the 1940s when supper clubs became popular destinations on weekend evenings. Keeping the old-school vibe, check out this gem for a gourmet dining experience. 

Harvey House: A modern supper club nestled inside Madison’s old Baggage Claim House. At the Harvey House, you’ll find the 19th century colliding with modern design and culinary inspiration.

Graze: This farm-to-table restaurant specializes in seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and serves up unique twists on classic Midwestern dishes.

Ian’s Pizza: We’ve heard that the mac and cheese pizza at Ian’s is a must-try and their weekly specials are equally as tasty!

Monty’s Blue Plate Diner: This local diner offers classic American comfort food with a modern twist, and their homemade pies and pastries are a must-try.

Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry: This local burger joint serves delicious, locally-sourced burgers, fries, and milkshakes.

Seasonal Activities

Madison is filled with seasonal activities that will have you feeling like a local in no time. During the spring, summer and fall months, you’ll want to visit local farmer’s markets that the city has to offer. Madison is also known for its friendly and welcoming community, where you’ll be invited to hop in and join tailgates at any of the University of Wisconsin sporting events! You might laugh, but being in the Midwest, it’s a no-brainer to enjoy some local corn on the cob. Being in Madison, you’re in luck because you can attend the Sun Prairie Corn Festival at the end of Summer. This is an entire festival designed around corn on the cob. Lastly, during winter, you can take on ice fishing or even ice skating on one of the many lakes the city and surrounding area offers. 

Locals Arts and Shops

Madison has a thriving arts scene, with plenty of art galleries and history museums to explore. We highly recommend visiting the Chazen Museum of Art to see a stunning collection of art from around the world. If you’re looking for a more low-key evening, check out the local shops and art galleries that can be found in the vibrant neighborhood of Willy Street

Outdoor Adventure

Madison is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurists. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities, such as strolling through the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, you can even make your way to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens to experience a vibrant garden. There are a ton of lakes in the area that offer opportunities for fishing, sailing and relaxing on the beach.


Madison has a lively nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, breweries, and live music venues to explore. Trust us on this one; you’ll want to check out Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. for tasty locally brewed beer. For a more chill evening, you can visit the Ivory Room Piano Bar for a delightful cocktail and entertaining evening of listening and watching dueling piano players. 

With its stunning outdoor spaces, farm-to-table local cuisine, vibrant arts scene, friendly community, and lively nightlife, Madison is the perfect destination for travel nurses. Take advantage of the chance to experience all this city offers during your travel nursing assignment with Axis Medical Staffing. 

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