Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat: Location & lodging

Location

Picture of the plye center

Your workshop time will be spent in our state-of-the art adult education building, The Pyle Center, overlooking Lake Mendota. (map»)

It’s also next door to the famous Memorial Union outdoor terrace where you’ll find good food, camaraderie, and musical entertainment.

A lakeshore path running from The Pyle and Lowell Centers to the west end of our campus provides spectacular views for an inspirational walk or jog. Nearby on State Street you’ll find great places to explore: theaters, museums, public libraryPicture of the Union Terrace, bookstores, shopping, restaurants and coffee shops, the State Capitol, farmer’s market, and the Overture Center for the Arts. Our city also features a botanical garden, a children’s museum, historical and research libraries open to the public, geology museum, an observatory, a beautiful free zoo, and much more to do in your spare time or with family.

You will find useful information regarding visiting Madison, including campus maps, parking maps, and visitor links, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison visitor information page at vip.wisc.edu. Another resource is the Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site: visitmadison.com, call (608) 255-2537 or (800) 373-6376 for free brochures and maps.

Lodging

Please note: Lodging is on your own.  We encourage you to reserve a room as soon as possible if you want to be close to campus.

  • Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street, (608) 256-2621. Includes breakfast and parking.  A UW Extension facility, just 1 block from the classroom building. A block of rooms has been reserved for this program. 
  • Campus Inn (formerly Madison Inn), 601 Langdon Street, (608) 257-4391 (across the street from the Lowell Center, recently remodeled and updated). Includes parking, continental breakfast, hors d’oevers, and dessert.
  • DoubleTree Hotel (formerly Howard Johnson’s Hotel), 525 W. Johnson Street, (608) 251-5511.  A 5-block walk to the Pyle Center, free shuttle available. Rooms have refrigerators and microwaves, and come with bottled water, snacks, and a full hot breakfast for up to 2 people.
  • Madison Hostel, 141 S. Butler Street, (608) 441-0144. Just off the Capitol Square and within walking distance of Pyle Center.  Nonmembers welcome; private rooms; shared bath.  About $52/day.  

Parking and Driving

Within 2 blocks of our buildings you'll find the Campus/State Street parking facility with 2 entrances: the 400 block of North Lake or Frances Streets. Cost is about 95 cents/hour weekdays.

Commuting from the outskirts of town

Madison bustles with metropolitan flair, but it's still a "small town." From lodging out by our malls or near the Interstate, you can drive in, park, and walk to our building within 20-30 minutes, easily. For other lodging options and tourist information check the Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site: www.visitmadison.com, or call (608) 255-2537 or (800) 373-6376.