Write By The Lake: Location & Lodging

"By the time the week is done, you’ve learned so much and laughed and grown together so much that you want to keep going. You become driven after a week here."

Jabe Stafford, Lansing, MI [Referring to Angela Rydell’s section]

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Location & Lodging

The June 2020 retreat will be held online this year; see speakers and brand new bonuses here. And please consider joining us again in 2021 in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin for next year’s retreat!


Your workshop time will be spent in our state-of-the art adult education building, 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 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 library, 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 info.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.


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–Madison facility, just one block from the classroom building. A block of rooms has been reserved for this program. 
  • Graduate Madison (formerly Madison Inn & Campus Inn), 601 Langdon Street, (608) 257-4391 (across the street from Lowell Center, recently remodeled and updated). Includes parking, continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.
  • DoubleTree Hotel, 525 W. Johnson Street, (608) 251-5511. Newly renovated hotel, a 5-minute walk to the Pyle Center. All rooms include free parking, free WiFi, and a free local and airport shuttle.

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.