We have recently taken to spending the week between Christmas and New Years in Chattanooga visiting relatives and eating our fair share of grits, fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits with gravy and pecan bourbon pie. I had kinda taken to looking down my nose at Chattanooga as just another redneck enclave. To be fair our winter visits don't show the place off to its best advantage. The trees are pretty bare. At this time of year the weather is too cold to keep things green year-round so all you get is that drab stretch of muddy brown yet too warm to have that mud covered up with a clean layer of white snow. Madison always appeared far more beautiful to me. Madison had more white-collar appeal with its government buildings, the University and its accompanying stately residential neighborhoods. I always had the sense Madison was larger (which isn't true) with a greater cultural heritage. After all we had two major art museums, the Overture Center with a revolving door of Broadway productions, its own symphony and ballet, and a convention center based on the original designs of Wisconsin native Frank Llyod Wright.
They keep it updated with all sorts of new offerings
These guides are a really good way of getting an insiders ticket to your city of choice listing the best of the best and places you might not even know existed even if you're a native.
Here's their web connection: www.thescoutguide.com with a list of all their participating cities.
Come on Madison. We can do this too.
O. Winston Link, photographer
Represented by Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona