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No Drama at the Lingonberry Llama in Belleville

We finally made it to the famous Lingonberry Llama! For a long time, this building in Belleville was vacant, waiting for the right business to make it a favorite gathering place in Belleville.

Here it is now, very inviting even from the outside! Some comments from Jon Cleveland, the owner.

The LL opened in November of 2018. It is now in contention for being the “Nicest Place in America” in a Reader’s Digest poll.  See more about it in a July 29 story on Channel 3000/News 3 Now.

The story is HERE if you want to make a comment of your own.

10-12-19 Update-They won, read the story here!

Upon entering the building, the smell of coffee and fresh-baked pastries on an early fall morning sets your stomach growling even if you had breakfast already 🙂

Barista Heidi was taking a batch of Cinnamon Rolls out of the oven at the time, yum! She gave us one with a thick layer of frosting, it was as good as it looked!

We also enjoyed cheesecake for our 2nd breakfast.

After we ate we looked around, the llama decor is EVERYWHERE, so cute! On the walls is llama art by local artists as well.  This beautiful painting is by Landis Heitz.

In the back by the Children’s playroom is this piece by Marion Rose.

Let’s take a look at the playroom, looks like fun!

This is especially cute! The play table on the right, the llama appears to be sitting there with the kids. You see a stack of construction paper and crayons at the table too!

I thought they had the coolest light fixtures there in the main dining area. An industrial/steampunk design. They also made use of the popular Edison Style bulbs.

They even have knit Llama hats for sale for $25. So adorable!

If you notice on the right wall of the dining room, there is a guitar hanging up, generously on loan from Rick Francois. It’s there for patrons to use. You play a tune and receive $1 off of your order! I wish I knew how to play one!

Well, we had a great first visit here and plan on coming back soon for Open Mike or Pizza night. Be sure to pick up one or several gift cards. We did!

Come to the nicest and friendliest coffee shop in America!



A Tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol


Capitol 1

By this point I had lived in Madison for 26 years, and I never took the formal tour of our state Capitol.  I finally took it and really had fun!   I arrived at the desk by rotunda and waited for our guide.

Capitol 2

Our guide was Jim Schaff, the most experienced of the 12-member tour guide staff.   He knows everything about the capitol and is very enthusiastic in his delivery.  He pointed out many interesting things.  Embedded in the marble are some fossils.  One step even has a starfish, clearly visible.

Jim SchaffStep starfish

He took us to all the important rooms where all the big decisions are made for our state.  This is the State Assembly room.

Assembly 1

Where the Governor makes addresses to the state, often on TV.

Governor 2

The Senate

Senate 2

Badger-Senate 7

A badger overlooks the doorway to the Senate.

The Supreme Court

Supreme Court 4

My favorite part is the Observation Deck,  going around the  outside of the dome.  The view is incredible from up there!  This is looking towards Lake Mendota.

Observation Deck 10

Observation Deck 4

I hope you enjoyed your tour of my beautiful Capitol.  Hopefully Jim can be your guide too.

Rotunda 1

It was noon, with the tour over I had headed towards the Monona Terrace, where I was going on another tour.