As much as I like Monona, driving along Monona Drive is always kind of a drag. It’s a collection of random, uninspiring buildings and is more like a suburban Chicago street than a small town main street.

I grew up in Stoughton, which has a charming midwestern downtown area. So when I need a small town fix, I go take a drive to Stoughton.

I did this last Saturday when the festival was in full swing. I figured we’d let the out-of-town folks enjoy Monona while we fled for the quiet ¬†of both Edgerton and Stoughton.

Edgerton has an A&W drive-in that is just like the old days. The only proper way to drink root beer is from a chilled A&W glass mug delivered to you by a carhop. I hadn’t been to a drive-in since I was in junior high so it was fun to experience that again.

Then we drove through Stoughton on the way home. I’m sure the new Princeton Club will be a fine addition to Monona Drive. But will it match the charm of the Stoughton Opera House? I think not.

I’m not complaining though. It’s always nice to have excuses to make visits to drive-ins and quintessential small towns.

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