This past weekend, Craig and I journeyed to Madison, WI for a quick three day holiday to celebrate the wedding of our dear friends George and Ruth. While most of our time was spent with the wedding party, we did get to sneak in a few fun moments around town between lovely picnics and beautiful wedding brunches!
We started our trip off right by heading to Dough Baby Bakery in the heart of downtown Madison. I had stumbled on a picture of the bakery via a quick #MadisonWI Instagram search and convinced Craig that we simply had to go...not just for the treats but also because the wallpaper was perfection! Craig willingly braved the heat and the short (but hot!) walk from where the cab dropped us off near the Capitol Building. We then proceeded to eat too many treats to count and ran into the two most lovely men --- who just happened to be local foodies! They made all sorts of recommendations of places to eat and exactly what to order there [see their list below].
Forequarter - [Literally everything is great!]
Heritage Tavern - [You must order the deviled eggs!]
Graze - [Make sure you get the pretzels with house mustards!]
Lucille - [Delicious pizza and craft cocktails!]
Gibs - [They have Old Fashioned's on tap!]
Grampa's Pizzeria - [Next door to Gibs...put your name in before you get drinks!]
Marigold Kitchen [For brunch!]
Field Table [You must try the PB&J Doughnut and the Cretzle!]
On Saturday Morning, my dear friend Allie, whose husband was also a Groomsman, and I went downtown to the famous Dane County Farmers Market. We were so excited to see all of the amazing treats and were told that we HAD to eat some cheese curds. What we quickly learned is that you must follow the flow of people around the square. A foot traffic pattern is quickly established on Saturday mornings and if you do not go counter-clockwise with everyone else the locals will know you are an out-of-towner! Allie and I got some very strange looks for swimming against the tide and quickly turned around!
Quite by chance, a lovely woman had reached out via Instagram to tell me that we should stop by Revel for a quick drop in DIY Farmers Market Tote craft bar and cocktails. Well, Allie and I are never one to pass up a fizzy drink and fabric paint, so we decided to stop by as a quick air conditioned break from the amazing floral and food vendors. We had no idea what to expect --- but when we walked through the doors at Revel we were blown away! Take a look at this amazing space! If you happen to be in town during one of their workshops you should 100% stop by. The ladies who work there are amazingly generous and even took us to grab an iced coffee and "cretzle" after we finished our cute totes!
Here is said "Cretzle" --- yes that's right It is a croissant made out of pretzel dough and stuffed with beer cheese. You will never taste anything this perfect lovelies. Maybe I had two...
We had such limited time but I found that Madison is a really lovely town. I had no idea what to expect and found myself often thinking..."Wow, I could live here!" The people were generous, there was a small town feel but loads of big city culture, and beautiful lakes and weather! I am sure we missed many treasures but for sure found a few gems.
Did I miss anything? Let us all know in the comments below!