Hello friends and happy Tuesday! This weekend the four of us (Twin, Boyfriend, Fiance, and I) traveled up to Madison for Valentine’s weekend. It’s always nice to get out of the city for a little while, and Madison was the perfect place for us to go!
We stayed in an amazing AirBNB, that was super close to the main square. Not only was the location perfect, it also came with two adorable little fur babies for the weekend. Gus & Baxter were purrffect roomies while we were there and it was fun having some kitty cuddles while we were away from our own lil Luna.
We started the day off right with deluxe bagel sammies @ Gotham Bagels! I loved this place because it was SO Madison. It was littered with college kids suffering from crazy hangovers (we’ve all been there), and the vibe was just so different from Chicago. I enjoyed “The Big G” which was composed of spicy prociutto, cheddar cheese, and egg.
Most of the afternoon was spent wandering down State Street. It felt like -10 degrees (not exaggerating), so popping in and out of the shops was a welcome warm-up. There are a ton of locally owned shops with special goodies to look at, so if you get a chance to visit Mad Town, you should definitely devote an afternoon to walking down State.
The perk of the harsh winter weather was that it gave us the perfect excuse to gulp down some delicious lattes at Colectivo. The fiance and I went to school in Wisconsin, so this coffee branch is near an dear to our hearts. I am completely obsessed with their decor! If you couldn’t tell by the name, this coffee chain has a Latin American vibe, and decorates it’s walls with sugar skulls and bright colors.
We spent some time recharging at the airbnb, but before we knew it it was time for Happy Hour @ The Merchant! These were some of the most amazing signature cocktails I’ve ever had. Be ready to wait a while for your drink because they truly are prepared with love!
No pictures of dinner @ Tipsy Cow because we scarfed it down the second it was brought to our table. We had to indulge in a pretzel starter + cheese curds, because, ya know, Wisconsin… As for the meal, I had an amazing cheese and salmon melt. YUM.
Day 2’s main activity was a brewery tour @ Ale Asylum. For $5 you get a pint of beer, a 1 hour tour, and some tastings! I really liked our tour guide, and it was one of the more educational brewery tours I’ve been on. Best learning of the day: yeast are tiny organisms that eat sugar, poop beer, and get rewarded for falling asleep the quickest. If that didn’t make sense to you, I recommend checking out Ale Asylum for some tasty beer and quality education.
We stayed in on Valentine’s day, because prixe fixe menus really aren’t our cup of tea. *not pictured* the meat and cheese plate we inhaled during a round of cards. Fiance made this amazing chicken wrapped in bacon, and I contributed with some sweet potato bites. For dessert we had puppy chow. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
That wraps up our weekend in Madison. What did you do for Valentine’s Day?