Living it up at the Livingston Inn (Madison, WI)

Though we typically do not write reviews about places to stay, this is an exception that just had to be made.

We drove up to Madison, WI for a little weekend getaway, and the most transporting part of our trip was probably our stay at this GEM of a B&B.

First, the  Livingston Inn (pictures taken from their site, plenty more to see!) is wonderfully located a mere steps from the lake and a very short walk from the State Capitol building and all the restaurants and shopping of that area.  Second, the inn is absolutely beautiful — lovingly maintained, delightfully decorated, warm, and rich.   Everywhere you look has interest and texture, without ever being gaudy or too much.  Despite its decidedly old world feel, it does it so seamlessly and without being stuffy or dated.   Our bedroom featured fabric wallpapered walls, a separate seating area, vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace that only added to the charm and warmth of the furnishings.  The two person shower and Aveda bath products only helped make it feel more like a retreat.

Another real delight is the family who runs the Inn.  Peggy is warm, make you feel at home, has a great sense of humor and has great insight/advice about everything Madison.

Of course, it’s not just a bed that makes a B&B.  Peggy served a lovely wine and cheese hour in the evening, followed by an absolutely incredible breakfast spread.  Yogurt and fruit, delicious homemade coffee cake and bread, and an asparagus egg souffle, bacon, toast– essentially, the works.  Everything on the table showed the same style, attention to detail and class that gives everything about staying here the feel that there’s something truly special going on.

We will absolutely be back for anther treat.

Also worth mentioning: we had a lot of nice food in Madison, including a delicious brunch in Lake Geneva’s Simple, awesome burgers at Dotty Dumpling and decadent ice cream at the Chocolate Shoppe; but the stand out was a lovely meal at Sardine, a french restaurant in Madison who’s mussels and chicken liver pate really stood out.

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