We spent 24 hours in the small town of Madison, IN. In that short time we found 3 local places that are definitely worth a visit.
- Mad Paddle Brewery – Mad Paddle brewery is a must-visit even if you’re just driving through Madison. The brewery is an old feed mill that was built in the late 1800’s. The historic building was unique and rustic with exposed brick, industrial lighting, a canning station and old mill elevator system. The staff were friendly, attentive and knew the beers well. Our favorite beer was the Wicket Blood Orange. We ordered a Crowler can of it and Michael captured the canning process.
- Red Roaster Coffee and Eatery – A family owned coffee shop that offers a variety of specialty coffees and a breakfast/lunch menu. We just grabbed a cup of coffee and sat in the corner window. This is the spot we started to plan our trip to Traverse City, MI. Little did I know that this trip would change our lives. Michael pulled up our budget spread sheet and we brainstormed ways to make that trip budget-friendly. My favorite part was sitting in the window and experiencing the feel of a small town. It was nice to escape the suburbs.
- Lighthouse Marina Restaurant and Lounge – We found the Lighthouse Marina after our day-long creek hike. The name is a bit deceiving because there is not an actual lighthouse, but don’t let that deter you. This is the place that all of the locals go; everyone seemed to know each other. The food was your typical bar-food, which is exactly what we needed after our long hike. Michael and I both ordered a burger and the Wicket Blood Orange beer from Mad Paddle.
OUR THOUGHTS: Explore the local places when you visit a new town. Chain restaurants are the same everywhere. Meet the locals and find out where they like to go. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the locals, you can learn a lot about the town. Lastly, do not let the outside of a new place deter you, step inside and you may be surprised what you find. Even if it’s not great, you’ll leave with a story.