A Perfect Fall Weekend in Madison: What to Do, Where to Eat and Where to Stay

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What to do

Garver Feed Mill

Located in a rehabbed, turn-of-the-century building, Garver Feed Mill offers a rich Madison experience all under one roof. A dozen locally owned businesses now operate out of Garver Feed Mill including Ledger Coffee Roasters, Perennial Yoga, Nessalla Kombucha and Sitka Salmon Shares. On Friday night, you can enjoy a cocktail at Garver Lounge while listening to avant-garde jazz. Saturday morning, head right back for brunch.

Garver began as a sugar beet processing facility in 1906 and later served as a factory for formulating livestock feed. In the two decades it sat vacant, graffiti artists used the deteriorating building as a canvas. Restoration of the Feed Mill began in 2017, and the transformed space officially reopened in 2019. Baum Revision, a Chicago-based real estate development company, took care to preserve historic markers of the building’s many lives: the original 60-ft. steel trusses, 90 historic windows and even a graffitied shark person on exposed brick.

Sip on a craft cocktail at Garver Lounge. Photo Courtesy of Baum Revision.

“Garver Feed Mill has been recognized as one of the area’s top destinations and hotspots for wellness, and we are looking forward to introducing this magical place to our Chicago-area neighbors looking for an easy and welcoming getaway,” says Bryant Moroder, a member of the development team.

If you’re not much of a planner, let Garver take the reigns. They offer curated foodie, wellness and art experiences.

Heads up, Chicago Brides: The Feed Mill has all of the architectural details you’ve saved on Pinterest. Lucky you, Garver Events hosts weddings and receptions. They also partner with on-site vendors, like boutique flower studio Briar Loft, to make your day easy and dreamy.

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