A New Edgewater Resort and Delicious Dines in Madison

My friend Roberta and I woke up in our beautiful room at The Edgewater Resort & Spa in Madison, Wisconsin.

I had been there on a “combo” trip – covering a college tennis tournament and checking out the city. It was our final day.

The first thing on the agenda was tour of the hotel with Jessica Arendas, Marketing and Public Relations Manager of The Edgewater.

I had actually been to this hotel before. It was 2010 and I was there for the Celebration of American Distilling.

Since that time, The Edgewater had gone through a dramatic renovation. I didn’t recognize the place – except it’s lakefront location – and I was looking forward to checking out more of it.

We met Jessica in the lobby and I remarked immediately how much I loved the spiral staircase and lighting fixtures.

It only got better from there.

The resort had taken on an understated elegance, enough so that you felt like you were staying someplace special, but not too much that you didn’t feel comfortable.

We were having a strange winter. It had been warm a few days prior and now a chill was in the air.

We walked outside and saw the ice skating rink and the Ice House, where you could get food, hot chocolate, and rent skates.

From there we went to check out the fitness center, salon, and spa. It was one of the latest to be re-done and it was quite impressive, offering every service imaginable.

We left Jessica and went to breakfast downtown at Marigold Kitchen. It had been recommended to me and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

The food was delicious. We loved our omelets, mine veggie and Roberta’s meat filled, with the Marigold potatoes. We also had their famous macaroons, which were fantastic.

I headed to the University of Wisconsin for a few hours to finish covering the tennis tournament while Roberta did some shopping.

We were running late for lunch at Sujeo and they were about to close, but they graciously told us they would stay open as we were led to the noodle bar.

With the open kitchen, I was able to keep an eye on my food.

It’s a big thing for me since I have a severe seafood allergy and rarely eat in Asian restaurants.

Sujeo is a Pan-Asian restaurant created by Chef Tory Miller, who has three other restaurants in Madison and a James Beard Award for “Best Chef, Midwest.”

They took good care of both of us as we sipped tea.

First, the Korean Fried Chicken came out and it was sweet and spicy at the same time. The rice kept the spice in check.

Then, we each got our noodle bowls.
I chose the Miso Chicken Ramen and it was filled with tender chicken, flavorful broth, and perfectly cooked noodles.

Roberta had something different. The Khao Soi also had chicken and noodles, but was in a spicy red coconut curry.

We arrived back at The Edgewater Resort with lots of leftovers and a forecast of snow for the next day.

Jessica Arendas arranged for us to stay an extra day at the resort.

She also put together spa treatments for us.

The Edgewater Spa turned out to be even better than it looked and we left Madison relaxed and rejuvenated.


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