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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take a trip to the Paoli Schoolhouse Cafe!

Upon my return to Madison, several people told me to eat at the Paoli Schoolhouse Cafe.  I don't even know where Paoli is except that it's out in the country somewhere and riding my bike didn't seem realistic.

I was invited to the cafe today for lunch and what an exceptional treat this place is!  In fact, it's such a hidden gem that it's worthy of multiple bike rides.

The minute I stepped through the door I felt like I was in someone's fancy home.  Envision stunning chandeliers, unique wallpaper, and beautiful furniture in a vintage setting.  I forgot that I was there to eat, because all I wanted to do was look around and take photos (the one day I don't have my good camera).

My companion and I were seated in one of the smaller rooms with views of the patio and river.  I can't wait to return and sit outside on the patio to take in the lovely, peaceful surroundings.  

The lunch menu consists of salads, sandwiches, soup, burgers and schoolhouse favorites.  I chose the robust and mouthwatering Harvest Salad that comes with adorable mini baguettes and chive & honey butterThe cafe offers a separate dinner menu and a full bar with 25+ wine and champagne choices.

Don't even get me started on the shop, which sells dreamy gifts, jewelry, and home accessories.  As if I needed another reason to visit this wonderful place, the cafe offers a free music series on Saturday nights.  

With warm weather finally approaching, I suspect I will be putting some serious mileage on my bike.  I highly recommend finding your way to Paoli, and if you need assistance, I would be happy to hitch a ride.


  1. Wonderful! We are so happy that you enjoyed not only your food, but the atmosphere as well! We strive to provide quality in everything we do. We hope your biking friends will consider stopping by while on their bicycle journeys as well. We welcome all weary travelers, be it on on foot, bike, or automobile! Thank you for your interest in our establishment & your wonderful blog review! Come back soon, we will be happy to see you again!

  2. Absolutely my pleasure! The Paoli Schoolhouse Cafe is one of a kind and should be seen by everyone. I look forward to my next visit.