Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Visiting Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois

Visiting Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois

Visiting Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois

Tours of the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens welcome the public to an intriguing estate full of stories, art, unique architectural elements, exquisite furnishings, outdoor sculptures in the gardens and more. Since the mansion is not always open to public, we really felt like we were uncovering rare treasures during our tour.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

6 Places for Locally Roasted Coffee in the Chicago Suburbs

6 Places for Locally Roasted Coffee in the Chicago Suburbs

6 Places for Locally Roasted Coffee in the Chicago Suburbs

Chicago suburban coffee shops are calling my name in the winter! I especially enjoy local coffee shops with their own locally roasted coffee. Over the past couple of years, my family has been exploring a variety of local coffee shops in the suburbs looking for yummy mochas (my favorite). Here are our favorites local coffee shops that roast their own coffee:

Friday, December 14, 2018

7 Ideas for Celebrating Christmas on the Road

7 Ideas for Celebrating Christmas on the Road

Being away from home and even en route somewhere on the holidays can be difficult. Here are some ideas to infuse a little cheer when on the road!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Patisserie Coralie in Evanston for Tea and Treats

Patisserie Coralie in Evanston, Illinois is the spot for French pastries and a spot of tea or coffee

Patisserie Coralie in Evanston, Illinois is the spot for French pastries and a spot of tea or coffee

Tea and pastries at Patisserie Coralie in Evanston, Illinois -- can we say perfect winter day joy! When things start getting chilly around here in the Chicago area, I head for places where I can get tea or coffee. Pastries and chocolates are always a great bonus! Last weekend, I visited Patisserie Coralie in Evanston for the first time. The adorable French patisserie was very busy and it was easy to see why! Patisserie Coralie has every pastry you can think of including croissants, macarons, tarts, meringues, madeleines, eclairs, viennoiseries, truffles and more.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Ice Carving, Holiday Stroll, Art Market, Glass Art and More}

Weekend Holiday Events Chicago Suburbs December 14-16, 2018


This weekend is a great one to get your holiday celebration on! Here are my picks in the Chicago suburbs:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2 Restaurant Finds in Galena, Illinois

2 Restaurant Finds in Galena, Illinois Including One Eleven Main and Otto's Place

2 Restaurant Finds in Galena, Illinois Including One Eleven Main and Otto's Place

Galena's historic main street invites wandering, exploring and relaxation. During our quick getaway to Galena, I found that I really was able to sit and relax at a number of spots plus saunter through a number of shops. I was so relaxed that I actually didn't take many photos of our tasty exploits. So, I guess Galena is one of those places that finally got me to relax, so I will need to return again! I do have a couple of places that we enjoyed to recommend. So, all is not lost!

Saturday, December 8, 2018