Weekend Recap

Although it’s been almost seven months since we moved from Chicago, it still feels like I’m going home when I visit the Windy City. I’m always happy to have an excuse to go back to the Chi, so my friend’s bachelorette party this past weekend was a great motivator. With my brother and sister-in-law now living in Chicago, there are so many friends and family to see in such a short time. The weekend was incredible, and I’m wishing I could do it all over again.

Friday night I was able to sneak in a visit with my old Wine Club, which serendipitously was being held that night! After too brief of a visit there, I had a late but enjoyable dinner with my close friend and her fiancé at Gilt Bar, an old favorite!
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{Date Cake @ Gilt Bar}

Saturday, the bachelorette party started bright and early with transportation taking us to southwest Michigan to visit three wineries. Although I couldn’t partake in the wine tastings, I was so thankful for the time I got to spend with two of my long-time friends. The first stop of the day was at a boutique winery, Hickory Creek Winery, followed by lunch at the adorable Soe Café in Sawyer, MI. Soe Cafe had a quaint cottage feel, with a culinary emphasis on local and regional foods.
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{Loved the asparagus outside of Soe Cafe}
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{Grilled Cheese with Michigan cheese, caramelized onion, house aioli}

The second winery, Tarbor Hill, was my favorite. But it wasn’t the wine, but the Norman Love artisan truffles that kept me occupied. There were so many enticing options, it was difficult to make a decision. The chocolates were almost too good-looking to eat. Almost. Luckily these truffles weren’t just a pretty face – they tasted even better than they looked! I choose the mint chocolate chip, cinnamon roll, peanut butter and jelly, and Tahitian caramel.
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The final stop on the winery tour was The Round Barn Winery. This spot was the largest, and by far the busiest. With a winery and beer barn, there were multiple places to enjoy a drink. I hope I can go back sometime and partake in the tastings because everyone seemed to enjoy all the stops. Although this is no Napa Valley, it’s a low-key and easy place to get to if you’re located in or near Chicago. It’s perfect for a day trip or an overnight stay near Lake Michigan.

I hope you had a great weekend!
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