I've lived in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois my whole life (except for when I lived in Cleveland for 4 years) and aside from the North Shore and the Lakefront, beauty and adventure is scarce around here.
Taking the scenic route to work here means finding the road with the least construction. A night out to dinner sounds like, "where should we go for dinner tonight, honey? Tuesday's or Friday's?"
Of course I am exaggerating but until last weekend, I never knew there were more sophisticated or creative roads to travel here in my neck of the woods and I certainly never ventured to guess that something as Pacific Northwest-ish as Wine Country existed within my limited Midwestern reach.
I have the honor of standing up in the wedding of my friend Paul, a friend of 21 years, whose fiance, Melissa, has become a great friend too. In fact, I am going to be a bridesmaid for the first time! I'm so excited for these two to tie the knot and so blessed to have been a part of the celebrations leading up to the big day.
Last weekend was the Bachelorette Party....
First, we boarded the party bus.....I mean, the "Executive Coach"
Melissa's awesome group of gal pals, a little older and wiser than I was when I got married 16 years ago, fortunately, did not plan the requisite "male -stripper- shows- up- at- the door -dressed- as- a -policeman-and- asks -us -to- keep- it- down" bachelorette party that I, and many of my friends (I am embarrassed to admit) had to endure back in the day.
Instead, they planned a much more sophisticated day of champagne cocktails, meat and cheese trays, wine tasting, and oh, did I mention drunken Gummy Bears?
First Stop, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
|Melissa and Kristy|
Next Stop, Lemon Creek Winery for Wine Tasting and a Picnic Lunch...
Last Stop was Round Hill Winery, Brewery, and Distillery
It was a fantastic day and a great Bachelorette Party!
Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
Wishing Paul and Melissa all the best in their journey together!