romantic local getaway: a winery...in the burbs?

Last weekend, four of my girls from high school and I surprised our friend for her 30th with a trip to a winery and a limo tour of the local bars. Surprisingly, we didn't have to go to Galena, Lake Geneva or Michigan City to taste the best of the reds and whites--we just had to go to Schaumburg. One of the best kept secrets in Chicagoland, Lynfred Winery is an adorable getaway nestled in a wooded corner of a main street (and as a fun fact, it was the first winery to open in Illinois after the prohibition!). With an airy tasting room, heavily-stocked gift shop filled with custom baskets (I bought one as a Christmas present for my boyfriend's parents!), and even a bed and breakfast, Lynfred offers a cozy escape from the city without the hassle of a long flight or road trip. A tasting cost us about 10 bucks for 7 wines--which were all generous pours!--and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. All in all, a perfect break from the norm with your loved one or with your close friends. Feel free to see some of the fun pictures we took below and find more information here. (And if you friend them on Facebook, they have fun status updates every day that make you wish you worked at a winery too).

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