My kids live about six hours a way from me, so most of my first day was spent in the car driving to get there. Once I arrived and we spent a few minutes catching-up, we decided to go for an evening stroll in Geneva, Illinois and then out to dinner.
Geneva is a pretty little town located on the Fox River. It's main street is filled with quaint historic buildings, cute shops and restaurants, and a beautiful park and river walk.
This amazing building was right next to the river and housed shops and facilities for banquets, meetings and weddings. It had a breath-taking view of the river.
There was this old-world style patio behind the building. It reminded me of Europe!
We did arrive around dusk so most of the stores were starting to close, but we were able to pop in and check a few out.
This consignment store was absolutely amazing inside. The walls were all exposed brick, the floors were old hardwood and even had a trap door on the floor. Being the curious person that I am, I wondered what this building was once used for and where that trap door led to.
This fun restaurant is only open for breakfast. It looked amazing! Someday I will have to go back here...probably with my husband as getting my kids out of the house early enough is quite the challenge.
After strolling the main street for a bit, we headed to the river to check out the river walk. The first thing we saw was this amazing bed and breakfast located right on the river.
The river walk was absolutely gorgeous. I don't know if it was the unusually warm weather (it was a rare seventy degree February day), or the fact that we were there at sunset, or maybe the sound of geese returning home for the spring, but it was a wonderful, beautiful, magical night.
The geese were so loud this evening. They seemed so happy. I always love seeing all the birds and animals come home in the spring.
The river walk has a lovely playground and hiking trail. We only walked from the bridge on main street to this bridge, then we crossed over the river on the pedestrian bridge. Can you see the small enclosed bridge under the main bridge above? That's the pedestrian bridge. I thought that was so neat. I've never seen one like this before.
Near the play area was this hollowed out tree. How fun that it was located right next to the play equipment. I'm sure kids love to play hide and seek in it!
My son-in-law Jason sure enjoyed jumping inside!
This is the inside of the pedestrian bridge. You get fabulous, unobstructed views of the river.
From the pedestrian bridge you can see the playground and an old stone bridge. Isn't the stone bridge just gorgeous?
Of course I had to stop my kids halfway across the bridge to take their picture. For those new to my blog, the girl is my daughter Ashley with her husband in the center, and my son Jordan on the right.
I accidentally left my DSLR camera at home so unfortunately the picture quality of this travel series won't be the best. 😢
There looked like there was a longer nature hike you could walk or bike past the bridge, but unfortunately it was getting late and we wanted to check out the rest of the town. Someday, I hope to get back to it. I also hope to get there a little earlier in the day so I can check out all the cute stores!
It was fun however to be there at night and see the town all lit up. The lights made it all the more pretty!
All the restaurants and bars were open for business at this time and seemed very busy. Because the weather was so warm, they even had all their doors and windows open to the streets so we got some great peeks inside!
Is this a fun name for a shoe store or what?
This is the inside of cupcake store. It had just closed, so I was unable to go inside. I did see someone walking with a container of cupcakes and they were so yummy looking! Again, I hope to go back someday just so I can visit this bakery and get some cupcakes!
The town clock tower was so pretty lit up.
And finally, this is a picture you may have seen on Instagram. It was the window display of a lux furniture store. Isn't it gorgeous? My newly renovated master bedroom isn't quite so lux as this one, but it did remind me a little bit of the style I was going for when designing our room.
After our evening stroll in Geneva, we went out for dinner and had some great conversation. The next day we went to a conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo. I'll share my experience at the conservatory on next week Wednesday's Travel Post.
Have a Great Day! Amy
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