Whether you prefer your cocktails be shaken, stirred, muddled, served on the rocks, neat or straight up, the Windy City has you covered.
Throughout my recent trip to Chicago, Illinois, I was consistently impressed at cocktail hour.
Much of that is due to the talents of bartenders—though calling them “bartenders” is a bit like referring to Michelangelo as a doodler. They are true artists with spirits and fruits (their paints) and glasses (their canvases).
Choosing overnight accommodations that keep bees on the property can have some sweet benefits: You might get a taste of the honey those bees produce when you order a breakfast biscuit, salad dressed with house-made vinaigrette, glazed veggies or meats, or even a cocktail at the on-site restaurant or bar.
A picnic is a small pleasure.
Even if you just grab a blanket and head for your own backyard, there's a simple joy in eating in the fresh air.
Some destinations take outdoor dining to another level of scene-setting and memory-making. Whether you pick up local sandwiches or burritos, or just tote some fresh bread, cheese and wine from home, don't miss the chance to picnic at these five spectacular spots.