May 8 - Downton Abbey Inspired Luncheon, the Little Traveler, Geneva, IL. Join us for a Traditional English menu inspired by PBS sensation, Downton Abbey. Enjoy a three course meal served with accompanying wine samples... here's a peek at our yummy menu: stilton and date mixed green salad with toasted walnut sherry dressing, pan seared rock cornish hen with citrus marmalade glaze, fingerling herb roasted potatoes, english peas and pearled onions, with apple charlotte for desert (remember the mishap in the show over this desert). You'll be surrounded in tradition as you dine amid the beautiful collection of treasures from around the world at the Little Traveler, just like the store's founder, Mrs. Kate Raftery, used to do for her special guests! Cost is $65 per person; includes lunch and transportation with time for shopping in Geneva, Illinois.
May 10; June 26; July 15 - Chicago Day, carefree day in Chicago to do what you would like to do, many drop off locations: Rush & Superior ( Michigan Ave. & Water Tower Place), the Loop (Macy's), Art Institute, Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium). Cost is $35 per person, includes your transportation.
June 20; August 7 - Our Cook's Tour Visits the New "EATALY" in Chicago and more! An original multifunctional "marketplace" inviting you to a food and beverage experience where you shop, taste and enjoy high quality traditional Italian food products, beverages local produce, artisanal products, including a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary education center and a diverse selection of 20 + little walk up eateries inside. We are currently taking reservations for this exciting new venue! Cost is $35 per person for your transportation. We plan on leaving the Highcrest Centre parking lot at 8:00 am - returning to Rockford around 5:30 pm.
July 15 - Cabaret Luncheon Cruise, Navy Pier. Live Cabaret DJ Jimmy Damon provides a interactive entertainment experience as we cruise the Chicago skyline. We will enjoy a buffet-style menu with a new contemporary presentation, the dishes are freshly prepared on board daily and designed by award-winning celebrity chef Eric Levine. Eric was crowned champion on the Food Network's "Chopped" television show! Cost is $80 per person; includes the cruise, entertainment, luncheon and transportation. We depart the Highcrest Centre parking lot at 9:30 am - time on Navy Pier before boarding the "Spirit" ship at 12:00 noon - cruise and lunch from 12:30 - 2:30 pm - depart the Pier at 3:00 pm - back to Rockford about 5:00 pm.
August 14 - Hofbrauhas Restaurant, Rosemont, IL. First and only German Micro Brewery, Restaurant and Beer Garden to call Chicago home. You'll get an experience as authentic as the 400 year old Munich Germany venue. Enjoy a tour, lunch and time at the gift shop. Cost is $TBD.
September 26 - Warren's Cranberry Festival, Warrens, WI. This is the 42nd annual festival event and we are happy to have you join us as we escort you again this year! The festival features a variety of attractions - 850 arts & craft booths, 350 flea market booths, fresh produce from 100 farm market vendors, many food courts featuring a variety of delicious foods, including cranberry cream puffs and chocolate covered cheese cake on a stick, just to name a few of the cranberry inspired goodies. Cost is $56 per person; this covers the transportation and parking. We depart the Highcrest Centre parking lot at 7:00 am (takes about 2 1/2/ - 3 hours to get there) and we leave the festival at 3:00 pm - arriving back in Rockford about 6:00 pm.
October 9 - Galena Shopping Day - Enjoy the historic charm of Galena, Il. Stroll along the main street and browse the eclectic boutiques, art galleries, antique, home and garden shops, with time for lunch at one of many wonderful restaurants. Cost is $35 per person for your transportation.