Cut your own Christmas Trees

Beyond the gifts under the tree, part of what makes Christmas special are the family traditions involving the tree. Sure, you could bring up an artificial tree from the basement, but you can also visit a Christmas tree farm, smell the holiday scents of pine and balsam, maybe take a wagon ride to…

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How to Autumn Drive:

Take a drive in the country and put this address in your GPS: 3600 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock It’s the best place to start your Autumn Drive adventures as neighbors offer antiques, crafts, food and fun. Local farms in rural McHenry County open their barns to offer you fall produce, honey, jams…

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McHenry County Craft Beverage Trail

The new McHenry County Craft Beverage Trail is now live, so make your plans to get to all 11 participating locations! We (Jay and Leah from Gastronomblog.com) recently made it to all 11 and let us tell you we had some very tasty beers and spirits! This trail covers so many different kinds and styles…

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Best reasons to visit Tom's Sunflower Maze in Huntley!

Sunflowers are synonymous with summer especially in the Chicagoland area. These summer blooms are always guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day, and that’s why our summer isn’t complete without a visit to a sunflower field. Thankfully the McHenry County area is home to many options, and Tom’s Sunflower…

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Summer Date Night at The Dole

Last month my husband and I enjoyed a date night at the first ever Music Under the Trees at The Dole. The Ravinia-style concert at the front lawn of the Dole Mansion was the perfect way to ring in the summer. Located near Main Beach in Crystal Lake, The Dole made for an amazing setting: twinkling…

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McHenry County Festival Guide

great events happen in mchenry county Looking for McHenry County's best summer events? Well you're in luck, we are home to some of the best festivals the summer has to offer. Many are family friendly and some are perfect for a night out with friends. No matter what you're looking for, let us help…

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Winter Adventures

Cold weather is officially here. Take advantage of the winter season by exploring the vast outdoor adventures McHenry County has to offer. Whether it’s sledding with the family, ice fishing with friends, or hiking a candlelight trail there are winter activities and outdoor recreation for everyone…

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Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 28 New Small Businesses Inducted to the Illinois Made Program Including 2 McHenry County businesses! Newest Illinois Made class highlights diverse group of small businesses with goal of generating tourism activity in every corner of Illinois The Illinois Office of…

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Explore the Colors of Autumn

Fall colors are beginning to reach their peak throughout McHenry County and Northern Illinois. To experience the best of them we suggest visiting the following 5 locations: Photo: @emilykalinowski Chain O' Lakes State Park 8916 Wilmot Road | Spring Grove Chain O' Lakes is filled with river bluffs…

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Sunflower Fields

If you’re scrolling Instagram in late summer, you will most likely see beautiful fields of sunflowers filling your feed. Want to jump on the Insta trend? Well, you’re in luck, McHenry County is home to 3 farms filled with sunflowers for days. Below is a list of our local farms offering sunflower…

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