The Magic of Midwest Covered Bridges
Long Grove, Illinois
Long Grove's covered bridge adds to the historic charm of this German town 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Nearly 80 shops, many in restored Victorian homes, line cobblestone walkways in Long Grove. Festivals are a big draw as well: As many as 50,000 visitors come to check out big annual events such as the Chocolate Festival in May and Strawberry Festival in June. Winter holiday festivities include horse-drawn carriage rides.
Getting started: Visit the Long Grove Information Center website for directions.
While you're there: Enjoy some of Long Grove's dozens of shops, then try home-style soups and hefty half-pound burgers at the 1847-era Village Tavern. Spend the night at Old Victorian Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, an 1860 home 9 miles northwest of Long Grove in Wauconda.