Mother Nature reminded us who’s in charge as we raced deadlines to prepare this issue of SW Lake Lifestyle. Between rounds of editing copy, selecting photos and assisting clients we had sessions of shoveling snow. By the time all you kind folks of SW Lake County are enjoying this issue, we’ll be that much closer to spring with its promise of longer days, warmer temps, more sunshine and fewer snow storms.

Our “Home” issue features a striking Open House nestled peacefully in a Conservancy-protected forest in Long Grove; travel with us down the long and winding road to enjoy the view.

Editor Stephen Neilson braved the weather to get the scoop on the 113th Annual International Winter Tournament at Norge Ski Club, who sent a record-setting three members to the Olympics this year who raised the bar with some of the U.S.’s best performances in the Ski Jump events in recent years. Enjoy our photos of the Nordic-inspired fun.

A great place to squirrel up in on a snow day is a coffee shop. The aroma and coziness is perfectly suited for catching up on email, sharing conversation or cracking the spine on a good book. Local photographer Tobin Fraley generously contributes photos this time around from a study on coffee shop culture he did recently at the new Long Grove Coffee Company. We again are honored to share his artistry with you.

The middle of winter is well suited for binge watching old movies and TV series. A popular choice is Game of Thrones. If you’ve ever marveled at the scenery while watching this award-winning HBO series, Sue Shimkus of Lake Zurich Travel shares insight on how you, too, can travel to see some of these amazing locales.

As always there’s much more in this issue to enjoy than space here for us to describe. So, please jump right in and if there’s every anything you want to share with us be sure to shoot an email our way.

See you around town!

Michael Beightol

ON THE COVER  Photo by Stephen Neilson of a Long Grove hidden gem.