As holidays and colder weather approach, we’re making a point to stop by and enjoy some of our favorite local treasures: great places to stop and shop, grab a bite, savor a sip, take a hike, choose a special gift, and more.

We explored Barrington’s elegant White House, warmed with Cook Street Coffee, and gnoshed Ambrosia’s delicious pastries. We admired fine jewelry at Timothy Grant, relaxed at Avalon Day Spa, sampled fine wine at Broken Earth, and wound down with a striking sunset stroll at Grassy Lake Forest Preserve.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit any of these local treasures yet, we hope you’ll give them a try!