10.14.2013

road trip day 6: wisconsin to illinois

Road trip day 6: Spring Green, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois.


We woke up just outside of Richland Center and hightailed it out of the Walmart parking lot into Richland Center's cute little downtown area. Day 6 of the road trip happened to be my birthday, which I wanted to start out by touring some "prairie style" Frank Lloyd Wright Homes.  Brian and I drove about 20 minutes to Spring Green.  Just outside of Spring Green lies Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home for most of his life. 
We showed up around 9am and were expecting to hop on a tour of his property and amazing home, but we found out two things. A) tours don’t start til 10:30 and B) Tours are $52 dollars a person! So we skipped it, we were too excited to get to Chicago anyway.





After a very long drive we pulled into the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. We weren’t sure where we were or if Bucktown was a decent neighborhood. But when the Nugget rolled up, it was as if we had found an oasis.

Not only was Bucktown perfect, but the B&B we had booked was better than we could ever hope for!
Ray’s Bucktown B&B is a quirky little spot close to the popular boutique covered Damon street and a 5 minute walk from public transportation into the heart of Chicago. The B&B’s ivy covered front door leads into a massive home (well two homes that were combined to create one B&B). Ray, the owner and namesake, choose to design his B&B after small European hotels. Each room has a private bathroom and unique touches that add to a memorable stay. The staff was impeccably warm and friendly and really catered to us. They even offered to fold our laundry! 

The room we stayed in was appropriately titled “room with a view” and I almost cried upon seeing the king size bed and HBO (we’ve been sharing a full-sized bed for too long with a noticeable TV absence)!

After we settled into the B&B, we walked over to the train and in 10 minutes we were downtown Chicago. We headed straight for Millennium Park, took pictures of the Bean, and then onto the Magnificent Mile.





The Magnificent Mile was Brian’s worst nightmare come to life. A whole mile dedicated to name brand shopping, from Nordstroms to Zara. I was in heaven! All in all, it was a perfect way to usher in my 27th birthday.

The next morning we woke up and padded downstairs to breakfast. Breakfast is definitely one of my favorite features of Ray’s Bucktown B&B. They provide a full menu and make-to-order whatever you desire. I've stayed at a few bed and breakfasts and was shocked to see a full menu!  I had pumpkin crepes with maple cream and they were to die for!
It was pretty hard to leave Ray's but we had to keep moving forward, those fall colors in Maine wait for no one.

Ray's Bucktown B&B from Brian Chace on Vimeo.

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