My Perfect Day in Lake Forest
By: Andra O’Neill
Lake Forest is a special place. From its local restaurants and shops to its diverse natural surroundings, it’s a tight-knit community with a lot to offer. When I have days off or am in between appointments, I love exploring the city and visiting my favorite spots. Here’s how I spend a day in Lake Forest.
I begin my day hiking a few miles of the trail at Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve. This hidden gem has over 600 acres of incredible nature and is the best place to jumpstart the morning. I follow up my hike with a stop at Evereve. The store has great basics, as well as comfortable athletic gear, so I can always find a cute item to buy. I stop by Courtyard Wines to grab a bottle of wine for a friend’s housewarming party later in the week and walk over to Lake Forest Food & Wine for a quick lunch, where the staff always greets me with a warm smile and incredible service. My go-to order is the chicken and Havarti roll, it’s healthy and easy to eat on the go. After lunch, I like to do a bit more shopping, and walk around the corner to Lake Forest Bookstore to grab a new book. I love that everything is close together downtown, and that I never have to go far to find my latest read or client gift.
A new book in hand, I take Deerpath Road towards Lake Forest Beach. It’s only a 30-minute walk, so when the weather permits, I like to put in my headphones and listen to music as I head to the shore. The beach is clean and is a frequent haunt for residents come summertime. There’s a playground, volleyball court, and, of course, the beach itself, which is the perfect spot for unwinding. I often come here to read by the water and relax and find that it’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Shore.
My favorite way to end the day in Lake Forest is with dinner and drinks at Deer Path Inn. The historic landmark’s English Room serves an expansive list of fresh and delicious meals. I like to dine on the Courtyard patio with friends and family, and always order the cobb salad. For a more casual meal I like visit The Bar at Deer Path for their super fresh sushi selection.
Lake Forest really sells itself but if you need more convincing, come visit me at the Kelmscott Park sales model where I’d love to share more about my experiences and the hidden treasures Lake Forest has to offer.
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