The trip is about 3 hours from Chicago, and is well worth it. Most of the shops are open on Saturday and Sunday. We had a great lunch on the shady patio of The Red Oak (www.theredoak.com), where traditional Swedish specialties are the name of the game. There’s also a nice bakery/coffee shop and even an inn, should you be so inclined.
Captions and pics:
The Colony Store is full of traditional Swedish decor and delights, and is like stepping back into another era. I love the facade, with its simple brick pilasters and bold triangular pediment.
Wonderfully folksy church birdhouse at one of several antique stores.
Best DIY detail of the day – stained plank flooring with painted “grout” lines. I love it! Could be a really interesting treatment in an entry foyer, powder room, or even on a small wall. Very cool.
And contemplative restraint.
Bishop Hill was known for it’s brooms. I like the black ones.
The commune was very well-planned. Early settlers included farmers, bakers, business people, and the carpenters who made this wonderful piece, with it’s bold cornice and original faux-graining.
Despite the heat, this was a cool spot to stop and enjoy a bit of timeless beauty.
How was your weekend?