Pick up essential summer wear at Deer Park Town Center with a delicious lunch complemented by stellar scenery at Sunset Pavilion at Breezewald Park in Lake Zurich. As you drive towards Wauconda, on Bonner Road, the Long Grove Confectionery Nut & Candy Factory Store indulges your sweet tooth on your ensuing adventure. A leg-stretching stop at Volo Bog State Natural Area leads the way to a National Natural Landmark and Illinois’ only quaking bog. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources protected lands' evening events such as bat watching or a self-guided moon and star gazing experience. It’s amazing how bright the stars are once you're away from all the city lights. Camp out at the Chain O’Lakes State Park or head into Antioch for a cozy stay at the Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast. Definitely save some time for the charming shops surrounding the B&B.
After a filling breakfast, you will want to visit the Volo Museum. It’s a real multi-generational pleaser. Your lunch stop can include a quick jaunt off the path back up to Miller’s Dog-N-Suds in Ingleside for a "back to the future"-esque experience. Visitors also can dine lakeside for an international mid-day munch El Puerto Mexican Restaurant. The Fox Lake spot offers outdoor dining overlooking the scenic Nippersink Lake under eclectic-colored umbrella tables and eating authentic cuisine while boasting the best margaritas in the land of lakes. Another lunch option is heading southbound towards Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda, just east on Route 176 for outdoor dining and delectable dishes. You can kick back indoors, on the deck or the sandy beach for a real 'lax time (no shoes required) along the pristine Bangs Lake. Explore and select gems from the Main Street shops, weekly farmers market and if you linger, both Slyce Coal Fired Pizza and Lake County Libation Trail partner Side Lot Brewery are open in the later afternoon.
Back on the road, visitors can purchase local bottled products at Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich, Lake County’s second craft distillery. Visitors can also stay for a tour and tasting to learn of the Fiddle’s beginnings.
Pros (or those who are actually joes), can hit the links at Hickory Knolls Golf Course in Lake Villa. Don't four-jack this nine-hole, waterless course with that "million-dollar swing of yours." Remember it's all in the hips.
Whatever you do while humming that Willie Nelson classic song about avenues and music, you'll have your keepsake box of memory-making driving along Route 12 in Lake County.