A recent drive through the country found me in Marengo, IL (population 7,000) which has a cute little main street and tons of steeples poking up into the sky. We literally drove through in a matter of minutes, but I have the feeling there is more to see, even if the businesses on the main drag where not the pop in and browse types of main street businesses that I love.
We did stumble into the Flatlander Market, after almost walking past it a second time, which was basically a cute little cafe and some gourmet delights to take home. Missy and I almost immediately migrated to the back corner where there was a super tiny wine cellar that had a selection from local vineyards.
You might not realize it, but Illinois has a lot of vineyards, plenty more than I was aware of. You can see a list here, on Illinois Wine. I am familiar with the Lynfred Winery though, which is in Roselle, IL and saw a couple bottles that I have yet to try.
There were several labels that were new to me though, and plenty that I want to try out in the future. But, in the end the Lynfred Winery Strawberry Wine won out. It ended up being a little sweeter than I like, but sweet wines are preferred in this household so that wasn't a problem.
I would like to take another trip out to Marengo, and this time take the camera along for the drive. The building facades were interesting and we passed more than a few cute homes and churches, and this odd stone wall. I am kinda hoping that spring and summer will reveal a couple hidden gardens. Who knows.......