As the trees bud green, travelers decide that it is time to enjoy a leisurely garden walk in the spring air. Chicago Bed and Breakfast Association B&Bs are located near parks and streets perfect for strolling. Several have their own beds of flowers, herbs or fruit.
Ray’s Bucktown Bed and Breakfast hosts its own herb garden. A fragrant place to start the day and the source of deliciousness in the kitchen with appealing rooms with desired amenities and a cooked to order breakfast. Explore the safe, attractive neighborhood on foot.
The House of Two Urns boasts their own fruit garden where they grow a multitude of berries, apricots and herbs and make their own jams that are served year round at the inn.
The City of Chicago boasts several magnificent parks – toss a coin in Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain. Walk across Frenk Gehry’s 925-foot-long curved pedestrian BP Bridge which takes you west to Millennium Park. Pause to look up and view the faces of Chicago as they are portrayed through the waterfall trickling down the two glass block towers of Crown Fountain. Of course, stand under the eye-catching “Bean”, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture of polished steel. All of the CBBA Inns have convenient access to these lush parks.
Stay at the Flemish House, a charming apartment-style B&B in posh Gold Coast, just off Oak Street beach. Nearby, wander past historic mansions, turn of the century brownstones and elegant multi-million dollar homes Maps of the Gold Coast Walking Tour are available online.
If the weather is warm ask your B&B about picnic options. Several B&BS have their own restaurants and can pack up a delightful lunch or snack.
Don’t miss the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Lincoln Park Conservatory, especially during a weekend getaway at Villa D’Citta. This amazing Tuscan-style B&B is known for romance. A perfect refuge after a day exploring the local flora. Indulge in the rooftop spa or slip away to the private grotto.
During the day, amble through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods; go right in the private gardens. CBBA Innkeepers can tell travelers about local garden walks, park events and botanical features of the area.
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