Wineries and wine tasting rooms are popping up all over the United States. In Illinois alone, you can visit over 100 wineries located all over the state, up from only 21 in 2006. The first to lead the growth of Illinois wineries was Fred Koehler and his wife Lynn, when in 1979 they turned a wine making hobby into a business and opened Lynfred Winery. The business continued to grow, and today you can taste the wine and then settle in to one of four luxurious bed and breakfast suites for a night of pampered elegance.
Wine tasting is available every day ($9 for 7 wines), but if you want to tour the cellar, go on the weekend. Cellar tours start at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For a higher fee, you can do a wine and cheese pairing, wine and appetizer pairing or a private wine tasting for couples.
Have an anniversary or other special occasion coming up? Spend the night in one of four lavishly decorated suites in the Lynfred Winery Bed and Breakfast, themed French, Italian, German or American. A quarter millions dollars was spent decorating each of the rooms, including heated bathroom floors and towel racks in all of the rooms, each room with features like crystal and bronze chandeliers, marble accented with gold leaf, mosaic tile floors, needlepoint carpets or a columned Roman bath. Relax on the balcony or sink into the sofa in front of the fireplace while you sip wine and nibble the fruit and cheese that accompany your stay. In the morning, slip into the plush robe and slippers while you savor a made to order breakfast, also themed in the four wine countries, with dishes like Eggs Benedict, Cannoli Stuffed French Toast, Black Forest Waffles or Steak and Eggs.
Splurge on an evening of wine, a night of splendor, seemingly far away from home but only 30 miles from Chicago. In fact, the Lynfred Winery, located at 15 South Roselle Road in Roselle, Illinois, is just two blocks from the Roselle Metra Station, so if you’re coming from the city, you won’t even have to fight traffic. Check the web site for hours, special events and accommodations.
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