Day 1 – American Barn Story – CHICAGO
Last night my excited passengers gathered for a pre-tour hotel stay and beef dinner. What a wonderful way to meet their fellow travelers. There are a handful of new travelers but the majority have been joining my getaways for years and know many of their fellow passengers well.
This morning after breakfast we started our journey. I asked everyone to be ready for departure 15 minutes earlier than I had originally scheduled because believe it or not there was a nasty “winter” storm moving across a good portion of the USA so I had no idea what we were going to encounter.
My passengers were happy to see that Paul, my regular coach driver was looking after us on this journey.
Border crossing was quick.
Lunch was in Marshall Michigan at a restaurant I’ve been dining at since I was a young boy. As we entered the restaurant we noticed a number of dressed-up children who were leaving a “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” event. We enjoyed a 3 course meal – the pork loin was excellent.
I kept my gang moving and was glad I did as the highway conditions started to deteriorate the closer we got to Chicago. The snow was pelting down and there were a number of vehicle accidents to prove it. After getting through winter I think one would be pretty upset to end up in a highway accident in the middle of APRIL caused by a freak snowstorm.
Some Chicago suburbs ended up with 8 inches of snow! There were over 1000 flight cancellations at Chicago’s Ohare Airport. There were also problems getting luggage off planes that were able to land – passengers reported 3 hour waits!
Luckily when we arrived at our resort, the entrance into the lobby was covered so there was no need to tramp through any snow or slush. We did not pack winter boots…..
The hotel is beautiful. They just went through a 25 million dollar renovation and it nicely slows.
We got settled in our lovely rooms and then strolled to the attached theatre to see a superb production of FOOTLOOSE. The young cast was so talented, their harmonies were terrific and could they ever dance! The story was fun and lively.
After the show finished at 730pm it was time for dinner. We gathered in a perfect size banquet space that overlooked the main dining room below. It only took 2 gentleman to serve our large group. They were pros. One has been working at this resort for over 30 years. Dinner was so delicious and the moist cheesecake dessert pleased everyone.
After a full day of traveling we retired to our rooms and appreciated our comfy “cloud like” beds.