Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fun in the Chicago suburbs

My fall Chicago vacation continued in the suburb of Lincolnshire.  The first item on our agenda was a trip to Naperville since Gammy and Gampy had never been there before.

We walked by the river and did some shopping!  I had to wait outside only a couple of times when the shop sold food items, like this olive oil and vinegar store.

But for the most part, I got to go in the stores, like Eddie Bauer and Talbots.  Oh, the ladies in Talbots went gaga over me!  They were so nice that mom just felt compelled to buy something there.  Yes, the sacrifice!

We worked up quite the appetite so we headed over to the extremely dog friendly patio at Quigley's Irish Pug...I mean, Pub.

Of course afterwards we were up for dessert so Gampy ran into Haagen Dazs and mom and dad went to Red Mango.  And just look at the scrumptious cup that mom yogurt with chopped fresh mango!

Mango is my absolute favorite fruit and mom shared with me!  YUMMY!!

The next day we started out with a good breakfast at Egg Harbor Cafe.  Ok, to be honest, we started off every morning at this place.  We were quite the regulars by the end of our trip. 

I got to nibble on some fruit and each day mom gave me the tiniest piece of bacon...we were on vacation after all!  Even that small bite was heavenly!

We also went to the dog friendly Glenview Farmer's Market.

Come on!  Let's go get some food, people!
There were so many great smells at this market and dad got me my very own sample of peach and cheese from a couple of the vendors!  But my favorite thing was this bucket of sunflowers.  It reminded me of all my cool Sunflower sisters!

After a quick stop back at the hotel to drop off our market purchases, we headed to Lake Forest for lunch at South Gate Cafe.  They had such a pretty patio with these large trees creating such a nice canopy of shade.

After our lunch, we drove around to stare at all the mansions.  Many of the famous folks and sports people live in this suburb, so there were many spectacular homes to fantasize about living in.

Then a quick trip to Long Grove Village.  Gammy wanted to visit a few stores.  I was pretty bummed because last time we visited I got a taste of an apple cider doughnut from the Apple Haus, but since going grain-free, mom said that's off my list now.  So I just waited in the grass for the shopping to be done.

Gammy and Gampy had to head home to go back to work, but me, mom, and dad stayed a bit longer...and that's when we meet Tiffy and her peeps!  Here's a picture of me back at the hotel after leaving Tiffy's football party.

I was just pooped and practically slept the evening away all cuddled up with my bunny rabbit and my squirrely Skinneeez and Cuz not far away.  So, you can imagine how great of a vacation this was...and I haven't even gotten to the best part yet.  I think we managed to visit all of the dog boutiques in Chicago!  I have a new favorite that I'm so excited to tell you all about.  Stay tuned for that next!



Gracie the Agility Pug said...

You are so lucky. You go on the coolest adventures. The reason you went is not good, but you've managed to make lemonade out of lemons.

Archie and Melissa said...

hi payton!
oh my gosh!
what a wonderful vacation you had with your family!
your mango dessert looks scrumtious and we LOVE the photo of you smiling with the sunflowers!
you made our day!

Pug Slope said...

Payton, what a fantastic vacation! After reading yesterday about all the stuff you got to do I can't believe there was still more fun to come. You need to get on the advertising board for the city of Chicago and its suburbs - you've sold me on it, that's for sure! And to think, I was there a little over a year ago and didn't get to do ANY of this fun stuff (I will have a talk with my parents tonight).

You look adorable next to those sunflowers - they sure put a smile on your face. And my parents love the fact that your parents bring a little carpet for you to sit on when you go to restaurants. I keep telling them that you know how to travel in comfort and style. I want my own little carpet, too!

I'm looking forward to hearing about the dog boutiques you visited. I'm also going to add them to my list of "must go to" spots the next time we visit my grand-pug-rents.

-Love, Sid.

Bruno said...

What a stylish pug you are. Chicago looks like so much fun! It kinda reminds me of the time I went to Providence with mom. That mango dessert looked yummy!!


Tiffy said...

Payton - I live so close to all these cool places but I've never been to any! I must get Momma out of the house more because it looks like you had so much fun.

I'm so glad you had great weather while you were up here. And of course I was wiped out after the football party, too. I can't wait to read about your adventures to all the dog boutiques because I wouldn't know anything about them.


Frank The Tank said...

Hi Payton! Wow you had some really big adventures in Chicago for such a little Pug! It looks like you had an amazing time, you look so happy, that mango sure looks tasty! You seem to have had a great culinary experience with all those tasty treats! I'm very excited to hear about the dog boutiques and the rest of your time on holidays! Love, licks and pHUGS FRANK THE TANK x x x x x ps I'm jealous you met up with Stiffy coz I think I'm crushing on her!

Frank The Tank said...

Tiffy ... not stiffy! OMG! X x X

Suki said...

Hi Payton,

You sure had a grand time! Isn't shopping fun?! That's great you could go into the stores. If you ever come to Austin, you will have to go shopping with me. Austin has tons of Pug friendly stores.


Hank said...

More fun for Payton and peeps!

Sorry you didn't get a doughnut, but it doesn't appear you missed much else!

Hugs -

Sarah and Hank

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Payton... your eyes looking at that Mango Yogurt- looks like mine when I see something good! I cannot believe you got to do all this fun stuff!
You were really zonked out after that football party,,, gosh, but good you had your stuffy friends to snuggle up to!
I cannot wait to hear more!

Southern Fried Pugs said...

You are so lucky that you get to travel with your family. WIth three pugs to one human, we don't get out much. Sure, we visit our dog stores here and we are planning a trip to Nebraska in December, but probably no restaurants for us. We are jealous!

Brutus, Ellie, Pippa and Otto said...

Our pawrents used to live in the Chicago suburbs!

We are a bit jealous that you get to do so much traveling....

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda, Brutus & Ellie

moPSY+MISIOber said...

the best vacation ever !! you're so sweet to share all the adventures with us :)
p.s I love haagen dazs!

Vito and Gina said...

You have the best mom, dad, Gammy and Gampy EVER!!! And you look so cute all pooped out. You earned it!