Friday, December 22, 2017
Christmas Round Here: Decorations, Eating, Trains and Drinking
Yesterday, Liz and I went on our annual Christmas tour to get that ol' Christmas Spirit.
We drove into McHenry, Illinois, and had lunch at the Windhill Pancake Parlor on Il-120, right by the Fox River bridge. This place takes Christmas decorating to a whole new level. Wherever you look, there is something Christmas. Even the railroad tracks (you can have your food delivered to your seat at the bar by model train) was decorated.
Then, there is their excellent food. I had a reuben sandwich and Liz an amazing looking egg salad sandwich.
Then, it was to the McHenry Savings Bank on Il-31, south of town. They go way out of their way with over-the-top Christmas decorations which would be reason enough to visit. But what I, and Liz, really like is the huge model train board. The local railroad club puts this up every year this time. They have trains all the way back to the 1920s and 1930s. And a lot of them run on tracks. Even better, you can operate some of the trains.
There are always a lot of kids (boys mostly) and older kids like me looking at and running those trains.
Then, we went to Bulldog Ale House on 31 where the Thursday special is anyone of their 40-50 draft beers for $2 a draft. That includes imports and craft beers. I had a Heinekin and Stella Artois for two bucks apiece. Now, that is sure drinking cheap in the old neighborhood.
Last stop was back in Johnsburg at Sunnyside.
All Christmas Now. --RoadDog