Moving is so bittersweet, and as luck would have it, Adam and I found some of our new favorite Champaign spots just a couple weeks before our move date. We now have a new favorite restaurant and our move date is…well, tomorrow. Of course.
However, we feel so lucky to be closing this chapter on such a positive note, and while I don’t like to bore you with work details, I must say that part of this extremely positive experience has been the fact that I absolutely love my job and the people I work with. In fact, my coworkers have gone to the trouble of making me feel extremely celebrated during my last week here in Champaign.
Last weekend I partnered up with my coworker Taylor who runs her own side gig, Taylor Bean Photography, and we went out and about exploring some new areas. Ok, they weren’t actually new areas, they were just new to me. After taking some sweet photos of me the and kiddo, she introduced me to a vineyard that was literally right down the road from our house. How Adam and I missed the fact that we lived down the street from a vineyard…don’t even ask.
Alto Vineyards is a Southern Illinois winery just on the edge of Champaign. Surrounded by vine covered trellises, the location feels remote without being too far removed and would be great for an event or even just an evening out to enjoy the weather and beautiful scenery.
When we arrived there was an private event with an ice cream truck (just my style!) on one half of the property while the other half was laden with people lounging and listening to live music on the porch. Inside, the tasting room has a warm feel with cubbies of their locally made wine tucked decoratively above the bar. For $5 you can taste six wines of your choosing as a tasting expert walks you through the flavors of each wine. You also get to keep the wine glass! They also have a gift and snack area making it the perfect one-stop-shop if you’d like to make a day of it.
It was such a beautiful afternoon for us to lounge on the porch and admire the weather. The porch was covered so if you get there in time to snag a seat, you can avoid sitting directly under the sun. For those who are fans of AC in lieu of the summer heat, there are also several tables inside the tasting room.
For more information and to read about the family who started the dream, check out their website here.
All photos taken by Taylor Bean Photography.