My wife and I have visited Long Grove Historic Village over the years during the winter, just before Christmas each year. We remember when it was difficult finding a place to park on the weekends. The town was filled with shoppers and all the shops were open and doing a booming business. Today however, it has changed dramatically.
When we arrived just before Christmas this time, there was hardly any people walking the streets and you could park your car anywhere you wanted. Many of those special shops were closed up tight with no signs of ever re-opening.
What used to take us hours to shop the stores was done very quickly. Why not? There are only a handful of shops open anymore. Fortunately those that were open decorated nicely for the holidays and there seemed to be more than the normal good bargains available.
We were glad to see that our favorite lunch restaurant, The Village Tavern" was open. We stopped in to warm up and had a nice lunch near the fireplace. No waiting for a table. There was only 6-10 others in the restaurant with us. Food as always, was tasty.
We like to arrive in Long Grove in early afternoon to shop. Typically around the holidays, it starts getting dark after 4 pm. That has been the magical time when the town lit up with holiday lights on all the shops and buildings. Sad to say, fewer shops meant fewer lights but we enjoyed what was there anyway.
This will probably be our last visit to Long Grove. It takes 1 1/2 hours driving from our house and along with paying highway tolls, it just isn't worth the drive. We prefer to remember how it used to be by looking back at pictures taken over the years. Farewell old friend. You will be missed.
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