A beautiful, late summer Sunday afternoon is best celebrated with a long, leisurely walk. Our destination was a surprise (a most wonderful one!), a place that holds dear memories for us. We headed west toward Geneva, Illinois in the lovely Fox River Valley, to the Fabyan Forest Preserve.
We shared the sunshine with families out for a stroll, sweethearts carrying a blanket and a picnic basket, cyclists, nature photographers, history buffs, fishermen, and kayakers. As the seasons begin to change, we are all making the most of the warm days before they slip away. Warm memories will help chase away the winter chill!
The natural beauty attracts people to the Fabyan Forest Preserve, but there is so much history here, too. This area was originally part of ‘Riverbank,’ the large country estate of George and Nelle Fabyan, on the west bank of the Fox River. While living here on over 300 acres, the Fabyans rebuilt their home, added a private zoo, a Roman-style swimming pool, a grotto, arbors, and a Japanese Tea Garden on small island in the middle of the Fox River.
Come join us on our walk…
Our first stop is always the historic Fabyan Windmill.
Next, we will cross the footbridge over the Fox River, stopping often to admire the flora and fauna that live near the river.
The quiet beauty of this small island in middle of the river takes my breath away each time we visit.
As we approach the Japanese Tea Garden, I have to stop and admire the hydrangeas spilling over the simple wooden fence.
(I must remember this fence. Wouldn’t it be just perfect in an old-fashioned cottage garden?)
The Japanese Tea Garden dates back to 1914. It was designed as a place for quiet reflection and appreciation of nature.
The garden is open to visitors on Wednesdays and Sundays, from May 1-October 15th.
So much quiet beauty just fills me with inspiration…
Soon our garden will have Japanese Anemones.
George and Nelle Fabyan purchased this land, with it’s 1850 farmhouse, in the early 1900s. They called their home ‘The Villa.’
In 1907, architect Frank Lloyd Wright re-designed the home in his well-known Prairie School style.
Today the Fabyan Villa Museum welcomes visitors to tour this beautiful, historic home.
It was such a lovely place to take a Sunday afternoon walk in nature.
We always look forward to visiting the Fabyan Forest Preserve.
We will go back again for a colorful Autumn walk. I’m really hoping for a Winter walk, too.
This special place will be so pretty with a blanket of fresh fallen snow sparkling in the sunshine!
P.S. Where is your favorite place to walk in your area?