While we do travel far and wide, I love exploring places close to home. On this particular spring day, we spent the day exploring Hampshire, Illinois. We had a farm-tastic fun day exploring the small rural town of about 4000 people.
Places to PLAY
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire
We’re familiar with their sister farm in South Barrington, (“The one with the big pumpkin!” as my kids would say.) and had been meaning to see the Hampshire location since it’s so much closer. When I heard that they were offering free apple orchard previews, I jumped at the chance to check out the farm.
Nothing like coffee and apple cider donuts to start off the day, am I right? With temps in the 50s, it definitely felt like fall.
Then, we were off to the apple orchard on a hay wagon. So much fun!
We learned a little bit about the fascinating apple growing process. The tour also included stops in their greenhouse and their fancy taffy apple making machine.
Since the farm was open, we could try out some of the activities that were open including the jumping pillow, basketball games, ride on toys, tire mountain, sand area. They have so much to offer!
We do hope to come back during the fall to enjoy the rest of the farm’s fall festivities.
Enjoy Pioneer Farm
17n400 Big Timber Rd, Hampshire
After filling our bellies with delicious chicken from Chick n Dip (see below), we were ready to explore the other farm in the area, Enjoy Pioneer Farm for their Hold a Baby Lamb event.
Not only were we able to hold baby lamb, but also other farm animals. Such a fun, unique experience! But hurry, their last weekend to enjoy is the weekend of May 12th and 3th.
Read more about our visit soon (with tons of adorable photos!)
Places to EAT
Chick n Dip Drive In
995 S State St., Hampshire
This no-fuss eatery was recommended because of their delicious chicken. We had yummy broasted chicken (husband approved!) and chicken tenders that the kids and I gobbled up.
Definitely recommend this place! We are already talking about when we’ll be back. Just note that it’s cash only.
Tip: Do what the locals do and phone your order ahead of time.
Other suggestions from local mommas include Niko’s Tavern or Milkhouse Ice Cream in Pingree Grove.