Ah, the sights, sounds and tastes of fall. Bold reds, yellows and oranges blazing from the
trees. Leaves crunching underfoot. Spiced cider and donuts tempting noses and bellies.
Though this year’s back-to-school routine is far from typical, your family doesn’t have
to forgo the joys of the season.
In fact, there’s no better place to relive your childhood memories with your own kids than
Peoria, which is next door to Morton, the pumpkin capital of the world
(seriously!). The call of the harvest is reason enough to make the quick drive (less than three
hours from Chicago and its surrounding suburbs) to Peoria, where you can also get lost in a corn
maze, pick juicy apples and sample wines from the region’s vintners.
Harvest time and the abundant seasonal outdoor activities in Central Illinois provide the perfect
backdrop for maximizing your (socially distanced) last-hurrah-before-school-starts getaway.