It’s a great feeling finding something new in somewhere old. Your getaway day can begin with a tour of custom homes at the Newport Cove waterfront planned community near Antioch on the Chain O’ Lakes. See quality craftsmanship up close. View the newest features in home design. Walk the pathways surrounded by natural prairie landscaping. Dangle your feet off the piers at the marina on Bluff Lake. If you lived here, you’d be just steps away from all of this and more.

After touring Newport Cove, you might want to visit the Infini-tea, a charming tea house/eaterie in nearby downtown Antioch. Tea is served all day long in a quaint, relaxing environment. More than 50 varieties of tea are offered from all around the world. At the entrance, open jars of tea are available for customers to take a whiff. The lunch menu includes gourmet soups, salads and sandwiches. Scones and other baked goodies are offered as well. Thirsty children can enjoy juices and smoothies.
Around the corner is a shop calledHannah’s “Where inspiration is always free.” This family-owned craft store has a paper department, a frame shop, candle center, custom floral and home décor. It carries name brands “Life is Good”, Vera Bradley, Pandora jewelry and women’s accessories. Card making, soldering, beading and scrapbooking are some of the classes offered here. For $12 on Friday nights, scrapbooking students get dinner, dessert, demos and lively conversation.

You won’t want to leave the area before visiting Pickard China, known as America’s oldest and finest china maker. Serving markets around the world, the family-owned business began operating in 1893. It has supplied custom china for Air Force One, Blair House and Camp David. Dignitaries including the Queen of England and the King of Saudi Arabia chose Pickard to produce exclusive fine china. You can visit the outlet store and factory museum to be enchanted by the history of such craftsmanship.

In each of these places, “Made in America” still reigns. An attention to detail, product quality and customer’s satisfaction is paramount. Enjoy your day!

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