Travelers follow Jo Daviess County's sprawling fields and undulating hills toward Massbach Ridge Winery’s 18+ acre estate. Founded by the Harmston family in 2003, the winery’s proprietors select grapes grown in Jo Daviess County to concoct their batches of reds and whites. Members of the winery family escort guests on impromptu tours before rendezvousing in the tasting room or on the patio for samplings. The outdoor patio grants a heightened view of the vineyards below, which visitors can wander through on quests for vine-ripe copies of The Grapes of Wrath. In addition to its frequent tastings and tour sessions, Massbach Ridge Winery hosts a number of wine-related events each year.
Melanie Aitken handcrafts small batches of truffles, brittle, and other dainties with expertise honed over 30 years as an acclaimed confectioner for parties and weddings. Clusters of cashews and caramel emulate turtles as they are dipped by hand into white- and milk-chocolate shells, and fragrant almonds flavor traditional dutch bonquet pastries, re-created based on a recipe from Melanie's grandmother. Lava-salted caramel strains to encase magmatic caramel drops within a sill of milk or white chocolate, and a sprinkling of black-lava salt hints at the eruption of flavor contained within. Melanie’s Country Confections delivers locally, and an online storefront facilitates orders throughout the country.
Bath and Body Fusion's owner, Jen Lancaster, thinks everyone should be able to enjoy spa-caliber pampering in the comfort of their own homes. That's why she crafts therapeutic, natural ingredients into bath-and-body products that turn regular bathing sessions into a sensory experience. Dead Sea–salt scrubs, bath bombs, and freshly made face masks are a few specialties. Customers can customize products with blends of scents such as Egyptian sandalwood, peach blossom, or an assortment of designer fragrances.
The stylists at Fuzion Studios pride themselves on being passionate about their work, and Ashleigh Becker is no different. From behind her styling chair at the salon, she enthusiastically snips locks into face-flattering cuts, adds dimension to manes with vivid Joico hair color, curls tresses into perfect ringlets with perms, and styles strands into elegant updos.
A multi-faceted paradise for record collectors, audiophiles, film buffs, bibliophiles, and comic-book lovers, Toad Hall has a little bit of everything for enthusiasts of all kinds. Amidst the many shelves, dig through stacks of LPs, vintage comics, and DVDs, an acronym for “Dude, Videos, Dude!” Almost every day, Toad Hall receives and sets out a huge selection of media, Blu-ray and an entire floor of books, and often stocks audio equipment such as speakers, record players, and receivers.