Morton Arboretum – Perfect For A Scenic Snowy Breakfast

I love to ski, or should I say ‘I loved to ski’. It has probably been 10 years since I’ve been on the slopes, so I’ll go with ‘I loved to ski’. I never seemed to mind the cold – being properly dressed does make a huge difference. As you can see by the picture, Mike feels the same way about cold weather.

Most of the time when I leave the house now in winter, I’m not really dressed for cold. No snow pants. No mittens. No hat. My coat is probably not buttoned or zipped. Skin is exposed to the elements. Accordingly, cold and snow are not as much fun as they used to be. Unless…unless…unless…I’m on the inside looking out.

Inside looking out is a wonderful place to be after a fresh fallen snow. That’s where Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL) comes in. Morton serves breakfast with a view, perfect for a winter morning. Give me a made to order omelet or chocolate chip pancakes and I’m a happy camper. Well, ok, I’m not camping at that point, but I am enjoying nature’s beauty.

Mike and I were at Morton recently for breakfast, knowing that we would likely be lured outside for a winter walk. As we watched the walkers, joggers, cross country skiers and snowshoers, we soon knew an outside trek in the snow was irresistible. Gorgeous!

I love the photo shoot opportunities in the snow. Check out the picture of the DuPage River below. Contrast like this makes for a great screensaver or wallpaper. Beautiful to look at, and it allows for a solid area for easy ICON viewing.

This one has even more room for Icons, as there are those among us who have more Icons that Midas had gold.

We surprised ourselves by walking for an hour and a half. It was just so pretty! I eventually choose the shot below for my wallpaper. I lined my Icons up along the fence, with a few along the trees at the top left.

If you decide to go to Morton Arboretum for breakfast, be careful to arrive while breakfast was still being served, before 11:00. The consolation prize for arriving after 11:00 is a nice lunch. It’s also helpful to have a membership, as the $12.00 a piece entry fee is a steep price if you are only staying for breakfast. The $80.00 membership fee for two is a veritable bargain though. You can even use the pass at over 250 other public gardens, allowing for breakfast at say, Chicago Botanic Gardens next time.

9 comments to Morton Arboretum – Perfect For A Scenic Snowy Breakfast

  • Love the arboretum, and took my girls there often when they were kids. I guess they enjoyed it too, so much so that my middle daughter’s wedding will be there this fall. It’s beautiful all year. I was there in January after a snowfall, and it was just so darned gorgeous!

  • New here, found you on Blotanical! I live directly west of Morton’s, about an hour on 88. I lived in Lisle for several years in my 20s, and still have never been there! I would love to take a day to walk the grounds there!
    Although I don’t know that I’m brave enough to have pancakes in the snow!
    Great blog!

    • Carol Cichorski

      I’m new to Blotanical – just got listed this week. For anyone who hasn’t been there, Blotanical.com is a place to look for blogs. Another option is Kathy Purdy’s ColdClimateGardening.com – check out her directory tab.

  • [...] you saw my recent pictures from Morton Arboretum, snowy vistas can be beautiful. I’m probably the only person in Chicagoland hoping for [...]

  • Great to stumble upon your blog. I am about to write a posting on the Chicago Botanic Garden and a recent visit there – a really lovely place. Have not been to the Morton Arboretum but planing to do that. Lots of people from your area live here along the lake and I have helped them with their gardening ideas. For me it is a hobby gone wild! Lake Michigan is such a wonderful place to be. It adds so much to the backdrop of so many of the photos I post. Each month I pick one or two new blogs to follow and I will be now following yours. Hope to enjoy more of “our” area through your blog. Jack

    • Carol Cichorski

      Hi Jack – We just went to Chicago Botanic Garden yesterday. Sure its cold. And its worth it! So peaceful, quiet, and beautiful in the snow. Glad to hear you like the blog.

  • Carol –

    Morton Arboretum is one of the coolest places I know! I’m fortunate to work close by, but don’t visit nearly enough. It’s great to find another local garden enthusiast on the Blogosphere. I think you will really enjoy Blotanical.com (this month is 2yrs since I’ve been there). It has opened up the door to many garden blog friends.

    P.S. I’ve also added your blog to my “Blog Roll”.

    • Carol Cichorski

      Hi Shyrlene

      Now I need to get out to The Bunnies Buffet when I get back on line later. Thanks for adding me.

    • Carol Cichorski

      Howdy neighbor – We really are close, Elk Grove Villae and Hoffman Estates are just about next to each other. Mike even lived in Hoffman Estates before we got married. I’ve added you to my blog roll as well.

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