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Not far from the busy streets of Chicago lies Harvard; a rustic and family-friendly vacation spot where city-dwellers can pet a cow, enjoy a freshly baked apple pie, or wander through countryside trails where there's not an exhaust fume around. There's a small and friendly downtown area with a few facilities for weary travelers, with local restaurants where you can't help but chat to the enthusiastic locals. Surrounded by farmland, you'll find many of the residents of Harvard depend on agriculture, and this allows the town to enjoy a rustic and rural atmosphere, yet still be only a short train ride away from the big city.

Things to see

At the Royal Oak Farm Orchard you can have a classic family day out, with apple picking, hay rides, and miniature train rides. Kids can also enjoy feeding and stroking the friendly animals at the petting zoo, and a colorful play area where they can let off some energy. You'll spot the venue by the old-fashioned red barn buildings, and inside you'll find a bakery with tempting freshly warmed treats, a restaurant serving rustic specials, and freshly picked produce for sale by the bushel for you to snack on at home. For some peace and quiet after a family day, head for the well-designed Oak Grove Golf Course which has been set up to challenge your skills and was voted one of the toughest clubs in the Chicago area. In between the shady trails and around the lakes you'll spot ducks and cranes wandering around in this natural environment, and you can choose an early morning tee time to take advantage of the fresh dewy atmosphere.

Hotels in Harvard

It's easy to travel in Harvard and the surrounding areas with so many comfortable hotels and inns to choose from. You'll enjoy clean, cozy accommodation at a low nightly rate, and can relax in guestrooms with amenities such as coffee makers, flat-screen televisions, high-speed WiFi, refrigerators, microwaves, and telephones with free local calls. Once you're settled in you can explore the facilities available at your hotel, and you'll find features such as picnic areas with barbecue grills, free guest parking, designated smoking areas, and friendly front desk staff offering tour and ticket assistance.

Where to stay

Harvard's downtown area is the perfect place to take a stroll, with lots of small, independently owned stores that offer a friendly welcome. Around town you'll see cow statues commemorating the annual milk day, and if you choose to visit this unique small town event you'll see ribbons being given out for best dairy cow, enjoy watching the crowning of the milk day queen, and can even participate in a milk chugging contest if you're feeling parched. If you prefer to keep your milk in your coffee, then there are lots of charming small town cafés around Harvard where you can enjoy chatting over a freshly brewed cup of java and a stack of warm pancakes, re-fueling yourself for a day of exploring the countryside.

How to get to Harvard

With Chicago O'Hare International Airport just a 70 minute drive away; it's easy for visitors from around the world to get to Harvard, and if you don't feel like driving then you can simply take the Metro's blue line to Jefferson Park Transit Center, then change for trains directly to the center of Harvard. The Harvard Metra station is a terminus on the Union Pacific Northwest Line, with services regularly running to central Chicago, as well as popular local suburbs such as Woodstock and Jefferson Park. Those looking for a relaxing, car-free vacation often arrive via Greyhound services to the center of Chicago, and there are regular arrivals here from across the country.

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