We love our children, more than life itself. But sometimes we need some time away. Why not make this Mother’s Day weekend one where you celebrate your partner as much as you celebrate your family? Find someone kind enough to take the kids Friday and Saturday night and get them early Sunday, refreshed and excited to be together. There’s no need to travel a couple of hours and stay in a hotel. Kenosha has as much, if not more, to do as popular destinations across the state. So forget your chores and errands, and spend a few days enjoying all there is to offer in your own backyard.
Start your romantic weekend in style with dinner at Sazzy B. With live jazz every Friday night from 8:30 pm, and a menu and service rivalling fine dining establishments in major cities around the world, you’ll hardly believe you’re still in Kenosha. This is an excuse to dust off your fancy clothes and feel like you’re in the movie version of your life. Their menu includes dishes you never would have imagined, including a roasted bone marrow appetizer or cavatappi with fruit, blue cheese, honey and wine sauce. But don’t let that scare you, if you prefer more familiar fare you can order mac and cheese or a bacon cheeseburger. Their cocktail menu is creative and sophisticated and the bartenders are happy to mix up something special if you don’t want alcohol.
Kenosha’s downtown is busy Saturday morning with everyone flocking to HarborMarket. While that’s great every other weekend, who wants to spend their romantic getaway running in to everyone they know? Sleep in and enjoy a peaceful breakfast at home. By two o’clock as everyone else is leaving you can come downtown and enjoy yourself in relative peace. How about a stroll along 3rd Avenue looking at the mansions? Download a self-guided tour, park at the Kemper Center, and learn about all those amazing homes you generally just drive past. Have fun imagining what it would be like to live in one of them. Take your time and get in those 10,000 steps. Then make your way to 56th Street for dinner and a show.
Slip 56 opened up in January three doors down from the Rhode Center for the Arts. This comfortable casual bar and grill has something for everyone. The place looks great! The contemporary decor is warm and welcoming. The drink selection is sure to include something you like without being overwhelming. The menu is what I like to call bar food plus, the plus being offerings that aren’t quite so heavy. And the staff is friendly. This is the perfect place to relax and fuel up before heading out to Sex, Sin and the CIA. This uproariously funny play tells the story of what happens when unexpected company shows up at a CIA safe house. Lakeside Players always puts on a good show and you’re going to want to see this one, as it’s the last show of the season. If you can’t make it out this weekend, never fear, it’s running through May 19th.
I hope you’re ready to get the kids back because they want to spend Mother’s Day with their special lady. Why not end your weekend fun at Simmons Island. Most people don’t think about Simmons Island unless they’re headed toward the beach, ensuring some quiet time in the park if you go before the water warms up. Start your day with a late breakfast. Boathouse Pub & Eatery, The Coffee Pot and Marina Gardens are all located just this side of the 50th Street bridge with selections ranging from the traditional to the unexpected. The Southport Light Station Museum opens at noon from mid-May through October and is a short walk across the bridge. After that you can head next door to the Kenosha History Center or enjoy some outdoor fun. Simmons Island is a great place for frisbee, picnicking or just going for a stroll. If we’re lucky, the dandelions and clover will be in bloom, perfect for making flower crowns for the whole family.
Of course a combination romantic/family weekend can happen any time. And with so many options in Downtown Kenosha you don’t have to limit yourself to my suggestions. Share your ideas in the comments. Just be sure to reciprocate with the brave souls who took your kids two nights in a row. They could use some alone time too.
Christine moved to Kenosha 18 years ago and discovered the desire to put down roots and stay a while.