The cows are tipping themselves over at Fair Oaks Farms after seeing how amazing the new Farmhouse Restaurant and Conference Center looks. Located just 90 minutes from Chicago in Fair Oaks, Indiana, it’s the nation’s first large-scale “Our Farm, to Your Plate, In Our House” dining concept with 18,000 square feet of space that can accommodate up to 280 guests for lunch and dinner every day in addition to brunch on weekends. About 80 percent of the menu includes ingredients raised on the farm itself or supplied by a few other local growers.

Inside the conference center, planners can tap into ballrooms and boardrooms designed to accommodate groups small and large. Guests can also receive tours of the facility and shop in the Farmhouse Market & Bakery, where they can purchase baked goods and other souvenirs to take home. 

INGREDIENTS:
—3 oz. dry sparkling rosé
—1.5 oz. Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato
—.5 oz. Batavia Arrack (or Blanc Rhum Agricole)
—1 oz. tonic water

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a wine glass, add ice and enjoy!

 

For groups meeting south of the border, the Forbes Five-Star Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal offers a peaceful backdrop for the ultimate seaside retreat.

 

St. Charles outgrew “charming” years ago. Today, “it’s a lively urban oasis where old meets new,” says Alyssa Feulner of the city’s historic landmarks, new buildings, lovely riverwalk and eclectic dining, shopping and entertainment scene.

Even better are the many ways visitors can experience the city like a local, adds Feulner, who heads up marketing for the St. Charles Business Alliance, which is helping planners tap into the town’s unique vibe.