Sometimes, the best getaway is one with your girlfriends, where you can escape the everyday stresses, let your hair down and explore with your best friends. For an extra special getaway, book rooms in the Mansion or Gate House for your group so you can see the sun rise and set on this unique setting.
Ichigo, ichie—this is the phrase you learn and take to heart when you step onto the tatami mats for a tea ceremony at the Japan House. Held regularly during the academic year September—Maythe tea ceremony is a glimpse into one of the rich traditions in Japanese culture that aims to teach the four spirits of tea—harmony, respect, purity and tranquility.
Following the ceremony, continue your journey in the serene gardens surrounding the house.
From local art to Impressionist-era paintings, the Champaign County area has an impressive of ways that you can experience and purchase art. Galleries in and around Champaign-Urbana showcase local and regional artists, such as artist-owned cooperative The Vault Art Gallery in historic downtown Tuscola and Cinema Gallery in downtown Urbana, showcasing more than 70 professional Midwest artists.
This free museum will take you on a journey through art, starting with the fourth century and moving forward to modern art by students and faculty. Browse boutiques stocked with one-of-a-kind items, from clothing and accessories to furniture and housewares. Check out our local shopping guide to find a stop that suits your personality. Looking for big name brands?
For a midafternoon challenge, put on your thinking caps and work on your team building skills at an escape room. In this rising social trend, groups are led to a secret room with hidden clues that eventually lead to a way out. For 60 minutes, use your wits to figure out how to escape several rooms while piecing together a storyline.
Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Spacewith a newly expanded space, crafts its own storylines and appoints local artists to help stories come to life. LabEscapecoming from the minds in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois, shows you that science can be amazing, useful, beautiful and even fun.
Be prepared to be giddy after the challenge as you relive it for hours! While coming down from the natural high provided by your escape room adventure, head to downtown Champaign for an unforgettable meal. During the warmer months, all restaurants offer outdoor seating, creating a block party vibe on a busy night.
From September through May, catch live music, ballet, theatre and more from national touring acts alongside University of Illinois student productions. So go ahead and get your tickets to enjoy a night of enriching culture! Most notable about our landscape are the endless acres of farmland surrounding our micro-urban community. Stop in to visit the dozens of goats that produce its award-winning cheeses and goat-milk gelato.
Sample these local flavors at The Real Stand, the on-site farm store, or catch one of the popular dinners on the farm. These unrivaled dining experiences feature guest chefs to highlight ingredients found in and around Central Illinois, while also showcasing the varieties of cheese produced on the farm. Start planning with your complimentary visitors guide.
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