Chica-GO!: Surprise the love of your life with a honey of a weekend
Not sure when mixologists turned their attention to honey to provide je n’ai se quoi to a signature cocktail. Or when the city’s best kitchens started glazing with honey, replacing sugar in recipes and including honey pots on cheese trays. The change came, stayed and visitors to Chicago reap the benefit.
One of the city’s properties, Loews Chicago Hotel, located across the street from NBC Tower off Michigan Avenue and two blocks from Navy Pier, created a trifecta of honeyed ideas for its guests — all using local sources.
The three artisanal products help create a honey of a weekend for Valentine’s Day.
The hotel calls it “The Room for Romance.” There are champagne and chocolate truffles on arrival, daily breakfast for two and discounted spa treatments at the Spa at Loews Chicago. It’s the Flavor Chicago partnerships that places the hotel apart.
Those partnerships are with Here, locally produced cold-press juices made from Midwestern fruits and veggies, Revolution Brewing, Illinois’ largest independent craft brewery that happens to be located in the heart of Chicago, and an agreement with Chicago Honey Co-op that tends three apiaries across the city.
Find honey in dining options — perhaps a charcuterie and cheese tray delivered to your room, or a specialty cocktail — think the Co-HOP Old Fashioned (Chicago Honey Co-Op, Angel’s Envy bourbon, Angostura and orange bitters).
You can also find honey in the Spa at Loews. Paul Rivera, spa director, believes a spa treatment is a gift to give yourself. Two of the spa’s honey treatments — Honey Glazed Manicure/Pedicure and the Chicago’s Own Honey Scrub — are perfect treats for a couple away for a romantic weekend.
The mani/pedi uses a honey-infused exfoliation followed by an anti-aging serum to leave skin silky soft. The Honey Scrub massage uses sugar exfoliation containing 100 percent natural honey to polish and exfoliate the skin. A honey-mandarin body cream rehydrates and nourishes for a radiant glow.
Spa treatments are not just for women, Rivera said, referring to the trend of men seeking the benefits found at a spa, like a facial, “especially during the harsh winter months.” And that, as they say, is a honey of an idea.