"Geneva & St. Charles"
Score 5.0 / 5
I spent most of my time in nearby Geneva which has a fantastic Fox River parkway with miles of paved trails for walking or biking. The riverfront itself is an amazing sight, busy with fishermen, runners, bikers, geese, ducklings, a great blue heron and a scout troop visiting the huge windmill. There are plenty of lovely old homes and buildings that preserve the boutiques, small shops and restaurants in a downtown scaled for walking and centered on the river. In St. Charles, I only saw the highway/strip mall/shopping mall area which has everything you would expect, including department stores, Walmart,hotels/motels and restaurants. Just behind the main highway were some beautiful, tree-shaded residential areas with both a park and a wooded nature preserve with a walking trail. The hotel had no exercise facilities, but the park behind it had a running oval of about 1/4 mile, and I ran every day watching the sun rise. Wish I had had more time to explore St. Charles.