If 2020 and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taught us anything it’s to not take anything for granted. Everything in terms of how we work, learn, socialize, and even dine has been turned upside down on a global scale and it forced many to think outside the box when it comes to how we spend our time. Luckily some of the pastimes we used to value are making a comeback, which includes a good old fashioned picnic. Whatever day of the week you choose to have a picnic, The Cottage has you covered with our weekly specials! Here are some tips to make your picnic a great experience! 

Location, Location, Location

You have probably heard this phrase umpteen times uttered by real estate agents but the same is true for finding the perfect picnic spot. Luckily, Crystal Lake has several choices of beautiful parks. Whether you are looking for a spot by the water or more of a prairie setting with hiking trails, here are some locations to consider for your next picnic. 

The Setup

If you don’t have a picnic set, you should consider purchasing one. Picnic sets come in timeless classic designs or modern sets will last you years and are compact enough to leave in your car for a spontaneous picnic. Along with your basket, you will need a picnic blanket (preferably waterproof) to offset any moisture on the ground. Consider adding outdoor flameless candles or even a bouquet of flowers to your setup for an extra touch of ambiance and romance if your picnic is for two. 

The Details 

When packing for a picnic, forgetting the fine details can really put a damper on your day. Don’t forget the simple rule of leaving your area better than you found it. Here are some must-have items you should pack. 

  • Plates, Glasses, Utensils, and Napkins (should be included in a basket if that’s what you choose).
  • Cutting Board and Knife
  • Ice Packs or Thermos
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels or Wipes


Ready for some ultimate summer fun? Picnics can encompass more than food and drinks, it’s a great time to bond and have fun together, and what better way to do that than games? Check out this list of family games from lovetoknow to try at your next picnic. Don’t forget your camera to take photos of your picnic. 

The Food! 

We saved the best for last because a picnic is nothing without GREAT food choices! The Cottage can have you covered every day of the week, with specials such as pizza, shrimp, burgers, wings and more! Simply call (815) 459-7520 to place your order and hear about our specials and your picnic is as easy as ever! Pair it with your favorite wine, beer, or even simple lemonade and you have a picnic feast others will be envious of. 

The Cottage
, located in Crystal Lake, Illinois is a gathering place for you and your friends or your one-stop-shop for the perfect summer picnic. Stop and enjoy our thin-crust pizzas, hand pattied Juicy half-pound burgers, award-winning British Fish and Chips, or Bangers & Bash! In addition to delicious food, we have several Irish beers on tap. The Cottage is excited to open our (3) large areas for outdoor dining! Reservations are STRONGLY recommended. We will be taking reservations from 11am to 8pm. Reservations are for 90-minute seatings. After 8pm seating is on a first come first serve basis.