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NW Illinois Travel Blog

August 3, 2020
A place to explore safely I'm happy to be back writing about all of the amazing places to see and do in northwest Illinois! Despite our area's pandemic restrictions, there…
March 19, 2020
Outdoor enthusiasts paradise Located high on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and Memorial Bridge sits ten cozy and rustic cabins in historic Savanna, Illinois. Only a few miles from…
March 11, 2020
Enjoy a new way to discover Rock Falls or the Hennepin Canal Rock Falls is a participant in the Koloni Bike Share program. There are two locations for riders to…
February 27, 2020
It's the 56th season in Grand Detour The John Deere Historic Site opens its gates to the public for its 56th season on Monday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Located…
February 17, 2020
It's a bakery unlike any other. The small town of Oregon, IL has a bakery unlike any other. Located on the northeast corner of 3rd Street and IL Route 64 sits The Village…
January 13, 2020
The prairie story continues. “Prairies are rare. The tallgrass prairies of the Midwest are rarer still. Prairies support an irreplaceable variety of grasses and wildflowers along with a few species…
December 17, 2019
Come explore art in Rock Falls, IL and see what you’ll discover. See the world through an artist's eye on the banks of the Rock River. The Rock Falls Sculpture…
November 25, 2019
Illinois’ Largest Craft Distillery Rochelle is a thriving community offering an experience for all tastes – from relaxation to exhilaration – all with that hometown feel. It’s a community full…
October 17, 2019
Daydreams become reality I’m going to start by admitting that if you told me five years ago I would be traveling northwest Illinois, staying in a rustic cabin, and eating chocolate in a…
September 11, 2019
"Small town, BIG heart." I read this aloud as I stood in the heart of historic downtown Morrison. The light pole banners display powerful and descriptive words that describe this…
August 21, 2019
A modern general store and so much more The Savanna Marketplace opened its doors in October 2013. It's located in a historic building in the heart of historic downtown Savanna.…
July 31, 2019
For those in need of a moment to breathe. If you’re looking for an escape from the daily hum around you – Pine Creek Escape in Mount Morris is it.…
July 17, 2019
Bringing the extreme to the mainstream Since 1968, Chicagoland Skydiving Center has been in the business of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. They have since introduced more than 400,000…
June 14, 2019
There are times you need to clear your head.   Nestled in a clearing deep in the forest of White Pines State Park -- less than 2 hours west of Chicago -- discover…
June 1, 2019
It's time for an adventure... Savanna, located on the Mississippi River, has always been known as an outdoor paradise offering exploration such as hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, and boating. The…
April 30, 2019
Restaurant + Bakery + Inn = Perfection Molly’s in Mount Carroll, Illinois is known for their fresh ingredients, hand-crafted cocktails, beautiful ambiance, and top-notch customer service. Husband and wife team,…
April 30, 2019
UPDATE: Havencrest Castle in Savanna welcomes you to their realm of romance and dreams. They reopen Sept. 9, 2020. Go to the website for details.  A combination of fantasy and…
April 1, 2019
Sweetbean Café & Bakery in Byron, Illinois is one of those places that makes me appreciate getting to travel in northwestern Illinois. I get to write about places I’ve never…
March 8, 2019
Hairy Cow Brewing Company is the first brewpub in Ogle County  Located in Byron, Illinois on the banks of the beautiful Rock River. I walked in and was immediately impressed…
February 13, 2019
Jessi Marshall is all about creating experiences. Jessi Marshall, born and raised in Dixon, Illinois, has traveled domestically and internationally for her career in the hair world. Her family once…
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