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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
Havencrest Castle in Savanna welcomes you to their realm of romance and dreams during May. They are offering limited public castle tours on weekends only from 10 a.m. – 5…
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…
January 20, 2019
A new life for the Oregon Coliseum A recently formed Oregon foundation has acquired three dioramas created by sculptor Lorado Taft (b. 1860 - d. 1936). In 1898, Taft was a…
January 8, 2019
Let's get lost in the woods It’s no surprise that when Illinoisans or Iowans want to escape the city or just get lost in the woods, they head to Mississippi…
January 5, 2019
Highest score in Illinois The Illinois Park & Recreation Association has announced that the 2018 Outstanding Facility and Park Award has been awarded to the Byron Forest Preserve District for…
December 17, 2018
Speechless. It would be impossible to exaggerate when I say the Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast is absolutely STUNNING. This historic property has been completely restored and brought back to…
November 23, 2018
If you know me, you know I love alpacas. When I found out that there was an Alpaca Ranch in Prophetstown, I knew I had to visit. The Deitrick's Alpaca…
October 26, 2018
This small business bursts with so much love and care, that you can feel it as soon as you are greeted at the door. Steam Anchor Coffee Company in Fulton, Illinois…
September 26, 2018
...when a highly respected lawyer was murdered in front of his office doors. Just three doors down from the Savanna Historical Museum still sits the crime scene. And now the…
March 26, 2007
John Deere built the world's first successful self-scouring steel plow 170 years ago. He built a company to manufacture plows that became wildly successful. Deere & Company survived its founder…

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  • Rustic Oasis | White Pines Resort

    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 White Pines Resort. The showpiece of the resort is a massive log lodge built in the 1930s which is home…
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