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November 15, 2021
Three hops, two skips, and a jump… If you choose to spend some time in the Mississippi River town of Savanna, Illinois, staying at The Dragonfly will be one of…
November 4, 2021
Ogle County sweet spot Something very sweet happened this summer. SparkleFox Confections celebrated its grand opening in August 2021 in the very heart of Oregon, IL. It is located on…
October 19, 2021
Train stations were commonplace. American railroad stations used to be a common sight throughout the country as nearly every town, large or small, contained at least one. During a bygone…
October 5, 2021
You learn something new every day. Settled on the banks of the Mississippi in 1835, Fulton’s past is rich in its river town history and Dutch heritage. The windmill, nicknamed…
September 16, 2021
Original art on Main Street On a hot September morning, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Sharon Boyles. Sharon has been The Loft on Main’s primary volunteer since…
September 6, 2021
It’s your turn to plan the family reunion. Just the thought of finding just the right place to accommodate an upcoming girls’ weekend, family reunion, or holiday get-together will make…
August 24, 2021
Why the name “White Pelican?” Each summer, flocks of white pelicans--Pelecanus erythrorhynchos--alight on the Rock River in Oregon, IL. With wingspans of up to 12 feet, these majestic, prehistoric-looking birds…
August 6, 2021
Ask, and you shall receive. When one door closes, another opens. The River’s Edge Farmers Market is not Oregon’s first outdoor market. The Oregon Park District (OPD) ran a farmers…
July 25, 2021
Earning a place in the hearts of Dixon Walking from the parking lot behind the 99-year old Dixon Historic Theatre through the alley, the sounds of workers constructing and renovating…
July 1, 2021
A little bit of Sturgis in Illinois Savanna has always been known as an outdoor paradise, but did you know that it is also a paradise for bikers? Located along…
June 17, 2021
It’s all in a name The name “Somkit” translates to English as “Wish Fulfillment." After 14 years in the business, a Thai and sushi bar in downtown Dixon has achieved…
April 21, 2021
Drive-in movie theaters made a comeback In the wake of a pandemic, modern indoor cinemas became ghost towns. Not true for the Midway Drive-in located on 91 Palmyra Road--between Dixon…
April 8, 2021
If these walls could talk--oh, the stories they would tell Since 1976 the Brandywine Banquet and Event Center is a staple for large and small events in northwest Illinois. Located…
March 20, 2021
A wild idea It all started with a wild idea. A historic vacant building sat empty in downtown Oregon, Illinois’ Main Street, waiting for someone to give it a new…
March 10, 2021
An urban farmhouse kitchen in historic downtown Savanna Circa 1888 opened its doors in 2018 and has been a popular staple for gourmet dining with a modern culinary twist. Savanna…
February 16, 2021
  Built in 1874 as a home for a bride The brick Italianate Victorian home was built in 1874 for William Judd Mix as a wedding gift to his third…
January 18, 2021
Cheers in Milledgeville Everybody’s got one they love.... that place where you come as you are, relax, and enjoy time with friends. In the small town of Milledgeville – a…
January 3, 2021
  A new business has planted its roots in Fulton’s downtown district. Rooted Boutique has been branching out to their customers since February 2020. Jackie Wilkin was a stay-at-home mom…
November 30, 2020
Opened November 2020 Mount Carroll’s Historic Downtown has a new storefront, and people are lining up to get their hands on everything they have to offer. Big Miniature Farms (BMF)…
November 14, 2020
The Illinois Office of Tourism recently announced 31 new small businesses, or ‘makers,’ have been recognized by the Illinois Made program. Illinois Made inspires locals and visitors to discover hidden…
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  • The Dragonfly | A Home Away from Home

    November 15, 2021
    Three hops, two skips, and a jump… If you choose to spend some time in the Mississippi River town of Savanna, Illinois, staying at The Dragonfly will be one of the best decisions you've ever made. The Dragonfly is in the downtown area, just a few steps from Main Street.…
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