An Art Filled Escape In St. Charles, Illinois

Vacations offer a chance to broaden our horizons and expand our lives with new experiences. When we are in the planning phase for upcoming trips, we look for opportunities to include a wide spectrum of activities. Each destination serves up its unique flavor, by presenting a selection of attractions. An excursion to St. Charles, Illinois, offered a relaxing art-filled escape along the Fox River. Our timing not only allowed for views of their public art, but we also found ourselves able to enjoy their annual Fine Art Show. Standing Tall Each spring, when the flowers burst on the scene, visitors will find another [...]

By |2022-07-05T12:48:07-06:00July 5th, 2022|Illinois, Midwest, St Charles|0 Comments

Our Date With History – Club Arcada

In 1926, Ford was inventing the 40-hour work week, while Author A.A. Milne introduced the world to Winnie-the-Pooh. Prohibition was at its peak and had been in place for over 5 years. Bootleggers had created an extensive network for the distribution of their products. Our lessons at past museums told us that there also existed a plethora of speakeasies. While removing the 18th Amendment was a death blow to bootlegging, there is still nostalgia for those days. A visit to Club Arcada, in St. Charles, Illinois, would be a good way for us to step back in time for our date with history. [...]

By |2022-06-14T06:13:09-06:00June 14th, 2022|Illinois, Midwest, St Charles|0 Comments

Historic Dining Options In Springfield, Illinois

In every city we visit, we are able to uncover some amazing eats. Springfield, Illinois kicked it up a level by adding the historic aspect to many of our stops. Being the heart of the "Land of Lincoln", as well as a Route 66 destination, made this city extra special. Our downtown stay gave us access to a slew of locally owned eateries that are serving up some unique dishes. We all know that eating is required to survive, but that doesn't mean it can't be good food. Join us as we walk through this gallery of historic dining options in Springfield. Illinois. [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:35:35-06:00August 26th, 2019|Guides, Illinois, Midwest, Route 66, Springfield|12 Comments

History Galore In Springfield, Illinois

It's always a thrill for us when we get to visit the capital city of a state. Even though they all have a dome, each is unique in its own way. Our trip to Springfield, Illinois gave us a chance to find history galore, in this twin domed Midwest city. So many historical paths cross in Springfield, and we couldn't wait to explore them. This was the home of the Lincoln family, and the city is rich with sites where the family frequented. Route 66 passes directly through Springfield, and thousands travel the Mother Road looking for adventure. The city has plenty to [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:35:41-06:00August 19th, 2019|Guides, Illinois, Midwest, Route 66, Springfield|8 Comments

An Evening of Horseshoes and Ghost Tales

A visit to Springfield, Illinois is an opportunity to dive into the long history of this Midwestern region. With only three days to soak in as much as possible, we found ourselves bustling between stops. As we approached the end of our visit, we found ourselves facing our final day of exploration. With daylight burning, we approached an evening of horseshoes and ghost tales. This last night in the Land of Lincoln would be filled with historic stories of food and fun. We want to thank Visit Springfield, Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery, and Springfield Walks for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:35:49-06:00August 12th, 2019|Destinations, Illinois, Midwest, Springfield|0 Comments

Immersing In History at The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

When you travel to Springfield, Illinois, you will find yourself transported to the Land of Lincoln. While he may not have been born in Illinois, much of his formative years were spent in this Midwest state. I have to tell you that I have been fascinated with the life of the 16th President since my youth. An opportunity to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was not to be missed. We set aside plenty of time, since we knew we would be immersing in history during our tour. It only seemed fitting that we should start our visit on a day [...]

By |2019-08-06T06:00:33-06:00August 5th, 2019|Destinations, Illinois, Midwest, Springfield|2 Comments

Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House – A Treasure Saved

While we are not experts in architectural design, that doesn't mean we don't appreciate beautiful designs. Springfield's Dana-Thomas House gave us a chance to see one of the homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Unlike many of the homes Wright built from scratch, this home was a redesign. That small detail will come in play a little farther into this article.  We want to thank Visit Springfield and the Dana Thomas House Foundation for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  Springfield's Dana-Thomas House Springfield socialite, Susan Lawrence Dana, inherited the Italian style home after her parents passed away. Along with [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:35:59-06:00July 29th, 2019|Destinations, Illinois, Midwest, Springfield|14 Comments

Long Nine Junction – Taste The Colors of Springfield

One of the great things about dining at locally owned restaurants is that you will often find eclectic menus. Since these eateries are managing a supply chain that only needs to cover one or two locations, they can be a lot more flexible with their ingredient choices. They also often carry the most intriguing names, which is the case with Long Nine Junction, in Springfield, Illinois. Located across the street from the old state capitol building, it's a perfect location for a lunch stop, while exploring nearby sights. We want to thank Visit Springfield and Long Nine Junction for their hospitality. Rest assured [...]

By |2019-07-22T04:43:42-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Destinations, Illinois, Midwest, Springfield|0 Comments

Illinois State Museum – Piecing Together The Past

One of the benefits of visiting state capital cities is the opportunity to tour the state museums. Most every city and town will have a historical stop that showcases the local history. It is the state museum that will fill out the details on the entire region. In Springfield, we discovered the Illinois State Museum sits in close proximity to the capitol, and both of these were easy walking distance from our downtown lodging. We dropped by the museum to see how their displays are piecing together the past.  We want to thank Visit Springfield and the Illinois State Museum for their hospitality. [...]

By |2019-07-15T06:51:06-06:00July 15th, 2019|Destinations, Illinois, Midwest, Springfield|0 Comments

Science Search At Museum of Science and Industry

We have had the opportunity to visit a lot of science museums. While some exhibits are commonplace at almost every museum, each one we visit seems to have a few unique displays that intrigue us. Our visit to the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), in Chicago, blew us away with their sheer volume of exhibits. We knew we were in for quite the experience, when we saw the immense building that sits along the shore of Lake Michigan. It became apparent that we would need to focus, as we launched our science search at MSI.   We want to thank the Museum of [...]

By |2019-07-13T20:06:31-06:00July 12th, 2019|Chicago, Destinations, Illinois, Midwest|6 Comments
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