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Authentic Italian at Dixon’s Mama Ciminos!

Mama Cimino’s is a popular local Italian restaurant in Dixon, Illinois. They are particularly famous for their enormous 24 inch “Hurricane Pizza.” I have tried their pizza dozens of times; it’s fantastic, especially for a small town! Last night, I decided to dine in and try out one of their entrees. I ordered their Baked […]

Arthur’s in Dixon, Illinois: A Local Favorite!

Arthur’s Garden Deli is a local cafe/sandwich shop known for its’ variety of local favorites including: fresh sandwiches, various baked potato combinations, and fantastic daily soups. Definitely the place to go when in town! Arthur’s offers a variety of options to suit everyone’s tastes. There is even a small salad bar which you can add […]

Castle Rock State Park: Scenic Views of the Rock River

Castle Rock State Park is a 2000 acre park located on the Rock River, near the town of Oregon, Illinois. The park is well known for its’ scenic overlook on top of Castle Rock, which provides fantastic views of the river. Castle Rock is made up of St. Peter sandstone, making it one of the […]

25 Fun Things to do in Chicago this Summer

Chicago is one of the best summer cities! There are so many events, festivals, and beautiful places to explore, making it the ideal summer destination city. Having once lived in Chicago for over 20 years, I have had plenty of summer adventures over the years. Whether you are in a mood for fitness, museums, food, […]

50 fun things to do this winter in Chicago!

Chicago is a wonderful city with endless opportunities for entertainment and recreation. Chicago’s world class cultural attractions and amazing architecture are the standouts of this great city. Unfortunately, many tourists never consider Chicago to be a winter vacation destination due to the snow and cold temperatures. Luckily, many of the best attractions are located indoors, […]

Great Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

I love ice skating during the winter months. It is fun, cheap, and a great workout! I even own 2 pairs of my own skates! I always keep my skates in the car in case I find a rink while out. There are all different types of rinks – park district rinks, city rinks, or […]

My Top Winter Travel Destinations

I see winter travel as a great way to break up the monotony of winter. Winter can be a hard time of the year with the bleak skies, cold temperatures, and shorter daylight hours. It helps to have a trip or 2 planed to keep that “summer excitement” feeling all year. I like to mix […]