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Hiking with Blackhawk: Lowden State Park

Lowden State Park in Oregon, Illinois is most famous for its’ historic 50 foot tall, 100 ton Blackhawk statue. The statue, which is dedicated to all Native Americans, stands as the world’s second largest concrete monolithic statue. We were able to get up close and take some amazing pictures of the statue, although the most […]

Angelo’s: Great Local Italian in Dixon, Illinois

Angelo’s is a local pizza/Italian restaurant with multiple local locations, including Sterling, Rock Falls, and Dixon. We decided to visit the new Dixon location on our recent stay in the area. A few family members in town recommended the restaurant for their great pizza! The dining area is large and comfortable with a lively bar, […]

A Tour of Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home in Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois is most famous for being the hometown location of 40th President, Ronald Reagan. The Reagan’s lived in the Dixon home for 3 years, between 1920-1923, making Ronald 9 at the time of move in. The house opened to the public in the mid 80’s. Tours currently run from April to October each year. […]

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 serving comfort food 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 to […]

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 […]

2 Days in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland: a great Midwest city with a lot to offer, including an active downtown, several professional sports teams, plentiful outdoor recreation, and an endless variety of unique local restaurants. Cleveland is an ideal road trip stop for those traveling between Boston and Chicago. On our road trip from Boston to Chicago, we planned for a […]

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail: Beautiful Biking in Cuyahoga County

The amazing Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath stretches over 80 miles through Cuyahoga, Stark, Summit, and Tuscarawas Counties in Ohio. The trail follows the old Ohio & Erie Canal. This popular biking/walking/jogging path is one of the longest in the state. When fully completed, it will run over 100 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia. […]

A Christmas Story: Touring the Cleveland House

Ralphie’s bunny suit…the leg lamp….the red ryder bb gun…Who hasn’t seen the timeless Christmas classic which now runs 24 hours on TBS starting every Christmas Eve evening? I watch “A Christmas Story” at least once every holiday season! Who can forget all the memorable lines and narration! When we found out that the house from […]

Le Petit Triangle Cafe: A Little Bit of French Flair in Cleveland

On our Cleveland trip, we decided to visit a small Paris inspired cafe called Le Petit Triangle.  This French style cafe offers an authentic European atmosphere complete with European entrees and decor. We were looking forward to dining at a small, local restaurant with specialty food. The menu offers traditional European breakfast and lunch favorites, […]