The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel: A Taste of Ireland in Galena, Illinois

While we were on our last mega road trip my mom celebrated her one year cancer-free scan. If that doesn’t call for a celebration, I don’t know what does! It was time to put my thinking cap on and find … Continued

Must-See Route 66 Attractions by State

You’ll find many opportunities to stop along the eight state journey but there are a few famous Route 66 stops that you MUST experience on your trip. From the utterly awesome to the notably historic to the wacky weird to … Continued

Route 66 Adventures: Chicago to Springfield, Illinois

We started at the beginning of the Mother Road in downtown Chicago but now it’s time to hit the two-lane highway! We are making our way down to Springfield, the capital of Illinois. Oddly enough, Illinois was the first state … Continued

Route 66 Adventures: Chicago, Let the Road Trip Begin!

There’s nothing that captures the heart and soul of America like a cross-country road trip. From the very beginning of the westward expansion, promises of prosperity and opportunity enticed Americans to make the long journey. With the invention and eventual mass-production … Continued

Williams Hill Pass OHV Park: Our First Cabin Experience

We have tent camped, truck camped and stayed in a pop up, but we had never stayed in a cabin. There’s something about the idea of snuggling up in a tiny house in the woods that is exciting. It’s definitely … Continued

Exploring Shawnee National Forest in a Weekend

No disrespect to my home state of Illinois, but the prairie land is not the first place that comes to mind for diverse landscape. I was proven wrong this weekend when exploring Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. There are … Continued

Medieval Times: A Knight to Remember

As we pull into the parking lot, gasps of breath come from the two in the backseat. Bright colored flags atop of the large castle flap in the wind, signaling the impending tournament. Excitement and anticipation fills the air. My … Continued