• Wisconsin Winter Activities #wisconsinwinter #winteractivities #indooractivities #travelwisconsin

    Wisconsin Activities For Winter

    The House on the  Rock There was always something dark and mysterious about visiting the House on the Rock as a kid. Something about all the dark spaces, old mechanical artifacts and dolls just give you that feeling. It always felt in great contrast to walking back out into a bright sunny summer day. That’s why a winter visit is perfect. Imagine looking out on the edge of the infinity room into the snow dusted tree line; a beautiful wintry landscape. You can plan your visit through their website here. Lake Geneva Ice Castles Explore some breathtaking ice sculptures on the shores of Geneva Lake in Lake Geneva. Completely made…

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    Where to see Animals in Chicago Area

    As an animal lover, I am always looking for opportunities to get up close and personal with them. So, I did my research and traveled around to find all of the places you can visit them in the Chicago Area. I have compiled a master list categorized by location so you too can find a local animal excursion to enjoy. In Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo Located on Chicago’s north side Lincoln Park Zoo enjoys a lovely skyline view of the city. It is also free to the public though parking will cost you. Lincoln Park Zoo is a great spot to see a variety of zoo animals. For a list…

  • Authentic 1800's cabins for rent by Shawnee National Forest at the Olde Squat Inn , #petfriendly #cozy #rustic #quaint #historic #bedandbreakfast #fishingpond #cabinrentals #shawneenationalforest
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    Authentic 1800s Cabin Rentals by Shawnee National Forest

    I had left it little last minute to plan our long weekend to Shawnee National Forest and was having a hard time finding a dog friendly cabin rental in the area. I had come out of some of my usual listings and done a straight google search when I found the Old Squat Inn.  I am so glad now to have had the initial trouble because if not I might never had found the authentic 1800’s Cabin rentals that Olde Squat Inn offers within reasonable distance to all that the Shawnee National Forest area has to offer. Cozy Historic Cabins Inside the bedroom of the Gage Cabin Each Cabin at…

  • See Elk Near Chicago In Busse Woods #ElkPreserve #wildlife #cookcountypreserves #bussewoods #northsuburbs #hikingspots #fishingspots #elkencounter

    See Elk Near Chicago in Busse Woods

    Located in the North Suburbs of Chicago is the Ned Brown Preserve. Also known as Busse Woods it is located in the aptly named Elk Grove Village, IL and is home to several Elk. We took advantage of all that the preserve has to offer which includes hiking and fishing in addition to the elk. Fishing Busse Lake Ned Brown Preserve is also home to Busse Lake a beautiful waterway with opportunities for kayaking and fishing. The designated fishing areas are concreted which is convenient for putting out your fishing gear but not convenient if your wife wants to lay out in the grass while you fish. Hiking Ryan and…

  • Door County Winery Review for Sweet Wine Lovers! #doorcountywinetasting #sweetwine #winetravel #doorcountywinery

    Sweet Wine Lovers Door County Winery Reviews

    With us and wine  it’s the sweeter the better! If you are a sweet Wine lover too you will absolutely love Door County and it’s selection of wineries. Any wine lover will love Door County and it’s wineries. From our various visits to Door County we have  compile our sweet wine lovers Door County Winery reviews. Door Peninsula Winery Wine Tasting at Door Peninnsula I am starting off with our personal Favorite, Door Peninsula Winery. Door Peninsula has the greatest selection of wines and that includes a ton of sweet options. They even have an ice wine, which are very sweet and generally very expensive dessert wines. Their’s is delicious…

  • Illinois Beach State Park and Campground - Only an hour North of Chicago and South of Wisconsin -Sandy Lake Michigan Beach - Hiking & Fishing -Pet Friendly #campstateparks #illinoisbeachstatepark #travelIllinois
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    Illinois Beach State Park and Campground

    We recently visited Illinois Beach State Park and Campground  in Zion, IL for a summer camping weekend. We really enjoyed the beach and opportunities for fishing and as always appreciated being able to bring our dog along. At just an hour north of Chicago just south of the Wisconsin border you can’t beat the convenience of that location. We will share our experiences here of this well loved State Park. Campground We booked two nights for tent camping in the campgrounds. We had a lovely site, right up against some woods and it was a large space. This is a pretty popular campground, full of lots of families. Somewhat because…

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    Shedd Aquarium with Toddlers

    Checking out the sharks with Nana The Shedd Aquarium is one of several fantastic attractions located along Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago. The Shedd hosts a large array of aquatic animals and fish presented in a way that allows you to get up close and personal. We chose to visit the Shedd Aquarium with toddlers , specifically with our adorable nephews and family. As with anywhere you go with toddlers it can take some planning ahead so we have compiled some helpful information for visiting the Shedd Aquarium with toddlers or other small children. Tip number one, make sure you book your tickets online. Otherwise on a busy day you…

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    Dog Friendly Waterfront Resort in Door County

    The Shallows Resort Waterfront When we were looking on a place to stay for our most recent trip to Door County with the in-laws there were two priorities, dog-friendly and  on the waterfront. We were initially looking into private rentals but did not find anything that was both up to our standards and within our budget. In the end we found the Shallows Resort in Egg Harbor which fit both those criteria. We assumed that  unlike a private rental we may loose some of the tranquility of a private rental space and surely have to keep Memphis on a tight leash, but we were wrong on both counts. The shallows…

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    Illinois to Texas Road Trip Itinerary

    <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> As a part of a hog hunting trip for my husband myself his brother and his brother’s girlfriend all rented a truck and planned a road trip from Chicago, Illinois to Dallas, Texas  with the girls going on to San Antonio and the boys staying closer to Dallas for their hunting trip. In planning for this trip I developed a six state road trip to hit up all the best cities that I could along the way. I am sharing  our Illinois to Texas itinerary here now so you too can enjoy his fun-filled route too. Day One Chicago,…

  • Top Fifteen Activities in Door County Wisconsin. What to do in Door County #doorcounty #doorcountyactivities #travelwisconsin #traveldoorcounty #doorpeninsula

    Top Fifteen Activities in Door County

    Door County is solidly in our top five places to visit worldwide. We have visited several times as a couple and I have gone many times with my family growing up. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what keeps brining us back but with this post I am sure going to try. I have compiled a list of all the best things to do when visiting Wisconsin’s most loved county. Wineries Ryan and his Mother wine tasting at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market. With nine wineries to choose from, Door County is a Wine lovers paradise. You can sign up for a guided tour or create your…