December 2012

Herbert Hoover's Birthplace, humble beginnings

Herbert Hoover said about the cottage where he grew up, This cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbound hope.” The cottage is part of the Herbert Hoover […]

The Road To Tara Museum, Gone with the Wind Jonesboro Style

I admit to being enamored of the Civil War period and the movie Gone With the Wind is probably the reason why. While most everyone has read the book and seen the movie, the story behind the writer, Margaret Mitchell may not be as well known. The Road ToTara Museum offered a bit of insight […]

General Patton Museum - Fort Knox, Kentucky

While many think of the gold by which we judge the value of our money when thinking of Fort Knox, there is another treasure there as well just waiting for your visit. The General George Patton Museum of Leadership offers insight into this famous general that pushed and pulled his way through World War II […]

Biograph Theater where Dillinger met his demise!

This past November we took the train to Chicago and stayed at the beautiful Blackstone hotel, which has been dubbed “The Hotel of Presidents” because over the years a dozen 20th-century US Presidents have stayed at the hotel. We came to the city to take in “The Untouchables Tour, Chicago’s Original Gangster Tour!” After boarding […]

Rock N Roll McDonald's, Commercialism at its best

While I don’t go looking for McDonald’s, ma and pa homestyle is more my style, I have to admit the Rock N Roll McDonald’s in downtown Chicago caught my eye. Something about a two story Mac’s with soaring golden arches and a bit of luxury mixed with fast food made my husband and I walk […]

In your own backyard...

There is beauty is the seashore and beauty in the city, but sometimes a glimpse over the treeline can provide a sense of peace and comfort during the Holiday season!

Tybee Island's sandy shores

Last March on my way to Savannah and the beautiful St. Simon Island I stopped at Tybee Island to walk along the beach. Although the Midwest is unseasonably warm for December, the lull of the waves and the firmness of the samd under bare feet are calling my name. Kenny Chesney’s “All i want for […]

Myers Grill, a Williamsburg, IA Hidden Treasure

So we were eating a huge spread at A Touch of Home at the bed and breakfast we were staying at in Amana Colonies the first weekend in December and one of the guests mentioned a great place to eat called Myers Grill. Always on the lookout for a new dining experience we headed to […]

Christmas in Amana Colony

Is there a better place to get into the Christmas spirit than in the Amana Colonies? The first weekend in December I visited this historic site and one of my favorite stops was the the Festhalle barn. This barn that once housed livestock now is rented out for weddings and events. The barn was fille […]

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Springfield, Illinois offers an array of sites to visit during the holidays to learn about Lincoln. This is one of my favorite places to go and see the new displays onsite. This time of year is the time to visit like this boyhood Lincoln and […]