December 2012

A Touch of Home, an Amana Oasis!

One of the best ways to enjoy the Amana Colonies is to stay right in the heart of Amana. A Touch of Home ( is a new bed and breakfast that opened this past June and the owners, offer a bang up breakfast for those lucky enough to secure reservations. Their home is in the […]

Willowcreek Cabins, a Southern Getaway! -Photo by Rose Hammitt

While hotels and bed and breakfasts offer great amenities, try thinking family fun and a place to stretch out and have a home environment and what you might come up with is cabin rental. My friend Rose Hammitt and I headed south right after Thanksgiving and hit a few trails, some shops and lots of […]

The Trail of Tears and the Buel Cabin

Golconda Illinois was part of the Cherokee forced evacuation on the long and arduous Trail of Tears. The Alexander Buel family was tanners and their two-story cabin built in 1840 is located in Golconda, Illinois. At the time the Buels lived in the home tanning was big business with substantial shipments of hides and leather […]

An eye opening visit, the Harrisburg Poor House- which is also surrounded by the Pioneer Village– offers insight into what happened in the late 1800’s for those without funds or family to fall back on. The intentions were good. The Pauper Bill was passed to require counties to create a place for the poor to […]