Travel Tips

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  For years I have stopped at Peases Candy Shoppes.  For years I stopped at the Laurel location in Springfield and would buy penny candy and put it in paper bags for the kids when they were young. Later I would buy candy apples for my husband Keith when he was in the fields. and […]

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Maldaner’s Restaurant has been the place to go for special occasions for generations.  Established in 1884, this is one of, if not Springfield’s oldest locally owned restaurants.  Located downtown, this is a place loved by locals and tourists alike.  It is a place I remember as a special date place, after marriage, a great anniversary […]

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American Harvest may not ring a bell, but Augie’s Front Burner certainly will.  American Harvest is on the west side of Springfield and is owned by the same family that has the famous downtown Augie’s restaurant.  While the menus and atmospheres are different, the same great quality and attention to detail are not.  I had […]

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As a woman living in the Land of Lincoln sometimes it is easy to forget that Springfield, Illinois is also part of the Mother Road and that Route 66 has long been an iconic part of its past. The Cozy Dog Drive In has a long history with both the route and the Cozy Dog that […]

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I have known Mike and Cindy Murphy for years.  I went to school with Cindy and my husband Keith went to school with Mike. The two own the award winning Charlie Parkers which has been on Dives & Diners and recently won the Hometown Breakfast Battle that pitted 135 chefs from 135 cities across the […]