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 […]

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 (http://www.atouchofhomebb.com) 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 […]