Front Porch Sittin at Eagle Retreat's Rock Rim and Dogwood Cabin - photo by Rose Hammitt

I have stayed before at Rock Rim and Dogwood Cabins, but this cabin’s front porch with the whimsical railing created by a local artisan and the scenic view promoted a lot of front porch sittin and day dreaming. Rose Hammitt and I were part of a travel writers group invited to tour Hardin County and […]

Garden of the Gods, a holy place indeed.

The Garden of the Gods is easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It may not have been named with any religious thoughts in mind, but when looking at the valley spread below the rocky cliffs God’s handiwork is crystal clear. Tucked into the Shawnee Forest, that encompasses 280,000 acres of […]

Kibbe Museum offers Lincoln and local history along with a few agricultural surprises as well.

The Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum is located in Carthage, Illinois across the street from the historic jail where Joseph Smith, leader of the Mormon settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois was murdered. The Kibbe Museum was created by Dr. Alice Kibbe who was curator of the Carthage College. Dr. Kibbe stayed behind with the museum items she […]

Fair Food and fun at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand Preview Party

I must say, it was fun to be a writer (covering the event for Farm World) at today’s Illinois State Fair Grandstand Preview party and press conference. To remind the attendees of the great fair food, popular food vendors like Vose Korndogs, Fulgenzi’s Pizza, Poe’s Catering offering delectable pulled pork sandwiches and Coleman lemon shakeups […]

Get your Lincoln fix at the soon to reopen Lincoln Heritage Museum

In just a few short weeks you can check out the Lincoln Heritage Museum. Located at Lincoln College, the museum will reopened officially April 26, 2014. Ranked as one of the “30 Most Amazing University Museum’s in the World”, the museum just got a lot more interactive and opens up a whole new experience for […]