Ostermeier Prairie Center

Ostermeier Prairie Center was formed from a 29-acre farm tract that includes a barn, pond, and century-old farmhouse. While the main portion of the Garden is set out as trails, the Ostermeier Prairie Center offers pasture and cropland restored as examples of the prairie found in central Illinois during pioneer days. Lincoln Memorial Garden was […]

Lincoln Memorial Gardens, a place for reflecting

There are some places that you may have visited all of your life that just call for you to return year after year, season after season. That is the way it is with Lincoln Memorial Gardens, a beautiful park filled with Midwestern plants and wooded paths that is lovely during any season. Famous landscape architect […]

Ghost Tour St. Augustine Style!

Without a doubt there are enough stories and history in the oldest city in America to come up with several haunted stories to “shiver me timbers” on the most dedicated cynic. Admitedly not believing in ghosts, my husband and I set out on the “Trolley of the Doomed” on the Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour […]

The Amazing Lightener Museum

Beautiful is the most concise word I can think of to describe the Lightener Museum. We toured this former hotel converted to a museum and saw amazing furniture, pictures, glassware, architecture and on and on. The museum is named after the former owner Chicago publisher Otto Lightner who purchased the building in 1946. Formerly the […]

St. Augustine Eco Tours, sightseeing from the water!

What is a visit to St. Augustine without a chance to get on the water and see some of the sea life that makes this area so spectacular? On our trip to St. Augustine we had the chance to meet up with Zach McKenna the owner of St. Augustine Eco Tours. An environmentalist at heart, […]