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Creekside Vineyard Inn and Tasting Terrace - a dream realized

On a hosted trip to the Quad Cities, I had a chance to check out Creekside Vineyard Inn and Tasting Terrace and Tasting Room. The vineyard and inn are located in the beautiful countryside outside of Coal City, Illinois. It all began with a dream.  Jennifer Mital and her husband John Mital wanted to open […]

This past summer I had the chance to see some awesome Ford tractors but never as many cool ones at one place as at Dwight Emstrom’s amazing museum outside of Galesburg, Illinois. This retired farmer has been collecting Ford tractors or literature and memorabilia for some time and he decided to put it all on […]

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Head for the water and the boatel!

My brother in law Wayne used to sing the praises of a place called the Boatel that was located in Naples, Illinois along the Illinois River. I never got a chance to venture that way and enjoy the fabled catfish before this cultural icon suffered a blazing fire that it could not recover from. This […]

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Abe's Southside Cafe and Pub

In the Land of Lincoln, of course it is all about Abe and a statue of Abe is quite fitting in this café located on Springfield’s south Sixth street. Part of the Travelodge hotel, we found the café to be quiet and friendly. This past Thanksgiving Day weekend we met here with friends and enjoyed […]