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A Weekend In Rockford, IL

A Weekend In Rockford, IL

Last weekend, Mike and I drove the hour and a half from Chicago to Rockford to see what this suburban city had to offer.  We left bright and early on Saturday morning, with our puppy in tow as our hotel was dog-friendly (so was the rest of Rockford, as we learned).  I’m not sure why in the world I thought we would be able to check into our room at 9:30am ( I worked at a hotel for five years,…

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Beer City Redux

Beer City Redux

We started the trips off on a Thursday morning, dropping Brody off in Joliet at Mike’s parents’ and the ride took three hours from there.  We arrived just in time for lunch, so we stopped at HopCat to get a bite to eat and our first Beer City brew of the trip. We just got a sandwich and a salad there but the food was good, and it gave us a chance to plan our time there.  We wanted to check…

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A Weekend in Milwaukee, WI

A Weekend in Milwaukee, WI

Our first stop in Milwaukee, WI was the Art Museum, housed in the iconic, postmodern building right on Lake Michigan.  The fee to get into the museum is a little steep, at $17/person, but it’s also pretty worth it.  The entryway is beautiful, with a view of the lake through a convex wall of windows. The best part for me was the collection of contemporary art and the special exhibit of Rembrandts on the top floor.  The museum was having…

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5 Notes on Road Tripping with a Baby

5 Notes on Road Tripping with a Baby

This post is brought to you by my wonderful sister, Molly Reis, the talented mama of my beautiful nieces and author of Blogging the In-Between.   We took two trips this summer with the family – one to Tennessee (a 10-hour drive each way) and one to northern Wisconsin (a 4-and-a-half-hour drive each way).  This is how we planned, what we learned and what worked for us in our travels.  Most of it was trial and error.  This is by no means a…

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New Orleans, Louisiana – Revisited

New Orleans, Louisiana – Revisited

The city of New Orleans, Louisiana had captivated me long before I ever visited it.  I had romanticized the city so much that I knew it needed to be my next trip.  Enter Michael.  On something like our fourth date, I mentioned my obsession with New Orleans, and he simply said, “well, let’s go then.”  I didn’t really think he was being serious, but a few weeks later we were booking our hotel and planning a road trip there.  We…

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Up North: A Photo Blog

Up North: A Photo Blog

Of all the places I have traveled, my favorite place of all can be found Up North.  A tiny town on a beautiful lake, hours on the boat spent with family, home cooked meals, what more could a girl ask for?  I’ve written about Maiden Lake before, but this time I will let the photos do (most of) the talking. Picture this: A gravel driveway leads to a picturesque cabin perched on a hill overlooking a beautiful lake.  The front…

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Adventures in Gatlinburg, Part 1

Adventures in Gatlinburg, Part 1

The day we drove to Gatlinburg from Chattanooga was beautiful and sunny. It was a two and a half hour drive that took us through the mountains and through the technicolor nightmare that is Pigeon Forge. We stopped at the Visitor Center to get some Smoky Mountain maps and check out the gift shop before moving on to get groceries for the cabin. The closest grocery store was Food City in Gatlinburg, so we loaded up on supplies there. Our…

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Chattanooga, TN Reunion

Chattanooga, TN Reunion

We left Chicago at 6:20am after it took me the usual 20 minutes to leave the house (double checking the doors were locking, unplugging every little thing and grabbing a last minute jacket that I never once needed in the 90 degree heat).  The drive took about 10 hours with stopping for gas and lunch and the accidental detour we took through historic Downtown Louisville, KY.  I like what I saw there though! I wouldn’t mind returning there to explore…

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Grand Rapids, MI – Day 2

Grand Rapids, MI – Day 2

Our second day in Grand Rapids started a little later than planned; we hit the breweries a little harder than expected the night before.  As soon as we could drag ourselves out of bed, we packed up and checked out.  Our first stop of the day was Cherie Inn for breakfast.  This adorable European Style restaurant is located right near Brewery Vivant in the East Hills Neighborhood.  There was a bit of a wait for a table which we spent…

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Grand Rapids, MI – Day 1

Grand Rapids, MI – Day 1

I don’t know if it’s because of the first reappearance of warm weather or all of the brewery visits, but I absolutely loved our time in Grand Rapids, MI.  While it was a pretty short trip, we certainly made the most of our time there.  We left early Saturday morning after stopping for coffee, and arrived in Grand Rapids around noon (because of the hour time difference).  We started at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden, where it seemed everyone else…

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