Sunday, August 31, 2014

8 Fall Road Trip Ideas from Chicago

We do have a couple of more weeks of summer to enjoy---and, boy, I will be enjoying them! Yet, fall is right around the corner so you may want to look ahead and plan those fall road trips! Here are a few ideas for a fall getaway!

Spring Grove and McHenry, Illinois

Two of my FAVORITE fall destinations can be found not too far off of 12 as you head north to Wisconsin. Stade's Shades of Autumn Festival is such an old fashioned good time! A fun petting zoo, corn cannons, pumpkin cannon, corn maze, pedal cars, zipline and more will keep your kids busy and smiling! I love that Stade's sells a bracelet for unlimited attractions (with the exception of two). This is great for younger kids!

Spring Grove is home to Richardson Adventure Farm--famous for the World's Largest Corn Maze! The Corn Maze features different designs each year and is a total work of art to behold! Of course, running it is fun and there are different challenges you can accept! There are plenty of exits, so worry not! The Farm is more than the Corn Maze though--all sorts of amusements including my daughter's favorite--the ziplines will make for a wonderful family day!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Road Trip Day 2: Atlanta History Center Leaves Us in Awe

The Swan House
**Disclosure: Our admission was free due to a reciprocal membership. No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

On the second day of our trip, we planned to stop at the Atlanta History Center to give us a break during our drive from Nashville to Savannah. We originally honed in on the Atlanta History Center because it is part of the reciprocal program we have through our Morton Arboretum membership. I have to say we completely lucked out because the Atlanta History Center is AMAZING! The main campus includes a family farm, the breathtaking Swan House, gardens and a museum. The setting is in a pleasant tree filled area. There are many huge and beautiful homes nearby, so driving to the History Center was a treat itself!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup {A Long Weekend of Fun}

I think that most of us have made it back to school by now. Whether we make it through the whole week, though, still remains to be seen. Nature has had such a way of heralding in the new school year with all of the random storms the last few days! It looks like there may be a few more storms for the long weekend. Hopefully, they will break up so we can enjoy all of the fun events. Here are some ideas for this weekend:

ROAD TRIP: Royal Oak Farm in Harvard, Illinois has opened for Upick apples for the season! Check the schedule and picking info. Maybe it will be a good weekend for a visit?

Thursday, August 28

Buffalo Grove will be holding their annual Buffalo Grove Days with plenty of festivities Thursday through Monday. The fun will include an arts and crafts fair Sat, Sun & Mon, walk around entertainment, a BBQ challenge, a carnival, live music, a food tent, a business fair Sat-Mon and more. Admission is free but you will need to purchase tickets for carnival rides. Check the schedule for more details.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Road Trip Day 1: Stop in Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee is only about a 7-8 hour drive from the Chicagoland area. Since we have never been to Nashville before and we knew that arriving there would mean we had made a big leap towards our ultimate destination, the city seemed to be the ideal stop on our first evening. Now mind you, Nashville truly deserves much more time for a visit. However, we had a couple of Nashville attractions on our list for quite some time, so we thought we would take advantage.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Road Trip: Chicago to Wilmington and Oak Island, North Carolina

We had been thinking about a beach vacation for a long time. We finally had our chance to steal away to the beach this summer and packed up for a trip to the Wilmington and Oak Island area of North Carolina. My sister has been vacationing in the area for years, so we just knew we were going to have a great time! Reflecting upon our visit, I can truly say that the area offers so many opportunities for family fun and relaxation! Of course, there are gorgeous beaches and all of the amusements that come along with them--with plenty of space to also enjoy the tranquility and beauty nature can provide. However, the area is so full of history from pirates to the Revolution and a growing country to the Civil War with daring blockade runners and more. Additionally, the area has become a "Hollywood East" with many television programs and movies being filmed there. Add to that talented local artists, good food and overall friendly atmosphere and you will have a vacation that everyone can enjoy!

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