Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Little Small Town Fun

What a fun week we’ve had!

We spent last week in Champaign, IL at D&W Lake Camping and RV Park. This is a nice little park with it’s own lake, out in the countryside, but only 3 miles from all the shopping and restaurants you could want :)

D&W Campground

It was a nice place to chill for awhile and meet up with our friends, Mike and Terri. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, we spent little time with each other that week. (Mike and Terri addressed that in their blog if you’re interested :) )

That changed this week, however :) We are currently at Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park in Lena, IL. We connected with Mike and Terri on Tuesday and have been next door neighbors all week. Mike and Terri grew up in this area and graciously agreed to be our tour guides while we were here and what fun we’ve had! :)

First off, they took us to their hometown of Freeport, IL. Mike has a favorite local potato chip that he loves and tries to stock up on while they are here.

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He bought a big ole box, which we also got to enjoy later on during Happy Hour :)

From there, we went to Union Dairy, an old fashioned ice cream parlor that dreams are made of…seriously. This place was amazing. The ice cream was amazing. It’s a good thing I don’t live here :)

Union Dairy

After stuffing ourselves, we headed to Krape Park to walk it off :) What a beautiful and large city park! They have something for everyone.

Two of my favorite views.

Krape Park

The next day, we headed for Monroe, WI. Ever since Mike and Terri posted a blog about Monroe, Wisconsin last year, I’ve wanted to experience this little town. I was not disappointed.

We arrived in the town square to have lunch at Baumgartner’s, a local favorite. This is a quaint little restaurant with a lot of character!

Baumgartner's Signs

I ordered the Reuben sandwich and I must say, it was the first time I’ve ever had it where it was not grilled. The ingredients were warm but the bread was plain seeded rye. Surprising to me, it was very good just plain :)

Baumgartners

Our waitress was ready to photo-bomb a shot of our food so we gave her center stage :) She did a great job for us!

Once we ate our share, we wondered the town square where we enjoyed lots of local street art.

Milk cans galore!

Milk Can Art

Animals on every block.

Monroe Animal Street Art

We even found a mermaid that Rick took a liking to :)

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All in all, Monroe, WI gets a thumbs up from me! What a great example of small town America!

We celebrated the 4th of July with a traditional Midwest Friday Fish Fry :) I grew up in an area that sported Friday Fish Fry’s everywhere. It’s difficult to find this anywhere else. Mike and Terri found an awesome place for a FFF…Logan’s Bar and Grill in Freeport, IL. All you can eat Cod with French Fries, Cole Slaw and Garlic Bread!

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Sure wish I had remembered to take a picture of all that wonderful fish! :) Needless to say, none of us left hungry :)

Today, we headed to New Glarus, WI, a quaint Swiss Village in the middle of southern Wisconsin.

New Glarus WI

We started our day at the New Glarus Brewery.

New Glarus Brewery outside

Because it was a weekend, we had to do a self-tour. It would have been nice if things had been labeled a bit better, but we muddled through just fine :)

New Glarus Brewery Tour

Once we completed our self-tour, it was time for a tasting. The lines were long! Who knew everyone in southern Wisconsin/Northern Illinois would be at the New Glarus Brewery this afternoon???!!

New Glarus Brewery Crowds

We did, eventually, get our sampling and we all thought the Back 40 Bock to be the winner.

We stopped at the New Glarus Hotel for Linner before heading home. The food was good, the company better and we’d do it all over again! :)

New Glarus Hotel

The end!

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Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

13 comments:

  1. Glad you're enjoying the "tour"! We're having a lot of fun showing you around our hometown area. This week has gone by way too quickly! Great times/great memories!

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  2. Oh what fun!!! Mike and Terri managed to take you for ALL the major food groups ;o)) However stops 1 & 2, chips and ice cream, looked like the WINNERS to me! So much fun to watch Dreamers having a good time :o)

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  3. We've been wanting to see those places since they blogged about them last year. Thanks for refreshing our memories! You've had a fun week!

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  4. I had a good time reading your blog about your good times! Loved the brewery tour and the street art too.

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  5. Looks like a fun stop, good food, good company!

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  6. Rick must be missing Florida. That's why he was hanging around with the Mermaid.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  7. What fun! Loved reading about your adventures! Doesn't get any better than when you can spend it with great friends!

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  8. Wow what a great time you 4 are having. I think I might not have gotten beyond the ice cream shop. You could stop back by and pick me up. So glad to see you all looking so well, and Rick's "friend" too!

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  9. It's great meeting up with others. We can't wait to see some of our fellow family from rv-dream community. Mike and Terri were great hosts in Virginia when we were with them.

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  10. Looks like a great place to have a great time with great people!
    Syl

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  11. What a great week you've had - lots of great food and things to see.

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  12. I'm about a week behind in blog reading :( Nothing like having home town folks be the tour guide, they usually know all the really great places. If you're still in so WI check out House on the Rocks in Spring Green, quite an unique place.

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