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 :)
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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 :)
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!
Animals on every block.
We even found a mermaid that Rick took a liking to :)
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!
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.
We started our day at the New Glarus Brewery.
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 :)
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???!!
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! :)
Thanks for stopping by.