Thursday, February 26, 2015

A 100-Acre Paradise in Brunswick, Ohio

Mapleside Farms features a market, gift shop, dining and more.
Via Mapleside Farms facebook page.
 
Less than 30 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio is the quiet country town of Brunswick, and one of the most authentic and beautiful places in America: Mapleside Farms. With humble beginning as a roadside market in 1927, Mapleside Farms is now a 100-acre fully functioning apple orchard.
According to their website, the land was first settled by the Tillotson family in 1817 and later, in 1927, Elmer and Clara Eyssen purchased the land. A large stand of maple trees on the side of the hill was used for maple syrup production and became Elmer and Clara's inspiration for naming their land Mapleside Farms.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Eat Local in Champaign-Urbana

Living in a college town doesn’t mean you need to rely on fatty fast food joints to satisfy your hunger cravings. The locally-owned restaurants and bars in downtown Champaign-Urbana are providing residents with a mecca of global cuisines and flavors that are begging the question “why wasn’t the food this great when I was in college?” Take a peek at some of our favorite spots to hit throughout the day:


Via facebook page
For Breakfast: Pekara Bakery is a Serbian-inspired shop that specializes in handcrafted breads and desserts. With organic flours, real cream, artisan chocolates and absolutely no artificial ingredients, guests can rest assured knowing they are purchasing only the most fresh and natural products possible. Stop in early for a Lemon or Prosciutto Crepe, and don’t forget to try the rich coffee and drool-worthy Spinach and Feta Croissants!



 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Get Some Fresh Air in Foley

Alabama is a gorgeous state – a subtropical climate, coastal views and lush landscapes are present every day of the year, ensuring that residents will never tire of the scenery or weather. That being said, don’t let the supreme location go to waste. Whether you’re a hiker, biker or meditator, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors on the Gulf Shores.

Via BeachNRiver Kayak Rentals facebook page

Bon Secour River: Voted as one of the highest-rated attractions in the area, Foley’s Bon Secour River provides the ideal excuse for spending the day on the water. What better way to take in the scenery and get some exercise than kayaking?  Rentals are available at BeachNRiver Kayak Rentals.  In addition to kayaking and canoeing, guests are welcome to picnic, hike, swim or simply hangout on the River’s beautiful grounds.





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Plenty to See and Do Near Grove City, Ohio this March

Although February is the shortest month, it can feel like the longest month when you’re living through a Midwest winter. To get over the February slump, start planning for some fun March activities… and they’ll be here before you know it! Here are some of our top picks:


Via website
This March, the Little Theatre off Broadway presents Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie's most celebrated courtroom drama. In this exciting story, Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of a wealthy older widow, Emily French. Since Mrs. French made him her principal heir, not aware that he was a married man, things look dismal for Leonard's defense. Then, Leonard’s wife agrees to testify, not in Leonard's defense, but as a witness for the prosecution! Will Leonard be able to escape the hangman’s noose?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dining Hotspots in Woodstock, Illinois


Why venture far away for a decent meal when you can easily find one right in downtown Woodstock? In addition to its quaint shopping and entertainment attractions, Woodstock is home to an impressive array of dining establishments for every taste bud. We’ve compiled a short list of some of the town’s highest-rated eateries:


Via  website
Golden Rolls Sushi Bar & Grill
Folks from all over McHenry County are flocking to Golden Rolls for their fresh fish, trendy atmosphere and uniquely authentic concoctions. While children are welcome, Golden Rolls is swanky enough for a romantic date or a special occasion. Try a variety of flavors by sampling the Bento Box, or order a variety of delicious rolls! There are also many dishes available for those who want something other than sushi.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Experience the Garden Fresh Goodness at Streetsboro’s Daybreak Lavender Farm

Daybreak creates handmade soaps and botanical bath and body products.
Photo via Daybreak Lavender Farm facebook page.

Holistic, herbal, and handmade. Daybreak Lavender Farm is a Midwest gem for all-natural and organic goodness.

Located in the quiet town of Streetsboro, Ohio the Daybreak Lavender Farm is a family run farm with members that are passionate about gardening, nature and the environment. Daybreak specializes in the creation of handmade soaps and botanical bath and body products, which are made from their very own lavender plants.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Farragut Takes a Bite out of Knoxville’s Foodie Scene


One of the best parts about living in Farragut is the town’s close proximity to the booming city of Knoxville. In addition to fabulous entertainment and nightlife, Knoxville also boasts a reputable food scene. We’ve compiled a list of eateries to check out for every meal of the day – take a peek for the chance to explore a multitude of cuisines!


Via The Plaid Apron facebook page
Breakfast: Why torture your stomach with greasy diner food when you can enjoy fresh, natural ingredients at The Plaid Apron? This quaint café has gained a notable reputation for their sophisticated atmosphere, attentive staff and delicious Southern-style cuisine. We like their breakfast menu the best – with choices like fluffy Griddle Cakes with a side of warm peaches and Sausage Omelets stuffed with goat cheese, there’s no questioning why folks have been flocking The Plaid Apron for years now.