Why you need a Galena Escape at Eagle Ridge Resort

As we are winding down to the arrival of our baby girl, my husband and I knew we needed a quick weekend getaway from Chicago. A little time away before the lack of sleep and the craziness begins, right?! Galena, Illinois seemed like the perfect location. Being 150 miles west of Chicago, with rolling hills, a town filled with art galleries, restaurants and history, it was the perfect setting.

I had a few things I was looking for in my search for a hotel. I wanted a spa, several dining options, and a beautiful, quiet setting. This lead me to the discovery of Eagle Ridge Resort, located in The Galena Territory, just six miles from downtown Galena. We would be able to enjoy the amenities of the resort like the pool, spa and dining, but also head to town when we wanted. With a toddler at home, it was the ideal distance away from home while feeling a world away.

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My First Mom-cation and Why I Want Another One

I will admit it. I have never been alone overnight without Manny or Noah. I usually have one or the other with me. Not sure if that is coincidental, but leaving the both of them was definitely different for me.

I was invited to a Chef’s Dinner at Three Embers Restaurant ,which is inside the newly renovated Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. The chef was preparing a dinner for Chicago influencers to highlight their locally sourced cuisine. We had the option to spend the night because it’s about an hour away from the city.  At first, I was so excited to get away by myself for the night for the first time, but that morning, I literally

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A Weekend in Saugatuck, Michigan

In June of this year, I was invited by Eat Drink SDF to explore the Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville area for the weekend. This beach town is located in Southwest Michigan, about 140 miles from Chicago. I had never been, but always heard wonderful things about this cute, art coast community.

I broke down our entire weekend from where we stayed, ate, how we got around and what activities we did. Manny and I had a nice break from the city as parents and we will definitely be going back from our baby moon this fall. It’s the perfect weekend getaway and here is an itenary you can use for your next trip to the SDF area. I hope you guys find it useful and let me know if you have any questions about the places I mentioned below.

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Southwest, Michigan: Where to eat, sleep and play

I have been visiting New Buffalo, Michigan since I was a little girl. In fact, my parents even had their joint bachelor and bachelorette party there over 30 years ago. I grew up going to the beach and going to the farmer’s market every summer. For our very first family vacation with our 4 month old, it seemed only right to head to Michigan. We rented a house on the beach and really had a vacation I’ll never forget. Ever had one of those?

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Texas Tourism: More than BBQ and Tex-Mex

IMG_5073I was recently invited to a Christmas in July event hosted by Texas Tourism at Raised Bar in the Renaissance Hotel. The event was for Chicagoans to learn about different cities to vacation in Texas during our cold, bitter months. I got a chance to talk to representatives from different cities and learn more about each one. We ate, drank wine, decorated Texas cookies and I got to thinking I may just need a trip down to Texas. Read more at Travels & City Adventures

 

Quest for the Best *Thin Pizza Only

There are a few things that can get me out of the house during winter hibernation or away from my summer Netflix and Chill; pizza,  wine and maybe a manicure. If I’m desperate enough.

There are so many good places in Chicago to eat a good slice, but I can’t stand deep dish. Except, maybe when I’m hungover. Or pregnant. One of those happens more than the other.  But really, I’m a thin crust kind of girl. I have narrowed it down to just three, but there are so many more options in the city. Read more at CGL Food