Fourth of July weekend, we were itching to get out of town. The long weekend was perfect to give us some quality summer time in the city but also time to escape. We considered going camping, but given that the temperatures were in the 90s, that made it a big fat NO, having two bulldogs in our care.
Rather than give up, we decided to search on cabins in WI/IL/MI area. After our stay in Duluth, we were in love with the idea of getting a way for a weekend in a cozy cabin. We invited our couple friends, B&B, and their dog, Coda, to come along.
In the end, we were lucky to come across Bluff Cabins, in Savanna, IL. Savanna is a three hour drive from Chicago, but their cabins are dog friendly, budget friendly and have air conditioning. Score!
Here's our little home away from home last weekend, or as I liked to refer to it, our glamping trip.
|I should have tiedied up the yard|
All of Bluff Cabins are set up to sleep four adults and two children. They're simple, but quite nice. There's the living space (complete with Direct TV, no wifi though), small kitchenette, bathroom (fairly big) and a lofted space with beds.
|We brought our own linens for a discount|
There wasn't a "bluff view" as we anticipated, but there was a wonderful deck on the front off the cabin, surrounded by trees. Ben finally got to put his hammock he'd asked for at Christmas to use.
We attempted to take some family pictures. It's hard enough to get Oscar to look at the camera, let alone to get Ben to smile. this recipe, and of course, we enjoyed some craft beer. Ballast Point IPA is another one of those "top beers", which our local liquor chain, Binny's, just started carrying.
I also made my soon-to-be world famous sangria. Okay, maybe not world famous, but it is damn good and refreshing. (recipe here for youhere. Notice post title too. Whoops.). This trip? Not so much. One would growl, the other would show their teeth, but both wouldn't hurt a fly. It was fine, but a nuisance to have two growling dogs, so we kept them separated all weekend. Of course, Oscar hated being away from us and hearing Coda up in the loft. He perched himself in this chair and stayed on look out mode the entire night.
booze hounds to enjoy).
Mississippi Palisades State Park, being that it's right on the Mississippi River.
We debated between driving the thirty minutes to Galena, IL (cute town with stripes of shops and food/drinks), but in the end we decided that we were up for some hiking so we geared up and headed to the Palisades, right down the street.
There are several hiking trails in the park.
What was prettier than the trails themselves were the lookout points. How gorgeous is this view? (Note: ignore the brown Mississippi)
Now the Palisades are only an hour or so from my hometown of the Quad Cities, so on occasion my parents will drive up for a hike with friends. During their last visit, their friends introduced them to Bombfire Pizza, with is on a tiny island in the town of Sabula, across from Savanna.
When I say tiny, I'm not kidding. Here is Bonfire pizza and the river to the west...
...and here is the river, picture taken from the same spot, to the east. It's about four blocks wide!
I'd been told that Bombfire was a must-see, but always forewarned that it was pretty "eclectic", which, now having been, the description fits the place to a T.
Here's some trivia for you, Galena Brewing started in the 1800s. What is now known as Jamaica's Red Stripe beer was actually first brewed by Galena Brewing and then purchased!
Or, perhaps, it was the plethora of old games, including every one's favorite, Guess Who?
Denver's Little Man, I love scoping out ice cream shops in new places. This little stand was too cute to pass up. Thankfully, B (the girl) and I both have a sweet tooth.
Linking up with Amy