It was Labor Day, and surprisingly, we had no plans as a family. Whoo Hoo! Time for a road trip. My goal was to visit a town less than two hours away, so we could come and go in one day. And so we did - to Rockford, Illinois.
The funny thing is, it's not a place one would first consider for a day out. But upon examining the GoRockford website, there were quite a few things to do and see. Unfortunately, since it was a holiday, nothing was open. Except of course, the Nicholas Conservatory's outdoor gardens. Ha! We took advantage and enjoyed the landscape and a bit of the riverwalk dotted with modern art.
But first, we (I) found a well-loved coffee shop, Meg's Daily Grind, to gather with a great cuppa before we ventured forth. My double expresso (with my homemade coconut milk and coconut sugar) was excellent!
We arrived at the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens soon after, and wandered through the lovely garden area. Doesn't the statue above look real?? Enjoy the gardens with us in the slideshow below:
We certainly wandered through the gardens, but we were definitely not lost!
And in our wanderings down Main St., we found this stellar restaurant - The Irish Rose Saloon. Obviously, we did not go there to drink, but we did find a delicious menu full of fresh offerings, made to order. The best part? The fish and seafood dishes were $5 off that day! So, we enjoyed a tasty meal and good conversation.
What a memorable time! Such a simple trip, but well worth the effort. Next week, I take a trip of a different kind to Greenville, SC. I'll be signing books at the Stompin' Grounds Coffee House in Greer. If you know anyone who lives in the Greenville area, send them over!
Where do you go for a quick get-away in your area?? Let me know in the comments below. . .
My MG Biblical fiction "The Heart Changer" debuted in 2019 with Ambassador International.