Showing posts from March, 2014

InterContinental Chicago goes dark for Earth Hour

This is something I love. In recognition of Earth Hour, the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile will be drastically reducing their lighting from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. on March 29. Large hurricane lanterns will be placed throughout the lobby. Can you imagine how lovely it will look by candlelight?

There will also be a fun, historic flashlight tour and the building's dome will go dark for the hour.

Read more on the event below:

Candlelit Lobby:  The hotel team will significantly lower the lighting in the lobby and check-in desks.  Large hurricane lanterns will decorate the lobby, conserving energy and enveloping the area in a candlit glow.
Historic Tour in the Dark:  For the hour, InterContinental's Historic Guided IPod Tour, where guests can explore the history of King Arthur Court, the famed Olympic-sized Pool, and Ball Room while enjoying the essence of the hotel's architectural details will be dark. Guests will be given battery-operated flashlights to guide their way.

Kentucky Action Park: Cave City, Kentucky

Some of our favorite times on our family vacations have been spent in Kentucky. We love the Cave City area where we've visited several times. There's a big variety of things to do - from exploring caves to visiting Dinosaur World and seeing life size replicas to watching actors stage a gunfight on Guntown Mountain to petting a kangaroo at Kentucky Down Under. It's such a beautiful area, too, and I enjoy just taking in the landscape and enjoying nature.

One spot we have visited twice on our visits in Kentucky Action Park. They've added a lot since our initial visit, but it's the kind of place, where there's something for everyone - horseback riding, cave tours, zip line, alpine slide, go karts, mini golf, arcade games, old thyme photos and bumper boats, which you can tell from the photo below my kids thoroughly enjoyed.

It's a place where you can stop for a few hours to kill some time or you can plan a full day to try it all out. They also have primitive cam…

College of DuPage has waterside upscale dining and lodging

I'm sharing a post here that went up on the food blog I do with my sister and niece, Chicago Foodie Sisters. I'm sharing it not only because the dining establishment was lovely and top notch, but because travelers might be surprised to know that there's also a 6-room hotel that sits above the restaurant, making it a great spot for romantic overnight. Although it's on a college campus, the floor is accessible by key access only. All rooms have a view of the water, which from what I told is beautiful in spring time (it was covered in snow on our visit) with floating flower beds and a fountain. If you are looking for a nice couples weekend, this is a perfect spot. There are also joining rooms, so if multiple family members are staying they can also be accommodated. A complimentary continental breakfast is included.

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Read on to learn more about the restaurant in the Chicago Foodie Sister post.

Waterleaf: Glen Ellyn, Illinois I had an opportunity recent…