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Hikes & Hops


Posted on 03/22/2021 by  

Is there anything more refreshing than a cold craft beer after experiencing the beauty of nature? McHenry County is home to many great things but these two complement each other. Whether you are a local looking to experience your community and the beauty that surrounds it, or a visitor looking for the best kept-secrets of McHenry County, this is a list to get you started.  Cary Ale House & Brewing | Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area  3.4 mil...READ MORE!

Tulip Fest coming to Richardson Farm this spring


Posted on 03/15/2021 by  

  Their bright red parkas popping against a backdrop of sunlit snow on a chilly, early March afternoon, George and Wendy Richardson pointed toward a northwesterly field on their 500-acre farm.  Soon enough, that sea of melting snow will give way to brilliant oranges, deep reds, bright pinks, purples, yellows and golds as the 300,000 tulip bulbs planted there begin to emerge.  Thirty different varieties with names like Apricot Impression, Golde...READ MORE!

Socially Distanced Spring Break


Posted on 02/19/2021 by  

Looking for a supremely fun, safe, socially distanced Spring Break road trip? We have a few ideas for you! Nothing beats the winter blues like loading up the car and hitting the road for some springtime family fun. McHenry County has the perfect balance of vast nature experiences and all the comforts of home so that everyone can have an enjoyable getaway.  Where to stay:   The Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest Crystal Lake is ready to welcome y...READ MORE!

Top 10 Things to do This Winter!


Posted on 12/06/2018 by  

1. Norge Ski Club – International Winter Tournament January 25 & 26, 2020 At the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, the party’s been going on for more than 110 years. This 150-foot ski jump rises high above the Fox River and offers a year-round training facility and competition venue for world-class athletes.  Want to know “How to Norge”? Click HERE to read our blog post!  2. Volo Auto Museum 27582 W. Volo ...READ MORE!

Richardson Adventure Farm Celebrates Illinois' Bicentennial


Posted on 07/30/2018 by  

When the Richardson family sat down to brainstorm the theme for this year's gigantic corn maze, it wasn't an easy task. After all, the last three mazes each set new attendance records by celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series, Chicago Black Hawks Stanley Cup and Star Trek's 50th Anniversary.   They finally selected Illinois' Bicentennial, honoring the 200th anniversary of the state's founding. Once that was done, the design came na...READ MORE!

Cut your own Christmas Trees


Posted on 10/23/2017 by  

 Beyond the gifts under the tree, part of what makes Christmas special are the family traditions involving the tree. Sure, you could bring up an artificial tree from the basement, but you can also visit a Christmas tree farm, smell the holiday scents of pine and balsam, maybe take a wagon ride to the distant corners of an orderly pine forest and choose exactly the right tree to serve as the centerpiece of your holiday decor. Fact is, we harvest more Christmas t...READ MORE!






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