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Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House “Ribbon Cutting” and Upcoming Events

"Ribbon Cutting" with Savanna Chamber of Commerce

“Ribbon Cutting” with Savanna Chamber of Commerce

Thursday morning, March 26th, 2015 marked the official opening of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. Even though Roberts’ Roost had opened in the fall of 2014, today was the official “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony with the Savanna Chamber of Commerce. Many thanks to the Savanna Chamber Executive Director, Pam Brown for organizing the event. Thank you to those that attended: (left to right) Mary Stebbins, Chris Lain, Nancy Lawfer, Curtis Hunsaker, (Dennis and myself) Jon Darrow, Lynn Collins, Linda Grissinger, Pam Brown, Lori Ferris, and Mayor Tony McCombie. Also in attendance (but not in photo) was Tom Kocal from The Prairie Advocate, and Pam Villalobos from the Savanna Times Journal and Pam Darrow.

Mt. Carroll “Chamber After Hours” Thursday Evening, April 2nd 5:00-7:00

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House will also be hosting the Mt. Carroll Chamber of Commerce “Chamber After Hours” on Thursday April 2nd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please stop by to visit if you are in the area. Refreshments will be served and tours of Roberts’ Roost will be given.

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House “Open House” Saturday, April 4th 10:00-6:00

Be sure to join us for our “Open House” on Saturday April 4th.  Tours and refreshments begin at 10:00 am. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, fruit, cheese, dessert, coffee, and ice tea. Savor Silver Moon wine tastings from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Our Guest House will be decorated for “Spring”  courtesy of Picket Fence and we will showcase Prairie Path Sampler handcrafted bird houses and other  treasures. Don’t miss the open houses of “Picket Fence” in Lanark and “Prairie Path Sampler” in Mt. Carroll, starting  on Friday, April 10th and continuing Friday’s and Saturday’s in April.

All River Road Talent “ARRT” Art Drive Saturday April 4th 10:00-6:00

In addition to our open house, we are simultaneously a part of the “ARRT” All River Road Talent Art Drive. Connie Zink (owner of Roberts’ Roost” will be “Celebrating our Rural Heritage” with her images of “Old Barns”, along with many of her nature photos. Please stop by for refreshments and a presentation of her artworks.

Hope to see many of you soon!

Connie Zink

Proprietor

New Wine Trail at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House!!!

Wine Photo website

 

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House is nestled in the heart of wine country. Northwestern Illinois,  Northeastern Iowa, and Southwestern Wisconsin abounds with wineries scattered throughout this beautiful scenic area. Most of the wineries listed here are within a one hour drive of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. Make Roberts’ Roost your home base for the weekend and spend your days touring some of the Midwest’s finest wineries, amid the rolling hills of this tranquil, serene tri-state area . Return to Roberts’ Roost for a quiet evening in a private, restful setting. Lounge and watch TV, or sit by the campfire and enjoy the stars. Use the gas grill and enjoy a steak prepared to perfection, while partaking in some of the fine wines you purchased during the day’s trail.

Photos of the wineries will be added to my website page as I visit each one and experience the scenic wonders that surround each individual winery.

Wineries are listed in order by the distances from Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. Please use the map on our “Wine Trail” page to devise a trail that suits your tastes and travels for your day.

Here is a list of the list of twelve wineries within one hour (give or take a few minutes) of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House and a link to the map so you can design your route.

http://robertsroostcountryguesthouse.com/wine-trail/

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Connie “Roberts” Zink, Proprietor

  1. Silver Moon Winery      (16 Miles Approximately 25 Minutes)
    21305 Zier Road
    Lanark Illinois  61046
    Website: www.silvermoonwineryinc.com
    Email: email@silvermoonwineryinc.com
  2. Massbach Ridge Winery   (18 Miles Approximately 34 Minutes)
    8837 South Massbach Road
    Elizabeth Illinois 61028
    Website: www.massbachridge.com
    Email: info@massbachridge.com
  3. Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery   (20 Miles Approximately 30 Minutes)
    2003 West Hanover Road
    Hanover Illinois 61041
    Website: www.rockywaters.net
    Email: jcs@rockywaters.net
  4. Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery  (21 Miles Approximately 33 Minutes)
    4595 West Speer Road
    Hanover Illinois 61041
    Website: www.fergedaboudit.com
    Email: winemaker@fergedaboudit.com
  5. Wide River Winery    (22 Miles Approximately 31 Minutes)
    1776 East Deer Creek Road
    Clinton Iowa 52732
    Website: www.wideriverwinery.com
    Email: wideriverwinery@gmail.com
  6. Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery  (36 Miles Approximately 54 Minutes)
    4746 North Ford Road
    Scales Mound (Galena) Illinois 61036
    Website: www.galenacellars.com
  7. Brush Creek Winery  (40 Miles  Approximately 57 Minutes)
    16415 298th Avenue
    Bellevue Iowa 52031
    Website: www.brushcreekwinery.com
    Email: ksweuste@netins.net
  8. Famous Fossil Winery  (43 Miles Approximately 55 Minutes)
    395 West Cedarville Road
    Freeport Illinois 61032
    Website: www.famousfossilwinery.com
    Email: info@famousfossilwinery.com
  9. Hailey’s Winery  (45 Miles  Approximately 59 Minutes)
    114 South Franklin Street
    Byron Illinois 61010
    Website: www.haileyswinery.com
  10. Tabor Home Winery  (49 Miles  Approximately 1 Hour and 6 Minutes)
    3570 67th Street
    Baldwin Iowa 52207
    Website: www.taborwines.com
  11. Barrel Head Vineyard and Winery  (50 Miles  Approximately 1 Hour and 7 Minutes)
    9995 Laudeville Road
    Dubuque Iowa 52003
    Website: www.facebook.com/barrelhead.winery
  12. Hawks Mill Winery (49 Miles Approximately 1 Hour and 8 Minutes)
    W8170 Pilz Road
    Browntown Wisconsin 53522
    Website: www.hawksmillwinery.com

 

Bald Eagles Visit Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Bald Eagle Visits Roberts' Roost

Bald Eagle Visits Roberts’ Roost

Spring migration has begun in Northwest Illinois. The Bald Eagles are on the move to their summer homes up north. We have had quite a few visits this winter from the visiting Bald Eagles. This one was photographed in the tree at the front of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House.

Bald Eagle on the Original Roberts' Farm

Bald Eagle on the Original Roberts’ Farm

This Bald Eagle was resting in the tree on the original “Old Roberts’ Farm”. At the time my Grandfather died in 1971, Bald Eagles were not very common in the area. He would have been very honored to have this Bald Eagle sitting in the tree on the farm he purchased from his grandfather 101 years ago, in 1914.

Harman Augustus "Gust" Roberts and His Son Glen Roberts

Harman Augustus “Gust” Roberts and His Son Glen Roberts

The gentleman you can see to the left of the photo is my Uncle Glen who built Roberts’ Roost in 1974 after the death of my grandfather and he needed to move from the original Roberts’ Homestead.

Here are a couple close-ups of the visiting Bald Eagles resting at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House.

Bald Eagle at Roberts' Roost 2 3 8 2015 web

 

Bald Eagle at Roberts' Roost 4 3 8 2015 webThe next couple weeks will be prime viewing times for the Bald Eagles in Northwest Illinois. Book your stay at Roberts’ Roost now and you never know you may be able to watch the Bald Eagles from the chairs on the front step of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. All winter, hardly a day has gone by that we have not been able to spot a Bald Eagle or two from the yard of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. It would have made my family very proud.

Connie “Roberts” Zink

Proprietor

 

The Birds of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Filling the Feeders at Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Filling the Feeders at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Filling the bird feeders is a very integral part of the upkeep at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. We want our guests to be able to experience as much nature and wildlife as possible during their visit. To accomplish this we place as many bird feeders and gardens around the perimeter of the yard as possible. Every couple days, Dennis replenishes the feeders in order to draw the largest variety of birds to the yard.

Last week we had this leucistic House Finch at the feeder.

Leucistic House Finch at Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Leucistic House Finch at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

We were also very fortunate to be able to view from the yard, these magnificent Bald Eagles.

Bald Eagles Visiting Roberts' Roost Country Guest House January 11th 2015

Bald Eagles Visiting Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House January 11th 2015

Juvenile Bald Eagle Visiting Roberts' Roost Country Guest House January 11th 2015

Juvenile Bald Eagle Visiting Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House January 11th 2015

Almost everyday you can see the Red-tailed Hawks flying over Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House and hear them calling to each other. This photo of two Red-tailed Hawks was taken on January 11th, 2015.

Red-tail Hawks

Red-tail Hawks

If you love nature and wildlife please visit us at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. Book your stay now!

Connie Zink

Proprietor

 

Enter in 2015 to Win a Free Two Night Stay in 2016!!!! Register Now!!!!

Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Win a free two night stay for 1 to 4  people during 2016 at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House in Savanna, Illinois. (Dates are subject to availability, must be two consecutive nights, and must be used in 2016). Value up to $299.00. Winner will be randomly chosen by Contest Hopper. Prize is transferable to winner’s family and friends.

Please visit Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House to register!!!

Bald Eagle Viewing Time Is Here At Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House!!!!!

Bald Eagles Visiting Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House January 11th 2015

It’s that time of year! The Bald Eagles have arrived in our area. The numbers of Bald Eagles in the surrounding area around Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House will vary from day to day according to the weather conditions. As the Mississippi River freezes and the fish supply gets smaller, the Bald Eagles that don’t move farther south down the river, will move inland looking for food sources. On January 11th, we had six Bald Eagles within a 1/4 mile of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House searching for food. The two photos I have included here were taken from the Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House front yard.

Juvenile Bald Eagle Visiting Roberts' Roost Country Guest House January 11th 2015

Juvenile Bald Eagle Visiting Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House January 11th 2015

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House is conveniently located to many prime Bald Eagle viewing areas. Lock and Dam 12 in Bellevue, Iowa and Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Illinois are within a 20 to 30 minute drive. Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is only 7 miles north of Savanna and provides many close up views of Bald Eagles. Sabula, Iowa (the Island City) across the river from Savanna, often in the winter months has many opportunities for Bald Eagle Viewing.

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House has a $99.00 a night rate for overnight stays for 1 to 2 people for Bald Eagle Viewing . Please click on the link for complete information and the dates that apply.

Here are a couple more photos taken in the area:

Bald Eagle at Lost Mound Unit

Bald Eagle at Lost Mound Unit

Bald Eagle eating Fish at Sabula, Iowa

Bald Eagle eating Fish at Sabula, Iowa

Bald Eagles in Sabula Iowa

Bald Eagles in Sabula Iowa

If you are looking for a chance to see our nations national symbol, please visit us at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Connie Zink

Proprietor

 

Winter at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Winter has arrived at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House in Savanna, Illinois. Looking for a private, cozy place to stay after a day of skiing at Chestnut Mountain Lodge outside of Galena, or a day of Bald Eagle watching on the Mississippi River? If you love bird-watching you will love Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. We have bird feeders around the entire perimeter of the yard that provides an abundance of birds to view such as Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinch, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Downy Woodpeckers . Red-tailed Hawks and an occasional Bald Eagle soar over the valley adjacent to Roberts’ Roost. White-tailed deer can be spotted on the hillside with an occasional visit to the yard, for the shelled corn set out for the squirrels.

Inside, stay warm and cozy with a good book, a board game, or 150 channel TV. Hot chocolate and popcorn await your visit. Reservations (with 48 hours advance notice) will also have chocolate chip cookies upon arrival. Book now for your private winter getaway! Call 815-565-0024 or 815-656-1542 or email:  RobertsRoostCountryGuestHouse@gmail.com

Winter at Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Winter at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Filling the Bird Feeders at Roberts' Roost

Filling the Bird Feeders at Roberts’ Roost

 

Winner Of The Free Two Night Stay in 2015!!!!!

Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

And The Winner Is………… Vickie Zinanni!!!!!  Vickie, you have won the free two night stay at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House for 2015. Your stay is good for two consecutive nights, anytime during the calendar year 2015. (Dates are subject to availability so please book your stay early). You must use your free stay in 2015, the offer expires December 31st, 2015 Happy New Year!!!! Vickie, we are looking forward to meeting you in 2015.

Connie and Dennis Zink

Last Chance to Register for a Free Two Night Stay in 2015!!!! Contest ends December 31st, 2014

Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Win a free two night stay for 1 to 4  people during 2015 at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House in Savanna, Illinois. (Dates are subject to availability, January 1st through December 31st 2015, must be two consecutive nights, and must be used in 2015). Value up to $269.00.

Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

While visiting Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House you can relax and enjoy a taste of the country life. Farm fresh eggs, from nearby Hartman’s Hens provide the base to your country breakfast that will be awaiting you in the stocked refrigerator. A completely furnished kitchen provides you with everything you need to make your hearty breakfast.

Hartman's Hens

Hartman’s Hens

Winter is the prime time for viewing Bald Eagles. Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House is conveniently located to all the best Bald Eagle Viewing spots in Northwest Illinois.

Bald Eagle at Lost Mound Unit

Bald Eagle at Lost Mound Unit

During the warmer months we are only minutes away from the Great River Trail Bike Path.

Biking and Bird-watching on the Great River Trail

Biking and Bird-watching on the Great River Trail

Wildlife and Bird-watching are favorite pass times at Roberts’Roost Country Guest House.

Gray Catbird "Fluffy"

Gray Catbird “Fluffy”

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Campfires always gather family and friends together for memorable times.

Campfire at Roberts' Roost

Campfire at Roberts’ Roost

"Calling Owls"

“Calling Owls”

Relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House.

Garden Phlox and Daylilly

Garden Phlox and Daylilly

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Register now for your chance to WIN!!!!

Winner will be randomly chosen by Contest Hopper on the evening of December 31st, 2014. Prize is transferable to winner’s family and friends.

Visit Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House for Tranquil Days, Peaceful Nights, and Nature’s Serenity!

Bald Eagle Viewing in Carroll County!!!

Bald Eagle Photo Taken at Savanna-Sabula Bridge

Bald Eagle Photo Taken at Savanna-Sabula Bridge

Welcome to Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House! The convenient place to stay for some of the best Bald Eagle Viewing in Northwest Illinois. We are centrally located and close to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, including Lost Mound Unit, Spring Lake, Thomson Causeway, and Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton. This area boasts some of the best Bald Eagle viewing in the Midwest. Hundreds of Bald Eagles stay in our area through out the winter months, providing some of the best views to be found of this magnificent national emblem. Scheduled tours are available through Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge www.stewardsumrr.org on Saturday afternoons from mid January to mid March. Please check their website for times and availability.

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House will be offering a special rate of $99.00 a night (1 to 2 people, $10.00 each additional person)  from December 1st through March 15th for your Bald Eagle viewing pleasure. Featuring all ground floor, two bedrooms (1 queen size & 1 full size with luxury bedding), 1 bath, living / dining room combo, fully equipped kitchen with full size appliances. Refrigerator is stocked with everything necessary to prepare a fresh country breakfast, including: farm fresh eggs, sausage, bacon, hash-browns, toast, assorted muffins, butter, jellies, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate! Also includes 150 channel Direct TV and free wifi. Please use code: BALD EAGLE VIEWING when making your reservation.

Bald Eagles at Lock and Dam 13

Bald Eagles at Lock and Dam 13

Bald Eagles at Lock and Dam 13

Bald Eagles at Lock and Dam 13

Bald Eagle Photo Taken Along Hwy 84 North of Savanna

Bald Eagle Photo Taken Along Hwy 84 North of Savanna

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House is only 25 minutes away from Bald Eagle Day in Clinton. Iowa. on January 10th, 2015. Great programs, presentations, and Bale Eagle viewing at Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Illinois awaits you that day. For complete info please visit the Stewards website. Hope to see you this winter at Roberts’ Roost, it is possible to see Bald Eagles from our yard. They fly over quite frequently. Have a great winter season!!!

Connie Zink

Proprietor