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Taking The Road Less Traveled!

Stone Arch Bridge Stone Bridge Road Lanark Illinois

Stone Arch Bridge Stone Bridge Road Lanark Illinois

Awhile back, I saw a photo on Facebook of this Stone Arch Bridge just outside of Lanark, Illinois. The photo had been posted by Sherry Vidinich of “Hickory Hideaway Cabins” I must say I have lived in Carroll County for all 61 years of my life and never knew this beautiful old Stone Bridge existed. I had never driven on Stone Bridge Road, just on the west edge of Lanark, even though I have drove by it hundreds of times in my lifetime. When I set out to find this bridge, after the photo I had seen intrigued me so much, I actually ended up discovering a second bridge I had never known about.

When you say Stone Arch Bridge in Carroll County, what comes to people’s minds is a more historic one that reportedly Abraham Lincoln camped by in 1832. The history is rich for this Stone Arch Bridge. As far as I can tell, this one is no longer visible from the highway, but there is a historical marker for it along Highway 52 and 64 close to the Carroll County / Ogle County line. Here is a photo of that marker.

Stone Bridge Historical Marker

Stone Bridge Historical Marker

Here is a link to a complete article on our “Carroll County Tourism” website about this historic old stone bridge.

After discovering the historic bridge marker yesterday, we went on to find the beautiful old bridge I took the photo of above. The “Bridge That Goes To Nowhere”, how I would love to know the history of this remarkable landmark that has stood the test of time.

Yesterday, I took “the road less traveled because it was the right road at the time” for me. Seeking peace and solitude, and a beautiful sunset, I found it on a little known back road in Carroll County, Illinois.

There are many more back roads to discover in scenic Northwest, Illinois, please stay with us at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. Tranquil days, peaceful nights, and nature’s serenity awaits you. Book your reservation and “Explore Carroll County” today!

Connie Zink



Enjoy Illinois Holiday Deal!!!

Roberts Roost Cookies and Hot Chocolate website
We have a great “Holiday Deal” through only $99 per night holiday discount (1 to 2 people, $10.00 each additional person) through January 12th. 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: Christmas in the Country when making your reservation.

Bald Eagle Viewing in Northwest Illinois Is Starting!

Bald Eagle viewing in Northwest Illinois, is some of the best in the Midwest! Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House is your place to stay to enjoy your visit to see the Bald Eagles. Located only 15 minutes away from Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and 20 minutes away from Lock and Dam 13, one of Illinois “hotspots” for Bald Eagle viewing in winter, in Illinois. Bald Eagle viewing is excellant along the Mississippi River as it winds it way along the edges of Carroll and Whiteside counties.

Bald Eagle at Lost Mound Unit

Bald Eagle at Lost Mound Unit

This photo was taken in the public area of Lost Mound Unit at the Observation Deck on September 21st, 2014.

Bald Eagle at Lost Mound Unit

Bald Eagle at Lost Mound Unit

This photo was also taken along River Road at Lost Mound Unit, on September 21st, 2014.

During the winter season, Bald Eagles are in abundance in Northwest Illinois. Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House provides you with a home base, quiet country retreat, while visiting the area to see the Bald Eagles. Please see our website for complete information on your stay.

For more information on upcoming Bald Eagle tours sponsored by Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge this winter please visit

Bald Eagle viewing tours will start in January.



“Calling Owls” at Roberts’ Roost

On Sunday, September 7th, Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House held its first “Owl Call”. Friends of ours, Bob and Sandy Walton conduct the “Owl Prowls” that take place twice a year for the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge. After seeing both Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls and hearing Eastern Screech Owls at Roberts’ Roost we decided to give “Owl Calling” a shot, on an evening close to full moon. The weather was beautiful, the marshmallows, graham crackers and candy bars tasty, and the owls were cooperative. It took about 15 minutes of Bob calling Barred Owl calls for them to answer. We had a pair of adults, with what sounded like a juvenile, that flew into the edge of the woods across the field from where we were sitting. They carried on quite the conversation with Bob, back and forth along with a lot of what are called the “Monkey” calls. There were also two more Barred Owls quite a distance away, calling from the surrounding woods. Thanks to Bob and Sandy Walton, our neighbors, John, Sarah, Trap, and Eva, and our kids, Stacie, Kenny, and Alyssa for a memorable evening at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House!


Do You Know Where Your Eggs Come From???

Do you know where your eggs come from? Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House features only farm fresh eggs raised by Hartman’s Hens, our next door neighbor. From the hens, across the field, to the fridge, you can’t get much fresher than that. All guests will receive a dozen eggs, awaiting their cooking pleasures. Let me introduce you to Hartman’s Hens!

Kitchen is Ready for Guests!!!

Here are photos of the kitchen at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House! The kitchen comes complete with a full size stove, refrigerator/freezer, and microwave. It is completely furnished with dishes, silverware, glasses, pots and pans, toaster, coffee pot, tea pot, crock pot, and other kitchen utensils. Sorry there currently is not a dishwasher or ice cube maker, but ice cube trays and hand dish-washing detergent is supplied, along with paper towels, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap. There is also a new gas grill available for your outside cooking needs along with outside seating areas.

Kitchen at Roberts' Roost

Kitchen at Roberts’ Roost

Website Kitchen 2

“Fire Pit” Completed at Roberts’ Roost!

We just finished the fire pit at Roberts’ Roost last night and decided to try it out with a potluck inviting our neighbors from home. What a great evening, the weather was beautiful, no insects, amazing sky with the Big Dipper in full view, great company, and delicious marshmallows, the Hershey candy bars weren’t bad either! We also got to add a new yard bird to the list, the Eastern Screech Owl. We had just sat down and had two of them calling, one from the timber to the east and the other just to the north of where we were sitting. The one to the north was very vocal and called for quite awhile. Such a great start to the Fall season!

Campfire at Roberts' Roost

Campfire at Roberts’ Roost

Is This the Way to Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Neighborhood Cows

Neighborhood Cows

Okay, I couldn’t resist sharing this cute photo of my neighbor’s cows with all of you. Such an adorable pair!

Bathroom Remodel Is Completed

The bathroom remodel has been completed. We are re-purposing the vintage tub and toilet that are original to the house along with a victorian sink we purchased from our neighbors. I am sure you will enjoy the spa-like feel to this bathroom, very light, bright and cheery!