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Valentine’s Day 2017 Package Available At Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House!!!

Romantic Weekend For Two at Roberts' Roost Country Guest

Romantic Weekend For Two at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

Romantic Weekend For Two at Roberts' Roost Country Guest

Double Chocolate Muffins

Looking for a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day that comes complete with chocolate??? Look no farther than Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House in scenic Northwest Illinois. Located 3/10ths of a mile off Hwy 64/52 amid the rolling hills between Mt. Carroll and Savanna. It is the perfect place for the two of you to spend a secluded, romantic Valentine’s Day Weekend. Your Valentine’s Day Package includes a two night stay, three different package dates are available (Friday and Saturday, February 10th and 11th, Sunday and Monday, February 12th and 13th or Tuesday and Wednesday, February 14th and 15th). Your romantic Valentine’s Package includes a two layer heart-shaped double chocolate cake for two, fresh strawberries, double chocolate muffins, and a bottle of red wine from an area winery. (Gluten-free options are available for the cake and muffins). Your package also includes all the fixings for a complete country breakfast which is available for you to cook yourself, and free microwave popcorn. Romantic evening dinners for two are availabe only 8 minutes away in historic Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Several fine dining options are available for Valentine’s Day including: Henry’s Double K, Molly’s, and Sievert’s Steaks and Stuff.

You can spend the days quietly relaxing, or shopping some of the areas antique stores or visiting historic Galena, Illinois (only 35 minutes away). You could also enjoy skiing  at Chestnut Mountain Resort (only a short distance away), hike the trails at Mississippi Palisades State Park or spend a day with nature, viewing the migrating Bald Eagles that travel through our area. Your romantic Valentine’s Day Package is at the special package price of $299.00 for two nights plus local taxes. Book your weekend now and mention VALENTINE’S DAY 2017 to receive the special package price.

Phone 815-565-0024 or email: RobertsRoostCountryGuestHouse@gmail.com to book your reservation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Connie Zink

Proprietor

 

 

 

Visit Mount Carroll Illinois!

During your stay at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House, I hope you will have a chance to visit historic Mount Carroll, Illinois. Located about six miles from Roberts’ Roost, Mount Carroll is a glimpse into the past with its beautiful courtyard and historic houses. Antique shopping and fine dining awaits you in Mount Carroll. For a preview of this beautiful town check out this video created by Chad Winterland.

The Story Behind These Heirloom Tiger Lilies!

Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Grandpa’s Tiger Lilies

Welcome to Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House on this beautiful July day!  I would like to share with you the story of these heirloom “Tiger Lilies” that are currently in bloom at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. When I was a child, (many, many) years ago, I always loved these special flowers. I was fascinated with the little black seeds that grew up and down the sturdy stocks, and the shape of these wonderful blooms with all of their intricate parts.

I saw them many times during their blooming season. The large patch that grew at my Grandpa’s house, was right beside the outhouse, a very popular destination. We were a little behind the times at Grandpa’s and didn’t get an inside bathroom, until the mid 1960’s. This swathe of Tiger Lilies always had a lot of traffic past them especially on Sundays during the summer, when as many as 20 to 30 family members would gather for  dinner and an afternoon of conversation while us kids played around the farm.

The Tiger Lilies pictured here that bloom at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House actually came from the little patch that was next to that often used outhouse. In June of 2004, on the day of my father’s funeral, I visited the site where my grandpa’s house had stood for so many years and had housed so many of my family members. ( My dad was one of sixteen children). The house had deteriorated to a pile of rubble, most of the barns and outbuildings, long gone along with that well used little outhouse. However on that day in June 2004, one solitary Tiger Lily still bloomed among all the weeds. My husband and I dug it up and moved it down the lane to what is now known as Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. As I  planted it in one of my flower beds I prayed this poor lonesome flower would make it through the transplant in the middle of the summer heat. (Little did I know about the endurance of these beauties. Now, twelve years later that Tiger Lily still flourishes and has multiplied many times over, reseeding into two other gardens in the yard as well.

I only need a glimpse of these tall lilies to bring all of the wonderful memories of my childhood and grandpa’s farm flooding back. These flowers have stood the test of time, definitely no coddling to keep these flowers alive. I have no idea when they were planted or by whom, but my ancestors dwelt on that land as far back as 1860. I like to envision the grandmother I never knew, (she died about eight years before I was born), planting those flowers and enjoying the beauty of them year after year. The amazing thing is that even after I dug up the last remaining Tiger Lily that day back in 2004, they still thrive. I was by there a few days ago and where the old outhouse stood another new group is blooming. I guess they will last forever just like my precious memories.

Here are a few interesting facts about the Tiger Lily:

The Tiger Lily, bears large, fiery orange flowers covered by spots. The name tiger probably refers to the spots on the petals. 

The Tiger Lily has significant medicinal use. A tincture is made from the fresh plant and has proved of great value in uterine-neuralgia, congestion and irritation, also in the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. (Interesting fact considering my grandmother was pregnant at least sixteen times that I know of.) 

There is an old legend from Asia about the Tiger Lily. A Korean hermit helped a wounded tiger by removing an arrow from its body. The tiger asked the hermit to use his powers to perpetuate their friendship after his death. The hermit agreed and when the tiger died, his body became a tiger lily. Eventually the hermit drowned and his body was washed away. The Tiger Lily spread everywhere searching for its friend. 

The Tiger Lily stands for wealth and prosperity. 

There is a superstition that smelling a Tiger Lily will give you freckles.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about the Tiger Lilies that bloom at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. If you happen to stay during the month of July, please stop and take a moment to smell these beautiful flowers that originated here so long ago.

I thought I would also share with you this old winter 1965 black and white photo taken of my grandpa’s garden, the outhouse and windmill. The Tiger Lilies stood right next to the outhouse.

Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Winter 1965 Gus Roberts Farm

Sincerely,

Connie Zink

 

 

 

 

 

Winner Of The 2016 Free Two Night’s Stay At Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House!!!!

"Gus" and "Eliza" the Eastern Bluebirds of Summer 2015

“Gus” and “Eliza” the Eastern Bluebirds of Summer 2015

Congratulations to the winner of the “Free Two Night’s Stay at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House 2016!!

Connie Inskeep of Moline, Illinois is the winner! Congratulations Connie! Please contact me at 815-565-0024  or email robertsroostcountryguesthouse@gmail.com to arrange for your free two day stay. The new contest for 2017 will be available for sign up in the next couple weeks. Thanks to all who entered!!!

Connie Zink

 

Meet the Eastern Bluebirds of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House Summer 2015

"Gus" and "Eliza" the Eastern Bluebirds of Summer 2015

“Gus” and “Eliza” the Eastern Bluebirds of Summer 2015

Meet the Eastern Bluebirds of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House, Summer 2015! Back in April, I got the first glimpse of what would be an exciting summer season of nesting Eastern Bluebirds here in the yard of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. Approximately 25 years ago, my father put up the first Bluebird box on the perimeter of the yard of what is now known as Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House.  My dad always prided himself in having a pair of Eastern Bluebirds using the nesting box he had provided for them, almost every year. Now eleven years after my father’s death, I am very proud to say we have a resident pair of Eastern Bluebirds using a new box, in the same spot my father used one so many years ago. The Bluebirds, “Gus” and “Eliza” as I call them, are named after my grandparents who bought this land in 1914. My grandparents went on to raise sixteen children on this beautiful spot located in beautiful, scenic northwest Illinois. I think “Gus” and “Eliza” are carrying on the tradition of raising a huge family. They have had two successful nestings so far this season and are now working on the third.  The first nesting back in May produced four eggs, however one did not hatch. Three beautiful little Bluebirds fledged from this nest around the 26th of May. Here is a chronicle of their days in the nesting box.

Four Eggs in the Box on April 29th 2015

Four Eggs in the Box on April 29th 2015

Day 1 May 9th 2015 Three of the Four Eggs Have Hatched.

Day 1 May 9th 2015 Three of the Four Eggs Have Hatched.

Day 3 May 11th 2015

Day 3 May 11th 2015

Day 5 May 13th 2015

Day 5 May 13th 2015

Day 7th May 15th 2015

Day 7th May 15th 2015

Day 9 May 17th 2015

Day 9 May 17th 2015

Day 11 May 19th 2015

Day 11 May 19th 2015

Day 14 May 22nd 2015

Day 14 May 22nd 2015

Shortly after the Day 14 photo was taken all three babies did fledge from the box. Here is a shot of them coming back to eat in the yard several weeks later sitting on the top of the box they were born in.

First Brood Juvenile Baby Bluebirds  6 23 2015 021 website

 

“Gus” and “Eliza” went on to nesting number two in another box just 40 feet away from the first box. “Eliza” laid five eggs in that box in June and they all hatched. We have helped “Gus” and “Eliza” out with the feeding of all their hatchlings. We buy wax worms at the gas station intended for fishing. “Gus” and “Eliza” know the minute we show up with the little blue plastic tub and anxiously wait for the worms on their plate. They gobble up as many as their little beaks can hold then take them into the nesting boxes to feed their babies. “Gus” will always let me know when the plate is empty as he will return to the fence and stare at me as if to say the plate is empty I need more.

Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird 1 6 14 2015 073 (2) website

Here are a couple shots of “Gus” feeding the babies.

Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird 1 6 14 2015 073 (3) website

I have numerous shots of my Eastern Bluebird family and they have been a constant source of joy this summer.

"Gus"

“Gus”

"Eliza"

“Eliza”

"Gus"

“Gus”

"Gus" and "Eliza"

“Gus” and “Eliza”

All five babies fledged from the second nesting last Friday. For the first time in two months last on  July 10th, I walked into a yard with no Bluebirds. It was a very strange, lonely feeling. However, next morning they were both there bright and early and building yet another nest.

They have now built nest number three back in the first nest box they started in. We haven’t checked yet to see if we have any eggs, but will do so over the next couple days. They are both constantly by the box and it is looking good for the possibility of nesting number three. I will keep you updated as we learn more.

I hope you have enjoyed our story so far of “Gus” and “Eliza” and check back soon for the rest of the story!

Connie Zink

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

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. http://visitcarrollcountyil.com/stone-arch-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

Proprietor

 

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 www.RobertsRoostCountryGuestHouse.com 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 www.stewardsumrr.org

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!