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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

 

 

 

A Tale of Two Eastern Bluebirds 2016 Story Continues

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus and Eliza Bluebird in front of the Old Roberts’ Barn

Welcome to a “Tale of Two Bluebirds” the continuing saga of the Eastern Bluebird pair “Gus” and “Eliza” that reside at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. If you have visited my website anytime in the last two years, I am sure you have came across some photos of my favorite feathered friends. “Gus” and “Eliza” first appeared at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House in March of 2015. You cannot imagine my excitement when they chose the nesting boxes in my yard as their home for the season. My dad was not much into birds but he always had one bluebird box nailed to a fence post at the corner of the yard and for many years had some bluebird visitors that would stop by to nest for the summer. “Gus” and “Eliza” were named after my grandparents, the original owners of the land Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House rests upon.

2015 was a great year for the little family. They had three separate nestings,  yielding a total of ten babies over the summer. My husband and I, along with many of the guests that stayed at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House, thoroughly enjoyed their antics as they raised their families and played  around the yard the entire summer season. Every day I would put wax worms on a plate that rested on a stump in the back yard and they would fly in to feed themselves and their young. About mid October, was the last time in 2015, I saw my little family of bluebirds. I was out for a walk along the country lane back to the neighbors’ house, as Mom and Dad landed on the utility line above me. I could see circling above me was all ten babies they had raised that summer. Mom and Dad let out a couple of chirps as if to say goodbye and then all twelve gathered together and headed south. That was the last I saw of them until late winter, 2016.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Mr. Bluebird Gus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got my first glimpse of “Gus” and “Eliza”  this year, on a very brisk, windy day on March 13th, 2016. We pulled into the yard of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House and the first thing I noticed when I got out of our truck, was “Gus” and “Eliza” sitting among the branches of the dead maple tree next to the driveway. Their bright blue feathers shining among the bare branches was such a welcome sight after the long, dreary days of winter. It didn’t take them long to get settled back into the routine of the wax worms served on their little plate in the back yard. About every four days I would run to the gas station to restock their $10.00 container of worms. (I never said these were inexpensive friends!) By the end of the first week in April they had started their first nest of the season laying five eggs. Things went along fine for a few days until the day we noticed “Gus” was there but not “Eliza”. Dennis checked the nest box and all five eggs and the nest had been destroyed. “Gus” seemed very distraught and there was no sign of “Eliza”. It took two days before “Eliza” showed back up again. I had been sick with worry that something had happened to my little female feathered friend. I can’t tell you the relief when she reappeared.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Mrs. Bluebird Eliza

They immediately started to work on a second nest in a different bluebird box in the yard. I had such hopes for the second nest as “Eliza” proceeded to lay four more eggs in the second box. A few days later we discovered that nest and all its eggs had also been destroyed. We finally figured out it was a raccoon that was raiding the nests at night. Devastated again, but very persistent, “Gus” and “Eliza” proceeded to build two more nests and “Eliza” laid a total of another six eggs still with no success. Dennis had put a sheet of aluminum on the fence near the nest boxes but that didn’t keep out the raccoons either.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Mrs. Bluebird Eliza

Finally, around the 5th of June, “Eliza” completed laying another four eggs in the nest box they had raised two successful broods in last year. We didn’t look in the nest box after that as we were scared we would jinx nest number five. On June 20th, the 12th anniversary of my father’s death “Gus” and “Eliza” started taking wax worms into the nest box to start feeding the babies. The nest box they were using rests in the same place as the original box my dad had put up so many years before.  June 23rd, was the first time we were brave enough to open the lid of the box and were able to view to our first four babies of the  2016 season.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Babies on June 23rd 2016

The next photo was taken on July 2nd.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Babies on July 2nd 2016

Several days after that our four baby bluebirds fledged the nest. Their first flight took them across the yard to the large 150 year old plus Burr Oak tree. For a week or so mom and dad continued to take the wax worms we put on their plate each day, to the very top branches of that beautiful old oak tree. You could see the babies moving about among the leaves of that majestic oak. After a week or so the babies decided to brave leaving the safety of their big old tree and started venturing into the yard to claim their own worms at the plate. Soon all four babies were coming with “Gus” and “Eliza” to the feast. Here are some photos of one of the juvenile Eastern Bluebirds I names Gus Jr. (Really not sure if it is a male or female but thought the name was appropriate.)

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus Jr.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus Jr.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus Jr.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus Jr.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus Jr.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus Jr.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus Jr.

Eastern Bluebirds Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

Gus Jr.

It’s now been well over a month since the four babies left the nest and they are now taking off on their own in many directions. However they do still come occasionally and sit together on the utility wires back by the worm plate. We stopped by the house tonight just before dark and all six family members were sitting side by side on the high wires.

The pleasure and joy that I have receive from these beautiful little birds is almost beyond words. Every time I see them I think of my grandparents, “Gus” and “Eliza” Roberts. They gave birth to sixteen children on this land so many years ago. They too had their losses. Five of my grandparents’ children did not live to adulthood. For the other eleven, almost all made it into their late 80’s with three still living today. “Gus” and “Eliza” the Eastern Bluebirds have now raised fourteen “children” over the last two summers on this special piece of land. I am hoping the bluebirds stay around until the days grow shorter in October before once again they do a fly over and say goodbye.

I am not sure what the life span of these special little birds are but I am hoping “Gus” and “Eliza” will come back next Spring for another summer stay or two. When they are no longer around, I hope their ancestors enjoy this place called Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House as much as I and my guests seem to.

Have a great day!

Connie Zink

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Carroll’s Most Unique Attraction!

When visiting the area you might want to check out our most unusual attraction “The Raven’s Grin Inn” in Mount Carroll, Illinois. Located only six miles from Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House you can visit this unique home that was featured on HGTV’s popular TV show “Extreme Homes”. It is open for business year round and a very popular attraction the month of October!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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!