Charles and JoAnn Reynolds of Oregon, Illinois are the winners of the FREE Two-Day Stay at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House for 2017! Congratulations Charles and JoAnn! Please contact me at 815-565-0024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for your free two day stay. Thanks to all who entered!!! Connie Zink
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!
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.
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 email@example.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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The 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
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.
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.
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.
During the warmer months we are only minutes away from the Great River Trail Bike Path.
Wildlife and Bird-watching are favorite pass times at Roberts’Roost Country Guest House.
Campfires always gather family and friends together for memorable times.
Relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House.
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!
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.
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!
We have a great “Holiday Deal” through EnjoyIllinois.com 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.
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!