Tag Archives: Wineries in Northwest Illinois

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.

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


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.


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