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edwards orchard donuts As August begins to wind down and fall begins, now is the best time to start planning visits to apple orchards. In the Rockford area, we are fortunate to have many orchards that will be opening their doors very shortly if they are not already open. If you are looking for a particular apple variety, you may have to wait a couple weeks though as some may not be mature yet. When you visit an orchard, it is about the experience. Not only are you going to pick apples but you also may find hay rides,  …

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great downtown dog walk What goes great with beer?  Dogs of course!  Well, many other things pair well with beer but never before could you take Fido (or Fida) along to enjoy the two together in Rockford...until now!  The Main Street District recently created a brand new event called The Great Downtown Dog Walk!     On Thursday, July 24th our downtown (N. Main and W. State Streets) filled with giddy pet owners happy to use this as an opportunity to show off th …

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dairyhaus Some people inherit their mother's smile, or their father's nose...One thing I know I inherit from both my parents is the love of ice cream.It's music to my ears when someone simply says "Hey, let's go get ice cream!" Who could ever say no to that? Last night was one of those nights when ice cream seemed necessary, so my parents and I went up to Rockton to grab some of the delicious, frozen treat from a local favorite - Dairyhaus.I love the flavors they offer at Dairyhau …

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tour de north end 2 On nice days like today, it's hard to stay inside. One of my favorite ways to get out of the house is to take my bicycle out! Nothing is better than riding on the path along the river, or taking on the hills on the road going around the lake at Rock Cut. As long as I have my bike and my iPod, I'm good to go.I usually just ride alone, but just last week I rode in Critical Mass for the first time. If you're not familiar with Critical Mass, it is when a group of people take their bikes on the  …

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wedding blog 1 This past weekend was a crazy one for my family. After months and months of planning (mostly by my sister), my older sister Stephanie and my (now) brother-in-law Brad got married! Let me tell you, it was probably the most perfect wedding of all time.Ok I might be a little biased, but I stand by my opinion. The whole day ran without a hitch. Everyone and everything looked beautiful, events ran on schedule, and Mother Nature was definitely working in our favor. This was most helpful during th …

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garden blog_1 The Rockford Area is really a great destination for gardeners of all types. There are a number of great garden spots and garden centers to visit. Enough that these alone could easily keep you busy for a weekend of garden exploration suitable for all ages. Below is a brief list of some of the great gardening spots to explore:Community GardensThe Rockford area has really become a hot spot for community gardening. Community gardening is a great concept allowing an area for gardeners to plant their  …

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Sharefest The Rockford community continues to impress me on a daily basis.  There are so many incredible people that offer up their personal time for the common good of our region.  One movement, called Rockford Sharefest, recently swept through our downtown area for Phase I of a beautification project within our great city.  Hundreds of volunteers worked hard to do everything from planting flowers to painting light poles, benches and so much more.  Not only do our streets lo …

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July 4th Starlight We know you're busy planning cookouts and coordinating travel plans for the 4th of July...and we want to help! With families coming into town, you're probably all wondering what there is to do in Rockford for the holiday. Fear not! We've gathered a list of fun things to do in town for your planning convenience! Here are some 4th of July highlights in Rockford:Tuesday, July 1 Enjoy a patriotic concert at the Sinnissippi Music Shell to start off the Independence Day festivities!Thur …

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Social Check Please Very special guests stopped to hang out with us in the Rockford Region this past May.  The Emmy award winning series, Check, Please! camera crew and lovely host,  Catherine De Orio came to visit - well, not only visit - they had a purpose!  This show takes people on cultural and culinary adventures discovering delicious eateries in unique cities.  Social Urban Bar & Restaurant was the featured eatery in Rockford for their special episode airing tonight …

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lucha margarita When I go out to dinner with my friends, we like to try different Rockford original restaurants. The last time we went out, we decided to try out Lucha Cantina, located at Edgebrook. When we walked in, we immediately fell in love with the atmosphere, which is bright and fun! The walls are painted all bright colors, and the unique artwork adds to the energy.Before ordering the food, we had to try Lucha's famous margaritas. Although if you know me, you know I'm not a huge fan of margarit …

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