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Author: Liz Gronewold

Liz is a college student at UW-Whitewater studying to receive her B.B.a in Marketing. She's a big fan of the Rockford City Market, Dinner on the Dock, and will forever call the 815 her home.

As a college student, trips home are always the best. I get to see my family again, relax, and I’m back in the 815. I recently got to come home for Easter weekend, and one of my favorite people to hang out with (my mom) and I decided to check out Rock Cut State Park. Neither of us had been there despite being lifelong citizens of the Rockford area, and let me tell you, we have been missing out.

Plan a Staycation in the Rockford Region

Monday, March 15, 2021 4:00 PM by Liz Gronewold

“I Need a Break”

Needing a break from COVID talk, a break from work, or just a mental break doesn’t mean you have to book a trip to the Bahamas. There are so many ways to easily plan out a vacation for yourself without leaving the 815, or even your pajamas (it’s a personal choice, and I support it). Whether you choose to create a staycation that takes place completely in your home, or you make the city you’ve lived in for years your “destination,” we have some ideas to get your plans in motion.

Girls’ Night in Rockford

Thursday, February 18, 2021 3:00 PM by Liz Gronewold

Whether you’re stepping out and enjoying dinner at locations allowing seated dining or staying cozy

Dog Friendly Winter Walks

Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:00 PM by Liz Gronewold

My German Shorthaired Pointer, Rylee, is probably the best walking partner ever. As a dog owner, I can honestly agree with the fact that we all think our dogs are the “best dog,” so why not bring your beloved pup along with you the next time you want to get outside. Rockford has so many wonderful walking trails that are just waiting to be explored.

New Year, New Restaurants to Try (To-Go Edition)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 AM by Liz Gronewold

Now that you’ve spent hours in the kitchen preparing all the holiday meals, it’s time to take a break and let the best local restaurants of Rockford take care of dinner. There are so many options to choose from, and best of all, you can support all these restaurants from the comfort of your home. Make trying Rockford hot spots a resolution this year!