Come one, come all | Rte 51 Brewing Company and Banquet Facility

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke As honey-hued wheat dances alongside the road, and a train whistle can be heard in the distance you can almost mistake Rte 51 Brewing Company and Banquet Facility for an industrial facility, which makes sense as this brewery is housed within what was previously Purcell’s Flooring building. Opening in 2016 […]

“Just Like Granma’s House” | Exploring rural Jackson County, Illinois

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke “It smells just like Grandma’s house!” our eight-year-old proclaims as we enter Ava Food and Family. We opted to spend a slow day exploring the western side of Jackson County on a toasty summer afternoon, keeping our agenda open-ended to allow for unexpected roadside delights. Southern Illinois is the perfect […]

Poplar Camp Beach | Cedar Lake

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke There is something undeniably special about Poplar Camp Beach. With its slight incline leading to the sandy waterfront, the candy apple red lifeguard stand, lush treeline view, and occasional fisherman cruising by slowly you can’t help but relax and enjoy the simplicity of it all. That being said, I have […]

Giant City State Park – A Snap Shot

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke With the vast nature of the Shawnee National Forest spanning 289,000 acres across the most southern part of Illinois, Giant City State Park, located within SNF, is a great option for visitors looking for a self-contained park with a clear entrance and trails all within close proximity of one another. […]

Little Grand Canyon | 5 Tips Before You Go

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke One of the most advanced hikes we take as a family, Little Grand Canyon was admittedly intimidating the first time we did this trail a few years back. With that being said many of my fears were dispelled that first time and we have since found this to be our […]

Kayaking Cedar Lake

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke My first time kayaking was on vacation in Kauai and I remember thinking, while it was undeniably phenomenal the lush scenery was so similar to southern Illinois. Since that first paddle we have enjoyed many more right here in our region and each time are reminded that the very scenery […]

Six Stops, Nine potters | Enjoying the Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke Spanning Jackson and Union Counties, the Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail is an annual shared experience over a two-day period in the month of May. While some of the artists keep regular studio hours the majority of them do not making this the perfect opportunity to meet, ask questions and experience […]

All the ways | Why you shouldn’t miss your next local art fair

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke Throughout southern illinois, and within every community across the country, art fairs are hosted in local parks, civic centers, and more. Some are well attended, some not so much. There are juried exhibits, those with vendor fees and those without. The novice and the trained. Those that call themselves artists, […]

Weekend at the Cave | Murphysboro, Illinois

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke With the Shawnee Cave Amphitheater recently announcing their 2023 Weekend at the Cave lineup, we headed to check out the venue and share more about what you can expect. Previously known as Saltpeter Cave, the amphitheater reopened in 2020 after almost a decade of closure. While we had heard bits […]

Backroad Exploring at Piney Creek Ravine | Jackson County, Illinois

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke On the far west side of Southern Illinois Piney Creek Ravine Nature Reserve, a 198 acre nature preserve, is nestled amongst rolling hills of Jackson County, boasting the largest display of Native American rock art in Illinois. Being somewhat unfamiliar with the Ava and Campbell Hill area we headed out […]