September 2019

Hideaway Brew Garden & Bar – Hoffman Estates, IL

Hideaway Brew Garden & Bar 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL GRADING Overall Score: D Cost: C (for what you get) Recommended? No A few years ago, I wrote a post about Das Bier Garden, the beer garden located in Hoffman Estates, IL. This beer garden was unique in that it brought together the long standing German tradition of having an outdoor area to drink and socialize, as well as serving genuine German Hofbräu beer. Many of us living in the area enjoyed the garden, whether it was to savor our German roots, drink great beer, or enjoy…

A Beginner’s Guide to Jungle Exploration

Camping out in the woods is child’s play when you’ve been a traveler for a few years. Being outdoors in the forest, listening to the wind howl through the branches and leaves is anything but frightening. You already know how to cross streams, navigate the landscape full of hills and trees, and keep safe with wild animals all around you. However, exploring the jungle can be one of the more challenging expeditions.  Not only is foliage extremely dense, it’s humid beyond belief, you sweat profusely, and when night comes, the jungle comes alive. So, if you…

Exploring Whistler’s Train Wreck Hike

The Whistler Train Wreck Hike Location: Just south of Function Junction, off Whistler Quarry Road (near the Olympic Village) Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Difficulty: Easy Time: Approximately an hour round trip, plus time to visit the site Elevation Gain: 100 feet Mileage: 1.25 miles, round trip Overall impression: This was an easy family hike (I recommend this hike for kids 6 or older) that brought us out of the town and into the forest during our Whistler visit. There is a lot of beauty in this area of Canada! If you’re looking for something completely different to…

Your Guide to Granville Island – Vancouver, BC

Granville Island & Public Market Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C., Canada GRADING Overall Score: A Recommended?  Yes! Although parking is limited on weekends, this is a great place for tourists to spend the day shopping, eating, and taking in local culture. Kids will enjoy the Kids Market, indoor playground at Adventure Zone, and the Granville Island water park. Whether you’re looking for exotic flowers, artisan breads, fresh seafood, local theater, great dining, or Vancouver brews, you can find what you need on Granville Island. While the island has restaurants, shops, theaters, a marina and hotel, most traffic on…