Happy 2017 Everyone! We first want to thank you for providing so many positive vibes and words of encouragement for State & Eight! It’s hard to believe (for us at least), that we started this blog almost a full year ago, and with the new year, we feel re-energized and excited to continue State & Eight. With that, we thought it would be fun to share our individual Bucket Lists for exploring and experiencing the 815 (we will spare you our exercising, work, home improvement goals, etc.) this year. Here goes…
Emily’s 2017 Bucket List
Take a class through Rocktown Adventures Both Liz and I had fully intended on taking a snowshoeing class through Rocktown adventures during our time off over the holidays. But, the funny thing is, is that snowshoeing requires snow. With the lack of snow, we were unable to get it done! So, my goal for this year is to take either a snowshoeing class (might become more difficult as I get further along in my pregnancy), a paddleboarding class, or a kayaking class.
Subscribe to a CSA box Last summer, I really enjoyed visiting the North End City market and every time I would get a bit envious of those that had signed up for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box. You may remember Liz posted about her experience with her CSA and it had me jealous. Here is to a summer of truly, fresh produce!
Finally visit Taylor + Max You may have noticed in our most recent gift guide, that we mentioned a great Children’s Boutique in Rockton, Taylor + Max. Truth be told, I have only looked at their merchandise online and would like to change that! This year is the year!
Treat myself to coffee more often Often I hear friends and co-workers saying the exact opposite statement. However, with places like Wired Cafe, Meg’s Daily Grind, Rockford Roasting Company, Katie’s Cup, etc., there are SO MANY wonderful, local, coffee shops to choose from, so I am attempting to visit them MORE this year.
Explore new walking routes You will see that Liz is planning to do more biking and running, but this mama is going to be happy with getting out on a daily walk once #2 joins us. With that being said, we have written about our love for The Loop and the Midway Village Museum bike path in the past, but I want to venture to explore some more walking routes. Does anyone have suggestions?
Family photos What I have noticed recently between looking at wedding photos, baby photos, family photos, etc. is that Rockford is FULL of talented, well-priced photographers. With Baby #2 coming this Spring, I would love to have professional photos taken of my family. This. Must. Happen. The only hard part will be deciding which photographer to choose!
Tour The Standard While I have visited the businesses in The Standard downtown (Arch Apothecary, London Avenue Designs, and Tique Furnishings), I am LONGING for an in depth tour of the entire building, event space, and the future Taco Betty’s. I most likely won’t be planning a large event anytime soon, but I have always loved the space and I want that “Wow, I love what you’ve done with the place,” conversation. Hook us up!
Try at least five new restaurants Do you know what Izakaya 88, Cucina Di Rosa, Tavern On Clark, Kate’s Pie Shop, and Clara Bo all have in common? They are all restaurants I have yet to visit! While I love our “go to” places, my goal is to branch out and try more restaurants I have never been. Any takers?
Attend a Yoga Tot class at Namaste Studios I am lucky enough that when I do my seldom “workout” at home, my daughter likes to join in the fun. “Mom, we are doing yoga!” Because she seems so excited about yoga, I thought I would look into a class of sorts that she and I could do together. Low and behold, Namaste Studios downtown has a class named Yoga Tots geared towards 1-5 year olds and their parents. You better believe I will make this class a priority in 2017!
Liz’s 2017 Bucket List
If you caught our article in 815 Magazine, you will remember that one of our ideas for being a tourist in our own town included an outdoor adventure. Snowshoeing has been on my bucket list for years, so a class through Rocktown Adventures is on my 2017 list.
Stand up Paddle Boarding
Along the same lines, a long time bucket list item of mine has been to do a standup paddle boarding class out at Rock Cut State Park. When I do this, I certainly hope there is no video or photo evidence.
We moved into our house last May, and I have been longing for the perfect dining room table for our kitchen. A friend of mine told me about Rock Valley College’s Woodworking Community Education course at South Beloit High School, and I would love to attempt to make my own table.
Escape Quest Beloit
Escape rooms are becoming all the rage lately, and there is one not too far away in Downtown Beloit. At Escape Quest, you and your friends are locked in an escape room and must find clues and solve puzzles to be the first team to escape. Bring. It. On.
More Bike Riding
The extent of my bike riding last year was the Tour de North End bike ride, which is super sad because I love cycling. This summer I vow to explore new bike paths and to pedal around to my favorite summer events, such as City Market and Dinner on the Dock.
Class at the Angelic Organics Learning Center
Angelic Organics in Caledonia offers some cool classes in the warmer months. From cheesemaking to campouts on the farm, there is a little something for everyone. My inner Joanna Gaines is longing to spend some time on the farm this summer.
Visit Two Local Breweries
There are two local breweries that are on my 2017 bucket list. Generations Brewing in Freeport and & Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery are both on my list. Both have tasting rooms and picturesque properties which make me long for lazy summer Saturdays.
Confession: I have never been to Pec Thing, the mega antique and flea market at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds. The 2017 dates have been released, and I plan to explore on either May 20 & 21 or September 16 & 17.
Literacy Council Half Marathon
Finally, this is a repeat, but worthy of documenting it on my official bucket list. The Literacy Council Half Marathon at Blackhawk Springs County Forest Preserve is a gorgeous run, and you can receive great pre-race training through the Runner’s Image running club prior to the race.
What is on your bucket list for 2017, both local and elsewhere?
Cheers to a great year!