Hempstock Pharms

Stacy McCaskill’s eyes lit up as she told the story of her farm’s beginnings. She and her wife, Dr. Ronda DeVold, DVM, had found a property for sale that would be closer to Dr. DeVold’s work and allow the veterinarian to have horses. Despite being just a couple of minutes from Woodstock’s historic…

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Valentines Day | McHenry County Made

Let’s show the ones we love some love with unique gifts only found in McHenry County. Valentine’s Day is typically roses and chocolates, but we have some suggestions for you to get for your sweetie and support local businesses while you’re at it. From seasonal favorites from McHenry County breweries…

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How to Norge: Viking helmets optional

At the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, the party’s been going on for almost 120 years. This 150-feet ski jump rises high above the Fox River and offers a year-round training facility and competition venue for world-class athletes. No snow? No problem. The plastic covering on the hill creates a…

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Top 10 Ice Cream Shops

We all scream for ICE CREAM! Here are our top 10 favorite places to get an ice-cold treat! Whether you’re a fan of a classic chocolate vanilla twist or maybe a peanut butter puppy chow concrete you’ll find exactly what you’re craving at these stops…

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Top 10 Things to do This Winter!

1. Volo Museum The Volo Museum is the area's best indoor family attraction - perfect for gear-heads, car collectors, Hollywood fanatics and kids of all ages. There are more than 400 collector autos on display in the 12-building complex, covering nearly two city blocks, including a special military…

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Naturally McHenry County wins Best Printed Collateral

CHICAGO -The 2022 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism kicked off Monday, Dec. 5, at Navy Pier in Chicago, with the 2022 Illinois Excellence in Tourism Awards ceremony honoring Illinois tourism leaders’ contributions to the industry. Governor JB Pritzker attended the event to address…

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Cut your own Christmas Trees

Beyond the gifts under the tree, part of what makes Christmas special are the family traditions involving the tree. Sure, you could bring up an artificial tree from the basement, but you can also visit a Christmas tree farm, smell the holiday scents of pine and balsam, maybe take a wagon ride to…

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Top 10 Dessert Stops

October 14th is National Dessert Day, so here is a list of the top 10 places to satisfy your sweet tooth in McHenry County! 1. The Sugar Circle - Woodstock, IL This quaint little shop just off the Woodstock Square is the perfect place to stop by for a sweet treat during the Farmer's Market, or for a…

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How to Autumn Drive:

Take a drive in the country and put this address in your GPS: 3600 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock It’s the best place to start your Autumn Drive adventures as neighbors offer antiques, crafts, food and fun. Local farms in rural McHenry County open their barns to offer you fall produce, honey, jams…

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McHenry County Craft Beverage Trail

The new McHenry County Craft Beverage Trail is now live, so make your plans to get to all 11 participating locations! We (Jay and Leah from Gastronomblog.com) recently made it to all 11 and let us tell you we had some very tasty beers and spirits! This trail covers so many different kinds and styles…

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