Markel Family Combo Breaker Getaway–Day Four

Last Saturday, we were really hoping the rain would miss us, because we had lots of outdoor plans for the day…and for the most part, it did!

We started at Brookfield Zoo, a place we visited in January. We wanted to see what it was like in the springtime, and we wanted to see the Brick Safari LEGO exhibit (more details on that in the future)!

After a quick stop at the hotel, we headed to Giordano’s for a dinner of appetizers (calamari, a sampler platter, a wings flight, and fried cheese curds), plus a very delicious dessert (Nutella cannoli bites):

And then we made the short trip to Northwestern Medicine Field to see the Kane County Cougars, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, take on the Beloit Snappers:

We didn’t stay for the whole game…at 9 pm, after two-and-a-half hours of play, they were still in the sixth inning, and the Cougars were winning 8-1 (the final score was 10-1), so feeling confident in the Cougars imminent victory, we headed back to the hotel for a little more Combo Breaker fun:

Next up: The final day of Combo Breaker!

Summer Fun at Pheasant Run

It’s summertime, and that means there’s plenty of fun to be had at Pheasant Run Resort! Of course, the number one summer activity is pool time. Pheasant Run hosts pool parties at the outdoor pool on Saturdays from 11am-4pm, as well as on the Fourth of July and Sunday, September 1, from noon-4pm. There’s a DJ to provide plenty of music, plus poolside games and activities, and drinks available for purchase at the Splash Bar. And if you live in the area, you don’t even have to stay at the resort…you can purchase a wristband that allows you to access the pools all day for $15!

If you want to get out of the sun, you can swim through to the connecting indoor section of the famous indoor/outdoor pool:

Or even visit the charming indoor pool in the Garden Atrium:

If you find that you’re worn out from all of that swimming, you can even check out a board game to continue the family fun!

Summertime also means evening fire pits, and you can purchase a S’mores kit to make your night more fun!

If you’re looking to explore the area a bit, Pheasant Run can also help you purchase tickets to a Kane County Cougars game. The games that the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league team plays are a lot of fun to attend, and you just might be watching tomorrow’s stars on the field!

There are so many fun things to do in the summertime at Pheasant Run, you’re guaranteed to make special family memories, and have tons of Fun at the Run!

Markel Family Combo Breaker Getaway–Day One

It’s time for another Markel Family Road-Trip Wrap-Up!

One week ago, the Fab Five and I left home dark and early to drive up to St. Charles, IL, to meet Ryan at Pheasant Run for this year’s Combo Breaker. Even with the lovely Chicago construction traffic, we made it to the resort by 10:30.

As always, we ran to the Super Target to pick up a few things…the novelty has yet to wear off, and it’s still a treat to shop there!

Then it was pool time! I think we spent almost three hours swimming that first day!

Upon returning to our room, we discovered that the resort fairy had stopped by, and left a basket of goodies, Kane County Cougars caps, and vouchers for tickets to a game while we were in town (stay tuned for the details on that!), along with a lovely note!

We went to dinner with my mom and her husband at one of my favorite Chicagoland restaurants…Alfie’s Inn in Glen Ellyn.

We stopped at the Jewel-Osco after dinner to pick up a chocolate torte, a dessert I have loved for about two decades (more on that tomorrow).

We then enjoyed a pleasant walk around the resort before the storms rolled in and we headed to our room to watch the Food Network on cable TV:

Tomorrow’s post will feature our adventures in downtown Chicago!