Sometimes having written directions can help you get your bearings. We all have had experiences where the GPS unit has taken us on an unplanned adventure. Here are some written directions that might save the day and bring you without mishap to Walnut Acres Family Farm.Walnut Acres Family Farm: 294 Baseline Rd. Walnut, IL.
Follow Rt 34 West. It will jog through Mendota. Continue west on Rt. 92 when Rt. 34 turns south at LaMoille. Follow directions below from Ohio.
Take I-80 west to the Princeton exit. Take Rt. 26 north (turn right) and follow directions below from Ohio.
From Ohio at IL (Rt 26 & Rt 92)
Follow Rt. 92 west for 5 miles, turn north (right) on 1600th Rd for 2 miles, turn west (left) on Baseline Road for 1 mile.
Naperville or St. Charles Area
Take I-88 to Dixon. Take Exit 70 the Dixon Rt. 26 exit. Follow Rt. 26 south to Baseline Road (000 N.) You can count down the miles using the street signs. Turn west (right) for 6 miles.
Area Sites and Places of Interest
Want to do more while visiting the rural farmlands of Northern, IL. Here are just a few ideas you may want to explore while you are in the area.
|Walnut boasts a fine local cheesemaker Walnut Cheese at Avanti Foods. They have a wonderful gift shop/cheese shop that is worth visiting. My favorite is the dill cheese curds. You can also find Albanese Gummi Bears there and you haven’t had a real gummi bear if you haven’t tried an Albanese. Non-sticky so kids with braces can enjoy too. Stop for lunch at Grandma Rosie’s for yummy sandwiches and ice cream in relaxed outdoor eating.|
|Sisler’s Ice Cream is a local ice cream maker. Call ahead and maybe you can get a tour. They have a ton of flavors so they are sure to have a favorite. If you are driving through Ohio anyways be sure to notice their strange water tower, looks straight out of a 70’s sci fi movie.|
|Very touristy town with great downtown shopping including upscale fashions, home decor and antiques. Want a good steak? We love the Prime Quarter Restaurant. The Underground Railroad Museum is an educational stop. And check out their summer schedule because they are known for their Shakespear Fest. An Old Covered Bridge lies just North of the Downtown a great stop for a picture to prove you visited rural IL.|
|A bit of history can be found in Dixon. See a piece of the Berlin Wall Downtown. Grab lunch and eat down by the Rock River in the newly re-done waterfront. Go see Ronald Reagan’s portrait in Jelly Beans at the Northwest Passage Museum or visit Ronald Reagan’s Childhood home. Galena Steakhouse would be our pick for a good steak in Dixon. During the summer the John Deere Historic site is a fun stop. It is just north of Dixon in Grand Detour but they always have lots going on.|
|Walk or bike along the Hennepin canal. Walk across the Rock River and see the Great White Pelicans. In January/February, take an “island vacation” to see the Bald Eagles in St. Lawrence Park that sits in the middle of the Rock River. Before you leave Sterling, head to Sinissippi Park and visit the Mounds of the Havana Hopewell culture. Stand and look out across the river and imagine the life of 2000 years ago.|
|Is it berry season? Check at Plow Creek U-pick farm for Certified Naturally Grown berries. www.plowcreek.org/farm|
|You can find a farmer’s market somewhere around here on any given day of the week. Princeton, Dixon, Rock Falls, Sterling even Walnut has its own Farmers Market. Most are seasonal although Sterling has a year-round Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings .|
|If you enjoy nature, a good hike, or bird watching then this part of IL is a treasure trove of places to explore. From Starved Rock State Park south of us to White Pines State Park North of us and a bunch of parks and conservation areas in between. Besides Starved Rock and White Pines, other good stops include Nachussa Grasslands, Lowell Park, Hennepin Canal Parkway, and McCune Sand Prairie (but, watch out for the cactus!)|