Archive for The Trails of Pheasant Ridge

Two of McHenry County residents’ favorite festivals are just around the corner, and lovers of art and wine are going to be excited! Ring in summer by attending the third annual Spring Wine Walk, being held in conjunction with the Fine Arts Festival in downtown Richmond this Saturday, June 28.

Tickets for the Spring Wine Walk are $35 each, and attendees can enjoy sipping and strolling through 10 participating businesses in the downtown area.  There will be three varieties of wine at each station, in addition to delicious snacks for sampling. Participants won’t go home empty handed either, and will receive a souvenir wine glass from the event, as well as a complementary bottle of wine of their choice! Read More→

Richmond New HomesConstruction is underway at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge! We are currently building two new homes, slated for fall move-in dates, at the Richmond community. In addition to these two homes, buyers will need to act fast with just limited opportunities remaining at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge.

Nestled within a serene country setting, homes at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge are priced from $169,990 to $260,990 and showcase a variety of spacious home designs including seven ranch and eight two-story plans. Interiors offer space for the entire family with two to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms and basements available. Additionally, we offer you the opportunity to design your dream home with our onsite design center offering upscale finishes such as custom millwork, granite countertops, hardwood floors, imported ceramic tile and much more. Read More→

The YAfter the final school bell has rung for the year, it is time for summer camp! Now is the perfect time for busy moms and dads to start checking out great local summer camps that will keep kids active, entertained, and most of all, happy! Just 90 minutes outside of Chicago, McHenry County features beautiful lakes and nature trails that are perfect for summer adventures and exploration.

Sage YMCA:  Located in Crystal Lake, Sage YMCA of Metro Chicago offers a variety of weekly day camps for children ages three to eighth grade. Kids can enjoy taking a dip in the pool for swimming lessons, playing sports, participating in character development  activities (honesty, caring, respect and responsibility), and much more! Other activities include art, disc golf, archery (campers fifth grade and older), special events, outdoor exploration, and field trips. In addition to its weekly summer camp, the Sage YMCA will offer specialty camps such as Cheerleading/Pom Pons Camp/Dance, Mega Sports Camp, Archery Camp, Tennis Camp and What’s Cookin’ Camp. For more information on summer day camps available at Sage YMCA, call 815-459-4455. Read More→

Get ready for a day filled with family fun Saturday, May 3 at the Casting for Cures trout fishing event at Spring Grove Hatchery Park, hosted by Nicole Mendlik and the Cheri Amore Memorial. Proceeds raised will be donated to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund, a non-profit organization that supports research into the effective treatment and cure of childhood cancer and other related blood disorders. The event will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will have a variety of exciting activities for all ages, including trout fishing, fly fishing lessons, games, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, raffles, a silent auction, trackless train rides and a princess meet and greet.

Come and celebrate the gift of life and honor the memory of Cheri Amore, an “exceptional and energetic young lady who passed away at the very young age of 17,” after battling leukemia for 14 years, according to the Casting for Cures website. The event will also honor 6-year-old Nicole Mendlik, who was described as “an outgoing, determined young girl who continues her fight to overcome Aplastic Anemia.” Read More→

A warm home in Richmond

Spring is coming. Flowers will be blooming, the sun will shining and baseball will make its return. After months of cold and snow, residents of Richmond are looking forward to the longer days and warmer temperatures that hold the promise of fun and fresh air in the great outdoors.

Richmond is located in the northern part of the state with nearby state parks, lakes and other attractions just minutes away. Residents of Richmond can leave their homes and find fun activities for the whole family, all within driving distance. Read More→

McHenry new homes

Many people make resolutions at the start of the New Year. While many of those resolutions include personal health and wellness, it’s important to remember your McHenry new home also needs a little TLC throughout the year.

Home-based resolutions can take just a few minutes or a few months, but you will be happy you stuck to them, and your house will thank you too. Read More→

Winterfest winners

Don’t miss the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition, part of more than 10 days of family fun at Winterfest at Lake Geneva. Residents of Bailey Estates and the Trails of Pheasant Ridge should stop by between Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Feb. 2 to see the amazing sculptures. Winners will be announced Saturday afternoon.

Winterfest this year will stretch through Saturday, Feb. 8 with plenty of activities for the whole family, including laser tag, a beach party, s’mores, a reindeer run and more.

The event is just 15 minutes from the Bailey Estates homes in Williams Bay, Wis. Additionally, The Trails of Pheasant Ridge is just a short drive up US Highway 12 to Lake Geneva.

The lake also has plenty of other activities during the winter months, including a zip line, Dancing Horses Theatre and the Animal Gardens. Read More→

Williams Bay homesWinter weather means that there will be plenty of ice and snow on the roads for the next several months. While the white powder may be fun for winter recreation near your Richmond, McHenry, Williams Bay or Poplar Grove real estate, it can pose a real threat to driving conditions.

Here are a few winter weather driving tips for staying safe traveling to and from your home:

  • Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space between yourself and the car in front of you than you normally would.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes; brake gently to avoid skidding.
  • Always turn on your lights to make sure you are visible to other motorists. Read More→
Winter activities in Lake Geneva

Credit: City of Lake Geneva

With snow falling on a regular basis, it’s time for our McHenry, Williams Bay, Poplar Grove and Richmond homes residents to break out those skis, sleds, snowmobiles and skates for some winter weather fun!

Here’s a look at some of our favorite places for winter recreation near our communities:

The Trails of Dawson Creek

  • Aldeen Park: Just a short drive away from Poplar Grove in Loves Park, this is a popular spot for snow sledding, which is allowed on the north side of the dam.
  • Regional Activity Center: Also located in Loves Park, this is the home of some of the best local cross-country skiing thanks to a partnership between Paddle and Trail and Rockford Park District. Read More→
Anderson's Candy Shop

Credit: Anderson's Candy Shop

Residents of McHenry homes have a fantastic way to escape the cold weather and have fun as an entire family by touring local chocolate shops. Both Anderson’s Candy Shop and Riverside Chocolate Factory offer entertaining tours and sweet treats for the entire family Monday through Sunday.

Anderson’s Candy Shop is located at 10301 N. Main St. in Richmond. Anderson’s has been making chocolate for nearly 100 years, and each of their wide variety of chocolates is handmade, from the classic Ghirardelli to the legendary Massachusetts fudge. Read More→