Archive for The Trails of Pheasant Ridge

Come visit Gerstad Builders at the “Life is a Journey” expo taking place tomorrow, Feb. 21! Presented by the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, the expo will feature businesses from across McHenry County and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about their community.

The “Life is a Journey” expo is designed to guide businesses along the path of finding their specific interests and audiences. During the event, which is actually an “expo within an expo,” businesses will be able to explore a selection of lanes and determine which area best represents their market. Each lane will contain business booths within a certain category or theme, including Senior Street, Children’s Court, Leisure Lane, Home Highway, Health and Fitness Fairway, Financial Frontage and Women’s Walkway. This distinct categorization of each lane will appeal to a wide variety of professionals by helping them easily locate their niche market. Representatives from each business will be available for questions and information at each booth, making this expo a fantastic business-to-business opportunity. Read More→

Courtesy of McHenry County Illinois Convention & Visitors BureauIt’s time once again for the annual Festival of the Sugar Maples, held this year at Coral Woods Conservation Area! This McHenry county event will be limited to two weekends, March 7 and 8 and March 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so don’t miss out on your chance to attend!

The Festival of the Sugar Maples is an annual celebration where guests learn how maple syrup is produced, and then commemorate the experience by tasting the final product! Visitors will learn how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago and discover how the process has changed over the centuries. Additionally, the festival will offer the opportunity to learn how maple trees produce sap each spring, how the sap is collected from the trees, and finally, how the sap is used to make maple syrup at the evaporator house. Be sure to stop for breakfast before or after the festival to get your fill of maple syrup on pancakes! Read More→

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Winterfest at Lake Geneva! This festive celebration will conclude in today and tomorrow with a human dog sled competition on Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7.

Gather your team and sign up to compete in the Human Dog Sled Race, where teams will battle it out in a two-day double elimination tournament! The event fee of $45 covers a team of six, which must include a sled rider, a sled pusher and four sled pullers; however, two alternate team members are allowed. Sleds will be provided, and prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place finishers. The race is a straight course of about 175 feet in length and will take place at Lake Geneva’s Riviera Beach. Participants can keep warm in the snow by dressing in their best team costumes, and there will be a prize handed out for the most creative attire! The Elimination Round begins today, Feb. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. followed by the Championship Round on Saturday, Feb. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. Register your team today, or make plans to come watch the action! Read More→

Do you recall your first sleigh ride or the year of the perfect gift you found tucked beneath the tree? Relive your favorite holiday moments and create new memories this year at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa’s Christmas in the Country event near Gerstad Builders’ new homes in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and Richmond, Illinois.

From a day of excitement with the whole family to a date night out, there is so much to see and do at Grand Geneva this holiday season, including: Read More→

The holiday season only comes once a year, so take advantage of the excitement and spruce up the house with all the Christmas cheer you can find! Take a look at five quick and easy decorating ideas for holiday fun around your new Gerstad Builders home:

Homemade wreaths: A classic evergreen wreath with a bow is always a winner, but don’t be afraid to use your creativity to make a unique door wreath! Buy ribbon, grape vine, and glass ornaments from a craft store, or gather branches, pine cones and bright berries from the yard for a more natural look.

Antique window: We love the look of an antique window frame hung inside or out and decorated to match the mood of your home décor. For a frosty look, use chalk or paint to add a frosty, white glow to glass panes. After that, hang ornaments with twine, frame with greenery or use clothespins to hang Christmas cards. Here is one example of a holiday antique window. Read More→

Williams Bay homeThe streets are beginning to sparkle as merchants prepare for the arrival of holiday crowds, but shopping isn’t all there is to look forward to in the coming months! Mark your calendars for these exciting holiday events near Gerstad Builders’ communities in McHenry, Poplar Grove, and Richmond, Illinois, as well as the new homes in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and enjoy the spirit of the season without getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of traveling far from home!  Read More→

Are you ready to impress your guests on gameday with your beautiful new McHenry County home and delicious cooking? By adding a dash of creativity to the dishes in your gourmet kitchen, you can create tasty snacks that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds and leave your guests buzzing long after the game is over.

Here are a few winning recipes for your football parties this season:

  • Everyone will cheer for delicious baked potato dip that includes bacon crumbles, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, chives and sour cream. Serve with hot, crispy waffle fries for an irresistible appetizer!
  • For younger fans, try baked buffalo chicken strips with a basic dipping sauce like ketchup, ranch or honey mustard. Read More→

New Homes at The Trails of Pheasant RidgeHave you been searching for the perfect home in Richmond, Illinois? With a serene atmosphere and open, modern home designs, buyers are sure to fall in love with a new home at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge. Currently, we have two homes under construction at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge with a third home entering the permitting process.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, homes at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge showcase a variety of ranch and two-story home designs with a limited number of basement home sites available. With up to 3,200 square feet of living space, homes at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge boast two to four bedrooms and up to three bathrooms. As with every new home from Gerstad Builders, buyers at The Trails of Pheasant Ridge have the opportunity to personalize their home with custom finishes that include volume ceilings, skylights, custom millwork, granite countertops, hardwood flooring, three-car garages and much more. Read More→

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→