Getaway to Oregon, Illinois

One of our closer getaways, this trip enlists Oregon as a base for exploring some nice roads and scenery in Northwest Illinois. The ride out to Oregon is two hours or less from the Chicago area, but we still elected to stay two nights to allow us two full day rides.

We rode out on a Friday night and checked in to the Pinehill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Oregon. This beautiful Italianate former mansion was built for William Judd Mix in 1874. Our hosts, Ken and Chris, immediately made us feel at home. Our room was beautiful, and full of the comforts and details you would expect from a top tier inn. Instead of the full breakfast (which sounds divine), we opted for the continental breakfast so we could be on our way early for some great riding. The butler’s pantry is always open with snacks and drinks.
We walked to the Breakers Saloon and Eatery for a great fish fry in a typical saloon setting. The portions are generous, food is good, and décor is an interesting mix of local history.

After a great day of riding, we were ready for a nice Saturday night dinner. We’d heard so much about the Blackhawk Steak Pit, we just had to try that for our Saturday dinner. We walked (only recommended for serious walkers, as it is about 2 miles and part of the route is on a road without sidewalks). You’ll know you are close when you see the statue of Chief Blackhawk gazing down from his perch on the hill above the river. Be sure to order a steak, which will be grilled for you on the open flame grills in the center of the restaurant.

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