Charming Country Inn not our Cup of Tea

Lots of amenities to choose from at this beautiful country inn, but read our review to decide if it might be for you.

Pine Creek Country Inn entrance signPine Creek Country Inn
341 Pine Creek Road
Nacogdoches, TX

Venue: True to its name, Pine Creek Country Inn is located in a country setting. The grounds are beautiful, wooded, and hilly with a small meandering creek.

View of meandering creek with trees

 

Atmosphere: We lodged in a beautifully decorated, charming room in the Creek House complete with a refrigerator. A microwave was added at our inquiry at no additional charge.

View of charming bedroom

Amenities: Lots to choose from and too many to list here. Two outdoor hot tubs (one of which is semi-private with a partition surrounding it) and an outdoor pool. The pool and large hot tub are open 24 hours.

Outdoor hot tub surrounded by partitionOutdoor pool and hot tub

Continental breakfast is offered weekdays in your room with a Country Breakfast offered on Saturday and Sunday in the Creekside Café. Both are complimentary. While there is wifi, it did not work well in our room. We didn’t eat at the Creekside Café but it is open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and you can BYOB. A variety of outdoor games are available such as horseshoes, badminton and volleyball.

Recommendations: If you are not a cat person, do not stay here. Upon walking up to the lodge, there were at least 10 cats lounging near the front entryway.

Gazebo on grounds

Service: Verify your room charges upon check in. We had 2 reservations 1 week apart and they were mixed up. The second, longer stay, was charged for the first, shorter visit. A mistake for which they refunded the difference. However, the manager assisting the front desk attendant was short and terse with the attendant during the correction process. Do note, it is less expensive to book reservations online.

The Creek House

Return Rating: Never. While the grounds were beautiful and the room was comfortable, we won’t return. We cancelled the second reservation. The manger’s demeanor and too many lounging cats at the entry are inhospitable to us.

Interesting shaped tree

Small Shop for Gun Builds or Repairs in Saybrook, IL

If your old shotgun is missing a firing pin or if you need bluing or parkerizing, Jim can fix you up. He has done custom work for individuals as well as police agencies.

Pro-Tech Engineeringinside of Pro-Tech Engineering Shop

If you find you are having problems with your machine gun, then go to Pro-Tech Engineering, 129 W. Lincoln, Saybrook, IL.  Jim Gravitt formerly worked at F. J. Vollmers when they were in Bloomington, IL.  He was often seen converting semiautomatic HKs into belt fed full-autos.  He has done custom work for individuals as well as police agencies.  Here you see him adding an ambidextrous safety to our son’s 1911.

Jim Gravitt working on 1911 in his shop.

Jim’s work is exceptional.  Enter his shop and place an order for a new firearm.  If your old shotgun is missing a firing pin, he can replace it.  If you need bluing or parkerizing, Jim can fix you up.  His shop is small, but he can handle a wide variety of builds or repairs.  Jim Gravitt can be reached at 309-475-2502.  Tell him Pete sent you.

Written by Pete Avery for Backroad Tracks Blog authored by Cindy Avery

 

Fresh Wisconsin Cheese Curds for Lunch!

Mullins Cheese display casesMullins Cheese  

598 Seagull Drive, Mosinee, WI  54455

From Hwy 39 take exit 175 to Downtown Knowlton

Venue: Retail store next to the cheese factory.  Don’t be fooled by the plain exterior, there is an interesting cheese and gift shop inside.

Mullins Cheese store entry

Atmosphere: Casual retail store with lots of cheese choices, souvenirs, and gift items.  There is a snack bar along with a few tables if you want to grab a bite to eat before you continue your journey. 

Food Fare: CHEESE and other goodies. We love the cheese curds!  We have also purchased 5 year cheddar as well as a variety of cheese end cut packages.  All have been delicious.

Inside view of Mullins Cheese store with counter, displays, and tables.

Recommendations: Check out the pricing on the packaged cheese end cuts.  These are found in the refrigerated floor cases rather than the refrigerated wall cases.  Try a sample of curds from the counter sampler dish.  Definitely  buy some cheese curds — if you’ve never had them be prepared for some tasty eating.  When you chew fresh cheese curds, they squeak!

Service: Friendly and they have clean restrooms.

Return Rating: Definitely – every time we drive by on Hwy. 39.  Fresh cheese curds for lunch!

Small Town Thrift Shop Worth a Stop

Small town thrift shop located in downtown Union City, Michigan with a nice variety of merchandise. Rarely do I shop here and leave empty-handed.

United Methodist Thrift Shop
217–219 N. Broadway
Union City Michigan

Venue:  Hometown thrift store located in downtown Union City, Michigan supporting mission projects.  Rarely do I shop here and leave empty-handed.  They even have a Facebook page!

Atmosphere:  Nicely organized, clean store.  I love to stop in here and check out their latest items.

Goods:  Nice variety of merchandise including dishes, glassware, puzzles, books, shoes, craft items, limited furniture, household items, jewelry, clothes, and toys.  All at very reasonable prices.

Recommendations:  Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

Service:  Friendly volunteers!  They have a washer and dryer in the store’s basement and a volunteer washes donated clothing.

Return Rating:  Definitely!  We have shopped a number of times when in the area.

 

 

 

Antiques Galore in UP Downtown Store

Antiques nicely crowded into an old downtown building. Main floor and a basement to wander. Offering reasonable prices.

Dan’s Antique Mall
Downtown Ironwood, Michigan–Upper Peninsula
131 E. Aurora St.

Venue:  Antiques nicely crowded into an old downtown building. Main floor and a basement to wander. Offering reasonable prices.

Atmosphere: From the minute you walk into the entryway, you have items to begin looking at. My impression walking into the store was, “Wow.”

Offerings: Antiques a plenty. You name it, they had it.

Recommendations: Plan at least 2 hours shopping time if you are the type to look at everything. Otherwise you could probably breeze through in an hour trying to catch things of interest to you.

Service: Friendly and helpful.

Return Rating: Definitely.

Picture inside Dan's Antique Mall

Toilet Paper Tuesday

Kassel’s Midway in Negaunee, MI in the Upper Peninsula gives you toilet paper or Kleenex with a $20 gas purchase on Toilet Paper Tuesday.

We were enjoying the beauty of winter in the Upper Peninsula, and diligently remembering to refuel the truck. This took effort on our part because the Nissan has a smaller gas tank than the F-250.  We didn’t want to repeat the “oops” we need gas moments of traveling last summer.  As we pulled into Kassel’s Midway gas station in Negaunee, MI, their marquee told us it was Toilet Paper Kassel's Midway gas station marquee, "Toilet Paper Tuesday Every Tuesday Gift Cards"Tuesday.  ???

 

While I took care of my necessary break, my husband fueled the truck and picked out a few snacks. He then took care of his bathroom break while I paid for the gas and snacks.  Thinking ahead that it would be nice to have something to put snack garbage in, I asked the clerk for a sack.  She obliged and then asked if I wanted toilet paper or Kleenex.  “Ah, that is what Toilet Paper Tuesday is” and I went on to pick toilet paper.  I figured you could wipe or blow with either product.  The clerk nicely informed me that with $20.00 in gas you get either toilet paper or Kleenex.  If you find yourself in the UP, be sure to stop at Kassel’s Midway – especially if it is on Toilet Paper Tuesday.

Picture of toilet paper package received with road in foreground through windshield.