Calvin and Hobbes ran for ten years, 1985 - 1995. I was truly saddened when Bill Watterson announced he would no longer be writing the comic. It remains my all-time favorite strip.
What is not to love about a little boy and his toy tiger - his imaginary friend so to speak.
I own every book in the series. I was even tempted to buy the complete series compendium when it was issued (Costco can be so tempting).
So, go ahead, be a kid again. I can't wait to read these with Charlie when he gets older.
You can't do this as a day trip from where I live in Southeast Michigan, but it is where we took our children for several summer vacations when they were young. Grandma and her friends would drive up from Chicago to stay with us and we all had a great time. We would bring our ski boat up to spend time on the inland lake. I never visited Castle Farms, a summer home built in 1918 by Alfred Loeb of Chicago, but it sounds like something I would enjoy. (Loeb was the father of Richard Loeb of the 'Leopold and Loeb case'). You can also have a great time just walking around and seeing the 'mushroom houses'.