The sun is here to stay in the Quad Cities (with the exception of those pesky, periodic rain clouds). And that means it’s officially PATIO SEASON.
My family loves to enjoy dinner out at one of the many Quad-Cities area restaurants with outdoor seating. We enjoy these patios throughout spring, summer and early fall.
Continue reading Favorite QC restaurants for patio season
If you are looking for a short day trip for antique and plant shopping, I think that taking Route 6 east from Coal Valley, Illinois, to Atkinson, Illinois, is one perfect straight shot. I took this trip last week on a sunny spring day.
Continue reading Get Your Day Trip Kicks on Route 6
When the lightning bugs come out so does the stage lighting for numerous summer theatre shows in the Quad Cities area. Spend your summer nights lost in the worlds of ancient Greece, forests, Biblical times, the 1980s, the 1950s, and more.
Continue reading Summer Theatre 2016
There are plenty of places to go with Dad this weekend and treat him to a fun Father’s Day weekend!
Continue reading Father’s Day Weekend June 17-19
It’s almost that time of year where the temperatures rise and the sun shines brightly down on then QC. And what better way is there to welcome summer vacation than heading out to cool off in our local pools? Whether on the Illinois side or Iowa side, there’s a place for you, your friends and family to take a dip in the cool waters of summer, starting Memorial Day weekend.
Continue reading Cool Off in the Summer Heat
My mother loves the VandeRueben from the Belgian Village; it has always been one of her favorite sandwiches in the Quad Cities. She was, of course, heartbroken to hear of their closing a few years back.
We grew up out in Blue Grass, Iowa, where it typically took 20 minutes to get into town, and that was to the west side of Davenport. So it took a lot of dedication to drive all the way over to Moline to get one; and when we did, we would always take at least one to-go with us, so we could enjoy one again soon without the drive.
Continue reading Belgian Village – To-Go!
After what seemed like weeks of rain, it was a beautiful spring day so I drove to downtown Davenport, Iowa, for a nice Italian lunch at Antonella’s Ristorant & Pizzeria. The restaurant is traditional with a wide choice of items on the menu including wonderful pizza and pasta. My favorite dish is Eggplant Parmigiana, but today I chose a lighter fare with a house salad, homemade tortellini soup, and warm bread fresh from the oven.
Continue reading Modern Art with A Side Of Traditional Italian Food: An Interesting Mix
In a world of technology and constant “on-the-go” mindsets, we often forget to appreciate (or even address) the history of our great area. But Moline Public Library has made it a point to promote the long forgotten culture, heritage and historic sights of the Mississippi River Valley.
This time around, it’s time to drive back to soda shops and drive-in movies of the past. On Wednesday, May 4th, the library will show a film on river city history by Emmy nominated filmmakers, Tammy and Kelly Rundle.
Continue reading Journey through Iowa’s past with Highway 6 Movie
SPRING HAS ARRIVED! I’m sorry for the all-caps, but can I get an “amen?”
It’s always a relief when spring arrives in the Quad Cities. And it’s the perfect time to find some new, outdoor adventures. Luckily for us, our area has so much to do outside for families – from festivals and fairs to parks and forest preserves.
As the temperatures warmed up, my family spent the morning hiking at Illiniwek Forest Preserve. It was the perfect spot to get active, get outside and spend time together. (And the hike is totally beginner and child-friendly.)
Continue reading Go take a hike (this Mother’s Day)