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Visit A Retro Wonderland Near The Mississippi River

Last Saturday, after going to the Freight House Farmer’s Market in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River, I was returning to my car with a load of fresh veggies and other goodies when an interesting historic building caught my eye. I walked across the street and made my first visit to River Bend Retro.

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Wine Aficionados Enjoy A Visit To The Quad Cities!

Wine enthusiasts are certain to enjoy visiting the Quad Cities abundance of wine bars and wineries. Each venue is unique in design and atmosphere.

Before your visit, be sure to check our calendar of events to see what festivals or special events might be taking place during your wine adventure. Saturdays are a great day to enjoy the many festivals that take place throughout the year in the Quad Cities.

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Enjoy A Beautiful River View At The Candlelight Inn & Add Antiquing to the Mix

It was one of those fantastic fall days on Sunday so Brian and I decided to take a day trip to try the Candlelight Inn in Clinton, IA. Clinton is 51 minutes from the Quad Cities if you go through LeClaire, Iowa, along the river. The Inn is located on the Mississippi River with a wonderful view of birds and river traffic. There is a nice marina, too. The location is next to the City of Clinton Showboat and I would like to go to a performance there in the future.

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This is a small hamburger and fries at Big Dave & Holly's.

Enjoy Great Comfort Food With A River View

Fall is here and beautiful weather means that I want some comfort food in an outdoor setting. My sweetie and I took a drive to LeClaire, Iowa. LeClaire is a fun shopping destination river town in the area. It is also known as the home of The American Pickers from the History Channel.

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We chose to stop at Big Dave & Holly’s restaurant along the Mississippi River just east of the LeClaire shopping area.

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Don’t miss State Street Market on October 8

There’s nothing better than a great shopping experience that is full of small businesses – that’s why I’m so excited about the newest outdoor shopping event in Geneseo, Ill.

And this isn’t the same ol’, same ol’ street market. You’ll want to check out the unique and unexpected items – for gifts or for yourself.

The first annual State Street Market is Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in downtown Geneseo (only a short 25 minute drive from the Quad Cities). Continue reading Don’t miss State Street Market on October 8

Geneseo Art League Pastel Workshop

Take A Walk On The Creative Side: Geneseo Art League

Being a professional artist and day tripper, I am always looking for new workshops to enhance my skills. Finding a workshop in an interesting town is a plus! This summer I received an event announcement on Facebook from the Geneseo Art League and Gallery.  I was interested in the workshop that was done by a respected working artist, and it was excellent.

Geneseo is growing each year with interesting shops and businesses. The Geneseo Art League has been transformed in the last year and is in a new and larger location with plenty of space for exhibitions and workshops.

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