Just a short drive from the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa, is the most charming little eclectic flower farm business. Miss Effie’s Country Flowers has been in business since 2001. Lovingly run by Cathy and her husband, “Honey”, this farm on a hill invites you to return again and again. This time I returned for noodle and bread making classes.
Category Archives: Daytripping
Every June I look forward to the Aledo Rhubarb Fest in Aledo, Illinois. The Festival is pure Americana from the music to the homemade pies and food vendors. Aledo has mastered the art of the edible plant festival! For those that don’t know, “Rhubarb is a species of plant in the family of Polygonaceae and is a herbaceous perennial vegetable growing from short, thick rhizomes” that taste delicious when cooked with sugar.
This is a magical time leading up to the holidays. In the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, many of the historic downtown districts decorate for the season and celebrate with events, parades, shopping, fireworks, living windows, and Christmas walks. Thousands of people come to ring in the holiday season at these events.
It was a delightful and sunny day horseback riding at Sunny Trails in Sherrard, IL! For the past couple of years I’ve been searching for a place to take our kids horseback riding. Most of the stables I’ve contacted either have a regular lesson requirement or a minimum age well past our 3, 6, and 8 year olds. How happy were we to find Sunny Trails!
Recently I took a Sunday afternoon drive to visit Miss Effie’s Country Flowers and Garden Stuff, located just outside of the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa. Nestled in the rolling hills of farm country, off a gravel road, is one of the most beautiful places you can visit.
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.
If you’re ever looking for an afternoon adventure, I suggest planning a visit to Good’s Furniture in Kewanee, Illinois. It is about an hour’s drive outside of the Quad Cities area. While the main business of Good’s is a furniture store, I recently discovered that there is so much more to the establishment.
Shopping in the Quad Cities has grown into a diverse array of options for people. From city mall settings to downtown areas or off the beaten path small towns, from new wares or second-hand treasures, there’s something for every type of shopper around.
Wine enthusiasts are certain to enjoy visiting the Quad Cities abundance of wine bars and wineries. Each venue is unique in design and atmosphere.
The Quad Cities has had a vibrant craft-brewing scene since the 1990s. There are several to visit on both sides of the river, each offering a unique experience for visitors.