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