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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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DeWitt, Iowa Day Trip: History, Shopping & Tastings

If you are interested in a day trip, DeWitt, IA, is a good destination less than an hour away. In June my friend, Abby, and I decided to take a drive to DeWitt, Iowa, which is 30 minutes north of Davenport on Route 61. DeWitt has a population a little over 5,000 and offers interesting shopping, restaurant and museum options at a leisurely pace.

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Eldridge, Iowa: Vintage Shopping & Lunch Day Trip

The Quad Cities is centrally located to allow for interesting day trips less than an hour away. In June, my sister, Barbara, and I decided to take a drive to Eldridge, Iowa, just 15 minutes north of Davenport on Route 61. Eldridge with a population a little over 5,000 is a growing community with several newer businesses to attract day trippers.

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Enjoy summer nights at the Blue Grass Drive-In

Almost every week I hear someone complaining about how going to the movies has lost its appeal: the prices have skyrocketed, popcorn costs at least $4-$5 when you can get it at the grocery store for half the price, and people chatter and text in the dark theater throughout the entire duration of the movie. And I’ll be one to agree that going to the movies has lost its charm and purpose from the ideal 1950s scene we all imagine in our head.

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