Sunday, October 15th, 2017, brought the 3rd Annual 1920’s Vintage Football Game to the lawn of Hauberg Estate in Rock Island, Illinois. It is the yearly celebration of Quad Cities football heritage, with the Rock Island Independents playing the Moline Universal Tractors.
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!
Downtown Moline, Illinois, is alive with restaurants, brew pubs and locally owned shops. The area has been rejuvenated over the past several years with attractive signage and equally attractive businesses. Moline is the home of John Deere and the John Deere Pavilion is only a few blocks from one of my favorite restaurants, LemonGrass Cafe.
Labor Day Weekend in the Quad Cities is always filled with fun festivities, picnics, last minute pool splashes and (hopefully) great weather. But, of course, none of it would be complete without the annual parades in Rock Island and East Moline.
We headed to Rock Island’s Longview Park this weekend – a favorite of ours going back to when my husband and I had our first date together playing disc golf – and confirmed, yet again, why this is one of our very favorite Quad Cities parks. If you have babies or toddlers, you MUST go and check out the Expression Swings!
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 0r off the beaten path small towns, from new wares or second-hand treasures, there’s something for every type of shopper around.
Brian and I were looking for comfort food for a late breakfast one morning this month. We decided to try locally owned, Smokey’s Country Diner in East Moline, IL. We used to frequent Smokey’s when it was in Colona and we hadn’t been there since they moved.
The QCCA (Quad City Conservation Alliance) Expo Center is a finely constructed vintage building made of huge timbers from the mills that once were on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. I always take the time to look up into the rafters to admire the size and workmanship of the support beams in the Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. The center features a 60,000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall and a 4,600 sq. ft. Auditorium with a seating capacity of 500.
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.