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Soar Into Fall, Winter
Two states, four cities and four times the daylight hours.
fun! The Quad Cities consists of the Mis-
sissippi riverfront cities of Davenport and Fall also brings a wonderful array of special
Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline/East Moline events that are sure to make your visit to
and Rock Island in Illinois. Each city offers its the Quad Cities even more memorable. Be
own unique mixture of history, architecture, sure to plan your visit during one of these
and attractions. seasonal events….
While the Quad Cities are well known
for their spring and summer festivals, thou- Four Kingdom Renaissance Festival
sands visit the area each fall and winter for Sept. 27-28
a completely new array of activities and Renaissance Faire is a combination of many
attractions. things. It’s partly a craft fair, it’s partly histori-
Brilliant hues of gold, yellow, and red turn cal re-enactment, it’s partly performance art.
the river bluffs surrounding the Quad Cities Everyone working at Faire dresses in costumes
into a masterpiece of color and beauty, and (or garb) typical of the late Elizabethan period.
according to the Quad Cities Convention There are many booths selling both crafts and
& Visitors Bureau, the best way to enjoy the food. Jugglers, musicians, magicians and other
colors of fall is aboard a riverboat or biking entertainers perform throughout the day.
along the riverfront trails. You wander about, examining goods for sale,
The 850-passenger Celebration Belle offers sampling foods, plays and performers and of
fall foliage cruises that provide outstanding course drinking fine English Ale.
views from the top deck or seated right Venue Rock Island KOA RV Park 2311
behind the Captain of the boat as he pilots 78th Ave. West Rock Island, IL. 61201 Call
this beautiful riverboat along the mighty (309) 787-0665 for more information.
Mississippi. Site seeing, dinner and lunch
cruises are very popular during this time Village Fall Festival
of year. For more information go to www. Oct. 11-12
celebrationbelle.com Our autumn celebration featuring tradi- Bald Eagle Days at the Quad Cities Conservation Expo Center Jan. 9 - 11.
tional Oktoberfest music. (Photo Credit QCCVB)
Other river excursions in the Quad Cities Venue Village of East Davenport River
include the pontoon-style River Song excur- Drive and Mound Street Davenport, IA. Call more. Enjoy Native American songs, dances designer trees, room vignettes, hand-crafted
sion boat and the Twilight Riverboat located 563-324-6137 for more information. and stories. Kids will like the petting zoo, free stockings, ornaments, and gingerbread cre-
just 10 minutes from the Quad Cities in hayride and pioneer games. Vote for your ations. Take in any one of 10 special events
LeClaire, Iowa. The River Song provides nar- Apple Festival favorite scarecrow. that surround the festival, including the
rated tours and the Twilight offers overnight Oct. 12 Venue Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 “Holiday Parade” on Nov. 22 - complete with
cruises from LeClaire to Dubuque, Iowa. Apple vendors from across the area are in 4th Ave Rock Island, IL. 61201 Call (309) marching bands and giant helium balloons.
www.riverboattwilight.com attendance to hand out samples of fresh apples 794-0991 for more information. In addition, the Holiday Pops Concert by
www.greatrivertours.com and cider to tempt your taste buds, as well the Quad City Symphony takes place on the
as sell a variety of apples, desserts and more. Once fall has meandered through the evening of Nov. 22 with choral groups, figure
Bike trails also offer beautiful riverfront Activities for kids include hayrack rides and river bluffs, winter comes to take its place. skaters and beautiful music. For information,
views! Enjoy riverfront trails on both sides a petting zoo. Visitors can also enjoy brats, The Quad Cities offer a wealth of activities call 563-324-FEST or visit www.quadcityarts.
of the river, including the Great River Trail hot dogs, chili and baked potatoes. There and special events throughout the winter com/festoftrees.
that runs 62-miles from Rock Island, Illinois is going to be a display of antique cars and season. From ice skating in beautiful parks
to Savanna, Illinois. Maps and information blacksmith demonstrations. and tubing, skiing and snowboarding at Ski Also, do not miss the Lighting of the
on the Great River Trail are available at Venue Mississippi Valley Welcome Center, Snowstar (www.skisnowstar.com) to sunny John Deere Commons. This annual lighting
www.greatrivertrail.com. In addition, trails 900 Eagle Ridge Rd. LeClaire, IA. Call (563) botanical centers, shopping, museums, Bald festival takes place right before the Holiday
wind throughout the Quad Cities region 322-3911 for more information. Eagle watching, and special events, there is Pops Concert on Nov. 22, from 3:30 p.m.
offering a variety of bike trails for all biking something for everyone who is looking for a to 6:30 p.m. Join in the festivities as nearly
enthusiasts. If you are visiting without a Garden Harvest Festival fun filled winter weekend getaway. ½ million lights and fireworks brighten the
bike, the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Oct. 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shop for garden skies in the Commons area and along the
Bureau rents bikes Monday through Saturday crafts from dozens of vendors at the country Winter kicks off in the Quad Cities with Moline riverfront. Bring the family and
through the end of October. Call ahead and market, learn about history from old world the annual Festival of Trees, Nov. 21-30. This take a wagon, trolley or carriage ride along
reserve a bike by calling 800-747-7800 Ext. demonstrators who will be making pottery, brilliant multi-day festival offers activities for the avenue, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus,
113. Bike rentals are only available during spinning and weaving, making quilts and children and adults of all ages. View over 100 enjoy holiday music and more.
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COUNTY COUNTY Andrew
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Enjoy Big City Spirit In Downtown Davenport
Autumn is the perfect time it seems like there’s music every day
for a road trip and a road trip to of the week.
Davenport makes a great day trip Step outside of the RME and
or weekend. On your way here, you’ll practically walk into the
you see and feel the change in the 50-foot high Skybridge, spanning
season, and when you arrive, you 600 feet with 8,036 kaleidoscopic
can tell that fall brings changes to lights that put on a show that only
Downtown Davenport, too. enhances a cool fall evening. From
There’s music, theatre, museums, the observation deck, you can see
and more, all worth the trip. Take what life on the Mississippi is really
the Adler Theatre, built in 1931, like in the Quad Cities. Below you,
with all kinds of great shows coming there’s the Rhythm City Casino,
to this comfortable, yet classic Art and parks like LeClaire Park and
Deco venue. The Adler’s offerings Centennial Park stretch out and
keep getting more entertaining and cradle the river with plenty of room
more diverse, including country to walk or bike.
legend George Jones on Saturday, The outdoor music festivals may
Sept. 20 and “Sweeney Todd” on have faded like a summer romance,
Saturday, Sept. 27. but there’s still plenty to see and
Jerry Seinfeld entertains at the do indoors. The Figge Museum
Adler Theatre on Friday, Oct. 17 is hosting several exhibits with
and the Oak Ridge Boys bring their something for everyone, including
Christmas Show to the Adler on “In The Light,” photographs of 20th
Tuesday, Dec. 2. The Adler hosts Century American Experimental
the Quad City Symphony and other Photography, complete with inter-
great shows throughout the year, but active and fun activities for families
their Broadway Series has always in the Figge’s new hands-on area.
been a favorite, with shows like Other traveling exhibits include
“The 25th Annual Putnam County “Masterworks of the Illinois River,”
Spelling Bee,” “Dirty Rotten Over 100,000 people experience the annual Festival of Trees at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport, a showcase of 50 rare decoys created
Scoundrels,” and “Mamma Mia!” all making it one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities. (Photo courtesy of Quad City Arts) by carvers before 1940, which opens
coming soon. For dates and ticket in October. For more information,
information, visit the Adler website Music Experience in Davenport. day, Oct. 13. With his 9th album by everyone from Rolling Stone to go to www.figgeartmuseum.org.
at www.adlertheatre.com. The Redstone Rooms at the RME release under his belt, Escovedo Vanity Fair, Alejandro Escovedo is For more information, the best
If you’re looking for eclectic, you’ll hosts acts like Alejandro Escovedo, has plumbed musical genres from just the tip of the music iceberg at place to start is by visiting www.
find it with the music at the River coming to Davenport on Mon- punk to string quintets. Applauded the River Music Experience where DowntownDavenport.com.
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Deere Celebrates Heritage of Heartland
More than 150 years ago, John Deere began Pavilion include the annual “Lighting on the events. Each year during the “19th Century
cultivating a company that today, is credited John Deere Commons” on Saturday, Nov. Christmas,” hundred of visitors step back in
with opening the prairies to modern agricul- 22. The afternoon and evening will include time to experience the sights and sounds of an
ture. Today, Illinois is brimming with John refreshments, entertainment and visits from 1800’s Christmas. This year’s “19th Century
Deere heritage at the John Deere Pavilion and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The evening culminates Christmas” will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7,
other Deere & Company attractions. with a special lighting ceremony of the John from noon to 5 p.m.
The John Deere Pavilion celebrates the Deere Commons and is topped off with a For more information about the John Deere
legacy of John Deere and the heritage of fireworks display. Attractions or events mentioned here, contact Step back in time on Dec. 7 for a “19th
the heartland year-round, and offers free Visitors to Moline can also tour the Deere- the John Deere Pavilion at 309-765-1000 or Century Christmas” at the Deere-Wiman
House, built in 1872. (Photo courtesy of
admission. This fall, younger guests to the Wiman House and Butterworth Home, visit www.johndeereattractions.com. Deere-Wiman House)
John Deere Pavilion can participate in “Kids impressive 10-acre estates with extensive
Craft Days,” held one Saturday each month. gardens typical of the Victorian era. The
Other upcoming events at the John Deere Deere Family homes also host special holiday
Affordable two-day cruises on the
Relax in the autumn sun on the Twilight Riverboat.
Sit Back and Relax Aboard
the Twilight Riverboat
What better place to view the glorious autumn colors than from the deck of a Victorian-
Considered the Midwest’s best kept secret, the Riverboat TWILIGHT, offers an affordable
two-day, overnight cruise on the upper Mississippi River. On your trip you will discover the
Upper Mississippi River Valley, a place that Native Americans, fur traders, and lead miners
once called home. In the fall months, both sides of the river are bathed in the deep reds,
bright orange and yellows and warm browns of the season. The TWILIGHT offers three
decks with comfortable dining salons and sundecks with lounge chairs for those who wish
to sightsee or just relax in the cozy autumn sun. Bird enthusiasts will delight in the many
varieties of birds that can be seen nesting along this part of the river.
We begin our journey at the charming river town of LeClaire, IA, situated along a beau-
tiful bend on the Upper Mississippi River. As the boat winds its way upstream, the river
unfolds into many different forms, from shallow marshes teaming with wildlife to the pali-
sades and high cliffs as we approach lead mining country. Huge flocks of pelicans, islands
of cormorants, great blue herons and snowy egrets show little more than casual interest in
the passing riverboat.
The TWILIGHT will dock at River’s Edge Plaza at the Port of Dubuque. This plaza is
conveniently located within walking distance of the Grand Harbor Resort, where we will
A commute you’ll actually look forward to.
overnight our passengers. The Port of Dubuque has many exceptional attractions to offer our
travelers. Shuttle service is available to the following attractions: The Diamond Jo Casino,
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Cable Car Shopping area and the
Fenelon Street Elevator.
Don’t miss the boat! Fall cruises fill up quickly. Call now to book your fall vacation.
1-800-331-1467 or e-mail www.riverboattwilight.com.
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Quality Golf at
in the Quad Cities
There are two great things about golf in this For more information and to schedule a tee
area that stand out – it’s affordability and its time, contact the Tournament Players Club
quality. The Quad Cities was named in the at Deere Run at 309-796-6000 or www.tpc.
top 20 as one of the best values for golf in com/deere_run.
the United States by Golf Digest Magazine The Quad Cities area was ranked in the
in 2006. With more than 25 golf courses in top 25 of the best golf values in the country
close proximity, the Quad Cities is definitely by Golf Digest magazine. For information
a golf destination. on other golf courses and golf packages in
Joined by the Mississippi River, Moline/ the Quad Cities area, contact the Quad
East Moline and Rock Island are the river- Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at
front cities in Illinois, and Bettendorf and 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www. Experience the beauty of the
Davenport make up the cities on the Iowa visitquadcities.com.
side of the river. Together, these cities and The Quad Cities is located on the Missis- historic Mississippi riverfront
the surrounding communities make up the sippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Rock Island & Moline/
Quad Cities. cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa,
The Quad Cities offers some of the best and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island East Moline in Illinois, and
action on the greens for your dollar. A round in Illinois. The area is just a 2 ½ hour drive
of golf, including cart is offered at a reason- from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago. It is
Davenport & Bettendorf in
able price. From beginners to those who easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several Iowa. It’s a great place to just
seek the demands of championship – level major state highways.
layouts, the Quad Cities area can fill all golf- The Quad Cities offers other public and get away! For lodging packages,
ing expectations. private courses for those who don’t want to visit our website.
One of the top courses here is the Tourna- play it like the pros. The following courses
ment Players Club Deere Run in Silvis, Il- are a sample of what the area offers.
linois. Golf Digest magazine’s 2007-2008 Best Glynns Creek Golf Course in Long Grove,
Public Golf Courses to play has TPC Deere Iowa, is home to the Quad City Open and
Run rated as the 82nd best public golf course offers GPS mapping with the cart. This
to play in the whole United States. championship par-72 course’s layout re-
This unique parcel of unspoiled land, ris- sembles that of the great courses of Scotland,
ing nearly 60 feet above the Rock River, and featuring tree-lined watered fairways, rolling
offering stunning contrasts between densely hills and grass bunkers. It was designed by
wooded ravines, scenic bluffs, and steep slopes Dick Watson and every hole offers a unique
is a golfer’s paradise. challenge, and a lot of opportunities for long
TPC Deere Run is a 7,100+ yard course drive shots.
with a par 71 from the championship tees, Highland Springs Golf Course in Rock
and is home to the annual John Deere PGA Island, Illinois, is a challenging 18-hole
Tour Event. The facility covers 365 acres, 168 championship layout and recognized as
of which are utilized for the golf course. Only one of the best designs in the area. Rugged
58 acres of that had to be disturbed during terrain, rolling hills, huge greens, lakes and
the construction, leaving 80 percent of the ponds, mature trees and many other notable
mature hardwood trees untouched. TPC features highlight this 6,800-yard hidden
Deere Run is a Midwestern-style course fea- gem. It is currently undergoing a long-term
turing many tree-lined fairways and a gently non-intrusive renovation to restore many
rolling terrain. of its original design features and to update
The course is played by thousands each year, others.
and the green fees are low, low, low. Emeis Golf Course in Davenport, Iowa,
TPC Deere Run hosts four sets of tee is a demanding 18-hole, 6,500-yard course
markers so players can match their ability which plays to a par of 72. The facility is
and enjoy the scenic layout. Three holes built on 155 acres of gently rolling terrain
have ponds - #2, #10, and #18 – as part of on the city’s western boundary. Constructed
the PGA Tour’s continued commitment to in 1961, Emeis is the newest 18-hole course
the Audubon Society with golf existing in in the city, and certainly the most challeng-
harmony with nature. ing. It is home to the Quad City Amateur
With elevation changes of 40 to 60 feet Tournament and hosts the qualifying round
throughout, the course at one point is the of the PGA Tour “Deere Classic.” Advanced
highest elevation in Rock Island County. tee-times recommended.
On the tee of hole 16, the beauty of the land Palmer Hills Golf Course in Bettendorf,
is breathtaking, offering an incredible view Iowa, is an award-winning public 18-hole
of the Rock River, rock outcroppings and course designed by William J. Spear. Es-
natural waterways. tablished in 1974, Palmer Hills is home to
Another unique part of the course is the 100-year-old oak trees and features rolling
history lesson at each tee. Plaques paint a hills, with creeks and a pond coming into
picture of the land’s significance and its ties play on 11 holes. The hills and water can
to the Quad Cities and John Deere. provide a challenge, but a wide variety of
TPC Deere Run is part of the distinguished teeing options make Palmer Hills playable
network of Tournament Players Clubs, rec- for golfers of any caliber. Palmer Hills was
ognized as leaders in the golf industry for selected as the “Best Golf Course” in the
design, and operational and environmental 2006 Readers Choice awards sponsored by
excellence. the Quad-City Times.
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Things To Do, With A Jackson
‘New’ River View In Clinton County
By MARY JO KINKAID
From 1991 to June of 2008, the Mississippi
Belle II Riverboat Casino was a permanent
Watch For Big Pumpkins
fixture on Clinton’s riverfront, along with
our Showboat Theatre, Alliant Energy Field,
Recreation Trail, outdoor Aquatic Center,
Marina and RV Park.
In Jones County
If you think all you see in Iowa is corn
and soybeans, think again. Anamosa, Jones
The Mississippi Belle II was sold to Cel-
ebration Cruises, who is refurbishing the boat
to use as another one of their cruise boats.
County’s county seat is the home of Giant
Pumpkins Oct. 4 and 5. Named the Pumpkin
Capital of Iowa by the Iowa Legislature, Ana-
River Ally Starr holds a tagged monarch prior
to releasing it at the Hurstville Interpre-
tive Center. Visitors to the center assist
Our riverfront is taking on a new look, with mosa’s Pumpkin Weigh-off and Pumpkinfest the naturalists as they tag monarchs at
renovations to the baseball field, a new RV will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. the center every Saturday in September
park and a brand new Marina & Riverfront In 2007, Anamosa received national rec- from 1 to 4 p.m. The center is located
one mile north of Maquoketa along U.S.
Amenities Building. The building will house ognition by weighing in the second largest Highway 61. (Photo by Ann Burns)
a Marina store on the bottom and a restaurant pumpkin in the world at 1,662 pounds. As
above, with a wrap-around deck for outdoor one of 19 regional weigh-off sites for the Jackson County is a convenient starting
seating. Windows face the river, where you Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, Anamosa point for a trek along the Great River Road route range from historic sites to panoramic
will be able to sit and watch the boats, etc. attracts growers from six states to vie for world in Iowa. Jackson County, located about vistas, to rustic riverside villages.
in the Summer and Eagles in the Winter. recognition. In addition to giant pumpkin midway along the 450-mile nationally-des- Sabula, Iowa, is an excellent starting point
Visitors to Clinton can “Dock and Dine in competition, growers can compete for prizes ignated highway, affords a good jumping-off because of its easy access (highways 64, 67
2009,” at the new facility. in longest gourd and largest watermelon. point for an excursion either north or south and 52 intersect there) and because the
The new Wild Rose Casino & Resort, which Past competitors have produced gourds more along the route that shadows the Mighty Jackson County Welcome Center, housed
opened in July of 2008, is Iowa’s first true land- than 100 inches long and watermelons ap- Mississippi. County attractions along the Continued on page 8
based casino. It is located in the west end of proaching 200 pounds. On Saturday, Oct. 4,
Clinton at 777 Wild Rose Drive. Guests can downtown Main Street in Anamosa will be
take advantage of full-service valet parking or closed to showcase food and craft vendors. Jones County: Come for the sights;
self-park in one of the 1,000 parking spots Pumpkinfest activities include a pumpkin
available. Once inside, the game floor features carving exhibitions, pumpkin recipe contest, stay for the stories
a striking 36-foot circular Roundhouse bar, car smash, kids games and rides, parade,
complete with a fireplace suspended from the scarecrow contest, golf tournament, bowling
Great Pumpkin Weigh-off—Pumpkinfest Oct. 4&5
center of the ceiling. tournament, beer garden, live music and 5K
run. The annual chili cook-off benefits The 2007’s winner—1662 pounds
Patrons can choose from 600 slot machines
and 14 table games. The resort also features Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization. Wyoming Christmas City Canopy of Lights—Dec. 6
Coaches Corner Bar & Grill, with 41 TVs If your fall calendar is booked, plan to visit
displaying virtually every local sporting Jones County in December. On Saturday, ART CANOEING CAMPING CAVES FAIRS
event, with a private 19-inch TV at each Dec. 6, Wyoming, IA, will transform itself FARMERS MARKETS FESTIVALS FINE DINING
booth. They serve everything from burgers into “Christmas City.” MOTORCYCLE/PENITENTIARY MUSEUMS GRANT
and beer to certified Angus and a reserve In as little as four hours, Chicago-area WOOD HIKING HISTORY PARKS SHOPPING
wine list. The Sawmill Buffet includes ac- residents can be in Jones County—the heart STONE CITY THEATER
tion stations featuring signature dishes and of Eastern Iowa. Jones County is about 15
seating for more than 260 people. The Iowa minutes from Cedar Rapids/Marion; 25 JONES COUNTY TOURISM ASSOCIATION
Store sells local items and logo apparel and minutes from Dubuque and the Mississippi 120 East Main—Anamosa, IA 52205—800-383-0831
unique gifts crafted by area artisans. The Wild River, and an hour from the Quad Cities. www.jonescountytourism.com
Rose also has a schedule of national and lo- For more information about Jones County,
cal entertainment acts. If you are planning visit www.jonescountytourism.com or call Eastern Iowa Tourism Association 800-891-3482 www.easterniowatourism.org
on spending the evening in Clinton, stay in 800-383-0831.
one of their 60 luxury hotel rooms or one of
six suites. For more information, visit their
website at www.wildroseresorts.com or call
The holiday season is almost upon us, with
several upcoming events. The Second Annual
Denim & Diamonds will be held on Nov.
15 at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort. The
Christmas Downtown Open House is Nov.
23 in Downtown Clinton. Get an early start
on your holiday shopping and bring the kids
to see Santa. The Symphony of Lights events
begin Nov. 26 with the Walk through Eagle
Point Park. Their lighting display is held
from Nov. 27 through Dec. 30 in Eagle
Point Park. The Symphony of Lights Race
is Nov. 29. On Dec. 3, Jingle Bell Jam will
be held at the Eagle Point Park Lodge. The
Lyons Christmas Walk takes place on Main
Avenue Dec. 7.
View of Clinton, Iowa river front.
(Photo by Liesl Mensinger)
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independent property as opposed to a chain of hidden Iowa treasures; a cluster of lakes
hotel that is burdened with taxing franchise abloom in season with water lilies; myriad of
fees, we can offer full service amenities at a flora and fauna befitting its refuge designation;
limited service price.” hunting and fishing bonanzas; wetlands that
Packages combine, dinner, breakfast, Continued from page 6 have been compared to the lower Mississippi
overnight accommodations and amenities in a schoolhouse in Sabula, Iowa provides River Delta region; beavers and muskrats hard
which include: deep tissue massage, Swedish a year round source of information on the at work, and much more.
of a Kind massage, hot stone massage, salt glow, sugar
scrub, foot spa treatment, foot and hand
reflexology, aromatherapy wraps and much
attractions and events offered throughout
Sabula itself (the name is Latin for “sand”)
Returning to the main highway, the journey
northward reveals bluffs and rock outcrop-
pings to the west and views of the Father
more. There are also entertainment options is Iowa’s only “island city.” Completely sur- of Waters to the east. The Dyas Unit of the
The Lodge Hotel now offers Spa services such as dinner theatre in partnership with rounded by water and verdant wetlands, Bellevue State Park offers camping facilities,
by Stress Rx in combination with its unique, Circa 21 and other entertainment packages Sabula is accessible only by causeway, picnic sites, scenic bluff overlooks and trails.
affordable overnight packages. For a listing in combination with acts at the i-wireless bridge (or boat). The long causeway, which Another mile up the road: Pleasant Creek
of all the packages offered by the Lodge, center in Moline or the Adler Theatre in island-hops to Savanna, IL, is surrounded by Federal Recreation Area has scenic river-level
visit www.lodgehotel.com. Davenport. wetlands offering glimpses of herons, eagles, views, campgrounds, fishing sites and boat
The Lodge Hotel & Conference Center Past packages have included Elton John, pelicans, egrets and other wildlife. launches.
offers an intimate atmosphere, serves the Sabula is obviously a hunting, angling and From Pleasant Creek, it is a short trip to
Miley Cyrus, Bette Midler, Sienfeld, Shania
finest cuisine, and provides exceptional outdoor recreational paradise. South Sabula Bellevue – French for “beautiful view.” A
Twain and many others. With three casinos
service to every guest visiting the picturesque Lake Campground is a favorite warm weather winding road will lead you up a rock bluff to
in the Quad Cities, the Lodge hotel offers
property. Experience the majestic beauty playground. All around Sabula are places to
Casino packages as well. The Lodge also the Nelson Unit of the Bellevue State Park. A
and charm that sets the Lodge apart from float a craft or dip a line – just what you would
offers golf, baseball, football and hockey panoramic view of the Mississippi River val-
the “chain” hotels that are so ordinary and expect to find on an “island in Iowa.”
packages in their respective seasons. ley and Lock and Dam 12 is afforded, along
abundant. With unique character that is A short distance north of Sabula on
The Lodge also packages with two riv- with a walk beside thousand-year-old Indian
one of a kind, the Lodge Hotel offers the Highway 54 will take you to the Gravert’s
perfect environment for you to enjoy your erboats that cruise the Mississippi. Join mounds. A special feature in the park is the
Apple Basket Orchard where you can me-
time away from home. Celebration Belle (celebrationbelle.com) for largest Butterfly Garden in Iowa.
ander through the trees to discover and pick
The Lodge has maintained its’ unique a couple hours or day-long cruises or join Sheltered at the base of the state park bluff
the perfect fall fruit. Continuing north on
character and charm that sets it apart the Twilight for a two day cruise (riverboat- Highway 52, it will lead you past Mooney alongside scenic Mill Creek is historic six-
from the chain hotels that are so ordinary twilight.com). Hollow (Iowa-atypical Jackson County is storied Potter’s Mill. Built in 1843, before
and abundant. Antiques, fireplaces, and The Lodge offers many suites including replete with ridges and hallows, a legacy of Iowa was even a state, the National Register
warm woodwork still enchant guests, and Fireplace suites, loft suites, two full room its unglaciated past). Mooney Hollow boasts site is the oldest standing frame mill in Iowa.
the famed old-fashioned cinnamon rolls suites and more. See images of the various the Mooney Hallow Dance Barn. The big The mill is currently a Bed and Breakfast.
continue to please the taste buds at The rooms at lodgehotel.com. fiddle on the silo makes it an easy landmark Returning to Hwy. 52, you will be leaving
Lodge Restaurant. In addition, The Lodge The Hockey season is fast approaching. to spot. Dances and live performances are “simply beautiful” Jackson County behind as
offers every guest access to free airport and Join The Lodge for Professional American held throughout the year. you head north, but know you have experi-
local transportation, making traveling to Hockey League action with the Quad City Continuing North is the turn-off to the enced some of the paramount historic and
and around the Quad Cities easy. Flame, an affiliate of the Calgary Flames. Green Island State Wildlife Refuge. The scenic treasures on your journey along the
Ray Stoddard, General Manager states: For schedule and more information on the 3,500-acre Refuge is a “sleeper;” it’s charms are Great River Road.
“We offer the best hotel rooms and the best team go to www.qcflame.com. For package somewhat concealed and requires a little bit For more information, call 800-342-1837
service in the area at the best value…as an information go to lodgehotel.com. of searching. The search reveals a whole series or www.jacksoncountyiowa.com.
Join an: Escape
Starting at $133.00 per couple plus tax*
Additional amenities to add to your package:
*Expires December 15, 2008
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Welcome to these
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The staff at the Rock Island Arsenal Mu-
seum found a successful way to quickly pass
the cold winter months in Illinois. As the
leaves began to change color last fall, changes
were occurring inside the museum with
the beginning of an ambitious multi-phase
Riviera Belle Estates overlooking Mississippi River The first phase of the project focused on
three rooms located on the museum exhibit
Great Locations, Great Prices, Great Living! hall. The first component of this phase in-
cluded the demolition of an interactive chil-
The third and final phase concentrated on
six wood display cases that have been a part
When searching for a place to live, there are growing community. Bellevue is certainly dren’s area, the museum office, and an archival of the museum since the 1930’s. The display
three key factors people usually have in mind: gaining recognition as a great destination equipment storeroom. To clear the way for cases held 12 permanent exhibits which were
location, price, and quality of living. Feel and wonderful place to live. The community, the demolition, many of the museum’s per- dismantled so they could be moved into
comforted knowing that Star Properties has as part of Jackson County, recently was the manent exhibits were dismantled, relocated a central location, painted, electrified and
taken the guesswork out of the equation with recipient of the distinguished Iowa’s Great on the exhibit floor or placed into storage. retrofitted to incorporate lit display cases.
its two most recent developments: Waterford Places designation. Star Properties has made The theater was converted into a temporary These display cases will eventually hold 12
Estates and Riviera Belle Estates. a major investment in a new residential river display area which helped to direct visitors thematic displays, which will highlight the
bluff development called Riviera Belle Estates. around the demolition. early history of the museum and the history
WATERFORD ESTATES, Dubuque, The Walkways for Life Project is revamping Once the dust settled from the demolition, of Rock Island Arsenal.
Iowa: Waterford Estates provides an excep- the downtown shopping district and con- construction began with a new children’s area The staff at the Rock Island Arsenal Mu-
tional setting for any lot owner. Surrounded necting walking trails around the community. located behind the theater. seum is looking forward to the next project.
by rolling hills and wooded areas, this partially Major improvements are underway for local The second phase of the project centered The upcoming project will include three
gated neighborhood is only a few minutes park and recreation venues as well as Bellevue on the installation of a Spacesaver system in phases. The first phase will make the chil-
away from walking trails, recreational ac- State Park. the primary artifact storage room. Nearly dren’s area more interactive and decorated to
tivities, restaurants and a major shopping For more information about Waterford 8,000 artifacts in 36 cabinets were moved resemble a blockhouse. The second phase will
center. It’s the best of both worlds! Home Estates, contact Rob Cook, Ruhl & Ruhl to available floor space on the exhibit hall create timeline exhibits highlighting products
sites range in size from one acre to over Realtors, (563) 542-7278, www.DBQWa- along with work tables, filing cabinets and manufactured at Rock Island Arsenal during
three acres, with most being walkout lots. terfordEstates.com or Sheila Hefel, Star desks. The Spacesaver system provided room major conflicts from the Spanish American
There is a nice selection of wooded, partially Properties, (563) 580-8246, www.mystar- to grow with ten new custom-built artifact War to the Global War on Terror. The third
wooded and open home sites still available. properties.com. cabinets, two saddle cabinets and additional and final stage will be thematic exhibits, which
However, the subdivision is almost half sold For more information about Riviera Belle shelving storage that was attached above the will illustrate the early history of the museum
out already. Pricing varies depending on the Estates, contact Steve Nemmers, Ruhl & Ruhl new and existing cabinets. and the Rock Island Arsenal.
site selected. Realtors, (563) 590-5640, www.ruhlhomes.
RIVIERA BELLE ESTATES, Bellevue, com/RivieraBelleEstates or Sheila Hefel, Star
Iowa: It’s an exciting time for Bellevue! There’s Properties, (563) 580-8246, www.mystar-
a wave of activity spreading throughout this properties.com.
The all new Diamond Jo Casino, opening December 2008 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Dubuque In Store For All New Gaming Center
Coming in December, 2008, the new Dia- virgin timber cut down in the 1800s. These
mond Jo Casino is poised to be the preeminent logs were lost in lakes and rivers during the
entertainment destination in the Midwest. logging boom of the century, painstakingly
Featuring over 900 slot machines, 17 table recovered and carefully restored. Speaking of
games and a live poker room, the casino is Mojo’s – this bar is going to be your favorite
the place for sizzling gaming action. place to catch sports action on the big screen
All the latest innovations in slots and table or enjoy a game of pool with friends. Come
games fill the casino, plus the best wide-area on in, Mojo’s has a chair waiting for you.
progressives and all your favorite games guar- For the food aficionado, Woodfire Grille
antee your experience will be like no other. will be the most sought after reservation in
Entertainment lights up the night at the the tri-state area. Steaks, seafood and pasta are
new Diamond Jo. Hit the Mississippi Moon on the menu, as well as other trendy entrees
Bar and catch some of the best national and infused with flavor. Stop at The Kitchen Buffet
regional acts. Live entertainment fills the and take a trip around the world.
stage five nights a week. Two VIP suites, And there’s even more ….. knock down
“Red Velvet” and “Blue Suede,” are the some pins at Cherry Lanes, a 30 lane bowling
premier spot to watch a show. Tree Bar is facility featuring Alley Cat VIP Lanes, which
the place to stop for a cocktail with friends is ideal for private parties and special events.d
before a concert. menus ensure a perfect event catered just to
The interior of Tree Bar showcases a heart your specifications.
pine bar top using reclaimed heart pine likely For more information on the all-new
to be older than the city of Dubuque. Planks Diamond Jo, visit www.diamondjo.com or
in both Tree Bar and Mojo’s are crafted from call 1 800-582-5956.
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Isle of Capri & Quad Cities:
A Great Fall Weekend Getaway
With leaves on trees changing until 2 a.m. and features delicious bean Cove, a sports bar with six
color; cool, crisp air; and beautiful sandwiches, half-pound all-beef 42” LCD televisions, pool tables,
views of the Mighty Mississippi, hot dogs, burgers, fries, and much dart boards, foosball table and a
there is no better time than the more. Calypso’s Buffet serves jukebox. For more information
fall to visit the Quad Cities and breakfast, lunch and dinner with about Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel,
Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel Bet- crab legs every night of the week; call 1-800-THE-ISLE or visit www.
tendorf. and Farraddays’ offers diners a theislebettendorf.com.
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or one hour by air from Chicago, Angus Beef or seafood which can Quad Cities area, contact the Quad
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Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island and restaurant’s 800-bottle cellar. The reau at 1-800-747-7800 or online
Moline/East Moline, Illinois — are casino is also home to The Carib- at www.visitquadcities.com. An aerial view of the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel. (QCCVB photo)
the perfect weekend escape.
And through Dec. 30, visitors
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