Bureau Junction to Iowa Line (Rock Island)
What a way to travel – about 75 miles, from one major river to another (the Illinois and the Mississippi), all on one newly built trail. The Hennepin Parkway State Trail (a linear state park) offers surcease from the flat, treeless Illinois prairie with a lock-strewn straight course of water and a green tunnel over the old tow path of a canal that was obsolete before it was completed. Quaint towns lie nearby, camping spaces (usually primitive) abound, and history is there for the dipping of your fingers in the water. At Sheffield a comprehensive trail museum more than fills the gaps in your experience of a very unique way to travel through the heart of America. The trail ends in Rock Island, just a bike/pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi River to Iowa.
Americas Best Value Inn ~ Historic Route 6
Count on convenience and a great value when you stay at Geneseo’s Americas Best Value Inn. The hotel is located on Historic Route 6, the first transcontinental highway in the United States and has easy access to Interstate 80.
Pets under 25lbs are welcome for a $15 fee per pet per night in rooms only. The parking area offers free large vehicle parking for your RV or work truck. Relax in the heated indoor pool after a long day on the road. Wake up each morning to complimentary continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi to stay connected as you travel. The hotel is a smoke free property. Suites offer microwave, mini-fridge, and a sofa bed or easy chair and ottoman for extended stays or to kick back and read a book. Handicap rooms are available and children 11 and under stay free with adult.
Experience a fall harvest with mid-1900’s equipment demonstrating daily field farm activities on this 50-acre working show grounds. The three-day show offers agricultural history and how the agricultural life has evolved.
Step into modern luxury offering beautiful and comfortable furnishings, for a peaceful and comforting night’s sleep at the Best Western Geneseo Inn, conveniently located off Interstate 80, exit 19. Deb and staff offer warm welcomes and offer superior customer service to ensure all your needs are met and go beyond your expectations.
Conveniently located just minutes off of Interstate 80; near downtown Geneseo offering many shopping opportunities. Located only 20 minutes from the Quad City International Airport. Each morning we offer a full complimentary breakfast. Take advantage of all our amenities such as free Wi-Fi and our two business centers. Gather in our lobby for television watching or just conversation. Relax in our spacious rooms with, free high-speed Internet, free HBO.
Black Sheep Clothier is a must stop shop. Unique clothing and accessories grace the showroom floor you won’t even find in a big city. Jewelry, makeup and more will be found to provide that new look you’ve been looking for.
Off the beaten path and well worth the find! C&S Antique Mall will delight!
Crabapple Cove features two fun floors of home décor and more! The first-floor features themes that change with the season. A unique offering of scarves, purses, kid’s items including Robeez Kid’s shoes, linens and more. Ask about
The first-floor features themes that change with the season. A unique offering of scarves, purses, kid’s items including Robeez Kid’s shoes, linens and more. Ask about handerpants! Yes, handerpants. Take the stairway to antique heaven offering a variety of collectibles, furniture pieces, men’s items too!
Walk into an engaging store offering a wide selection of home décor, lanterns for inside and out, wreaths, fun garden décor and one of the largest selections of mini fairy garden accessories in the area. Ask about our customer floral design to accent your home décor. October brings out the ghouls at Curious Cargo. Step carefully into the Halloween Dungeon offering Halloween goodness. Really!
Traveling along historic U.S. Hwy 6, the Grand Republic Highway?
Stop at Danny Boy’s Pizza & More for a fill me up! Pizza, subs and more! Fresh ingredients pizzas made from scratch with an amazing crust. Go out on a limb and try a specialty pizza, perhaps the Inferno, Chicken Bacon Ranch or a vegetarian with lots of topping. The locals love the Danny Dough. Open and airy seating for any size gatherings. A large private room is available for groups.
Design with a sense of style and inspiration from the latest trends in home decor, gifts, floral arrangements and more, Designs on the Boulevard atmosphere and offerings will sparkle you with delight. A quaint boutique offering unique, high-quality home decor and latest inspirational trends offering for your decorating needs. Select from a variety of jewelry, scarves and floral arrangements both fresh and dried. A visit that offers a lot of things to sparkle and delight you.
Elizabeth Ann’s motto is the more, the merrier! It’s a local favorite and soon will be yours. Take the back roads to Geneseo, IL to enjoy fresh cinnamon rolls with the finest coffee brews, espresso, wait there’s more . . .
Select from a variety of breakfast cookies, scones, muffins, and yogurt parfaits. Enjoy the freshly prepared chicken salad and savory soups.
Looking for a healthy dinner option? Select a signature Chicken Pot Pie, Shepherds Pie, Meat or Veggie Lasagna. The take and bake options are available in two sizes.
Our cozy coffee shop offers festive coffee and tea. We feature daily latte flavors using the freshest espresso beans. The coffee and espresso are not the only things keeping the inside of The Local Motive warm and cozy. It’s our amazing customers!
Come and make yourself at home at the merriest place in town!
Great Fashion! Great Prices! Clothing for women of all ages and all sizes. Missy, Petite & Plus sizes including great jewelry. Featuring vendors like Jag Jeans, Life is Good, Tribal Sportswear, Spanx, Ruby Rd., Chris & Carol, Simply Southern and more!
Geneseo Art League promoting the arts! A working studio and gallery showcasing over 85 artists on Geneseo’s State Street historic shopping and art district.
The Geneseo Art League and Gallery reflects an urban feel offering whole lot of charm. Over 80 artists work are showcased featuring painting, wood art, photography, jewelry, sculpture, and mixed media. Looking for a special gift, this is a must stop! A creative work space available for viewing, visitors welcome!
A local favorite, Geneseo Brewing Company, will soon be yours too!
Flavorful and unusual beers from a micro brewery testing the flavor limits. Friendly atmosphere and delightful decor add to the visit! Craft the finest ales and lagers in our small neighborhood brewery located in historic downtown Geneseo, Illinois. Rebuilding the Geneseo Brewing Company tradition since 2014, first established in 1884. Stop in. Visit. Raise a pint to friends and fun! A wide variety of beers, appetizers, and pizzas tricycled from Raelyn’s restaurant are available.
Geneseo Campground: Camping along the Hennepin Canal
The right accommodation awaits you at Geneseo Campground. Located adjacent to the historic Hennepin Canal you have easy access to recreational opportunities such as fishing, biking or hiking. Rent a canoe or kayak to enjoy the waters of the Hennepin Canal.
Sites designed specifically for tents have privacy and electricity. All RV sites have electric/water hookups and some include sewer hookups. For big rigs 50 AMP electric is available. Restrooms are modern and very clean. Our rustic camping cabins accommodate four people in one room and include a double bed and a twin bunk bed. Consider our yurt if accommodation for 6 to 8 people is needed. The 20 feet round structure includes a queen bed and two twin over full bunk beds.
Splash Park for the Kids!
4 miles north of Interstate 80 at Exit 19 next to the historic Hennepin Canal. Follow the blue camping signs, GPS not recommended.
Geneseo Donut is the charm of Geneseo, IL small town shops. The cake and raised glazed donuts are simply tops, coffee is great – with free refills. Drive-thru is available if you’re in a hurry!
The Geneseo Historical Museum features displays of local people and places in an Italianate-style home built in the mid-1800’s. Walk through the 27-rooms which tell the story of how people lived in the past and Geneseo’s history.
Hanging in the main floor living area is a chandelier to take your breath away.åÊ Each room is decorated with history and one room you will want to visit is the basement. Geneseo was founded by a group of religious colonists that emigrated from New York. They left New York because they were opposed to slavery and were abolitionist. View the space used for runaway slaves escaping the north on the Underground Railroad.
A wide variety of President Abraham Lincoln artifacts is the centerpiece of the museum.åÊ Items featured include an original 1860 Lincoln election tally, and a book of reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln and a desk from George Shaw, a Tremont, area attorney. View a dress was worn to one of Lincoln’s inaugural ball.
The new carriage house built to reflect the grandeur of the Italianate-style home houses Geneseo’s agricultural history. View a doctor’s carriage, agriculture tools, and equipment.åÊ Tools used to build the Hennepin Canal and early Geneseo firefighters equipment. View the Native American and Chief Black Hawk display, Kent Feed and hog farming exhibit, and the record-setting harness racing horse, Dan Patch.
Geneseo continues to grow, and changes yet remains a city of beauty and beliefs. Learn about its founders and how they nurtured its growth into the 21st century. A visit to the museum and the carriage house is a delightful way to explore Geneseo’s heritage.
Genevino’s restaurants offer a tapas & wine bar which combines a natural energy and a passion providing a modern twist on the Italian classics. An authentic wine shop with a refreshing vibe and excitement in our Historic Victorian showroom. Take part in a culinary adventure through the exploration of new tastes and fresh combination of Italian tapas.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. You are invited to dine and enjoy the freshly prepared salads, Paninis, and homemade Italian pasta entrees. Peruse our wine boutique and select one or several specialty wines and beers to celebrate at home!
The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, a 104-mile linear park, is a rustic, historic, educational, and recreational jewel spanning five counties and includes the entire width of Henry County with access points in Annawan, Atkinson, Geneseo, and Colona. It offers an up-close look at a fascinating piece of transportation history.
It is popular with bicyclists who ride from town to town exploring the history, dining, lodging, and entertainment possibilities as they travel. The canal multi-purpose recreational trail is a portion of the American Discovery Trail, a 6,800-mile coast-to-coast trail devoted to non-motorized use. It is also part of the Grand Illinois Trail, a 535-mile loop through northern Illinois.
The tree-lined park is a refuge with prairie restorations and wetlands slicing through corn and soybean farmland. Home to diverse flora and fauna, it has become a favorite for bird watchers and prairie enthusiasts. It offers numerous year-round opportunities to boat, hike, bike, fish, ride horseback, snowmobile, ice skate, and cross-country ski.
Explore Henry County’s jewel – the Hennepin Canal. Canal Map
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Summer Swim Time for all ages. Kids will enjoy a splash pad, drop slide, two diving boards, climbing wall, and activity pool with zero depth entry. Play on the lily pad walk. Older children and adults can swim in the current channel and six-lane lap pool. May to end of August with daily Admission: $7.00 Adult / Youth / Senior
Katsch offers an extensive selection of women’s apparel, accessories, home decor & gifts. Big city style & brands handpicked for the midwestern woman. Personalized customer service and a curated assortment of products set this boutique apart from the rest.
A welcoming sight as you enter Geneseo from the I-80 corridor, exit 19. Lionstone Brewing is a great place to gather with friends. A fun, tasteful designed interior compliments the creative food entrees and beer selections, changing with the seasons.
Lionstone Brewery and Gastro Pub is a combination production brewery and tasting room.
Watch the beer brewed from your seat, entertainment for brew aficionados. Start off with a sampling flight of beer, a plethora of flagships and experimental beers are offered. Try the pub pretzels with the house made dipping sauces. Play a game of Jenga while you wait for your food.
Try the wood fired pizza or brisket sliders or the weekly food specials – always clever and delicious! For dessert try the Lionstone Puffs, dessert pizza or the waffle Sunday.Lunch, dinner, or a night out, Lionstone is at the top of the list!
Mabel. offers a minimalist vibe offering vintage inspired salvaged items, hand made’s and apparel. Items are sourced locally and throughout the Midwest and curated from select vendors, flea markets and auctions. Open one weekend a month, check their Facebook for monthly openings.
Friendly folks at Maple City Florist & Garden Center will welcome you as you peruse through the rooms offering home decor and more. The greenhouse is filled with plants to decorate your home.
A happy place full of unique handmade items and antiques to brighten your home, your day or even your life!
Gifts, decorative accessories, coffee, and treats for all occasions. Warm and friendly smiles will welcome you to Pegasus Fine Gifts downtown Geneseo.
Pink Prairie Gardens offers a wide selection of the highest quality annuals and vegetable plants, grown right in our greenhouse on our farm. Passion and pride customer service is offered while choosing from over 60 varieties of beautiful blooming plants for your home and garden. You invited to We browse through the greenhouse, look forward to visiting!
Visit with friends and family at Raelyn’s Pub & Eatery offering craft beer, pizza and choose from a made to order food menu. Raelyn’s is an inviting space with exposed brick and chic lighting that welcomes you to try their signature burgers, a pizza or one of the evening specials. The menu offers a wide variety to select your entree of the day or evening. Enjoy a night cap at the bar. Summertime, make your way to the patio for a brew or two.
Let it FLY at Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course!
Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole Golf Course is a challenge for all ages. The course is a great use of moderate trees and elevation and features concrete tees. Reminiscent of a golf course layout the lawn is quality turf. Tee shots require control and precision as several baskets are tucked along the tree line. Course is open sunrise to 10 p.m. daily. Click for detailed information: Disc Golf Info
Course Type: Permanent
# Holes: 21
Target Type: Mach III
Tee Type: Concrete
Elevation: Mostly Hilly
Course Length: 4,342ft
Alternate Length: 5,826ft
Hole Length: Under 300ft: 16 | 300 – 400ft: 4 | Over 400ft: 1
Richmond Hill Players will capture your imagination and touch your heart.
Laughter, suspense, sympathy, and even the occasional tear – the colorful, live performances of the Richmond Hill Players will capture your imagination and touch your heart. A converted dairy barn, the Barn Theatre sits atop a bluff in Geneseo’s Richmond Hill Park. It seats 162 spectators beneath original rustic timbers. Joyful memories are made throughout the season which runs April through November, with performances scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Groups are welcome with ample room for bus parking.
Smith Studio and Gallery believes the visual arts enrich everyone’s life. We are a gathering place for anyone who believes in the creative process, whether you gain inspiration by enjoying the creative expression of others or exploring your own creative path.
As a STUDIO we offer a wide range of scheduled and private art classes for children, families and adults. At Smith Studio and Gallery you only need 2 people to schedule your own private art class . . . you pick the day, time and art activity.
As a GALLERY we feature original artwork by David Smith, owner/resident artist, and represent over 20 extraordinary 2-D and 3-D regional artists located throughout Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. We continually search for innovative artists who we feature in solo exhibitions.
Feel free to give us a call if you are in town when we are closed, we usually are close-by and will be happy to open the store just for you.
True Americana restaurant with a homey and welcoming atmosphere and staff.
All items are prepared fresh and made to order and tastefully spiced! A local favorite for breakfast or lunch. Perhaps the pumpkin French toast, tomato quiche or try the fresh baked cinnamon rolls for the early birds. Lunch? Try one of the daily soups; ginger lentil awakens the taste buds. Is a hand-made tenderloin cooked to perfection on your bucket list? Yummy desserts are available daily. State Street Cafe is the destination for you.
Worth the Drive, Sweet Peas!
Sweet Peas Grill & Bar creates fresh, flavorful dishes prepared with you in mind! Local favorites include boneless juicy chicken tenders (available grilled, pretzel battered, beer battered, with your choice of sauce). Our Jalapeno Popper Chicken sandwich is worth the drive (buzz worthy)! Fresh salads, steaks, shrimp, grilled salmon line the flavorful menu. Seasonally enjoy an outdoor patio and some fresh air or in the chillier months enjoy the fireplace inside for the right touch of warmth. Conveniently located just off Interstate 80 in Geneseo, IL exit 19!
The Cellar is a white table cloth restaurant, offering excellent steaks, grilled to perfection and exceptional service! Peer into the glassed-in kitchen and watch your food being prepared!
A historic atmosphere sets the stage for a comfortable meal in one of Illinois’s oldest supper clubs. Aged and hand cut steaks, freshly charcoal – cooked for your order. All steaks, ribs, chops are house-cut. Seafood entrees available too, try the House Specialty of Charcoal Broiled BBQ Shrimp. All entrees are accompanied by fresh potato hash browns. Cocktail lounge opens at 4 p.m.
Amazing, beautiful, wonderful, unique place to shop and laugh. Urban Farmhouse is a little gem worth the drive to shop on historic State Street in Geneseo, IL.
Home decor, floral, and antiques offered downtown Geneseo in the historic shopping & art district.
Village Florist Gifts & Antiques showcase beautiful hand-prepared floral arrangements are delightfully appealing. The selection of home decor will provide a fresh look for your home. Three floors of merchandise to select from. Visit the third floor. A delightful selection of antiques will please any collector. Stop in soon!
Wirthy Treasures offers an array of re-stored and re-purposed furniture and other home decor finds. Re-purposing furniture and home decor with Mustard Seeds Milk Paint and American Paint Company products! Take time to smell the wonderful hand-poured, fragrant candles. Locally made goat milk soaps & lotion are the best! Something for everyone in this locally owned boutique. Custom work and paint classes offered.