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.
A full service banquet facility Annawan Banquet Center is perfect for a regional corporate meeting, corporate dinner, or the all important wedding reception. The Banquet Center can seat 450 comfortably and has the ability to break down into three meeting rooms seating 75 each. An additional meeting room is available inside the hotel that will accommodate 45 for a meeting or small social reception. The hotel is conveniently located on Interstate 80 exit ramp 33. Call today for your next meeting or social need.
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.
Motorsports enthusiasts who love to have their adrenaline mixed with octane are sure to love riding the unrestricted trails at Atkinson Motorsport Park’s Gob Hill. Gob Hill encompasses more than 200 acres of Mother Nature’s best-kept secrets such as undiscovered timber, rugged hills, steep valleys, and deep lakes, all in the heart of Henry County. For the more conservative riders, Gob Hill’s perimeter road is over four miles long and offers some beautiful Midwestern vistas. Gob Hill is also home to a children’s dirt track perfect for knee-high dirt trackers and there is a motocross track. Atkinson Motorsports Park hosts several events throughout the year. Families are welcome and on-site camping is available.
- Illinois resident: $11.00
- Out of State Resident: $18.00
- Daily ride: $19.50
- Children under: 10: $10.50 Y
- Year membership check in at office
- lllinois Department of National Resources requires annual OHV Sticker on all ATVs/Dirt Bikes
Aunt Daisy’s Bed & Breakfast welcomes you to an 1890 Victorian Home!
Aunt Daisy’s Bed & Breakfast offers the comforts of home. Private baths, king size beds, A/C, wireless Internet, cable TV and a stocked refrigerator in every suite. Enjoy a complimentary full breakfast in our tastefully decorated dining room. Step off at the Kewanee Amtrak Station and walk three blocks south to Aunt Daisy’s. Area restaurants, downtown shopping, and a movie theater are only a walk away. Henry County attractions are all within a short driving distance.
Arrive a guest, depart as family, Aunt Daisy’s will become your favorite aunt.
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.
Head on down the road to enjoy a freshly baked pastry and a cup of coffee, a delicious lunch, or an afternoon pie. The fresh aroma from the oven will tickle your nose, and count on a memorable dining experience. You will delight in the baked goods from scratch and homemade meals to match.
The Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery is and always will be a respite for Bishop Hill visitors offering fresh baked bread, cookies, pies, with a dash of neighborliness. Cookies and fresh bread are made right before your eyes when standing at the counter to place your order. Serving delicious lunches with homemade soup, casseroles, or a sandwich from the daily lunch menu. The bakery is a few steps across from the Colony Store, Steeple building, and Sweet Annie Primitives.
The dairy building, a pre-Civil War structure, is a unique setting for reunions, small weddings, or for church and school groups to utilize while visiting Bishop Hill.
Windows align the east and west side of the Grand Room conference space which has been restored to a large workshop/classroom area that will seat fifty comfortably. Adjoining the Grand Room is a coffee bar room for additional display area and food service capabilities.
Enjoy the peace and comfort of Bishop Hill Gallery Inn, just steps from Bishop Hill’s restaurants, shops, and museums. Beautiful guest rooms with private baths, offering in-room coffee and complimentary snacks.
Stay for a night, a weekend, or longer in the peaceful beauty of historic Bishop Hill, IL. The Gallery Inn, located on the 2nd floor of the original 1856 Bishop Hill Colony Administration Building, offers three tranquil guest rooms, each with a queen bed and private bath, and a large shared sitting room overlooking the village park. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy Bishop Hill’s festivals and special events.
We look forward to your stay with us!
Immigration History at the Bishop Hill Steeple Building
The Bishop Hill Steeple building provides a glimpse back in history to 1854. Architecturally intriguing, this three-story stucco Greek Revival structure with a two-story tower and 66 six-over-six windows was recently restored with a Save America Treasures grant. It was built to be used as a hotel, but instead was used as a dwelling, school, administration building, and later housed a bank, telephone switchboard and apartments.
The museum is home to the Bishop Hill Heritage Association offices. The rooms and exhibit showcase historic artifacts and photos of early Colony days and take visitors back through time to a quaint prairie village.
A plaque at the Pioneer Monument at Bishop Hill reads: ”Dedicated to the memory of the hardy pioneers who in order to secure religious liberty left Sweden their native land with all the endearments of home and kindred and found Bishop Hill Colony on the uninhabited prairies of Illinois.”
Group tours by appointment, small fee.
Off the beaten path and well worth the find! C&S Antique Mall will delight!
The Chief Keokuk Campground features 71 pads with electrical hook-ups for trailers (Class A camping), plus 25 tent sites (Class C camping). There is a shower building on site. A sanitary dump station is near the camping area. In addition, “Blackhawk” area on Lakeshore Loop Road is available for youth group camping.
Reservations can be made, for dates between May 1st and October 31st. Chief Keokuk Campground, Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, Kewanee, IL
No chain store coffee here! Country Morning Coffee is the only artisan coffee roaster in Henry County, offering 30 different premium coffees plus organic coffees from around the globe. Every coffee batch is roasted daily and packaged by hand including personal handwriting on each coffee label. Pick from an assortment of coffee drinks, tea, hot chocolate, and iced drinks. Morning offerings include fresh home-baked pastries, and for lunch, there’s homemade bread and soups or Paninis and wraps. Fill your travel mug and grab some freshly blended bags of coffee to take home with you!
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!
Step back in time to a simpler way of life. Enjoy a friendly, family atmosphere where you are encouraged to sit and relax. The staff provides down to earth service and fresh hot food that ranks an A+ with the locals on all levels. All visitors welcomed! Daily specials and a selection of home-made pies are always available. Travel the back roads on the weekends and try the Swedish pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. You’ll be glad you did!
Francis Park offers 40 acres of woodlands to explore while camping at one of 60 RV sites with electricity or in the spacious tent area. Water, dump station, free firewood are available. Enjoy the playground equipment, ball diamond, horseshoe court and picnic area. Open and closed area shelters available for rental. Open May through September – no reservations available.
Are you an artist or group looking for a venue for shows, performances or perhaps a reunion? Consider the Galva Arts Council space for your next meeting need. Venue offers tables, chairs and some additional amenities. Rental rates vary call contact below for rates.
Garden inspired artwork, jewelry, antiques and heirlooms are featured throughout the store, located next to the Bishop Hill Post Office.
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!
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.
Experience the Good Life!
Good’s offers a fun day of shopping, followed by a night of pure relaxation. Each room is tastefully appointed with furniture collections featured in Good’s American Furniture Showplace store
Henry County was named for Patrick Henry. In 1843, the county seat settled permanently in Cambridge, Illinois. A grand Victorian structure of brick and stone the courthouse was completed in 1880. It stands three stories tall and features oak and black walnut woodwork throughout the courthouse. The second-floor courtroom contains oak panels; fireplace, antique jury, and court reporters chairs, and a judge’s bench. Its grandest feature is the eighteen-foot-high ceiling that features a mural created by Frank Dirkson of Cambridge, Galva, Geneseo, and Kewanee. It is one of the finest courthouses in Illinois.
Kewanee Dunes has been going strong for over 85 years. If you’re looking for a great day of golf in Henry County, look no further than the Dunes. This 18-hole championship course features beautiful mature trees, fast greens, and great fairways. All skill levels will enjoy the 6,832 yard, 72-par course. Warm up or improve your game on putting greens, driving range and sand traps. You can even enjoy a delicious meal in the clubhouse, Greenside Grill or Roy’s Place to celebrate. We offer plenty of space for any size group to relax and socialize.
Visit our Annawan or Atkinson store and we will greet you with a warm hello and a friendly smile. Available for on-site catering.
One review said the LaGolanda food is “amazing.” Spaghetti and the salads are refreshing. Sandwiches include scrumptious meatball and gondolas on fresh bread. Try one of the large portions of their pasta dishes with a cheesy pizza.
A perfect place to meet family and friends for lunch. Lavender Crest Winery features wine production, a wine tasting room, a gift shop, an espresso bar that serves lunch, and a banquet center that seats 250-300 guests. The banquet room has been host to wedding receptions, business meetings, and Friday events where visitors are invited to listen to music, have a meal, and let the cares of the week disappear. The gift shop and espresso lunch area feature a variety of coffee drinks, mocha, latte, and cappuccino in addition to sandwiches, soup, pastries, and other delicacies. Tours of our production facility are available for $5 per person. Please call to make reservations. Menu
Funky, Fun, and Unique, Mosaic Art Market & Studio
Mosaic Art Market & Studio blends art and handmade items to create one artful space – a mosaic of art! Funky, fun, and unique local, national, and international artists featured throughout the tin ceiling, hardwood floor colorful studio.
Wall art originals and prints, sculpture, glass and metal art, ceramics and pottery, pillows and throws, bags and scarves, handmade jewelry and children’s items adorn the walls and studio displays for your home décor decorating.
Mosaic also has a fully stocked studio area. Visitors are welcomed and may walk in during business hours and choose the item they’d like to create – canvases, ceramics, wood items, and paper mache items. No appointment is necessary! Group classes are available and taught by regional expert artists in their respective mediums. Mosaic will work with the group planner to accommodate an appropriate art project for the time allowed.
Make a visit to Mosaic and experience a fun environment to shop and find some cool art to take home, or spend time creating your art in Mosaic’s studio.
The Outsider Gallery is filled with whimsical, elegant, and functional items from regional artisans Steve and Marsha Carleson
Marsha makes handmade paper, 3-dimensional paper pieces, bowls, vases, bottle cap tables and other objects of whimsy. Steve makes glass ornaments, beads, and fused glass pieces with the occasional traditional Swedish tina boxes combined into the mixture.
Paxton’s Corner Coop is an adorable fun, family shop worth a road trip! Take the back roads and head to Annawan you will be greeted by two roosters north or south, you can’t miss the coop!
Celebrate the art of quilting and visit the store to become inspired.
Visit the Quilt Box showroom offering over 2,000 bolts of fabric, quilt, embroidery and notion supplies. Join in the sit ‘n sews, pick up a block of the month or shop for locally handmade gifts.
Consider a road trip to Songbird Lane Antiques! Off the beaten path, drive up a country lane, you will encounter a shop offering an eclectic mix of vintage, primitive, and rustic farm-inspired interior and exterior decorating treasures.
St. Mary of the Fields Holy Shrine is nestled among the green field and golden grain it is a natural place for prayer and meditation. The grounds feature a “Rolle Bolle” rosary where the holy hour is held. The Shrine features numerous works of art, the walls are adorned with fourteen Stations of the Cross, and several statues are displayed. The Shrine is open daily. Gift shop open during holy hours held the first Sunday of each month, May through October.
Super 8 Galva ~ Experience A Middle America Slice of Life
Super 8 Galva offers a free, 8-item Super Start breakfast bonanza ensures that you have the proper fuel to start your day in Galva. Free Wi-Fi available in your guest room and our public areas makes it easy to plan your route for the day. For those traveling through Galva for work, our business center provides printer and computer access, while 24-hour coffee service in the breakfast area keeps you charged to power through a long day or night.
Red marks the spot in Bishop Hill to encounter warm and spirited antiques and primitives. Favorites include cupboards, buckets, folk art, early country in old paint & original surface, barrels & quilts, tables and bowls. Peruse through garden accents, textiles, pottery, yellowware, treenware, handmades and dried everlastings to accent your home decor. Visit the patio and wash house featuring seasonal gardens and gardenware.
Vintage farm equipment, autos and locally made museum featuring antique farm equipment, autos and implements made locally by past businesses and more, are featured in the Old Red Farm Shed. The community of Galva built a reputation on agriculture production and ingenuity. Features, International Harvester, Hayes check-row planter, Wistrand blue pumps and Morgan/Galva seed bags. A collection of days gone by will put a sparkle in your eye! Tour groups are welcome please call ahead for appointments. Saturday hours are by chance from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Step away from the everyday and travel the back roads to Twinflower Inn, the ultimate retreat.
The Twinflower Inn features four suites and two guest rooms. Built as the original Colony Hospital in 1855, the Inn is one of 10 original buildings lovingly restored in the village of Bishop Hill a national historic landmark. It’s your home base for a couple or family gathering adventure weekend.
Sharing Rich Heritage and Values of the Old Country
VASA provides sharing national Scandinavian heritage with fellow Americans, and helps others to learn or remember the meaningful ways and values of the Old Country.
The national archives museum is a dynamic facility housing the history of the VASA organization. The large library holds books supporting genealogy research. Also available are a collection of rare books written in Swedish though published in the United States. Visitors are able to view a large collection of Swedish artifacts.
Bishop Hill is considered a birthplace of the Swedish immigration to the US. The village is not a reproduction. It is very much the same town settled in 1846. An authentic village experience from a community who celebrates the seasons, Swedish holidays and traditions. Visitors become immersed in the past and let the present learn from the past.
Woodland Palace is an incredible find off the beaten path. You will find this unusual home was built way ahead of its time and filled with engineering wonders. Learn about the man who built and lived in the home, Fred Francis, a Leonardo da Vinci-like man, was an artist, poet, inventor, builder, mathematician, engineer, and a nudist. Fred started to build the home in 1890 and worked on it for the next 36 years. It features hand carved molding, a water purification system, and is the first house in the state of Illinois to have to air-condition without the aid of electricity. View the sophisticated achievements of disappearing windows, doors, and more. Visit a home where everything seems to work in harmony. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for kids 12 and under. Open for tours and to the public end of April through September.