Hittin’ the Highways of Henry County

Hittin’ the Highways of Henry County
April 29, 2019 Admin
exterior of colony church in spring

What’s going on in Henry County this spring?

Well, that depends on which road you take to visit us!

Takin’ it West with Highway 34

Galva, IL

Driving nonstop got your back buggin’ out? Try your hand in disc golf at Wiley Park to stretch those muscles during your road trip! This family-fun activity will keep everyone moving until it’s time to hit the road again. In “The City of Go,” you’ll also find spacious parks and friendly neighborhoods showcasing Victorian architecture. So, throw a picnic blanket in the trunk for an impromptu lunch under the sun!

Bishop Hill, IL

Architectural beauty surrounds you in the dozen remaining old colony structures. Strolling through the streets, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at the early days of Henry County’s Bishop Hill. Get your art on with Bishop Hill’s Creative Commons! Here, you’ll find a safe space to explore your creative side through a variety of workshops and events fit for the whole family!

Bishop Hill IL Spring
person riding a dirk bike

Interstate 80— Headed East

Geneseo, IL

Established in 1884, Geneseo Brewing Co. promises unique brews and tasty fun—fit for the whole family! Located in downtown Geneseo, feel free to leisurely walk the shops or peruse the hidden treasures waiting to be found. Still craving more? Drop by Lionstone Brewing for good drinks and fantastic eats with their quirky, seasonal brews and full menu of eatery options.

Atkinson, IL

Looking to drive on the wild side? Pull in to Atkinson Motorsports Park for some fast-paced dirt bike and ATV fun! These unrestricted trails allow riders to get out as early as 9 am and keep the adrenaline pumping until dusk. Check out their website for important, weather-dependent information on their daily openings and hours.

Annawan, IL

Keep the hunger pains away with Zbest West’s fully stocked menu of your favorite comfort foods. Want the biggest pie this side of the highway? Check out The Purple Onion! Even with the amazing, family-style eats found here, you’re gonna want to leave room for their giant pies!

Truckin’ Down I-74

Colona, IL

While the more adventurous souls explore the high-energy hiking trails of Hennepin Canal, the more at-ease can explore the numerous aromas and tastes of Lavender Crest Winery’s wine selection. (But, don’t worry! If you want to try both, we’ll keep your secret.)

Andover, IL

Get your history on with Andover Historical Museum & Grounds or set your sights on the Jenny Lind Chapel for a quick dose of stunning, Swedish history! Take a drive this Women’s History Month to the American Woman’s League Chapter House to glimpse the Chapter House built by the League in 1911—1 house of 9 in the state of Illinois!

Alpha, IL

Always ready to try new takes on old favorites? Stop by Andrea’s Pizzeria for a fresh take on one of America’s favorite cheesy dinners. Then, take a drive down Route 150 to the Alpha Car Show as a part of the Thrifty on 150 events taking place late Spring!

people sitting on the patio at Lavender Crest Winery
interior view of the Woodland Palace

Highway 81—Headed West

Kewanee, IL

Spring time in this town means a day trip to Woodland Palace in Francis Park. Built with nature’s harmony in mind, Fred Francis created the first “green” home. It’s said to leave any fan of engineering or architecture awestruck by its glory. Before heading home, pick up a more tangible novelty at Heartfelt Gifts, home of some fantastic fudge desserts and floral arrangements that can’t be beat!

Cambridge, IL

Have room for your golf clubs? Bring them along to hit the green at Valley View Club and relax as you traverse the fairways. After a day of fun, take a drive to Songbird Lane Antiques for an enormous selection of furniture, signage, and other trinkets of a past time!

Nothing says “Go Explore” quite like the warm sunshine of a changing season.

Right off these major highways, the backroads still beckon in Henry County. What will you try first?