Day Trip Ideas

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All Aboard The Breakfast Train

Take Amtrak #380 from Quincy, Macomb, or Galesburg and arrive in Kewanee at 8:07 am. Walk on over to the Stationhouse Restaurant,
next to the Amtrak station, to have the “railroad breakfast.” After breakfast, head out to walk the History in the Paint Public Art Tour downtown Kewanee. Be back to the station to board the 9:44 am train to be home by lunch!  Bring your kids, grandkids, and friends.  A memory is waiting to be made! LEARN MORE

Illinois’ First ‘Green’ Home

A must see attraction. An unusual home built way ahead of its time filled with engineering wonders.  Fred Francis was an eccentric genius. This home has unqiue features, it was the first house in the state of Illinois to have air-conditioning powered by wind, and also experience disappearing doors and windows.  Woodland Palace at Francis Park, is a home where everything works in harmony.  Admission is nominal.

Wine and Dine

Nestled in a beautiful country setting just outside the Quad Cities, Lavender Crest Winery offers a wonderful array of award-winning wines and a delightful lunch menu. Plan to take an informative wine tour conducted daily, immediately followed by wine tasting at the wine bar, all with “hometown” hospitality. Stroll the beautiful grounds complete with gazebo and flower gardens while enjoying a glass of award-winning Lavender Crest wine. Then browse our gift shop filled with unique wine gifts, gourmet foods, and chocolates to take home some treats! The perfect destination for a fun-filled, yet relaxing day!

Design, Decor, Dine

Celebrate Friends.  A perfect friend reunion awaits you in Henry County.  Retail therapy looms for the girlfriends in a variety of choices through Henry County, Illinois.  Visit our unique shopping opportunities for any passion. We have much to choose from, home furnishings and décor, gardening and for those who want to nurture their artistic side, we have many options to offer.

Option #1  For a great day or truly nice weekend getaway, visit Good’s Furniture for home décor and Sunnyfield Greenhouse and Garden Center, Galva, for unusual and new in bloom annuals and perennials, don’t forget the yard décor.  Warm, hometown hospitality welcomes you to the 12 historic buildings housing Good’s, offering the latest furniture trends in America. People from all over the Midwest travel Kewanee to shop the vast furniture retailer. Walk the “ribbon of glass”  skywalk and let your imagination run free to furnish your house and make it the home you deserve. Enjoy dinner at many of the area dining options.

Option #2    Looking for a historic downtown district to explore and experience?  Try the Geneseo Historic District with plenty of specialty shopping in over ten stores.  Do the girls want to find their inner artists?  Smith Studio and Gallery and the Geneseo Art League offer opportunities in a variety of art mediums.  Wirthy Treasures offers an experience in repurposing furniture and home decor.  Designs on the Boulevard, offer specialty floral classes upon request. Lunch at many of the restaurants or better yet stay for dinner for a steak at The Cellar located in Geneseo’s historic downtown district.


Option #3    Visit Bishop Hill’s unique shops, especially those that offer artisan demonstrations while you watch.  The preservation of the historical buildings will astound you. Have lunch in one of the many dining options in our National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill.  Take a handmade gift home as a souvenir of our celebrate friends weekend.