Calm and Cool… Architecture, Travel, & Nostalgia

Spring has sprung, and with it, so should your travel plans to Henry County. After hibernating inside for the winter months under warm blankets and by cozy fires, it’s time to hit the back roads again and watch nature come alive.

Visit One of 42 Round Barns In Illinois

Ryan’s Round Barn in Kewanee is a showpiece of the season, opening its doors for tours the first weekend in May, and continuing every 1st and 3rd weekend until October. This is a must-see for everyone since it’s one of the nation’s largest round barns, measuring eighty feet high and eighty-five feet in diameter… you don’t want to miss it. So, take a drive and enjoy everything spring has to offer in Henry County.

Tap into Your Inner Artist

Geneseo Art League, along with The Cellar Restaurant, will host regional artists as they compete for top honors during the Maple City Fine Arts Exhibit, May 1-May 27, 2016.  The range of creative talent to be seen during the month-long exhibit includes: oil/watercolor/acrylic painters, mixed media artists, wood-working and jewelry, photographers, & sculptors.

Visit locally-owned shops throughout Geneseo and down historic State Street offering home décor, current fashions, and lots of art!  Love live theater? Enjoy colorful, live performances by the Richmond Hill Players atop the bluff at Richmond Hill Park Theatre, a unique in-the-round venue, open April through October.  One of many dining options for the traveler, an evening favorite is The Cellar Restaurant.  It is one of Illinois’ oldest supper clubs serving the best steaks in Illinois. The Cellar offers a quiet, relaxing atmosphere where blue jeans or dress clothes are welcomed Tuesday through Sunday.

Try the “Decorate, Design, & Dine” Itinerary

 Henry County is brimming with unique, local shops that overflow with spring décor for your home and garden. Browse through Heartfelt in Kewanee for custom creations and gourmet foods. Hop over to Bishop Hill and roam  The Village Smithy and numerous other little shops just waiting to be explored. Then, try out your green thumb at Sunnyfield Greenhouse and Garden Center in Galva where casual and serious gardeners alike bask in the magnificent selection of more than 3,000 varieties of annuals, perennials, and vegetables. Geneseo also has a great garden selection with Maple City Florist and Garden Center, Pink Prairie Gardens, and Wolf Ridge Gardens. Their historic State Street shopping also has a great new selection of spring décor that will brighten any home. While you are making your way through our communities, be sure to stop at some of our top dining locations including:

Cerno’s Bar & Grill in Kewanee for legendary atmosphere and fabulous food, The Cellar in Geneseo for dinner at one of Illinois’ oldest supper clubs and art exhibits from local artists, State Street Cafe in Geneseo for artisan-inspired breakfast and lunch, Mary’s Family Dining & Lounge in Galva for affordable, home-cooked meals on white tablecloths – or when the weather allows outside dining.  Wherever you land, we’re sure you’ll find the right mix of décor, design, and dining to enjoy!

Mother’s Day Escape! Get Thrifty on 150!

Take the whole family on a cruise through Henry County on May 9, 2015, and let Mom pick out her own gift for Mother’s Day. From Moline to Galesburg, follow
the signs and balloons as you encounter and explore entertainment, flea markets, yard sales, Alpha’s car show, antiques, artwork, and food. There’s something for everyone! On the way home, pull into Country Corner for some spring flowers and don’t forget to enjoy lunch at Lavender Crest Winery!

Quilters Feed Your Soul

Free quilt exhibits will be on display at the Steeple Building which will host the Challenge Quilts. Vagnhall Galleri will display quilts throughout the gallery from the rafters. It will be a treat to see. The Henry County Historical Museum, in collaboration with the Galva Historical Society, will also be adding a little flavor to the festivities this year with a quilt and bottle display at the museum. Quilts on display will feature a horseman ribbon quilt from 1938, an antique red-and-white-pieced quilt from 1880, and an anniversary quilt. The late 1800s bottle exhibit will feature medicinal panaceas. In addition to these great stops, you’ll also want to stop by the Quilt Box on your way through Kewanee. Their showroom has over 2,000 bolts of fabric, quilt, embroidery, and notion supplies.