Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Destination of the Day: Springfield, IL-Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Destination of the Day: Springfield, IL-Illinois State Museum, Springfield

While all state museums tend to be similar, they still are a must visit!  A special bonus with the Illinois museum are its visitation times, often open hours before other area attractions, giving you extra time to visit the city.  The exhibits are well maintained and should provide for an educational experience.  A kid’s play space in the basement is perfect if your little one needs a short diversion.  Don’t miss the top floor’s exhibits!

Address:
502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706
http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/main/geninfo.html

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Destination of the Day: Berrien County, MI-New Buffalo

Destination of the Day: Berrien County, MI-New Buffalo

For many New Buffalo IS Berrien County.   This tiny little town has a lot to offer – great casual restaurants, boutiques, boating, beaches, and one major casino resort.

Address:
New Buffalo Railroad Museum/Harbor County Visitors Center
530 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
www.harborcountry.org

Four Winds Casino Resort
11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, MI 49117
www.fourwindscasino.com

Round Barn Winery Tasting Room
9185 Union Pier Rd, Union Pier, MI 49129
www.roundbarnwinery.com

St Julian Tasting Room
9145 Union Pier Rd, Union Pier, MI 49129
www.stjulian.com

Warner Vineyards Tasting Room
19 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
www.warnerwines.com

Redamak's Tavern
616 E Buffalo St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
www.redamaks.com

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-John Deere Pavilion

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-John Deere Pavilion

If you have any interest in farming, this is the place to go!  Basically a big PR showroom for Moline-based John Deere, even the most mature adult will turn into an 8 year-old kid when climbing into the cab of a massive corn harvester.  The pavilion includes displays on the history of John Deere (again, from the company’s perspective), early equipment, and equipment not yet available in the US.  The gift store next door will dress you from head to toe in John Deere gear.

If you are looking for an entire John Deere themed trip, check out the company web site for more information on factory tours, the John Deere historic site, and the stunning world headquarters building.

Address:
1400 River Dr, Moline, IL 61265
https://www.deere.com/en_US/corporate/our_company/fans_visitors/tours_attractions/pavilion.page

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-Rock Island Arsenal

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-Rock Island Arsenal 

Don’t let the fact that you will be stopped and vehicle checked deter you from visiting the historical sites that sit on this 946 acre US Army complex.  Oh, and follow the rules to the LETTER!  While friendly, the security teams are pretty strict.  Attractions include the Mississippi River Visitor Center (educational displays on the Mississippi lock system, including a viewing balcony), Rock Island Arsenal Museum (museum on the history of the arsenal.  HUGE display of military guns), and Fort Armstrong (US military outpost used in the 1800s.  Now only a small outdoor display).

Address:
Fort Armstrong
Arsenal Bridge and Rodman Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61204

Mississippi River Visitor Center
Building 382, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61204
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/MississippiRiverProject/Recreation/MississippiRiverVisitorCenter.aspx

Colonel Davenport Historic Site
Hillman Street and Durnin Avenue, Rock Island Arsenal, IL 61204
http://www.davenporthouse.org/

Rock Island Arsenal Museum
1 Rock Island Arsenal Building 60, Rock Island, IL 61299
http://www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org/museum/

Memorial Park
East Street and Rodman Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61299

Confederate Cemetery
Rodman Avenue, east of East Street, Rock Island, IL 61299

Rock Island National Cemetery
Rodman Avenue, east of East Street, Rock Island, IL 61299

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