Covington Inn: Floating Bed and Breakfast on the Mississippi

Covington Inn: Floating Bed and Breakfast on the Mississippi

On our summer Great River Road trip we stayed in several hotels along the Mississippi River. But for two nights we actually stayed on the Mississippi River. The Covington Inn Bed and Breakfast in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is one of only a few floating bed and breakfasts in the United States. Read more

Morton Pumpkin Festival Celebrates Pumpkin Capital

Morton Pumpkin Festival Celebrates Pumpkin Capital

Did you know that ninety-five percent of pumpkins for processing in the United States are grown in Illinois? Specifically, they’re grown in and near Morton, a town southeast of Peoria, home to a large Libby’s cannery. Every September, Morton celebrates its pumpkin industry with the Morton Pumpkin Festival. Read more

Podcast: Great River Road Days 9-13

Podcast: Great River Road Days 9-13

In this podcast, we wrap up our Great River Road adventure. We start in Dubuque, Iowa, and travel south through Fulton, Illinois, and Clinton, Iowa. Then we move on to our last stop, the Quad Cities. Read more

Podcast: Great River Road Days 1-4

Podcast: Great River Road Days 1-4

Welcome to the inaugural Midwest Wanderer podcast! As we traveled the Great River Road from the Mississippi River headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Quad Cities, we summed up our daily activities each night in a podcast. We turned the first two recordings into videos while we traveled and posted them on Facebook. But that required late nights, and after two nights of five or fewer hours of sleep, we decided to record and wait until we got home to publish them. So here we are, with the first four days of our Quad Cities adventures. Rather than videos, we’re presenting them in podcast format.   Read more

Weekend Getaway: Galena, Illinois

Weekend Getaway: Galena, Illinois

Heading west on U.S. 20 in northern Illinois, the road that had been straight and flat begins to wind through gently rolling farm fields as you near Galena. When church steeples and orange brick buildings come into view, you know you’ve reached your destination.  A city with fewer than 3500 residents, Galena attracts over a million visitors every year. Visitors come for the history, the shopping, the dining or just to relax in an atmosphere that is like nowhere else in Illinois.  Read more

Seven Eagles RV Resort and Campground: RV, Cabin or Motel

Seven Eagles RV Resort and Campground: RV, Cabin or Motel

We found a great campground in Savanna, Illinois, in the northwest part of the state near the Mississippi River.  In fact, a footpath leads from the Seven Eagles RV Resort and Campground right to the Great River Bike and Hike Trail that runs 62 miles from Savanna to the Quad Cities.  You don’t even need an RV to stay at Seven Eagles because they have cabins and a really neat motel, too. Read more