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A place where inspiration grows. We offer handmade, natural brass jewelry, plus pottery and art by local & self-representing artists.
A Charming Galena Vacation Home Rental
Nestled along a secluded ridge, this inviting Galena Territory home provides luxury accommodations for up to 12 guests. Enjoy panoramic views, plasma TVs, billiards, foosball, designer kitchen and spacious decks.
Take a tour of our woodworking shop! Scrollsawn woodwork, cuckoo clocks, chainsaw carvings, dried flowers, trunks, benches & lots more.
CITY: Scales Mound
Wagner's Business Products/Furniture
This is a full-service office products store with gift and luggage department, including special stationery items.
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
We are a family owned and run craft distillery that produces handcrafted quality spirits. We offer daily tours and tastings.
Apple River Canyon State Park - Thompson/Salem Units
This 1,150 acre area allows hunting, fishing; no boating/biking. See postings/fact sheets at registration. Sign in/out at lots #1 or #2. The vegetative cover at the site is a mixture of steep timbered slopes and bluffs with grassland, row crops and hay fields predominate on ridge tops. The topography can be severe especially bordering the Apple River.
The Museum Gift and Book Shop
Your premier source for souvenirs, gifts and books of historical nature including Galena, Grant, Civil War, lead mining and steamboating.
Featuring local and Illinois made gifts, foods, and specialties. Enjoy specialty coffees, muffins, desserts and other goodies in their historic building built in 1906 which boasts the original art deco soda fountain from the 30's.
The Grateful Gourmet Co.
A unique kitchenware and specialty food store for the gourmet chef in all of us.
A season for everyone. From St. Patrick's Day to Christmas, plus many more exciting, unique gifts and collectibles.
The Galena River
The Galena River, also known as Fever River, meanders through the lush scenery of Northern Illinois before winding through Galena’s historic downtown. Put-in near Galena's Main Street which will offer you plenty of opportunities to explore the river on your own, or to take day excursions offered by a local outfitter.
Spencer Tracy Film Festival
Spencer Tracy, one of Hollywood’s most cherished actors, comes home to Freeport where his parents lived and where he enjoyed many happy times as a child. Four prized films will be presented on the historic Lindo Theatre’s big screen. $5 per film.
Stephenson County Ag Breakfast
A farm breakfast showcasing Stephenson County agriculture producers with a menu of orange juice, coffee cake, scrambled eggs, whole hog sausage, beef bacon, cheese, milk, coffee and ice cream. Additional activities include entertainment, a petting zoo, craft show, games and more as we salute and share the story of Stephenson County agriculture. Adults: $4; Children 5 and under: Free
Generations Boutique is a blend of fabulous name brand fashions and gifts for the home. Open: Monday thru Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Above It All
This Bed & Breakfast sits up on a hill and is surrounded by forest on three sides. Sit and relax in the hot tub as you look at the amazing view!
56th Annual Fall Old Market Day
This turn-of-the-century, open-air market features ladies in period costumes selling wares, arts and crafts vendors, and heritage skills demonstrations.
Illinois Game and Pet Breeders Spring Swap Meet
Buying, selling and trading of gamebirds, animals, pets and supplies. This event takes place at the Stephenson County Fair Grounds. There will be vendors selling local honey, garden plants, flowers, and a small flea market. Events opens at 6 am. Gate Fee: $3.00 per person over the age of 10.
Rockford-Freeport Illinois Kennel Club Dog Show
The event includes an All Breed Dog/Obedience/Rally/Show, booths with dog supplies, refreshments as well as information on showing and training.
Green Tea Bake House
Home of the gourmet soft pretzel in Pretzel City USA! Sweet and savory gourmet baked goods, all crafted in house, from scratch, utilizing natural and organic ingredients. Known for our unique Kalamata olive and feta bread, our French "sables" butter cookies and our Asiago cheese asparagus tarts. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.
Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre
This theater, located on the campus of Highland Community College, features a variety of fine arts programming including vocal and instrumental music concerts, live theater, special performances, and the popular Summerset Theatre program, a community performing arts theater. The Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre is also home to HCC's Royal Scots, Big Band, Concert Band, Chorale and Highland Gallery. A seasonal listing of performances is available by calling the box office or visiting the website.
Hampton Inn Freeport Golf Packages
Park Hills Golf Getaway Package: Enjoy a Hampton room, two 18-hole rounds at park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a special golfer's gift bag. Must be booked at least seven days in advance: $153 - $177. Wolf Hollow Golf Getaway Package: Hampton king room, two 18-hole rounds at Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Lena, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a special gift bag. Must be booked at least seven days in advance: $153 - $163.This historic and charming hotel is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Freeport and features The Main Street Bistro, always the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal, a refreshing drink in a sophisticated atmosphere ideal for mixing, mingling, and enjoying life. The 70 spacious guest rooms and 2 suites feature complimentary hi-speed wireless internet access, High Definition TV with pay-per view movies and games, refrigerators and microwaves available upon request. Guest also have access to the hotel's state of the art fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and the complimentary hot continental breakfast which features over 15 items daily. Non-smoking rooms are available. The Hampton Inn is part of the Hilton Honors preferred guest program. Rates: $89 to $149.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square
Experience the history of the second of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. It was at this site on August 27, 1858 that the Freeport Doctrine, an import statement regarding slavery and state's rights, was proclaimed by Douglas. The site is self-interpretative through a series of waysides that tell of the events and ideas which led up to the debates, and also includes the life-size statues "Lincoln and Douglas in Debate" by artist Lily Tolpo. The park-like setting is complete with benches, lighting and spacious walks.
T and D Toy & Hobby
T and D Toy & Hobby specializes in diecast toys, both old and new, but also offers new and old model kits, including resin kits, hobby paints and tools, and model railroading items. Open: Monday thru Friday: 11 am - 12:30 pm; 3 pm - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
Vintage Shop Hop
Take a self-guided tour to find repurposed, cool junk, handmade and unique at dozens of shops in Northern Illinois, including shops in Stephenson County. For a complete list visit www.facbook.com/vintageshophopevent. Stop in at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center for a map of the area.
The Sports Plex
The Sports Plex is a tournament quality soccer complex featuring up to 12 fields, picnic areas, parking, restrooms, and a concession area with a full kitchen. It also has a presentation pavilion that is ideal for award ceremonies or meetings. Please call for pricing and availability.
Country Inn and Suites Golf Packages
Park Hills Golf Getaway Package: Enjoy a Country Inn room for two for one night, two 18-hole rounds at park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a golfer's gift bag. Advance reservations required: $163 - $187. Wolf Hollow Golf Getaway Package: Room for two for one night, two 18-hole rounds at Wolf Hollow Golf course in Lena, a cart, a bucket of range balls, and a special gift bag. Advance reservations required: $163 - $173. At Country Inn and Suites there is one goal - to make you feel at home. They promise to offer caring, consistent and comfortable service to ensure a relaxing enjoyable stay. They offer a complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast, free wireless high speed internet access, Club Carlson Reward program, indoor pool and whirlpool and a fitness center. These are just a few of the exceptional amenities they offer every guest. The hotel has been voted "Best in the Region" for the past 14 years in a row. It offers consistency you can count on at just the right price. Senior discount, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Matercard and Visa. Rates: $99.00 to $169.00.
Blown Away Art & Framing Destination
Blown Away specialize in custom framing pictures. There is a large variety of art for sale in the gallery from limited editions, famous art prints, and art from local artists. Open: Sunday and Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm; Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Experienced birder, knowledgeable about a variety of birding habitats in the Galena/Jo Daviess County Area, offers guided field trips on selected Saturdays. Private trips available by appointment.
Pecatonica River Trail Summer Flotilla
Enjoy an early summer that only Northwest Illinois can deliver. Start the morning with a leisurely canoe or kayak paddle down the natural water trail of the Pecatonica River. Paddle from McConnell Bobtown Landing (7.9 miles or 2 1/2 hours) to McNeil's Damascus Landing followed by lunch. 9 am - 12 pm
Illinois Game and Pet Breeders Fall Swap Meet
This swap meet involves the buying, selling and trading of game birds, animals, pets and supplies. Vendors will also be available with local honey, garden plants, flowers, and a small flea market. Events opens at 6 am. Gate Fee: $3.00 per person over the age of 10.
100TH Anniversary of Union Dairy Celebration
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Union Dairy with a full weekend of special events. Friday is Entertainment Night with a 50s/60s band, Jimmy Fred and the Flames and a country band, Back Country Roads. Plus enjoy a beer tent. Saturday will feature a Car Show with entertainment by 3-D Sound, and Sunday will be Family Day with games, a bounce house, pony rides and more. All three days, enjoy an Historical Downtown Tour by horse and carriage. Plus there will be Union Dairy anniversary souvenirs for sale, "old timers" dipping one more time and more. Friday: 5 pm - 11 pm; Saturday: 4 pm - 8 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.
Autumn Art & Craft Fair
Over 90 talented artisans and crafters offer unique, handmade artwork, crafts and jewelry. This indoor event has something for the whole family with a delicious food court. Sponsored by the River Ridge PTO
Pecatonica River Trail Fall Flotilla
Enjoy the fall colors that only Northwest Illinois can deliver. Start the morning with a leisurely canoe or kayak paddle down the natural water trail of the Pecatonica River. Paddle from McConnell Bobtown Landing (7.9 miles or 2 1/2 hours) to McNeil's Damascus Landing. Lunch provided for donation.
Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater "Opal's Million Dollar Duck"
While rooting through Opal's Antique Junque Shop, two summer stock leads come across a painting that looks a lot like an old master that disappeared from the local art museum. In order to collect the insurance themselves, the divas, Desmond and Queenie, try to acquire the painting from Opal, who has other plans for the painting. The plot thickens hilariously when the two stars resort to everything from outrageous flattery to knockout drops trying to get their hands on the picture. September 27, 28 29 Friday and Saturday: Doors Open: 7 pm; Show: 7:30 pm; Sunday: Doors Open: 1:30pm; Show: 2:00 pm. All performances are in a dessert theater format. $20
Two Wheel Inn
Located above the Iron Horse Social Club, a Vintage Motorcycle Museum & Bar, offers a unique overnight destination. We’re on Main Street in downtown Savanna along the bluffs of the beautiful Mississippi River. Come enjoy the camaraderie, an awesome museum, great people, great music and ice cold beer.
Christmas Tea at the Stephenson County Historical Museum
Celebrate this holiday tradition at the historic 1857 Oscar Taylor home decorated in Christmas finery. Enjoy music and and homemade cookies with coffee, tea or punch as your tour the mansion. The Holiday Gift Shop will be open featuring a selection of historical books, toys and other unique gift items.
Highland Farmers Market
This midweek farmers market offers a large array of fresh produce that is all locally grown as well as baked goods and farm fresh eggs. Open: Wednesdays: 3 pm - 6 pm. Located at Highland Community College in Parking Lot C.
Napa Valley Salvage Company
Reimagined Vintage Furniture and home decor. California Shabby Chic. Join Napa Valley Salvage on Face Book, to see new reimagined furniture listed daily. Open: Monday thru Saturday: 10 am 4 pm.
The Crooked Roof
Lanark’s newest restaurant with amazing pizzas, specialty burgers, and sandwiches. Live music every weekend and a good time every day.
Luecke Jewelers Vintage Jewelry and Antiques
Largest collection of pre-owned estate jewelry and antiques in northern Illinois. Opened Monday thru Thursday and Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Friday: 9 am - 6 pm.