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Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad Antique Steam Train
All aboard, as a 36-ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and visit the Silvercreek Museum across the street. Open: May thru October on selected holiday and weekends; 1 am - 4 pm. Train departs on the hour.
Visit this delightful kitchen store full of artisan-quality, handmade, wooden spoons, spatulas, spurtles and other kitchen products all made on site.
We have two guest rooms available now, along with two furnished apartments for extended stays. Our guest rooms do not have private baths -- they share a newly remodeled toilet and shower. The Hotel Glenview was built in 1886 and remained a working hotel until the mid 70's when it fell into disrepair but it is in the process of being refurbished. We are within walking distance for great shopping, dining and night caps. We are only 10 miles from the Great River Trail, and we do offer bicycles sag support. Upon consideration, pets are welcomed. We are strictly non-smoking.
Garnhart's Oliver Museum
Explore the largest Oliver Hart-Parr collection in the Midwest, including farm toys, advertising, and collectibles dating back to 1860, and real antique tractors and machinery. Bus and group tours are available, but should be scheduled in advance.
The Standish House Bed & Breakfast
The Standish House B&B is owned and operated by a direct descendent of Miles Standish and is filled with antiques and collections of Early American history. You’ll enjoy canopy beds, sumptuous breakfasts and more. We’re only minutes from Lake Carroll and are located on a quiet residential street in the quaint community of Lanark.
American Heritage Antique Center
Slurp & Burp
This is a fun, friendly and family oriented bar and grill located in a scenic area. Daily specials, sandwiches and fish on Fridays. Tenderloin sandwiches are a highlight. Carryouts, alcohol, entertainment.
American country antiques/primitives. Restoring of 18th and 19th century and new furniture. Refinishing, cabinet making, and fire and water damage restoration. Accepting Master Card and Visa. Open: Monday thru Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm.
This museum, operated by the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, which also operates the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad, offers 20 rooms of early Americana. Exhibts include 500 pieces of crockery, dolls, a recreated schoolroom and kitchen, art exhibits, quilts, tools and agricultural equipment, and many other historical exhibits. Also on the grounds is a display of antique machinery and an exhibit of Henny Motor Company vehicles which were manufactured in Freeport. Plus visitors can view the operating Cooper-Corliss engine, a giant 130-ton steam engine with a 25 foot flywheel which originally operated a rolling mill in a zinc plant. Special exhibits and events are featured throughout the year. Open: May thru October on selected holidays and weekends: 11 am - 4 pm.
Byron Civic Center
Musicals, comedies and mysteries are performed August-May at this civic center located in Byron High School.
The Civil War Soldiers Monument, on the southwest corner of the Stephenson County Courthouse, is inscribed with the names of those soldiers from Stephenson County who lost their lives in the Civil War. On the southeast corner is the Stephenson County Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial, which is a bronze statue of a full-sized M-16 with a bayonet stuck in the ground and a helmet on top.
Cedarville Historical Museum
This museum is located in an 1889 school building and features a permanent exhibit honoring Jane Addams, who was born and raised in Cedarville. Miss Addams was an internationally famous humanitarian and social work pioneer who founded Chicago's Hull House and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Museum exhibits include personal items and memorabilia from her life and the life of her family. There are also changing exhibits on topics of local historical interest and a research center and a research center. Open: May thru October: Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm; or by appointment.
Robert F. Apple - Fishing Guide
Fishing guide - muskies, walleyes; all equipment furnished.
Includes picnic and playground areas, a shelter, tennis court and basketball court.
Mt. Carroll Walking Tour
Take a self-guided walking tour through Mt. Carroll's historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
White Pines Roller Rink
Fun for the entire family. Northern Illinois' largest roller rink. Top 40 music, live DJ, snack bar, arcade, complete supervision, birthday packages, private parties and group rates.
Fever River Railroad/Stephenson Society of Model Trainmen Open House
For model railroad aficionados and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains, this is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently. Up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.
Timber Lake Playhouse
Illinois' oldest continuously-running professional summer stock theatre. Live performances June-August. Reservations required. Children's program July-August.
Richland Creek Trailhead
The Richland Creek Trailhead serves as the main trailhead for the northern end of the Jane Addmas Recreation Trail. It features parking, a large shelter house with electricity, lights and picnic tables, a restroom, water and a primitive campground area.
Freeport Art Museum
Explore five permanent galleries: European (19th century paintings, sculpture), Art of the Near and Far East (Egyptian, Chinese, and Southeast Asia), Native American (pots, baskets and Kachina dolls), African and Oceanic Art (masks, ceremonial pieces and textiles), and Contemporary (prints and paintings). Two galleries feature new exhibitions every 8-12 weeks and are devoted to regional art or national exhibitions. A student gallery features aspiring young artists from local schools. The museum also offers educational programs, performances, and special events. Open: Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: Noon - 5 pm. Free admission, but donations are appreciated.
Step back in time in the Loveland Museum and get a glimpse of Dixon and Lee County history. See exhibits from the life of "Father" John Dixon, the Blackhawk War, Civil War and other conflicts, local industry and attractions, the Truesdell Bridge disaster and President Ronald Reagan.
Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre
Located on the campus of Highland Community College - features a variety of fine arts programming including vocal and music concerts, live theater, special performances, and the popular Summerset Theater Program, a community performing arts theater.
9 East Coffee
Coffee house and cafe specializing in espresso-based drinks, homemade desserts, pastries, soups and sandwiches, plus daily specials to accompany a superb cup of coffee. Free internet access, outdoor dining, and entertainment. Look for 9 East on Facebook. Breakfast or Lunch: Under $10.00 Credit Cards accepted. Open: Monday thru Friday: 7 am - 3 pm; Saturday;: 7 am - 2 pm.
Uniquely Yours Quilt Shop
Enjoy this store offering over 7000 bolts of the finest quality 100% cotton quilting fabric, quilt books, patterns, supplies and classes. Original designs and patterns plus kits galore. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, Monday and Evenings: by appointment.
Country at Heart Quilt & Gift Shop
Don't miss this quaint and unique country quilt and gift shop! Featuring Bowe pottery, candles, quilts, doilies, framed art, country gifts and accessories. We offer a huge selection of antique and primitive furniture too! The quilt shop offers a wide variety of quilting fabrics, notions, patterns, books and so much more!
Joseph Westwood Memorial Park
Picnic and playground areas, shelters, tennis courts, ball diamonds, plus a recreation building.
Featuring 240 acres, Nature Center, parking, boat launches and Rock River access, fishing, hiking, nature preserve, cross-country skiing, shelters, grills, playground equipment, and more. Ronald Reagan saved 77 lives here as a lifeguard during his boyhood years.
McConnell Area Historical Society & Museum
Items on display in this local town museum include a mill stone, ox yoke, McConnell telephone switchboard, and other items relating to the history of McConnell and Waddams Township. There is a large collection of family histories, obituaries, and genealogical materials. Special activities and exhibits are planned for each of the open dates.
Charlotte Arvell Glass
Gallery and glass studio (formerly Eagleton Glass).
Offers picnic & playground areas, sand volleyball courts, soccer field, basketball court.
Raven's Grin Inn
At this real haunted house, built in 1870, you'll hear about the inn's spooky history on a tour that takes you through the twists and turns of this creepy building.
Quarry Ridge Hunt Club
The premiere, upland-hunting experience in Northern Illinois. Quarry Ridge offers hunting (member or non-member) for rooster pheasant, dove, turkey, deer and moor. Dogs and guides can be provided if needed.
Van Raden Memorial Park
The Van Raden Memorial Park features Lake Baalton, a three acre man-made lake stocked with bass, crappie, blue gill and catfish. A small shelter and playground area are also offered. A Veterans Memorial honoring all German Valley area service men and women, past or present is at the park
Air Play Sports & Espresso Bar
Air Play Sports in Sterling is YOUR source for Alternative Sporting Goods. We carry northern Illinois' largest selection of disc golf supplies, stunt kites, boomerangs and more. We are also the town's only full coffee bar with gourmet coffees, espresso, cappuccinos, lattes and more. We are family friendly with toys and coloring books for younger children as well as changing station in our clean restroom. We have live inventory on our website and we can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.
Jane Addams Burial Site
Jane Addams, born and raised in Cedarville, was an internationally famous humanitarian and social work pioneer who founded Chicago's Hull House and won the Nobel Peace Prize. She is buried in this lovely old hillside cemetery.
Ben Miller Memorial Park
This park provides a quiet scenic area ideal for family reunions and group gatherings. A large and a small shelter house, softball diamond, volleyball and basketball courts, playground, and wooded area are offered. A concession stand is open during softball season.
Byron Natural History Museum
This natural history museum displays prairies, woodlands, wetlands and other interesting exhibits illustrating life as it existed hundreds of years ago in Northern Illinois. Be sure to make a stop at the museum gift shop.
Lee County Genealogical Society
Dedicated to promoting family history and helping people in their genealogical research, the society's archives are housed in the Family Tree Center.
Maxon’s Riverside Restaurant
We’re located on the banks of the Rock River overlooking the historic and famous Blackhawk Statue. Summer & Fall we also offer lunch & dinner cruises on our 150-passenger Pride of Oregon riverboat.
Susan Shire Antiques
Quality primitives antiques shop on historic Peoria-Galena Trail, located behind our restored 1861 limestone house in beautiful Pleasant Valley.
Offers boat access to the Rock River, with a 50-ft. renovated boat launch. During the summer season, offers boat gas, concessions, paddleboat/rowboat/canoe rentals as well as 2 large shelters for family reunions and parties,
Slip and Slurry Pottery
Full working pottery studio and store for 24 years, stoneware and porcelain.
Freeport Farmers Market
A fabulous variety of locally grown produce, as well as, a scrumptious selection of home-baked treats in a festive market atmosphere. Open May 9th through October 3rd.
Jeanette Lloyd Theater
Large theater with seating for 850
McNeil's Damascus Landing
Enjoy the natural wonders of the Pecatonica River, Stephenson County's water trail, as is meanders nearly 60 miles through undisturbed Midwestern beauty. Access the river at McNeil's Damascus Landing which offers ample parking, a picnic area, fire pit and charcoal grills, portable toilet, 10' x 20' floating dock and canoe/kayak and concrete boat launch with access docking. Camping at the site is available for canoe, kayaks and boaters. Reservations required.
Lena Mercantile Company
Antiques, collectibles, gifts, Amish furniture and accessories, candy, clothing, toys and country store items. Also enjoy the Mercantile Eatery which serves delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts, and freshly ground and roasted gourmet coffee drinks. Open: Daily: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. Lunch is served Monday thru Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm with coffee and desserts available daily, all hours.
SK-8 Skateboard Heaven
This 11,000-sq.-ft. skateboard park features obstacles, ramps, rails, ledges, spines and bowls. Built specifically for skateboards and in-line skates, this facility is popular with both skaters and spectators.
Dillon Home Museum
Built in 1858, this Italian Renaissance-style home displays the history of the Dillon family and Northwestern Steel, as well as fine antiques which belonged to the Dillons.
That Place on Palmyra Pub & Grill
Formerly Bombdigity Bar & Grill, we still offer the best food and drinks your money can buy and we now offer an enhanced menu that includes a variety of entrees such as chicken, steak, pork chops, wraps & salads.
Zealous Art Studio
This exceptional art gallery features local artists - paintings, photography, ceramics, woodworking and much more. Also offered are children's art classes as well as pottery classes. Open: Monday thru Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm.
Quilt Supplies For U
We have a large assortment of beautiful fabric and other items to fit your quilting needs. Our staff has over 20 years of professional quilting experience and we are ready to assist you
River Road Camping and Marina
30-acre full-service campground with heated pool open to the public. Canoe rental, boat ramp and launch, gas, general store, volleyball, basketball, game room and playground.
Mount Morris Motel
Nearest motel to White Pines, one level no stairs to climb, cable TV, A/C, eat, and 24 hour phone.
Embroidery on shirts, caps, bags, etc.
Silo Antiques & Art Gallery
Geneva line of antiques and collectibles, lots of furniture, art glass, and china.
The Victorian Farmstead
Peace and quite in the coutryside with an abundance of fresh air will make your stay. Enjoy bicycling, canoeing, antiquing or reading on the porch swing. In winter warm yourself in front of the fireplace when you return from skiing.
Silver Ridge Golf Course
Silver Ridge is an 18-hole public golf course.
All Seasons Motel
31 deluxe rooms, with individually controlled air conditioning and heating units, offering some with jacuzzis, refrigerators, microwaves, near restaurants and offering WiFi.
Eclectic selection of home accents, florals, lamps, wall decor, and candles.
Lena Area Historical Museum
The Lena Historical Museum tells the history of Lena and the surrounding area, with galleries focusing on various historical topics. Highlights include a Civil War regimental flag and an extensive clothing collection. Also on the grounds are a summer kitchen, the first log schoolhouse built in Lena, an Illinois Central Railroad caboose, a general store, a recreated chapel, and a barn filled with antique vehicles and farm tools. Open: Saturday: 1 pm - 4 pm; or by appointment.
This historic movie theater, built in 1922, features first-run movies presented in the latest 4K digital projection and sound on nine screens. Stadium seating, digital 3D and party room.
Serving Italian sandwiches, spaghetti, lasagna, Italian bread, ravioli, salad bar and pasta buffet. Banquet room is available for any occasion.
Eilerts Cocktails and Tee Box
Eilerts is a cocktail lounge with a small bistro sandwich menu in a quaint, comfortable atmosphere. Elierts Tee Box, a premier indoor golf facility, is adjacent. Carryout, entertainment, full bar. Open: Monday thru Friday: 3 pm - 12 am; Saturday: Noon to 12 am.
Midwest's leading mattress retailer, including Sealy, Simmons, Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic. Plus furniture and accessorites for the entire home at a price for all budgets. Open: Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm; Monday thru Friday: 9 am - 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 pm.
All Veterans Memorial Park of Stephenson County
This park honors all of the veterans from Stephenson County. It contains large era stones from all conflicts. Benches surround concrete walkways, and a large brick memorial garden if featured. A Gold Star Family Memorial is dedicated to all who gave given their lives for our freedoms. Open: Daily: Dawn to Dusk.
The Sandwich Shop
Deli meats, cheeses, fresh sandwiches and Panini sandwiches. The best soups and sandwiches in Ogle County!!! Stop in and check us out for yourself.
Italian murals, fireplace, candlelit tables, white linen tablecloths. A touch of "Old Italy".
Fashions on Main
3,000 sq ft main floor of building. Store front. Unique clothing, shoes and accessories. Chocolates including Fannie May, Jelly Belly, and Blackhawk Chocolate Trail.
Stephenson County Historical Gift Shop
The museum gift shop is located at the rear entrance of the Taylor Mansion. It offers unique gifts including reproduction toys and games, pretzel-themed gift items, Rawleigh products, books of historical and local interest and more
Lake Louise Resort
The finest family recreational camping experience in Northern Illinois. Sandy beaches, slides, rafts, paddle boats, fishing, kiddie beach, sand volleyball, basketball, game room, bonfires, bands, dancing, music, horseshoes and 13- acre spring-fed lake.
Dakota Nature Trail
The Dakota Nature Trail for biking, hiking, and cross-county skiing links Dakota Park with the Dorothy Wirth Nature Area. The trail surface is crushed limestone and follows a former railroad right-of-way. The trail begins on Main Street in Dakota.
Franklin Creek Preservation Area
Franklin Creek Grist Mill, 1893 Twist Road off Old Mill Road, Franklin Grove. Covered wagon tours. Interpretive Center.
Rock River Valley Self Help Enterprises Happy Trails
Five acres of walking paths, water gardens, a green house, five-hole miniture golf, swings, and gardens were all designed and maintained by the developmentally disabled clients of the Rock River Valley Self Help Enterprises.
Old River School Historic District
This residential district includes original Freeport and the city's first street, Monterey, and was later known as the "Gold Coast". Points of interest include Freeport's oldest house (built in 1838), the childhood home of famed Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons, a monument honoring Freeport's founder, William "Tutty" Baker, and the Van Buren Bridge, built in 1885 of wrought iron.
The Magnuson Hotel of Dixon
At the Magnuson Hotel of Dixon, we have some of the best rates in the area. We're located close to both Dixon and the Sterling/Rock Falls area and are a 5-minute drive to Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home. Located next to the Brandywine Banquet Facility.
Hansens Hideaway Ranch & Campground
Tents, pop-ups and RV camping sites with water and electric hookups, swimming, nature trails, arcade, snack bar, playground, horseshoe pits, covered pavilion, restrooms, showers, sanitary dumping station, fire rings, firewood, and ice available.
Old-fashioned ice cream shop featuring 51 flavors of ice cream, plus hamburgers and Chicago style hot dogs made with fresh, local products, chicken, pork tenderloins, grilled cheese and more. Also featuring custom made ice cream cakes, cookies and homemade German Chocolate Cake. Union Dairy has been a Freeport tradition since 1914. Dine in or carryout. March thru May and September thru October: Tuesday thru Sunday: 11 am to 9 pm Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Daily: 11 am to 10 pm Lunch: under $10.00. Credit Cards Accepted
Wall of Yarn
This small shop offers a wide variety of yarns, needles and accessories. Classes in knitting, crochet and weaving are also offered. Open: Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am- 5 pm; Tuesday: 11 am - 9 pm; Wednesday and Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm.
Baymont Inn and Suites - Freeport
This hotel, where you can feel like home is conveniently located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Illinois Highway 26 north of Freeport. There are 63 rooms and eleven whirlpool suites. Handicapped and non-smoking rooms, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise facilities, cable TV, free wireless high speed internet access, microwave, mini fridge, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, safes, desks, pets allowed with a $20 fee, on site coin laundry, dry cleaning available, complimentary enhanced breakfast. Rates: $89 to $160
The Cookie Jar
Handmade and decorated cookies, cookie cutters and more. Open: Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm.
Enjoy this park offering a picnic area, playground, shelter and restroom facilities as well as access to the Pecatonica Prairie Path which is currently under construction. The Pecatonica River may also be accessed for boating and canoeing approximately 200 yards from the park.
Willow Lake Greenhouse
A full line of bedding, vegetable, herb, perennial, specialty and heritage plants, plus hanging baskets are offered. Open: Late April thru late June: Monday thru Friday: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday: (May only): Noon - 4 pm.
Tutty Baker Monument
This monument honors William "Tutty" Baker, the founder of Freeport. Tutty came to this area, which was home to the Winnebago Indians, in 1835 and built a trading post along the banks of the Pecatonica River, offering travelers free ferry rides.
Paddle Wheel Inn
Located on the Rock River in Oregon, our suites have a balcony with panoramic views of the river and the famous Blackhawk statue. Restaurant next door, continental breakfast, spa, sauna, meeting and banquet facilities.
Byron Recreational Path
Biking, running, and walking path. Starts at Byron Forest Preserve and crosses the Rock River to Sunshine Park then north of town.
Byron Forest Preserve District (skating)
The Forest Preserve has one outdoor skating rink and warming shelter - open weekends.
Begins the Trail Reagan Statue
A bronze statue of Ronald Reagan, astride the likeness of a palomino horse he rode nearly 60 years ago, sits at the head of the Heritage Crossing Riverfront Plaza located on River Street in downtown Dixon. The statue, created by local artist Don Reed, serves as the centerpiece of Heritage Crossing, an open-air plaza that looks out onto the Rock River.
Hogback Haven Maple Farm and Hardwoods
Pure maple products including maple syrup. Tours of the sugar bush and sugar shack are available in season (Feb-Mar) by prior appointment.
The Sterling Theater
This 2 screen brew-and-view style theater serves beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, small appetizers and Chicago-style hot dogs.
Step back in time to a gentler age when hospitality was an art form and life was unhurried. Relax in the elegant parlor, while away an hour on the front porch or explore many of the area's attractions and state parks. Located in a restored 1840's inn, guest rooms feature restored and functional antiques along with individual room telephones and cable TV. The lower level is a great place to hold meetings or celebrate special events.
Hickory Hill Lodging, Inc.
Hickory Hill Lodging is located down a wooded lane off of Payne Road, the gateway to Carroll County in Northwestern Illinois. Just minutes from the Lake Carroll Golf Course and the fine dining and relaxation in Lake Carroll.
Hand-stripping and refinishing of wood. Buffing and lacquering of all metals.
Emerald Hill Golf and Learning Center
This golf complex features an 18-hole course.
Nachusa Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy
Private natural area owned by the Nature Conservancy. Highlights are 1500 acres of prairie, wetlands, and savanna woodlands. Grassland flowers, birds and butterflies to observe.
McConnell Bobtown Landing
Enjoy the natural wonders of the Pecatonica River (Stephenson County’s Water Trail) as it meanders through undisturbed Midwestern beauty. The Pecatonica River is the home of “Illinois’ Friendliest Paddle”. This landing offers ample parking, three picnic areas, primitive camping, portable toilet, 10' x 20' floating dock, firepits and charcoal grills, two ADA fishing piers, great bank fishing and canoe/kayak and boat launch. Open: Daily: 6 am to 10 pm.
This cheese shop features a wide variety of cheese, as well as local artisan cheese, sausages, Amish salsas and jams. Open: Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm; Monday thru Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm