3 Days | 47 Miles | in From Local Experts, Architecture, Arts & Culture & History, Outdoors & Regional
Gather your girlfriends to take in the great outdoors in Quincy with farm to table dining, local farm tours and downtown farmers markets throughout the day. Begin Ursa the evening with a sunset and award-winning wine along the Mississippi Valley wine trail. Build a bonfire before bed at one of the area’s off-grid stays: Ten Acre Treehouses. This hidden gem is secluded in the woods, and offers nature at your doorstep and showers from your porch under the trees!
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Get started with a farm to table breakfast or lunch at Thyme Square Cafe in downtown Quincy. Stroll across the street to historic Washington Park and the Saturday Farmers Market held each May through October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Take in the trails with horseback riding at Porcher’s Rock Creek Stable and end the afternoon with a visit to Mill Creek Farms or Terrapin Farms for wildflower gardens, beautiful seasonal sunflower and corn mazes and fresh produce. Head back to Quincy’s Maine Street Mile with dining at The Maine Course for market-driven plates and craft cocktails. Rest for the night just a few blocks from dinner at the full-service, newly remodeled Atrium on Third hotel.
Begin the day with Quincy's best asset: Our Architecture!! Explore Quincy's self-guided architecture and Mid Mod architectural driving tours from your car or park in the East End Historic District and walk the tree-lined streets to take in every style of architecture from A-Z. For a taste of Quincy, guided Flavor Tours are held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the summer, and they'll take you through the downtown with five chefs preparing signature dishes and drinks. After lunch, start thinking about sips along the Mississippi Valley Wine Trail at Spirit Knob Winery in Ursa. Outdoor patios or indoor lounges both offer breathtaking views of the Mississippi River Valley. Take the Great River Road National Scenic Byway north 30 miles to Nauvoo. Light your bonfire and take in nature from your secluded treehouse in the woods at the Ten Acre Treehouses.
Rise up with a drive down Mulholland Street in Historic Nauvoo. Stop and enjoy breakfast from Grandpa John’s Café. After breakfast, stroll through the Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center to the Monument to Women’s Gardens. These exquisite gardens depict the different stages in a woman’s life. A horse-pulled wagon ride also begins at the visitors center and provides a guided tour through the 40 historic sites. If time permits, walk through for hands-on activities at the Family Living Center, where adults can play pioneer games or watch the craftsmen and women weave rugs or make a horseshoe. Historic Nauvoo is located in the Nauvoo Flats and is very easy to walk between shops and restored homes. Don’t miss a local favorite, the Browning Gun Shop.
Come back to Mulholland Street in the center of town and experience The Flood Museum. This new museum offers an immersive multimedia experience as well as artifacts and treasures for all ages. Don’t leave Nauvoo without a trip to Hotel Nauvoo; this historic inn and restaurant has been serving their internationally known buffet for four generations. Southern fried chicken and carved roast beef with the inn’s signature wild rice dressing is always on the menu and their large buffet.