Chocolate and wine lovers are sure to enjoy this three day adventure filled with wonderfully decadent chocolates, a nice glass (or two) of wine, and live music during this weekend trip to the Quad Cities.
Arrive in the Quad Cities and head to Lavender Crest Winery
for a leisurely afternoon of wine tasting, a nice lunch and if you like, a wine tour for just $5 per person.
After your wine tasting, travel to your hotel, check-in, and then prepare for a delicious dinner at Le Figaro
. Le Figaro Restaurant is the home of the Quad Cities award winning Chef Rachid Bouchareb. For more than 22 years, this restaurant has been serving some of the city's best cuisine. Signature dishes include Escargots, Bastilla, Chateaubriand, Dover Sole, Duck a l'Orange, Frog legs, Rack of Lamb, and a delicious Tappas menu. The Creme Brule, Meringues Glaces are standouts on the dessert menu. The restaurant also features and extensive wine list with over 70 wines and champagnes. Reservations recommended.
After dinner, enjoy some of the nightlife in The District
in downtown Rock Island. You can visit a variety of pubs, bars, and nightclubs.
Enjoy breakfast and then head off to the historic riverfront town of LeClaire, Iowa
. Located just a 15 to 20-minute drive east of the Quad Cities, you will enjoy a leisurely morning of shopping at unique gift shops, antique stores, and home decor shops.
LeClaire, Iowa is a quaint and historic riverfront town with lots of unique shops, restaurants and experiences.
After a morning of shopping, it is time to head to the historic Village of East Davenport. Not only will you find more shopping at these quaint village shops, but the world-famous chocolate and handcrafted candies made by Lagomarcino's
. This family-owned business celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. Lagomarcino's is known around the world for its wonderful candy, hot fudge sundaes, and homemade ice cream. Pull up a seat and enjoy lunch at Lagomarcino's! Be sure to save room for dessert and for the wonderful chocolates and candy too. The original soda fountain and candy shop
is still open in downtown Moline, Illinois just across the river.
Now it is time for evening activities. Get ready for a night out on the town! If you like live music, then be sure to check out the Redstone Room
in downtown Davenport, Iowa. It is located on the second-floor of the River Music Experience. The Redstone Room at the River Music Experience is a state-of-the-art nonprofit venue showcasing the best in national, regional, and local music. Check their website for concert schedules and tickets.
Visit the Redstone Room for live music and great drinks in an intimate setting.
Before your visit, be sure to check our calendar of events
to see what festivals or special events might be taking place during your chocolate and wine adventure. Saturdays are a great day to enjoy the many festivals that take place throughout the year in the Quad Cities.
Make an appointment to visit Chocolate Manor
. This wonderful shop provides one-hour tours of their artisan, handcrafted chocolate shop. Up to 30 people at a time can enter the kitchen where they can experience hand dipping of seasonal confectionaries and watch chocolates made. In the second half of the tour, you will learn all about chocolate and how chocolate is made. Sampling from their cases is included! Their English Toffee is superb and their soft butter caramel is even better. Learning is not just fun, it tastes good too!
Pay a visit to Creekside Vineyards on a Saturday during the summer for wine tasting, live music, and relaxing on the lawn.
Visit Creekside Vineyards Inn & Wine Terrace
weekends from 1-6pm, May-October, for outdoor Wine Tastings, light fare, live music, a painting class, or vineyard tour. Visit their website for a Calendar of Events, gather the friends, enjoy, and repeat as necessary. Also visit Creekside Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
year round or enjoy a stay at Creekside Vineyards Inn.