Recreation & Destinations
The Goldmoor Inn resides on a spacious property at 9001 W. Sand Hill Road, Galena. Most guests who visit come for a relaxing getaway.

The Goldmoor Inn: A Relaxing Escape into Nature

The Goldmoor Inn encourages a peaceful retreat into spacious accommodations – most of which overlook the Mississippi River. Discover the stunning views, fine dining and other luxuries that await.

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At Kishwaukee Paddlefest, participants can enjoy about two hours of kayaking before arriving at a riverbank party complete with food, music and merchandise for purchase. (Dawn Wulf Photography photos)

A Boatload of Fun: Kishwaukee Paddlefest Returns

Whether you’re a paddling newbie or a diehard enthusiast, this opportunity to travel down the Kishwaukee River promises a memorable summertime experience.

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Get away from the city and head to the quiet rural areas of DeKalb County to find places like Shabbona Lake State Park, in Shabbona, Ill. (DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau photos)

NWQ Getaway Guide, Spring/Summer Edition

Time for a road trip! Here are some great getaway spots just a tank of gas away. Mainstay Events in the Fox Valley By Paula Hendrickson A lot of fun…
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Tour our area waterways with Severson Dells Nature Center every Monday from June 24-July 29, and join Byron Forest Preserve for a tour on June 29. (Severson Dells photo)

Events @ a Glance: Recreation and Destinations Calendar

Our region offers many opportunities to get outdoors this summer. Here are some of the best events going on.

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The Rock River ties together all of the nearly 40 communities along the Rock River Trail. Travel by car and you’re likely to spot scenic vistas, quaint hometown shops, historical destinations and plenty of unique finds.

Many Ways to Experience the Rock River Trail

Whether you decide to drive it, paddle it or even hike it, you can explore a wide variety of sights as you traverse through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin’s Rock River Valley.

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Recreation & Destinations SMART LIVING WEEKLY
Smart Living Weekly – June 12, 2019

  Music by the Lake Returns for 19th Season Right in Our Region: With a musical lineup as varied as the stars shining above it, Music by the Lake’s latest…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 5, 2019

  Enjoy Rockin’ River Fest in Oregon June 15 Right in Our Region: Whether you’re celebrating Father’s Day or every day, let nature embrace you with all its beauty at…
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Smart Living Weekly – May 29, 2019

  ‘Down on the Farm’ at German Valley Days Right in Our Region: “Down on the Farm” is the theme of the 46th annual German Valley Days June 7-9, in…
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