Monthly Archives: January 2017

Valentine’s in Carroll County

Hole up in a cabin with tea, wine, board games, and binoculars…Get out and explore downtowns…A bit of both…

Couples, girlfriends, singles…it doesn’t matter…

Stay…

Hickory Hideaway

Hickory Hideaway Cabins is offering “extra special” touches for the holiday, including massages, chocolate strawberries, champagne, roses and rose petals.  Their physical address is in Shannon but they’re located right outside of Lake Carroll.  Call for more information and pricing to add those “extra special” touches to your reservation.  Click here for their website.

The Nest at Palisades

 

 

The Nest at Palisades in Savanna is offering 20% off for the holiday.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Robert’s Roost Country Guest House Valentine’s Special

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House in Savanna is offering a Valentine’s Package, including a two night stay, two-layer heart-shaped double chocolate cake, strawberries, double chocolate muffins, and a bottle of red wine from an area winery.  In addition, all the fixings for a complete country breakfast and microwave popcorn for you to cook yourself.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Seven Eagles Resort in Savanna is offering a log cabin special from February 10th to the 15th.  Stay one night at the regular price of $100 and get your second night 50% off.  Click here for more information.

Trailside Inn in Lake Carroll is offering a Winter Getaway Special from January through March.  $69.00 for a Standard Room.  Click here for more information.

Dine, Shop & Explore…

Bald Guyz Coffee & Bistro in downtown Mount Carroll for homemade food, as well as handmade and unique gifts.  Click here for pictures, daily specials, and more.

Blarney Stone Popcorn & Gifts in Shannon for gourmet popcorn, soap, and more.  Click here for more information.

End of the Road Antiques in Lanark is offering 20% for the month of February.

Heirloom Market & Café in Thomson.  Have lunch or a seasonal drink, then shop for handmade and unique gifts.  Click here for more.

Lake Carroll Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar is offering a special dinner from 5:00 – 8:00 on February 11th. See the menu options and more here.

Savanna Marketplace in Savanna.  Drink a cup of joe while you shop for handmade, unique, and local pride gifts.  Click here for more.

Tina’s Ice Cream Shop & Riverview Antique Mall in Mount Carroll.  Old fashion ice cream and funky décor, plus antiques.  Click here to view pictures and more.

Recreate…

Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna.  Cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice fishing.  Click here for more information.

Mount Carroll Bowling Center for bowling, laser tag, homemade pizza, and drinks.  Click here to see pictures and more.

Map With City Locations

Winter Activities in & About Carroll County

Activity #1: Cross-County Skiing, Sledding, and Ice Fishing

Fifteen miles Northwest of Mount Carroll, the county seat, lies Mississippi Palisades State Park. Mississippi Palisades offers cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice fishing.

The latter is allowed at the boat launch when the ice is thick enough. Catfish and carp are the most commonly caught fish, but bluegill, crappie and bass are out there, too. Those long on experience might even land walleye and/or northern pike.

Call or visit the park office ahead of time, at 815-273-2731 or 16327A Illinois Route 84, Savanna, Illinois, 61074.

 

Activity #2: Skiing and Snowboarding at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena

Chestnut Mountain Resort

Chestnut Mountain Resort, thirty-four miles Northwest of Mount Carroll, welcomes all ski and snowboard levels, with runs ranging from novice to black diamond.

The resort has a clothing store and rental, equipment rental, repair and tuning, as well as ski and snowboard classes. When you’re ready to eat, relax, or watch a game, there’s a grill, sports bar, and a café. There’s even a daycare, Powder Playcare, where you can drop your toddler(s) off for ten dollars per hour, per child.

Hours and rates can be found at here.  Night skiing/snowboarding is happening through January 7th.

 

 

 

Bald Eagle & Clock Tower, photo courtesy of the Daily Herald

 

Activity #3: Bald Eagle Viewing & Clock Tower Touring on Rock Island Arsenal

Sixty-six miles Southwest of Mount Carroll is the Rock Island Arsenal, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. It is an active US Army facility located on a 946-acre island on the Mississippi River. On February 4th and 11th, the Mississippi River Visitors Center, located on the island at Lock & Dam 15, will host eagle watching and historical clock tower tours.

The clock tower tours are free but reservations are required as group size is limited.  Call 309-794-5338 to reserve your spot!

If you need a place to stay, the Nest at Palisades is offering an Eagle Watch Special.  Their cabins are on the east side of the Mississippi Palisades State Park.  Click here for more information.