author Neil Stawski Backpacking strips away the comforts of home and leaves hikers with nothing but their gear, their endurance, and their wits. While this makes for a great adventure, it can also lead to dangerous situations. Whether you are taking in the views of the bluffs at the Mississippi Palisades or the moss-covered stone canyons at Starved Rock State Park, be prepared for life on the trail by taking…
Why Food Truck Fridays? Because we believe that our local businesses offer great food and we want to help them share their delicious menus at the Run, Bike & Walk District Park along the Rock River. Food Truck Fridays is one of the best ways we could think of to help spread the word of all the amazing options available in our twin cities. There is plenty of space for…
December 21, 2017

Eagle Watching Near Me

Have you ever wondered what it's like to have an eagle land in a tree 10 feet from you? Look up to the sky and see 5-10 eagles circling, getting ready to pluck fish from the river? I've observed as an eagle descended from above, with amazing grace and poise, land on a large branch feet from where I was parked, and watched the branch bow. It was awe inspiring.…
by Neil Stawski Do you count canines as your favorite camping companions? If so, here are some suggestions for your holiday wish list to help you and your dog enjoy tents, trails, and all the pretty points in between. Dog pack - If you plan to take your dog on longer hikes, a pooch pack is more than just a trendy trail accessory. Most dogs can carry roughly a quarter of…
By Aurora James Depending on where you live, the weather might allow for some great camping nearly year-round. If you choose to bring your dog along, however, there are some considerations to make, including ensuring he doesn’t suffer from heatstroke and that he is protected from ticks and other pests. Additional Resources: Health: What do I need to know about taking my dog camping? What if my dog sustains an…
6 Events - 1 Weekend Summer is in full swing and so are all the wonderful events and tours in Northwest Illinois! As I was checking on upcoming events, I realized that many great events are taking place July 8th and July 9th 2017. Not wanting to miss one of them, I have devised a tour to visit all 6 events over two days. Two events & two Farmer’s Markets…
Large numbers of travelers look toward the internet to find their destination and have lost interest in cookie cutter restaurants, lodging and attractions. Instead, they want local food, local attractions and connection to the lifestyles of local people. Rock Falls is one of the greenest cities in Northwestern Illinois. We have active communities throughout our region with unparalleled festivals and events. The stunning Rock River, Hennepin Feeder Canal and gorgeous…
Abraham Lincoln, then 47, a lawyer and former congressman from Springfield, came to Sterling to speak at a rally for the Republican Party's first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont.  On July 18, 1856, a twist of fate brought Mr. Lincoln to the home of Sheriff William Manahan to spend the night.  He slept on a sofa with two chairs placed at its end to accommodate his long legs.  In the…
Ah... love is in the air! Make Rock Falls, Illinois one of your travel goals this Valentine's Day. Quench your wanderlust and find great values in the greater Rock Falls area with these love, romance and holiday inspired deals. I've made my rounds to our local businesses and have come up with a list of offerings in the Rock Falls Sterling Area for your sweetheart, significant other, friends (on two…
Congratulations once again to Rock Falls High School Music Department! They are the first Tourism Grant Recipient of 2017!  Pecussion Palooza is an event organized by the Rock Falls High School Music Department in honor of the famous jazz drummer, Louie Bellson. Mr. Bellson was a Rock Falls native and grew to be a musician  who performed with the jazz greats, such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. This year's…
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