Figge Art Museum in quad cities.

So, guess what? We kicked off this awesome family trip from the Chicagoland area bright and early at 8 am. We were super pumped for the adventure awaiting us. Our destination? Quad Cities, baby! We teamed up with the Visit Quad Cities Tourism Bureau to plan out an itinerary jam-packed with excitement, history, and, of course, some seriously delicious foodie experiences.

The Current Iowa: Luxurious Accommodations

Upon our arrival in Quad Cities, we were greeted by the luxurious accommodations of The Current Iowa. Nestled in the heart of downtown Davenport, this boutique hotel exuded elegance and sophistication. Our spacious two-bedroom suite offered a sanctuary of comfort, complete with modern amenities and stylish decor. With its impeccable service and prime location, The Current Iowa set the stage for an unforgettable family getaway. See full video recap on our Instagram of the lobby and hotel, here.

Calvin standing in the bathroom turning on the television. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Two comfortable beds with a walk in closet and bathroom with television. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Large swimming pool with a jacuzzi (not pictured) Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Large king size bed with walk in closet that has a washer and dryer, television and bathroom. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

Bix Bistro at Hotel Blackhawk: An Amazing Lunch

Our culinary journey began at Bix Bistro, located within the historic Hotel Blackhawk. The ambiance was refined yet inviting, setting the perfect tone for our dining experience. We indulged in a sumptuous feast, sampling an array of delectable dishes. From the succulent salmon and Caesar salad to the tantalizing bruschetta, each bite was a celebration of flavor. Calvin, our son, savored a delightful pizza accompanied by fresh fruit, while we adults delighted in decadent desserts and refreshing drinks. Bix Bistro proved to be a culinary gem, leaving us eager to return for more.

Family eating lunch at the Bix Bistro. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Chicken wrap at the Bix Bistro. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Bacon and turkey melt at the Bix Bistro. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Kids cheese pizza at the Bix Bistro. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Sea Salt Carmel at the Bix Bistro. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

Figge Art Museum: A Cultural Exploration

Immersing ourselves in the vibrant arts scene of Quad Cities, we ventured to the Figge Art Museum. Housing a diverse collection of artworks spanning various genres and eras, the museum offered a captivating glimpse into the world of art. Calvin, our youngest enthusiast, was enthralled by the masterpieces on display, his curiosity sparked by the museum’s rich offerings. Guided by knowledgeable staff, we embarked on a journey of discovery, each artwork telling its own unique story. The Figge Art Museum left an impression on our family, inspiring a newfound appreciation for creativity and expression. See full video recap on our experience here.

Calvin and Ro’Shunda standing in front of the Figge Art Museum. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Calvin sitting down in the children’s education area inside the Figge Art Museum. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
The family looking at the skateboard art at the Figge Museum. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

SkyBridge: A Panoramic Perspective

As the sun began to set, we ascended the iconic SkyBridge, eager to take in panoramic views of Quad Cities. Perched high above the city streets, we marveled at the breathtaking views unfolding before us. From the majestic Mississippi River to the bustling urban landscape, the SkyBridge offered a unique perspective on our surroundings. As we strolled along the elevated walkway, we reveled in the beauty of Quad Cities, its rich history and vibrant culture laid out beneath us. See full video recap on our experience, here.

Walking up the stairs to take the elevator to the skybridge. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

Swimming at The Current Iowa: Family Fun

Returning to the comfort of The Current Iowa, we indulged in an evening of family fun at the hotel’s swimming pool. The sparkling waters provided a refreshing retreat, offering respite from the day’s adventures. With laughter echoing through the air, we enjoyed precious moments of togetherness, creating memories to last a lifetime. The swimming pool at The Current Iowa proved to be the perfect way to unwind and reconnect as a family.

Calvin playing inside the jacuzzi. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Musical: Theatrical Delights

The following day, we embarked on a theatrical adventure, attending a performance of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Musical” at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. As the curtains rose, we were transported into the whimsical world of Greg Heffley and his misadventures. From catchy tunes to hilarious antics, the musical captivated audiences of all ages, leaving us entertained and uplifted. It was a theatrical experience to remember, adding a touch of magic to our Quad Cities getaway. See full video recap on our Instagram, here.

Calvin sitting on the stage at the Whimpy Kid Musical. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

La Ragazza Tuscan Kitchen: Culinary Excellence

For dinner, we savored a culinary journey at La Ragazza Tuscan Kitchen, where we were treated to an exquisite menu curated just for us. From the moment we stepped through the door, we were enveloped in the warm ambiance of this charming eatery. We indulged in a feast for the senses, savoring each bite of house-made focaccia, signature sandwiches, and Tuscan delicacies. The attentive service and inviting atmosphere made our dining experience truly memorable, leaving us eager to return for another taste of Tuscan excellence. See full video recap on our Instagram, here.

The restaurant created a custom menu for us! Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Fresh bruschetta. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Delicious sandwich. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

The Garrison Speakeasy: A Night to Remember

As the evening descended, my husband and I embarked on a romantic excursion to The Garrison Speakeasy. Tucked away in a hidden corner of Quad Cities, this establishment exuded old-world charm and sophistication. We savored artisanal cocktails and delectable appetizers, the intimate setting providing the perfect backdrop for a couple’s date night. It was a night to remember, filled with laughter, and love.

The Garrison Speakeasy served lobster dip. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
The Garrison Speakeasy smoked old fashion. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

Tiphanie’s: A Delicious Farewell

On our final morning in Quad Cities, we bid farewell with a delicious breakfast at Tiphanie’s. From French-inspired delights to hearty favorites, the menu offered something for everyone. We savored each bite, lingering over steaming cups of coffee and lively conversation. It was the perfect way to conclude our Quad Cities adventure, savoring the flavors of the region one last time before heading home.

Sweet and crispy rice bowl with eggs. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Monte Cristo style sandwich. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells
Pancakes, sausage and mac n cheese. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

The Rock Pile at Pebble Creek Golf Course: Sporting Adventure

Before departing Quad Cities, we indulged in a sporting adventure at The Rock Pile, nestled within Pebble Creek Golf Course. With our son’s passion for golf in mind, we spent an hour balls at the golf range, enjoying quality time together amidst lush greenery and scenic views. It was a fitting end to our family getaway, filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the joy of shared experiences. Watch the full reel video recap here.

Calvin swinging the ball at the range. Photo by Ro’Shunda TravelWithTheRussells

As we bid farewell to Quad Cities and embarked on the journey home, we carried with us a treasure trove of memories, each stop along the way contributing to an unforgettable adventure. Until next time, Quad Cities! Thank you for partnering with us this year!

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