Nestled in bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, the Great River Road Golf Club grants swift access to Nauvoo’s rolling hills, picturesque wineries, and more than 60 restored historic sites, including Joseph Smith's homestead. Guests can enjoy the rustic scenery along the Scenic Rivers Wine Trail, which winds past 15 regional wineries, or ride a horse-drawn carriage through Nauvoo’s historical district, which is nestled in the Mississippi River region's rich farmland. After a day of exploring, guests can admire the resort’s lush golf course from the deck of their two-bedroom condo, replete with a full kitchen, two bathrooms, satellite TV, and a holographic Tom Brokaw to recite the day's local astronomy news. The area’s restaurants and historical breweries make for romantic and lively dinner options, and intrepid gamers can cross state borders for gambling at Catfish Bend Casino or Terrible’s Mark Twain Casino.
At Discover Powered Paragliding, pilot Michael Mixer positions aspiring paragliders on proper flight paths with instructional voyages and a complete line of BlackHawk paramotors. Michael’s expertise is the result of seven years of flying ultralight planes, and he continues to fine-tune his skills by taking off on an engine-assisted paraglider at least three times a week. The gliders—tricycle-like contraptions that can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour—allow Michael and a tandem pilot to ascend up to 18,000 feet in the air. Flights depart in the calm air of early morning, as well as two to three hours before sunset, giving passengers the opportunity to admire bursts of color on the horizon and steer clear of the migratory pathways of feral fighter jets.
With everything from swimming lessons for kids to softball leagues for adults in its arsenal, the staff at the City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation Offices fight boredom and inactivity one event at a time. At the Roosevelt Recreation and Aquatic Center adults take to the indoor pool for fitness classes before relaxing in the hot tub or sauna to let their exhausted muscles get in a good cry. Throughout the area, outdoor shelters provide cover for barbecues, and racquetball courts host tournaments. Both during the summer and school year, wee ones benefit from trampolining classes and soccer clinics.
Small batch grape and non-grape fruit wines, dry to sweet. Tasting room overlooks production area. Live music. 110" screen w high-def projection unit for special events. Some cheeses/crackers available, but feel free to bring a picnic.
Countless readers remember the white fences and riverside scenery described in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But fewer have visited the quaint two-story house where author Mark Twain spent his childhood, gathering inspiration for his famous stories. The spot, first converted into a museum in 1912, was named one of the Top 100 Places to Take Your Kids by Frommer's. Visitors today continue to peruse one-of-a-kind relics from Twain's life, such as his tobacco pipe, his pocket watch, and his Oxford gown. Seven other historic sites surround Twain's boyhood home, among them a museum gallery with 15 Norman Rockwell paintings that depict imagery from Twain's works and the Huckleberry Finn house, the former home of the character's real-life inspiration, Tom Blankenship.
With more than 700 slot machines in a variety of formats and a plethora of other table games, the Catfish Bend Casino offers a spectacular experience for those looking to roll the dice. Lucky chance-takers can rack up the dough on progressive games like Sex and the City, Wheel of Fortune and the exclusive Burlington Express, which doles out up to $10,000 and two live butterflies in daily jackpots. Visitors can also browse new novelty games like Ruby Slippers and The Wizard of Oz. To redeem this Groupon, guests must join Catfish Bend Casino's Players Club, a free club which rewards members with free slot play, free high-fives, and credits at the nearby Spa at Catfish Blend, Boogaloo Cafe, and Edgewater Grille.