Best of the River is focused on the best attractions, accommodations,  food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from northern Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Boutique Lodging 

1.Cracker Factory (Alton, IL)

The Cracker Factory is set like a jewel above the 19th Century brick streets that line Alton’s historic downtown.  Up-scale short term and extended stay guest lodging.

2.The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse, WI)

A 67-room luxury boutique hotel in downtown La Crosse, WI., is a renovated candy factory, built in 1898. Architectural details of the original building have been preserved.

3.Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel (Galena, IL)

Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Emerald Isle while relaxing at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel. Located just a few minutes drive from downtown Galena.

4.Lofts at the Five & Dime (Clarksdale, MS)

Located in the historic Woolworth building, the Lofts at the Five & Dime is a hotel offering accommodation that blends modern style with traditional Southern charm.

5.Historic Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)

Restaurant, bar, music and lodging on the Mississippi. Meals made from scratch using responsibly sourced ingredients. Welcoming vibe and beautiful views.

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In 2019, thousands submitted their Best of The River choices in categories ranging from best cultural trail, best monument, best public art, best river boat tour, best brewery and more.