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 Lodging for Romantic Getaway

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.

Aerie’s Resort & Winery (Grafton, IL)

Aerie’s Resort in Grafton, IL is a spectacular destination overlooking the confluence of the Illinois & Mississippi Rivers. Awesome natural beauty. Fine food and drink.

Goldmoor Inn (Galena, IL)

The romantic Goldmoor Inn was once a privately owned estate on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It was transformed into an inn that offers luxurious accommodations.

Hotel Julien Dubuque (Dubuque, IA)

Hotel Julien Dubuque is an elegant boutique hotel that marries modern amenities with historic charm in the heart of the Old Main District. Elegant accommodations.

Old Mill Guest House (Le Claire, IA)

Experience the charm of yesteryear in a riverboat captain’s house in LeClaire, IA. Only steps from the brewery, distillery, winery, and American Pickers.

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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.