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BEST OF THE RIVER 2020 WINNERS

Celebrating the businesses and attractions of the Great River Road

This year’s Best of The River Road included 75+ new categories focusing on the best attractions, accommodations, food & drink, and more along the Great River Road from its origin in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.

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2020 Best of the River Results Are Announced!

Celebrating the businesses and attractions of the Great River Road

Mississippi River, USA: River Travel Magazine is announcing the results of the 2020 Best of The River Road contest at rivertravelmagazine.com/bestof/. This year’s Best of The River Road included 75+ new categories focusing on the best attractions, accommodations, food & drink, and more along the Great River Road from its origin in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.

Thousands of visitors and locals nominated and voted on categories ranging from best farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries, music venues, cultural trails, best museums, best river boat tours, best breweries and more. River Travel Magazine hopes the winner announcements will shine a light on the valuable attractions, eateries, and accommodations along the Great River Road that have been under stress due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Multicategory winners included National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN), Fort de Chartres State Historic Site (Prairie Du Rocher, IL), Goldmoor Inn & Dining (Galena, IL), and The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse, WI). Best Downtowns also included Galena, IL, La Crosse, WI, and Cape Girardeau, MO and many more celebrated attractions, accommodations, food & drink options were included in the voting.

Visitors may visit rivertravelmagazine.com to enter travel contests, read travel blogs, and find many events, festivals, and happenings along the Great River Road.

About River Travel Magazine

River Travel Magazine focuses on communities and attractions on both sides of the Mississippi River, and was formed to showcase the nationally designated and internationally known Great River Road, 3,000 miles bordering the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. River Travel Magazine is working with communities and attractions along the road to drive international and regional visitors to communities up and down the road.

Ambience

  1. The Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. Fried Green Tomatoes (Galena, IL)
  3. Ebb & Flow Fermentations (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Appetizers

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes (Galena, IL)
  2. Top of the Marq (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. Barrel House (Davenport, IA)

Bakery

  1. Bloedow’s Bakery (Winona, MN)
  2. Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe (Elizabeth, IL)
  3. Bon Bon’s of Cape Girardeau (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Bar (College)

  1. Howie’s on La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton, IL)
  3. Toppling Goliath Brewing Co (Decorah, IA)

Bar (Dance)

  1. Moose Lodge (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Armored Gardens (Davenport, IA)
  3. The Loading Dock (Grafton, IL)

Bar (Dive)

  1. Muddy Waters Saloon (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. Rude Dog Pub (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. Tater’s Dam View (Alma WI)

Bar (New )

  1. The Front Porch Bar & Grill (Kellogg, MN)
  2. The Bloody Bucket Saloon (Grafton, IL)
  3. Brian’s New Moon (Alma, WI)

Bar (Overall)

  1. Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape (Galena, IL)
  2. Rude Dog Pub (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. Armored Gardens (Davenport, IA)

Bar (Sports)

  1. Gobbie’s Sports Pub & Eatery (Galena, IL)
  2. Eagle’s Nest Sports Bar-Grill (La Crosse, WI)
  3. 3rd Chute Bar & Grill (Grafton, IL)

Bar (& Grill)

  1. Bent River Brewing Co (Moline, IL)
  2. Red Pines Bar & Grill (Onalaska, WI)
  3. Jug’s Main Street Tap (Elizabeth IL)

Bar Food

  1. Red Pines Bar & Grill (Onalaska, WI)
  2. Fast Eddie’s Bon Air (Alton, IL)
  3. Bent River Brewing Co (Moline, IL)

Barbecue

  1. Port Cape (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  2. J & J BBQ & Catering (Nelson, WI)
  3. What BBQ & Bar (Le Claire, IA)

Beer / Patio Garden

  1. Gobbie’s Sports Pub & Eatery (Galena, IL)
  2. Ebb & Flow Fermentations (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. Armored Gardens (Davenport, IA)

Beer Trail

  1. Mississippi Brewery Trail
  2. QC Ale Trail (Quad Cities)
  3. Southern Illinois Beer Trail

Best-Kept Secret (food)

  1. Bayside Bistro (Davenport, IA)
  2. Copper Kettle (Dubuque, IA)
  3. Stockholm Pie and General Store (Stockholm, WI)

Breakfast

  1. Otto’s Place (Galena, IL)
  2. Garden of Eatin’ (Galesville, WI)
  3. Baked Beer & Bread Company (Davenport, IA)

Brewery

  1. Potosi Brewery (Potosi, WI)
  2. Minglewood Brewery (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. Island City Brewing Company (Winona, MN)

Brewery Tour

  1. Pearl Street Brewery (La Crosse, WI)
  2. The Galena Brewing Company (Galena, IL)
  3. Potosi Brewery (Potosi, WI)

Brewpub

  1. The Galena Brewing Company (Galena, IL)
  2. Pearl Street Brewery (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Front Street Brewery (Davenport, IA)

Brunch

  1. Baked Beer & Bread Company (Davenport, IA)
  2. Timmerman’s Supper Club (East Dubuque, IL)
  3. Vino Over The Valley (Arcadia, WI)

Buffet

  1. Features Sports Bar & Grill (Holmen, WI)
  2. Pere Marquette Lodge (Grafton, IL)
  3. Lisa’s Market Street Grille (Prairie Du Rocher, IL)

Burger

  1. Mary Jane Burgers & Brew (Perryville, MO)
  2. Molly’s Kitchen and Bar (Mount Carroll Historic District, IL)
  3. Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)

Burrito

  1. Burrito-Ville (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  2. Campeche Restaurant (Galena, IL)
  3. Señor Villa Mexican Grill & Bar (Onalaska, WI)

Butcher Shop

  1. (Tie) Oberle Meats (Ste. Genevieve, MO) & Holmen Meat Locker (Holmen, WI)
  2. City Meat Market (New Albin, IA)
  3. Godfrey Meat Market (Godfrey, IL)

Cafe

  1. Victory Cafe (Galena, IL)
  2. 392 Caffé (Davenport, IA)
  3. Blue Heron Coffeehouse (Winona, MN)

Candy / Ice Cream Shop

  1. The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor (La Crosse, WI)
  2. American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor (Galena, IL)
  3. Lagomarcino’s Confectionery (Moline, IL)

Cajun Cooking

  1. Buzzard Billy’s (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)
  3. Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Chicken Wings

  1. The Sports Nut (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Millennium Bar & Marina (East Dubuque, IL)
  3. River Ratz Saloon (Buffalo City, WI)

Coffee Shop

  1. Blooming Grounds Coffee House (Winona, MN)
  2. Big Bill’s Sandwich Shop and Coffee Bar (Galena, IL)
  3. Kaladi’s Coffee Bar (Galena, IL)

Deli / Sandwich

  1. Nelson Cheese Factory (Nelson, WI)
  2. Big Bill’s Sandwich Shop and Coffee Bar (Galena, IL)
  3. Beno’s Deli (Winona, MN)

Dessert

  1. Lagomarcino’s (Moline, IL)
  2. Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Sugar Chic Creamery (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Diner

  1. Alma Hotel (Alma, WI)
  2. Mississippi River Distilling Company (LeClaire, IA)
  3. Mark Twain Dinette (Hannibal, MO)

Distillery

  1. Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. (Galena, IL)
  2. La Crosse Distilling Co. (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Mississippi River Distilling Company (LeClaire, IA)

Distillery Tour

  1. Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. (Galena, IL)
  2. La Crosse Distilling Co. (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Mississippi River Distilling Company (LeClaire, IA)

Doughnuts

  1. Bloedow’s Bakery (Winona, MN)
  2. Dittmar Farms Country Store (Elizabeth, IL)
  3. The Local Oven (Prairie du Chien, WI)

Best Downtown

  1. Galena, IL
  2. La Crosse, WI
  3. Cape Girardeau, MO

Drinks (Bloody Mary)

  1. Otto’s Place (Galena, IL)
  2. Del’s Bar (La Crosse, WI)
  3. The Grape Escape (Galena, IL)

Drinks/Cocktails (Overall)

  1. Molly’s Kitchen & Bar (Mount Carroll, IL)
  2. (Tie) Beedle’s Bar & Restaurant (Galesville, WI) & Celebrations Restaurant & Bar (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. UP Skybar & Lounge (Davenport, IA)

Drinks (Margarita)

  1. Campeche Restaurant (Galena, IL)
  2. Señor Villa Mexican Grill & Bar (Onalaska, WI)
  3. El Sol Mexican Restaurant (Cape Girardeau MO)

Drinks (Martini)

  1. Embe Eatery & Lounge (Galena, IL)
  2. Beedle’s Bar & Restaurant (Galesville, WI)
  3. Pogreba Restaurant (La Crosse, WI)

Drinks (Mojito)

  1. The Grape Escape (Galena, IL)
  2. Huck Finn’s on the Water (La Crosse, WI)
  3. La Azotea Lounge (Hannibal, MO)

Drinks (Moscow Mule)

  1. Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. (Galena, IL)
  2. Huck Finn’s on the Water (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Mississippi River Distilling Company (Le Claire, IA)

Drinks (Old Fashioned)

  1. Cask (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  2. Timmerman’s Supper Club (East Dubuque, IL)
  3. Wason’s Supper Club (Galesville, WI)

Drinks (Tequila Sunrise)

  1. Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)
  2. Huck Finn’s on the Water (La Crosse, WI)
  3. The Loading Dock (Grafton, IL)

Extreme Food

  1. Baked Beer & Bread Company (Davenport, IA)
  2. Galesville Apple Affair (Galesville, WI)
  3. Levee High Apple Pie – The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery (Kimmswick, MO)

Family Dining

  1. Sullivan’s Supper Club (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. The Market House Restaurant (Galena, IL)
  3. Pagliai’s Pizza & Pasta (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Farm-to-Table

  1. Goldmoor Inn (Galena, IL)
  2. Suncrest Gardens Pizza Farm (Cochrane, WI)
  3. Nosh Scratch Kitchen (Winona, MN)

Farmer’s Market

  1. Freight House Farmers Market (Davenport, IA)
  2. Winona Farmers Market (Winona, MN)
  3. Cape Riverfront Farmers’ Market (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Fine Dining

  1. 36 Restaurant & Bar (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  2. The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Fritz & Frites Bistro (Galena, IL)

Fish Fry

  1. Jug’s Main Street Tap (Elizabeth, IL)
  2. Beasley Fish (Grafton, IL)
  3. American Legion #622 (Prairie du Rocher, IL)

Food Trail

  1. Driftless Wine & Cheese Trail (Wisconsin Driftless Region)
  2. Hot Tamale Trail (Mississippi Delta)
  3. Coulee Region Craft Beverage Trail (La Crosse, WI)

Fried Chicken

  1. Baked Beer & Bread Company (Davenport, IA)
  2. Paradise Bar & Grill (Galena, IL)
  3. Alma Hotel (Alma WI)

Friendliest Restaurant

  1. The Market House Restaurant (Galena, IL)
  2. Lisa’s Bar & Restaurant (Prairie du Rocher, IL)
  3. The Freighthouse Restaurant (La Crosse, WI)

Gluten-Free

  1. Fritz & Frites Bistro (Galena, IL)
  2. Nosh Scratch Kitchen (Winona, MN)
  3. Features Sports Bar & Grill (Holmen, WI)

Happy Hour

  1. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill (Galena, IL)
  2. (Tie) Katy O’Ferrell’s Publick House (Cape Girardeau, MO) & Pearl Street Brewery (La Crosse, WI)
  3. theGrill at Signatures (Winona, MN)

Home Style Cooking

  1. Beth’s Twin Bluffs Cafe (Nelson, WI)
  2. Marge’s On Rose (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Lisa’s Bar & Restaurant (Prairie du Rocher, IL)

Hot Dog

  1. Pudgy’s (Galena, IL)
  2. Hot Dog Guy (Le Claire, IA)
  3. The Mob Stop (Holmen, WI)

Irish Pub

  1. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill (Galena, IL)
  2. Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Katy O’Ferrell’s Publick House (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Italian Food

  1. Vinny Vanucchi’s (Galena, IL)
  2. Villa Bellezza (Pepin, WI)
  3. Gabriel’s Food + Wine (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Lunch Spot

  1. Nelson Cheese Factory (Nelson, WI)
  2. Trio Restaurant (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. LemonGrass Cafe (Moline, IL)

Mexican Food

  1. El Patron Mexican Grill (Winona, MN)
  2. Los Aztecas II (Galena, IL)
  3. Campeche Restaurant (Galena, IL)

Nachos

  1. Señor Villa Mexican Grill & Bar (Onalaska, WI)
  2. Campeche Restaurant (Galena, IL)
  3. Front Street Pub & Eatery (Davenport, IA)

New Restaurant (2 years or less)

  1. Nosh Scratch Kitchen (Winona, MN)
  2. Thriving Thistle Market (Apple River, IL)
  3. Trio Restaurant (Cape Girardeau, MO)

On the Water Dining

  1. Harbor View Cafe (Pepin, WI)
  2. The Loading Dock (Grafton, IL)
  3. The Boat House Restaurant (Winona, MN)

Outdoor Dining

  1. The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern (La Crosse, WI)
  2. The Summit Sports Bar (Galena, IL)
  3. Lakeview Drive Inn (Winona, MN)

Pie

  1. Stockholm Pie Company (Stockholm, WI)
  2. Lisa’s Bar & Restaurant (Prairie Du Rocher, IL)
  3. Jacqlons Cafe (Holmen, WI)

Pizza

  1. Cannova’s Pizzeria (Galena, IL)
  2. Suncrest Gardens Pizza Farm (Cochrane, WI)
  3. Lopiez (Davenport, IA)

Place to Watch the Game

  1. Gobbie’s Sports Pub & Eatery (Galena, IL)
  2. Armored Gardens (Davenport, IA)
  3. Beedle’s Bar & Restaurant (Galesville, WI)

Regional Food

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes (Galena, IL)
  2. Nosh Scratch Kitchen (Winona, MN)
  3. Schmidty’s (La Crosse, WI)

Restaurant: Overall

  1. Fritz & Frites Bistro (Galena, IL)
  2. Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern (La Crosse, WI)

Ribs

  1. Log Cabin Steakhouse (Galena, IL)
  2. J & J BBQ & Catering (Nelson, WI)
  3. Port Cape (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Romantic Restaurant

  1. Lovechild (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Goldmoor Inn (Galena, IL)
  3. Fritz & Frites Bistro (Galena, IL)

Seafood

  1. Hillside Fish House (Fountain City, WI)
  2. Log Cabin Steakhouse (Galena, IL)
  3. Grafton Oyster Bar (Grafton, IL)

Service

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes (Galena, IL)
  2. Celebrations Restaurant & Bar (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern (La Crosse, WI)

Soup

  1. Embe Eatery & Lounge (Galena, IL)
  2. Beno’s Deli (Winona, MN)
  3. The Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)

Steak

  1. Log Cabin Steakhouse (Galena, IL)
  2. Wason’s Supper Club (Galesville, WI)
  3. Tony’s Steakhouse and Bar (Alton, IL)

Supper Club

  1. Timmerman’s Supper Club (East Dubuque, IL)
  2. Sullivan’s Supper Club (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Wason’s Supper Club (Galesville, WI)

Sushi

  1. Little Tokyo Restaurant (Galena, IL)
  2. Ocean Sushi Japanese and Thai Restaurant (Winona, MN)
  3. Sushi Pirate (La Crosse, WI)

Tacos

  1. Señor Villa Mexican Grill & Bar (Onalaska, WI)
  2. Campeche Restaurant (Galena, IL)
  3. La Herradura Mexican Grill (Le Claire, IA)

Thai Food

  1. Hmong’s Golden Egg Rolls (La Crosse, WI)
  2. LemonGrass Cafe (Moline, IL)
  3. Cafe & Me (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly

  1. Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. LemonGrass Cafe (Moline, IL)
  3. Little Tokyo Restaurant (Galena, IL)

View

  1. Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. (Tie) The Boat House Restaurant (Winona, MN) & UP Skybar & Lounge (Davenport, IA)
  3. Sunset Grille Restaurant (Galena, IL)

Wine Bar

  1. Elmaro Vineyard (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. Fried Green Tomatoes (Galena, IL)
  3. Primo Vino (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Wine Trail

  1. Great River Road Wine Trail
  2. Driftless Wine & Cheese Trail (Wisconsin Driftless Region)
  3. Mississippi Valley Wine Trail (Illinois River Road)

Winery

  1. Elmaro Vineyard (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery (Galena, IL)
  3. Wide River Winery (Le Claire, IA)

Winery Tour

  1. Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery (Galena, IL)
  2. Elmaro Vineyard (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Villa Bellezza (Pepin, WI)

Best Animal Center / Sanctuary

  1. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)
  2. Treehouse Wildlife Center (Dow, IL)
  3. Tennessee Safari Park (Alamo, TN)

Aquarium/Zoo

  1. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)
  2. Como Park Zoo & Conservatory (Saint Paul, MN)
  3. Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley, MN

Art Gallery/Studio

  1. River Bend Gallery (Galena, IL)
  2. Alliance Art Gallery (Hannibal, MO)
  3. The Commercial Gallery (Alma, WI)

Attraction (Adult)

  1. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)
  2. Minnesota Marine Art Museum (Winona, MN)
  3. Galena on the Fly (Galena, IL)

Attraction (Family)

  1. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)
  2. P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre (Galena, IL)
  3. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site (Prairie Du Rocher, IL)

Attraction (Kids)

  1. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)
  2. Lark Toys (Kellogg, MN)
  3. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)

Attraction (Overall)

  1. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)
  2. Mark Twain Museum and Boyhood Home (Hannibal, MO)
  3. Chestnut Mountain Resort (Galena, IL)

Baseball Team To Watch

  1. St. Louis Cardinals (St. Louis, MO)
  2. La Crosse Loggers (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Minnesota Twins (Minneapolis, MN)

Birding Spot

  1. Trempealeau National Wildlife (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)
  3. Audubon Center at Riverlands (Alton, MO)

Casino

  1. Treasure Island Resort & Casino (Welch, MN)
  2. Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque (Dubuque, IA)
  3. River City Casino (St. Louis, MO)

Education Center

  1. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)
  2. Putnam Museum (Davenport, IA)
  3. Mark Twain Museum and Boyhood Home (Hannibal, MO)

Farm Visits

  1. Dittmar Farms and Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)
  2. Suncrest Gardens Farm (Cochrane, WI)
  3. Castle Rock Organic Dairy (Osseo, WI)

Festival (Cultural)

  1. Oktoberfest (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Great River Shakespeare Festival (Winona, MN)
  3. Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival (Kimmswick, MO)

Festival (Fall)

  1. Galena Country Fair (Galena, IL)
  2. Oktoberfest (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Boats and Bluegrass (Winona, MN)

Festival (Film)

  1. Frozen River Film Festival (Winona, MN)
  2. Grumpy Old Men Festival (Wabasha, MN
  3. Flyway Film Festival (Pepin, WI)

Festival (Fair)

  1. Galena Country Fair (Galena, IL)
  2. Trempealeau Catfish Days (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Oktoberfest (La Crosse, WI)

Festival (Food)

  1. Galena Oktoberfest (Galena, IL)
  2. La Crosse Riverfest (La Crosse, WI)
  3. French Quarter Festival (New Orleans, LA)

Best Festival (Historic)

  1. Galena Oktoberfest (Galena, IL)
  2. Oktoberfest (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Soulard Mardi Gras (Saint Louis, MO)

Festival (LGBT)

  1. Twin Cities Pride (Minneapolis, MN)
  2. Cape Pride (Cape Girardeau, MO
  3. Key City Pride (Dubuque, IA)

Festival (Music)

  1. Ashley For The Arts (Arcadia, WI)
  2. Shipyard Music Festival (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. Mississippi Valley Blues Festival (East Moline, IL)

Festival (Overall)

  1. Galena Country Fair (Galena, IL)
  2. Great River Shakespeare Festival (Winona, MN)
  3. French Quarter Festival (New Orleans, LA)

Fort

  1. Historic Fort Snelling (St. Paul, MN)
  2. Apple River Fort State Historic Site (Elizabeth, IL)
  3. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site (Prairie Du Rocher, IL)

Free Activity

  1. Old Blacksmith Shop (Galena, IL)
  2. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site (Prairie Du Rocher, IL)
  3. Moon Tunes (La Crosse, WI)

Golf Course

  1. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Galena, IL)
  2. Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Dalhousie Golf Club (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Hidden Gem

  1. Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. West Street Sculpture Park (Galena, IL)
  3. Lark Toys (Kellogg, MN)

Historic Home

  1. Dowling House (Galena, IL)
  2. Laura Ingalls Wilder Cabin (Pepin, WI)
  3. Villa Louis Historic Site (Prairie Du Chien, WI)

Historic Site

  1. Ulysses S. Grant Home (Galena, IL)
  2. Laura Ingalls Wilder Cabin (Pepin, WI)
  3. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site (Prairie Du Rocher, IL)

Interpretive Center

  1. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)
  2. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site (Prairie Du Rocher, IL)
  3. Putnam Museum (Davenport, IA)

Kept Secret On The River

  1. Goldmoor Inn (Galena, IL)
  2. Ste. Genevieve, MO
  3. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site (Prairie Du Rocher, IL)

Live Music Venue

  1. Riverside Park/Moon Tunes (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Ed’s (No Name) Bar (Winona, MN)

Memorial

  1. Memorial Park (Arcadia, WI)
  2. The National WWII Museum (New Orleans, LA)
  3. Missouri Civil War Museum (St. Louis, MO)

Mississippi River Cruise (Overnight)

  1. American Queen (American Queen Steamboat Company)
  2. Delta Queen (Delta Queen Steamboat Company)
  3. Riverboat Twilight (Le Claire, IA)

Monument

  1. Galena Grant Park (Galena, IL)
  2. Effigy Mounds National Monument (Harpers Ferry, IA)
  3. Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument (Alton, IL)

Museum (Art)

  1. Minnesota Marine Art Museum (Winona, MN)
  2. Dubuque Museum of Art (Dubuque, IA)
  3. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (Minneapolis, MN)

Museum (Children)

  1. Children’s Museum of La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)
  2. City Museum (St. Louis, MO)
  3. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)

Museum (History)

  1. Galena & U.S. Grant Museum (Galena, IL)
  2. (Tie) Winona County Historical Center (Winona, MN) & Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Collinsville, IL)
  3. Castlerock Museum (Alma, WI)

Museum (Maritime)

  1. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)
  2. Minnesota Marine Art Museum (Winona, MN)
  3. Lower Mississippi River Museum (Vicksburg, MS)

Museum (Military)

  1. Vicksburg National Military Park (Vicksburg, MS)
  2. Castlerock Museum (Alma, WI)
  3. Arcadia Memorial Park (Arcadia, WI)

Museum (Toy)

  1. Lark Toys (Kellogg, MN)
  2. Chicago Great Western Railway Museum (Elizabeth, IL)
  3. Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum (Fountain City, WI)

National Park

  1. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Onalaska, WI)
  2. Effigy Mounds National Monument (Harpers Ferry, IA)
  3. Vicksburg National Military Park (Vicksburg, MS)

Native American Cultural Site

  1. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Collinsville, IL)
  2. Little Bluff Trail (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Effigy Mounds National Monument (Harpers Ferry, IA)

Nature Center

  1. National Eagle Center (Wabasha, MN)
  2. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. Audubon Center at Riverlands (West Alton, MO)

New Attraction (last two years)

  1. Hoof It – Goat Treks (Galena, IL)
  2. River Rapids Waterpark (Ste. Genevieve, MO)
  3. Mississippi School of Folk Arts (Natchez, MS)

New Year’s Spots

  1. Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape (Galena, IL)
  2. Hotel Audubon Grill & Bar (Ste. Genevieve, MO)
  3. Murder Mystery Dinner | Empty Nest Winery (Waukon, IA)

Outdoor Art

  1. West Street Sculpture Park (Galena, IL)
  2. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (Minneapolis, MN)
  3. Cape Girardeau, MO

Parade

  1. The Galena Halloween Parade (Galena, IL)
  2. Oktoberfest Torchlight Parade (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Hannibal 4th of July Parade (Hannibal, MO)

Picnic Spots

  1. Horseshoe Mound Preserve (Galena, IL)
  2. Buena Vista Park (Alma, WI)
  3. Brady’s Bluff (Trempealeau, WI)

Public Park

  1. Galena Grant Park (Galena, IL)
  2. Riverside Park (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Buena Vista Park (Alma, WI)

Preserve

  1. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Onalaska, WI)
  2. Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve (Galena, IL)
  3. Sodalis Nature Preserve (Hannibal, MO)

River Event

  1. La Crosse Riverfest (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Grumpy Old Men Festival (Wabasha, MN)
  3. Tug Fest (Le Claire, IA)

Roadside Attraction

  1. Fenelon Place Elevator (Dubuque, IA)
  2. Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)
  3. World’s Largest Six Pack (La Crosse, WI)

Spa

  1. Stonedrift Spa (Galena, IL)
  2. Eden Salon and Spa (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. E Spa & Make Up Studio (La Crosse, WI)

Scenic Overlook

  1. Buena Vista (Alma, WI)
  2. Chestnut Mountain Resort (Galena, IL)
  3. Grandad Bluff (La Crosse, WI)

Sports Team To Watch

  1. Quad Cities River Bandits (Davenport, IA)
  2. La Crosse Loggers (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Minnesota Wild (Saint Paul, MN)

State Park

  1. Perrot State Park (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. Itasca State Park (Park Rapids, MN)
  3. Apple River Canyon State Park (Apple River, IL)

Store (Antique)

  1. Elizabeth Grand Antique Co. (Elizabeth, IL)
  2. Annie Laurie’s (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. The Antique Center (La Crosse, WI)

Store (Boutique)

  1. Simply Elegant Boutique (Galena, IL)
  2. In the Making (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Theo & Co (Davenport, IA)

Store (Book)

  1. Peace of the Past (Galena, IL)
  2. Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)
  3. Pearl Street Books (La Crosse, WI)

Store (Collectibles)

  1. Peace of the Past (Galena, IL)
  2. In the Making (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. St. Mary Antique Mall (St. Mary, MO)

Store (Gift)

  1. Galena Apothecary (Galena, IL)
  2. In the Making (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Bloom Studio & Gifts (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Store (Jewelry)

  1. La Luna Boutique (Galena, IL)
  2. In the Making (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Crescent Jewelry Company (Hannibal, MO)

Store (Local Products)

  1. Galena Canning Company (Galena, IL)
  2. In the Making (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Whole Heart (Alma, WI)

Store (Mom & Pop)

  1. Country House Grocery (Scales Mound, IL)
  2. In the Making (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Alma General Store (Alma, WI)

Store (Thrift)

  1. RootinCrown (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Ye Old School Shoppe (Buffalo City, WI)
  3. The Wild Thing (Muscatine, IA)

Theaters

  1. Historic Turner Hall (Galena, IL)
  2. Rivoli Theatre (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Adler Theater (Davenport, IA)

Tours (Art)

  1. Scenic Art Loop (Galena, IL)
  2. Fresh Art Tour (Pepin County, WI)
  3. Bluff Country Studio Art Tour (Lanesboro, MN)

Tours (Adventure/Sporting)

  1. Fever River Outfitters (Galena, IL)
  2. Island Outdoors (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters (River Falls, WI)

Tours (Architectural)

  1. Tri-State Trolley Tours (Galena, IL)
  2. Lakeport Plantation (Lake Village, AR)
  3. Downtown Karla Brown (Port Gibson, MS)

Tours (Ghost/Haunted)

  1. Haunted Galena Tour Co. (Galena, IL)
  2. Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour (New Orleans, LA)
  3. Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours (Hannibal, MO)

Tours (Historic)

  1. Ulysses S. Grant Home (Galena, IL)
  2. Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (Piggott, AR)
  3. Downtown Karla Brown (Port Gibson, MS)

Tours (River Boat Day Trips)

  1. La Crosse Queen Cruises (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Gateway Arch Riverboats (St. Louis, MO)
  3. (Tie) National Eagle Center Cruises (Wabasha, MN) & Mississippi Explorer Cruises (Galena, IL) & Mark Twain Riverboat (Hannibal, MO)

Tours (Sightseeing)

  1. Mississippi Explorer Cruises (Galena, IL)
  2. La Crosse Queen Cruises (La Crosse, WI)
  3. National Eagle Center Cruises (Wabasha, MN)

Trail (Bicycle)

  1. Great River State Trail (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. Galena River Trail (Galena, IL)
  3. Natchez Trace National Parkway (Port Gibson – Natchez, MS)

Trail (Hiking)

  1. Horseshoe Mound Preserve (Galena, IL)
  2. Hixon Forest (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Pere Marquette State Park (Grafton, IL)

Trail (Paddling)

  1. Galena River (Galena, IL)
  2. Voyageurs Canoe Trail (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. (Tie) Aghaming Trail (Winona, MN) & Goose Island Trail (La Crosse, WI)

Trail (State)

  1. Great River State Trail (Onalaska, WI)
  2. Apple River Canyon State Park (Apple River, IL)
  3. Mississippi Blues Trail (Mississippi)

Visitor Center

  1. Galena Country Welcome Center (Galena, IL)
  2. Visit Winona (Winona, MN)
  3. Hannibal Visitor Center (Hannibal, MO)

Virtual Experience

  1. City Museum (St. Louis, MO)
  2. National Mississippi Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)
  3. Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN)

Wedding Venue

  1. Oak Hill Weddings (Apple River, IL)
  2. The Pour Vineyard (Red Bud, IL)
  3. Cedar Creek Barn (Winona, MN)

Wildlife Refuge

  1. Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (Trempaleau, WI)
  2. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Onalaska, WI)
  3. Mississippi River (Lansing, IA)

Workshops (Art)

  1. Artist & Artisans (Elizabeth, IL)
  2. Jovy Rockey Jewelry Studio (Winona, MN)
  3. artPOP (La Crosse, WI)

Workshops (Culinary)

  1. La Crosse Distilling Co. (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Regina’s Kitchen & Cooking School (Natchez, MS)
  3. Spuddy’s Cajun Cooking Experience (Vacherie, LA)

Yoga Studio

  1. Original Goat Yoga (Galena, IL)
  2. Muddy Waters Yoga Studio (Winona, MN)
  3. Yoga East Healing Arts Studio (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Bed and Breakfast

  1. Jail Hill Inn (Galena, IL)
  2. Belmont Plantation (Greenville, MS)
  3. Alexander Mansion (Winona, MN)

Cabin

  1. Goldmoor Inn & Dining (Galena, IL)
  2. Ward’s Riverside Cabins (Buffalo City, WI)
  3. (Tie) Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters (River Falls, WI) & Grumpster’s Log Cabins (McGregor, IA)

Campground

  1. Palace Campgrounds (Galena, IL)
  2. Perrot State Park (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Hawn State Park (Ste. Genevieve, MO)

Farmstay

  1. Heritage Hollow (Stockton, IL)
  2. Rainbow Ridge Farms (Onalaska, WI)
  3. Room To Roam (Fountain City, WI)

Hotel

  1. The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse, WI)
  2. DeSoto House Hotel (Galena, IL)
  3. Courtyard by Marriott Downtown (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Inn

  1. Goldmoor Inn & Dining (Galena, IL)
  2. Inn at Irish Hollow (Galena, IL)
  3. Oak Park Inn (Whitehall, WI)

Lodge

  1. Chestnut Mountain Resort (Galena, IL)
  2. Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center (Grafton, IL)
  3. Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters (River Falls, WI)

Lodging (Boutique)

  1. The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel (Galena, IL)
  2. The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse, WI)
  3. The Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)

Lodging (Family)

  1. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Galena, IL)
  2. Stoney Creek Hotel (Moline, IL)
  3. Fountain Motel (Fountain City, WI)

Lodging (Romantic Getaway)

  1. Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast (Galena, IL)
  2. The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse, WI)
  3. Goldmoor Inn & Dining (Galena, IL)

Lodging (Luxury)

  1. The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse, WI)
  2. Jail Hill Inn (Galena, IL)
  3. Goldmoor Inn & Dining (Galena, IL)

Lodging (Unique )

  1. Inn At Irish Hollow (Galena, IL)
  2. Castle La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)
  3. The Guest House at Graceland (Memphis, TN)

Mom & Pop Motel

  1. Lamberson Guest House (Galena, IL)
  2. The Trempealeau Hotel (Trempealeau, WI)
  3. Oak Park Inn (Whitehall, WI)

Motel

  1. Grant Hills Motel (Galena, IL)
  2. Fountain Motel (Fountain City, WI)
  3. Oak Park Inn (Whitehall, WI)

Parks to Stay

  1. Perrot State Park (Trempealeau, WI)
  2. Cape Camping & RV (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  3. Lake Chicot State Park (Lake Village, AR)

Resort

  1. LeFevre Inn & Resort (Galena, IL)
  2. Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters (River Falls, WI)
  3. Niemeyer’s Rugged River Resort (Brainerd, MN)

Vacation Rental

  1. Elle & Becks (Galena, IL)
  2. The Pepin House (Pepin, WI)
  3. Travelers Rooming House (Hannibal, MO)