Archive for December, 2008

Victoria Inn Rock Island IL

December 15, 2008

20 rooms in a 100+ year old Victorian mansion greets you as you arrive. Parking is plentiful in the back. David and Barbara Parker have run the B&B for over 18 years. The house has been in their family since the 1940’s. The ornate stairs and the period furniture transcend you back to a bygone era.

Address: 702 20th Street, Rock Island IL 61201

(309) 788-7086

We went there to see the Transiberian Orchestra. Two other couples and the B&B owners also had the same idea.

We ate lunch at the Blue Cat Brew Pub at 113 18th St in Rock Island. The Reuben is lovely. The pumpkin, wheat , and pale ale are worthwhile.

Dinner was at the French restaurant “Le Figaro” in Rock Island. It is at 1708 2nd Ave. We had the house salad and a superb Salmon and the lemon caper Chicken.  The chocolate mousse and the torte are recommended for dessert. Dinner was $60 for two.

Transiberian Orchestra is a visual and auditory experience.  A fusion of jazz, rock and classical music in a unique Christmas form. Many people see it every year. One visit and you can see why.

The morning breakfast was served at 8:30.  We dined on fruit yogurt parfait, streusel, cinnamon muffins, stuffed french toast, mini sausage with bacon, and hash browns. Fresh orange juice and coffee was provided.

Jumer’s Rock Island Casino just opened in their new location the first of the month and we headed there for a relaxed nonsmoking gaming experience. The Buffet is $30 for two. It is smaller then some but the oriental section is very good.

We stayed in Elizabeth’s room and the bed was a might softer than I liked. The towels at the inn were soft and robes were available. Complimentary beverages available. The bathroom has the original large porcelain pedestal tub and tile. The shower does take a while to warm up and is soft on the pressure. Cable TV is provided in the room.  The house was decorated for the Christmas holiday throughout including a small table top tree in the room.

If you are lucky, you can spot the black squirrels running around.