Every year, you promise yourself you won't wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, but once again, it's the week before Christmas and you still have people to check off your list. Don't panic! Before you go into a desperate shopping frenzy, shop local at these unique shops right here in Savanna!
1. Savanna Marketplace
Shop & Gather at the Savanna Marketplace to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. They offer everything from children's books and toys, all natural and homemade lotions + candles + soaps, organic tea, apparel, and more!
They now even offer lunch, so make sure to take a break from your Christmas shopping to stop in for a homemade sandwich, a hot latte and to pick up some unique gifts
Thursday & Friday 9:00a - 7:00p
Saturday & Sunday 9:00a - 4:00p
Savanna Marketplace 321 Main Street Savanna, Illinois 61074
Nestled in historic downtown Savanna, River Valley Designs gift and plant boutique offers a delightful selection of home decor, plants, jewelry, clothing, gift items, and more. They even feature a Terrarium Bar to custom make a Terrarium for yourself or as a gift.
Thursday & Friday 9:00a - 5:00p
Saturday 9:00a - 5:00p
Sunday Noon - 4:00p
River Valley Designs 218 Main Street Savanna, Illinois 61074
Sassy Stems specializes in flowers, home decor, jewelry, purses, furniture, candy and much more. Stop in for a unique gift or order a beautiful custom bouquet to send to your loved ones, they even personalize chalkboards!
Thursday & Friday 9:00a - 6:00p
Saturday 9:00a - 4:00p
Sassy Stems 700 Main Street Savanna, Illinois 61074
College Street Creations is your Pinterest board come to life! They specialize in custom built wood home decor. They take orders by special request but have a show room full of unique gift ideas for everyone. Stop in, I promise you'll find the perfect gift, and just maybe a thing or two for your own home.
Thursday 11:00a - 5:00p
Friday 11:00a - 8:00p
Saturday & Sunday 9:00a - 5:00p
College Street Creations 407 Main Street Savanna, Illinois 61074
Mona Bara Club offers funky chic western-style design and custom-made clothing for woman and girls. Alteration of clothes. Home decor, cushions, window treatments and more. Stop in for the fashionista on your list
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Noon - 5:00p
Sunday Noon - 4:00p
Mona Bara Club 329 Main Street Savanna, Illinois 61074
Looking for the perfect gift for the outdoorsy person on your list? Savanna Military Surplus has U.S. and Over Seas Military Surplus including, Jackets, Parkas, Ponchos, Shirts, Sweaters, Wool Items, Boots, and Many Unique Items.
Thursday 8:00a - 7:00p
Friday & Saturday 8:00a - 8:00p
Sunday 8:00a - 7:00p
Savanna Military Surplus 318 Main Street Savanna, Illinois 61074
Do you believe in happenstance? Being in the right place, at the right time, about to meet someone or do something that you will learn something from. What if we all entered every conversation with the belief that we have something to learn from the other? What if, instead of being defensive or trying to prove why we are right, we instead entered a conversation to learn something from the other person? What if our desires were simply that pure every time we engaged with another human? How would that change things?
In a difficult world, kindness has amazing power.
It was a Wednesday morning and I happened to run downtown for my usual morning coffee at the Savanna Marketplace. Upon arriving I see a beautiful vintage Harley-Davidson with a sidecar parked along Main Street. Me being a rider myself, I had to go take a look and admire this historic motorcycle. That's when happenstance happened, there as Christophe and Anais standing nearby ready to tell me all about the motorcycles story.
Both from France, they are riding their 100 year old motorcycle across the United States to honor the end of World War I - 100 years ago on Nov. 11. Christophe says that, "The trip is to say thank you and the mission is to travel the US in this American Soldier Motorcycle, the Veteran is not there but the life of the motorcycle still lives on." He then goes on to say that he doesn't want to see Bony, the name of the motorcycle, in a museum. His dream is in 100 years for another person to tour the bike around America.
Bony comes from the name of a little village in France where 1844 American Soldiers died in WWI in 1918. Christophe tells me a story about an American Soldier rescuing his ancestor from the Trenches during the war. They decided to name the motorcycle in their honor, wanting to see America through the eyes on Bony.
"America is much more then what the media is showing. The welcome and kindest and politeness and the way people are. We haven’t stopped for more then 5 minutes on the side of the road without being stopped." says Christophe, "We have seen generosity in America."
"It's not only a beautiful country, it's beautiful because of the people. It can have the best landscape but if the people aren’t brilliant then there is no need."
They were welcomed into Savanna late the night before with a meal and place to stay from a local business owner. They were fascinated with Historic downtown Savanna and we spent the afternoon touring the haunted Pulford Opera House thanks to 2 AM Paranormal, admiring the historic buildings, chatting over coffee, and going to the scenic overlook at the Palisades State Park. They went on to gush over Savanna being one of their most scenic and welcoming stops on the tour thus far and plan on re-visiting after their journey.
They both start laughing and tell me how Bony is like a person, "She decides where we start. She has good and bad moods. She has a lot of character. She's a grandmother bike who doesn't seem to like the AM when it's cold out. She runs better on hot weather." They are on their way to California and then ending their journey with a celebration in Las Vegas near the end of August.
"Bony will always be on the road meeting people, telling her story." Christophe tells me, "We live in a world that goes by very fast and we forget the memory of the past, but we build the future with these memories. We will be spending the rest of our lives telling everyone to visit America."
"Part of the history of a motorcycle is what you do with it. Bony now has a new story to tell 100 years later."
No matter your background, I guarantee you will be welcome in Savanna.
Savanna is a vibrant little river town nestled between the Mississippi River and the Bluffs of the Driftless area in Northwest Illinois. Settled in 1828 by explorers from Galena, Savanna is one of the oldest towns in Illinois. Located on the Great River Road, Savanna attracts visitors from all over the Midwest, United States and the World. We are located just 30 miles from one of Illinois most popular destinations, Galena, but are competing for the top spot as one of Illinois tourisms best kept secrets. The list is endless, but here are 10 things to explore while visiting Savanna.
So, plan your next weekend getaway and come see us.
1. DISCOVER THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI RIVER
The Mississippi River flows for 2,350 miles – from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, and how lucky are we to live right on it?! Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Savanna has three boat launches to experience every thing the river has to offer. Spend the day boating, tubing, Kayaking or fishing and the night relaxing with a river view at one of our restaurants, bars or Inns. Visit Marquette park to stroll along the river, sit and watch the River Boats or do a little fishing. The Mississippi River is one of the world’s largest river systems and is a must see while in Savanna.
2. TAKE IN THE VIEWS AT MISSISSIPPI PALISADES STATE PARK
If massive cliffs, stunning views, and the peacefulness of nature are your affinity, it is hard to beat Mississippi Palisade State Park.Untouched by glaciers that left their mark elsewhere in the state, this park is rich with rock formations carved by erosion. The Mississippi Palisades State Park is located in Savanna along the lofty, wooded palisades of the Mississippi River, the park's inhabitants include pileated woodpeckers, migratory waterfowl and other upland wildlife. Enjoy hiking more then 15 miles of trails and five breathtaking scenic overlooks. This is the only State Park the Still allows rock climbing. Mississippi Palisades State Park also has an impressive 241 campsites!
3. EXPLORE ON TWO WHEELS ON THE GREAT RIVER BIKE TRAIL
The Great River Trail is a breathtaking journey along more than 60 miles of the Mississippi River in northern Illinois. Starting in Savanna, you’ll head south through several small towns with traditions still steeped in river culture before reaching the industrial center of the Quad Cities, which includes Rock Island and Moline. Many opportunities exist for browsing antiques, enjoying catfish dinners, and viewing river traffic. Camping and lodging are available for overnight trips.
4. ENJOY SAVANNA'S MUSIC SCENE
Savanna is bustling with live music every single weekend during the summer months, and on most weekends during the colder season too! Whether you want to see a high energy show at Poopys, sip on a martini and listen to some acoustic at A.O. Elliot, or join the best of them at Iron Horse Social Club for Sunday afternoon day drinks, Savanna has something for everyone.
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5. EXPLORE SAVANNA'S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Founded in 1828, Savanna is one of Illinois’ oldest towns. Now located on the Great River Road National Byway, Savanna’s Historic Downtown has something for everyone. Browse our quaint shops, plan a spa day, have dinner and drinks and one of our bars or restaurants, enjoy some world class live music or just grab a coffee and people watch on main Street. What ever you enjoy, you can find it in Downtown Savanna.
Explore the downtown shops
6. HOP ABOARD THE FERRY
With the bridge connecting Savanna, IL to Sabula, IA temporarily closed, there's a new service to get across the Mississippi River. It's a car and passenger ferry! The ferry runs from 6am - to 6pm Sunday - Friday and 8am - 8pm on Saturdays! And it's completely free! Hop on the ferry and take the short ferry ride to Iowa's only island city for some ice cream or a cocktail on the river.
7. STOP FOR A BITE TO EAT
Enjoy a summer bite at one of Savanna's various places to enjoy a summer bite. Circa 1888's sprawling patio situated on the Mississippi River offers plenty of relaxed seating that will get you feeling those relaxed summer vibes. Order up for lunch or dinner then stay awhile for a few rounds of cocktails.
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8. GO FOR A DRIVE ON THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
The stretch of the Mississippi River north of Rock Island, Illinois is considered by many to be the most scenic drive along the Mississippi. One reason is that most of this portion of the Great River Road lies within the “Driftless Area” a unique geologic formation from the last glaciers to cover Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Illinois. It is characterized by deeply carved river valleys, high bluffs, numerous rivers, creeks and springs, cave formations, and dramatic canyons. The bluffs that line the Upper Mississippi can reach as high as 600 feet above the river. Take a cruise and explore all of the amazing places the Great River Road will take you.
9. sleep under the stars or in a comfy home away from home
Savanna offers new opportunities to stay in style, whether under the stars or beneath 400-thread count sheets. Yup, we’ve upped our game since you were last here. If you’ve never been to see us, you’re right on time. Check in at a house overlooking the Mississippi River, a full service hotel, a pet friendly bnb, or bring your favorite camper and enjoy the views. We offer some of the best lodging in Illinois Travel.
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10. visit nw illinois best wine trail
Sit on the deck with a glass of wine and enjoy the view at one of our nearby wineries. Choose to visit one winery or make it a girls weekend and spend a few days staying in Savanna and visiting each one.