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    5 Things to Love About Spring in Bettendorf!

    Springtime means new life, new beginnings and the chance to chase away the chills of winter. Why not take a breather and make time for a weekend getaway. The Quad City region offers a wealth of activities that are sure to get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face. We know it might still be a little chilly out, but this blog will get you excited about the spring time to come.

    1. Golfing Weekend

    Get out into the warm spring sun, enjoy the scenic surroundings and shake off winter hibernation gradually by planning your first round of golf for the season. The Isle® Casino Hotel offers guests the opportunity to take advantage of golf packages that pair one-night at the hotel, food credits, gaming credits and the chance to play a round of golf at one of seven different courses in the area. Guests have the luxury of choosing which course to play, from a selection that includes public courses, a beautiful professional course or at one of the elite and private country club courses. The TPC Deere Run, home of the PGA TOUR's John Deere Classic® is our most popular golf package! You’ll see the Isle® as one of the key sponsors of the John Deere Classic!

    Offering spectacular views, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Frye Lake Golf Club course lies along the waterfront, which creates a wonderfully serene setting. The gorgeous Palmer Hills course lies right in Bettendorf and features a down-home country atmosphere complete with ancient oak trees, lush rolling hills, creeks and ponds. The special-rate packages are available for single or double occupancy clients. However, guests must make sure to make their reservations in advance.

    2. Musical Events

    Warm weather makes us think of live concerts and rock n roll. Reminisce about the good old days while listening to some of the most popular tunes of the time. Have a fantastic evening out by attending one of the upcoming live music events at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center. Take in the smooth sounds of Motown as the Spinners take the stage on March 21. Step back in time a little further and remember what you were doing as Gunnar and Matthew Nelson pay tribute to famous father Ricky on April 3. The Abba Fab tribute band performs on April 24th and presents all of the songs that made the group famous. The Isle Casino Hotel offers special packages for these events, too. Book a room and get food and gaming discounts along with tickets to the show of your choice.

    3. Mississippi River Cruise

    Get out and see the local sights by taking the Channel Cat Water Taxi from one Quad City to another. Enjoy the perspective from the riverfront, inhale the fresh air and venture to exciting places. The boats make regular stops at the Isle Casino landing. Each vessel is open on the sides to ensure great views all around. Grab your bike and take a quick trip up the river to Moline. Here, the Great River Trail extends on a 10-mile journey from Rock Island to Hampton. The John Deere Commons Landing takes guests within close proximity to Center Station and the John Deere Pavilion. Venture to Davenport, and tour the historic village that dates back to 1851. Just off River Drive you'll find a shopaholic's delight when encountering the selection of unique shops filled with unusual items.

    4. Get Out, Get Fit

    The cooler temperatures of springtime also provide the perfect opportunity any time of day to get out and start getting some exercise. A paved path between the Isle Casino Hotel and the riverfront makes for awesome views while enjoying a stroll, a jog or a bike ride. The cost is nothing and the benefits are tremendous. Watch the boats traveling in and out of the marina, visit with locals fishing along the shoreline, and perhaps pack a picnic and watch the sunrise or the sunset. The Duck Creek Recreational Trail is the oldest in the Quad Cities region and spans a total of 13.5 miles. The trail begins at Bettendorf's Devil's Glen Park, passes in front of the hotel and ends at the Emeis Park in Davenport. The Riverfront Trail alone extends for 7.6 miles.

    5. Explore the Quad-Cities

    Cycling enthusiasts will find more than 100 miles of trails in the Quad City area that meander along the riverfront, venture through the city or provide the chance for an exhilarating mountain biking experience. The area is also home to seven different microbreweries and distilleries. Take a tour of one or more of the facilities, learn about the processes involved and indulge in a sampling of a brew, spirit or wine. Springtime has long been synonymous with fragrant, blooming flowers. The Mississippi River Quad City location is no exception. Venture to the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island and gaze upon the array of garden and exotic tropical flowers exhibiting floral finery graced by a 14-foot cascading waterfall and reflecting ponds. The Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport features an outdoor rose garden and a large selection of flowering plants that are commonly found across the United States.

    All this spring talk has us pumped and ready to go! Just a few more weeks of winter chill left. Kill time here at the Isle and bring in the spring season with us! Follow us on Facebook® and Twitter® and tell us how you plan to kick off the season.

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