2 Night Hidden Treasures Tour
Tuesday Mid Afternoon Arrival --Reagan Boyhood Home
( Arrival time and give 2.5 hours for this and the Historic Center)
Tour the home that the Reagan family resided in from 1920-1923. Meander through the newly remodeled Visitor Center and Gift Shop which features books and gifts highlighting the Reagan legacy lifeline
Northwest Territory Historic Center
History Research and Learning Center housed in President Ronald Reagan’s boyhood South Central School. Beautifully restored, the Center is proudly affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The Center houses the Veterans History Project Regional Center, auditorium, research library, historical exhibits, art gallery, surround-sound theater and museum store. The Dixon Historic Center announces two new permanent exhibits. Designed and constructed by renowned historical presentation talent, these spectacular galleries enrich our understanding of regional Native American life and early American farming. Speaking life-like figures enrich our perception of life and the struggle to thrive in a young 19th century United States. Narrative panels fill in details about years of the Native American’s struggle to keep their land. Aspects of the settler’s lifestyle plus the implements and tools that helped settle the West are also illustrated. See the story of 1800’s America unfold through expressive conversations and watch as a noisy conflict unfolds into gunfire. Hear the sounds of the outdoors and a farmyard. Engaging, historically accurate, structures and many artifact displays round out a magnificent learning experience for every age.
John Deere Historic Site, Grand Detour 15 min from Dixon
Visit John Deere’s restored pioneer home and special archaeological exhibit of the original blacksmith shop. The group will be shown a short video presentation of the history of the plow, a tour of the John Deere home and a working blacksmith demonstration. This historic site also features a gift shop and visitor center.
Check into Dixon Comfort Inn (136 Plaza Dr. Dixon, IL ) and freshen up.
Galena Steakhouse- Full Buffet
After Dinner- Retire to Rooms after a long day
Breakfast at Hotel.
Hotel will take care of luggage loading
Load Bus for 42 mile trip to Fulton, IL
De Immigrant” Windmill
Fulton’s authentic Dutch Windmill. The windmill was prefabricated in the Netherlands, and erected by Dutch craftsmen on the bank of the Mississippi River in Fulton.
Windmill Cultural Center
Located across the street from the Windmill, the Cultural Center houses 25 3-5 foot tall scale model windmills that depict windmills from ten European countries: Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and The Netherlands. Informative interpretive materials compliment the windmill collection providing unique information on the products produced by windmills, country of origin, windmill specifications, and the cultural impact of windmills. The Cultural Center also boasts a gift shop where you can purchase flour ground at the windmill, Delft pottery, and other gift items.
11:15-11:30 Board bus for 15 Mile trip to Savanna
Lunch in Savanna at Poopy’s Pub and Grub . Known for being Illinois biggest biker destination. A memorable must see for bus groups.
3:15 Stop in Shannon on your way to White Pines Resort
Stop at Blarney Stone Popcorn.- Many flavors of popcorn, regionally made cheeses, meats, candies, fudge, BBQ sauces chocolates, kitchen wares, gadgets, cookbooks and more. In addition, local artists will have their artwork on display and available for purchase.
Head to White Pines Resort
Check into your individual cabins .
Catered Picnic in the Park
Campfire with s’mores and sing along
Breakfast included in cabin rental for single or double occupancy cabins.
Load bus for Barnacopia- When you walk inside Barnacopia, before you get to the old-time diner or the replica downtown Polo or the bed and breakfast in the silo, you walk over the first tractor the owner ever rode. The red and white 1946 Ford is set into the floor, underneath glass, and looks as if it never spent a day in the fields. A walk up the stairs, or a ride in the elevator inside a silo, takes you to the second floor where there's a movie theater, a chapel and 9 restored classic cars which include an old state trooper patrol vehicle.
Return to White Pines Resort
White Pines Matinee Theatre
Enjoy a delightful afternoon at the White Pines Playhouse where you will enjoy one of their musical or comedy productions. The Matinee will also include a fabulous home-cooked buffet with all of the trimmings. After the production browse the unique Gift Shop that offers special gifts, fudge and other creative candies.
After the show load bus to depart for Home