Day 1: Oregon
The first stop on your chocolate escapade is Maxon's Riverboat cruise on the Pride of Oregon paddlewheel boat. Take in the beauty and serenity of nature while enjoying lunch and a chocolate dessert on the water with scenic views of Lowden State Park and the Eternal Indian Statue. The lower deck is enclosed for a climate controlled dining experience.
The next stop is Conover Square in Oregon; spend time wandering through the unique and eclectic blend of shops and vintage stores. Built in 1893, the building was once the home of the Schiller Piano Factory where victrolas, music pianos, player pianos, spinnets, and baby grands were built. In addition to shopping, on the 2nd floor take a walk back through time in the Farm Museum filled with antique farming pieces and memorabilia. Visit the Model Railroad room filled with fully operational Large HO scale railroad display that is quite impressive featuring its own community and Mt. Rushmore.
For stop number three travel a short distance to Oregon Soap Shoppe; here the CHOCOLATE GOODIES have some very important features! They are; 100% guilt free, 100% calorie free, OH so very good for you and only mildly "habit forming"! Choose from their many soaps, the delicious chocolate varieties or any of the other 150 plus blends to really nurture the skin you are in! Besides the Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Amber & Milk Chocolate Almond soaps for your bathing adventures, keep your lips kissable with Chocolate Covered Cherry and Chocolate Mint lip balms. Relax and luxuriate with Chocolate Bath Salts or exfoliate with Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrubs. Call ahead and get a great presentation of what goes into soapmaking.
After a day of shopping, Head North enjoying the scenic view of the Rock River as you arrive and check in at The Paddlewheel Inn. Chocolate treats will be provided if you arrange in advance and mention Blackhawk Waterways.
After checking in, go across to Maxson’s Manor Restaurant or Blackhawk Steak Pit for an upscale dinner with salad bar. Group reservations are requested. Return to hotel.
Day 2: Mt. Morris, Rochelle
After a refreshing night sleep and breakfast, visit Merlin’s Greenhouse and Flowers with seasonal home decor and mores and The Otherside Boutique, featuring apparel, shoes, accessories and gift items and enjoyable shopping experience is their top priority.
Continue your trip 10 min west to White Pines Inn, located in the beautiful White Pines Forest State Park; enjoy a delicious lunch while you relax and enjoy a live theater production(tickets purchased in advance) in the rustic historic lodge. Make sure you save room for chocolate cobbler or chocolate covered ice cream dessert. Chocolate lovers will delight in the gift shop’s assorted chocolates, truffles, and myrtles.
As you head home your last stop is Colonial Flowers & Gifts in Rochelle. Featuring seasonal settings, Colonial Flowers & Gifts offers a wide variety of fresh, classic chocolates in upscale packaging and free chocolate samples.
Depart for home.
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