One thing that Fabgrandpa and I discovered while we lived in our RV for 13 years is that no matter where you find yourself for a few days or a season, there is always something interesting to do there. We took the time to get to know the area we were in, even in the smallest of towns, and least populated areas. We loved to eat where the locals ate, and visit the local attractions, shop the thrift stores, and buy from local merchants. These things were the biggest parts of living in an RV. Now that we are back in a regular house, and take our trips in a car, we still try to do all the interesting things in whatever area we find ourselves. Galena County, Illinois is one such place. There are plenty of things to keep you busy for a week or two, or you can just relax in motel or bed and breakfast. Here are some of the interesting things to do near Stockton, Illinois.
Heritage Hollow Experiential Farm
Heritage Hollow is an experiential farm, located on E Wilson Road in Stockton, Illinois. Heritage Hollow is a beautiful hobby farm set in a private, picturesque valley in southeastern JoDaviess County. When you stay at Heritage Hollow, you have exclusive access to the farm and its inhabitants; your group will be the only guests on the property during your stay. Accommodations offer kitchen, dining, living area, 1 king master bedroom with en suite bath, 1 queen private room and 1 queen sofa sleeper. Additional couch and love seat in living area could be used for additional guests. There is an additional centrally located full bath. You can explore the farm, take a horseback riding lesson, or be a farmer for a half day for an additional expense. Make reservations here.
Starved Rock State Park
Starved Rock State Park has an interesting history, beginning with Chief Pontiac of the Ottawa tribe of Native Americans. The land was purchased from the US Government by a soldier as compensation for his service the US Army. He later sold it to Ferdinand Walther, who developed the land for vacationers. In 1911, the State of Illinois purchased the site, making it the state’s first recreational park. Reserve a room at the lodge, a cabin, or a campsite. There are hiking trails, kayaking, bird watching, and more.
Fried Green Tomatoes Restaurant
Fried Green Tomatoes Restaurant in Galena, Illinois, presents an Italian menu with things like Veal Parmesan, Espresso Steak, and Bruschetta Salmon. Comfort foods include Lobster Ravioli and Linguine and Meatballs. The Fried Green Tomatoes are fried in olive oil, and topped with cheese and marinara sauce. It’s one place I would probably go two nights in a row.
In addition to these, there are plenty of thrift stores, antique shops, and other interesting things to do near Stockton, Illinois to keep you busy. Fabgrandpa and always look for thrift stores when traveling. You never know what you’ll find until you look.