5 Places To Visit Near The Quad Cities This Fall

5 Places To Visit Near The Quad Cities This Fall

The best places for all thing fall in the Quad Cities
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Ever wonder what there is to do in the Quad Cities area during the fall? As summer fades into fall, the leaves begin to change and we are surrounded by the lovely orange and red leaves everywhere. Fall is personally my favorite season. I love how the weather isn't too hot, but it isn't too cold. I love when the leaves fall off the trees and crunch beneath my feet. I love everything about pumpkin patches, apple farms, and all things Fall. If you are like myself and love Fall, here is a list of places you need to check out.

1. Freight House Farmer's Market

Location: 421 W River Dr, Davenport, IA 52801

Every Saturday and Sunday down by the Mississippi River in Davenport is the cutest farmer's market. There are so many vendors that sell a variety of locally grown produce, backed goods, jewelry, crafts, and so much more. I love seeing all of the pumpkins, gourds, and indian corn for sale. Want pumpkins but don't have time to go to the pumpkin patch? Vendors sell pumpkins in every size, shape, and color for super cheap. I also love all the fall baked good and coffees for sale. Who doesn't love a fresh gluten free pumpkin bar or a local coffee shop's pumpkin spice latte? You also get a pretty view of the Davenport Bridge and Ferris Wheel and can pet plenty of friendly dogs.

2. Buffalo Pumpkin Patch

Location: 1500 Front Street, Buffalo, IA 52728

Located about 20 minutes from Davenport is a super cute pick your own pumpkin patch. They also have hayrides, animals, crafts, pony rides, and a corn maze. Not to mention admission is free! They also have something new this year, pick your own sunflowers! This is definitely a place to check out this fall!

3. Stone's Apple Barn

Location: 16115 Hubbard Rd, East Moline, IL 61244

Stone's is a pick your own apple farm. The apples are so delicious and fresh. They also sell amazing apple treats like apple pies, caramel apples, and fresh apple cider in a cute little farm store. I love this apple farm! It is also the perfect location to take some cute Fall photos.


4. Credit Island Park

Location: 2200 West River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803

Covered in trees and down by the river, this park is truly a beautiful place to visit in the Fall. There is a 3 mile path that you can walk, run, or bike on. They also have kayaks, bikes, and canoes available for rental on the island in the early fall.

5. Milltown Coffee

Location: 3800 River Dr #2, Moline, IL 61265

Looking for a cute and cozy coffee shop to do homework and relax this fall? Check out Milltown Coffee in Moline. They have the best coffee and an amazing view of the Mississippi River. The perfect place to spend an afternoon this Fall!


Cover Image Credit: https://iowagirlonthego.com/2012/10/17/new-england-in-the-fall/

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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4 Realizations You Have After A Year Of Spending Two Hours A Day Commuting To And From College

Having a friendship with your car may sound odd, but when you spend almost two hours a day in it, you begin to form a bond.

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Although dorming seems like the best option for freshmen to get used to their new home for the next four years, it isn't the most appealing choice for everybody. When you're a homebody like me, the choice between commuting and dorming has a clear answer. Who would want to give up the comforts of home when they don't have to? However, there are some downsides to being away from campus. Having a 45-minute commute has taught me so much even though it has only been a week.

1. Your time management skills will improve drastically

When you commute, your day must be planned in order to avoid traffic and get home on time. You also have to schedule times to eat, do homework, and socialize. This being said, it is much more difficult to be spontaneous. Friends will make dinner plans or ask to hang out when you're already off campus on your way home. The fear of missing out is a real problem, but planning ahead of time still lets you have a social life.

2. Other people will pity you

Whenever I tell people about my commute, I always get words of pity. Of course, it seems disheartening, but you can't let that get to you. There are always pros and cons to everything, so thinking about the benefits of commuting rather than the downfalls will help you feel better about your drive.

3. Your car will become your best friend

Having a friendship with your car may sound odd, but when you spend almost 2 hours a day in it, you begin to form a bond. My car (named Ulysses) and I have been through a lot on the road. From rogue raccoons to crazy drivers on the highway, your car and you will have seen it all. Your car is your trusty steed that will bring you to school and home safely. As long as you trust your car, your car will trust you back.

4. It's nice to sleep in your own bed

At the end of the day, being home is where I feel the most comfortable. The feeling of your own bed and having the privacy of your own room really have their perks. Also, nothing in the dining halls can beat a homemade meal. Some days, I feel that I should've dormed and that commuting wasn't the best option, but being able to be where I feel my best makes the hassle of commuting worth it.

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