Plan a romantic getaway in February

Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012, 10:40 am
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Press release submitted by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Plan a romantic getaway to the Quad Cities for your sweetheart for Valentine's Day in February. With the wide variety of special events happening and 20 great overnight packages on, it will be a breeze to treat them like royalty.

Travis Tritt -- Start your Valentine's weekend early with an evening with country superstar Travis Tritt in a unique acoustic show at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street in Bettendorf, Iowa. Come sing along to hits like "Help Me Hold On" and "I'm Gonna Be Somebody". The show on Saturday, February 11 starts at 7:30pm. For more information and tickets, call 800-THE-ISLE or visit their website at

Valentine's Day Gala -- The Quad City Symphony Orchestra has orchestrated the perfect night on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Start with a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres at 5 p.m. in the Hotel Blackhawk's Gold Room, 200 East 3rd Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa. Then at 6 p.m. a Latin-infused gourmet dinner is served accompanied by live music. Stroll next door to the Adler Theatre for the 7:30 p.m. concert with guest conductor Alondra de la Parra and guest soloist guitarist Robert Belinic. After the concert, dance the night away to The Candymakers and enjoy delectable desserts. For tickets, call 563-322-0931 or

Smooth Jazz Valentine's concert -- The fifth annual Smooth Jazz Valentine's concert and dinner on Saturday, February 11 will be held at The Lodge Hotel, 900 Spruce Hills Drive, Bettendorf. Dinner is at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Steve Cole, one of the most celebrated saxophone players in contemporary jazz, will perform. Tickets are $75 per person; $145 or $165 per couple. For tickets, call 563-324-4208 or

Hockey with Heart -- Take your sweetheart out for a night of action on February 14, 2012, with the Quad City Mallards against the Rapid City Rush at 7:05 p.m. at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Dr. in Moline, Ill. It's $2 Tuesday with $2 soft drinks and beer. For tickets, contact or visit the i wireless Center box office.

Valentine's Day Moonlight Walk -- Take a guided moonlight walk on Tuesday, February 14 with your sweetheart in Black Hawk Park along the path through the woods beautifully lit with luminaries. Then return to the Watchtower Lodge to warm up by the roaring fireplaces, and enjoy refreshments and music. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight. Begin at the Watchtower Lodge at 1510 46th Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois. 6:30-8:30pm. No cost to attend. For more information, call 309-788-9536 or visit

Special Dinner -- Enjoy a special dinner with your special someone on February 14, 2012, at the Rhythm City Casino, 101 W. River Drive in downtown Davenport, Iowa, without having to break the bank. Enjoy a buy one, get one free buffet special and guitarist/singer Jordan Danielson performing in the lobby. Also if guests earn 500 points on their card that day, they can pick up a bottle of wine between 10 a.m.-12 noon, or 6-8 p.m. Must be 21 years of age or older.

Love Stories Ballet -- Ballet Quad Cities presents Love Stories: Love on the Run at Augustana College's Wallenberg Hall, 3703 7th Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois, on Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 18th at 2:00 pm. See five original works with each ballet presenting a unique perspective on love and other relationships with new and old love stories to tell. From soft hip-hop to sophisticated classics like the Black Swan Pas de Deux, this performance has it all. For more information and tickets, call 309-786-3779 or visit

Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard -- It's the second weekend of the Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend annual winter promotion on February 17-20, 2012. You can find some great deals at over 45 hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shops in the Quad Cities area for a post-Valentine's Day weekend getaway. Check out the coupons at to 'lose the winter blues.'

Company and scenery -- The District Theatre, 2603 2nd Avenue in Rock Island, Ill., presents two musicals during February. Company is a musical comedy with music by Stephen Sondheim about a single man, his girlfriends, and his married friends. Scenery is the story of a married couple with non-stop one liners and witty put-downs. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. All tickets are $15. Call (309) 235-1654 or visit

For information on the Quad Cities, contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 747-7800 or visit their website at


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