It's All There...In LeClaire!

Get out of the house and have fun in LeClaire this month at First Friday, the Cocoa Crawl, trivia, and Buffalo Bill's birthday party! Also enjoy live music, wine tastings, and find new merchandise at the shops! There are plenty of great spots to wine, dine, tour and shop every day in LeClaire. Be sure to browse the whole newsletter to find special deals and start making plans to #VisitLeClaire today! More information about LeClaire, Iowa, can be found on our website at: www.visitleclaire.com

FEBRUARY:
Friday, February 1, 4:30pm; Open House 5-9pm: LeClaire River Loft and Chateau Grand Reopening with LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at 4:30pm. Enjoy hors d'oeurves and drinks (from local businesses) served at both locations. Open House is from 5-9pm. Everyone is welcome! Sheila Volrath is the new owner of the LeClaire River Loft and Chateau. Located in downtown LeClaire, 114 N. Cody Road and 402 N. Cody Road, offering all the comforts of home, just steps away from the shops, restaurants and the Mississippi River.

Friday, February 1: First Friday
Think warm with us at First Friday - after a week in the deep freeze, temps will be rebounding Friday and we'll be ready to party!
* Blue Iguana is celebrating with a Margarita special: $3 small and $5 large.
* Faithful Pilot has live music from 8-11pm by Jordan Danielsen.
* Grasshoppers is open late.
* Green Tree Brewery has Crane & Pelican serving meatloaf sliders from 5:30-7:30pm and live music from 8-11pm by Doug Brundies.
* LeClaire Olive Oil Co. is open late.
* Mississippi River Distilling Co. and Cody Road Cocktail House:
    Free food and drink samples from 5-8pm. Chef Steph will have Cody Road Bourbon chocolate fondue and Cody Road Honey Chicken. Try their new released Cody Road Barrel Old Fashioned in a bottle and a special spiced lemonade cocktail to warm you up.
    They'll have live music in the distillery from 7-10pm with Ruby & Donovan.
* Razzleberries is open late.
* The Shameless Chocoholic is open until 7pm.
* Wide River Winery Tasting Room is open until 8pm with wine and savory dip samples.  

Saturday, February 2, 7:30-9pm: Cocktail Cinema at Mississippi River Distilling Company. What would be more fun than enjoying a delicious cocktail on the distillery floor with a classic ground hog comedy? They'll setup up the screen, tables and the movie. They have the cocktails, you bring your friends, some food or order a pizza. Movies are free of charge. No reservations.

Tuesday, February 5, 5-7pm: 129 is hosting  Tuesday Tasting. Call 563-729-1035 to reserve a glass!

Tuesday, February 5, 6pm: Green Tree Brewery Euchre Night. Proceeds will be going to the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire for their one room schoolhouse exhibit. $10 buy-in. Sign ups start at 6pm, games at 6:30pm. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as the "biggest loser".

February 8-18: Join Isabel Bloom for their annual "Isabel Bloom NOW!" Celebration!  See what's new including sculptures the Dandelion Heart, Scout + Co. Candle selections, Lillie & Pine handmade skincare products and a wide selection of gifts and home décor, including "Mud Pie"! Receive a  Free  Mini Gnome with a $50 purchase. 

Saturday, February 9, 2-5pm: 2nd Annual Cocoa Crawl & All Things Chocolate! Get in the mood for Valentine's Day by sampling some goodies, enjoying some specials, and shopping for your honey!
FREE GOODIES:
Antique Archaeology is handing out chocolate kisses.
Aunt Hattie's has brownie bites.
Bela has samples of hazelnut brownie and chocolate covered cherry cafe mochas.  Also sampling and selling chocolate bon bons until gone. Enjoy1/2 priced drinks on whole drink menu.
Enter drawings for a chance to win prizes, too!
Crane & Pelican Café has delicious hot cocoa and an "adult" version to sample. Get a good deal on a full-size drink!
Grasshoppers has Wind & Willow dip and Molly & You cake samples.
Green Tree Brewery has 2 oz. samples of Chocolate Cherry Stout beer with a cherry on top!
LeClaire Olive Oil Co. has samples of all their oils and vinegars. Special features are their Dark Chocolate balsamic vinegar, Chocolate Raspberry balsamic vinegar, and Chocolate Strawberry balsamic vinegar. 10% off the chocolate balsamic vinegars sampled during the Cocoa Crawl.
Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House has hot chocolate.
Royal-tea has samples of dark chocolate peppermint tea and a 'tuxedo' (coffee latte with dark and white chocolate).
The Shameless Chocoholic has samples of their gourmet hot chocolate.
Wide River Winery Tasting Room TBD.
DINING / BEVERAGE DISCOUNTS:
Blue Iguana has their Chocolate White Russian for $4.
Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House has hot chocolate; make it a "cocktail" for $6 ($2 off regular price).
SHOPPING SPECIALS:
Antique Archaeology will be handing out chocolate kisses and offering a special: Buy a Sweatshirt and get a FREE Lips Logo Patch!
Isabel Bloom is introducing the new Lillie & Pine "Hot Chocolate" soap and receive a  Free  Mini Gnome with a $50 purchase. 
LeClaire Olive Oil Co. has 10% off their chocolate balsamic vinegars sampled during the Cocoa Crawl - Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, and Chocolate Strawberry.

Thursday, February 14, 6pm & 8pm: Valentine's Day at Crane & Pelican Café. They are serving a special three course menu. $39.95/person with a 10% discount for parties of 4 or more. Two seatings available - 6pm & 8pm. Limited space so call today to make your reservation. 563-289-8774.

Saturday, February 16, 6pm/7pm: Trivia Night at the LeClaire Civic Center to benefit the Moon & Back Animal Rescue. Doors open at 6pm; Trivia starts at 7pm. $10 per person / 8 people (maximum) at a table. 10 mulligans for $10 and a double down for $10 which doubles your points on one round. They are serving pulled pork sandwiches, potato or fruit salad, and baked beans. To reserve tables, call Debbie at 563-349-4403 or e-mail smith5grand@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 19, 6pm: Green Tree Brewery Euchre Night. Proceeds will be going to the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire for their one room schoolhouse exhibit. $10 buy-in. Sign ups start at 6pm, games at 6:30pm. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as the "biggest loser".

Tuesday, February 26, 7pm: Play "Survey Says: A Friendly Feud Bar Game" at Green Tree Brewery. There are 2 rounds of 10 questions. Each round ends with a multiplier question, where point values are doubled and tripled, respectively. Compete for house cash & free beer flights! $25 Gift Card for 1st Place, $10 for 2nd Place, and FREE beer flights for the Best Team Name and for the 1st & 2nd Round Winner! Play solo or as a team (up to 4 people). FREE to play!

Sunday, February 24, Noon-4pm: Celebrate Buffalo Bill's Birthday at the Buffalo Bill Museum! Free museum admission for this event. Buffalo Bill was born February 26, 1846 in Scott County, Iowa. He was a Pony Express Rider and a civil war hero before starring in own Wild West Show and becoming the superstar of his era! Also visit the other great exhibits at the museum such as: the Lone Star, a wooden hull steam powered paddle wheel, Native American artifacts, and exhibits featuring 1900's ladies fashion, life on Mississippi, riverboat pilots, and many more fascinating displays.

Thursday, February 28, 6pm: Faithful Pilot Wine Class. Faithful Pilot announces an all new, all exciting, all fun Wine Class lineup for 2019! The QC's only monthly wine & food educational experience is great for those who know wine - but better if you're just trying to know more. 4 Flights $35. Call 563-289-4156 to reserve your spot. Enjoy Great Food, Great Wine & Great Times!
FEBRUARY | Name The Wine Region | The "Tells" of Blind Tasting
MARCH | WINE-ing When The Weather Gets Great
APRIL | Continental Divide
MAY | The Judgment of Paris
JUNE | Time in a Bottle | Aged Wines

MARCH:
Friday, March 1, 5pm: Bela is celebrating their grand reopening with a LeClaire Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 5pm and Open House until 8pm. Celebrate all weekend with complimentary snacks, drinks, and free giveaways. And join them for "Taste of LeClaire" on Saturday, March 2!

Saturday, March 2, 1-4pm: Enjoy a "Taste of LeClaire!" Receive FREE food and/or beverage samples from various shops, restaurants, and bars. Discover many great tastes during Taste of LeClaire!
Participating businesses include:
Artswork - homemade cracker sample from The Crane & Pelican Cafe
Aunt Hatties - What BBQ & Bar King Cake sample
Bela - soup, bread, bon bons, and coffee mocha samples
Blue Iguana - Mexican Chili
Grasshoppers Gift Shop - dip and bread samples and Wooden Wheel wine tasting
Green Tree Brewery - 1 oz sample of any of their beer including Storm Chaser, the official craft beer of the Quad City Storm.
Le Claire Happy Joe's Pizza and Ice Cream - Mint Marvel Sundae
LeClaire Olive Oil Co. - dips, mustards, jams, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting
LeClaire River Loft - LeClaire Canning Co. samples
Lettysdesigns-Decor.com - Caffeine Queen Espresso samples
Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House - free samples on every tour (take a tour at the top of the hour). Also, enjoy $2 off their cocktails on tap (Millions of Peaches or Cody's Harvest).
Razzleberries Fine Gifts - Pickle
Riverview Roadhouse - Rum Chata Cheesecake shots
Royal-Tea - their NEW slightly carbonated tea
The Shameless Chocoholic - handmade candy sample
What BBQ & Bar - TBD
Wide River Winery Tasting Room - wine samples paired with a savory dip.

Other news:
Book a fun night at the Holiday Inn Express in LeClaire! Call the hotel direct (563-289-9978) and ask for Irish or Brandi. Choose from the:
"Full LeClaire Experience" package including -
* A Deluxe Room
* $20 Gift Certificate for Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House including tasting and tour
* $20 Gift Certificate for Green Tree Brewery
* $15 Gift Certificate for Wide River Winery Tasting Room
* Two Passes to tour the Buffalo Bill Museum LeClaire IA valued at $10
* An 8 x 10 glossy autographed photo by Mike Wolfe American Picker of Antique Archaeology (in LeClaire) and American Pickers' fame - priceless!
* Full Express Start Breakfast for two the next morning at the Holiday Inn Express LeClaire valued at $20
OR "Dinner for Two & a River View" package including -
* Dinner for two valued up to $40 at the popular and historic The Crane & Pelican Cafe
* One night stay at the Holiday Inn Express LeClaire in their Executive Riverfront mini-suite including full, hot breakfast in the morning.
NOTE: Rates very based on date, availability, and room type. Book these packages from now through Feb 28, 2019. Three days notice required.

Have fun at the Wide River Winery Tasting Room! Wednesdays are "Double Punch Day". With each bottle of wine purchased, receive 2 punches on your frequent buyer card. Valid at all 3 locations.

Winter Hours:
Artswork's : Tuesday - Saturday 11am-4pm; Sunday 12-4pm. They have new spring merchandise with more coming all the time!
Bela: under new management. January-March - Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm
Daffodil Row: January-March - Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm
Unique Creations & Sassy Pants Boutique : Thursday and Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm.
Grasshoppers: Sunday-Wednesday 12-4pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Call 563-289-4652 to request additional hours.

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LeClaire, Iowa is located at the intersection of Highway 67/Great River Road and Interstate 80 at exit 306. This charming town is just a scenic 2 minute drive to Lock & Dam 14, just off of highway 67, along the Mississippi River. Lock and Dam 14 is only a few miles from all the LeClaire hotels and is known for some of the BEST eagle watching & photography in the country. 
 
LeClaire is a quaint river town full of historic surprises. LeClaire offers the Twilight Riverboat 2 day Adventures, Mississippi River Distilling Company, The Buffalo Bill Museum, unique shopping and wonderful restaurants, which make LeClaire the must visit town in the Quad Cities area. 
 
LeClaire is only 30 minutes from the Quad Cities International Airport and is also the home base location for Mike Wolfe, owner of "Antique Archaeology" and the host of "American Pickers," a cable TV show on the History Channel. 
 
LeClaire has award winning hotels, guest houses, and bed and breakfasts with views of the Mississippi River. 
 
If you're looking for charming and friendly, the downtown shops in LeClaire will delight you. 
 
Also, If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Tourism Manager at 563-289-4242 x 61135 or email: info@visitleclaire.com  
 
Free Wireless Internet Access is available to visitors downtown at Happy Joe's Pizza, the LeClaire Information Center, or the LeClaire Community Library (3rd and Wisconsin), which has 7 public access computers.
 
If you have any questions or need more information, visit  www.visitleclaire.com or contact us at info@visitleclaire.com.   
LeClaire Information Center
117 South Cody Road
OPEN: Noon -3pm daily
Weather Permitting 

Voted "Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests"  in the 2018 Quad City Times Reader's Choice Poll for the 7th year in a row!
 
Go to 
www.visitleclaire.com for details on everything that is going on in LeClaire, Iowa throughout the year.
 
  
 
On-Going Events: 
 
LeClaire Rec Center Events See www.leclairereccenter.com   for details
 
NEW Blue Iguana Specials!
  • Tuesday: $7.50 - Any 2 Tacos any way you want them with your choice of rice, refried beans, or soup.
  • Wednesday: $6 - Queso Quesadilla. Your choice of chicken or steak with Chihuahua and cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chipotle mayo with your choice of rice, refried beans, or soup.
  • Thursday: $5 - Diablo Chicken Salad. Seared chicken in tomatillo sauce, jalapenos and cilantro mixed on a bed of lettuce, Chihuahua cheese, tomatoes, and avocado slices with a side of avocado ranch.
     
  • Friday: $8 - Torta. Full torta on pambazo bread with your choice of meat, queso, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, avocado slices and beans with your choice of rice, refried beans, or soup.

Hungry Hobo: Don't forget about our family night special! Get a Baby Bo Meal for $.99 with the purchase of any menu item & a combo pack every Wednesday after 5pm. No coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. www.hungryhobo.com 

Faithful Pilot Hours:
Monday-Friday 3-10pm;
Saturday 11am -11pm;
Sunday closed
Weekly Specials:
- Happy Hour: - Monday-Saturday 3-6pm; 1/2 off shareables; $2 domestics; $5 wine 
- Tuesday: Taco Tuesday - $5 Margaritas, $3 Tacos
- Wednesday: 1/2 Price wine night; Live Music 6:30-9pm
- Last Thursday of the Month: Wine Class; 4 Flights $35
- First Friday: Live Music 8-11pm

Monday and Tuesday is Family Night at Happy Joe's Pizza - get the Family Meal for under $20. www.happyjoes.com  
  
The Buffalo Bill Museum is a great place to take visiting family and friends and "free admission" is a benefit of your membership! The gift shop is also a great place to pick up unique items as well as books about local history, "Buffalo Bill" sweatshirts and t-shirts, and other items you can't find elsewhere! WINTER HOURS: open Monday - Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sundays 12:00-4:00pm. www.buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com   
First Friday of each Month: 
First Friday 5:30-8:00pm Downtown LeClaire - beverage and food samples, live music, shops open late, and more!

Monthly Trivia Nights at the LeCl aire Civic Center benefiting Local Non-Profits. Usually 3rd Saturday of the month: See calendar for details.