Bettendorf Journals

Weekend Eagle Viewing Trip

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A January 2013 trip to Bettendorf by MilwVon

Catching Lunch Photo, Bettendorf, Iowa More Photos
Quote: Sometimes you meet people and make an immediate connection. I was fortunate to have new friends Russ & Jan come into my life last summer. A professional photographer, Russ invited me along to photograph eagles in Iowa.
A Majestic Bald Eagle Photo, Bettendorf, Iowa
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The purpose of this trip was to observe and hopefully photograph eagles in the wild along the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities area of Illinois & Iowa. The four cities that make up this regional area are Rock Island and Moline, Illinois and Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa. Bettendorf would serve as our home base during our time in the area because the Mississippi River Lock & Dam #14 is located there.Generally speaking, in the winter the eagle viewing along the river is best once there is a substantial freeze of the river and its tributaries. About three weeks before our trip, the river had significantly more ice and therefore, the eagles had a smaller territory for fishing...Read More

Isle of Capri Casino

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Attraction | "Fun Riverboat Casino that Doesn't Leave the Dock"

Isle of Capri Casino Photo, Bettendorf, Iowa
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Back when gambling was first made legal in Iowa, riverboat casinos popped up all along the Mississippi River. I remember my first "boat trip" to Dubuque in the early 1990's while on a bowling trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A group of us drove over to the river to sample the casino. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the boat actually left the shore and you were stuck aboard even after you lost the money you had to play with. Further, there were gambling limits that restricted the amount of money a person could lose during their evening of play. I think it was like $250 or something like that. Today, I cannot imagine walking into a casino without at least the $500 necessary to hopefully wait ou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2013

Isle of Capri Casino
1777 Isle Pkwy
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
(563) 359-7280

Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel

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Hotel | "Comfortable and Convenient "

Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel Photo, Bettendorf, Iowa
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The Isle of Capri Hotel & Casino in Bettendorf is very convenient and affordable for those traveling to the Quad Cities area for business or recreation. There were three of us using this location as our home base for a weekend trip to view and photograph eagles along the Mississippi River in the city of Bettendorf, IA.There are two towers that comprise this hotel. The north tower is the one that has been reportedly updated with new furnishings and upgraded televisions. We had a standard room in the south tower, which was very comfortable and actually more convenient to the casino and dining options. The south tower is also where the hotel check-in registration area is, as well as th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2013

Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel
1777 Isle Parkway
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
866-539-8117

Calypso's Buffet

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Restaurant | "Very Good Assortment - Outstanding Value"

Calypso's Buffet Photo, Bettendorf, Iowa
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During our weekend overnight at the Isle of Capri Hotel & Casino, we had the opportunity to dine at their buffet twice . . . for dinner and breakfast. I think it is a rule that casino hotels have a decent buffet, because most I've been to have all had very nice dining options for their guests. While the days of $2.99 steak & eggs are long gone, you can still find a decent meal with good value at most casinos . . . and Isle of Capri is no exception.For dinner Saturday night, they had a full feature of surf (crab legs & shrimp) and turf (carved beef) along with all of the wonderful accompaniments you'd want. Starting with a small salad with a fluffy dinner roll, I moved right ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2013

Iowa's Great River Road

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Traveling Along Iowa's Great River Road Photo, Bettendorf, Iowa
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Iowa is one of the ten states that shares the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 325 of the 3,000 total miles meander through Iowa's river cities, which include Dubuque, Davenport, Muscatine, Clinton, Bellvue and Bettendorf . . . our home base for the weekend.Having done the Great River Road through a significant portion of Wisconsin this past fall, I was very interested to see how the towns compared. I think I liked the ones we passed through in Iowa a little more. They seemed to be more picturesque of what I envision as Mark Twain's Americana.Since we stayed in Bettendorf and took the Great River Road north when heading home to Wisconsin ...Read More

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MilwVon

MilwVon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin