National Travel & Tourism Week Coincides with National Train Day for Family Fun May 11 in Kewanee, Illinois

There will be lots to offer for train and travel enthusiasts of all ages on Saturday, May 11, in Kewanee, Ilinois, when National Train Day coincides with National Travel & Tourism Week. It’s an opportunity to take a nostalgic train ride, enjoy a hearty breakfast and sample area attractions.

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Kewanee, IL (PRWEB) April 28, 2013

There will be tons of fun for train and travel enthusiasts of all ages on Saturday, May 11, in Kewanee, Ill., when National Train Day coincides with National Travel & Tourism Week. It’s an opportunity to take a nostalgic train ride, enjoy a hearty breakfast and sample area attractions.

The fun begins when passengers board the Amtrak train early Saturday morning in Quincy, Macomb and Galesburg, Ill. After a relaxing train ride through the spring countryside, the train arrives at 8:09 a.m. in Kewanee. It’s been dubbed the “Breakfast Train” because the destination is a hearty breakfast at restaurants near the Kewanee train station, a short visit and a train ride back home. So, save room for breakfast in Kewanee!

“When we realized that Train Day and Tourism Week coincided on May 11, we brainstormed ways to make the most of this event,” said Cathy Foes, executive director of the Henry County Tourism Bureau. “It’s a great way for parents and grandparents to share memories of train travel with their kids and grandchildren. And it’s a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, too!” The event is co-sponsored by the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce, City of Kewanee and Henry County Tourism Bureau.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

  •     6:12 – 7:38 a.m. – Board Amtrak train in Quincy, Macomb or Galesburg, Ill. Seating is limited and reservations are required: http://www.Amtrak.com/home for an E-Ticket, or 800-872-7245. (If you board without reservations and pay in person, it may cost more. Also, rates vary, depending on the ages/numbers of children per adults. Please see the website for details.)
o    Quincy – 6:12 a.m. Roundtrip: adults $30, children $15.
o    Macomb – 7 a.m. Roundtrip: adults $19, children $9.50.
o    Galesburg – 7:38 a.m. Roundtrip: adults $9, children $4.50.

  •     8:09 a.m. – Amtrak train arrives in Kewanee, Ill., from Quincy, Macomb and Galesburg, Ill.
  •     8 - 9:30 a.m. – Breakfast from the menu at your choice of three restaurants near the train station. Reservations required; prices average $4.95-$8.00 per person.
o    The Station House, 309-854-7245.
o     Cerno’s Bar & Grill, 309-853-3469, http://www.CernosBarAndGrill.com.
o    P. L. Damron’s Café, 309-858-2283, http://www.PLDamronsCatering.com.

  •     8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Local vendor booths, plus FREE exhibits, activities, entertainment, demonstrations and parking at Kewanee’s new train station.
o    Register to win an I-Pod Touch!
o    First 100 kids get FREE T-shirts, train whistles and Amtrak conductor hats.
o    Exhibit of railroad memorabilia – FREE!
o    Kiddie Train rides – FREE!
o    Photo opportunities with costumed characters: Zombie from Torment at Twelve Hundred, Pup from Walldogs and Buddie from Hog Fest – FREE!
o    Local vendor booths with Bishop Hill clay marbles, bedding plants, handmade rugs, jewelry, purses and more.
o    Classic cars from Geneseo’s “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” – FREE!
o    Corn shelling demonstration by Antique Engine & Tractor Association – FREE!

  •     9:15 a.m. – Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays Abraham Lincoln’s lawyer, Billie Herndon, and talks about railroad history. – FREE!
  •     9:44 a.m. – All aboard the Amtrak train to return to Galesburg, Macomb and Quincy, in time for lunch. Arrive in Galesburg 10:20 a.m., Macomb 11:04 a.m., Quincy 12:03 p.m.
  •     10:15 a.m. – Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays Abraham Lincoln’s lawyer, Billie Herndon, and talks about railroad history. – FREE!
  •     11:30 a.m. – Event ends.

Do you want to take the “Breakfast Train” and stay overnight in Kewanee? There are two bed-and-breakfasts within walking distance of the train station, plus three hotels on the edge of town. The legendary Good’s Furniture is just a couple blocks away from the station, along with some interesting specialty shops and restaurants.

For more info about National Train Day, go to http://www.NationalTrainDay.com. To learn about National Travel & Tourism Week, check out http://www.USTravel.org.

Kewanee is located in Henry County in western Illinois, next door to the Quad Cities. The fertile farmland is bisected by the Hennepin Canal and dotted with charming small towns replete with antique shops, bakeries, farm markets and country cafés. For information on everything you need to plan a getaway, including lodging, dining, historic sites and recreation, contact the Henry County Tourism Bureau toll-free at 877-436-7926 or visit http://www.VisitHenryCounty.com