Award-Winning Tastes in the Tri-States

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The Tri-States are abundant in rich culture, breathtaking views, and award-winning establishments just waiting to be discovered by you. From delectable dining and sweet treats to internationally-acclaimed wines, there is no shortage of fine tastes to choose from along the mighty Mississippi river.

Betty Jane Candies– Dubuque, IA

Home of the famous Gremlin Bar, Betty Jane Candies has been an institution in Dubuque, Iowa since 1938. Known for their melt-in-your-mouth homemade chocolates, Betty Jane’s has been named one of the Top Chocolate Shops in the Nation by Taste of Home, in addition to having their candies included in both the Grammy and Academy Awards Gifts Bag. Make sure you stop in and see why these chocolates are sweeping the nation.

Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ at Potter’s Mill– Bellevue, IA

The sounds and smells of Memphis and New Orleans collide at this truly unique award-winning restaurant in Bellevue, Iowa. Having only been open since 2014, this venue has made quite a name for itself on the national foodie scene. With being named The Must Eat BBQ Restaurant in Iowa by Southern Living Magazine, The Coziest Restaurant in Iowa by Food & Wine, and most recently the winner of Mac & Cheese Fest Dubuque, it’s easy to see that this BBQ joint is a must on your next road trip.

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery– Galena, IL

Tucked into the bluff country of western Illinois, Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery is making a splash in the international wine world. Being a multi-Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 Indy International Wine Competition was just the icing on top of a banner year in addition to winning Best of Show at the 2017 Illinois State Fair with their Secret Garden Viognier. Take a trip across the river for an easy summer afternoon just drinking the day away.