“The Art of Food” could very well be Quincy Illinois’ motto, fitting for this jewel of a city on the Mississippi bluffs, distinguished twice over as “One of America’s most artistic towns”. To merge these two beautiful life pleasures, a new foodie tour has been launched this summer.

FLAVOR is an eats & sips walking tour to five locally owned restaurants in Quincy’s downtown district, perfect for art, history and food passionates. Top-notch creative chefs prepare seasonal signature dishes & cocktails at a curated selection of progressive culinary experiences, while a knowledgeable guide infuses historical details of the city’s colorful past. Enjoyed in intimate groups of up to 15, Saturdays, June through September.

The Maine Street Mile is another new tour along Quincy’s most notable thoroughfare, affectionately called the Smile Mile. It’s a self-guided driving or biking tour showcasing distinctive architecture, museums, shopping and dining. Enjoy in a 30-minute snap or spend the day. Rent a tandem or automatic trek bike at the Tourist Information Center (mention Food & Travel Magazine and enjoy for 2 hours free).

Every community has its skeletons in the closet, and this historic river town is no exception. Some famous, and infamous, personalities made the list of thirteen in Quincy: Off the Record. Locales associated with an intriguing assortment of former residents are featured, ranging from the girlhood home of Mary Astor (Humphrey Bogart’s co-star in The Maltese Falcon) to the house at which Michael Swango, “The Doctor of Death”, was arrested. His story was captured by a contemporary who also hailed from Quincy, James B. Stewart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Finally, enjoy the Great River Road to the Mississippi Valley Wine Trail, connecting five family owned Western Illinois wineries together– visit all five for a signature wine glass or T-shirt. Request or download complimentary guides today ~ 800.978.4748 | seequincy.com