Wishing you were by a river or lake right about now? Whether you’re feeling burnt out and in desperate need of some R&R, or you’re an avid adventurer in search of epic water sports, there’s no denying that proximity to a body of water can quickly improve your mental health. And if you’re staying at a Stoney Creek destination, you’re in luck.
From the Quad Cities of Illinois to the ancient bluffs of La Crosse, Wisconsin, we’ve rounded up four serene Stoney Creek Hotels stays that boast easy access to all sorts of water-based activities (with plenty of idyllic views to boot).
QUAD CITIES, ILLINOIS
Among the banks of the Mississippi River, you’ll find Stoney Creek Hotels Quad Cities – a relaxing getaway with proximity to downtown Moline attractions like Bass Street Landing and the John Deere Pavilion. (Plus, it’s conveniently located directly on a bike path – a cyclist’s dream.)
This ideal location also lends itself perfectly to scenic afternoon strolls by the river. The Great River Trail winds through the downtown area, providing a flat, paved path for an easy walk with views of Iowa’s shoreline. Roughly one mile from the property, you’ll find Riverside Park – another excellent option for idyllic river views.
Prefer to admire the water by boat? Luckily, there’s no shortage of water taxi and cruise boat options. The Celebration Belle’s cruising season begins in April and offers narrated river tours through November. Opt for a themed event like “Hits of the Decades” and the fall foliage cruise, or take one of the regular lunch and sightseeing tours.
There’s also the Channel Cat Taxi, providing open-air ferry boat rides on the Mississippi from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Itching to take a trip to the Illinois River Valley? Enjoy easy access to the natural splendor of Peoria Lake from Stoney Creek Hotels Peoria, home to spacious suites just off I-74.
Aside from the typical water activities, this riverfront region boasts an array of activities and attractions, including the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The multidisciplinary cultural hub showcases art, science, history, and achievement through permanent galleries and rotating exhibitions.
When it’s time to take to the water, East Peoria Riverwalk is an excellent option for getting your steps in while roaming 1.9 miles along the river. Visitors can also opt to launch a kayak out of one of Wildlife Prairie Park’s seven fishing lakes, located just under 20 miles from the Stoney Creek property.
Consider squeezing in a visit to nearby Mineral Spring Park – a 220-acre green space that offers leisurely paddleboat experiences across the lagoon. The park is roughly 12 miles from the hotel and Peoria Lake, and is well worth a visit (if your Peoria itinerary allows).
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Treat your senses to the sights and sounds of Waterfall Park in Independence, Missouri, home of Stoney Creek Kansas City. The tranquil lake is conveniently positioned in the hotel’s backyard, so you can go straight from lounging in the rustic rooms and living spaces to snuggling up with a book by the rushing water.
If you happen to be a resident of Independence, you’re in luck – you can bring the whole family to Adventure Oasis Water Park to cool off at the water slides, splash park, pool, and lazy river.
Not an Independence native? Not to worry. Get your lake fix at Blue Springs Lake, just over 4 miles from the accommodations. The 720-acre Jackson County reservoir offers all the necessities for an adventurous day – from a public beach that’s perfect for relaxing to aquatic activities like fishing, water skiing, tubing, and jet skiing.
LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN
Outdoor enthusiasts, add this western Wisconsin city to your U.S. bucket list. With Stoney Creek Hotel La Crosse as your home base, spend your getaway exploring the rolling hills, stunning ancient bluffs, and wildlife preserves of this one-of-a-kind region.
As a city practically built on the Mississippi River, water lovers will feel right at home in La Crosse. Before heading by the river, work up a sweat traversing one of the many trails for hiking, biking, and running, from quick loops to more strenuous trails.
Next, it’s time to get a bit closer to the water. You’ll find multiple launching points for kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding across the La Crosse River and Lake Onalaska. Whether you’re in the mood for easy paddling along tranquil waterways or more challenging adventures along the Mississippi, you’ll find no shortage of reasons to be out on the water.