Please note that there's a three-day weekend coming up in January. Yeah! Yeah! We're ready, aren't we?

And, you'll want to be aware that the Quad-City Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Quad-City Lodging Association have come up with a very special and affordable way for Quad-Citians to enjoy that weekend — and with hotels discounting their rates by 50 percent.

How's this sound? "Become a tourist in your own backyard!"

It's all centered around Jan. 18-21, when Martin Luther King Jr. Day extends the weekend through Monday.

Picture a fairly elaborate idea, one that took an incredible amount of planning, but one that came together like a gorgeous jigsaw puzzle. Anyone in the Quad-Cities looking for a nice little get-away can have a vacation in his own hometown, taking advantage of what the tourism bureau is billing as a "Cabin Fever Weekend."

First of all, CEO and president of the Quad-City Convention and Visitor's Bureau Joe Taylor and his vice president of marketing and communications Charlotte Morrison — along with president Joe Breuwet and vice president Sally Vallillo of the Quad-City Lodging Association — talked 23 area hotels into offering half price room rates and packages for one night only: Jan. 20. (Note: Most of these rates are good for up to four people).

For the Quad-City public, it's an inexpensive way to slip away with the kids for an "after Christmas" couple of days to rest and relax. Couples as well as families can search out hotels that cater to their particular interests; they can choose a hotel with an HBO channel, a nice indoor pool or hot tub — or maybe one with a dining option like a complimentary continental breakfast or a steak dinner, for instance.

Once they got the hotel packages in place, the tourism Bureau and lodging association went a couple of steps further. They searched out every big attraction in the Quad-City area that's going to be operating that weekend, checked out specific live performances at theaters and clubs and arranged with galleries and museums to be open on days they're normally closed — and at discounted admission fees.

They've put together a brochure that can be picked up at Santa's Cabins at NorthPark and SouthPark malls after Santa leaves for the North Pole. But in the meantime, the hotels can be booked from the adjoining list from now on. More information:

John Hauberg Indian Museum at Black Hawk State Park, Rock Island. FREE.

Deere Wiman and Butterworth Center mansions, Moline. Call to set up a private tour (765-7970). Donations accepted.

Bettendorf Family Museum of Arts and Science. Admission.

Davenport Museum of Art. Fifty percent off adult admission, with children and students free.

Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science, Davenport. One dollar off regular admission price Jan. 18-21.

John Deere Pavilion, Moline. FREE.

John Deere Collectors Center, Moline. FREE.

Historic Village of East Davenport. FREE.

Mississippi River Visitors Center, Rock Island Arsenal. FREE.

Quad-City Botanical Center, Rock Island, dressed for the holidays. Admission.

Vander Veer Botanical Center, Davenport. Admission.

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse. Admission, Rock Island.

Quad-City Arts Center Gallery Exhibit, Rock Island. FREE.

Deere and Company Corporate Headquarters grounds and exhibit, Moline. FREE.

Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park. Admission. Holiday rates, Monday only.

Bald eagle watching with Bob Motz, Rock Island, biology professor at Augustana College, 788-8389, who will give private tours for groups at $20 an hour.

Playcrafters Barn Theater. Admission.

Mississippi Valley Welcome Center and Prairie Peddler Gift Shop, LeClaire. FREE.

Hiking at Scott County Park. FREE for Scott County residents, admission to park charged for others.

Hiking at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, Andalusia. FREE.

Hiking at Black Hawk State, Rock Island. FREE.

Riverboat casinos (Rhythm City Casino, Isle of Capri and Jumer's). FREE.

Special events during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Bald eagle watch at various riverfront locations.

Quad-City Symphony Chamber Series, 8 p.m. Jan. 19, at the Outing Club, Davenport.

"Proposals" production at Playcrafters Barn Theater, Moline.

"Footloose" musical production at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, Rock Island.

"Color Me Smart: A Rainbow of Learning" exhibit at Family Museum of Arts and Science, Bettendorf.

"Slap Shot" film series at Nighswander Junior Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18

"Photography of Alfred Stieglitz; Georgia O'Keefe's Enduring Legacy" at Davenport Museum of Art.

"Antarctica" exhibit at Putnam Museum, Davenport.

Iowa Boat Show, River Center, Davenport, Jan. 18-20. Admission.

Quad-City Mallards Saturday and Sunday at The Mark of the Quad-Cities, Moline. Admission.

Ski Snowstar, Andalusia. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday rates.

Farm Show, QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island, Jan. 20-22. Admission.

Quad-City Mallards vs. Muskegon Fury at The Mark, Sunday, Jan. 20.

Shirley Davis can be contacted at

(563) 383-2281 or