Swedish roots run deep in this western Illinois colony (population: 128) near the Quad Cities. Founded more than 150 years ago by religious dissidents from Sweden, its attractions include museums and crafts shops.

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Gallery Inn.

What to do

Bishop Hill Colony Store Candy, coffee, preserves, gifts and some Swedish foods fill shelves. (309) 927-3596; bishophillheritage.org

1854 Steeple Building Costumed interpreters welcome visitors to view a film and tour the buildings. (309) 927-3899; bishophillheritage.org

Bishop Hill Museum Admire paintings by Olof Krans, who documented life in the Bishop Hill Colony in the mid-19th century and painted residents' portraits. (309) 927-3345; bishophill.com

Where to eat

Bishop Hill Bakery and Eatery Sandwiches, soups and fruit-filled pastries rule. (309) 927-3042; bishophillbakery.com

Where to stay

Gallery Inn The 1856 inn is close to the main attractions, shops and restaurants. (309) 927-3080; bishophillgalleryinn.com

For information: Bishop Hill State Historic Site (309) 927-3345; bishophill.com