Welcome to ILLINOISouth! TABLE OF CONTENTS 12 Unique Experiences Historic Adventures 10 Museums to Explore Bring Your Camera! Outdoor Adventures Flex Your Muscles! Adventurous Road Trips More Road Trip Adventures Lift Your Spirits Right Brain/Left Brain Meeting Planners & Special Events Eateries Treasure Hunting Accommodations Ad Index Membership
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ou’ll find the name, ILLINOISouth, on nearly every page of this Visitors Guide. We get asked often, “Where exactly is ILLINOISouth?” The short answer is ILLINOISouth is the regional name for the territory covered by our Tourism Bureau. It encompasses 22 counties both Urban and Rural, stretching from the Mississippi River on the western border across from St. Louis, MO, to the Wabash River on the eastern side across from Vincennes, IN. In between are hundreds of large and small cities and villages that offer many opportunities for adventure at their events, attractions, eateries, shops, wineries, breweries and distilleries, outdoor spaces and unique sites. You’ll find all this information and more on our website so be sure to visit ILLINOISouth.org. We know that in this technological age, visitors have lots of ways to search for their travel information. In this year’s Guide, we’ve captured just some of the many adventures awaiting! Allowing you to seek out and learn a bit more about the unusual, beautiful, interesting and fun adventures you’ll find while visiting ILLINOISouth. When you see something intriguing, learn more at ILLINOISouth.org or stay connected on our Facebook, Instagram or YouTube Channel. Your adventure awaits . . . start planning now!
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The Christmas story is told in a stunning drive through the Way of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. More than a million lights, life-size statues and electro-art displays end at the Nativity scene at the Grotto. Facebook; snows.org/wol; 442 S. DeMazenod Dr., Belleville, 618-397-6700 More than 1,000 artists submit entries for Art on the Square held in May. Only 100 are chosen, and they come from all over the world to exhibit and sell their work. Nearly 85,000+ visitors gather at the Public Square to shop for unique items. The show has ranked at or near the top of Art Fair Source Book’s rating of national art shows. Facebook; artonthesquare.com; Downtown Public Square, Belleville, 800-677-9255 The Amateur Trapshooting Associations’ Grand American is the world’s largest trapshooting competition attracting shooters, vendors and spectators from all over the world. It’s held for 10 days in August at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex. The Hall of Fame and Museum is a fascinating lesson in the history of the sport and the Amateur Trapshooting Association. shootata.com., One Main Event Ln. Sparta, 618-295-2700 If you’ve never been close to a hot air balloon, now’s your chance! More than 30 balloons take to the skies at the Centralia Balloon Fest in August. Balloon Races and Balloon Glows, along with live music, kids’ activities, great food, craft vendors and more, make it all fun. Facebook; centraliachamber.com/balloon-fest; Foundation Park 600 N. Pleasant Ave., Centralia, 618-533-0001 2
See 100 years of farming history at the summer and fall American Thresherman Shows. They shine a spotlight on the evolution of agricultural methods and equipment starting with horse-drawn plows, antique tractors and steam engines. Facebook; americanthresherman.com; Perry County Fairgrounds 557 Fairground Rd., Pinckneyville, 618-318-0745 The picturesque 1,600-acre Du Quoin State Fairgrounds puts on a major show every summer featuring national entertainment, harness racing, motor sports, horse shows, livestock, a twilight parade and so much more. Other exhibits and activities, including a huge Holiday Lights Fair at Christmas, are annual events. Facebook; illinois.gov/sites/dsf 655 Executive Dr., Du Quoin 618-542-1515 The rare white squirrel population has flourished in Olney with the aid of vigilant individuals and organizations. For a truly unusual experience, sign up for the White Squirrel Count in October. Each volunteer is given an area of the city to cover where they count the white and gray squirrels and note the location of nests and feeders. ci.olney.il.us/visitors/white_squirrels Area Parks, Olney, 618-395-7302
Bring the kids so they can watch the action then join the calf scramble at the Pioneer City Rodeo. You don’t need a plane ticket to Texas, just directions to Palestine for Labor Day weekend. It’s the real thing as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competes in bull riding, calf roping and more. Facebook; pioneercity.com/rodeo; Pioneer City Arena 9663 N. 1875th St., Palestine, 618-586-2222 www.ILLINOISouth.org
It doesn’t get much better than a weekend of great food and great music at the Roots ‘n’ Que Music Festival. The BBQ competition is smokin’ hot, and traditional American Roots music will have everybody clapping and singing along. All day activities include the Wabash Cannonball Downhill Derby, food trucks and other vendors. Facebook; rootsnque.com Market St., Mt. Carmel, 618-263-2093 National Country Music acts take the stage at the McLeansboro Fall Festival in September. The air is filled with gospel, blues and country music along with the aroma of good food and the squeals of children at the carnival and Downhill Derby. By Saturday night’s headlining performance, the town’s population is doubled with room for more! Downtown Square McLeansboro, 618-925-4888 Searching for the large, colorfully painted quilt blocks on rural Barn Quilt Trails makes a great scavenger hunt. The Edwards County Barn Quilt Trail now features 76+ quilts on display from Grayville in the southern part of the county to Berryville in the north. edwardscfb.com/barn-quilt-trail.html The Pocahontas Barn Quilt Trail now has dozens of quilts displayed on homes, barns and other buildings throughout Bond County. Both are officially part of the Illinois Barn Quilt Trail. Facebook; barnquiltinfo.com/map-IL.html State-of-the-art attractions: the largest laser tag arena in the metro area, four virtual reality attractions, indoor go-karts, bumper cars, bowling, 5 movie theatres, an arcade and a restaurant and bar make The EDGE a fabulous place for adults and kids. Facebook; edge618.com 701 S. Belt West, Belleville 618-236-2101 Are you up for something new? Axe throwing is becoming as popular a sport as archery, and Sure Shot Archery Range & Axe Throwing offers both. Staff is right there to give you tips and make sure you have a great experience. 9237 Beller Dr., Mascoutah 618-808-0555 Facebook; sureshot-il.com Visit illinoisouth.org for more!
Land of Lincoln
Yes, Abraham Lincoln slept here! Illinois’ second capitol, the Vandalia Statehouse, is a significant site for learning about the 16th President’s early career. Lincoln spent much of his early years as an attorney and a state legislator at this building. History oozes from every floorboard and piece of furniture. “I got chills when I stood on the same floor where he walked into the House of Representatives chamber,” said a visitor. “I half expected to see a young Abraham run down that curved staircase after attending a session.”
Vandalia honors the young Lincoln’s early years and legacy at places all over town. Check out the Lincoln Storyboards that tell many little known stories about him. Visit the Fayette County Museum for artifacts and memorabilia from those days, including the “froe” he used to scrape bark off cut logs. Be sure to stop in at the National Road Interpretive Center where a lifesize President greets visitors. Across the street take a seat next to him in Lincoln Park. See our Bring Your Camera section. Facebook; vandaliaillinois.com, 618-283-1197
In the late 1600s, French traders, farmers and missionaries were the first Europeans to settle the Illinois Country. They built the town of Cahokia by the Mississippi River across from St. Louis in 1699. Kaskaskia soon followed in 1703 and was named the first capital of the Illinois Territory in 1809 and the first state capital in 1818. Kaskaskia is now an island in the Mississippi River, but the Kaskaskia Bell Shrine and the Liberty Bell of the West are still on display there. The bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War by Col. George Rogers Clark and his “Long Knives.” Kaskaskia Island - 618-859-3741 6
Believe it or not, there was a time when Cahokia was a larger city than St. Louis. A visit to the Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site is a great way to understand its importance as the center for political activity for over 100 years. Built as a home in the French vertical log style, it became the Courthouse in 1793. Lewis and Clark made this their headquarters at the beginning of the Corps of Discovery journey in 1804.
107 Elm St., Cahokia 618-332-1782
In between the two communities, the first (1719) wooden Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher became the seat of government and the military for the region. Today the 1750 French Colonial fort is being rebuilt on top of the original stone foundation. Nearby is the home of the first state lieutenant governor, French Canadian Pierre Menard, who served from 18181822. See our Adventurous Road Trips for the Kaskaskia Trail! KCTrailIllinois.org;
fortdechartres.us Tradition in Crawford County has it that the French were the first settlers in and around Palestine. They reportedly found an old Frenchman named John LaMotte living near the
prairie and running a trading post in 1678. Not much is known about him, but his name lives on in the LaMotte Prairie, LaMotte Creek, E. Lamotte St. and
Fort LaMotte. The Fort was built around the time of the War of 1812, and offered protection from Indian attacks to the 26 settlers and their families. Although none of the original Fort has survived, a reconstruction featuring a stockade, two story block house and small log cabin is near Leaverton Park. Facebook;
@fortlamotterangers E. Lamotte and Leaverton Park 618-544-7570
Although the City of Belleville’s name is French for “beautiful city,” most of the early settlers came from Germany. By 1870, the population of the city was 90% German. This strong German heritage has been preserved in three historic districts and by the St. Clair Historical Society
Museums. Many of the neighborhoods and landmark buildings are in or near downtown, which has undergone major renovations along Main Street. (Belleville has the distinction of having one of the longest Main Streets in the United States at 9.2 miles). The rejuvenated downtown boasts the County Courthouse, eclectic shops, restaurants, a theater and other businesses branching out from the Public Square (which is actually a roundabout with a beautiful fountain
as the centerpiece). Annual festivals like Octoberfest, the Chili Cookoff and Art on the Square bring thousands of visitors to the city. stcchs.org; Belleville.net
Jacob Maeys founded Maeystown in 1852. The original settlers were German immigrants. Today, 60 structures including Maeys’ log house, the original stone church, the stone bridge, Zeitinger’s Mill, and various outbuildings, barns and smokehouses are still there. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places. Georgia Mae’s General Store, the Corner George Inn and other businesses and restaurants occupy some of the original structures. Tours and several annual events are a good way to experience the village. Facebook; maeystown.com
Driving through Clinton County, notice how the towns are all about five miles apart. That was a one-day drive in a horse drawn wagon in the 1800s when German families were settling this area. They built beautiful churches, barns that are still standing, and planted the rich soil. As a place got crowded, they loaded the wagons and moved on: Centralia, Germantown, Beckemeyer, Bartelso, Carlyle, Breese, Aviston, Albers, Damiansville, Trenton. The county is home to Carlyle Lake, the largest (26,000 acres) man-made lake in the state. Facebook; visitclintoncounty.com, 800-442-1488 Highland began as a Swiss settlement in the early 1800s, then was named by later German immigrants. It is the oldest Swiss community in Illinois, but much of the population also has German roots. Area festivals celebrate both heritages. Schweitzerfest on the Downtown Square in June honors the Swiss ancestry with food, music, games and more. At the annual August Kirchenfest, German food (donâ€™t miss the meal cooked in the massive Bavarian Skillet), music, beer, dress and so much more is served during the three-day event. Louis Latzer, founder of the Pet Milk Co., lived here. His home was state-of-the-art in the early 1900s with electric lights and indoor plumbing. Homestead Harvest Days, which showcases farm history, living history groups, artisans, food and more, is held here in August. Facebook; highlandilhistory.org According to local history, the Village of Millstadt was begun in 1836 with a single German barn raising. As more German settlers arrived, they built homes and businesses, and many of the 19th century brick buildings have been well-preserved. They are easy to find on a walking tour of the village. Many of the current residents are direct descendants of the original German settlers and can share their stories. Villageofmillstadt.org 618-476-3696 More history can be found at illinoisouth.org
LABOR AND INDUSTRY MUSEUM BELLEVILLE The collection in the 1837 German street house focuses on 19th century manufacturing and agricultural industries. Facebook; laborandindustrymuseum.org 123 N. Church St., 618-222-9430
DEMOULIN MUSEUM - GREENVILLE Invention, imagination and industry are the cornerstones of the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, Illinois. Rated “major fun” by Roadside America, this family-friendly museum has been listed among the quirkiest destinations in the United States. Dedicated to the DeMoulin factory, a manufacturer of marching band uniforms, the museum is as diverse as the company’s 126 year history. Also featured are several lodge initiation devices like the Ferris Wheel Goat, Trick Chair, and Lifting and Spanking Machine, made by the DeMoulin company in the early 1900s. Linda Koenig of Gateway Tours calls the DeMoulin Museum a “one of a kind experience.” Facebook; demoulinmuseum.org 205 S. Prairie St., 618-664-4115
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HISTORY MUSEUM OF MONROE COUNTY WATERLOO Western memorabilia including a stagecoach, wagons, bridles, saddles and more, plus antiques and historical artifacts anchor the collection. Facebook; monroecountyhistorymuseum.org 724 Elaine Dr., 618-939-5008
PERRY COUNTY JAIL MUSEUM PINCKNEYVILLE
The Sheriff and his family lived upstairs, and women prisoners were kept in locked rooms for protection. The collection includes a one-room school and other artifacts dating to Facebook; the 1800s. 108 W. Jackson St. 618-357-2225
HANNA HOUSE - FAIRFIELD
Several special exhibits include military items from WWII and the Vietnam War, the Oil Boom and medicine. Facebook;
wayneillinoishistory.com/Hanna_House_Museum 101 E. Center St., 618-842-3544
ILLINOIS OIL FIELD MUSEUM - OBLONG Featured are displays, working models and photos unique to oil production in the area. Outside is the early 1900s oilfield equipment from the boom days of oil discovery.
Facebook; theonlyoblong.com/oil_field/ 10570 N. 150th St., 618-562-4664 or 618-592-3431
RED BUD AREA MUSEUM - RED BUD
The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and display exhibits, artifacts and documents focusing on the area’s German settlers Facebook; from 1820 on.
redbudareamuseum.weebly.com 116 E. Market St., 618-967-4208
ROBINSON STEWART HOUSE - CARMI
Miss Mary Jane Stewart, granddaughter of a U.S. Senator, donated the house and furnishings to the Historical Society. Open by appointment. Facebook;
@whitecountyhistoricalsociety 110 S. Main Cross St., 618-382-8425
THE DEPOT AND ILLINOIS MILITARY MUSEUMS - GREENUP
Trains running through model layouts and even one circling the room inches from the ceiling grab your attention at the Depot. The Carnegie Library has cleverly converted bookshelves into displays of medals, photos, weapons and memorabilia cumberlandcountyhistory.org at the Military Museum.
Military: 101 N. Mill St., 618-445-3072; Depot: 213 W. Cumberland St., 217-923-9306
HERITAGE HOUSE MUSEUMS - OKAWVILLE
Three properties: Dr. Poos Home & Medical Museum; the Frank Schlosser House and commercial laundry; and the Joseph Schlosser Home make up the complex.
Facebook; okawvillecc.com Okawville Tourism, 618-243-5694
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Half the fun of traveling is doing something new and having a record of it with a photo. ILLINOISouth offers lots of opportunities for making those memories.
Bring family and friends with an eye towards working together to solve the puzzle of each locked room at Escape 618 in Belleville. Facebook; 102 E. Main St., 618- 416-7300. Tyler Renner put this photo and note on Facebook, “Someone is getting married and proved how strong their support group of friends really are. They beat Detention with 0:03 seconds left!!! Awesome Job Everyone!!!”
Search for murals and 21 statues on the Popeye Character Trail in Chester. A new statue is unveiled each year at the Popeye Picnic the weekend after Labor Day. Our friend, Ed, posed with the Bluto statue in this photo. The Picnic celebrated its 40th year in 2019 along with Popeye’s 90th Anniversary! Stop in at Spinach Can Collectibles in the Opera House by Wimpy. Facebook; chesterill.com/character-trail Rt. 3, 618-826-5125 Bottle feed kids, lambs and calves on a real working farm at Rainbow Ranch in Nashville. Get close to the goats, chicks, rabbits, camels and even kangaroos and a zebra! Facebook; rainbowranchpettingzoo.com 9906 State Rt. 15, 618-424-7979. After a recent visit, Terah Huckleberry wrote, “My family came to the ranch yesterday for our first time. We had such a great time! Thank you so much for sharing your animals with us. We can't wait to come back for the pumpkin patch this October. I am telling everyone about it and what an incredible and memorable time it is.”
Walk or bike across the Mississippi River on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison for a great photo like this one by Joel Guitare from Nantes, France! Facebook; Chouteau Island, 618-451-4838. Adventurers Steve and Gaynor Pemby from Bunbury, Western Australia posted, “This Bridge is awesome! I can't recall any other bridge anywhere that is almost a Mile long with a 22-degree angle bend thrown in… It became part of Route 66 when the original Route 66 took a bypass around the Northern and Western parts of Saint Louis…Well worth a look for those Route 66 enthusiasts.”
Take a seat on the bench next to the young Abraham Lincoln with Vandalia Statehouse in the background at Lincoln Park in Vandalia. Facebook; vandaliaillinois.com; 310 W. Gallatin St., 618-283-2728. A visitor to the site told us, “I took my daughter to see the Statehouse, and we walked across the street so she could sit next to Lincoln. Nothing would do but we had to have a picture.”
Granite City has a handful of photo-worthy stops throughout town. When you visit their Art and Design District, there’s a giant clown head that is perfect for a selfie. Nearby, the giant swing will comfortably fit nine people for a group shot. Finally, for Route 66 enthusiasts, pose by the huge tire that sits outside of O’Brien Tire and Service Center. Facebook; granitecity.illinois.gov; 618-452-6200. www.ILLINOISouth.org
Marcoot Jersey Creamery in Greenville is a wonderful way to see all aspects of dairy farming from raising the Jersey calves to producing milk, ice cream, butter and cheese. Facebook; marcootjerseycreamery.com; 526 Dudleyville Rd., 618-664-1110. Lisa Plume Spanberger, Granite City, IL took her family, “A cute place to visit especially with kids. We got to taste test some cheeses and see inside where they make cheese. In addition, you can walk to their barn area (very short walk) to see the baby cows. Also, they have the adult cows out back, which were close to the building when we were there. Just a fun stop to make. They also sell the best ice cream there, and you can sit out on the porch and enjoy!” Brittanie J. “[Took a] Girl Scout trip to #marcootjerseycreamery. They had a blast making mozzarella cheese, seeing how the cows got milked, and spending time with the calves. Also, this place literally has the BEEEEEST #icecream in #illinois!” Little Toot Railroad in Flora draws train enthusiasts of all ages to Charley Brown Park. Starla Bravard Brieseacher took her two grandchildren and posted this review, “We had a great time today experiencing the Little Toot Railroad located in the beautiful Charley Brown Park. My grandchildren, ages 7 and 2, enjoyed the train ride. I would highly recommend a day trip to Flora and a visit to the Little Toot Railroad.” Facebook; littletootrailroad.com; 618-662-8040
The small town of Casey, Illinois, holds 12 Guinness Book World Records for Largest Things. In addition to those, there are many more BIG Things scattered around. Visitors from all over are intrigued, like Jeff Lemay, Quebec City, Canada.“We passed through Casey about 2 weeks ago ... On our way to Kansas City ... coming from Quebec City, Canada ... Casey was a sure stop!! We loved it,” and Franny Muntean from Minerva, Ohio. “Was traveling home to Ohio from Oklahoma and just happened to notice a sign that said,“World's Largest Windchime,” so pulled off the interstate and was so surprised. I love this little town, and all the folks were so nice!!”
Whether your idea of camping is a cabin, a tent, an RV or a Tiny House, there’s a spot waiting for you just eight miles from I-64 near the IL/IN border at Rest Up Camping & RV Corral in Grayville. There’s lots to do, like the Lil Pokes playground, horseshoe pit, shooting gallery or miniature golf course. Chow down at the Westwood Saloon then get a treat at Bob’s Ice Cream Parlor. Facebook; restupcampingandrvcorral.com 618-375-0310 “Want more? Go to illinoisouth.org!”
Trails, parks, lakes, aquacenters and orchards oďŹ€er a variety of ways to play outside in ILLINOISouth.
With thousands of acres of woodlands, hunters are drawn to the wildlife preserves and lodges in ILLINOISouth. White tail deer, turkey and other small game in season bring hunters to Buckhorn Wildlife Preserve in Noble. A house and a converted pole barn offer great accommodations for groups and events also. Other outfitters, lodges, guided hunts, bow hunting and more can be found at illinoisouth.org. Facebook;; 618-723-2036
Walking and biking trails abound in the state parks and are becoming more available in cities, as well. In St. Clair County, the MetroBikeLink Trail connects the MetroLink stations from Shiloh/Scott to Memorial Hospital in Belleville, with the extension to Fairview Heights under construction now. traillink.com
Biking or walking the MCT Trails connecting Granite City and Pontoon Beach to the rest of Madison County draws families, individuals and groups of all ages. mcttrails.org
Agri-tourism is huge in ILLINOISouth with pick-your-own orchards growing everything from apples to berries to peaches, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Eckert’s Country Store and Farms is the largest pick-your-own orchard operation in the state. The Belleville location is open year-round for seasonal fruits and vegetables and special events. The Country Store, Country Restaurant and Garden Center offer even more activities and classes for the whole family. Eckert ’s Millstadt Fun Farm celebrates apples and pumpkins during September and October. Don’t miss the Pumpkin Cannon, eckerts.com Hayrides and Pig Races! Find more outdoors spaces like these at illinoisouth.org
Water activities are big in ILLINOISouth! Many of our communities have public pools and splash pads for cooling off during the hot summer months, and they welcome visitors to come and play. Pelican Cove at Robinson City Park cityofrobinson.com has a 23-foot tall pirate ship, Billy the blue whale, water cannons and sprayers at the Splash Pad near the Municipal Pool. Not to be outdone, the Salem Aquacenter rivals most waterparks with slides, diving boards, multi-depth pools, sprayers and many salemfamilyaquaticcenter.us other ways to get wet! Come for sailing, swimming, fishing and camping at Carlyle Lake carlylelake.com, the largest man-made lake in the state. Olney’s East Fork Lake ci.olney.il.us is known for kayaking and bass fishing at the tournament level. Outdoor enthusiasts like hiking, biking and camping at Red Hills State Park in Sumner or Sam Parr State Park in Newton. These are two of the 22 state parks in ILLINOISouth. dnr.illinois.gov
ILLINOISOUTH RUN THE GAMUT FROM INTERNATIONAL RACING AND SHOOTING FACILITIES, TO TOURNAMENT AND MINOR LEAGUE SOCCER AND BASEBALL FIELDS, TO TERRIFIC RECREATION CENTERS. IF THESE WHET YOUR APPETITE FOR FUN AND FITNESS, THEN CHECK ILLINOISOUTH.ORG FOR MORE.
Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway has a full schedule of events that attracts racegoers from around the country. It’s home to NASCAR, NHRA and INDYCAR, plus drag racing, the Kartplex and other events. Wwtraceway.com Speaking of events, the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta hosts the largest trapshooting competition in the world each summer. The ATA Grand American has entries from every state in the U.S. plus several other countries. The Complex also hosts other trap and sporting clay competitions, activities in the Main Event Building and offers camping at 1,000 sites. dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/WSRC Two major sports centers in O’Fallon attract teams, groups, individuals and families to indoor and outdoor sports. The McKendree MetroRec Plex has two NHL-sized ice rinks, an aquatic center with a 10-lane championship swimming pool and recreational pool, a contemporary fitness area and more. Daily passes are available. Metrorecplex.com. The O’Fallon Family Sports Park covers 200 acres and hosts baseball and soccer tournaments, leagues, exhibitions and other special events. Other attractions include a Splash Pad, playground, picnic areas and more. Ofallonfamilysportspark.com
Baseball enthusiasts cheer on the Gateway Grizzlies minor league team at GCS Ballpark in Sauget. Reasonably priced tickets, good ballpark food and close parking add to the enjoyment of the game without breaking the bank. Gatewaygrizzlies.com www.ILLINOISouth.org
Fairview Heights recently opened The Rec, which has a fitness center, pool, climbing wall, group and individual classes and training sessions. There are daily fees for visitors, as well as memberships for residents. Classes and clinics for volleyball, basketball, tee ball, disc golf and Recfh.com more are offered for all ages. Centralia has two options for exercise and fun! The Centralia Recreation Complex is a multi-sport facility that houses some of the most modern equipment and facilities in the fitness industry today. An oversized gymnasium, indoor competition pool, elevated indoor walking track, observation deck and conference room are just a few of the features. Centraliarecreationcomplex.com. The most recent project currently in development in Centralia is Castle Ridge. The plans include an amphitheater, a lake view wedding venue, a kayak water course, Gaetti Sports Academy and much more. Castleridge.com
ILLINOISouth is crossed by more scenic byways than anywhere else in the state. Along with many state highways, road trips here are truly an adventure. Traveling these roads, rather than the interstates, is a great way to see the beauty, history and fun of the area. Turn the page for the map where large and small Must See attractions are highlighted. For more information about these roads, go to illinoisouth.org!
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway The Mother Road in ILLINOISouth territory is on a spur through Granite City and Pontoon Beach. Look for the Luna Café where, legend has it, gangsters including Al Capone were patrons. The Road ends at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison, which was the original exit of Route 66 and now is a pedestrian/bike only bridge. illinoisroute66.org
The Great River Road Scenic Byway (IL Route 3) This road overlaps the KaskaskiaCahokia Trail from Cahokia to Chester. It parallels the Bluff Road, which is an especially beautiful drive in the fall. Take a side trip to Maeystown and Waterloo for German heritage and history. greatriverroad-Illinois.org
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Illinois Route 15 In Belleville,visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows,Hofbrauhaus German Restaurant, The EDGE (Eat, Drink, Games, Entertainment), Eckert’s Country Store & Farm and The Weingarten. Check out Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo in Nashville. Fairfield hosts an outdoor “Paint Out” in October. Colyer’s Coffee House is the place for lunch in Albion.
Illinois Route 50 Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail “Illinois’ First Road” dates back to 11,000 BC. Kaskaskia was the first state capital in 1818. Lewis and Clark used the Cahokia Courthouse as a base as they formed the Corps of Discovery. In the late 1700s, the French built Fort de Chartres near Prairie du Rocher. KCTrailIllinois.org
Fairview Heights is the shopping mecca with St. Clair Square and more! Come in August for Salute to the Arts. O’Fallon has the most hotel rooms in ILLINOISouth. Downtown Lebanon with its brick street and original buildings is a step back in time. Carlyle Lake is the largest man-made lake in the state. Salem’s new Community Theater and Cultural Center offers movies, musicals, dramatic plays and more. The Depot Museum in Flora is full of great stories. Fifteen murals will be painted in one weekend at the WALLDOGS 2020 event in downtown Olney June 17-21! Take time for a spa day at the Mandarin Spa at New Leaf in Lawrenceville.
Historic National Road Scenic Byway “The Road that Built the Nation” is the only road fully funded by the federal government. Find 40 lion statues and 25 murals in Marshall. Have a burger at the Moonshine Store in Martinsville. Casey is home to 12 Guinness Book “World’s Largest” things and more Big Things. The Vandalia Statehouse (2nd state capital), National Road Interpretive Center and Madonna of the Trail are “must sees.” Stop in Greenville at the American Farm Heritage Museum, then shop for antiques and look for the barn quilts in Pocahontas. Get a treat at The Chocolate Affair in Highland. Nationalroad.org
George Rogers Clark statue at the Flora Depot Museum.
Illinois Route 1 “Illinois’ Longest Road” runs from the Kentucky border to Chicago. Carmi knows that “Lincoln Slept Here” at the Ratcliff Inn. Rest Up Campground & RV Corral in Grayville has Western themed activities: mini golf, shooting gallery, playground, saloon and 50 RV spaces. Wabash County Museum in Mt. Carmel has a tribute to early Radio’s Lone Ranger, Brace Beemer, and his horse, Silver. The Heath Museum & Confectionary in Robinson is a sweet reminder of the Home of the Heath Bar!
Historic National Road Great River Road Route 66 Scenic Byway Route 50 Route 1 Route 15 Kaskaskia/Cahokia Trail
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Plan a seasonal trip for a day, a weekend or a week! Annual events, eateries and lodging places are suggested to make your trip more memorable. Choose a starting point and go north or south for as many miles as you like. For more details on these places or ideas for other trips, visit Illinoisouth.org WESTERN REGION:
Highland has several events in October featuring art and food. Flügal Fest celebrates wings and the Street Art Festival and Art in the Park draw entries from all over the area. Not to be outdone, miles down the road, Lebanon stores on Historic St. Louis Street stay open late for Witches Night Out in October. Add another adventure to your trip a short miles away at Sure Shot Archery in Mascoutah.
President Lincoln and the National Road are highlights of a visit to Vandalia. Check out the Statehouse, Lincoln Storyboards and Nat. Rd. Interpretive Center. Next stop is Greenville to see the unusual devices at the DeMoulin Museum. Go miles south to the Marcoot Jersey Creamery. See the milk cows and calves, watch how cheese is made and sample the ice cream! YUM!
Create your own wine and craft beer trail starting at Jo-Al Winery in Mascoutah. Then it’s miles to the Weingarten in Belleville, miles to the Millpond Brewery in Millstadt and miles to Schorr Lake Vineyards, Hopskeller Brewery & Stubborn German Brewery in Waterloo. While here, visit the Monroe County History Museum.
miles south on IL 127. The city of Carlyle and Carlyle Lake are Fourth of July fireworks are shot off from Dam West over the lake on the Saturday before the 4th.
Fall is a great time to drive down to Maeystown, just miles from Waterloo. This small town celebrates Oktoberfest the first Sunday in October. From there, take the beautiful Fall Foliage drive down the Bluff Road along the Mississippi River. It’s miles via the Bluff Road to Prairie du Rocher, where the Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous happens in November. Tour the Pierre Menard Home while in the neighborhood. miles farther south is Popeye’s hometown of Chester. This river town hosts the Popeye Festival every September. History buffs will want to go the miles to Kaskaskia Island, which is part of Illinois, even though it’s across the River. The Liberty Bell of the West, which was a gift from King Louis XV of France in 1741 is on display.
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Where to Eat & Sleep The Chocolate Affair, Highland Farmhouse Eatery & Pie Co., Highland Cobblestone Eatery & Drinkery, Lebanon Best Western Plus, Mascoutah Eckert’s Country Restaurant, Belleville Shorty’s Smokehouse, Waterloo Corner George Inn, Maeystown Best Western, Chester St. Nicholas Landmark, Chester
Centralia is miles from Carlyle, and worth the trip for the Carillon Concerts, Foundation Park and the Centralia Balloon Fest in August.
Start at the World’s Largest Gavel at the Courthouse in Marshall. Take a drive through town to find the 40+ Lion statues and 25 Wall Dog Murals. miles away in Casey see the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, Mailbox, Golf Tee and Golf Club plus seven more Guinness record holders and lots of other Big Things. The Illinois Military Museum and the Railroad Museum Depot and Johnson Building in Greenup are miles from Martinsville. They are open Thursday – Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Cumberland County Historical Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fans of “Sam the Snowman” will want to drive the miles to see the tribute to Burl Ives at the Jasper County Museum in Newton.
It’s a quick mile drive to Okawville to see the Heritage House Museum. Plan the trip in June for the Heritage House Festival. It’s a step back in time. If there are children in your group, Rainbow Ranch in Nashville is a must. The farm is miles away and home to birds, farm animals, camels, a zebra and two kangaroos! miles along. See the The next town to visit is Pinckneyville, just Illinois Rural Heritage Museum and the Pinckneyville Jail Museum for a look at how rural America lived in the early days. Travel in August, and you’re only miles from the Du Quoin State Fair.
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Where to Eat & Sleep Mariner’s Village, Carlyle Hazlet Cottages, Eldon Hazlet State Park, Carlyle Best Western Plus, Centralia Centralia House Restaurant Fairgrounds Inn or Super 8, Du Quoin Alongi’s Italian Restaurant, Du Quoin Comfort Inn & Suites, Greenville Original Springs Hotel & Bath, Okawville Super 8, Okawville Oxbow Bed & Breakfast, Pinckneyville Timmermann House B&B, Aviston
The town of Oblong is home to the fascinating ILLINOIS Oil Field Museum just miles east. Drive miles away to the Heath Museum in Robinson for a treat at the soda fountain. The Heath Bar originated here. It’s miles to Lawrenceville where you can be pampered at the Mandarin Spa at New Leaf Spa and Fitness. Make reservations in advance. A -mile run goes to Olney where the White Squirrels are famous residents. Look for them in around town. Only miles farther is the Flora Depot Museum & Charley Brown Park. In Grayville, miles south of Flora, Rest Up Campground & RV Corral is an entertainment area with an Old West theme. Stop and play a round of miniature golf! A stop in Carmi can start or end your Adventure. Only miles from Grayville, three museums are run by the White County Historical Society: the Ratcliffe Inn, the Matsel Cabin & One Room Schoolhouse, and the Robinson Stewart House. By appointment.
Where to Eat & Sleep • 1890 Sleepover, Casey • Moon Burger miles from Casey in Martinsville. The Moonshine Store opens at 6:00 a.m. daily (except Sunday), turns off the grill at 12:30 p.m.! • Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, Newton • Joe’s Italian Food, Newton • BackPorch Smokehouse, Robinson • Coco’s Café, Lawrenceville • Anthony’s Wild West Pizza, Flora • Best Western Lorson Inn, Flora • Best Western Plus, Olney • Rest Up Campground & RV Corral, Grayville
THESE UNIQUE “SPIRITS” TRAILS AND DISTILLERIES ARE JUST A SAMPLING OF THE LIBATIONS BEING PRODUCED IN ILLINOISOUTH. FIND OUT MORE AT ILLINOISOUTH.ORG. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS BEER TRAIL “The Southern Illinois Beer Trail is a not-for-profit entity made up of 17 breweries. Our mission is to connect Southern Illinois craft beer with the consumer. We brew in small batches, we are the owners, brewers, and faces of the Southern Illinois Brew Community. We want to educate and create awareness of all the great things happening in our communities. By joining forces, we have made our voice louder and our mission more noticeable.” Abby Ancell - President, Southern Illinois Beer Trail. The following breweries and distillery are in the ILLINOISouth region. southernillinoisbeertrail.com Stubborn German Brewing Lieferbräu Brewery Waterloo Red Bud stubborngermanbrewing.com lieferbrau-brewery.business.site
Stumpy’s Spirits Hopskeller Brewing Distillery Brewing Waterloo Columbia hopskeller.com stumpysspirits.com St. Nicholas Brewery 4204 Main Street Peel Brewing Co. Du Quoin Brewery peelpizza.com stnicholasbrewco.com Belleville mainstreetbrewing.com O’Fallon Excel Brewing Breese excelbrewing.com
White Rooster Farmhouse Sparta whiteroosterfarmhouse-brewery.com
CARLYLE LAKE WINE TRAIL The Carlyle Lake Wine Trail was officially established in July of 2017 and is made up of five wineries that are located on back roads and nestled among farm fields near Carlyle. Each winery enjoys working together to offer visitors another reason to come out and visit Carlyle Lake and all that it has to offer. Carlylelakewinetrail.com Twelve Oaks Vineyard Carlyle twelveoaksvineyard.com
Hidden Lake Winery Aviston hiddenlakewinery.com
Crooked Creek Winery Centralia crookedcreekwinery.com
Bretz Wildlife Winery Carlyle wildlifelodgeandwinery.com
Bella Vista Winery Maryville bellavistail.com
WABASH VALLEY WINE TRAIL As rivers creep along over the eons, they leave behind hills and valleys. These hills and valleys the Wabash River created, happen to be an ideal place to grow grapes. Spend an afternoon or two travelling between five* wineries in ILLINOISouth that grow grapes as you enjoy the beauty of the Wabash Valley. wvwinetrail.wixsite.com * there is a 6th winery in Vincennes, IN. Berryville Vineyards Claremont berryvillevineyards.com
Fox Creek Vineyards Olney foxcreekwinery.com
Homestead Vineyards West Salem Facebook
Irene’s Vineyard Oblong irenesvineyardandwinery.com
Lasata Wines Lawrenceville lasatawines.com
DISTILLERIES In the last few years two distilleries have opened in ILLINOISouth following the trend of local vintners and craft brewers, who start small and attract a large following. Laura at Stumpy’s Spirits said, “Stumpy’s Spirits sources nearly all of our ingredients from our 8th generation family farm. We are one of the only distilleries in the country that plants, harvests, mills, mashes, ferments, and distills from grain-to-glass. Visit our distillery in Columbia for a true taste of the region.” Mastermind Vodka in Pontoon Beach is a “locally crafted vodka that is distilled 6 times, hand bottled, and Certified 100% American Made. We truly are ‘The American Story Worth Telling.’” We look forward to welcoming Witness Distillery in Vandalia in 2020!
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Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery Columbia stumpysspirits.com
Witness Distillery (Opening Spring, 2020) Vandalia witnessdistillery.com
Left Brain Gateway National Golf Links Madison, 800-482-8856 18-hole, 7,178 yds., 71 par Annbriar Golf Course Waterloo, 618-939-4653 18-hole, 6,863 yds., 72 par Governors Run Golf & Country Club Carlyle, 618-594-4585 18-hole, 7,013 yds., 72 par Red Hawk Golf Club Tamaroa, 618-357-9704 18-hole, 6,115 yds., 70 par Carmi Country Club Carmi, 618-384-5011 9-hole, 2,794 yds., 35 par Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course Mt. Carmel, 618-262-5771 18-hole, 6,121 yds, 71 par
The theory is that people naturally have a dominant side of their brain. Left-brained people are more methodical, logical and analytical. Those who are right-brained are more imaginative, creative and artistic. So, are all people who excel at golf, which uses statistics like yardage, par and estimating the distance to the hole always â€œleft brained?â€?
Right Brain The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts McKendree University Lebanon, 618-537-6863 A mixture of drama, dance, speakers and concerts
Are all people who excel at music, theater and art always “right brained?” Fortunately for us, both sides of the brain get a lot of stimulation in ILLINOISouth. Here’s a sample of the left and right brain options in our region.
Monroe Actors Stage Co. (MASC)
Capitol Theater Waterloo, 618-939-7468 Live theater featuring five plays each year Clinton County Showcase
Avon Theatre Breese, 618-526-2866 Live plays each season with a children’s play in the summer Salem Community Theatre & Cultural Center Salem, 618-548-2222 Staged community plays and revues and movies in winter Fairview Drive-in Newton, 618-455-3100 One of the few drive-in movie theaters left in the country Olney Central College Theater Olney, 618-395-7777 Broadway-style musicals and plays staged here
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Main Street Abbey Reception
Regency Conference Center
The Fountains Conference Center www.ILLINOISouth.org
Mariner’s Village 800•442•1488
Barn at New Leaf
The Big Red Barn
No one will go hungry traveling through ILLINOISouth! Hundreds of diners, fine dining establishments and good ol' family restaurants can be found in our cities and villages serving award-winning barbecue, down-home family favorites, and Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai and other ethnic dishes from around the world. These are just a sampling of the restaurants in our three regions. Click on Dining at illinoisouth.org to find others and a favorite near you. WESTERN EATERIES: Beast Craft Belleville
CENTRAL EATERIES: Popeye’s Chophouse St. Rose
Alongi’s Italian Du Quoin
EASTERN EATERIES: Coco’s Café and Wine Bar Lawrenceville Anthony’s Wild West Restaurant & Fallout Saloon Flora
Chef & Pit Master David Sandusky abandoned fine-dining in 2007 for the more-relevant BBQ sector, finally bringing his “Craft BBQ” concept to the ultra-competitive St. Louis BBQ scene in
late 2014. With a chip on his shoulder, and something to prove,
David tapped into his “All Killer. No Filler.” culture and mentality to create BEAST Craft BBQ Co., Belleville Sandusky has
earned several honors, while BEAST has raked in a “truck-load” of
awards, including “Best BBQ in Illinois” by Food & Wine Magazine,
and named one of the “Top 33 BBQ Joints in America” by Thrillist. Beastcraftbbq.com
EASTERN SHOPS: Whippoorwill Antiques Marshall S.D. Meadows Folk Art Gallery Palestine Did you know that the number one favorite tourism activity is Shopping? True! ILLINOISouth is ready for visitors to indulge in this activity to take home wonderful items to remember their adventure. Browse the antique stores, boutiques, unusual artisans and crafters, and one-of-a-kind shops throughout the territory. Be sure to check illinoisouth.org to see the variety of shops near where you travel. 52
CENTRAL SHOPS: Pocahontas Antiques Pocahontas Country Folk Vandalia WESTERN SHOPS: Novel Ideas Bookstore and Boardgamery Granite City Spinach Can Collectibles Chester
WESTERN BED & BREAKFAST Belleville Garfield Inn Bed & Breakfast 626 Garfield St. 314-550-5940 Airbnb.org 3 Rooms Silverstein Suite 208 E. Main St. 618-910-8622 1 Room Highland The Tibbetts House: Bed, Breakfast & Books 801 Ninth St. 618-772-8161 3 Rooms Lebanon Dr. Jazz Luxury Suite 230 W. St. Louis St. 618-537-2200 1 Room Memory Make Inn 424 W. St. Louis St. 618-972-0405 4 Rooms Maeystown Corner George Inn 1101 Main St. 618-580-5875 6 Rooms Mitchell Along the Way Bed & Breakfast 152 Central Ave. 618-931-1537 3 Rooms Prairie du Rocher LaClare Manor Bed & Breakfast 315 Main St. 618-284-8752 4 Rooms Waterloo Senator Rickert Residence Bed & Breakfast 216 E.Third St. 618-939-8242 3 Rooms The SeeMore Inn 4505 HH Rd. 618-939-6650 4 Rooms Williamson The Cottages at Shale Lake 1499 Washington Ave. 618-637-2470 5 Cabins 5 Cottages
CAMPGROUNDS Alhambra Bur Oaks Campground 10303 Oaks Rd. 618-488-7927 70 Sites Cahokia Cahokia RV Parque 4060 Mississippi Ave., Rt.3 618-332-7700 119 Sites Chester Randolph County State Recreation Area 4301 S. Lake Dr. 618-826-2706 95 Sites East St. Louis Casino Queen RV Park 200 S. Front St. 800-777-0777 Ext. 4 144 Sites Ellis Grove Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site 4372 Park Rd. 618-859-3741 50 Sites Fairmont City Safari RV Park 5110 Collinsville Rd. 877-271-0954 45 Sites Freeburg American Legion Post 58 Freedom Farm 6355 Hilgard Memorial Dr. 618-539-6095 40 Sites Granite City Horseshoe Lake Recreation Area 3321 Hwy. 111 618-931-0270 28 Sites KOA Granite City 3157 W. Chain of Rocks Rd. 618-931-5160 70 Sites MGM Lakeside Campground 3133 W. Chain of Rocks Rd. 618-797-2820 45 Sites Modoc Kaskaskia River Project 4800 Lock and Dam Rd. 618-284-7160 15 Sites
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New Athens Kaskaskia River Marina/Campground 1 Harbor Point Dr. 618-475-2223 100 Sites New Douglas Rustic Acres Campgrounds 12246 Binney Rd. 217-456-1122 155 Sites Percy Lake Camp-A-Lot 13520 Community Lake Rd. 618-497-2942 90 Sites Sparta County Line Cabins 8636 County Line Rd. 618-443-4009 32 Sites/3 Cabins World Shooting & Recreational Complex One Main Event Ln. 618-295-2700 1,000 Sites CENTRAL BED & BREAKFAST Aviston Silent Forest Retreat Cabins at Hidden Lake Winery 10580 Wellen Rd. 618-228-9111 10 Cabins Timmermann House Bed & Breakfast 6130 Old U.S. Hwy. 50 618-228-7068 3 Rooms Brownstown Brazle Haus Bed & Breakfast 2311 N. 1450 St. 618-247-2207 2 Suites Carlyle Persimmon Lodge 15334 Lake Rd. 618-795-9788 2 Rooms Centralia Centralia Garden Estates Bed & Breakfast 210 S. Maple 618-533-2337 4 Rooms
Du Quoin Francie’s Inn Bed & Breakfast 104 S. Line St. 618-542-6686 5 Rooms
Keyesport Green Acres Camp Ground 512 Washington 618-749-5626 or 5359 50 Sites
Vandalia Vandalia Lake Rt. 185 618-283-4770 24 Sites
Mulberry Grove Bear Grove Cabin 25 E. 1675 Ave. 618-267-7243 1 House
Hide-A-Way Campground 42 Hummingbird Ln. 618-749-5369 95 Sites
EASTERN BED & BREAKFAST Carmi The Social House at the Fountains 301 W. Main St. 618-380-2232 9 Rooms
Pinckneyville Oxbow Bed & Breakfast 3967 State Rt. 13/127 618-357-9839 6 Rooms Salem Badollet House Bed & Breakfast 310 N.Washington 618-548-3412 4 Rooms CAMPGROUNDS Brownstown Okaw Valley KampGround 1341 E. 1650 Ave. 888-470-3968 54 Sites Carlyle Boulder Recreation Area 25501 C. Rd. 1850 N 618-226-3586 82 Sites Coles Creek 16225 Coles Creek Rd. 618-226-3211 114 Sites Dam East Spillway Campground 801 Lake Rd. 618-594-5253 15 Sites Dam West Campground 801 Lake Rd. 618-594-4410 113 Sites Eldon Hazlet State Park 20100 Hazlet Park Rd. 618-594-3015 327 Sites Hickory Shores Resort 21925 Dove Ln. 618-749-5288 148 Sites McNair Camping 801 Lake Rd. 618-594-5253 32 Sites Du Quoin Du Quoin Fairgrounds 655 Executive Dr. 618-542-1515 1,200 Sites
Kinmundy Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area 6924 Omega Rd. 618-547-3381 125 Sites Lakeside Camping 21079 Thomas Ln. 618-749-5228 19 Sites Mulberry Grove Cedarbrook RV Park & Campground 1109 Mulberry Grove Rd. 618-326-8865 100 Sites Timber Trails Campground 1276 Matt’s Ln. 618-326-8264 200 Sites Nashville Washington County State Recreation Area 18500 Conservation Dr. 618-327-3137 51 Sites Pinckneyville North Town RV Park 5481 State Rt. 127 618-977-0324 31 Sites Pyramid State Park 1562 Pyramid Park Rd. 618-357-2574 48 Sites Pocahontas Tomahawk Camp Ground 119 Tomahawk Dr. 618-669-2781 142 Sites Ramsey Ramsey Lake State Park P.O. 97, Ramsey Lake Rd. 618-423-2215 160 Sites Salem Marion County Agriculture Fair Rt. 37 South 618-548-1251 40 Sites www.ILLINOISouth.org
The Webb Hay House 111 S. Main Cross St. 618-382-5500 5 Rooms Fairfield The Victorian on Main 209 W. Main St. 618-919-0208 6 Rooms Lawrenceville Cloud Nine Bed & Breakfast 1207 Twelfth St. 618-943-5900 3 Rooms Olney The McClure Guesthouse 215 S. Fair St. 618-204-6337 4 Rooms Robinson The Cobalt House 402 South Cross St. 618-469-1053 4 Rooms CAMPGROUNDS Casey Fairview Park Campground Fairview Park 217-932-2600 60 Sites KOA Campground 1248 E. 1250th Rd. 217-932-5319 78 Sites Enfield Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area 8 mi. southeast of McLeansboro off Rt.14 618-773-4340 5 cabins, RV & tent sites Grayville Hilltop Campgrounds Memorial Park Dr. 618-375-3671 20 Sites 800•442•1488
Grayville Rest Up Campground & RV Corral 200 Koehler St. 618-375-0310 Tent sites, 50 RV Sites & 10 cabins Ingraham Kuhlâ€™s Kozy Kampground 1023 N. 500th St. E. 618-752-5473 100 Sites Lawrenceville River Park 618-943-2116 10 + Sites Marshall Lincoln Trail State Park 16985 E. 1350th Rd. 217-826-2222 204 Sites Martinsville 21 Guns Campground 13699 N. 550th Rd. 812-264-2549 87 Sites Mt. Carmel Conservation Lake Campground Beall Woods State Park 9285 Beall Woods Ave. 618-298-2442 34 Sites Mt. Carmerriel RV Park 224 Golden Aces Way 618-263-3084 8 Sites
Neoga Lake Mattoon Campgrounds & Marina 1290 County Rd. 000 E 217-254-6680 50 Sites Newton Sparks Lazy Acres Campground 5641 E. 400th Ave. 618-553-9653 28 Sites Olney Lakeside RV Park 5238 N. Silver Rd. 618-393-4352 60 Sites Taylor Lake Campground 6152 N. IL 130 618-392-2800 10 Sites Robinson Whispering Oaks Camp Ground 7556 E 1415th Ave. 618-569-3600 Ste. Francisville Riverside Campground E. Main St. 618-948-2335 95 Sites Sumner Red Hills State Park 1164 Pine Tree Rd. 618-936-2469 105 Sites Wabash Conservation Club Campground at Conservation Lake 618-262-5435 35 Sites
WESTERN HOTELS & MOTELS Baldwin K River Motel & Campground 7797 State Rt. Hwy. 154 618-785-2564 10 Rooms 32 camp sites Belleville Belleville Inn & Suites 931 S. Belt West 618-233-4551 16 Rooms Best Royal Inn 1438 Centreville Ave. 618-233-7410 16 Rooms Mid America Inn 1651 Old Hwy. 158 618-744-1244 22 Rooms Shrine Hotel 451 S. De Mazenod Dr. 618-397-1162 78 Rooms Sleepy Hollow Motel 601 S. Belt West 618-233-8680 25 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 600 E. Main St. 618-234-9670 42 Rooms Terrace Motel 747 S. Belt West 618-234-1505 28 Rooms Town House Motel 400 S. Illinois 618-233-7881 55 Rooms Cahokia Comfort Inn and Suites 1607 Pontiac Dr. 618-332-2000 70 Rooms Caseyville Americas Best Inn & Suites 2423 Old Country Inn Dr. 618-397-3300 84 Rooms First Western Inn 8787 Sasak Pl. 618-398-5484 32 Rooms Motel 6 2431 Old Country Inn Rd. 618-397-8867 120 Rooms Quality Inn & Suites 2180 Patricia Ct. 618-398-6745 60 Rooms Rodeway Inn 8950 Tucker Dr. 618-397-4200 54 Rooms Chester Best Western Chester Hotel 2150 State St. (Rt. 150 E.) 618-826-3034 46 Rooms
Columbia Hampton Inn 165 Admiral Trost Dr. 618-281-9000 77 Rooms East St. Louis Casino Queen Hotel 200 S. Front St. 618-874-5000 150 Rooms Fairmont City First Western Inn 1941 Collinsville Rd. 618-482-3088 32 Rooms Fairview Heights Americas Best Value Inn 305 Salem Pl. 618-624-3636 52 Rooms Comfort Suites 137 Ludwig Dr. 618-394-0202 71 Rooms Drury Inn & Suites 12 Ludwig Dr. 618-398-8530 136 Rooms Country Inn & Suites 140 Ludwig Dr. 618-398-7124 63 Rooms Four Points by Sheraton & Fountains Conference Center 319 Fountains Pkwy. 618-622-9500 120 Rooms Hampton Inn 150 Ludwig Dr. 618-397-9705 61 Rooms Holiday Inn 313 Salem Pl. 618-212-1300 88 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 45 Ludwig Dr. 618-398-8338 81 Rooms Granite City Budget Motel 3220 W. Chain of Rocks Rd. 618-931-1414 34 Rooms Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 3236 W. Chain of Rocks Rd. 618-797-9835 46 Rooms Midwest Motel 912 Thorngate 618-797-2400 20 Rooms Relax Inn Motel 1100 Niedringhaus Ave. 618-877-7100 38 Rooms Highland Baymont by Wyndham 20 Central Blvd. 618-651-1100 60 Rooms
Mascoutah Best Western Plus (Mascoutah/SAFB) 9730 Hayden Dr. 618-808-0280 85 Rooms O’Fallon Baymont by Wyndham 1320 Park Plaza Dr. 618-628-9700 54 Rooms Candlewood Suites 1332 Park Plaza Dr. 618-622-9555 79 Rooms Country Inn & Suites 116 Regency Park Dr. 618-622-8600 66 Rooms Drury Inn & Suites 1118 Central Park Dr. 618-624-2211 180 Rooms Extended Stay America 154 Regency Park Dr. 618-624-1757 89 Rooms Fairfield Inn Opening Summer, 2020 Hampton Inn Opening Summer, 2020 Hilton Garden Inn 360 Regency Park Dr. 618-624-4499 128 Rooms Home-Towne Suites 148 Regency Park Dr. 618-589-3696 89 Rooms La Quinta Inn & Suites 136 Regency Park Dr. 618-726-2323 63 Rooms MainStay Suites 128 Regency Park Dr. 866-715-0006 78 Rooms Quality Inn 1409 W. Hwy. 50 618-628-8895 74 Rooms Sleep Inn 140 Venita Dr. 618-589-3999 71 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 1100 Eastgate Dr. 618-624-6060 96 Rooms TownePlace Suites by Marriott 455 Regency Park Pl. 618-624-4900 89 Rooms Pontoon Beach Best Western Plus #4 Regency Pkwy. 618-512-1314 66 Rooms Days Inn & Suites 5105 Hwy. 111 618-797-2727 59 Rooms
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 5224 Commerce Pkwy. 618-709-7933 81 Rooms
Centralia Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites 8145 Jolliff Bridge Rd. 800-637-5958
La Quinta Inn & Suites 14 Regency Pkwy. 618-797-1200 65 Rooms
Du Quoin Budget Inn 1266 S.Washington St. 618-542-501 24 Rooms
Motel 6 1240 E. Chain of Rocks Rd. 618-931-2262 53 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 4141 Timberlake Dr. 618-931-8808 58 Rooms Red Bud Red Bud Country Inn 1617 S. Main St. 618-282-4444 30 Rooms
Fairgrounds Inn 1520 S.Washington St. 618-542-5000 59 Rooms Midwest Inn 423 W. Main St. 618-542-2108 37 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 1010 S. Jefferson Ave. 618-542-4335 38 Rooms
Shiloh Holiday Inn Express Suites 3396 Greenmount Crossing Dr. 618-632-0400 80 Rooms
Greenville Comfort Inn & Suites 2265 IL Rt. 127 618-664-9700 66 Rooms
Sparta Briarwood Inn of Sparta 1755 N. Market St. 618-443-4526 28 Rooms
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 1731 S. State Rt. 127 618-664-3030 79 Rooms
Budget Inn Motel 402 E Broadway St. #1 618-443-3187 32 Rooms Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 1301 N. Market St. 618-443-6020 74 Rooms Waterloo Sunset Motel 206 S. Market 618-939-7503 11 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 112 Warren Dr. 618-939-2020 45 Rooms CENTRAL HOTELS & MOTELS Breese Knotty Pine Motel 215 N. Fourth St. 618-526-4556 10 Rooms Carlyle Centerstone Inn & Suites 1371 William Rd. 618-594-8888 42 Rooms ` Hazlet Cottages on Carlyle Lake 20750 Hazlet Park Rd. 618-594-8702 20 Cottages Mariner’s Village #1 Resort Dr. 618-594-7666 68 Rooms & 5 Cabins www.ILLINOISouth.org
Red Carpet Inn 1525 S. State Rt. 127 618-664-1950 39 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 1700 S. State Rt. 127 618-664-0800 43 Rooms Keyesport Keyesport Cabins and DT’s Motel 203 Whig St. 618-749-5413 8 Rooms Nashville Best Western/U.S. Inn 11640 State Rt. 127 618-478-5341 48 Rooms Okawville Original Springs Hotel & Bath 506 N. Hanover 618-243-5458 37 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 812 Hen House Rd. 618-327-3021 39 Rooms Pinckneyville Pinckneyville Inn 5700 State Rt. 154 618-357-5600 47 Rooms Pocahontas Lighthouse Lodge 101 W. Johnson St. 618-669-2293 21 Rooms Powhatan Motel 4051 State St. 618-669-2233 12 Rooms 800•442•1488
Pocahontas Tahoe Motel 106 W. Johnson St. 618-669-2404 12 Rooms Salem Comfort Inn & Suites 1800 W. Main St. 618-548-2177 65 Rooms Continental Motel 1600 E. Main St. 618-548-3090 25 Rooms Guest House International 1812 W. Main 618-548-4212 93 Rooms Holiday Inn Express & Suites Intersection of I-57 and US 50 102 Holiday Ln. 618-740-0913 86 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham 118 Woods Ln. 618-548-5882 58 Rooms Vandalia Americas Best Value Inn 1920 Kennedy Blvd. 618-283-4400 85 Rooms Economy Inn 1500 N. Sixth St. 618-283-2363 44 Rooms Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 21 Mattes Ave. 618-283-0010 70 Rooms Jayâ€™s Inn 720 Gochenour St. 618-283-1200 21 Rooms
Ramada 2707 Veterans Ave. 618-283-1400 60 Rooms EASTERN HOTELS & MOTELS Casey 1890 Sleepover 14 South Central Avenue 217-232-2212 12 Studios Days Inn & Suites 933 N. State Hwy. 49 217-932-2212 52 Rooms Fairfield Briarwood Inn of Fairfield 116 N. Market Ave. 618-842-3667 27 Rooms Flora Best Western Lorson Inn 201 Hagen Dr. 618-662-3054 41 Rooms Flora Motel 8290 Old Hwy. 50 618-662-2153 19 Rooms Red Carpet Inn 900 N. Olive St. 618-662-2181 44 Rooms Grayville Super 8 by Wyndham 2060 County Rd. 2450 N 618-375-7288 55 Rooms FairBridge Inn Express 2200 S. Court St. (I-64 & IL 1) 618-375-7930 60 Rooms
Greenup Budget Host Inn 716 E. Elizabeth St. 217-923-3176 29 Rooms Greenup Inn 400 S. Haughton Hwy. 217-923-5512 30 Rooms Lawrenceville Gas Lite Motel County Rd. 870N 618-943-2374 20 Rooms Marshall Lincoln Suites 105 W.Trefz Dr. 217-826-6535 34 Rooms Relax Inn 107 E.Trefz Dr. 217-826-3031 40 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham Motel 106 E.Trefz Dr. 217-826-8043 39 Rooms Mt. Carmel Shamrock Motel 1303 N. Cherry St. 618-262-4169 13 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham Motel 937 Enterprise Ln. 618-262-4800 43 Rooms Newton Cobblestone Hotel & Suites 100 Gregory Dr. 618-783-5550 37 Rooms River Park Motel 10024 N. State Hwy. 130 618-783-2327 16 Rooms
Olney Best Western Opening 2018 60 Rooms Holiday Motel & Restaurant 1300 S.West St. 618-395-2121 50 Rooms Royal Inn Motel 1001 W. Main St. 618-395-8581 15 Rooms Super 8 by Wyndham Motel 425 S.West St. 618-392-7888 40 Rooms Travelers Inn Motel 1801 E. Main St. 800-232-0976 16 Rooms Robinson Arvin Motel 2147 E. Main St 618-544-2143 Baymont Inn & Suites 1500 W. Main St. 618-544-8448 65 Rooms Country View Inn & Suites 100 Abraham Lincoln Dr. 618-544-4222 63 Rooms WESTERN LODGES Millstadt Lodge @ Pine Lake 5953 Roachtown Rd. 618-476-1858 1 Cabin, sleeps 6 Percy The Hunt Club 6004 Myers Ln. 618-497-2526 3 Rooms Waterloo Timberwolf Chalet 603 N. Market 888-551-0803 1 Cabin Williamson The Cabins at Shale Lake 1499 Washington Ave. 618-637-2470 5 Cabins 5 Cottages CENTRAL LODGES Carlyle Carlyle Lake Lodge 19942 Harbor Dr. 719-231-0950 3 Rooms - Sleeps 8 Hickory Shores Resort 21925 Dove Ln. 618-749-5288 2 cabins, 2 cottages
Du Quoin MorMad Lodging & Farms 1600 Holly Rd. 618-357-1358 6 Cabins Twisted Pair Lodging 30 W. Main St. 618-305-0669 2 Rooms Keyesport Stones Throw Cottages 618-210-2188 2 cottages – sleeps 2 EASTERN LODGES Carmi Campbell Outdoors 1327 County Rd. 800 N 877-384-3337 25 Rooms Crossville Hammell’s Wildlife Connection 1886 County Rd. 2150 N 618-375-2365 10 Rooms Marshall Mill Creek Cabins 20482 N. Park Entrance 217-889-3901 7 Cabins Mt. Carmel Swift Sanctuary 226 E. 5th St. 618-262-5797 2 Bed, 1 Bath Newton Illinois Wildlife Connections 13998 N. 1425th St. 618-562-2770 7 Rooms The Outdoor Sportsman’s Lodge 2635 N. 250th St. 618-752-5075 6 Cabins Noble Buckhorn Wildlife & Lodges 1643 Higginswitch Rd. 618-723-2036 2 Lodges Olney Fox Creek Outfitters 5371 Fox Rd. 618-392-2124 3 Cabins Hahn’s Lake Retreat 3324 N.Van Rd. 618-395-7146 9 Rooms Point Comfort 5302 N. Honeysuckle 618-395-3810 1 Unit Only House Shady Timbers Lodge 4560 E. Miller Grove Ln. 618-393-4900 1 Cabin West Salem Farm House Hunting Lodge 1878 Country Rd. 200 E 618-943-5341 3 Rooms
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Emerald Level Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway Madison 618-215-8888
Ruby Level Crawford County/ Robinson Tourism 618-546-1557 City of Columbia 618-281-7144 Du Quoin Tourism Commission 618-542-8338
Diamond Level Gateway Grizzlies Minor League Baseball Sauget 618-337-3000
City of Fairview Heights 618-489-2000
Monroe County 618-939-8681
City of Greenville 618-664-9272
Randolph County 618-826-5000
Madison County 618-692-6200
City of Olney 618-395-7302
City of Oâ€™Fallon 618-624-4500
City of Vandalia 618-283-2728
Village of Okawville 618-243-5694 City of Waterloo 618-939-8600
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Wabash County 618-262-5116
Gold Level Village of Shiloh 618-632-1022 Art on the Square artonthesquare.com Washington County Belleville Tourism 618-327-4800 618-233-6769 Centralia Carillon 618-533-4381
Silver Level Belle Clair Fairgrounds & Centralia Recreation Complex Exposition Building 618-532-3214 Belleville Centralia Tourism 618-233-0052 618-532-6789 City of Breese Clark County 618-526-7731 217-826-2034 City of Carmi Embarras River 618-384-2001 Tourism Council City of Chester & 618-783-3399 Chester Chamber City of Highland 618-826-2326 618-654-3721 Excel Bottling Co. Lawrence County Breese 618-943-5219 618-526-7159 City of Salem Flora Tourism 618-548-2222 Committee 618-662-5646
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 618-295-2700 City of Mascoutah 618-566-2964 Village of Marissa & Marissa Chamber of Commerce 866-326-4256 McKendree Metro RecPlex Oâ€™Fallon 618-589-3800 City of Nashville 618-327-3058 City of Pinckneyville 618-357-6916 St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission St. Louis, MO 800-325-7962 Village of Sauget 618-337-5267 City of Sparta Sparta Chamber of Commerce 618-443-2917 Vandalia Bus Lines Caseyville 618-344-1272 Brass Level Albion & Edwards County Chamber 618-445-1896 American Thresherman Association 618-654-9474 Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery 618-594-8830
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Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo Nashville 618-424-7979
Belleville Philharmonic 618-977-5605
Hoyelton Community Club 618-493-7300
Carlyle Lake Project U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 618-594-2484
Illinois National Road Association Vandalia 618-283-9380
Route 15 Belleville 618-233-6769
Carlyle Lake Wine Trail 618-594-7459
Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition Kctrailillinois.org
Southern Illinois Beer Trail 618-521-5813
Carlyle Sailing Association 314-325-WAVE
Kaskaskia Church Foundation Kaskaskia Island 618-826-2667
City of Red Bud 618-222-2315
Castle Ridge Centralia 618-899-0248 Clinton County 618-594-2464 Village of Coulterville 618-758-2813 Eckert’s Country Store & Farms Belleville 618-233-0513 Edwards County Fairgrounds 618-445-3615 Gateway Arch & Riverboats at the Gateway Arch St. Louis 314-982-1400 The City of Grayville 618-375-3671 Hamilton County 618-643-2721 Hidden Lake Winery Aviston 618-228-9111 History Museum of Monroe County Waterloo 618-939-5008
Lebanon Chamber 618-537-8420 Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Prairie du Rocher 618-612-9098 Village of Maeystown 618-580-5875 Marion County Soldiers & Sailors 618-420-3489 Memorial Hospital Belleville 618-233-7750 Metro East Pride 618-539-5800 Village of New Baden 618-588-3813 National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Belleville 618-397-6700 Village of Pocahontas 618-669-2431
City of St. Elmo 618-829-3319 St. Louis Downtown Airport Sauget 618-337-6060 The EDGE 618-236-2101
Fairfield Inn Fairview Heights 618-398-7124 Four Points by Sheraton and The Fountains Conference Center Fairview Heights 618-622-9500 Hampton Inn Columbia 866-715-0006 Hilton Garden Inn & Regency Conference Center O’Fallon 618-624-4499 Holiday Inn Fairview Heights 618-212-1300
Village of Steeleville 618-965-3134
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salem 618-740-0913
Twelve Oaks Vineyard Carlyle 618-594-7459
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Shiloh 618-632-0400
Warehouse 300 Trenton 618-806-7118
Rest Up Campground & RV Corral Grayville 618-375-0310
The Weingarten Belleville 618-257-9463 Lodging Americas Best Value Inn Vandalia 618-283-4400 Best Western Chester Hotel 877-826-4701 Corner George Inn Maeystown 618-458-6660
Super 8 by Wlyndham Belleville 618-234-9670 Chambers of Commerce Greater Belleville Chamber 618-233-6769 Breese Chamber 618-526-0021
Carmi Chamber 618-382-7606 Casey Chamber 217-232-3430 Greater Centralia Chamber 618-532-6789
Nashville Chamber 618-327-3700 Oblong Chamber 618-592-4355 O’Fallon/Shiloh Chamber 618-632-3377
Columbia Chamber Okawville Chamber 618-281-7114 618-243-5694 Coulterville Olney & the Chamber Greater Richland 618-443-8610 County Chamber 618-392-2241 Fairfield Chamber 618-842-6616 Palestine Chamber 618-586-2222 Greater Fayette County Chamber Pinckneyville 618-283-2728 Chamber Flora Chamber 618-357-3243 618-662-5646 Prairie du Rocher Freeburg Chamber Chamber 618-539-5613 618-284-7308 Greenville Chamber 618-664-9272 Hamilton County Chamber 618-308-0740 Jasper County Chamber 618-783-3399 Marshall Chamber 217-826-2034 Martinsville Chamber 217-251-5505 Mascoutah Chamber 618-566-7355 Metro-East Regional Chamber Fairview Heights/Swansea 618-233-3938
Red Bud Chamber 618-282-3505 Robinson Chamber 618-546-1557 Salem Chamber 618-548-3010 Southwestern Madison County Chamber 618-876-6400 Sparta Chamber 618-317-7222 Troy/Maryville/ St. Jacob Chamber 618-667-8769 Wabash County Chamber 618-262-5116 Waterloo Chamber 618-939-5300
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Explore the 22 counties that call ILLINOISouth home. This visitors guide features accommodations, attractions, shopping and more. Read onlin...
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Explore the 22 counties that call ILLINOISouth home. This visitors guide features accommodations, attractions, shopping and more. Read onlin...