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Local bar where the beer is cheap, the jukebox is loud, and three flat-screen TV's proudly display the evening's most crucial sporting event.
If there is one thing that you can always count on, it's the exceptional family-style meal at Wittmond's in Brussels. Just a quick ride will bring you to this hometown mainstay where pulling up a chair at the table reminds you of a visit to Grandma's house. Once you're nice and cozy in your seat, get ready to eat! They start with noodle soup, a relish platter, sausage and hot rolls. Next, they bring out the homemade fried chicken, roast beef, dumplings, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and green beans. It's all served family-style, and they'll keep bringing it out until you say you're finally full. If you still have a little room left, order up a slice of homemade pie. With just one visit to Wittmond's, you'll be adding it to your trip itinerary every time you visit the Alton region. Hours: Friday - Monday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Take your time as you browse through Wilson's Antiques in historic Downtown Alton. A wide selection of antiques and collectibles are showcased. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wild Trak Bikes
Take a ride along the many bicycle trails around Alton with a bike from Wild Trak Bikes. The shop features new and used bicycles including road bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes and children's bikes. Service is also available for all bikes makes and models. Hours: T - F 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., S 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Take a step back in time with a visit to this diner which was opened in the 1940's in Jerseyville. Customers come from throughout the bi-state region just for the huge servings of onion rings, which are hand-breaded and fried to perfection. The regulars are friendly and sure to recommend the best menu items for those who don't know what to order. Don't leave before trying one of their homemade pies! Hours: T - S 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Su 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Upscale gifts with a flair for the unique are among the many items found at the White Birch. Stunning jewelry, amazingly soft baby blankets, Gurgle Pots for entertaining and a bridal registry are all available. Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Walker's "This and That" Shop
A-little-bit-of-this and a-little-bit-of-that can be found at this quaint antique and collectible shop on Main Street in Grafton. Glassware, pottery, collectible dolls, beer signs and more can be found at Walker's. New items arrive each week. Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Walgreen's - Alton
Pharmacy and convenience store.
Village of Elsah Museum
Discover what life was like in historic Elsah when it was founded in 1853 by James Semple. The museum, housed in the Elsah Village Hall built in 1887, showcases former residents, architectural styles used in constructing buildings, and implements used by residents in the mid-1800s. The museum is open Saturday and Sundays only from 1 - 4 p.m.
Village of Elsah
Travel back in time with us to the Village of Elsah. The entire village of Elsah is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This village, with a population of around one hundred people, is often referred to as the "village where time stood still." Visitors to Elsah can escape back to the Americana of the early 1800s with quiet streets and 19th century stone homes. This “picture perfect” village nestled in the valley is a perfect place for photographers – amateur and professional – anxious to capture a glimpse of the past.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB on the last Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to noon). The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern states. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist.
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
Near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers lies a veritable bird-watching utopia. Visitors to Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge can expect to see a variety of migratory birds, from waterfowl and warblers to Acadian Flycatchers and American Bald Eagles. In fact, Two Rivers is the winter home to one the largest Bald Eagle populations in the continental United States.
Tree Top- A Loading Dock Guest House
Located in the heart of Grafton, Tree Tops is perfect for a family getaway or a stay-cation with your besties. With a queen sized bed and two twin beds, this cozy cottage is designed for four. Tree Tops boasts breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi from the private deck and shared patio below. Tree Tops is a second level guest house equipped with all the bells and whistles you've come to expect from a Loading Dock property.
Town Club of Alton, Inc.
Stop by this neighborhood bar & grill. You’ll find friendly folks, good food and cold beer.
Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" at this annual festival. Take free tours of working towboats. Enjoy live music, special deals, giveaways and much more.
Family owned for more than 50 years, Tony's is located in Alton on Third Street. Known for their mouth-watering pepperloin steaks, the family recipe has been a crowd pleaser for years. Homemade pastas and family recipes make for a memorable meal. Tony's offers the best of both worlds with a formal dining room, perfect for a romantic meal or to celebrate a special occasion. The Third Street Cafe entrance features a sports bar atmosphere perfect for kicking back to enjoy a slice of fresh secret recipe pizza, a juicy half-pound steakburger or a basket of wings. From casual family dining to a cozy meal together, Tony's is your place!
Tony's Ranch House Restaurant and Bar
Start your day with a home cooked breakfast at Tony's Ranch House Restaurant and Bar located in Godfrey. And, if you like, come back at night for live entertainment. Tony's is a family-style diner with that classic laid-back style. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts are served. There is also a separate full bar. Restaurant Hours: Monday - Saturday, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday. 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tinner's Anvil Antiques
Take a step back in time at Tinner's Anvil Antiques. Primitive antiques are among the thousands of items housed in this warehouse located in historic downtown Alton. From furniture to antique gardening tools, maps to quilts, there is something for every antique hunter around. Open F - S 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Su Noon - 5 p.m.
Ideally placed in the historic Downtown Alton antique district, the Tiffany Inn is walking distance from shops, restaurants and the casino, with beautiful views of the Mississippi River and Clark Bridge. Located above the Alton Stained Glass Works shop, the inn has three elegant rooms decorated with lovely stained glass and antiques. Amenities include: private baths, air conditioning, mini refrigerators and coffeemakers.
The Whole Scoop
Imagine a life boat made out of a mint chip fudge brownie, covered in strawberry ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. That's The Whole Scoop's newest version of their signature sundae called the "Life Boat". And it's not just sweet treats at The Whole Scoop. From secret recipe marinated chicken in the Chipotle Chicken Wrap to Mom's Recipe Chili, great homemade eats abound. Located in historic downtown Grafton, The Whole Scoop is a great place to stop during a day of shopping and river watching. Hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.
The White Pelican - Art Gallery
The White Pelican Art Gallery sits on the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois river in Grafton IL. Featuring 18 area artists in a variety of mediums, some depicting local charms.
The Stone Cottage - A Loading Dock Guest House
The Stone Cottage, located about 2 miles from the Loading Dock, is a recently remodeled and beautifully appointed home that was built in 1840 and is Grafton's oldest original structure. It features a full kitchen and three bedrooms with beds to sleep eight. The charming modern decor is warm and inviting; the property is perfect for a group getaway.
The Riverside Cottage - A Loading Dock Guest House
Relax in this riverfront cottage located a block from Main Street in downtown Grafton. This unique, art-filled guest house is just a stone's throw from the Mississippi River. The flower-filled back deck faces the river and the historic Boatworks building, which houses the monthly Riverside Flea Market. A restful atmosphere and overstuffed comfy furniture will entice you to read by the fireplace or paint a picture at the artist's easel. A full kitchen allows for snacks of cooking in style. This cottage is designed for two. Free Wi-fi.
The River House
Relax, reflect and unwind in this private guest house that is a turn-of-the-century cottage completely restored with modern amenities. Located high above the confluence of the Mississippi & Illinois Rivers, it offers a quiet retreat with a spectacular view, yet it is only one block from village shops, marina, restaurants, bike trails and the scenic byway.