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Candle lanterns illuminate the 1830s village while fireplaces entice visitors to step inside many of the log buildings along Main Street during the annual Candlelight Walk at Lincoln's New Salem pioneer village.
Fall Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem
Come and see what a typical autumn life was like on the 1830's Illinois prairie. There will be costumed interpreters demonstrating daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. As well as a demonstration of meat smoking that will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses. Wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes and you are also welcome to step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Traditional Music Festival
Listen to bluegrass and folk music played on traditional instruments as you stroll among the log cabins and garden paths of the reconstructed pioneer village where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked as a young man.
2015 Flying Gish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament
Weigh in is at 2pm at Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria IL. $120/team of up to four Activities: 5am bowfishing tournament begins from Bass Pro Shops 10am-3pm-Flying Fish Festival-Bass Pro Shops Parking Lot Taste Testing, Entertainment, Kids Activities, IL. Dept of Natural Resources, Wildlife Prairie Park, Tons of fun for the family! 6pm Preservation and Conservation Dinner at Itoo Hall CALL: 309-674-9715 for more information A family friendly festival highlighted by the first inaugural Bow Fishing Tournament! This event will include cash prizes, activities on both sides of the river, educational displays, and local chefs preparing cuisine using the flying fish. The tournament is for registered competitors only, however, the additional activities are open to the public. The money raised from this event will go to support the Union Sportsman Alliance and the Preservation of the Peoria Labor Temple. All partners of this event support The Flying Fish Festival as one piece of a larger effort to deal with an Illinois River invasive species: Asian Carp. This Flying Fish Festival gives locals and visitors an opportunity to experience the excitement both on the water, shore and on the plate.
Fall Foliage River Float
Take in the rich fall colors and enjoy a gentle float down the beautiful Sangamon River. Food, music and entertainment.
J.K. Williams Distilling
As the descendants of bootleg whiskey-making master J.K. Williams, they feel a certain responsibility to bring craft whiskey-and bourbon-making back to the Peoria area. Their great-great-grandpa was a family man with an extraordinary work ethic and an undeniable talent for making some of the best whiskey of his time.
Annual Chili Cookoff
The Annual Chili Cook-off is a popular fall event that features area chefs preparing their favorite chilies. The celebration gives patrons the chance to sample some great chilies and vote for their favorite, while enjoying live music and locally produced wines. Enjoy a hot bowl of chili on a colorful fall day at Hill Prairie Winery.
Opened in 1994, our Pekin location bar and grill is open until 1:00 AM seven days a week, with the kitchen serving food until 12 midnight. Conveniently located, Pekin Kouri’s is full of Pekin memorabilia, including signed photos of various celebrities and sports stars. Equipped with 22 televisions, seating 125 inside and 80 in our outdoor patio, this is the place for all your sports bar needs. Luxuriate in the resort-like atmosphere of our patio, with a hooded crackling fire pit that adds that extra special touch. Burgers, steak, ribs, and chicken are popular menu items, with catfish served on Fridays. Buffalo wings, boneless wings, and oven-seared wings, in 12 different sauces, from Kamikaze super hot to delicious honey BBQ. An added dining bonus: our Pekin location serves pizza with 5 different sauce selections — and we also offer our own genuine, made fresh daily, Lebanese hummus (served with baked pita dipping bread), that is way better than anything you could buy at a grocery store. We also feature a kids menu, so bring the whole family. Daily food specials, with catfish every Friday.
Fall Festival & Fish Fry at Hill Prairie Winery
The Fall Festival & Fish Fry is the perfect way to kick off fall in the beautiful rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors while enjoying fresh fried fish along with your favorite wines. Two great bands play each day. Check out their website for a full calendar of festivals and live music on Sundays at Hill Prairie Winery.
The Annual Rib Festival is a time to wrap up another great summer season and enjoy fresh grilled ribs, along with live entertainment. Add your favorite wines and drinks to the mix and you’ll have a great afternoon of fun in the sun at Hill Prairie Winery.
Featuring fajitas, steaks, ribs and a large selection of signature salads, sandwiches and burgers, including low-fat, low-carb entrees.
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC.
Just as you were converted to craft beers after sipping that first microbrew, you’re sure to be won over by the quality of craft whiskey. You’ll never go back to gulping run-of-the-mill whiskey after experiencing the smooth, warm flavor of our whiskey and bourbon made in small batches in pot stills. At J.K. Williams, our passion is your pleasure. Open to the public Saturdays & Sundays for group-friendly tours and tasting!
Echo Valley Meats
Echo Valley Meats is located in beautiful Bartonville, IL where the local community has come to know and trust Dave Alwan and his staff to provide products that are "a cut above" the large grocery store's offerings. "It's simple", says Dave. "We offer the best quality meats at affordable prices". That, along with impeccable customer service from the owner himself, makes Echo Valley Meats the obvious choice. So try a steak package or a grilling bundle and see what the locals in Bartonville, Il (Right outside of Peoria, Il) are raving about. You will NOT be disappointed. Guaranteed. Bonus trivia: Dave Alwan represented Echo Valley Meats on the hit t.v show, "Shark Tank"!
Firehouse Pizza & Pub
Firehouse Pizza & Pub in East Peoria is a family friendly pizzeria offering made-to-order pizzas using the freshest meats, cheeses and vegetables available and using our own dough made daily on-site. Try our special "sweet sauce" or one of our original 8 sauces. After enjoying the highest quality pizza in town, visit our contemporary pub right next door. Small group tours welcome!
Buffalo Wild Wings
Full-service, sports-themed, family grill and bar, featuring wings w/14 signature sauces, burgers, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, and more. Offering interactive trivia and 42 plasma/big screen TVs.
A visit to The Farm means many things to many people. Some come to find unique, hand-made, one of a kind items in our Shop. Many enjoy the beautiful Gardens to see hard-to-find plants in a landscape situation or to relax under an arbor. It is a favorite spot for wedding photos, senior pictures and family events. The Greenhouse features a variety of plants that you won’t find at the big box stores. Couples and families can enjoy a relaxing weekend in The Loft B&B, with luxurious amenities, privacy and a great view of our 63 rolling acres. Groups book The Farm for hayrides, group tours, picnics and bonfires throughout the year.
Eysals Coffee Roaster
Eysal's Coffee Roasters has the friendliest baristas around. You will always be warmly and sincerely greeted which will keep you coming back to this neighborhood shop. The coffee is good here and there is a vast selection of espresso, smoothies, latte's, etc. Need WiFi? Come visit our relaxed atmosphere. There are always interesting people coming in and out. No time in the morning? Stop by for an afternoon drink or shop online for a great selection of beans and teas.
The Loft B&B
The Loft Bed & Breakfast is a unique and relaxing retreat featuring the finest amenities in a scenic private setting. Located on 63 rolling acres between the many attractions and tourist sites in Springfield and historic Petersburg, Illinois, You’ll see deer, turkey, fox and an occasional eagle from the windows or the deck. Or take a leisurely hike down to the river bluffs. You’ll be surrounded by amazing peace and quiet. Enjoy this brand new and spacious B&B, complete with a large living room with leather sofa, chairs and a cozy fireplace. The kitchenette and dining areas will lend the creature comforts of home with a continental breakfast that is ready when you are. There are two sleeping areas that will accommodate six people. The solid hardwood floors add warmth and the bathroom features a custom tiled walk-in shower with a bench for relaxing. Walk outside on your private deck and enjoy a glass of wine with a spectacular second-story view of the countryside.
Granite City Food and Beverage
Granite City Food & Brewery is a polished casual American restaurant featuring fresh, high-quality menu items prepared from made-from-scratch recipes. Signature dishes include Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Linguini, Barramundi Buerre Blanc and a host of other innovative menu items, as well as burgers, flatbreads, salads and steaks. Granite City Food & Brewery’s signature brews, which are made on-site, include The Duke (Pale Ale), The Bennie (Bock), The Batch (Double IPA), The Northern (American Style Light Lager) and The Stout. Seasonal brews are featured throughout the year.
Holiday Inn Express - East Peoria
Close to everything at a reasonable rate! Jacuzzi suites available.
Mason City Motel
Family owned facility all on one level with outside entrances. Weekly and monthly rates available.
Featuring a variety of deli sandwiches, hamburgers, fresh wraps and salads, Nelson's is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite. You can’t go wrong with our Reuben, tenderloin or wine valley panini. And for dessert, try some ice cream, freshly brewed coffee or specialty drinks.
Sisson's Country Inn
Large bedrooms, most with private baths. 1st floor is wheelchair accessible. Meeting room with kitchen available. On-site catering for groups by reservation.
Super 8 Motel - Canton
Super 8 chain.