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"outhern Illinois’ breathtaking scenery forms the backdrop for local in-season farm to fork cuisine, pleasurable pastimes and world-class entertainment at Walker’s Bluff. What was planted as a family homestead long ago has grown into a picturesque vineyard that guests have been drawn to for its tranquility, style, unmistakable romance and fun family activities. We always extend an open-armed welcome to friends and visitors. We offer four venues to experience.
Carterville Free Fair
The 103rd annual Carterville Free Fair will include a Twilight 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Carterville Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Carterville Lions Club, the fair will be Sept. 8 through Sept. 10 at Cannon Park Midway off Greenbriar Road. The event offers carnival rides, games, free entertainment, food and more. The annual free fair parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
This cabin is a great place to stay for families or couples on romantic getaway. The cabin property is quiet with large old trees surrounding it for privacy. The view from is beautiful and you can see for miles and miles. A great place to have your morning cup of coffee is the back deck were you can take in all the beauty of Southern Illinois. The deck has a table and chairs for you to enjoy and gas grill for your use. Just inside you will find the full kitchen stocked with all the necessities you may need on during your stay. The living room has a grand TV with just the local channels. We have some DVDs for you to watch or you may bring your own. There are 3 bedrooms all with luxury sheets and beautiful bedding. The smallest has a Full Tempur Pedic bed and the larger rooms each have a queen bed.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail presents Fall on the Wine Trail: A progressive tour of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Each of 12 unique wineries will present you a sample of a wine/food pairing! Tickets are $35/person - advanced purchase only.
Spring Inspirations a Wine & Food Pairing Event
Cheese, Not a Solo Act: All 12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory wine and cheese pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. Join us for a fun-filled weekend of cheese infused dishes that showcase how cheese can play the perfect supporting role to our award-winning wines. This is a great weekend to explore different types of cheeses with different styles of Illinois wine.
Wine Country Cottage
Getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the Wine Country Cottage. Just one mile away from Blue Sky Winery, we are located in the heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Spend a couple days or a weekend exploring the award winning wineries, shops and restaurants along the Trail! The quaint cottage on 29 acres offers a private and serene getaway. Conveniently located 1.4 miles from Blue Sky Vineyards, 2.9 miles from Orlandini Vineyard, 3.9 miles from Owl Creek Vineyard and 5.8 miles from Starview Vineyards!
Carterville Community Center
The Fred G. Harrison Annex at the Carterville Community Center is a large banquet facility that offers the renter options such as using a full kitchen or just renting one half of the banquet hall. Special events such as bridal showers, baby showers, and children's birthday parties, reunions and other events can be held here.
Through its eccentric decor and delicious desserts, Cafe Melange has become a local and regional favorite for gourmet cuisine. Guests can sit on the patio and enjoy the lively atmosphere of downtown Carbondale, or enjoy a quiet meal near the fireplace inside. Enjoy a stone baked pizza, avocado salmon wrap, or simply treat your taste buds to the decadent taste of their signature cheese cake.
38th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival
The Big Muddy Film Festival, based at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, is among the longest-running student-organized film festivals in the United States. The Big Muddy is dedicated to supporting the work of emerging and accomplished filmmakers and video artists. Narrative, documentary, animation & experimental film entries from more than 40 states and abroad. Screenings of international films, presentations by guest artists and panel discussions throughout this wonderful event are open to the public.
Grand River Spirits
Grand River Spirits is a locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois. Creating spirits that showcase Southern Illinois' grains and fruits. Their offerings will include brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Made from Southern Illinois crops, the production of these premium, hand-crafted spirits are made with the best of the Midwest.
Moof's Bar & Grill
Try a Moof Burger, or one of the other many delicious items on the menu, with a friendly and welcoming staff. Moof's is a great place to stop when in Chester, Illinois.
Marcello's has a large selection of delicious pizzas made with only the freshest ingredients for a little taste of Italy.
Big Vic's BBQ
Big Vic's offers delicious, smokey barbeque in a variety of meats, served with great sides.
Crazy Joe's Fish House
Hot Fish. Cold Beer! For the best in food, fun and atmosphere you've gotta get to Crazy Joe's!
Ye Old Landmark Inn II
Since 1934, Old Landmark Captain's Table has been offering great food, here are some of their delicious menu items: clam chowder, buffalo wings, fried calamari, burgers, homemade cole slaw and potato salad, and seafood and live music on the weekends.
Lollies Cafe offers different specials every day, and is best known for their all-you-can-eat blue gill Friday nights and all-you-can-eat fried chicken Sunday.
Reids' Harvest House
Reids' Harvest House Smorgasbord serves good, home-style, traditional American food. Their 35-foot buffet line is packed with so many wonderful, mouth-watering dishes. At Reids' there are no gimmicks to attract attention, just good food and plenty of it.
Grumpy's Smokehouse BBQ started out with a love for BBQ and cooking which led to the creation of a successful catering business and a restaurant which opened in 2010.
120 sites, electricity, dump station, showers, reservations.
El Greco is a greasy spoon — said in the BEST way. This delicious joint makes some of the best gyros around. Locally-owned and operated, El Greco has become a staple in downtown Carbondale. Don't forget to try the fried mushrooms!
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant
Tequila Mexican Restaurant offers delicious Mexican food at a great price with fabulous, fast, and friendly service.
The House of Busifingers
A gift shop that brings out the kid in you. Specializing in hand crafted gifts, doll clothes and doll accessories, inspirational signs and country decor. Doll clothes to fit the 18 inch and 14-15 inch dolls, like American Girl dolls. You can also stuff your own plush animal. Birthday parties are available.
The Ol' Farmhouse Cafe
The Ol' Farmhouse Cafe has wonderful food in a casual atmosphere, also on site is a small gift shop and bakery.
Mo Wallace BBQ
Located in the heart of Carbondale's Town Square, Mo Wallace is one of the most beloved hole-in-the-wall stops in Southern Illinois. Feast on the mouth-watering selection of soul food and finger-lickin' barbecue, and enjoy the company of the friendly staff. This truly is one of Carbondale's culinary gems!