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4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a Gospel Show; a Parade; Free Concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Lions Club Labor Day Celebration
Picnic celebration with live music and a parade. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Fort Massac State Park to enjoy live music and entertainment. An all day outdoor cookout featuring hamburgers, hotdogs, and more.
The menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees like grilled salmon, cashew-crushed chicken and filet of beef served with seasonal vegetables. Music is part of the dining experience.
Civil War Weekend
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center and P.A.S.T. of Union County are co-sponsoring a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: Historical bus tour: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro”; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and encampment; storytelling; and Civil War era food and music. So mark your calendars and plan on coming to Anna Arts Center for a journey back in time.
The Birding Blitz is an event held where teams compete to see and hear the most species of birds in a 24-hour period, while raising money for conservation in southernmost Illinois. Teams can search for birds throughout the area. Get in on the Ultimate Illinois Birding Challenge!
Darrell Shemwell's Bar-B-Que was chosen "Best BBQ on the Old River Road" by Money magazine and was featured in the June 2003 issue of Chicago Magazine. Shemwell's is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm. Specialties on the menu are BBQ pork, beef brisket, ham, and turkey and are sliced, not chopped like other BBQ. Darrell also makes his own delicious BBQ sauce to enhance the hickory flavor of his scrumptious meat.
The Old Home Place Restaurant
Famous for generous portions and smoked items such as ribs, ham, and pulled pork. Other specialties include fried fish, mouth-watering steaks, fried chicken on Sundays, and excellent value with our daily specials! Looking for healthy alternatives? Try fresh salads, lemon pepper tilapia, or marinated, grilled chicken strips. The children's menu provides several options for children ages 12 and under. Be sure to try one of our unique appetizers, such as Barbeque Nachos, Fried Green Beans, or Fried Pickles.
Days Inn - Cairo
Daily or weekly rates. Kids under 14 free. Continental breakfast. Pets welcome.
Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail
This catfish tournement will be held at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. Bring a rod & reel and enter to win prizes and cash. A $500 big fish award will be given. A kids tournament is also planned.
White Crane Canoe and Pirogue Rentals
White Crane Canoe and Pirogue Rentals offers guided services and watercraft rentals for use on the Cache River. Spend an afternoon gazing upon the mysteries of the swamp including 500 to 1,200 year old cypress & tupelo trees and get lost in another time as you paddle through Illinois’s hidden bayou. Set out in cypress pirogues or canoes and spend time about learning about the river’s history, geology and ecology. Guides will emphasize and share knowledge of local plants and animals and how they were utilized from local Native Americans past and present. Canoe instruction, life jackets and paddles included in price.
Archery Tournaments & Festival
Tournaments for men and women in several categories, with targets designed to simulate a variety of hunting situations for archery enthusiasts. An archery festival with archery and outdoor manufacturers showing their newest and latest products, special seminars and presentations, youth programs and bow hunting activities for young and old. It also features a practice range and a chance to watch and meet some of the sport's top professionals. These events will provide bow hunters the opportunity to talk and share experience with fellow archers, learn about the newest equipment and improve shooting skills. Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area off Hwy. 45 in Massac County.
Super City Blues & Ques
Friday night is the "anything but" competition, with open entries for entrees, sides, sauces, and sweets. Each entry is $25, and monetary prizes up to $75 are awarded in each category. Vendors start selling at lunchtime, and live music starts in the afternoon. The beer garden will open in the late afternoon, and will be located next to the stage. Saturday is the Kansas City BBQ Society competition, with the grand champion winning $1000 plus a 6' trophy. Vendors will be selling all day and bands will start in the afternoon and play until 10:00 PM. Also on Saturday, there will be "touch a tractor" for the kids, and an arts and crafts fair for everyone.
Daily or weekly rates, kids stay free, cable TV, free local calls.
This beautiful, historic 1865 mansion was once owned by the Halliday Family, and is now owned by the City of Cairo and open for tours.
HalloWine at StarView Vineyards
Live music by local artist Eli Tellor, wine tasting, nacho & chili bar & other goodies. Come dressed to impress in your best costume for a chance to win prizes. We'll be judging individual, couple & group costumes. Pets & children are invited too!
Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area
Located in Alexander County, this area is known for its large stands of tupelo, swamp cottonwood and cypress trees. Also known for its Canadian goose and bald eagle observation vantage point during the fall and winter.
CITY: Miller City
The present church is the original structure, built in 1860. Dedicated in 1861 as Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul's Church, it features a 50-ft.-tall steeple, pews made of native yellow poplar, and balconies that span the full length of the building on both sides of the stairway.
Tour de Shawnee Bike ride
Bicyclists meet at the Olive Branch Community Center at 8 AM. Organized bike routes of 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 mile rides around scenic Horseshoe Lake and area. Entry fee includes: Event bag, chance for attendance prizes. Early registration includes commemorative t shirt.
CITY: Olive Branch
Veterans Day Parade
Parade begins at 2pm from the Anna City Park entrance on Davie St. and follows Main St. to Jefferson St. and back to the park. The Anna VFW post invites everyone back to the lodge for hot dogs and chili.
America's Best Value Inn
46-room motel across from Fort Massac State Park. Restaurants are within walking distance.
La Colina Linda Farm and Bed & Breakfast
This one acres farm offers a two bedroom - two bath non-smoking cottage. The hospitality is open and inclusive and serves vegan plant-based meals for breakfast. Instruction and guidance for anyone interested in organic farming practices.
Olmsted Lock and Dam
View the last and largest locks and dam that was constructed on the Ohio River.
Stinson Memorial Library
The library was named for Civil War veteran Robert B. Stinson, who left his estate for the establishment of a library. The building was the work of Walter B. Griffin, who designed it in a Frank Lloyd Wright style.
Allen Christmas Tree Farm
Choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Handmade wreaths and other seasonal gifts are also available.
Rustic Getaway Cabins
3 cozy private cabins located in the Southernmost part of Illinois. Enjoy nearby outdoor activities, such as hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, canoeing and horseback riding. Each cabin features a private wooded setting. Relax and enjoy nature at its best.
America's Best Value Inn - Cheekwood Inn
Located at exit #18 off I-57, offering 40 modern rooms with inside corridors and an indoor swimming pool.
Metropolis Inn offers double or single occupancy. Amenities include in-room coffee makers, indoor pool, high-speed internet, cable TV, and hot continental breakfast. Pet Friendly. The Metropolis Inn offers, nightly, weekly and monthly rates. Truck and RV parking is available. Located just off I-24 at Exit 37.
Weaver's Country Market
Country market, with a specialty in handmade wooden lawn furniture.
Toll House Transportation and Civil War Museum
The Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers at Cairo has seen its share of American history travel past its banks. Now visitors can stop at that famous intersection and take time to learn about that history in the new Toll House Transportation and Civil War Museum. It's at the southernmost point of Cairo at Fort Defiance Park, where US 51 and US 60 split across the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
Shawnee Hill Bed and Breakfast
Located on 200 acres of Shawnee National Forest, in a country setting. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, and fishing in stocked ponds. Explore a cave that Daniel Boone carved his name in 1766. Three units are separate from the house.
Baymont Inn & Suites
Located along the Ohio River and walking distance to Harrah's, indoor pool, continental breakfast, in room coffee, free local calls, credit cards accepted and meeting room available.
Small family business specializing in real pit BBQ for dine in or carry out.
Built in 1869, the brick mansion boasts 14 rooms featuring Italianate architecture and local river lore history. Tours offered daily. The Historical Society hosts special events & luncheons.
Super City - Quilt City Connection
Quilt show, cooking demonstrations and more at Harrah’s Riverfront Event Center and other locations. An assortment of exhibits and activities will be held. Quilts by a local guild combine with artist and culinary demonstrations for an event of super measure at the Harrah's Riverfront Event Center in Metropolis.
Motel 6 - Metropolis
52 room motel, offering an indoor pool and a continental breakfast
Angie's Originals is the place to shop for All-Things-Original, featuring creations by area artists and alpaca items from Massac County and Peru. Originals offers handcrafted items including Pottery, Jewelry, Wood Vessels, Cutting Board and Spoons, Soaps & Lotions and Alpaca Yarns, Scarves, Gloves, Hats & Apparrel. They also have Unique Photography, Paintings, Wooden Ink Pens and More. You just have to stop in and experience it! A unique shop devoted to showcasing the talents of area artists. Open Fridays and Saturdays, and, anytime you see the flag flying!
Anna Plaza Motel
16-room motel, restaurants within walking distance. Credit cards accepted. Pets allowed. Free local calls. Cable TV with remotes.
Holiday Inn Express - Metropolis
Interior corridor hotel with electronic locks, indoor pool and hot tub, exercise room and a free deluxe continental breakfast.
Darn Hot Peppers
Purchase your favorite salsa, chipotle, spicy jellies, spices, pizza flakes, and many more chile products plus 21 varieties of fresh peppers in season. Learn how to use Darn Hot Pepper products to make flavorful dishes.
Jim and Dots Shoe Store
Sells shoes and Western clothing.
Super 8 Motel - Metropolis
Deluxe doubles, kings, suites and jacuzzi suites. Free continental breakfast. Outdoor pool.
Doctorman's Cache Core Hunting Preserve
Upland game bird hunting from Oct. 1 - April. Dogs & guide service available. Located 3 miles west of Jct. Hwy. 37 & Hwy. 169, or, 4 miles east of I-57 just off Shawnee College Road.
Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area
This area currently winters nearly 100,000 of the 850,000 Canadian geese that spend the cold-weather months in Illinois. Numerous shallow sloughs and other water areas are scattered throughout its 6,202 acres.
Celebrate the pepper harvest from 11am to 5pm, A favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom, meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products, relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great southern Illinois pepper heat. 618-893-1443. www.darnhotpeppers.com
Located at Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery, Wineaux's offers American cuisine, including certified Angus Beef steaks and burgers, ribs and seafood. Specializing in food cooked with wine!
The Yellowmoon Cafe is a cozy coffeehouse which features live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and most Sunday afternoons. We serve all types of coffee and coffee specialty drinks, local wines, and the best milkshakes in Southern Illinois.
Connie's at the Gambit
Located at the Gambit Golf Club, this casual restaurant features dishes such as the grilled rib eye with red wine glaze and sautéed flounder with swiss chard. For a group, reserve the large banquet room.
The Shawnee Grill
Casual dining offering salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, seafood & pasta for lunch & dinner. We seat 100 people.
ASA Pro/Am Archery Tournament
Archery Shooters Association's Illinois Championship 3-D Archery Tournament for men, women and Children. Archers from all over North America visit Metropolis for one week in June to compete for cash and prizes and the title of Illinois Champion.
Plate lunches, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and buffet.
Ohio River Recreational Area
RV campground with bathhouse, boat ramp and country store. Restaurant and lodge also on site.
CITY: Grand Chain
The Limited Inn
Continental breakfast, indoor pool, kids stay free, cable TV. Hotel accepts all major credit cards.
Popular with locals and travelers alike, the Country Cupboard specializes in home-cooking, with homemade soups and pies everyday. Located in the Potato Barn Building. Local crafts and gift items. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday and dinner on Friday from 4 to 8pm.
The oldest footrace in Southern IL. is held the 2nd Saturday in November each year on the Mississippi River levee in Cairo. A long sleeve t-shirt is given to each participant in the 5000 & 10,000 meter run and awards will be presented to winners
Farmhouse rental ideal for sportsman. 3 double beds and 3 single beds, 2 baths and full kitchen, with washer & dryer.
Country View Cabins
Self-serve continental plus breakfast stocked in kitchenette, hot tub, AC/TV/VCR/telephone and fishing pond. Hiking fishing, hunting, rappelling, rock climbing, golfing, horseback riding, canoeing and beautiful areas of the Shawnee National Forest.
258 room, 7 story hotel adjoining Harrah's casino and attached event center with meeting space and restaurant
20-room motel with restaurant, bar and billiard facilities within walking distance.
Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery
The winery is known for its white wine made from grapes grown in Southern Illinois. The winery and vineyard are located in a scenic setting just south of the Heron Pond turn-off.
Flamm Orchards Fruits and Cream
Take a drive out to the orchards and buy in-season strawberries, peaches and apples. Flamm's Fruits & Cream Stand offers treats like strawberry shortcake, cobblers, apple dumplings and pies. We sell desserts out of our concession window. Picnic seating available.
Super 8 Motel - Anna
Opened in 2001. Includes 43 rooms, indoor pool, fitness center and a complimentary breakfast.
Come relax with us a while and enjoy the lovely Southern Illinois down-home atmosphere. Make yourself comfortable in our tasting room or have a seat outside on our country porch. Open 7 days a week for locally made wine.
Twin Bluffs B&B
Enjoy your stay in one of our comfortable rooms with your own queen-sized bed to relax in after an active day enjoying the outdoors. Private garden-patio entrance, scenic views and private stocked pond.
Country Schemes Bed and Breakfast
Relax in a peaceful country setting, take a nature hike, fish and enjoy friendly country hospitality.
Cairo Public Library
Museum quality working library of Queen Anne, Architecture on two floors built in 1884.
Mill Springs Cabins
Enjoy a breathtaking view of Hohman Lake from your private back porch, or a relaxing evening in the outdoor spa, there’s a sense of peace at Mill Spring Cabins. The fully furnished cabins are situated along a beautiful 90 acre lake with an ample dock to allow fishing and swimming.
The Palace Pizzeria
Pizza, salads and sandwiches on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Dine in or carry out. Indoor & outdoor dining.
Cedar Ridge Whitetails, LLC
Trophy whitetail hunts in scenic Southernmost IL. Hunts are offered September 15th through December. The farm consists of mature timber, pine and cedar thickets, thick draws and open area food plots. All hunts are with an experienced guide.
U.S. Marshals - Mermet Springs
In this flick, the U.S. Marshal character from The Fugitive is on the hunt for a wanted man after he escapes from a prisoner transport plane during a spectacular crash. This action thriller filmed extensively in Southern Illinois, including along the Ohio River near Metropolis and in rural Vienna. The Boeing 727 used in the crash scene is now submerged in Mermet Springs, a spring-fed quarry where you can scuba dive and actually swim through the plane.
Lincoln Motel - Jonesboro
20-room roadside motel.
Union County Musuem
General museum featuring local history, Kirkpatrick Pottery, Native American artifacts, pioneer items and other unique collections.
Ferne Clyffe State Park
The lush vegetation of the 2,430-acre Ferne Clyffe State Park, located near the small town of Goreville, IL hides the fact that directly below the soil, a vast area of rock formations exists. The two main areas for rock climbing include Big Rocky Hollow and the Cedar Bluff areas. Cedar Bluff offers both traditional and sport climbing, including several short, but difficult, routes in the class 12 to 13 range that appeal to experienced climbers. Other routes include top-rope access and solid anchors that appeal to new climbers.
Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site is 4 miles south of Unionville Road on New Cut Road, Brookport, IL Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site is a nationally significant Native-American archaeological treasure. From about 800 AD to 1500 AD it was the ‘capital' of a chiefdom that stretched from Brookport to Hamletsburg along the Ohio River. Large flat-topped mounds were erected on which the houses and temples of civil and religious elite stood. Today, the mounds still exist and a constructed overlook platform and interpretive panels tell the story of the significant contribution and historical value of this Native American culture.
On the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, StarView offers estate grown and bottled wines. Sit on the deck, or indoors by the fireplace and enjoy views of the vineyards, ponds, and the expansive Southern Illinois hills. Works by local artists cover the walls, and sandwiches and salads are severed.
Summers Riverview Mansion
Victorian Bed & Breakfast from 1889. One block from Harrah's Casino. Five Master Suites with whirlpools, 2 with working fireplaces. Full breakfast served.
Cabin at Mountain Glen
The Cabin boasts a vaulted great room with fireplace, full kitchen, a luxurious main floor master bedroom and bath with a custom 2 person shower and Jaccuzi tub. The huge second floor lofted bedroom and 1/2 bath overlooks 20 acres of pasture and wildlife.
Lincoln Heritage Winery
Offers complimentary tastings of hand crafted wines and frequently offers special wine recipes to sample as well. Gourmet cheeses, salamis and crackers are available for purchase and you are invited to bring a picnic basket filled with your own goodies. There are a small selection of other beverages on hand.
Lake Glendale Beach & Campground
Beautiful beach located on the shore of an 80 acres lake in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. Beach open Memorial Day-Labor Day, 7 days a week. Concessions available
Eagle Watching - Union County Refuge
The Union County Refuge in Union offers a popular spot for bald eagle watching. Visitors can view bald eagles and take wildlife photography off the main road, which runs down the middle of the wildlife refuge. Park rangers will be available weekdays to answer questions about the eagles and other wildlife spotted in the refuge. Admission is free. For more information on eagle watching, contact the Union County Refuge (618-833-5175).
Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site is 4 miles south of Unionville Road on New Cut Road, Brookport, IL. Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site is a nationally significant Native-American archaeological treasure. From about 800 AD to 1500 AD it was the ‘capital' of a chiefdom that stretched from Brookport to Hamletsburg along the Ohio River. Large flat-topped mounds were erected on which the houses and temples of civil and religious elite stood. Today, the mounds still exist and a constructed overlook platform and interpretive panels tell the story of the significant contribution and historical value of this Native.
Custom House Museum
This renovated 1872 Romanesque-style structure houses historical artifacts from the surrounding area.
Skyline View Cabins
Skyline View Cabins invite you to Southern Illinois to enjoy the most beautiful view in the area. From your cabin front porch, you can see the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Bald Knob Cross and lots of wildlife. In the Winter and early Spring there are 20 acres of hillside woods to tromp through, The property joins the Quetil Walking Trail, into Alto Pass. Both cabins have vaulted ceilings in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms, with real fireplaces, satellite TV and DVD player. Cabins come furnished with leather look sofas, chairs with ottomans, and a dining table that seats 4 people. Local art has been used to decorate both of the cabins.
Gambit Golf Course
This championship par 71 golf course, designed by Richard Osborne, snakes through meadows and woodlands. The Gambit features the area's only indoor practice center, with two state-of-the-art golf simulators and a nine-hole practice green.
Anthill Gallery & Vintage Curiosities
Anthill productions is home to the photography of rare images' Bob Hageman and the stained-glass work of Firelight Studio's Linda Austin. For well over 20 years, Linda and Bob have been making and displaying their unique artworks throughout the Midwest, and they are now for the first time making them available to a broader audience.
Horseshoe Lake Hiking/Biking Trail
A 5.5 mile trail that takes in the beauty of Horseshoe Lake. Bike rental is available at Melton's on East Side Dr. 618-776-5504. Horseshoe Lake is just east of IL Rt 3 in Alexander Co, 7 miles north of Cairo.
CITY: Olive Branch
Timber Ridge Inn
A rustic retreat featuring 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6), 2 bathrooms, a kitchen with microwave and refrigerator, and a fireplace, on 80 wooded acres.
A series of six murals are painted on buildings along Ferry Street and Market Street in downtown Metropolis. Each mural reveals a different story and makes our heritage come alive through artistic renderings of local historical events. Interpretive plaques describe the historical significance of each.
Trails End Lodge Steakhouse and Saloon
Trails End Lodge is a new steakhouse and saloon, featuring traditional steakhouse cuisine, indoor and outdoor dining, live entertainment, and a friendly atmosphere all served in a rustic, yet luxurious western style lodge. Trails End Lodge is located in the heart of Southern Illinois wine country on scenic Skyline Drive between Cobden and Alto Pass, Illinois. The Lodge itself is not visible from Skyline Drive, so watch for our sign!
Super City Dots
Featuring Dippin' Dots ice cream. Dippin' Dots is ice cream that is in the form of tiny frozen pellets. Ice cream with fun names like: Clark's Cookies and Cream (cookies and cream flavor), Lois Lime (lemon lime), Perry Berry (cherry berry), Jimmy Java (java delight) and Luthor Lemonade (lemonade) Also serving soups, sandwiches, wraps, pie, & coffee. Open Monday - Saturday from 10:30am to 8pm, and Sunday from noon to 8pm.
Water Valley Inn
Water Valley Inn can accommodate individuals, couples, families and groups up to eight, based on double occupancy. The main floor of the farmhouse includes two bedrooms with queen size beds and one bathroom. The upstairs has three rooms set up with twin beds.
This 20-year-old herb and perennial plant nursery offers more than 200 varieties of common and uncommon plants. Sip a glass of lemonade as you view the gardens, feed the catfish in the pond and shop for garden items.
Lost Coyote Camp
One room cabin rental near hunting, fishing, biking and horseback riding areas.
Grand Chain Lodge & Campground
The lodge offers four spacious suites, each furnished with two queen-sized beds, a Jacuzzi bath tub, and access to the Observation Deck with a spectacular view of the Ohio River. If you want even more privacy or have a larger group. you can stay in one of our two fully equipped cabins that also offer Jacuzzi tubs, private decks overlooking the river as well as full kitchens and a loft bedroom. Each cabin sleeps six and offers, not only a beautiful panorama of the Ohio, but close up observation of an area teaming with wildlife.
CITY: Grand Chain
Cedar Lake Ranch
Cabin rental near Cedar Lake, horse campground, tack store and outdoor recreation
Illinois Iron Furnace
Step back to Civil War days when "pig iron" was smelted at this, the first coal-fired iron furnace in Illinois, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Restored structure is in a beautiful park with fishing, hiking, and picnicking available.
Windy Hill Acres Inn
Windy Hill Acres Inn is located in the Shawnee National Forest. The Inn is a Rock Potato House which has been remodeled into a beautiful 5 room house with deck. The Potato House was built in the 1800's and used to store the farmers' sweet potatoes.