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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.
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.
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.
West Franklin County Museum
This museum, located in an old school building contains artifacts, memorabilia and hundreds of photographs, which depict lifestyles and the people from the early days of Franklin County. Only 10 miles southwest of Rend Lake. The museum is free to the public but they do accept donations.
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.
Silkwood Inn Museum
The Silkwood Inn was built in 1827 and contains furnishings and artifacts from the 1800s. A tour trough this amazing Inn includes the telling of a famous local legend about the kindness of the Silkwood family, a slave girl named Priscilla, and the Trail of Tears. The museum is free to the public but donations are accepted.
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.
Rice & Fries
Rice & Fries is delicious Chinese food with a twist.
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!
D & H Florist & Candle Shop
D & H has a large selection of wonderful flowers and beautiful candles.
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.
Pistol City Restaurant & Saloon
Pistol City has a great menu full of delicious dishes and large buffet to keep everyone happy, set in a warm, family friendly atmosphere.
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.
Wilson Home Furnishings
Wilson's has furniture, draperies and curtains, rugs, appliances, and kitchen cabinets for your home.
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.
Super 8 Motel- Pinckneyville
This motel offers 47 rooms with an indoor pool and a banquet facility for up to 75 people. Jacuzzi suites and suites with two king beds are available. Pets are welcome for a $10 fee per night. Free continental breakfast and high-speed internet.
Ben's Diner has delicious diner staples in a fun, retro atmosphere.
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.