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Find serenity at this beautiful 1700-acre wooded park situated along an old stagecoach route between Galena and Beardstown. Featuring 95-acre Argyle Lake, the park is home to countless beaver dams and more than 200 bird species and 5 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Peace of Earth (an eco-friendly lodging experience) offers you the chance to relax and enjoy nature in a comfortable homey atmosphere in all seasons of the year. Guest rooms, cabins, and the ever-popular Tree House include queen-sized beds and a sitting/ reading area. All our lodging accommodations are television, telephone and internet free. Our great room in the Lodge includes a common area and dining room, both of which feature amazing wildlife viewing through the south-facing forty-foot-long window wall. Cedar decks wrap the Lodge and offer tree-top dining or relaxing. Take Highway 24 north of Rushville Middle School to Route 4 (Ray Road). Lodge is mailbox 41 on Ray Road.
Come for the weekend or stay a week. Picturesque Mt. Sterling Lake is the perfect camping or fishing spot for any length of stay. Tent and RV camping sites are available as well as picnic pavilions.
The Ridge View Winery is located near Mt. Sterling in Brown County. Enjoy their fine red and white wines here in West Central Illinois - where Pike, Adams, and Brown Counties converge to become the outdoor wonderland referred to as "The Little Ozarks." Beautiful scenery, great entertainment, plus the best wines in Illinois!
Spring Lake Park in Macomb, IL. has three different singletrack trails ranging in intermediate to difficult. At 10 miles in length this park has a nice smattering of everything an adrenaline junky would want. The trails here are tight in some spots with a few ladder bridges, log piles and even a teeter-totter, and the hills just keep coming with jumps that make you feel weightless.
Featured on HGTV and PBS Illinois Stories, this home origionally served as a railroad bridge in 1919. Opening in the spring of 2010 as a guest lodge, the home sleeps 6-8 people comfortably, complete with spectacular scenery and situated over water. The lodge is also available for meetings for 20-30 people. Relax in front of the hand crafted fireplace or sit outside on one of the balcony's in a serene location in Ursa, just 15 minutes from Quincy, IL.
Looking for a peaceful getaway for the afternoon or evening? Consider Spirit Knob Winery. Location, location, location is an essential part of any successful business and Spirit Knob has the key. Upon arrival, visitors are captivated by the breathtaking panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley. With over 140 medals, Sprit Knob is one of the most award winning wineries in the state of Illinois. The winery is a gorgeous facility, the ideal setting for wedding receptions, private parties, bridal showers, or business meetings. The winery hosts several events throughout the year such as comedy nights, dueling pianos, and live music. Their hours are 1-5 pm Wednesday through Sunday during the months of April-December. Their winter hours are 1-5 pm Friday through Saturday during the months of January-March. Spirit Knob welcomes you to wander through the vineyard, relax on the deck, or sip wine inside overlooking the beautiful view. Feel free to bring a blanket and lawn chairs and take in the sunset while enjoying a glass of wine!
The museum houses a podium and pew that President Lincoln spoke at in 1858. There is also an area devoted to Charles Duryea, inventor of the gasoline automobile, as well as local artifacts and a genealogy section.
Lake Hill Winery was built, not only to be a winery, but to be a gathering place and have the ability to hold a wide variety of functions. Besides the wine production, there is a tasting room bar, a small gift shop, and two banquet rooms. The first is the barrel room, which holds 100 people. This room is typically booked for smaller events such as reunions, rehearsal dinners, showers, company parties, birthday parties, etc. The other banquet room is the main hall. With two levels, capacity for over 400 people, a 160" TV/projector, and two bars, this room is capable of accommodating almost any event.
The Golden Windmill was built in 1872, and is the only smock mill that still has its original stones and gears in place. Today it is home to the Windmill Museum and gift shop.
Borders Spring Lake Park and is habitat for deer, turkey, fox, geese, beaver and coyotes. Trails and educational programs offered.
Casual Mexican-American dining for the whole family. Enjoy one of the 14 flavors of margaritas.
Located on 7 acres of rolling woodlands, just north of Quincy, IL. This rustic sanctuary is perfect for groups who want to get away. The lodge has a wrap around porch and outdoor pool. Also on the grounds are two bunk houses for retreats, basketball court and 1-acre pond with paddleboats.
Rustic setting available for retreats, picnics, camps, nature studies or a team course.
12 parks that offer diverse activities. Fishing, picnics, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, hiking trails and playgrounds.
The Village Vineyard & Winery has a large tasting room where guests can sample 16 wine varieties, as well as a patio facing three acres of vineyard. All wine is made, bottled and sold at the vineyard.
Crooked Creek Gallery is located in the old Sheriff's home and jail built in 1865. The past Home of cattle rustlers and horse thieves now houses fine art, jewelry, paintings and photography. Jail tours are also available.
This 150-acre park with a 225-acre lake is owned by the city of Rushville. The park offers fishing and canoeing, hiking trails through a hardwood forest, camping and picnicking, youth group camping area, pavilions, boat dock & baseball diamond. The campground facilities consist of 77 spaces with electrical hookups. All spaces have water and there is a modern shower house for your convenience. Schuy-Rush Lake offers a well maintained boat ramp. There is a generous supply of slips for docking your boat overnight or for the entire camping season. Fishing is by pole and line only and the lake has a large variety of fish. For the adventurous, we have a nature trail for hiking. Come to Schuy-Rush Lake where we supply the water and you supply the fun.
This two-story brick home, owned by town founder Joseph Blandin, is said to have been visited by Abraham Lincoln during his 1858 campaign against Stephen Douglas. The museum features artifacts from Blandinsville's rich history.
The Carthage Jail was the site of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum on June 27, 1844. Joseph and Hyrum with two companions were imprisoned here. A mob broke into the jail and killed them and injured severly one of their companions. Today the restored jail and visitors center and memorial gardens are open to visitors daily.
Explore the Allison Research and Demonstration area, which has historically been farmed without the use of pesticides and limited amounts of commercial fertilizer. The university also has a bull and ram test station.
Step back in history as you tour one of Illinois' most beautiful and unique show barns, the 1912 Show Barn, or visit the artistic home studio of commercial artist Shelly Rasche. Take a pottery class, kick up your heels at a genuine barn dance, or take in a breathtaking prairie sunset.