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Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Associates invite you to come to Fulton County, Illinois and enjoy the natural wonders of the Spoon River Valley. Spoon River has carved a wide scenic valley through Fulton County as it flows from London Mills to the south and east where it joins the Illinois River near the southeastern corner of the county. The Spoon River became nationally known from the work of Edgar Lee Masters, author of the noted Spoon River Anthology. Come on out the first two full weekends in October. There are over one hundred miles of scenic routes on the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive to be enjoyed on this driving tour with beautiful fall colors. There will be food, arts, crafts, entertainment and flea market. Visit 17 villages and historic sites!
Argyle Lake State Park
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.
The Nature Conservancy Emiquon Preserve
The Emiquon Preserve, also known as the “Jewel of the Illinois River,” is aptly named for its abundance of wetlands and wildlife. The sheer biological diversity made it the natural place for Native Americans to settle long ago. In recent years, the land has undergone a restoration returning its natural beauty for all to enjoy once again.
Brown's Oakridge Zoo
Browns Oakridge Zoo is a family owned and operated zoo established in 1990. Beginning with a single pot bellied pig and a few whitetail deer, the number of species housed at the zoo has grown to include five Siberian tigers, several black bears, two lions, and many more exotic and domestic animals. Over the years we have taken in many abandoned animals. A total of 152 lion and tiger cubs, abandoned in captivity have been reared here. Most of our animals have been raised in the house, and have had a lot of human contact. You won’t just get to see the animals here, but you will be able to have hands on contact. Imagine being able to hold a lion, tiger, or bear cub. It brings out the kid in all of us.
Historic Barn Tours
Four different self-guided driving tours pass 30 historic country barns, ranging in style from double valley, cross gable and gambrel, to stick and round.
Spring Lake Park
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.
Olson Conference Center (Residence Hall)
Dorm-style housing at very affordable rates.
La Harpe Historical Society Museum
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.
CITY: La Harpe
Lakeview Nature Center
Borders Spring Lake Park and is habitat for deer, turkey, fox, geese, beaver and coyotes. Trails and educational programs offered.
Camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking.
Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area
Fishing, boating, picnicking in the out-of-doors.
Fulton County Camping & Recreation Area
Enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.
CITY: St. David
Horn Field Campus
Rustic setting available for retreats, picnics, camps, nature studies or a team course.
Macomb Park District
12 parks that offer diverse activities. Fishing, picnics, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, hiking trails and playgrounds.
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Rice Lake is a waterfowler's dream. Its high quality habitat attracts thousands of migrating birds annually. In addition, areas are also available for fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife observation.
Dickson Mounds Museum
The premier on-site archaeological museum, located 45 miles southwest of Peoria, interprets the 12,000 year history of American Indian cultures in Illinois through artifacts, interpretive exhibits, major multi-image productions, hands-on activities and a variety of public events in a rural setting.
University Art Gallery
This Western Illinois University gallery is dedicated to the study of culture and the arts.
Henderson County Museum
This museum preserves Henderson County's rural American heritage, with the primary focus of the exhibits on the first half of the 20th century.
No Place Like Home
Country home furnishings. Candles, cooking ingredients, pictures. Enjoy our coffee of the day while you shop.
Swan Creek Golf Club
This nine-hole golf course offers cart rental.
McDonough County Courthouse
This historical courthouse, built in 1872 for $155,000 and still in use today, features its original stone, brick and walnut detail.
Shaw Creek Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course offers a putting green and cart rental.
Warren County Historical Museum
This museum features four floors of county-wide historical items and displays.
Blandin House Museum
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.
Small family-owned motel.
Western Illinois University Agricultural Department
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.
Diamond Dave's Mexican Restaurant
Casual Mexican-American dining for the whole family. Enjoy one of the 14 flavors of margaritas.
Herbst Landing and Lighthouse Lounge
Better dining. Families welcome, children's menu. Full bar for the grown-ups.
Heritage Grand Inn
Very nice lobby with fireplace, coffee, juice, and continental breakfast, tearoom on premises.
Supplies for scrapbooks and photo albums.
Museum Of Geology
This museum features earth science displays.
Harry Mussatto Golf Course
This scenic 18-hole course has a driving range, putting green and golf cart rentals.
Unusual gifts, crafts, pond supplies, Christmas and other holidays. Large inventory.
Gloria's Secret Cafe
Special luncheons. Home-baked desserts. Located inside Heritage Grand Inn Motel.
Super 8 Motel - Canton
Super 8 chain.
Western Illinois Museum
See a regional collection of artifacts, historical documents and memorabilia representing Western Illinois history.
Amish-made furniture and accessories.
Gold Hills Golf Club
Rolling hills make up this 18-hole golf course. Carts, a driving range and a putting green are available.
Macomb Country Club
This beautiful 18-hole course offers rental carts and a driving range.
Anderson Lake Conservation Area
State fish and wildlife area with Class C camping facilities.
Canton Harvester Inn
A new boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Canton. The hotel's unique choice of art is historic pictures of Canton. The decor is natural browns and greens with maple woods. With 35 rooms, each guest suite has two king size beds, a refrigerator, microwave, large screen television mounted to the wall, availability of pay-per-view movies, a desk with data ports, and all the modern amenities One of the two meeting rooms will be fully fitted with the latest in technology such as digital projectors, automatic screens which come down from the ceiling, lighting controls, phones, and a conference table and classroom setting with data hookups for 25 to 30 people. The other room is more of a multi-purpose room where food can be served. The exercise facility has weights, tread mill, stair stepper, and other pieces of fitness equipment.
A casual fine-dining restaurant in the historic Canton Hotel. Reservations recommended.
60 rooms including 2 Jacuzzi suites, indoor pool, hot tub, and free continental breakfast. All major credit cards accepted.
Red Ox Restaurant
Varied menu featuring steaks, chops and seafood.
A comfortable motel offering rooms with air conditioning and t.V.
Western Illinois University Union Motel
Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center
All types of family fun. Miniature golfing, driving range, batting cages, ice skating, in-line skating and archery.
Twin Oaks Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course offers cart rentals.
Super 8 Motel - Macomb
Super 8 chain.
Inselhaus Bed & Breakfast
Inselhaus, one of the finest local turn of the century homes, offers beautiful bed & breakfast accommodations, private dining, and special occasion facilities in the heart of Macomb.
Macomb Days Inn
144 rooms, full service restaurant, lounge, truck parking, cable and coin laundry. All major credit cards accepted.
Aurelio's Pizza - Macomb
Family restaurant with pizza and sandwiches.
Days Inn - Macomb
Days Inn chain.
Western Illinois University shirts, caps, and sweatshirts. St. Louis Rams Training Camp T-shirts and caps.
47 affordable rooms with free parking and restaurants nearby.
New Copperfield's Book Service
Adult, youth, and children's books. Special orders available.
Unique clothing for petite, misses, and plus sizes.
Engraving by Lin
Engraving plaques, trophies, and name plates.
Macomb Holiday Inn Express
50 rooms with indoor pool and hot tub. Free continental breakfast and small meeting space available.
Fine dining with Southern flair.
Super 8 - Macomb
Affordable rooms with continental breakfast, cable TV, and large vehicle parking.
Jackson Street Pub
Pub with pool table.
Nostalgia Decorating Co.
Fine home interior decorations. China, crystal, Christmas ornaments, cooking ingredients, candles and pictures.
Holiday Inn Express - Macomb
Holiday Inn chain.
Ponderosa Steakhouse - Macomb
Steakhouse includes seafood and buffet.
Sullivan Taylor Coffee House
Specializing in flavored coffees, danish and soups.
The Wood Shed
Choose your furniture wood, style, size, and hand mixed color. No particle board. Surprisingly moderate prices.
Chelsea's Hallmark Gold Crown Store
Cards, collectibles, gifts, Precious Moments, Yankee candles, wedding, anniversary, Department 56. Gifts for all occasions.
Gold and silver jewelry. Diamonds and assorted ring settings. Fine china and crystal.
Vitale's Restaurant & Pizzeria
Italian food and pizza.
Roseville Lanes Diner
Family-owned restaurant and bowling alley with a banquet facility available.
Pagliai's Pizza in Macomb
Family restaurant with great pizza.
Macomb Balloon Rally
It's a fantastic world of color in the sky! Enjoy 30 hot air balloons at the Macomb Balloon Rally, an annual spectacle since 1987! The Macomb Balloon Rally festivities take place at Vince Grady Field on University Drive on the campus of WIU. There is a mass ascension on Friday evening, a fly-in to Vince Grady Field Saturday morning, another flight Saturday evening, topped with the very popular balloon glow at dusk! Bring your cameras and lawn chairs or blankets! .
Gazebo Art Festival
The Gazebo Art Festival is held on the outdoor grounds of Chandler Park in downtown Macomb! This setting is a wonderful place for the public to view art, chat with artist and enjoy live performances and music from the Al Sears Jazz Music Festival. There will also be activities and fun for children!
Al Sear Jazz Festival
The Al Sears Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival that takes place in the Fall in Chandler Park. Free to the public, enjoy great music all three days with music also Saturday evening. More information can be found at the Al Sears Jazz Festival Website.
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
Fulton County offers unusual beauty of the colors throughout the Spoon River Valley, which inspired founders to hold the first Fall Festival and to organize the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive. The first weekend of the Scenic Drive brought large crowds and a second consecutive weekend was held in October 1968. The Scenic Drive's Fall Festival has since been held each year during the first two full weekends of October. Fulton County's Spoon River Valley country offers much to the visitor during the Fall Festival and during other seasons of the year. While there are many attractions a visitor may find interesting, a few highlights may include the lone dam on the Spoon River at Bernadotte, a public boat dock at London Mills, the historical Ellisville Opera House, and the breathtaking scenery along the entire route of the Spoon River. Foods have become a tradition during the Fall Festival such as apple butter made before your eyes at London Mills, baked potatoes and hot cider at Farmington, chicken and noodles at Smithfield's Red Brick School, funnel cakes in Lewistown, baked goods in Duncan Mills and the famed ham in Ellisville. Visitors to the area are welcome to join us on the highways and byways of Fulton County which sport the colors of the four seasons and are open to visitors year around with routes running through London Mills, Farmington, Fairview, Ellisville, Smithfield, Cuba, Canton, Avon, Lewistown, Bernadotte, Duncan Mills, Waterford Township, Ipava and Astoria. These routes cover more than 100 miles in Fulton County.