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Shawnee Forest Cabins
Brand new log cabins in the Shawnee National Forest. Closest cabins to the popular Garden of the Gods hike and just a short drive to many more. One and Two Bedroom cabins available all year. Hot tubs, Fireplaces, DirecTV, FiberOptic High-speed internet, fully furnished, with fire pits, free firewood, and charcoal grills. All cabins have full kitchens, towels, linens and all amenities; just bring your food and fun! Located at 745 Garden of the Gods Rd, Herod, IL. Please visit our website for more information and availability
Luau at Blue Sky Vineyard
Enjoy a tropical getaway at our annual Blue Sky Vineyard LUAU, complete with fire dancers, best dressed & limbo competitions and more!
Reds, Whites & Blues Festival
Anchoring the eastern end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Blue Sky offers a taste of Tuscany in the hills of Southern Illinois. Sample red & white wines, while enjoying live blues music. $6.00 Admission - Includes glass & sampling. A variety of hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and snacks, as well as wine-alternatives such as beer and mixed drinks are offered, while you enjoy large indoor seating area and two beautiful outdoor terraces that overlook the vineyard and rolling countryside.
Cajun Fest at Alto Vineyards
Enjoy a day with canjun food and music.
CITY: Alto Pass
Union County Colorfest
Enjoy the fall color of the Shawnee National Forest and guided home tours. Shop at local orchards and farm markets and art and craft fairs. Sample wine along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, participate in the fun run or biathlon race.
Black Vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies surrounding Makanda each fall. Local residents await their return each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. This event is a celebration of the Vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Come join the celebration and see this awesome unique event as these birds return.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Here's the plot: The annual town festival of Market Union is a popular local event, drawing crowds from every corner of the county. This morning, all was in readiness, when disaster struck! Tracy Rounder, one of the stall holders, was discovered dead at the back of her tent. Her death is unfortunate – but the festival must go on! Dinner and Murder Mystery Party tickets are $20. 618-697-0009 or email email@example.com to RSVP by Jan14.
Maple Festival at Touch of Nature, a free educational family-fun event to learn the history and see the process of making maple syrup from the woods to the kitchen. It includes maple syrup demonstrations, tree identification hikes and a home-cooked pancake breakfast which includes maple syrup harvested a Touch of Nature. The event also features blacksmith, hide tanning, silk embroidery, furniture making and other demonstrations, as well as local artisans and vendors. Admission to the event is free. The Pancake breakfast is $10.
Dawg Daze of Summer at Alto Vineyards
What’s summer in Southern Illinois without festivities! Join Alto Vineyards in celebrating the summer with music, food and canine friends. Local art and wines; along with food and games, to support local animal shelters. From noon to 7pm
CITY: Alto Pass
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.
Civil War Weekend
Friday, Sep 18: 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Saturday, Sep 19: 9:30 am to 4 pm – Speakers, exhibits, & Re-enactors. Exhibits Include Civil War Era guns and quilts, Civil War Re-enactors, Civil War Era Memorabilia, Music, Exhibit Contest, Kirkpatrick Pottery, and Children Activities. It is FREE! Saturday, Sep 19, 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Sunday, Sep 20: 1 pm - Historical Bus Tour: Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro. Call 618- 833-8745 for $10 reservation. 2-4 pm - Open House at the PAST Heritage House, It is Free! 2:30 pm - Recognize All Exhibit Contest Winners, and 2:35 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation.
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.
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.
Easter Sunrise Service
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
CITY: Alto Pass
Small family business specializing in real pit BBQ for dine in or carry out.
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.
Jim and Dots Shoe Store
Sells shoes and Western clothing.
Creek Side Grill
Fine dining facility at the clubhouse located on the site of the beautiful Stone Creek Golf Course.
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.
J&M Quarter Horses
Watch family rodeos, team sorting competitions, and pole and barrel racing.
CITY: Alto Pass
HalloWine at StarView Vineyards
Live music, 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!
Stone Creek Golf Club
Chip along dense forests on one of the most scenic courses in Southern Illinois. Nicely appointed cabins located right on the 18-hole golf course provide a convenient stay-and-play option.
Anna Plaza Motel
16-room motel, restaurants within walking distance. Credit cards accepted. Pets allowed. Free local calls. Cable TV with remotes.
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.