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Alton Cracker Factory Great Rivers Lodging
The Cracker Factory is nestled in the scenic Mississippi River town of Alton, Illinois. Guests can stay in the luxury and comfort of the Cracker Factory while visiting Alton for business or leisure. While there, they find easy access to many historic sites and the renowned Antique District. A variety of restaurants, entertainment venues, and cultural events are waiting to be enjoyed.
Live Bald Eagle at TreeHouse Wildlife Center
There will be live bald eagles on display every weekend in January and February at the TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. This parade began in 1868. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those who serve our country.
Birds of Prey at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
Bald eagles aren't the only raptors that make the region their home. Find out what other raptors live in the area during a live meet and greet with raptors from TreeHouse Wildlife Center. The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower will open at 9:30 a.m. with the Birds of Prey show from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lewis & Clark Point of Departure
Come and commemorate the departure of the Lewis and Clark expedition from Camp River Dubois. View life in 1803-1804 as the men prepare for their departure and re-enactors portray military life. On the grounds are craft exhibitors demonstrating early American skills, woodworking, candle making, marching drills, cooking and shooting demonstrations.
Kinder's No Wake Inn
Located on the Mississippi River on the southern tip of Calhoun County, Kinder's No Wake Inn is the perfect spot for a panoramic view of the river. Serene beauty is what you will experience in your visit to the Inn. Uniquely decorated rooms will add some delight to your stay. Each room has its own outside seating and a large patio with terraced landscaping. Rooms have coffee pots, microwaves and refrigerators.
Eagle Watching Open House
Visit Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about bald eagles and how to watch for them, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will be set up with viewing scopes at various locations at the wildlife refuge. Kids crafts will be available at the visitor center. For more information, call 618-883-2524.
First Stop Bake Shop
Artisan retail bake shop offering a variety of baked goods and wedding cakes. Open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Eagle Watching with Ranger
Join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-883-2524 to register in advance. This program will be on December 5th & 19th, January 2nd & 16th, February 6th & 20th, and March 5th & 19th at 9 am to 10 am each day.
Elsah General Store
This quaint general store offers an array of of jams, syrups, bbq sauces, coffees and and grocery items as well as greeting cards, unique gifts and antiques. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
River City Cider House
Serving full menu of fresh salads and sandwiches. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
A gypsy inspired coffee shop located inside Alton's historic Milton Schoolhouse.
Masters of the Sky
Witness the "Masters of the Sky" birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational program. Show times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The National Great Rivers Museum will be full of crafts and activities for the kids, opportunities for photos with "Eric the Eagle", and more!
Spoon Baking Company
Bakery sweet treats, fresh brewed coffee, specialty coffee, tea, and catering.
"Simply delicious" pastries and desserts that are sure to please every palate. Whether you are looking for a little taste of Europe, delicious coffee & tea, or cookies like grandma made (with just a little panache) you will find them at LuciAnna's Pastries. Come & relax in our warm inviting atmosphere.
Tree Top- A Loading Dock Guest House
Located in the heart of Grafton, Tree Tops is perfect for a family getaway or a stay-cation with your besties. With a queen sized bed and two twin beds, this cozy cottage is designed for four. Tree Tops boasts breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi from the private deck and shared patio below. Tree Tops is a second level guest house equipped with all the bells and whistles you've come to expect from a Loading Dock property.
Elijah P.'s Burgers and Brews
Elijah P.'s Burgers and Brews is a themed restaurant that celebrates Alton area history. Menu includes gourmet burgers, and other upscale menu items. Also serving 60 different beers on tap.
1904 General Store
The 1904 General Store came from the 1904 World's Fair. We sell fudge, chocolate bars, candy, and retail gifts/furniture. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Sweet Ashley's Cottage
Antiques, vintage, retro and rustic home decor. Custom refinished & repurposed furniture. Unique gifts. Open Thursday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Mississippi Mud Pottery
Natural clay materials are molded and crafted right before your eyes into creative, functional stoneware pottery. Choose from a wide variety of handmade pieces to enjoy in everyday settings or as decorative objects. A popular item are the ceramic fish. Actual fish that have been caught on a hook and line are used to create a mold and clay is used to reproduce a likeness of the fish. After firing, the clay is glazed and natural or artistic colorations are applied. The finished piece is a unique one of a kind piece - a reminder of the one that did not get away! Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, noon to 4 p.m.
The Fish Market- A Loading Dock Guest House.
This upscale cottage was designed with comfort and fun in mind. Perfect for families or singles. The Guest House sleeps up to 6 with one king size bed and 4 twin size bunks. A full kitchen and large living room make for a relaxing stay. The Fish Market is small pet friendly with a fenced-in side garden.
Live music venue and pub with full bar. Two stages and an extensive sound system accommodates a variety of live music and entertainment ranging from original songwriters, local talent and regional acts. Open F & S 4 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Guest house and vineyard situated on rolling hills near Grafton that offers guests " a little something extra".
Hampton Inn & Suites
In the heart of Southwestern Illinois...Welcome to the Hampton Inn & Suites Edwardsville-Glen Carbon. Guests to the Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in St. Louis-Edwardsville-Glen Carbon will find plenty to do in our area. Our hotel in Edwardsville-Glen Carbon blends the perfect mix of big city style and comfortable small-town charm. While you're here, you'll be near gorgeous homes, 85 miles of beautiful biking trails and the fun of sporting venues such as the GCS Ballpark home of the Gateway Grizzles. Check out fun and quirky spots like the World's Largest Catsup Bottle, less than nine miles from our hotel. Or head to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a mere three miles from our front door.