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Friday night, amateur BBQ enthusiasts will be able to compete in the Hometown Throwdown around the Courthouse Square. You’ll also enjoy BBQ samples, live music, wine & beer tasting and plenty of fun for the whole family. Come back downtown Saturday to see the Kansas City BBQ Society pros square off. You’ll also enjoy live music, food and more fun. Sign up for the Effingham Performance Center’s Cornhole Tournament or enjoy all the fun kids activities planned. It’s sure to be a weekend full of BBQ & fun!
GrapeVine Bluegrass Festival
One of the few true American musical forms, bluegrass - that high, lonesome sound created by Bill Monroe over 50 years ago - has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and for good reason. It's natural. It's organic. We are proud to present a few of the finest bluegrass acts to be found anywhere. Hosted by local bluegrass heroes Firebox, Tuscan Hills Winery will have two days of amazing picking, beautiful bowing and soaring vocal harmonies - we can't think of a more harmonious way to bring the summer to a close! This is a rain or shine event. Bring your lawn chairs! There will be a variety of great food and beverages including water, soda, coffee, tea, beer and wine available for purchase on the festival grounds. Parking is free and within 25 to 100 yards away from the venue & of course handicapped parking is available. All ages are welcome. Be sure to check out the web address for more information on tickets and pricing: http://www.grapevinebluegrass.com.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Olde Picket Fence
Olde Picket Fence offers a custom line of primitive farmhouse furniture. Each item is handcrafted, one at a time, and every item is unique.
A hometown delight with daily specials.
Herrick Lions Club 4th of July Celebration
Independence Day Celebration with a flag ceremony to kick things off. There are bands, entertainment, a parade, raffle , free carnival, and fireworks.
Ingram's Pioneer Log Cabin Village
Pre-Civil War log structures rescued from destruction by the Ingrams. Many of the 17 homes and other buildings are furnished with authentic pieces and open to the public. Visit Jacob's Well Inn, frequented by Abraham Lincoln.
Stephen A. Forbes State Park
Located among the rolling hills of Southwestern Illinois, this park has a beach and offers boating, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and other activities. 140 camp sites open year round for outdoor lovers
Timber Trails Camp Ground
150 sites, electricity, 100 sites with water, 50 sites with sewer, showers, reservations.
Bear Grove Cabins
Reserve this beautifully decorated log home (1450 sq. ft.) with black bear decor all to yourself. Maximum occupancy is 8 people. Included when you check in is your evening crock pot meal on the kitchen counter with homemade bread, and a complimentary bottle of wine. The candlelit table will be set with place mats, cloth napkins, water glasses and your complimentary Bear Grove Cabin wine glasses.
Ramsey Lake State Park
A one-mile walking trail winds through the park, and a 13-mile horse trail is located at the north end alongside a campground for horses.
Ramsey Lake Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1965.
Bail's Timberline Lake Camp Ground
140 sites, electricity, water, dump station, showers, reservations.
Driftstone Pueblo carries many craft supplies including sinew, heshi, findings and cords. Also, kid's toys, beads, jewelry, canes, soapstone, metaphysical items, artifacts, crystal cubes, knives, swords, and much more.
Vahlings Vineyards & Winery
Vahling Vineyards is owned by Dennis & Brenda Vahling and located near Stewardson Illinois. The vineyard has 5 acres of grapes used to make wine for the winery along with fruit wines. Vahling Vineyards is open all year Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. We have a tasting room with tables and chairs to sit down and relax and a patio to enjoy when the weather permits. Vahling Vineyards has a two day Spring Festival usually the last weekend in April. The Festival consist of live music, food, craft vendors, and area invited Wineries.
Off Route 32 Cafe
Hand-Pattied Burgers, Daily Plate Specials, Pizza, Salad Bar, Kid's Menu. Hometown, friendly atmosphere.
Teutopolis Monastery Museum
See displays of early life in this German Catholic community, founded in 1838. The first Franciscans arrived in October 1858, and the three priests and six brothers quickly set about building a parish and friary.
Welcome to the Days Inn - Vandalia. A Chairman's Award winning hotel with Robbi's Restaurant and Lounge on premises, just off I-70 at Exit 63, and just minutes from Lincoln Historic Sites, the Oldest standing state capitol building, the Fayette County Museum, the National Road Interpretive Center, Archway Skydiving, Keck's Marsh, Buckstop Archery, Antique Shops, and restaurants. Minutes from Carlyle Lake, & Cahokia Mounds.
44 room hotel, handicap accessible, cable television, outdoor pool, pets accepted, restaurant witnin walking distance, complimentary breakfast.
Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
As a major stopping point for migrating ducks and geese, this 9,486-acre area offers excellent public waterfowl hunting opportunities.
Vandalia Golf & Country Club
Opened in 1916, this nine-hole course features 2,782 yards of golf from the longest tees, for a par of 35.
Skin Deep Day Spa and Salon
Skin Deep offers facials, microdermabrasion, make-up application, waxing, massage therapy, and reflexology. Skin Deep also carries the most up-to-date beauty products.
Something Special Florist
Something Special Florist offers floral bouquets, silk and fresh floral arrangements, a large variety of gifts and collectibles including Crosley Reproductions, 1800s antique furniture and Abe Lincoln memorabilia. Also, on on-site, all-year Christmas room and wine room with a variety of outstanding wines from California to Illinois.
Words, Wicks, and Wood
Come explore our wide variety of books or just simply find the book you've been looking for, as you discover the numerous titles available at this fine bookstore.
Gaby's Gift Gallery
Gaby's Gift Gallery offers art and craft supplies, acrylic paints, artists brushes, modeling mediums, paper mache polymer, clay, tin shapes, wood cut-outs, and more. Also, gift wrap, greeting cards, and stationary.
Gloria's Christian Supply
Gloria's has an array of Christian books, materials, and inspiring gifts.
Country Folk has a great selection of gifts and collectibles.
Madonna of the Trail Statue
The Madonna is one of 12 statues in the U.S. that honors the pioneer women who traveled along the National Road.
Vandalia, Illinois is where Abraham Lincoln began his historical political career and his life and achievements are commemorated on the marker.
Glen Carbon Heritage Museum
This museum is located in a beautiful brick building that is a renovated 1914 school located in the "Old Town" section of the Village. The museum has old dolls, weapons, pictures, and much more.
Old State Cemetery
Bronze markers give biographical information about prominent citizens from the earliest history of the community. Every fall, volunteers in period dress "resurrect" their ancestors and tell their stories during an annual cemetery walk.
The Farmers Monument
This impressive black granite piece located on the grounds of Vandalia's Tourist Information Center is a tribute to prairie farmers.
Fayette County Museum
Located behind the Statehouse in a century-old church, this museum is full of Lincoln-era memorabilia, including his letter cabinet and an axe carved with his initials.
Little Brick House
Listed on the National Register, it has six restored rooms with china, furniture, engravings, and books that belonged to the settlers when Lincoln attended the legislature.
Veterans Educational Museum
Items on display are from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm along with flags from 45 countries.
Vandalia Artworks Gallery
The gallery uses exhibit space in the Fayette County Museum. Special exhibits are scheduled through the year.
Archway Skydiving Center
Averaging over 10,000 skydives annually, more than 1,200 students make their first jump each year with high quality, USPA-rated instructors.
Located across from the Statehouse in Vandalia, the park features a life-size, bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln. This is a favorite spot for photos with the 16th president.
China Gate Buffet
China Gate is a large buffet filled with delicious Chinese dishes.
El Rancho Nubo
El Rancho Nubo has a large variety of delicious authentic Mexican dishes.
Family Cafe offers delicious cafe style cuisine in a casual, family friendly environment.
The Gallatin Street Grille
Gallatin Street Grille has a diverse selection, seafood, ribs, steak, and more, all served by Gallatin's friendly staff.
The Chuckwagon offers a wide variety of fabulous dishes and desserts for the whole family.
Historic National Road Scenic Byway
The National Road is called the "road that built the nation" because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley to East St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
National Road Interpretive Center
The National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia, Illinois tells the story of the surveyors, laborers and travelers of the National Road, sometimes called the Cumberland Road or National Pike. The Interpretive Center is a museum with hands-on activities for children including a Conestoga wagon that the youngsters can load for its journey. Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Illinois National Road towns is also spotlighted. One of the largest artifacts is an original National Road timber dating to the 1830s. Visitors will develop a better understanding of the importance of this road to Illinois and American history as well as an appreciation for the people that were involved in its construction.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Conveniently located off I-70, our pet-friendly hotel in Vandalia offers an ideal location near the Old State Capitol Building along with premium amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Our hotel provides quick access to area attractions such as the Fayette County Museum, Lakes Carlyle & Vandalia & the Madonna of the Trail Monument. Golfers can enjoy a stay at our choice accommodations since our location is near top-notch courses, like Indian Springs Golf Course, Vandalia Country Club & Ramsey Lake Golf Course. Our hotel offers premium business services, which include a 24-hour business center, free high-speed, wireless Internet access & a large meeting room with A/V equipment & catering options. While lodging at our smoke-free hotel enjoy the first-class facilities, which include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a heated indoor pool & a relaxing whirlpool spa. Every morning, help yourself to a cinnamon roll from our hotel's complimentary hot breakfast bar.
21-room motel with pets accepted and restaurants within walking distance.
Vandalia Lake Camping
Vandalia Lake provides high quality camping facilities for overnight camping. The campground includes sites with electric outlets, modern shower with flush toilets, and a dump station for recreational vehicles. Campgrounds are open from Memorial weekend through last weekend in September.
Vandalia State House
Step inside the Illinois’ oldest surviving State Capitol building. Vandalia was the fourth statehouse in Illinois, and is best known for the era when Abraham Lincoln served in the Illinois House of Representatives. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of this restored landmark.