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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.
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.
Watkins Place at McCully
Get away from it all and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature under the shade of the catalpa trees in this two bedroom cabin in scenic Calhoun County. The Watkins Place is private and secluded with access to the hiking trails at the McCully Heritage Project. Amenities include a full kitchen, coffee maker, refrigerator, all kitchen utensils, towels and linens and board games. There is no TV reception, internet or phone service.
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.
White Tales Lodge
Step back in time to simpler days at White Tales Lodge. Nestled in the beautiful and remote hills of Calhoun County, the lodge has a warm and inviting atmosphere and is surrounded by some of the most unforgettable landscapes in the Midwest. Enjoy hunting packages in season or design your own weekend getaway with the family. Outdoor cooking facilities are available as well as an indoor kitchen, dining room, game room and sleeping accommodations.
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.
Village of Kampsville Campground
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Calhoun County while camping! The Village of Kampsville Campground, located near the Illinois River, offers electric service, water, sewer and has a shower house.
Stone Bridge Valley Art Center
Stone Bridge Valley Art Center includes an art studio offering open studio time and classes, an art gallery with featured artists, and a gallery boutique with art by local and regional artists available for purchase.
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.
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".
Straight Home Bar and Grill
A bit off the beaten path, Straight Home Bar and Grill is well worth the effort to find it. The daily lunch specials are out of the ordinary and can run the gamut from crab alfredo entrees to chicken and dumplings to barbeque pork steak. There is no breakfast despite the early opening. But steak entrees are featured every Friday and Saturday. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 a.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Take a step back in time with a visit to this diner which was opened in the 1940's in Jerseyville. Customers come from throughout the bi-state region just for the huge servings of onion rings, which are hand-breaded and fried to perfection. The regulars are friendly and sure to recommend the best menu items for those who don't know what to order. Don't leave before trying one of their homemade pies! Hours: T - S 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Su 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Eagle watch in style with binoculars from Piasa Photo. This full service camera shop offers binoculars for rent for the avid bird watcher as well as a complete line of camera equipment for the amateur and professional photographer. Hours: M-F 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., S 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Los Tres Amigos
Looking for fresh, hot and substantial Mexican-American food? If you are in Jerseyville, then stop by Los Tres Amigos. Boasting some of the more authentic Mexican food in the area, the fried tacos are a signature offering. Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
State Street Antiques & Jim's Attic
Chances are if you are looking for that hard to find antique piece, State Street Antiques/Jim's Attic in Jerseyville may have it. This warehouse sized store is crammed full with a treasure trove of merchandise from antique children's toys to furniture, glassware and more. Open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.
Hardin Drive In
If it's a burger and fries you want as you eagle watch or relax by the Illinois River, then this is the place to go. It's not a drive in but a sit down restaurant in spite of the name. Enjoy a homemade dessert or ice cream at the end of your meal and relax in this restaurant by the river. Hours: S - Th 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. F - S 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Breakfast is served all day in this Mexican-style restaurant which boasts some of the hottest hot sauce in the area. Don't miss the Sunday buffet which is popular among locals and visitors alike. Open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Mike's Pizza and Pasta
For some of the best Sicilian-style, thin-crust pizza around, look no further than Mike's Pizza and Pasta in Jerseyville. Known for the Margherita Pizza, a nice veggie-style pie, they also offer thick and deep dish pizza delights. Full menu of pasta selections as well. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New Frontiers Home Furnishings
See what sets New Frontiers Home Furnishings apart from its competition. High quality solid wood furniture grace the showroom floors. Plus, New Frontiers features a wide variety of unfinished wood furniture with finishing options available. It also offers locally made redwood garden furniture and will build the western red cedar frame greenhouse of your dreams. Open Mon. Tues. Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wild Trak Bikes
Take a ride along the many bicycle trails around Alton with a bike from Wild Trak Bikes. The shop features new and used bicycles including road bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes and children's bikes. Service is also available for all bikes makes and models. Hours: T - F 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., S 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Picture This & More
Preserve your family memories with the shadow box and memory box designs offered by Picture This & More, a full service custom framing store. Services include photo restoration, photo, negative and slide scanning and decorative framing to museum quality framing. This shop is located in the Piasa Shopping Center in North Alton. Open M - F 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., S 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
For a quick bite or a full meal, Mulligan's West in Jerseyville has a wide range of menu options. Appetizers feature "rattlers", "zingers" and "pig tails" with homemade sauces. Salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood and pasta are also featured menu items. Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Full bar which stays open until 1 a.m. Free live music once a month on Saturdays.
Fran and Marilyn's
Fran and Marilyn's is a small town diner with a big menu and even larger portions. Famous for their tasty, yet simple home cooked meals. The homemade pies are their signature dessert and customers often purchase a whole pie as they leave. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Beyond the Backyard Gate
There is something for everyone at this whimsical antique/craft store. Primitive and country home decorations, hard-to-find vintage items and antiques are among the merchandise. A country store is also incorporated and features Amish honey among other items. Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. First Sunday of the month Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy Mexican food at its finest. You’ll enjoy free chips and salsa and speedy service. Great food with great value.
My Antique Store
One of the premiere glassware antique shops in the area, My Antique Store features high quality items for the serious glass collector. Depression glass, Fostoria, milk glass, amethyst glass, crackle glass, carnival glass and stoneware are among the many pieces found as you explore room after room of glassware filled shelves. Costume jewelry and silverplate flatware is also available. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Illinois Riverdock Restaurant
If you have a craving for sweet potato chips, fried chicken, brisket, and fritters in generous portions, then this riverside restaurant is where you need to go. This is the place all the locals go when they want a great meal at a reasonable price. Order a whole fresh pie to take home for a late night snack. You'll be glad you did! Hours: Su - Th 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. F -S 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
A unique gift shop that blends a boutique atmosphere with a kitchen store, specialty store and gift shop all rolled into one. There are garden items, stationary, gourmet foods, timed candles, purses, dinnerware, pictures and more. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The White Pelican - Art Gallery
The White Pelican Art Gallery sits on the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois river in Grafton IL. Featuring 18 area artists in a variety of mediums, some depicting local charms.
School House Grill at Senior Services Plus
Senior Services Plus’ School House Grill offers a selection including a daily special, a soup and salad bar, as well as a variety of grill options. The School House Grill is an option for any age and is open to the public. Come join us for breakfast or lunch. Daily lunch specials include our own chef's creations and "GET FIT" meal items.
Come in and experience our fantastic fish sandwiches, steaks, and many, many more great dishes. Right on the river.
Pere Marquette Historic Site
This historical marker honors Father Pere Marquette.
Built in 1929, this old-fashioned country hotel has every room decorated differently. Enjoy the rich colors of Calhoun County and the Illinois River at this quaint country inn. Reservations are required.
Steve's Lighting and Antiques
Antiques abound at Steve's Lighting and Antiques in historic downtown Alton. Find that special piece or discover something you can't live without in this large antique venue. Hours: Wednesday - Thursday. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Primitive antiques and collectibles are everywhere in this antique mall in Alton. Over 60 booths are in this 6,800-square-foot antique mall. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 6 p.m.
Slackers CD's & Games
Slackers is a comic book, video game, movie and music haven for devoted fans. Each week new release comic books, video games and movies are featured. Find your favorite Batman, Avengers or Astonishing X-Men titles. Movies, CD's and video games are also traded. Open M - S 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Su 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Kampsville Landing offers two things at once: great homestyle cooking for those who want to eat out and a convenience store for those who just want to grab a snack. This family-style restaurant is located on the Illinois River. Hours: M - Th 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., F-S 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
S & S Sandwich
Welcome to S & S Sandwich Shop of Alton - North Alton’s only independently owned sandwich shop. Our goal is to provide fresh, quality, seasonal food fare at a great value. Every attempt is made to use only local products in our menu items. We currently serve sandwiches, soups and salads prepared by our chefs. Our daily specials change often to exploit the best of each season.
Second Reading Book Shop
A book-lover's paradise, Second Reading Book Shop in historic downtown Alton, features rare, unique and first-edition books in all genres. Lightly used modern novels are also available. Local author and store proprietor John Dunphey offers writing workshops in addition to hosting occasional special guests including area authors, musicians and speakers. Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Walgreen's - Alton
Pharmacy and convenience store.
Biker Brother Leather Company
Whether you are just getting started in the motorcycle scene with a sport bike or an experienced rider with a chopper, Biker Brother Leather Company offers high quality road clothes and customized leather motorcycle gear. From wallets to chaps, bike seats to touring bags, there is something for everyone who desires fine quality leather items. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ted's Motorcycle World
This is the place where biker's dreams come true. The showroom is packed with new Harley Davidson motorcycles, licensed apparel, jewelry, gifts, and a wide range of motorcycle parts and accessories. There is also a large inventory of used motorcycles and a complete service department on site. This is the region's premier Harley Davidson store! Open M - F 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., S 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Su 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Santa Cruz Imports & Exports
Hand selected artisan pieces from the villages and mountains of Mexico are showcased in this unique shop located in downtown Alton. A wide variety of landscape pottery, ornamental hand crafted patio furniture, outdoor fireplaces, Talavera Pottery, sculptured metal wall lights, bird cages, decorative water fountains, jewelry, blankets and other items from small to large are available. Open M - F 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., S 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Su 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grafton Winery Blues Fest
Enjoy the annual Grafton Winery & Brewhaus Blues Festival featuring non-stop free blues on both days. Check www.TheGraftonWinery.com for a list of performers.
Super 8 Motel - Jerseyville
Get the rest you need after a long day on the road at our Super 8 Jerseyville hotel. Located on Illinois State Route 109, less than one hour from St. Louis, MO, our hotel makes it easy to enjoy small-town charms with convenient access to big-city excitement. Enjoy queen size beds, recliners in most rooms, satellite TV, free local calls, jacuzzi bathtubs in selected rooms.
Dora's Spinning Wheel
Quilting supplies, customized embroidery and everything in between can all be found at Dora's Spinning Wheel. This shop also offers gifts from salt lamps to soy candles and jewelry. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Hazel2blue, inc. is a women’s fashion boutique that targets the late teen young women to the fashion savvy 40 something. H2B as slightly edgy, with a splash of vintage, sprinkled with a lot of class. Current brands: Tulle, Lucca Couture, Willow & Clay, Nation, Amour Vert, Sanctuary, DL1961 Denim, Sold Design Lab, and Threads 4 Thought basics, to name a few. They have a little bit of everything for the modern woman, including you!
By Design is a unique, warm and inviting shop, offering a variety of art and wearables. All are handmade by highly skilled local and regional artists. Hand-dyed silk scarves, jewelry, fiber art, couture clothing and much more is available. Local artists also showcase their work in the in-store gallery. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Olga Bread - it’s bread you’ll find at the center of everything here. A secret-recipe bread used in side dishes, desserts and every one of the delectable sandwiches you’ll find at Olga’s Kitchen. Try any of their soups, salads or sandwiches. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming and the food is always fresh.
Roper's Regal Beagle
Wood fired thin crust St. Louis-style pizza, burgers, a dozen different appetizers and a full dinner menu aren't the only things that bring customers to Roper's Regal Beagle. Dine and play games; watch all your favorite sports games on the big screen and other TVs and after hours, listen to the live bands and dance, but make sure you take the kids home first. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Josephines Ltd. Gift Shop
Unique home decor, gifts, florals and accessories are among the many pieces offered in vignette settings at Josephines Ltd. Gift Shop. The gift shops are in the original house, once part of Monticello College that was founded in 1838. The gift shops are adjacent to the renowned Josephines Tea Room. Gift Shop Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Take your time as you browse through Wilson's Antiques in historic Downtown Alton. A wide selection of antiques and collectibles are showcased. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Brussels Historic Village Jail
Once known as the local "calaboose", the Brussels Jail was built around 1876 and centered in the heart of the village. The jail mainly housed men overnight for drinking too much and the last person to stay in the jail was in 1952. The jail is open seven days a week.
Tinner's Anvil Antiques
Take a step back in time at Tinner's Anvil Antiques. Primitive antiques are among the thousands of items housed in this warehouse located in historic downtown Alton. From furniture to antique gardening tools, maps to quilts, there is something for every antique hunter around. Open F - S 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Su Noon - 5 p.m.
Planning a wedding, anniversary, birthday or other special event? Find your "Sweet Indulgences" cakes, cupcakes and other mouth-watering baked goods at The Hive. This specialty shop also features floral arrangements, one-of-a-kind custom jewelry, home decor items, crocheted bags for "green friendly" shoppers, giftware and some furniture. There is a little something for everyone. Hours: Monday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Golden Eagle Music Hall
Located inside one of America’s oldest country stores, the Golden Eagle Music Hall or "The Eagle" is a perfect setting to enjoy "the very best" in entertainment. Just a short drive from Alton, IL along "The Great River Road."
Spirits Lounge at the Temple
We have a full selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizza. We welcome weddings, receptions, anniversaries, business meetings, office parties, seminars, reunions, birthday parties, charitable functions, holiday celebrations and more.
Town Club of Alton, Inc.
Stop by this neighborhood bar & grill. You’ll find friendly folks, good food and cold beer.
Fun, unique and stylish children's clothing is featured at Grapevine located in Alton's historic downtown district. From christening gowns for infants to adorable seasonal outfits for girls up to size 8 and boys up to 4T, the store's experienced sales staff is committed to finding that perfect outfit for that special occasion.
Olive Oil Marketplace
A specialty shop devoted completely to the finest olive oils and balsamic vinegar's available, is what you will find at Olive Oil Marketplace. Gathered from top olive farms worldwide, the Extra Virgin Olive Oils are infused with natural flavors included roasted garlic, portobello and garlic, lemon pepper and Italian herb. There are more than 25 flavors of olive oils available. More than 17 flavors of balsamic vinegars are also on hand imported from Modena, Italy. Tasting stations for the olive oils and balsamic vinegars are set up throughout the store for customers. Flavored pastas, coffees and a variety of specialized kitchen gadgets are also available for sale. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Riverfront Guest House
Escape to this newly built home in Grafton, Illinois. The Riverfront Guest House is 14 feet off the ground & overlooks the Mississippi River. Relax and enjoy the river traffic on the open deck or the attached 3 season room! This home offers two guestrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, 42" flat screen TV, BBQ Grill, outdoor furniture on the deck and covered parking.
Medford Bicycle & Sporting Goods
Need a bicycle tune-up before you hit the local bike trails? Medford Bicycle & Sporting Goods in Jerseyville is the place to go. All types of bicycle repairs and accessories are available at this one-stop shop. New and used bicycles can be purchased. There is also a wide selection of sporting goods needs from helmets to ball bats, knee pads to practice jerseys. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Jerseyville Harvest Inn
Whether you are in Jerseyville for business or pleasure, be sure to check out the Jerseyville Harvest Inn. This motel is conveniently located in the middle of the business district and is located on U.S. 67 and near Illinois Route 16. Amenities include in-room microwave, refrigerator, free Wi-fi, and free Continental breakfast.
Mosaics Fine Fashions
Discover a treasure chest of European charm in the heart of Alton. Mosiacs is a unique boutique featuring trendy womens couture to fine home decor all at European wholesale pricing. Open Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Don & Penny's
Family restaurant and bar. Dinner Thurs. - Sat. cooked by Penny herself. Darts, friendly bartender.
Carver's Southern Style BBQ
Get ready for pulled pork, kabobs and Southern style ribs that will have you coming back for more! Try your favorite meat with one of the homemade sauces at Carver's, or served up with a side of homemade slaw, potato salad or baked beans. Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Jimmy the Greek's
This family-owned restaurant has become a staple of fine-dining in our community. Our warm, intimate atmosphere, combined with the love and dedication put into every dish we serve, continues to provide us with what brings our family the greatest satisfaction: happy, loyal patrons. Whether it be our delicious selection of Greek dishes which have been handed down from generation to generation, or our selection of both modern and classic fine-dining staples, we strive to ensure that every dish leaving our kitchen is of the absolute highest quality. It is our hope that you may come, eat, and enjoy yourselves to the fullest. OPA!
Stop by this old-fashioned diner featuring American and Greek dishes. Family owned restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. You’ll find tasty meals that are reasonably priced.
Joe K's Family Restaurant
Family restaurant with that old diner feel! Breakfast specials that can feed the hungriest of stomachs.
Village of Elsah
Travel back in time with us to the Village of Elsah. The entire village of Elsah is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This village, with a population of around one hundred people, is often referred to as the "village where time stood still." Visitors to Elsah can escape back to the Americana of the early 1800s with quiet streets and 19th century stone homes. This “picture perfect” village nestled in the valley is a perfect place for photographers – amateur and professional – anxious to capture a glimpse of the past.
Historic Midtown Restaurant
Enjoy food in either the quieter dining room or the lounge, with a long bar, pool table and a 50” TV. Listen to live music and DJs. Special discounts for senior citizens. Check out Taco Tuesdays, wings on Mondays, wine-down Wednesdays or all-you-can eat fish on Fridays or chicken on Sundays.
O'Jan's Fish Stand
Sometimes simple is best and O'Jan's Fish Stand has transformed simplicity into an art form. Tasty, simple fried fish sandwiches made to order are among the treats of this quaint restaurant/store located right on the Mississippi River in Grafton. Some indoor seating, but the draw is truly the river. Benches line the back of the building for customers to eat, drink and river watch. In addition to fresh fish sandwiches, O'Jan's offers sides, burgers and pork tenderloins. Hours: M - Th 10:30 a,n, - 6:30 p.m.F - Su 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Buena Vista Jewelry
There is nothing run of the mill about Greg Brummett's hand-crafted jewelry. Each piece is unique and is crafted from the finest quality metals and semi-precious gemstones, that include turquoise, bolder opals, agates, quartz, hematite, onyx, coral, tiger eye, and others. Many stones are cut, shaped and polished by Greg personally. He also creates "steampunk" jewelry which blends Victorian styles with modern science fiction. Think steam engine versus combustion engine when viewing his designs. All pendants are created using the art of wire-wrapping. Wire-wrapping has been around since the time of the Phoenician Empire, about 1000 years B.C. Today, wire wrapping has become popular because of the uniqueness and the individuality of each piece - no two are ever exactly alike! Open: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Upscale gifts with a flair for the unique are among the many items found at the White Birch. Stunning jewelry, amazingly soft baby blankets, Gurgle Pots for entertaining and a bridal registry are all available. Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
A site interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park, will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles this winter. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and much more. All programs will begin at the park's visitor center at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required. There will be a short video presentation followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Please dress warmly and have a full tank of gas.
Village of Elsah Museum
Discover what life was like in historic Elsah when it was founded in 1853 by James Semple. The museum, housed in the Elsah Village Hall built in 1887, showcases former residents, architectural styles used in constructing buildings, and implements used by residents in the mid-1800s. The museum is open Saturday and Sundays only from 1 - 4 p.m.
Catfish fritters and fried chicken are the specialties for this riverside restaurant. In the winter, view the eagles flying over the Illinois River as you enjoy some of the best fried fish and homecooked meals in Calhoun County. The Barefoot Restaurant is also famous for its ample food portions. Hours: T - Su 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Maple Leaf Cottage Inn
Located in the historic village of Elsah, the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn offers bed and breakfast cottage style. All rooms have private bath, sitting area and a full hot breakfast delivered to you each morning.
Ragin Cajun Piano Bar
Order from the menu with choices of delicious, New Orleans-style food. Known for late-night breakfasts. Enjoy live piano music and dueling pianos on the weekend.
State Street Market
You’ll find great selections including market fresh salads, homemade soups, artisan bread panini's and sandwiches. There are many vegetarian options. Enjoy craft beers or imported wines in outdoor garden.
Franco's Restaurant in The Atrium Hotel
Casual family dining where kids 12 and under eat free with a dining adult. Comfortable for families as well as the business traveler. Dining room seating as well as atrium terrace seating available. Franco's Restaurant features such an array of delicious, ever-changing specialty dishes that it's impossible to choose one dish to love. The high quality is always consistent at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Looking for quality restoration of your antique furniture? Check out Alton Landing which offers a complete restoration service. Repair work is also available for pottery, clocks and chair caning.. Canvas boat covers are also available. Open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
George Street Antique Mall
Prepare to be delighted by the over 15,000 square feet of furniture and collectibles in this antique store situated in a former warehouse. Open Wednesday through Monday, noon - 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.