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The Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival features 40 hot air balloons, races, glows, tethered balloon rides, main stage entertainment, craft fair, free children's activity area and games, cardboard boat races, car show, fireworks and much more.
Mt. Vernon Market
Mt. Vernon Market is located at the former armory building in downtown Mt. Vernon and features farmers markets, flea markets, vendor fairs, trade shows, entertainment, and other events throughout the year.
Home to the Balloon Fest, Foundation Park has many walking trails, nature areas, and gathering places.
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts & Mitchell Museum
Exhibitions, a children's gallery, a permanent collection and special events. Grounds include 85 acres sculpture park, nature trails and bird sanctuary. Hosts annual Cedarhurst Craft Fair.
GenKota's award-winning wines and ports feature reds, whites and blushes, from sweet and semi-sweet to dry. A full line of wine-related items and gift baskets are also available.
Market Days Flea Market & Vendor Fair
Held the first Saturday of every month, this farmers market and flea market features crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby furniture, produce, collectibles, art, food booths, and live entertainment!
Constructed in 1857 as the southern division of the Illinois State Supreme Court, Abraham Lincoln successfully argued a famous tax case in 1859. In 1888, Clara Barton used the building as a hospital. Tours are available. Please call in advance.
Crooked Creek Winery
Enjoy fine handcrafted Illinois wines served with a personal touch in a relaxing country atmosphere. Experience the outdoor beauty of Southwestern Illinois' rolling farmland or sip wine indoors by a cozy fire.
Orchard View Winery
Taste the tradition of over 100 years of quality grown fruit from the Mazanek family orchards. Even connoisseurs will appreciate a glass of John James, a delightful semi-sweet blend of Golden Delicious and Jonathan apples aged in American oak.
Home Garden & Business Expo
Annual Home Garden & Business Expo featuring over 40 exhibitors and 2 full days of "How To" demonstrations. Breakfast and lunch available, hourly door prizes, blood screenings on site and register for the "Grand Prize!"
Nuff-Stuff Retail Antiques
Antiques, collectibles, glassware, oak furniture, and fireplace mantels.
Rend Lake College Market Place
Large golf outlet store plus clothing, brass, crafts and sporting goods store. Formerly Jent factory outlet mall.
This orchard features fresh-picked apples, peaches, a pumpkin patch, cider and special events for children during apple season.
With 45-acres of recreation, Fairview Park features a swimming pool, baseball and softball fields, Skateboard Park, several picnic shelters, and a variety of playground equipment.
28-lane bowling facility with snack bar.
AMC Showplace 8
Movie Theatre with 8 theatres featuring special ticket pricing and traditional movie theatre concessions.
Bugsy's Chicago Dog
Bugsy's is Mt. Vernon's only authentic Chicago-style food! Menu includes real Chicago-style dogs, as well as a Greek menu, and much much more!
In 1779 George Rogers Clark led his army from Kaskaskia through this area to Vincennes, Indiana, where they captured Ft. Sackville from the British. At the time, this building was named for being near the midpoint of the Vincennes-St. Louis Trail.
Jefferson County Historical Village
Experience the past as you walk through a pioneer village of authentic log cabins featuring a calaboose (circa 1820), the Mount Olive Church (circa 1873), a one room school house and more.
Centralia's resident carilloneur performs on the town's 65-bell carillon, one of the few in the country. The surrounding park also features a museum and tours of the 165-foot-tall tower.
Come and enjoy the region's most exquisite culinary experience, from the open kitchen, to our Wine Room with 1000+ wines from all over the world, to the unique culinary cuisine prepared by the one and only Chef Liz. Exceptional food and even better service await your palate here at RARE Chophouse!
Inglenook Farm Bed and Breakfast
A delightful retreat on the outskirts of Mt. Vernon, this historical home has been transformed into a bed and breakfast paradise tucked away from the road on five acres complete with a pond, and old barn, and beautiful gardens.
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.
You can find berries, apples, peaches, pears and watermelons in season here.
Wray's Fruit Farm
Stop for u-pick strawberries and apples in season, or purchase other fruit products such as apple butter.
Clay County Speedway
This speedway features racing on a 1/3-mile clay oval track Saturday evenings from spring through fall.
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
Centralia Historical Society Museum
Centerpieces of the collection are newspapers and memorabilia from the coal mining days with tributes to railroad history.
Centralia Area Historical Museum
Artifacts, pictures of coal mining, railroading, business, farming in and around Centralia. A work in progress by the Centralia Area Historical Society to preserve the past of Marion County.
This fresh water shrimp (prawn) farm offers agricultural tours and harvest festivals in the fall. Prawn, catfish and hushpuppies are available for purchase.
Brehm Memorial Library
An extensive collection of genealogical materials offers visitors an opportunity to research local Mt. Vernon history.
Centralia Illinois Downtown Theatre
This former vaudeville and movie theatre has been restored to its former glory. The Playbill for the 2008 season includes Chapter 6, an acapella group that started at Milliken University in Decatur, IL and now tours worldwide and the touring company of Second City in Chicago. Don't miss the excitement.
Flying M Ranch Golf Course
This public nine-hole, 32 par course also offers a driving range, rental carts and clubs. Miniature golf, camping and fishing are also available for a fee.
Steve's has a big selection of antiques and collectibles.
Indian Hills Golf Course
This public 18-hole course offers challenges for both beginning and advanced golfers. A lighted driving range allows extended practice hours, and free group golf lessons are available every Saturday.
The marina offers modern concrete docks, an air-conditioned lounge, private showers, dry dock, and winter storage.
The park is open for boating and fishing year round and hosts a major drag boat racing event each year.
Jefferson County Historical Village
Authentic log structures. Historic memorabilia from the area are carefully preserved and displayed at the village. Open from the first weekend in May through the last weekend in October
Centralia Recreation Complex
Located in downtown Centralia, this 60,000-sq.-ft. building features an Olympic-size, six-lane competition pool with spectator seating. The main gymnasium has room for two full-size basketball or three volleyball courts with seating for 400.
Salem Country Club
This 18-hole course has lots of character, and is open to the public from 9am-12pm Monday through Friday. Golf carts are available.
Badollet House Bed & Breakfast
National Register historic home featuring period decor with contemporary conveniences. The Badollet House is not only a bed and breakfast, but also caters to small parties, weddings, business meetings and special occassions.
9th Street Grill
Located in Historic Downtown Mt. Vernon (an Illinois Main Street Community), 9th Street Grill brings cosmopolitan flare and flavor to a hometown atmosphere.
Times Square Mall
Shopping mall with Sears, JC Penney, Peebles, and a variety of specialty shops.
Clay County Museum
Housed in the old county jail, this museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Rusty Nail has a large selection of great antiques.
Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast
This B&B is housed in a classic 1920s Colonial decorated with antiques and fine art. Sidwell Friends is located just blocks from Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, which features the Mitchell Museum and an impressive sculpture park.
Greenview Golf Club
This public 18-hole, 72 par course offers rental clubs and carts, and a pro on site.
Green Hills Golf Club
This 18-hole, semi-private country club features lush Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens with four sets of tees (the longest over 6,500 yards). Green Hills also offers a large driving range, plus practice and chipping greens, a pro shop, lounge and restaurant.
Spacious, quiet, clean and affordable lodging, with free in-room coffee, free continental breakfast. Enjoy 25" remote color tv-hbo and cable. Just minutes from I-57.
Colonial Golf Course
This public 18-hole, par 70 course is open year round, with rental clubs and carts, plus a snack bar.
Little Toot Railroad
Ride the rails and experience train travel as it was decades ago on a 15-inch-gauge Crown steam locomotive that runs through Charley Brown Park.
America's Best Bell Tower Inn
Welcome to the Americas Best Value Inn-Bell Tower of Centralia, Illinois, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Centralia within view of the historic Carillion Bell Tower and within walking distance of some of the finest dining and shopping in southern Illinois. Our 4-story interior access (elevator) Inn features 56 nicely furnished guest rooms with added amenities including cable TV with HBO and hairdryers. Upgrades include coffeemaker, mini-fridge, microwave, and iron/board. We offer a FREE deluxe continental breakfast, indoor pool, and playground for the kids, a meeting/banquet facility with kitchen and a business center in the lobby. Come relax and enjoy the value at the Americas Best Value Inn-Bell Tower of Centralia. Hi-Speed Wireless Internet Access available.
Affordable, clean and comfortable lodging with lounge/bar and restaurant on site. Right off the interstate.
This two-screen theater shows new releases every weekend.
William Jennings Bryan Museum
This 160-year old home has three rooms of original furniture, pictures and personal items once owned by politician William Jennings Bryan.
Badollet House Bed & Breakfast
This 4 room bed and breakfast is located in downtown Salem just minutes from the Mariona County Fairgrounds.
Comfort Suites - Mt. Vernon
Conveniently located near I-64/I-57 Interchange with 24-hour indoor pool, fitness center, free hot breakfast, and business center
A Comfortable and Affordable Lodging Experience The Guesthouse Inn & Suites Salem IL hotel offers the convenience of a Denny's Restaurant and Cocktail lounge on site. Our Salem Hotel offers a 24 hour front desk service, free local calls, parking, USA Today Newspaper, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and complimentary popcorn. We are a pet friendly Salem Inn, pet fee apply.
Great Mexican restaurant with authentic Mexican food and a great atmosphere.
Lakewoods Flying Duck Sporting Clays
Public shooting range with sporting clays & wobble trap. A premiere sporting clays shooting facility located in rural Wayne County, seven miles northeast of Cisne, Illinois. Currently, offering twelve stations with 20 automatic machines, including a wobble trap, a battue, and a Rabbit. Our country setting allows us to present stations in the woods, on a hillside, in a marsh, and in open fields. We also surround a placid eight acre lake. On any given day, you can see the fish splash in the water, and hear the frogs croaking. Shooters have frequently reported seeing curious deer watching them from the shelter of the woods. Crisscrossing meadows, woods and marshes are all weather graveled nature paths winding thru miles of natural beauty. Both new and experienced shooters can appreciate the natural backdrop as they enjoy the sport. GPS> N38 33' 11.24" W088 22' 01.78"
America's Best Inn
America's Best Inn is a part of a national chain specializing in easy, comfortable and affordable hotels. This hotel is conveniently located just off I-57/64 and includes free breakfast. Pets ok.
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.
Mt. Vernon Veterans Park
86 acres of shaded playgrounds, tennis courts, swimming pool, in-line skating area and walking path around the lake. Fishing is allowed with proper license.
Marion County Fairgrounds
20 sites, big rigs welcome.
Chili's Grill & Bar - Mt. Vernon
Downtown Mt. Vernon (The District)
Visit Downtown Mt. Vernon for a variety of shops, including a kitchen store, photography studio, musical instruments, clothing, fine jewelry, scrapbooking supplies, and gifts.
Peebles offers nationally recognized brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and footware for the entire family.
Hampton Inn - Mount Vernon
101 rooms located near I-57. Indoor pool, spa and exercise room. Rooms with whirlpool tubs available.
America's Best Value Inn
Conveniently and centrally located the Americas Best Value Inn proves to be a great starting point for those visiting historic Mt. Vernon. The property is a four story, exterior corridor facility with spacious guestrooms.
25 rooms, pets allowed
Tommy T's Grub & Pub
Tommy T's offers home-made pizza and sandwiches in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
Friendly service, clean rooms, near shopping center. Restaurant - laundry service.
Family atmosphere with home cooked meals. Full menu. Two banquet rooms.
Silver Streak Inn
Bar & grill.
Great, home-made pizza.
Jerry's Bar and Grill
Offers full lunch and dinner menu along with homemade desserts. We specialize in hand-cut steaks.
General line of antiques, collectibles, glassware, furniture, primitives, crafts, records, and books. Call for appointment.
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant
Tequila Mexican Restaurant offers delicious Mexican food at a great price with fabulous, fast, and friendly service.
Goody's offers a wide variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories for the entire family.
Low daily, weekly rates, located near fast food, stores, and laundry mat.
Historic, elegant, fine dining featuring steaks, fresh seafood, exquisite entrees, cocktails and fine wine. Open for lunch, dinner and banquets for 100+.
Kaskaskia College Sports
Kaskaskia College's Blue Devil Gymnasium has hosted NJCAA tournaments, as well as many youth and all-star events. This full-size college floor can handle a pair of basketball or volleyball courts. On the exterior, the complex features a baseball field with batting cages, two softball diamonds and a full-size soccer field.
Clean, affordable, quiet and comfortable lodging in downtown Centralia. Within walking distance to downtown businesses shops and cafes.
Sam Dale Lake Conservation Area
Multiple-use recreational area with a 194-acre lake. It provides habitat for shore birds and upland game and offers camping, hunting, hiking, fishing and horseback riding.
Drury Inn & Suites
Located at the intersection of I-57 and I-64, the Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon is just moments away from popular attractions, shopping, outdoor adventures and history lessons.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Close to Interstate 57/64
Days Inn, Mt. Vernon
Located near I-57 & I64
Newly remodeled rooms. Under new management. King size beds. Ground level parking. Direct dialphone. Cable color tv. Accept all major credit cards.
El Rancherito - Mount Vernon
Mexican Restaurant. See other locations.
Holiday Inn - Mount Vernon
236 rooms located near I-57. Large banquet and meeting facilities. Restaurants inside hotel.
Comfort Inn & Suites
Conveniently located off Interstate 57 on U.S. Route 50 the hotel is less than 3 miles from Bryan Memorial Park. Carlyle Lake and Forbes Lake are minutes away and offer swimming, hiking, boating, hunting and fishing. Stephen A. Forbes State Park is about 20 minutes from the hotel. The birthplace of Miracle Whip and the GI Bill of Rights, Salem is also the birthplace of William Jennings Bryan, one of the greatest politicians in United States history. This hotel offers many amenities including free breakfast, wifi, 24hour coffee & juice and free local calls. Enjoy the relaxing in the indoor heated pool. Travelers appreciate conveniences like computer hook-ups and copy/fax services. All guest rooms have coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & cable tv. For families, the hotel has special family rooms with three queen beds and separate rooms with a television for mom and dad. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are also offered.
Buffet style restaurant inside Mt. Vernon Airport
BB's Grand Palace & Majestic Grill
Featuring Southern Illinois' largest dance club with live music every Tuesday - Saturday nights. Also featuring the Majestic grill with many lunch and dinner specials.
Comfort Inn - Salem
Newest motel with friendly, clean, and quiet lodging.Good service plus a good nights sleep.
Biggie's Cafe & General Store
Homecooking away from home. Daily lunch specials.