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Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
Bluegill Music Festival
Bluegill Music Festival (BMF) will launch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced.
Illinois State Museum-Southern Illinois Art Gallery
A museum gallery featuring theme-based exhibits of works created by past and contemporary Illinois artist and artisans. Less than 1 mile southeast of Rend Lake.
Macedonia Game Preserve
Full of hospitality and free of highway noises and crowds. Come hunt whitetail and upland birds in a variety of settings.
Rend Lake Marina
Prepare for a summer adventure at the full-service marina offering long term slip rentals and transient rentals. Water-ski, cast a line from a fishing boat or join friends on a pontoon boat.
Edwards Antiques & Jewelry
Antiques & Vintage, furniture, jewelry, seasonal decorations and items. On the Benton Square just 5 miles south of Rend Lake.
Furniture, home décor, collectibles, antiques and jewelry. Just 5 miles south of Rend Lake, 1/2 block off the Benton Public Square.
Wulfe Brothers Perform
A musical journey from the Revolutionary War through the Persian Gulf Crisis. The Indomitable American Spirit is celebrated in patriotic music that will fill your heart with renewed pride in this great nation.
Southern Illinois Music
Local musician Bill Reynolds will lead the audience through a historical journey of music in Southern Illinois dating back to the Civil War.
Creativity Redefined Art Exhibit
The community-wide exhibit, Creativity Redefined, highlights the creative talents of regional artists and celebrates the valued diversity and unique perspectives of individuals in the Southern Illinois region.
The Sinking of the Lusitania by Barbara Kay
Hear about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania from the perspective of one of the survivors. Returning performer Barbara Kay will provide an engaging performance that will educate the audience about this event and its consequences.
Locust Street Historic Fair
The Locust Street Historic Fair offers crafters, artisans, food vendors, antique car show, train display and historical presentations.
Breezy Hills Farm
A family owned farm provides a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. Features a general store, barn-o-rama, seasonal activities, and home grown pumpkins, and enjoy you-pick or pre-picked farm fresh strawberries and blackberries. Only 7 miles south of Rend Lake.
Pick blueberries mid-June through mid-July.
Pheasant Hollow Winery
Located in a rustic log cabin in the woods near Rend Lake, a large tasting room, huge stone fireplace, and a wraparound deck provides a great place to sample Pheasant Hollow's award-winning wines. Only 1 mile east of Rend Lake.
Benton Civic Center
Come experience a variety of exciting and entertaining events. Live theater performances, sporting events, comedy shows, great music and more. Located just 5 miles south of Rend Lake.
Illinois State Museum - Southern Illinois Art Gallery
A museum gallery featuring theme-based exhibits of works created by past and contemporary Illinois artists and artisans. Less than 1 mile southeast of Rend Lake.
Enjoy affordable rates in a convenient location when choosing the Quality Inn® in Mount Vernon, IL, ideally located off of Interstate 57 near many area points of interest.
Denny's - Salem
American family-style dinners served 24 hours a day. Senior menu. Also full bar and lounge.
Five Brothers Cafe
American diner with Greek offerings.
Ryan's Family Steakhouse - Mt. Vernon
Buffet, sit down restaurant. Family styled restaurant centered on steak. Dine in or carry out. Buffet everyday with an array of delicious foods to choose from. Children's priced buffet too.
Barbeque is the specialty here.
Produce Plus Farm Market
Old-fashioned farm market specializing in fresh vegetables, fruits, deli and meat counter, candy, honey, nuts, Amish jams and jellies, and much more.
El Rancherito - Salem
Mexican hospitality with fine Mexican food. Bien venidos, amigos.
Lone Star Steakhouse
Famous for mesquite-grilled steaks, and "Texas-sized" portions, Lone Star Steakhouse restaurants deliver an authentic Texas themed experience, offering truly unique and flavorful food and outstanding service to every guest. The menu offers great variety beyond steak … salmon, ribs, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Family restaurant with country cooking.
Nu Bowl Lanes
Sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Located inside a bowling alley.
Big O's Bar-B-Que, Inc
Dine in or carry out of Bar-B-Que, ribs, chunk cod fish, steaks and chicken.
The Frosty Mug Bar & Grill is a great place to bring the whole family for lunch or dinner. Located in Mt Vernon, IL, the Frosty is a restaurant and bar with daily lunch specials at affordable prices. Stop in for a great meal served by a friendly staff and see what you've been missing!
Hoffman House offers delicious food in a casual, elegant atmosphere.
Papa Z's Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe
Visit Papa Z's in Mt. Vernon for home-made fudge and home-made hand dipped premium ice cream. Featuring over 20 flavors, and a variety of sherbet and sorbets. Papa Z's also serves frozen custard, ice cream sodas, sundaes concretes, and shakes! Don't forget about the fudge!
Red Carpet Inn
Motel that features 24 rooms.
Chico's Mexican Restaurant
Chico's menu is full of delicious south of the border favorites.
Uncle Joe's Deli
Home of the Uncle Joe's All Purpose Sauces. Located at Exit 83 on Interstate 57 near Rend Lake.
Rural Route Country Cookin'
Country cooking restaurant located inside the Huck's Travel Center.
Super 8 Motel - Mount Vernon
63 rooms located close to I-57.
Bell Tower Inn
Beautiful, modern 4-story motel, located in downtown Centralia, across from the historic bell tower. Walking distance to several good cafes and shops.
Super 8 Motel - Salem
Clean, neat, quiet and close to I-57 with complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.
Strong's Gifts and Collectibles
Gifts for all occasions, name brand collectibles, greeting cards for all holidays.
Goody's offers a wide variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories for the entire family.
Cracker Barrel - Mt. Vernon
Our menu features everything you love about country cooking, plus a few items that might just surprise you.
South Sandusky Campground
120 camping sites with electricity and 8 tent sites on beautiful Rend Lake. Full hookups on selected sites. Beach.
Royal Inn, Mt. Vernon
Located in downtown Mt. Vernon. 36-room facility
Jimmie James Blue Goose
Greek restaurant with homemade desserts, soups and dishes.
Old Bates Campground
Located on the west side of Rend Lake off of Route 148 at the intersection of Peach Orchard Road. Offers electricity, water and sewer, shower house, bottle gas filed, dumping stations as well as campers to rent. Owners: Robert and Angela Holder.
Krieger's Sports Grill
Home to outstanding food and drinks, a great atmosphere for sports and families.
Travel Centers of America
Country Cooking Restaurant
Espresso bar and deli. Located in historic downtown Benton. Seating for 60.
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.
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.
Chinese food served in a family atmosphere.
Lincoln Trail Antiques
Largest privately owned antique shop in Southern Illinois. General line of antiques and collectibles, glassware, primitives, old toys, old tools and lamp parts.
Craig-O's Pizza, Pasta & Hot Oven Subs
Craig-O's offers an assortment pizza, pasta, sub-sandwiches and more.
Super 8 Salem
The winning Pride of Super 8 Salem, IL is conveniently located at I-57 and US Why 50 in beautiful Southern IL. We are centrally located between Stephen A. Forbes State Park, Carlyle Lake and Rend Lake. Enjoy our many festivals and small town hospitality, such as the annual Bluegrass Festival, Antique Power Days, Centralia Balloon Festival and Salem Super Car Cruise. The Super 8 Salem is within minutes of the William Jennings Bryan Home and Museum. The Salem area offers swimming, hiking, fishing and golf.
Rend Lake Antiques
Fine antiques, furniture, and collectibles in old historic building on Main Street of Sesser.
Motel 6 - Mt. Vernon
Motel located near I-64/I-57 Interchange offerning wireless internet and free coffee.
Buffet style restaurant inside Mt. Vernon Airport
Comfort Inn - Salem
Newest motel with friendly, clean, and quiet lodging.Good service plus a good nights sleep.
Sherwood Camping Resort
Camper and tent sites, approx. 60 hookups; shaded, family-oriented camping. Only 2 mi. to Rend Lake.
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.
Great, home-made pizza.
Days Inn, Mt. Vernon
Located near I-57 & I64
El Rancherito - Mount Vernon
Mexican Restaurant. See other locations.
Biggie's Cafe & General Store
Homecooking away from home. Daily lunch specials.
Holiday Inn - Mount Vernon
236 rooms located near I-57. Large banquet and meeting facilities. Restaurants inside hotel.
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.
Super 8 Motel - Benton
Located just off I-57 at Benton Exit, this modern motel extends the traveler 48 clean rooms, free morning coffee and convenient restaurant and lounge on premises. Special packages for hunters and fishermen.
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant
Tequila Mexican Restaurant offers delicious Mexican food at a great price with fabulous, fast, and friendly service.
Historic, elegant, fine dining featuring steaks, fresh seafood, exquisite entrees, cocktails and fine wine. Open for lunch, dinner and banquets for 100+.
Newly remodeled rooms. Under new management. King size beds. Ground level parking. Direct dialphone. Cable color tv. Accept all major credit cards.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Close to Interstate 57/64
Friendly service, clean rooms, near shopping center. Restaurant - laundry service.
Low daily, weekly rates, located near fast food, stores, and laundry mat.
General line of antiques, collectibles, glassware, furniture, primitives, crafts, records, and books. Call for appointment.
Newly remodeled rooms at budget rates. Children welcome.
Clean, affordable, quiet and comfortable lodging in downtown Centralia. Within walking distance to downtown businesses shops and cafes.
Jack Russell Fish Company
Fish with an "old Tavern recipe". Upscale decor with mid scale prices. Tropical theme with crawdads once a month & other fish dinners plus chicken and pork.
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.
Silver Streak Inn
Bar & grill.
Chili's Grill & Bar - Mt. Vernon
25 rooms, pets allowed
Tommy T's Grub & Pub
Tommy T's offers home-made pizza and sandwiches in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
Jerry's Bar and Grill
Offers full lunch and dinner menu along with homemade desserts. We specialize in hand-cut steaks.
North Sandusky Campground
Beautiful campground on Rend Lake with 118 sites with electricity. Full hookups available on selected sites. Three picnic shelter areas (wheelchair accessible). One group area with 21 wooded campsites for $100 a day.
Located at the Rend Lake Resort, this friendly restaurant offers fine regional cuisine with a waterfront view. Try the Sunday afternoon all-you-can-eat fried chicken buffet.
Marion County Fairgrounds
20 sites, big rigs welcome.
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.
Peebles offers nationally recognized brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and footware for the entire family.
Benton Square Antique Mall
Come see many unusual items, some you don't see every day -- and our prices are very fair. We always tell the customer go check the rest, come back to the best!
Family atmosphere with home cooked meals. Full menu. Two banquet rooms.
Hampton Inn - Mount Vernon
101 rooms located near I-57. Indoor pool, spa and exercise room. Rooms with whirlpool tubs available.
Great Mexican restaurant with authentic Mexican food and a great atmosphere.
Chinese Buffet 7 days a week, featuring the best Hunan, Szechwan & Mandarin Cuisine in the area. we also offer carry out, buffet to go, lunch specials, and a seafood buffet on Friday & Saturday. Located on the beautiful Benton Square.
Season's at Rend Lake
At Season's enjoy either casual or semi-formal dining at its best. Full service bar, seasonal favorites and specials with a beautiful view of Rend Lake golf course. Meeting and banquet rooms for up to 250.
Macedonia Game Preserve
A state-licensed hunting preserve, we provide hunters with a good environment and quality deer management. Also quail, pheasant,chukar and dove hunting available. Package prices available upon request for walk-in hunts, corporate & business hunts.