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The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), is a premier location for outdoor sports. Known to sailors, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, sand beaches, and camping areas. Hotels, cabins and golf courses make the area a true outdoor lover's playground.
Approximately 25 weekend sites and 200 permanent sites on the east side of Litchfield's Lake Lou Yaeger. Site offers trail hikes, lake frontage, 30 amp RV service, city water and convenience store.
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.
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.
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.
Carlyle Dam East Spillway Campground
Swimming, fishing, boating.
Indian Grove Campground
Overnight tent camping, overnight pull through spots and permanent camper sites. Call ahead -- space limited for overnight trailer sites.
A Buck or More
A Buck or More offers flowers, gift baskets, parcels, party favors, supplies, and services.
The Thrift Shop
Opened in 1990 to help raise money for the local hospital and nursing home, The Thrift Shop is filled with bargains, hard-to-find items, and new and used merchandise.
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.
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery offers a relaxing dining atmosphere. They serve lunch and dinner, with breakfast on Sundays. With a twist on the normal steak and eggs, the Lodge serves prime rib or smoked brisket and eggs along with pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and omelet’s. Lunch offerings include salads, smoked sandwiches, hamburgers as well as many appetizers. Dinner includes, but not limited to rib eye steaks, surf-n-turf, succulent pulled pork, seafood, and awesome baby back ribs. The Lodge offers inside and outside dining options. A variety of dinner specials are available throughout the week. A breakfast and brunch buffet is available on Sundays. Each visit to Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery is a new experience for you to enjoy.
Coles Creek Recreation Area
148 sites, electricity, shower, reservations
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.
Civil War Monument at the Veterans' Memorial
This monument honors generations of soliders who sacrificed their lives for their country.
We raised cattle for 40 years. What would go with steak? A burgeoning industry was right under our noses and we began winemaking, the first and thus oldest winery in Montgomery County. Visits to wineries in Illinois in 2000, helped education, vineyard managers and winemakers giving valuable time and information. We refreshed old memories of chemistry, and planted grapes. Our children, friends and neighbors joined us in picking by hand, and are still with us since 2003. February 2, 2008, we opened. The winery was packed with those feisty individuals who came by the previous summers to see the building going up, only to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the winery to taste the wines and give us an opinion. We listened. Now visitors walk the vineyards to compare the grapes with the wine in their glass. Wine tastings are offered without charge. We are open year-round Friday through Sunday. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available for over 200. Today, we produce 5000 gallons of wine from grapes, and we encourage wine education from both sides of the tasting room table. Come join us!
General Dean Suspension Bridge
Located just outside the city of Carlyle, this historic 130-year-old bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the area. The original bridge served as a crossing over the Kaskaskia River.
Boulder Recreation Area
Swimming and fishing, boating, tent camping
Rustic Acres Campgrounds
155 sites available April 1 - October 31, recreation building, swimming pool, lake fishing, boat rentals, tent camping, handicap access.
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.
Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
22 species of fish are found in this lake, including bass, white crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, yellow bass, bluegill, and carp. This 1,100-acre lake is surrounded by native oak and hickory forests. Picnicking, hiking, and limited hunting and trapping.
Open April 1 - November 11, with 19 sites available for rent. Outdoor recreation surrounds!
American Farm Heritage Museum
Farm implements, tools, tractors, and other equipment are featured that date back 100 years. The museum is open for special events including the Outhouse Festival in the fall.
Ten Talents Gallery and Gifts
Ten Talents Gallery features handmade, individual, and unique items by Illinois artists. We offer such items as jewelry, watercolors, ceramics, wood carvings, and much more.
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.
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.
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.
Clinton County Historical Museum
This building was the former home of Judge Sidney Breese, who came to Illinois from New York. He studied law here and became Assistant Secretary of the State of Illinois.
Coal Miners Monument
Joseph Koch, who along with eight other local miners died in a mine explosion in 1947, is depicted here.
The marina offers modern concrete docks, an air-conditioned lounge, private showers, dry dock, and winter storage.
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.
This fresh water shrimp (prawn) farm offers agricultural tours and harvest festivals in the fall. Prawn, catfish and hushpuppies are available for purchase.
Wagon Wheel Antiques
Wagon Wheel Antiques is located uptown on the square and is a large mall with a great, helpful staff. A large selection of everything for everyone.
Kim's Little Shanty Antiques
Kim's has a wide variety of unique antiques.
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.
Pocahontas Antique Mall
Located just 1 mile from the center of Pocahontas, Illinois, Pocahontas Antique Mall has a large variety of antiques and treasures.
West Access Marina
A year-round facility for large and small boats located at the southwest end of Carlyle Lake. Suited for a complete variety of water sports.
Eldon Hazlet State Park
The largest campground in the Illinois State Park system. The park covers 3,000 acres on the west shore of Carlyle Lake. Every year more than 3/4 million visitors come here to hunt, fish, picnic, camp, boat, water ski, and hike.
Located north of Greenville in Sorento, this covered bridge holds festivals every year that draw thousands of visitors.
Colonial Golf Course
This public 18-hole, par 70 course is open year round, with rental clubs and carts, plus a snack bar.
Carlyle Dam West Campground
Swimming, fishing, boating, tent camping
Carlyle Lake Sailing Association
CSA has docking for 380 boats, 3 electric jib cranes, 1,300 ft. of dock and 2 launching ramps. Special events feature annual regattas.
Bock Sculpture Museum
The museum, located in the original college building on the campus of historic Greenville College, features hundreds of sculptural pieces by Richard Bock, best known for his work with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
One Room Schoolhouse Museum
Bring your children and show them a glimpse into education before the 20th century. Located on the Jr. High grounds, this schoolhouse was restored by the Bond County Retired Teachers Association.
Bond County One Room School Museum
This museum is a living monument to the more than 72 one-story schools throughout the nation that served to educate children and host community gatherings.
2nd Street Music
2nd Street Music has a wonderful selection of music and collectibles.
Heart Two Heart Jewelry & Collectibles
Heart Two Heart has a wonderful variety of fine jewelry and collectibles.
Located on Lake Hillsboro , many camp sites, hiking and horseback trails, picnicking areas, playground and swimming beach
Governors Run Golf and Country Club
This championship 18-hole course has 13 lakes scattered throughout the par 72 layout. It boasts five sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels on exquisitely manicured greens.
Brazle Haus Bed and Breakfast
Modern Alpine home reflects heritage. View beautiful scenery. Fireplace, TV, VCR, books, and games in common areas. Full breakfast. Twenty minutes from Vandalia.
Village Square Antiques
Village Square Antiques is located in a 1880s, two story building and offers a large variety of furniture. At Village Spuare Antiques there is truly something for everyone.
Originally built as a private residence in the 1870s, the house now holds an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia, World War I bond posters, Native American artifacts, domestic arts, and items from local manufacturers.
Vandalia, Illinois is where Abraham Lincoln began his historical political career and his life and achievements are commemorated on the marker.
Vandalia Artworks Gallery
The gallery uses exhibit space in the Fayette County Museum. Special exhibits are scheduled through the year.
Historic Montgomery County Courthouse
This historic courthouse was built circa 1858.
Herring's has a wide variety of unique antiques.
Floral Designs by Cindy
A large inventory of fresh flowers, plants, European/dish gardens, contemporary and traditional arrangements, silk arrangements, wedding flowers, funeral designs, gourmet gift baskets, and candles.
This historic home is furnished with memorabilia from the early days of Montgomery County, and is open by appointment.
Chartreuse Bed & Breakfast
A B&B by two sisters! Air conditioning, Balcony, Cats in residence, Corporate rate available, Discounts/specials available, DVD, Fireplace in room, Full breakfast, Gift shop on site, Internet Access, Meeting rooms/facilities, No smoking, Other meals upon special request, Patio, Piano, Picnic baskets, Picnic grounds, Private porch, Suites available, Television in room, VCR
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.
The China Pearl offers delicious Chinese cuisine by the order or with their outstanding buffet.
The Wood Barn
The Wood Barn has all the supplies you need to build your own barn.
Twin Oaks Golf Club
Twin Oaks offers a scenic nine-hole golf course.
6 room hotel, cable television, restaurant within walking distance.
Veterans Educational Museum
Items on display are from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm along with flags from 45 countries.
Able to accommodate boats up to 45 ft. in covered slips and 40 ft. in open slips, Trade Winds Marina is a great place to moor your boat. The new clubhouse features showers, restrooms, and a lounging area for members.
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 marquee dates back to the 1920s, but the audio-visual equipment is state-of-the-art. Three screens show first run movies on the ground floor, with a coffee shop and bistro upstairs.
Bond County Courthouse
Surrounded by shops and restaurants on the square, the 19th-century courthouse offers a great view of the town's hundreds of flower and fruit trees in season.
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.
Ramsey Lake Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1965.
44 room hotel, handicap accessible, cable television, outdoor pool, pets accepted, restaurant witnin walking distance, complimentary breakfast.
Carlyle Lake Golf Club
This nine-hole golf course was designed by John Kueper.
Bentley's Country Kitchen
Bentley's Country Kitchen has delicious food served in a cozy, casual dinning atmosphere by a helpful, friendly staff.
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
79 room hotel, handicap accessible, credit cards accepted, cable tv, convention facilities, small meeting rooms, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness room, pets accepted, restaurant within walking distance, lounge/bar, complimentary breakfast.
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.
White Sands at Governor's Run
Civil War Monument at the Veterans' Memorial
Generations of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country are honored.
Treat your family to fresh seafood, burgers, and other tasty food. A family restaurant that sits across from Carlyle Lake, offering a wide array of food for every palate.
Greenville Flower Shoppe
Greenville Flower Shoppe offers floral arrangements, gift baskets, party favors, supplies, and services.
The Farmers Monument
This impressive black granite piece located on the grounds of Vandalia's Tourist Information Center is a tribute to prairie farmers.
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.
South Shore State Park
33 sites, fishing, boating, tent camping.
Trails for bird watchers and nature lovers; 200 acres.
Greenville College's H.J. Long Gymnasium, a 2,000-seat venue, houses the varsity volleyball and basketball programs, and is capable of being configured for two additional courts. The Crum Recreation Center features a fantastic gym setup, and can handle two basketball, tennis or volleyball courts.
Glenn Shoals Lake
Covering 1200 acres, has picnic areas, marina and public boat slips.
Marcoot Jersey Dairy & Creamery
This working dairy has been in the Marcoot family for seven generations. Bring your family to see all aspects of the farm from raising calves through milk, ice cream, butter and cheese production.
Lu-Bob's Family Restaurant
Lu-Bob's has all your American favorites such as chicken, steak, potatoes, and much more, served with a smile.
Sleep Inn & Suites
Opened in November 2008, the Sleep Inn & Suites hotel quickly became know for exceptional customer service, cleanliness and value. Greenville's historical town square, offering many antique shops and art galleries, restaurants and the Globe Movie Theater is minutes away.
M Star Motel
44 rooms, outdoor pool, whirlpool, pets allowed, complimentary breakfast, wireless internet
Five cabins, cable TV, lake swimming and fishing.
Timber Trails Camp Ground
150 sites, electricity, 100 sites with water, 50 sites with sewer, showers, reservations.
Gloria's Flowers and Gifts
Gloria's offers a large variety of fresh flowers, plants, contemporary and traditional arrangements, silk flowers, wedding arrangements, funeral designs, candles, and gourmet gift baskets.
China Gate Buffet
China Gate is a large buffet filled with delicious Chinese dishes.
Mario's offers delicious pizza and other favorites, served by Mario's friendly staff.
Red Rooster Inn
Welcome travelers, wayfarers and refined persons. Celebrating 100 years, this historic inn is on the Courthouse Square in Hillsboro. Restaurant and bar at the facility.