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Wine Country Cottage
Getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the Wine Country Cottage. Just one mile away from Blue Sky Winery, we are located in the heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Spend a couple days or a weekend exploring the award winning wineries, shops and restaurants along the Trail! The quaint cottage on 29 acres offers a private and serene getaway. Conveniently located 1.4 miles from Blue Sky Vineyards, 2.9 miles from Orlandini Vineyard, 3.9 miles from Owl Creek Vineyard and 5.8 miles from Starview Vineyards!
American Thresherman Fall Festival
This event will have daily demonstrations and displays of steam and gas engines, draft horses and pony activities, robe making, saw mill, corn shredding and shelling, cider and apple butter making, blacksmithing, steam train rides and much more. This is a family fun weekend!
Balloons Over Mt. Vernon & Fly-In
The event will host over 15 hot air balloons including a 140 foot Shark balloon that goes by “Sharky” taking flight October 16, 17, and 18, 2015 at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. There will be a balloon glow, tether balloon offering paid rides, war birds, VIP seating, sponsor booths, family activities, vendors, crafters, inflatables and much more family fun.
Wayne City Bean Days
Come celebrate over 45 years of Ruritans of Wayne City with ham & beans, parade, pageant, live music, and more.
Carterville Free Fair
The 102nd annual Carterville Free Fair will include a Twilight 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Carterville Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Carterville Lions Club, the fair will be Sept. 10 through Sept. 12 at Cannon Park Midway off Greenbriar Road. The event offers carnival rides, games, free entertainment, food and more. The annual free fair parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.
South Marcum Campground
South Marcum Campground sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of Southern Illinois. With plenty of unobstructed views of the water, campers are able to take in scenic sunsets as well as enjoy activities such as bank fishing, right from the campground.
Carterville Community Center
The Fred G. Harrison Annex at the Carterville Community Center is a large banquet facility that offers the renter options such as using a full kitchen or just renting one half of the banquet hall. Special events such as bridal showers, baby showers, and children's birthday parties, reunions and other events can be held here.
A retreat center and summer residential camp with 1 and 2 week summer sessions for 2nd-8th graders just 2 miles southeast of Rend Lake.
Fresh salads, incredible cat fish, crispy chicken sandwiches, and the appetizers can be a meal alone with hand made sauces and dips. Stuffed mushrooms are very popular. Friday and Saturday specials are posted out on a rustic board along the street, and range from prime rib to a local favorite, the fully loaded nachos. The name Diver Down is in recognition of the owner, who is a diver that can help out if anyone at the local marina has a spun prop, or other problem on the Ohio River. Diver Down is a full service bar, waitresses are all local characters that keep things flowing smoothly.
Shawnee Forest Cabins
Beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom Rental Cabins in the Shawnee National Forest. Closest Cabins to the famous Garden of the Gods and Pounds Hollow 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.
Through its eccentric decor and delicious desserts, Cafe Melange has become a local and regional favorite for gourmet cuisine. Guests can sit on the patio and enjoy the lively atmosphere of downtown Carbondale, or enjoy a quiet meal near the fireplace inside. Enjoy a stone baked pizza, avocado salmon wrap, or simply treat your taste buds to the decadent taste of their signature cheese cake.
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.
Your Heart's Desire
This mall has collectibles, antiques, primitives, and locally handmade goods. On West Frankfort Main Street. Only 10 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 artist and artisans. Less than 1 mile southeast of Rend Lake.
West Franklin County Museum
This museum, located in an old school building contains artifacts, memorabilia and hundreds of photographs, which depict lifestyles and the people from the early days of Franklin County. Only 10 miles southwest of Rend Lake. The museum is free to the public but they do accept donations.
Silkwood Inn Museum
The Silkwood Inn was built in 1827 and contains furnishings and artifacts from the 1800s. A tour trough this amazing Inn includes the telling of a famous local legend about the kindness of the Silkwood family, a slave girl named Priscilla, and the Trail of Tears. The museum is free to the public but donations are accepted.
Wheat Fair & Festival
This three day event has a queen pageant, carnival rides, food and drinks, games, antique tractor pull and a washers tournament. Exhibits include farm, homemaking, 4-H and school projects. There will be a large decorated float parade on Sunday.
Carlyle Wine and Art Festival
The Carlyle Wine and Art Festival will feature craft and art vendors, wine, music and more!
Ever After Bridal Show
Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place. Over 100+ vendors to choose from all under one roof. This annual event is presented by River Radio and held at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.
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.
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.
El'Tequila Mexican Restaurant
Located directly across from Ft. Massac State Park you will feel like you have stepped across the border into old Mexico. Select from the finest traditional Mexican cuisine or have a drink from the bar. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily
Frankfort Area Historical Museum
Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake, the former two story brick Logan School is now a museum featuring area mining history, memorabilia from 1802-1976, a genealogy library, and the Red Geranium Tea Room that serves homemade lunch.
Dress It Up
Dress It Up is a specialty shop with personal service as a specialty. Carrying top brands such as, Brighton, Vera Bradley, Spanx, Tribal Blast, Koret, Lisa, and so much more you will find what every woman wants here! 10AM – 5PM Monday – Friday, 10AM – 2:00 PM Saturday
Pickers Paradise Antiques, Crafts and Collectibles
Pickers Paradise has a variety of antiques, crafts and collectibles. Look for one of a kind items like an antique loom, furniture and much more.
Cubby Bear's Pizza
Chicago Style Pizza at its best. Even though you are 6 hours away from Chicago you will feel like you are on the streets of the Windy City every time you bite into one of the handmade pizzas at Cubby Bears. A pizza buffet makes it easy to sample all that Cubby's has to offer. Sandwiches and pasta also available. 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Daily
Fat Edd's Roadhouse
Located two blocks from Harrah's Fat Edd's Roadhouse offers a variety of foods and drinks. Many appetizers such as peel-n-eat shrimp and great food choices from salads to Roadhouse platters. They also offer a full bar. Open daily 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, Horse and Carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
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.
Bald Eagle Tours at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard is home to six nesting pairs of resident bald eagles and their offspring. A few nesting sites are visible from public roads throughout the Refuge and eagles are spotted daily. Guided tours visit eagle nests and areas of the Refuge where eagles may be spotted. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth under the age of 12, and reservations are required.
China House Buffet
Bringing the atmosphere of China to Metropolis, The China House Buffet has opened in a newly remodeled facility. This deluxe buffet has everything you could possibly want and more. From Chinese favorites, pizza, American classics, seafood, salad and desserts you will find something you will enjoy. Located across U.S. 45 from Ft. Massac State Park. 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily.
Crappie USA Super Tournament
Crappie USA will hold one of the 2015 Super Tournaments on Lake of Egypt in Marion, IL. This will be a guaranteed payout of $10,000 and prizes. The tournament starts at 6:30am and will run until 3pm with a weigh-in at 4pm.
Creations the Florist
Creations is a full service florist carrying a large selection of green and seasonal blooming plants, gift items, candles, snack and fruit baskets. Fresh cut and silk floral arrangements are available as well as the specialty of custom and theme designed arrangements. Creations is ready for all occasions and holidays. 8:30AM – 5PM Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – Noon Saturday
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.
Pick blueberries mid-June through mid-July.
Crazy Joe's Fish House
Hot Fish. Cold Beer! For the best in food, fun and atmosphere you've gotta get to Crazy Joe's!
Down-home cookin' at Rube's is served up three meals a day. The cooks in the kitchen specialize in cooking "the way your mamma made it'" so you'll find something to your liking on the menu. Daily specials are sure to please even the pickiest eater. 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday
Visit this Metropolis icon for barbecue done the old fashion way! In business since 1965 and located just 2 blocks from Ft. Massac State Park, you will enjoy some of the best breakfast sandwiches and BBQ in town! Open 4:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday.
Veterans Military Museum Depot
The Veterans Museum Depot is a restored C&I railroad depot that is filled with memorabilia from the Civil War to Desert Storm. It has uniforms of all branches of service, a purple heart, horse saddles from World War I, insignia's & patches, gas masks, a World War II communication system and many other items on display. Many young boys of the Rend Lake area left from this very depot to go to war. On the West Frankfort Main Street just 10 miles south of Rend Lake.
A unique gift shop carrying jewelry, purses and gifts. You are sure to find gifts for men, women and children of all ages at Silver Collections. 10 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 2PM Saturday
Grand River Spirits
Grand River Spirits is a locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois. Creating spirits that showcase Southern Illinois' grains and fruits. Their offerings will include brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Made from Southern Illinois crops, the production of these premium, hand-crafted spirits are made with the best of the Midwest.
Issac's Rusty Wagon
Isaac's Rusty Wagon is an antique mall & More, located on hwy148 in Energy, IL. Specializing in Antiques, Primitive Crafts & Home Decor.
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.
Cakes By Ally
At Cakes by Ally each cupcake flavor has its own signature design and name. In addition, each order is made unique and perfectly fit to please the customer. Ally provides custom cakes (from wedding to birthday), cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, and much more. Cakes by Ally specializes in fondant decor and butter cream icing.
Five Brothers Cafe
American diner with Greek offerings.
The perfect combination of great collectibles, seasonal items and great food. On the main street of West Frankfort. Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake.
Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo
At the Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo, you'll find Light Sport Aircrafts lined on the tarmac of the Mt. Vernon Airport. Also find LSA's for sale, ancillary equipment, and related services.
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.
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.
Mo Wallace BBQ
Located in the heart of Carbondale's Town Square, Mo Wallace is one of the most beloved hole-in-the-wall stops in Southern Illinois. Feast on the mouth-watering selection of soul food and finger-lickin' barbecue, and enjoy the company of the friendly staff. This truly is one of Carbondale's culinary gems!
Back in Time- Primitive Corner
Located just off the interstate at Exit 59 in Johnston City, IL, this primitive store specializes in distressed and refurbished furniture. You will also find a unique selection of pictures, LED candles, Lanterns and more.
Mandy's Family Restaurant
Offers homestyle entrees at lunch and dinner.
Hoffman House offers delicious food in a casual, elegant atmosphere.
Offering Daily and weekly rates plus Western Union.
Home-cooked food for dinner on Thursday and Friday and breakfast or lunch everyday of the week. Always a lunch blueplate special with seating for thirty.
Frankfort Community Aquatics and Activities Center
Features indoor swimming, gymnasium, exercise room, weight room, and park with playground equipment. Just 10 miles for Rend Lake.
Five Brothers in Fairfield
A full menu serving the whole family; soups, salads, seafood & desserts; breakfast available all day. Variety of cuisines, including Italian.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Marion
Marion's newest hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, is conveniently located off I-57 and IL Route 13 adjacent to Rent One Park. The hotel location is minutes away from the Williamson County Regional Airport (MWA) and within 15 minutes of Southern Illinois University. Leisure travelers can explore the local culture with area wineries, Marion Civic Center, The Pavilion of the City of Marion & the Illinois Star Centre Mall. Catch a Minor League Baseball game at Rent One Park, home of the Southern Illinois Miners! As a hotel guest in Marion, Illinois, you have access to modern amenities such as wired and wireless Internet access, refrigerators and microwaves, hot breakfast and a 24 hour business center. After work or play, our indoor heated pool (open in July) and fitness center are a great way to unwind.
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!
Dimaggio's Pizza - Carmi
Serving lunch and dinner entrees, full selection of pizza and more.
El Greco is a greasy spoon — said in the BEST way. This delicious joint makes some of the best gyros around. Locally-owned and operated, El Greco has become a staple in downtown Carbondale. Don't forget to try the fried mushrooms!
Dinner Bell Too!
Down Home Country Cookin'. Homemade food for breakfast, lunch and Dinner.
King Buffet in Mt. Carmel
Located on 4th street in Mt. Carmel, all varities of Chinese delicacies are available.
Dimaggio's Carryout & Delivery in Grayville
Delicious Italian dinners available for carryout or Delivery. Pizza.
Lamplite Collectibles and Antiques
Featuring glass, pottery, kitchenware, china, quilts and much more
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!
Barbeque is the specialty here.
PJ's Diner offers a wide variety of great dishes such as ribs, steak, salad, baked potatoes, homemade rolls, pie, and much more, served with a smile.
Valbo's has great food served by a friendly staff. Traditional American food.
Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon
Fly With The Eagles Half Marathon is organized by the River to River Runners Club and is the club's first race on the calendar each year, coming in the late winter season for a cold-weather half marathon that takes runners along the roads and trails of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
Daily Star Comics
Fun Comic book store! Lots of Dr. Who merchandise and the full sized TARDIS that humms is amazing! Dr. Who, Super Man and much more!
Family restaurant with country cooking.
Chinese food served in a family atmosphere.
Denny's - Salem
American family-style dinners served 24 hours a day. Senior menu. Also full bar and lounge.
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.
The LuBar and Bistro
Located on the Historic Square in uptown Carlyle. It features upscale casual dining for lunch and dinner with a full-service menu, weekend breakfast and a large inventory of liquor and wine. Menu items include: Steak, Chicken, Seafood, Pork, Pastas, Salads, Soups, Pizza, Appetizers and Desserts. The LuBar & Bistro is family operated.
Dairy King offers everything from slushes, shakes and concretes to breakfast items, hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps and more.
148 sites, swimming, fishing, boating, tent camping
Triple E Bar B-Q
Family dine or carry out. Serves mouth watering BBQ with a mild or hot BBQ sauce. Also sell BBQ chicken. Breakfast buffet every Saturday and Sunday.
Royal Inn, Mt. Vernon
Located in downtown Mt. Vernon. 36-room facility
El Rancherito - Salem
Mexican hospitality with fine Mexican food. Bien venidos, amigos.
Little Augie's Pizza
Little Augie's offers fabulous pizza and salad in large portions, served by a friendly staff.
The Good Ol' Days Restaurant
Go back to the good old days with delicious homestyle favorites like Southern fried chicken, roast beef, adn steak. Also, cod, catfish, shrimp, sandwiches, salads, and great homemade desserts, and if you're brave try the frog legs.
Popeye's Chop House
Popeye's has great steaks, chops, olive oil salads, and much more, all in a dinning room with a rustic feel, and excellent service.
Big O's Bar-B-Que, Inc
Dine in or carry out of Bar-B-Que, ribs, chunk cod fish, steaks and chicken.
Nu Bowl Lanes
Sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Located inside a bowling alley.
Super 8 Motel - Salem
Clean, neat, quiet and close to I-57 with complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.
Barbeque ribs and chicken, burgers of every variation, onion rings, chili cheese fries and homemade pies are some of the specialties here.
Super 8 Motel - Mount Vernon
63 rooms located close to I-57.
McNair Group Camping
42 sites, lake swimming and fishing, boat rentals, tent camping.
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.
Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse
Japanese steakhouse served either in restaurant or hibachi style. Sushi bar available. Come out for dinner and see the show!
Metropolis Lighthouse - Hope Light
The lighthouse is located at the west entrance to the city-owned Dorothy Miller Park in Metropolis, Illinois overlooking the Ohio River. The lighthouse stands thirty feet tall and is surrounded by a circular walkway consisting of concrete and personalized bricks.
The Crescent Moon
The Crescent Moon has beautiful and unique gifts for that special someone in your life.