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Illinois Amish Country
The town of Arthur is located in the heart of Amish country, home to more than 2,000 Amish residents and hundreds of charming countryside businesses, Illinois' Amish Country offers shopping, dining, special events and guided educational tours (some of which feature meals in actual Amish homes).
Independence Pioneer Village
Visit this log home village from the early 1800s, including a blacksmith shop, church and schoolhouse.
Jackson Avenue Coffee
Located one block east of historic Courthouse Square. Large selection of coffees and coffee drinks. Pastries. Salads. Entertainment. Next door to and communicating with Calliope Court Boutique.
Jibby's Bar and Restaurant
Home of the 8 and 10 ounce pepperloin.
Jitters and Bliss Coffee and Treats
Large selection of coffees and teas, coffee drinks, home made ice-creams. Fresh baked breads and pastries. Sandwiches and soups. Gift baskets available.
Kleiss Produce Farm and Country Market
This Champaign-Urbana area farmer's market sells in-season vegetables, melons, pumpkins and fruits.
KOA Campground and Camper Sales
8-acre lake, some shade trees. 82 sites with three cabins, summer active.
Daily specials, lunch buffet with good home-cooking and friendly service.
Enjoy the sparkling beauty of Lake Charleston, which features hiking and biking trails.
Lake Shelbyville - Bo Wood Recreation Area
Most of the campsites in this 82 site campground are shaded. Located on Lake Shelbyville, beach nearby.
Lake View Park Trail
Lake View Park Trail is an advanced single track dirt trail, 6 miles in length. It's quite technical in nature, offering good descents and heart-pounding climbs.
Lincoln Book Shop
New and used books, cards and more.
Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum
Charleston's newest heritage tourism attraction. Learn more about the 1858 political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. This site is a designated, "Looking for Lincoln" site.
Lincoln Garden Family Restaurant
Family restaurant and 24 hour weekend diner. Skillets, gyros, pita wraps, salads, soups, pastas, omelettes, steaks,chicken ribs, sandwiches, seafood and childrens menu
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
The last home of Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's parents. It shares the site with the Sargent farm, an 1840's living history farm.
Lincoln Prarie Grass Trail
Ride your bike or walk from Charleston to Mattoon on the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail.
Lincoln School Museum
The Lincoln School Museum is a restored 1880’s one-room brick school located one mile north of Martinsville, Clark County, Illinois on a spur of the National Road. The Lincoln School is representative of the brick construction of one-room schools built during the 1880’s, representing the typical one-room school of the era, and the education available of that time. The Lincoln School Museum is open to the public on weekends from June through August and any time by appointment.
Lincoln-Prairie Grass Trail
two miles of paved surface and 10 miles of aggregate surface. Jogging, walking, equestrian riding and biking permitted.
Magic Wok serves a wide array of Chinese specialties. Check out our website.
Marsha's Vineyard Bed & Breakfast
Built in spring 2000 by a local Amish contractor, this 1 1/2 salt-box cottage includes two spacious siutes, private baths and kitchen located in the heart of Illinois Amish Country.
Come visit the quiet, curious and lovable llamas on this working farm.
Mattoon Mural Arts at Progress Square
Residents are encouraged to visit the mural, "Civility," and relax in the new surroundings at Progress Square. This mural by artist D.S. Gordon embraces the landscape, history and people of Mattoon. For years after the completion of the rail, many trains a day would meet at the intersection of the tracks at the center of town and determine right of way in polite fashion. This symbolizes the civility of a community with a 150-year history of working together, which the mural captures. One of many mural projects sponsored by the Mattoon Arts Council and the City of Mattoon.
Mattoon Welcome Center & Historic Railroad Depot
Mattoon Tourism & Arts Welcome Center is located in the historic Illinois Central Railroad Train Depot, which also still serves as the Amtrak Station for the Community. The original Railroad Depot was constructed in 1918 by the Illinois Central Railroad, and it was then remodeled in 2011. The Depot is still an active Amtrak Station with 3,000 passengers boarding and un-boarding per month. The welcome center offers a host of information: state-of-the-art schools & colleges, a growing economy, beautiful parks, lakes and sports amenities round out the more favorable quality of life found in Mattoon.
McGrady Inn Bed and Breakfast
A pleasant walk from the campus of Eastern Illinois University, The McGrady Inn honors its heritage, a United Brethren church constructed in 1919. From the original maple floors to the nine-panel stained glass window at the center of the 23-foot sanctuary ceilings, guests are surrounded by the results of a three-year restoration matching the original craftsmanship. The Inn offers modern amenities such as flat screen televisions, wireless internet and spacious bathrooms in the company of intricate oak woodwork and nineteenth century church pews. Enjoy a stroll to one of the many restaurants located on Charleston's courthouse square or simply relax in the shade of a hard maple tree on our front porch. The McGrady Inn is centrally located among the distinguished homes in our college community.
Meadowview Golf Course
This 18-hole, par 72 course features moderate to gently rolling terrain, manicured greens, a full-service pro shop and a food court.
Melrose Quilts & Sewforth
Seasonal retail store offers heirloom quilts & homespun accessories. Occasionally the Mennonite shop owner may be seen working on her quilts.
Furniture, giftware, lighting, stained glass mirrors.
Pick your own strawberries in season, and buy fall apples, Indian corn, pumpkins and gourds.
Motel U.S. Grant
Experience a fun, comfortable stay. Free continental breakfast. Clean rooms, affordable rates.
Murals Around the Square
Charleston is known as a city of murals, thanks to the many art works located around the town square. View them on a seven-block tour of the area.
My Favorite Things
A unique shop featuring gifts for every occasion, gourmet foods, Camille Beckman hand and body products - Home decor -- candles, aromatique potpourie, Boyds Bears and gifts -- Jewelry. Stop in to sample our gourmet coffee.
National Road Covered Bridge
The Embarras River, near Greenup, was the site of a covered bridge built by Abe and Thomas Lincoln and Dennis Hanks. The original bridge was 200 feet long. The reconstructed bridge was dedicated in 2000.
Buy dried herbs and flowers, or pick your own red and golden delicious apples.
North Entrance To Lake Shelby
This 15-mile-long lake has 250 miles of shoreline, offering camping, fishing, boating, marinas and more.
Norton Knolls Golf Course
Norton Knolls offers a nine-hole, par 34 course.
Okaw Valley Orchard
Check out the store and bakery, where you can buy apples, peaches, cider, jams, jellies and apple butter. A playground and picnic area is available. An apple festival is held over Columbus Day weekend.
Olde Brick Wall
Here at Olde Brick Wall we carry a wonderful collection of upholstered and early American reproduction wood painted furniture. There are several styles and colors to choose from. To complete your whole room, we carry paint, curtains, shower curtains, pillows, rugs, chandeliers, shelves and pictures. Established in 1994 in a charming, old hotel building in the heart of Illinois Amish country, Arcola, the Olde Brick Wall features a wonderful gathering of tinware, light fixtures, candles, redware, folk art and primitives. We offer everything you could ever want to give your home that special look, feel and smell of country that we all love so much.
A Civil War era, hewn log house that has been moved to Central Illinois and restored. It is furnished with mid-19th Century antiques, has a full kitchen and bath, and sits on 55 acres of woodlands, meadow and fields.
Pagliai's Pizza in Charleston
Pizza, Dine in or carry out
Past & Present Antiques
Antiques and collectibles, fine china, glassware, primitives, toys, lamps, furniture, pictures, quilts, vintage and more.
Pulled Pork, Ribs, Chicken and Smoked Sausage. Udder Blasts, Ice Cream. Catering available.
The historic Peterson House is a part of Peterson Park in Mattoon, and houses the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce. This beautiful building is rich in architectural history and is an key part of Mattoon's cultural story.
In the heart of Amish Country; featuring home furnishings, Vera Bradley, Kitchen and Specialty foods.
Prairie Sisters Antique Mall
Antique mall and other business.
Try the 19-hole miniature golf course, plus six state-of-the-art pitching machines.
Chinese buffet and extensive menu
Quality Inn and Suites Conference Center
The Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center provides guests with countless features, great service and a convenient location. Lake Land College is less than a mile away from this Mattoon, IL hotel and local points of interest like Illinois Amish Country, Eastern Illinois University and Lincoln Log Cabin are nearby. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the multitude of recreation areas offered in the surrounding area. The Douglas Hart Nature Center, Peterson Park, Meadowview Golf Course and Lake Mattoon are in the vicinity. Several specialty stores, shopping malls, retailers and restaurants are close to the hotel.
Queen Anne's on 7th Street
Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1892; sits on a wooded 1½-acre lot and is located 3 blocks from Eastern Illinois University.
Red Bud Lane Iris Garden
Feast your eyes on the gardens of iris, hostas and day lillies. These bulbs and rhizomes are shipped all over the country. Please call before your visit.
Richards Farm Restaurant
Enjoy dining in an authentic, restored country barn. Delicious food, country ambiance and excellent service. Dinner only. Sunday buffet from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Check out our menu online!
Riverbend Retreat is a fully renovated 1919 bungalow farmstead surrounded by the Embarras (Embraw) river valley, pasture and farmland. The house is divided into two suites, one on each floor. It features original wood floors on the first floor, mission light fixtures and furniture, and free use of the washer/dryer and foosball table in the basement. Outside features include picnic tables, a grill, two campfire circles, outdoor lighting (60 amber bulbs) and a riverfront lawn. Wedding, reunion or other big get together coming up? Put up the family at Riverbend Retreat, cook some of your own meals and have a great time!
Roc's Black Front
Rocs is celebrated for its baby back ribs and original 'Norm's nirvana barbeque sauce.
Located in the midst of Illinois' Amish country, Rockome Gardens features the Illinois Amish Interpretive Center, a cheese factory, gardens, shops, Amish dinners, special events, and farm and house tours.
Rogala Public Links
This nine-hole course is par 36/38.
Roselen's Coffees & Delights
Breakfast and lunch, coffees, ice cream and pastries.
Round House Antiques
We invite you to come and visit us at Round House Antiques in Charleston, IL to see our unique selection of antiques, primitives and collectibles. We sell quality vintage and antique items that can be treasured for a lifetime and passed down for generations. Antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry, primitives, furniture, glassware, gift certificates, and layaway.
Route 36 Antiques
Over 40 quality antique dealers offering: furniture, glassware and collectibles. Let's make a deal.
Stop at this roadside spot and pick your own strawberries.
Seventh Street Underground
A student coffee house and entertainment. A non-alcoholic venue for college students.
Shady Crest Farm Market
Come visit this working Amish farm and apple orchard. They have a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, plus fresh honey, apple butter and maple syrup. A Deli filled with 15 different Country-Cured Meats & 24 different Cheeses is also available Monday - Saturday. While you're there, enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone. You can also find Fresh Baked Goods every Thursday - Saturday. Open year round.
Many Styles. One Standard. Amish isn't a style. It's a standard of excellence—desired by many and practiced by a very rare few. It's in the fine details of solid wood drawers, hand-finished, inside and out. It's in the skill of genuine Amish craftsmen, passed down from one generation to the next.
Locally hand crafted goodness, baked goods, fun decor for the home, children's section & more, soaps, blankets, antiques, sock monkey & designer fabrics, amish souvenirs, hand woven rugs, teapots and more.
Located on a serene wooded hilltop, gently slopes into a full-service marina and restaurant situated on Lake Shelbyville.
Super 8 - Mattoon
This 61 room facility is located just off I-57 and Illinois Route 16, and has a variety of restaurants within walking distance. Attractions nearby include the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum. Free Wi-Fi, business center, free breakfast bonanza, and pet-friendly. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.
Super 8 Motel - Tuscola
63 rooms with one suite, interior entry, 24-hr coffee service and 24-hr front desk with wake-up service. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Take one-hour seasonal tours through Syngenta Seeds, a soybean processing plant.
Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University
Offering a year-round schedule of art exhibits and activities for all ages. Gift shop and sales rental gallery. Focus on Paul Sargent and Midwest art.
The 200 Acres
Located in the heart of Illinois' Amish country, The 200 Acres is a working farm that features beautiful gardens, including a spectacular collection of more than 5,000 mums, and offers its heirloom seeds for sale. The 200 Acres is especially known for its more than 300 varieties of rare pumpkins, squash and gourds from around the globe that are grown right on the farm and displayed in its Great Pumpkin Patch from mid-September through October 31 every year. The on-site Homestead Bakery sells made-from-scratch goodies such as pies and angel food cake during spring, summer and fall.
The Arcola Diamond House Bed & Breakfast
Arcola Diamond House is just what you hope to find in a bed-and-breakfast... a touch of whimsy, a dash of nostalgia and engaging hosts brimming with small-town friendliness. The Harshbargers, a family of porcelain artists, poets, musicians and scholars, have developed a sure-fire formula for enchanting their guests. Blending the decorative arts with culinary flavors, they have turned their family homes into masterpieces. Shining with personality, The Flower Patch & Diamond House make a pleasant beacon of exquisite taste; in more ways than one.
The Best Budget Inn
74 rooms, free continental breakfast. Cable TV with HBO. Two floors with exterior corridor. Suites are available. Handicap accessible.
Candles, enamelware, pottery, lighting and accessories, furniture, linens, primitive, colonial and cottage.
The Cottonwood Inn B & B
Built in 1896, a turn of the century private farmhouse with antiques throughout. 3 story, Large room on 3rd floor available for several people (6 beds, private bath), other rooms decorated in formal farmhouse style.
The Flower Patch
Featured in Midwest Living magazine, the Arcola Flower Patch offers a lovely downstairs parlor, shaded porch swing, quiet gazebo for tea or coffee & gift shop. Lynn, the Artist in Residence, displays framed porcelain art and watercolors throughout the house. Every room abounds with floral arrangements, crafts, curios and family memorabilia. With floral rugs, potted plans and displays of fresh and dried flowers, it’s always spring at the bed & breakfast. Guests and non-guests alike are welcome to tour the backyard garden, where the Harshbargers grow the herbs used in their epicurean masterpieces
The Lil Cottage
Located between Arthur and Arcola in the small group of houses called Chesterville. This is a one bedroom house, with living room, full kitchen and bathroom. The bedroom has a queen size bed and the living room has a queen size sofa bed. It also has air conditioning and a washer & dryer, it is newly remodeled.
The Little Theatre On The Square
A Professional Actor Equity Association-affiliated theatre performing Broadway musicals and comedy. Produces five mainstage shows from mid-June to mid-August. Three theatres for young audiences, shows, in addition to a fall, Christmas, & spring show.
The Pewter Spoon
Many gift ideas, from miniatures to decorative and functional items. Mementos of the Arthur area, in pewter and brass.
The Primitive Goose
Seek out life's simple pleasures...A gathering of primitives, antiques, folk art, and home and garden decor. A memorable shopping experience!
The Spicery Tea Room
Specialized in casseroles, quiches, soups, salads and desserts all made from scratch on premises. Setting: a 1901 Sears-Roebuck ordered catalogue house.
The Tower of Baa-Goat
The one and only goat tower in the U.S. It is modeled after a tower that Dave and Marcia Johnson saw in a wine magazine from S. Africa. The original goat tower was in Portugal. The Johnston's tower is 31 foot tall and has 5,000 bricks with 276 spiral steps that encompass the tower.
The Vault Arts Collective
The Vault Arts Collective is a unique and eclectic collection of artists and artisans from all of central Illinois. Our 12,000 square foot former bank building is home to over forty artists that have come together to create and sell art with the common goal of sharing their talents with the world and, in turn, bring the world to Tuscola.
The Wood Loft
The Woodloft works directly with the local Amish craftsmen here in the Illinois Amish Country to ensure that we can offer the finest heirloom quality pieces of custom furniture. The Wood Loft prides itself on being the best store in the Illinois Amish area with the ability to create custom furniture made right here by the Arthur Amish. We have a great staff who stand ready to help you create your heirloom today. Visit our showroom in Arthur, Illinois, or browse our on-line catalog for ideas or to select items that fit your needs.
The World's One and Only Hippie Memorial
Created by the late Bob Moomaw. Bob worked as a railroad clerk and tax assessor, but did not like either job. As an eccentric, independent artist with strong beliefs, he was able to give voice to his feelings, passions, and opinions through his art and the writing on the sides of buildings. He created the 62-foot-long artwork starting in 1992 to say something about his life and the era during which he lived. A nearby marker gives an interpretation of his work.
The Yarn Studio
Visit our shop in downtown Casey and your creative spirit will soar. The newly renovated space provides a relaxed atmosphere for browsing. Our supplies include items for knit, crochet, spinning, and weaving. Many items are sold exclusively through independent retailers. We strive to help the beginner as well as motivated advanced knitter.
Timberlake Golf Club
This nine-hole, par 35 course features a campground on premises, along with golfing/camping packages.
Authentic, mix-with-the-Amish experience. Auctions held at Vernon Yoder’s farm near Arcola.
Unique Suites Hotel
For this locally owned hotel, showing guests special attention is our goal to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We have connections with caterers and plenty of ballroom area to host your next party or conference. We are a 77 room hotel with ballroom facilities, seasonal swimming pool, free WIFI and continental breakfast. Located in Charleston, Illinois near Eastern Illinois University.
Contemporary fashions for men and women.
Fine art located in the heart of the Illinois Amish country. The Villa Galleries has dedicated its gallery to local artists who have ties to the central Illinois area either through living situation or artwork subject. Photography, watercolors, colored pencil, oil and acrylic, stained glass, and pottery are just a few of the mediums featured in the gallery.
The Village Theatre, with its 183 seats in the round, hosts theatrical performances.
Gifts - Raggedy Ann dolls and books - Amish souvenir gifts - T-shirts - locally made brooms - Ambassador greeting cards - infant dept. - Alfred Dunner and Click sportswear - men's sportswear.
Walnut Point State Park
State park with hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and picnicking. Concession stand and boat rental available.
Visit the museum's beautiful grounds and see a collection of over 10,000 items that include sea shells, primitive furniture and antique glassware.
Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, chicken entrees, pasta dishes, Mexican selections, salads. Home of Charleston's famous Strawberry Bread. Catering available.
Whitley Creek Recreation Area
This campground has 81 campsites, most of which are shaded.
Located next door to the World's Largest Wind Chime in Casey, Whitling Whimsy is a cafe specializing in fresh deli sandwiches and yummy baked goods. Offering sweets, sandwiches, specialty teas and coffee and souvenirs.
Will Rogers Theater
This Art Deco-style theater shows the latest movie releases.