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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.
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.
Try the 19-hole miniature golf course, plus six state-of-the-art pitching machines.
Will Rogers Theater
This Art Deco-style theater shows the latest movie releases.
The Village Theatre, with its 183 seats in the round, hosts theatrical performances.
Dennis Hanks Gravesite
View the burial site of Abraham Lincoln's tutor in the Old City Cemetery.
Charleston Historic District
Downtown Charleston includes a historic courthouse and many historic homes listed on both the Coles County Register for Significant Places and the National Register of Historic Places.
Eastern Illinois University
This campus consists of 316 acres. German Gothic architecture of Old Main towers above the campus.
Enjoy the sparkling beauty of Lake Charleston, which features hiking and biking trails.
Historic Charleston Courthouse Square
See the majestic Coles County courthouse and discover historic murals in Charleston's Courthouse Square.
Lincoln Prarie Grass Trail
Ride your bike or walk from Charleston to Mattoon on the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail.
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.
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.
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.
Chinese buffet and extensive menu
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
Magic Wok serves a wide array of Chinese specialties. Check out our website.
Pagliai's Pizza in Charleston
Pizza, Dine in or carry out
Hong Kong House - Charleston
Chinese restaurant with full menu - dine-in, carry-out or delivery.
Seventh Street Underground
A student coffee house and entertainment. A non-alcoholic venue for college students.
Fox Ridge State Park
Campgrounds, recreation shelters, several miles of trails, fishing, and canoeing.
Coles County Speedway
Watch modified midget racing at this speedway.
Charleston Country Club
This country club features an 18-hole golf course.
Charleston Alley Theatre
Located in the historic courthouse square. A local theater at its best. In an intimate setting, offering a wonderful mix of old and new drama.
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.
Coles County Fair
Visit the oldest continuous fair in Illinois. Enjoy the carnival, animal shows, Little Miss and Queen pageants, harness racing, truck/tractor pull, demo derby, live music, Gospel show and more!
Daily specials, lunch buffet with good home-cooking and friendly service.
Stop by this roadside market for in-season fresh strawberries, tomatoes, beets, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant and peppers.
Friends Creek Conservation Area
18 miles north of Decatur on Route 48 near Argenta. The park feature three nature trails - the quarter-mile Friends Creek Trail, the 2-mile Woodland Trail, and the 2.5-mile Sun Trail. Each varies in difficulty and meanders through topographies ranging from open meadows and floodplains, to towering oak-hickory forests and undulating hillsides.
Eagle Creek State Park
A favorite of walkers and hikers, this park offers year-round camping and scenic hiking trails, many of them hugging Lake Shelbyville, Eagle Creek has 163 vehicular campsites, with 148 of those being Class A sites with electricity, picnic tables, and showers. There are 56 sites available by reservations made at least 2 weeks in advance by mail.
Niemerg Family Winery
This father-son operation produces a wide variety of wines with grapes imported from throughout the U.S., including Illinois, Michigan and California. The winery features a tasting room and outdoor seating.
Findlay Walleye Festival
This yearly festival has plenty of entertainment, food and fun. The Walleye is a feature for the festival with the fish being served daily. There will be plenty of entertainment (bands), an ice cream social, fireworks on Friday (which will be moved to Saturday if there is rain), kids games, a farmer's market, tractor pull, car, truck, & motorcycle show, a 5K event and plenty more. A large parade starts at 10am on Saturday and there will be plenty of kids activities and games both days.
Arches Antique Marketplace
Antiques of all sizes and descriptions, from books and clothing to kitchen utensils and baby items.
National at Eagle Creek Golf Course
This newly renovated 18-hole golf course is designed as a pro course.
The Lumber Yard Grill & Pizza
Opened up in an old lumber yard. This unique dining experience serves grill specialties and pizza in downtown Findlay.
The National at Eagle Creek
This 18-hole pro golf course has been refurbished with new sand traps, and water features and has great views of Lake Shelbyville. There is a driving range and paved cart paths.
This Steakhouse sits in Downtown Findlay, "the Heart of Lake Shelbyville". Serving American style foods from chicken, steaks, and fish to homestyle lunch specials.
The National at Eagle Creek Golf Course
The National Golf Course at Eagle Creek is a premier public golf course located in Eagle Creek State Park in Findlay, Illinois. Nestled in the heart of over 34,000 acres of woods and prairie on the banks of Lake Shelbyville, The National is a challenging yet fair test for the golfer of any ability. Now with five sets of tees!
Country School Market
Housed in a closed school, this historic brick school building has found a new purpose. It now houses the Country School Market with consignment rooms with antiques, crafts, collectibles, jewelry, books, furniture, railroad items, farm toys, and much more.
Two-Story Outhouse at Gays
Arguably one of the most famous outhouses left on the planet is located in the town of Gays, IL, located just five minutes from Mattoon. The existence of outhouses in general are rare, but certainly a two-story version is a unique oddity that the small rural community of 300 has capitalized on for quite some time. Stop by anytime for this great photo opportunity!
Jack Binion's Steakhouse
We offer select cuts of prime rib, steaks, veal and seafood. Since 1993 Binion's Steakhouses have tantalized tens of thousands of steak-loving casino enthusiasts. Everything is prepared by master chefs, plated with impeccable attention to detail and complemented with an extensive wine list. In Horseshoe Casino.
Bridget's Blarney Stone
Bar & Grill - Small Town Hang Out Spot; with Karoke every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month
This is the preserved home of Reuben Moore and his wife Matilda, who was a daughter of Sarah Bush Lincoln and stepsister of Abraham Lincoln. The frame Moore Home dates back to the late 1850s.
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.
Annual Bluegrass Jam
It’s bluegrass time again at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, with both fans and performers gathering on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musicians from Illinois and Indiana will converge at the site for a day of jamming with informal groups playing along the creek throughout the day. The site’s volunteers will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs and more with proceeds benefit the historical and interpretive programs at the site. Anyone with a love of this unique style of music is welcome to join one of the many the groups playing in the park.
Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with Lincoln Log Cabin’s annual Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 from 10am to 4pm daily. Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms including children’s games, doll making and hearth cooking. There will also be a three-legged race, a cast iron skillet toss, two-man saw contest and a “dipping cup race” and a special scavenger hunt will be open to children 12 years of age or younger. Visitors are encouraged to take part in these period games and activities. Demonstrations, food, period music and entertainment along with our featured visiting artisans will round out the weekend programing.
National Poetry Month Celebration: Featuring Dan Guillory
Join us in the Visitor Center at Lincoln Log Cabin for an afternoon of poetry with Dan Guillory, poet and author of a number of Lincoln-related books including; Living With Lincoln, The Lincoln Poems and House Poems which features poetry about our own Lincoln Log Cabin. Event begins at 2 pm.
Sheep to Clothing at Lincoln Log Cabin
Follow the process of creating fabric in the 19th century, beginning with raw wool, our volunteers will take you through the entire spectrum of home based manufacturing process; quite literally from sheep to clothing. The Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation will kick off their fundraising campaign for the restoration of the Moore Home, scene of Abraham Lincoln’s family farewell before leaving for Washington DC in 1861, with a unique pledge drive. The site manager will be weaving Venetian Carpet throughout the day with pledges for the number of yards woven. Also enjoy the Victory Garden Plant Sale: the Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation will again be selling heirloom flowers, plants and herbs to raise funds to support the educational and interpretive programming at Lincoln Log Cabin. All events will run from 10am-4pm.
Victory Garden Program: Perennial Gardening
Learn the ins and outs of using perennial plants in your gardens with Larry Shobe, of Eastern Illinois University, a frequent panelist on Mid- American Gardner produced by WILL TV. Event begins at 2pm.
Civil War Saturday: A Question of Loyalty
View a performance of "A Question of Loyalty," an original play about the 1864 Charleston Riot. It remains outside of the draft riots, the bloodiest confrontation on union soil between soldiers and citizens during the Civil War. The original play by Earl Halbe play focuses on a personal story between of the actual participants in the riot. Saturday performances held at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site Visitor Center Auditorium, 3:00 pm on 6/14 & 7/26.
Civil War Saturday: Underground Railroad/The Free Black Experience in Illinois
Learn about the Abolitionist movement, the Underground Railroad and the experience of free African-Americans in Illinois during our early history. Event begins at 2 pm.
Torchlight Halloween Hike and Weenie Roast
Join us for a torchlight hike around the historic site then return to the Visitor Center for a Barn Dance and weenie roast. Lincoln Log Cabin is 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.
6th Annual Civil War Santa’s Visit
Celebrate Christmas, 1860s style, at Lincoln Log Cabin. While Christmas would not become an official holiday until 1870, during the Civil War, soldiers both north and south found ways to celebrate. Join us as we welcome our Civil War era Santa Claus, whose image once graced the front page of Harper’s Weekly as he distributed gifts to Union soldiers. Let’s hope they won’t be any hardtack under your tree this year! 10am-4pm
Ferrel Clydesdale Farms
In operation since 1850, the farm features a blacksmith shop and Clydesdale horses. Chuck wagon cookouts are available.
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.
Days Inn & Conference Center - Mattoon
123 room facility located in Mattoon, IL. Located just off Interstate 57 and a short drive from Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Lake Shelbyville, Tuscola and Amish Country.
Motel U.S. Grant
Experience a fun, comfortable stay. Free continental breakfast. Clean rooms, affordable rates.
Hampton Inn - Mattoon
61 room motel. There are restaurants within walking distance. Small meeting room for eight people.
Comfort Suites - Mattoon
Opened in 2000, this facility has 70 units, there are jacuzzi suites and 2-room suites available. Two restaurants on connecting property, one with a full service bar.
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.
Past & Present Antiques
Antiques and collectibles, fine china, glassware, primitives, toys, lamps, furniture, pictures, quilts, vintage and more.
Small craft and gift shop. Some antiques.
Country Attic Homespun Memories
A gift and collectible shop, specialize in Boyds, Mary Englebreit, Yankee Candles, Anheuser Busch steins, Bennington pottery and classic "Pooh". A collector club headquarters.
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.
Rogala Public Links
This nine-hole course is par 36/38.
Mattoon Bagelfest 2014
Bagelfest is a 28 year old festival in Mattoon that began on the idea of hospitality. When the Lender’s Bagel Factory moved to Mattoon, not everyone in town knew about bagels. So Murray Lender introduced his product to the community with a free bagel breakfast held in downtown Mattoon. And then a festival was born. Through many changes and additions now the festival is more than three days of activities including three nights of nationally known musicians, carnival, food and craft vendors, dog show and baby contest and of course there is still a free bagel breakfast to celebrate the hospitality and generosity of Murray Lender.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Mattoon
Conveniently located at I-57 between Champaign and Effingham. Indoor pool and fitness center.
Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Explore 70 acres of prairie, wetlands and forest habitat.The Visitor Center features interpretive exhibits, sensory displays and live critters, including a bird observation area.
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.
Baymont Inn & Suites - Mattoon
Consider our Baymont Inn & Suites Mattoon hotel your home base during your stay in Mattoon. Conveniently located off Interstate 57, the hotel is just minutes away from local destinations like Lake Mattoon, Fox Ridge Park and Rockome Gardens. Each guest room comes with homestyle amenities to make your stay relaxing. Take advantage of amenities like free Wi-Fi Internet access and our heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub. After a peaceful rest, start your day with free continental breakfast before starting your Illinois adventure.
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.
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.
Small motel with nearby restaurants. 16 quality clean & comfortable reasonably-priced new rooms.
Monticello Farmers Market
This market sells fresh local produce.
Monticello Wabash Depot
Built in 1899, the restored depot is the departure point for a weekend afternoon train ride to the Monticello Railway Museum. It also serves as a visitor center for Monticello and Piatt County.
This roadside spot sells in-season fruits and vegetables.
Dielman's Asparagus Patch
Pick up fresh asparagus at this roadside spot from mid-April through the end of May.
Monticello Railway Museum
View various pieces of steam and electric railroad equipment. Offers vintage train rides on Sat. and Sun. May through Oct., as well as a number of special events throughout the year.
Reeser Embryo Farm
Tour this farm, which is a commercial embryo transfer station that uses donor cows.
Family restaurant, breakfast all day, bar.
Iron Horse Restaurant
Steaks, some seafood, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Seating capacity 130, banquet capabilities, Sunday brunch, full bar.
Brown Bag Deli-Restaurant
The Brown Bag boasts a large selection of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pies and cookies. All pies are homemade at "Pies by Inge". Informal atmosphere and no reservations required. Gourmet food shop and card/gift shop all under one roof.
Bean Scene Cafe
Coffees, scones, breakfasts, imported teas, homemade pastries.
Gifts, decorative accessories, jewelry, candy - life's simple pleasures
Party supplies and gifts.
Prairie Fire Glass
Blown glass - stained glass. Glass blown on site - Demos daily
Featuring Watercolors of Larry Ziemer, plus other artists
Skinner's Coachhouse Antiques
General antiques, collectibles, lighting, restoration and repair. Call for appointment.
A friendly little store with a lot of new stuff on the east side of the square.
We specialize in Americana, limited edition prints, custom framing, primitive antiques, gifts and decor. We are located in a 1906 vintage church.
Allerton Park & Retreat Center
Allerton Park was the private estate of Robert Henry Allerton, who donated it to the University of Illinois in 1946. It features 1,500 acres of woodlands, formal gardens and more than 100 sculptures. The park is open to the public for hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and leisurely garden strolls.
Best Western Monticello Gateway Inn
44 guest rooms. Inside entrances, elevator. There are some extended stay rooms with kitchenettes. Conference facilities including banquet room (350), meeting space/conference room, olympic size indoor pool and extensive outdoor deck area that is available for private events.
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. One of the trains will feature the steam locomotive #401. Experience the rails just like the maintenance crew did on a motorcar. All-day-tickets! - As many rides as you want! Also enjoy the food tent.
Lunch with Santa on Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations Recommended.
Monticello Railway Museum Father's Day Weekend
Fathers tour the train shed, then climb aboard a 1950s diesel powered train for an eight mile hour long round trip ride. Fathers ride free when accompanied by son or daughter. Reservations required.
Piatt County 60th Annual Trailblazers Rodeo
Fun for the entire family! IPRA rodeo featuring seven events, arena entertainment, food vendors, family night on Thursday, parade on Saturday, followed by Kids & Clowns event. Featuring Dusty Crain, Trick rider and Roman rider.
13th Annual Monticellobration
Come and enjoy the live music, kid's activities, food vendors, games, craft booths and more! This features the Paint the Town activity and pet parade. Monticello's premier quality, hometown festival. Many new attractions will be featured this year.
U of I Credit Union Concert Series at Allerton Park – Barn Dance
Held at the Allerton Music Barn at Allerton Park & Retreat Center and serving food and drink from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Hootenanny Bluegrass Acts include BowDacious String Band 6-7pm, Sam Payne and Friends 7-8pm & The Curses 8pm-9pm.
Throw Momma on the Train at the Monticello Railway Museum
Make this Mother's Day special — treat Mom to a relaxing ride with her family on the vintage train at the wonderful Monticello Railway Museum. Reservations required.
Chamabana Moms Children's Concert Sunday
Held at Allerton Music Barn at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, and featuring interactive exhibits from Orpheum Children’s Museum and others, join us for a fun and kid friendly concert. Serving Food and Drink. Ticket reservations required.
Monticello Movie Night & Airshow
Held at Eli Field in Monticello. Enjoy a super-fast model jet airshow, followed by Disney's "Planes" on the big screen!
Monticello Christian Academy's 9th Annual Praise in the Park
Bring lawn chairs and blankets out to Piatt County Forest Preserve Park from Noon-7pm – the grills will be fired up with pork chop sandwiches and hot dogs. There will also be sno-cones, popcorn, fun games, balloons and a bounce house. Schedule to include worship and live contemporary Christian music.
Monticello Railway Museum Fireworks Train
Ride the train from downtown Monticello to museum site to view the aerial fireworks at 8pm. Food tent. Reservations required.
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14-15, Nov 21-22, Nov 28-30 & Dec 5-6.
Midsummer Night’s Swing
Back by popular demand, the Jim Markham Swing band! Bring the family, your lawn chair, enjoy the fun swing music provided by Jim Markham. There will be dancing in the street!