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Outdoor Explorers Day Camp at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
For one last adventure before school starts, an Outdoor Explorers Day Camp will be help from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. August 2-4 at the refuge visitor center. This free three day, day-camp will introduce children entering grades 3-5 to various outdoors activities including hiking, geocaching, canoeing, bird watching, and much more. Space is limited, register by July 15. Children should bring their own lunch and snacks and dress to be outside most of the day.
Looking for a souvenir of your trip on the Great River Road? Don't miss this fun little store full of authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, crafts and books. Many items featuring the legendary Piasa Bird, a local Native American legend, can be found at Pajarito. Store staff is knowledgeable and willing to spend time with customers explaining the legends behind the keepsakes. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Here is your chance to be a part of a real paranormal investigative team as they explore the paranormal claims associated with Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy appetizers and one free drink while the team walks you through the process of hunting for the paranormal. Then join the professionals as they investigate the Lodge through the night. If evidence is found, a reveal will be held during breakfast the following morning. Warning, this is a real paranormal investigation and guests should be prepared to witness possible paranormal activity. Add this paranormal investigation package for two people to your room reservation for an additional $65. Does not include taxes or room reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations. Investigations will be held on April 22nd and November 4th from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Peach Festival at Pere Marquette
Nothing pairs better than a warm, summer day and a ripe, juicy peach! The Peach Festival will feature local farmers displaying their delicious local peaches as well as some of those famous Calhoun Peaches hand picked that morning and still warm from the sunshine. Come on out to the beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge and join us for an afternoon of fun, festivities and peaches. There will be live entertainment, craft vendors, tons of family friendly fun and all the ripe, juicy peaches you can eat!
This one-of-a-kind guest house offers one room, a great view of the Illinois River and is easy walking distance to shops, restaurants & wineries.
Pere Marquette Historic Site
This historical marker honors Father Pere Marquette.
Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center
As a centerpeice of Pere Marquette State Park, the lodge and restaurant are an attraction for visitors from miles around. Visitors can spend a day at the park and explore the Great Room of the lodge, dine in the restaurant or even spend a night in a cozy lodge room or cabin. The centerpeice of the rustic timber 1930s Great Room is the 700 ton stone fireplace and life-size chess set. The Great Rooms beckons visitors to pull up a chair and a glass of wine with a view of the Illinois River. The Lodge restaurant is known for its family-style chicken dinner and season Sunday brunch buffets. Spend the afternoon or a weekend for an unforgettable experience.
Pere Marquette Lodge Restaurant
Enjoy family-style dining in a rustic setting at the Pere Marquette Lodge dining room. The Lodge is famous for its family-style fried chicken and fried catfish dinners. You won't leave the table hungry at all! Seasonally, the Lodge offers a brunch buffet on Sundays with everything from made-to-order omelets to baked ham and fried chicken. There is something for everyone. Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Friday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Pere Marquette Rendezvous
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The Second Annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
Pere Marquette State Park
At 8,000 acres, Pere Marquette State Park is the largest state park in Illinois. Go hiking on wooded trails, biking along scenic bluffs, fishing and boating on the Illinois River, or horseback riding through the forest. The park is also known for its guided fall color drives and eagle-watching tours in the winter. The rustic stone-and-timber Pere Marquette Lodge makes a great base for exploring the area.
Pere Marquette Wine Club Get Together
This event features free wine tasting and free appetizers for Mary Michelle Wine Club Members. New Members can join by paying a one-time $20 fee and will receive a complementary Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass filled with their choice of Mary Michelle or Illinois Cellar Wines. Wine Club Members also receive 10% off lodging, dining, gift shop purchases and cases of wine purchased at Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy the acoustic tunes of local guitar legend, Gabie McGarra, as you sip wine and reconnect at this wine tasting event. For dates and more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Piasa Winery and Pub
Piasa Winery and Pub is open all year long. With live music every weekend May throughout October. 16 craft beers on tap and select fine wine.
Porthole Barn Trail
After the Civil War, Confederate shipbuilder Joe Minch was looking for a fresh start. He made his way back to the Rockbridge area and traded his building expertise for a set of tools. That first project of building a barn set into motion a new trend in barn design. Joe placed round windows, now know as portholes, in the barn. Travel through Greene County today to view the highest concentration of Porthole Barns in the country.
Raging Rivers WaterPark
Choose from four winding waterslides, brave the waves at the Breaker Beach wave pool or just spend the afternoon floating along the Lazy River. Located just outside Grafton on the Great River Road.
River City Cider House
Serving full menu of fresh salads and sandwiches. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
River Port Guest House
We invite you to stay and experience one of Grafton's newest guesthouses, River Port. You can lounge on the deck furniture on the wrap around porch and enjoy a view of the river, or relax inside the house, enjoying the nautical decor, with a stress free get-away. River Port is just a walk away from the shopping, wineries, restaurants and all that Grafton has to offer!
River View Guest House
The River View Guest House has it all! Enjoy the comforts of home with amenities that include a kitchenette, family room and a game area with a dart board & a Foosball table. The sofa sleeper and two guest rooms sleeps six people comfortably. This guest house offers a patio and fire pit for outdoor relaxation.
Riverfront Guest House
Escape to this newly built home in Grafton, Illinois. The Riverfront Guest House is 14 feet off the ground & overlooks the Mississippi River. Relax and enjoy the river traffic on the open deck or the attached 3 season room! This home offers two guestrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, 42" flat screen TV, BBQ Grill, outdoor furniture on the deck and covered parking.
Rowling Ridge Guest House
Cross the creek to experience our rustic cabin in the woods. Nestled among the tree-covered bluffs is where you’ll find our little piece of nature. A getaway without phones, television, cable or internet… truly a place to get away from it all. Located just 1.2 miles north of Grafton on the Illinois Route 100, the guest house features two bedrooms and comfortably accommodates four people. Kitchen includes appliances and cooking supplies. Outdoors you’ll find a beautiful creek, running spring, fire pit and BBQ grill.
Ruebel Hotel & Restaurant
Located near the convergence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers is Grafton - a little town steeped in history. In the heart of that history is the Ruebel Hotel. The Ruebel was built in 1884, caught fire in 1912 and was rebuilt and completely renovated in 1997. The Ruebel Hotel has a magnificently restored bar from the 1904 Worlds Fair in St. Louis. The Ruebel Saloon offers excellent food and a great variety of beer and wines.
Sounds of Spring Frog Call Walk at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
The popular Sounds of Spring Frog Call Walk will be help from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Refuge Visitor Center. Participants should register by May 5. On this special evening walk, participants will enjoy the sounds of the frog calls that fill the air at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. This program is great for kids 4 and up.
Stained Glass Retreat
Join us for a beginner stained glass retreat and learn the art of stained glass from an Alton Legend. Artist and owner of Alton Stained Glass Works, Lynne Ulett, will be guiding beginners through glass cutting, grinding, foiling, and soldering. Work at your won pace to complete a unique stained glass window or light catcher to take home as a memory of your stay at Pere Marquette Lodge. All supplies and lunch will be provided during you're creative retreat. Add this package to your room reservation for an additional $94 per person or $150 for two. Guests must stay the night to participate in this creative retreat. Package reservation cannot be made online, please call (618)786-2331 to reserve your room and package.
State Street Antiques & Jim's Attic
Chances are if you are looking for that hard to find antique piece, State Street Antiques/Jim's Attic in Jerseyville may have it. This warehouse sized store is crammed full with a treasure trove of merchandise from antique children's toys to furniture, glassware and more. Open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.
Straight Home Bar and Grill
A bit off the beaten path, Straight Home Bar and Grill is well worth the effort to find it. The daily lunch specials are out of the ordinary and can run the gamut from crab alfredo entrees to chicken and dumplings to barbeque pork steak. There is no breakfast despite the early opening. But steak entrees are featured every Friday and Saturday. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 a.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Super 8 Motel - Jerseyville
Get the rest you need after a long day on the road at our Super 8 Jerseyville hotel. Located on Illinois State Route 109, less than one hour from St. Louis, MO, our hotel makes it easy to enjoy small-town charms with convenient access to big-city excitement. Enjoy queen size beds, recliners in most rooms, satellite TV, free local calls, jacuzzi bathtubs in selected rooms.
Tara Point Inn and Cottages
Noted in Midwest Living magazine as "a riverside retreat for the romantic," Tara Point Inn is known for its incredible accommodations and breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. Atop the palisades bluffs above Grafton, visitors can choose either the main inn or a secluded cozy cabin escape to what some call the most pleasantly memorable getaway experiences in the Midwest.
The Fish Market - A Loading Dock Guest House
This upscale cottage was designed with comfort and fun in mind. Perfect for families or singles, the Guest House sleeps up to 6 with one king size bed and four twin size bunks. A full kitchen and large living room makes for a most relaxing stay. Two televisions and wireless internet access keep you in touch. The Guest House is small-pet friendly with a fenced-in side garden.
The LaMarsh House
Stay at one of the oldest guest houses in Grafton! This guest house boasts historic charm and modern amenities. Located in the center of downtown Grafton, it's within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, wineries, and the riverfront.
The Loading Dock
We're proud to be considered the region's best outdoor bar and grill, with the best scenic view, at the end of the best scenic drive. Our majestic view is not to be missed. Watch the river roll by while listening to live entertainment. Our full menu features something for everyone...don't miss our famous Dock Salsa! Be sure to stop by the fourth weekend of the month March - October for the Riverside Flea Market featuring over 60 local vendors. Let us host your next party! We cater events of all sizes...from reunions and receptions to birthdays and bridal showers. Keep the fun going at one of our four Loading Dock Guest Houses, perfect for an intimate getaway or an all night get-together. New in 2015! The Loading Dock Ice Rink. Open weekends until March 2016.
The Loft at The Whole Scoop
Looking for a relaxing vacation destination? Look no further! This beautiful family and pet-friendly loft features hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, two bedrooms, open gathering area with full kitchen, dining area, large living area, washer and dryer, front and rear balconies with a BBQ grill and can accommodate up to 8 people! After all...who wouldn't want to stay on top of an ice cream shop?
The River House
Relax, reflect and unwind in this private guest house that is a turn-of-the-century cottage completely restored with modern amenities. Located high above the confluence of the Mississippi & Illinois Rivers, it offers a quiet retreat with a spectacular view, yet it is only one block from village shops, marina, restaurants, bike trails and the scenic byway.
The Riverside Cottage - A Loading Dock Guest House
Relax in this riverfront cottage located a block from Main Street in downtown Grafton. This unique, art-filled guest house is just a stone's throw from the Mississippi River. The flower-filled back deck faces the river and the historic Boatworks building, which houses the monthly Riverside Flea Market. A restful atmosphere and overstuffed comfy furniture will entice you to read by the fireplace or paint a picture at the artist's easel. A full kitchen allows for snacks of cooking in style. This cottage is designed for two. Free Wi-fi.
The Stone Cottage - A Loading Dock Guest House
The Stone Cottage, located about 2 miles from the Loading Dock, is a recently remodeled and beautifully appointed home that was built in 1840 and is Grafton's oldest original structure. It features a full kitchen and three bedrooms with beds to sleep eight. The charming modern decor is warm and inviting; the property is perfect for a group getaway.
The White Pelican - Art Gallery
The White Pelican Art Gallery sits on the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois river in Grafton IL. Featuring 18 area artists in a variety of mediums, some depicting local charms. Open Wednesday- Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Whole Scoop
Imagine a life boat made out of a mint chip fudge brownie, covered in strawberry ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. That's The Whole Scoop's newest version of their signature sundae called the "Life Boat". And it's not just sweet treats at The Whole Scoop. From secret recipe marinated chicken in the Chipotle Chicken Wrap to Mom's Recipe Chili, great homemade eats abound. Located in historic downtown Grafton, The Whole Scoop is a great place to stop during a day of shopping and river watching. Hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.
Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" at this annual festival. Take free tours of working towboats. Enjoy live music, special deals, giveaways and much more. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.
Tree Top- A Loading Dock Guest House
Located in the heart of Grafton, Tree Tops is perfect for a family getaway or a stay-cation with your besties. With a queen sized bed and two twin beds, this cozy cottage is designed for four. Tree Tops boasts breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi from the private deck and shared patio below. Tree Tops is a second level guest house equipped with all the bells and whistles you've come to expect from a Loading Dock property.
Treehouse Wildlife Center
TreeHouse Wildlife Center is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native injured and orphaned wildlife. Located on approximately eight serene and beautiful acres, it's the ideal environment for injured or orphaned animals who need time to recuperate. Visitors are welcome to come out for a self guided tour of the outdoor cages at our Dow facility. Guided tours also available. We are open from 10am - 3pm everday.
Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
Want to learn to fish or become a better angler? The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair offers fun and information for the entire family. Event includes: trout pond, seminars on fishing and water safety, educational activities, gifts, prizes and lots more! Free. For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at (618) 786-3323, ext. 1.
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
Near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers lies a veritable bird-watching utopia. Visitors to Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge can expect to see a variety of migratory birds, from waterfowl and warblers to Acadian Flycatchers and American Bald Eagles. In fact, Two Rivers is the winter home to one the largest Bald Eagle populations in the continental United States.
Village of Elsah
Travel back in time with us to the Village of Elsah. The entire village of Elsah is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This village, with a population of around one hundred people, is often referred to as the "village where time stood still." Visitors to Elsah can escape back to the Americana of the early 1800s with quiet streets and 19th century stone homes. This “picture perfect” village nestled in the valley is a perfect place for photographers – amateur and professional – anxious to capture a glimpse of the past.
Village of Elsah Museum
Discover what life was like in historic Elsah when it was founded in 1853 by James Semple. The museum, housed in the Elsah Village Hall built in 1887, showcases former residents, architectural styles used in constructing buildings, and implements used by residents in the mid-1800s. The museum is open Saturday and Sundays only from 1 - 4 p.m.
Village of Kampsville Campground
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Calhoun County while camping! The Village of Kampsville Campground, located near the Illinois River, offers electric service, water, sewer and has a shower house.
Features new and repurposed home furnishings, antiques, candles, soaps and gifts. Hours of operation are Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Walker's "This and That" Shop
A-little-bit-of-this and a-little-bit-of-that can be found at this quaint antique and collectible shop on Main Street in Grafton. Glassware, pottery, collectible dolls, beer signs and more can be found at Walker's. New items arrive each week. Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Watkins Place at McCully
Get away from it all and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature under the shade of the catalpa trees in this two bedroom cabin in scenic Calhoun County. The Watkins Place is private and secluded with access to the hiking trails at the McCully Heritage Project. Amenities include a full kitchen, coffee maker, refrigerator, all kitchen utensils, towels and linens and board games. There is no TV reception, internet or phone service.
White Hall Rez
No fee for camping but campers must register with the Police Department. Boat motors with 5HP or less allowed. Fishing is allowed at the lake. No swimming.
Take a step back in time with a visit to this diner which was opened in the 1940's in Jerseyville. Customers come from throughout the bi-state region just for the huge servings of onion rings, which are hand-breaded and fried to perfection. The regulars are friendly and sure to recommend the best menu items for those who don't know what to order. Don't leave before trying one of their homemade pies! Hours: T - S 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Su 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
White Tales Lodge
Step back in time to simpler days at White Tales Lodge. Nestled in the beautiful and remote hills of Calhoun County, the lodge has a warm and inviting atmosphere and is surrounded by some of the most unforgettable landscapes in the Midwest. Enjoy hunting packages in season or design your own weekend getaway with the family. Outdoor cooking facilities are available as well as an indoor kitchen, dining room, game room and sleeping accommodations.
If there is one thing that you can always count on, it's the exceptional family-style meal at Wittmond's in Brussels. Just a quick ride will bring you to this hometown mainstay where pulling up a chair at the table reminds you of a visit to Grandma's house. Once you're nice and cozy in your seat, get ready to eat! They start with noodle soup, a relish platter, sausage and hot rolls. Next, they bring out the homemade fried chicken, roast beef, dumplings, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and green beans. It's all served family-style, and they'll keep bringing it out until you say you're finally full. If you still have a little room left, order up a slice of homemade pie. With just one visit to Wittmond's, you'll be adding it to your trip itinerary every time you visit the Alton region. Hours: Friday - Monday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wolves Crossing Golf Course
Wolves Crossing was built in 1993 and features open, rolling landscapes with manageable length and plenty of open space. Located just 15 minutes north of Alton, Wolves Crossing is an excellent choice for golf outings, tournaments, company outings and fund raisers.