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Grafton Homestead Retreat
This country home, located in Grafton, Illinois, is nestled on over 70 acres of trees, pasture and farmland. Enjoy hours with your family exploring the outdoors, fishing, roasting marshmallows or taking a ride on the paddle boat. The property features pond fishing, camping, bonfire and BBQ facilities, hiking areas and picnicking. No hunting is allowed on the property but hunters are more than welcome to stay in this region known for its duck and deer hunting. Reservations are required.
Centrally located in Grafton with two suites available. Each suite has a wet bar with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot. A large sitting area with a TV, DVD player and a full size sofa. The bedroom has a queen size bed and fireplace. The bathroom has a shower, a large make-up vanity and features the Bain Ultra air jetted tub for two. Making it perfect for the special couples getaway!
Just beyond the river bend, the residents of Grafton readily embrace visitors, inviting them to celebrate life on the Mississippi River. Grafton, resting under the Mississippi River bluffs, is home to five wineries, flea markets, antique shops, restaurants and views like no other along the river. Bed & Breakfast Inns and Guests Houses scattered throughout the town offer views of the river and a taste of life in a river town. With barges just a stone’s throw away on the Mississippi River, you are guaranteed to gain a new perspective of what living on the river really means.
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
Located in the quaint river town of Grafton Illinois along the Great River Road Scenic Byway, the Grafton Winery and Brewhaus overlooks the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Nestled among the river bluffs, our winery offers great views of the river for every season. Come join us for dinner with soup, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta dishes. Private parties & banquets are welcome.
Grafton Zipline Adventures
Looking for a jaw dropping, heart racing experience? Try Grafton’s newest attraction – a zip line that affords those brave enough a stunning river view and hours of fun. The nine zip lines total 1.75 miles, which should take approximately two hours to complete. The first of nine zip lines is nicknamed the Baby Bear – the shortest measuring only 300 feet in length. The longest, at 2,000 feet, is the Soaring Eagle, which has breathtaking views during its 250-foot descent. The Deer Hollow (3rd zip) and the Barn Burner (the final zip) are both 1,500 feet. The Limestone Leap (7th zip) is 1,300 feet, the River Run (5th zip) is 1,200 feet, the Gobblers Knob (6th zip) is 1,000 feet and the Road Runner (2nd zip) at 700 feet.
Fun, unique and stylish children's clothing is featured at Grapevine located in Alton's historic downtown district. From christening gowns for infants to adorable seasonal outfits for girls up to size 8 and boys up to 4T, the store's experienced sales staff is committed to finding that perfect outfit for that special occasion.
Green Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast
Come home to Green Tree Inn where you can enjoy all the comforts of home and more. Let us pamper you while you enjoy the peacefulness of the quaint village often referred to as the “town that time forgot”. Green Tree Inn is located right off the Great River Road between Alton and Grafton. Take advantage of all the local activities and then come back to the Inn to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. All rooms have private bathrooms with shower/tub combo. Take advantage of our screened in porch, fire pit in the garden or fireplace in our great room to relax and unwind. The Inn is great in all seasons. Free Wi-Fi is available. Bicycles are available for our guests to take a leisurely ride around the village or on one of the local bike trails. This is a non-smoking facility
Greene Gables Inn
Greene Gables Inn is perfect for couples wanting a weekend of total privacy. Guests may enjoy swimming, games, reading (great travel and historical books are available), or just conversation in the airy drawing room. Breakfast may be at a table for two, in the sunroom or join a group in the dining room. Greene County grazes contently near Scott, Morgan, Jersey, and Calhoun counties with views of Illinois.
CITY: White Hall
Comfort, convenience and beautiful surroundings await you in this 1870's guest house located in the historic Christian Hill District. Enjoy private one or two bedroom units with secluded brick courtyards and cozy gas fireplaces. Located on State Street, the Haagen Haus is within walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants, the scenic byway, biking and walking trails, and the Argosy Casino.
Hardin Drive In
If it's a burger and fries you want as you eagle watch or relax by the Illinois River, then this is the place to go. It's not a drive in but a sit down restaurant in spite of the name. Enjoy a homemade dessert or ice cream at the end of your meal and relax in this restaurant by the river. Hours: S - Th 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. F - S 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Built in 1929, this old-fashioned country hotel has every room decorated differently. Enjoy the rich colors of Calhoun County and the Illinois River at this quaint country inn. Reservations are required.
Located in the only Victorian home in Grafton Harrison's Antiques and Gifts features seven rooms crammed full of antiques and collectibles. Plan to spend several hours browsing through the home and flea market located in the garage.
This colorful gift shop offers a mix of unique gift items for men and women. The shop offers glassware, jewelry, handbags, scarves, home decor for inside and outside, as well as seasonal and holiday items.
This Queen Anne-style playhouse was built for Lucy J. Haskell, daughter of Dr. William A. & Florence H. Haskell. The playhouse was an exact replica of the family home. Lucy died at age nine of diptheria and the Haskell's gave the estate to the City of Alton for educational & recreational purposes. The playhouse is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can be visited in Haskell Park.
Hawg Pit BBQ Barn
Enjoy award-winning barbeque and beers alongside the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers in historic Grafton. This family restaurant features smoked meats, sandwiches, flame-broiled burgers, sides and much more. Live music is featured every weekend. Opens 11 a.m. daily.
Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library
The Hayner Public Library District provides a variety of genealogy-related services to support research efforts. Information from various states in addition to Illinois and other countries is available. The digitized newspaper collection is a wonderful resource of The Hayner Public Library District for genealogy research. The collection includes the Alton Telegraph Archives dating as far back as 1836 and access NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE to locate newspaper articles in other parts of the country.
Hazel2blue, inc. is a women’s fashion boutique that targets the late teen young women to the fashion savvy 40 something. H2B as slightly edgy, with a splash of vintage, sprinkled with a lot of class. Current brands: Tulle, Lucca Couture, Willow & Clay, Nation, Amour Vert, Sanctuary, DL1961 Denim, Sold Design Lab, and Threads 4 Thought basics, to name a few. They have a little bit of everything for the modern woman, including you!
Hickory Grove Restaurant
From all-you-can-eat fried chicken, fried pollack and spaghetti to regular but generous portions of pot roast and noodles, crab cakes, and more, Hickory Grove Restaurant prides itself on quality meals at great prices. The family-style menu provides a large variety of entrees for food lovers of all types. Hours: Daily 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Historic Jerseyville Courthouse Square
Built in 1893, this historic masonry courthouse sits at the center of town and serves as the hub of activity for the entire county. The courthouse is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of the courthouse are available for groups with reservations. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon
Historic Midtown Restaurant
Enjoy food in either the quieter dining room or the lounge, with a long bar, pool table and a 50” TV. Listen to live music and DJs. Special discounts for senior citizens. Check out Taco Tuesdays, wings on Mondays, wine-down Wednesdays or all-you-can eat fish on Fridays or chicken on Sundays.
Historic Museum of Torture Devices
Displays of torture devices from around the world, pictures and written explanations are part of this self-guided tour. Hours: Jan. 1 - May 31: Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. June 1 - Aug. 31: Friday - Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Holiday Inn - Alton
If you're searching for full-service hotels in Alton, IL, look no further. In addition to state-of-the-art event facilities, we have a large atrium with comfortable seating to encourage conversation. We also have added all new 32" flat screen tv's in all guest rooms. Located at the intersection of Route 140 and Route 3, and within minutes of I-255 , I-270, and the Amtrak Station, this hotel boasts unparalleled amenities and the friendliest staff, as well as ideal proximity to downtown Alton. Amenities include free Wi-fi, sauna, whirlpool, on-site guest self-laundry, fitness center and a business center. There is also a full service restaurant and two lounges on-site.
Homestead Flea Market
The Homestead Flea Market may be small, but it makes up for it with the quantity of merchandise available. This shop is full of treasures from antiques to handmade folk art. There is literally something for everyone - home, kids, and adults - at this multifaceted store. Hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Illinois Riverdock Restaurant
If you have a craving for sweet potato chips, fried chicken, brisket, and fritters in generous portions, then this riverside restaurant is where you need to go. This is the place all the locals go when they want a great meal at a reasonable price. Order a whole fresh pie to take home for a late night snack. You'll be glad you did! Hours: Su - Th 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. F -S 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Imo’s Pizza is known for their famous thin crust. Originally from St. Louis, Imo’s uses Provel cheese instead of mozzarella. Their fresh, never frozen ingredients are piled edge to edge over their homemade sauce. Side that with a salad.
International House of Pancakes
Casual dining specializing in breakfast foods.
CITY: Wood River
Iron Decor & More
Iron Decor & More provides many decorative items for the home, yard, garden or business... any space you can think of. Browse the shop for hand-blown glass gazing balls and a variety of iron works, including handcrafted iron tables, chairs, fencing, decorative sculptures, kinetic wind sculptures and more.
J & K Trash to Treasures
Funky junk has a new life at J & K Trash to Treasures. Shop owners recycle and up-cycle furniture, mirrors, frames and more, creating quirky shabby chic pieces for sale. This trendy shop for decorative pieces is open Wednesday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m,. and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
J & P Edelweiss
Collectibles abound at J & P Edelweiss located in Alton's historic downtown district. Shelves are packed with dishes, silverware, copper pots, teapots, pottery and china. Looking for an old iron or child's toy? Check out this place. Hours: Monday - Friday, Noon - 4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.
J.E. Robinson Underground Railroad Tours
In the early 1800s, Alton became a safe haven for slaves escaping from the bonds of slavery. Because of the area's neighboring slave state of Missouri, runaways found refuge in the free land surrounding Alton. The tunnels of the Underground Railroad run deep beneath the streets along the "Alton Route." The area was a major stop along the Underground Railroad, hiding slaves in caves, barns and basements throughout Alton, Otterville and Jerseyville. Hear the slave's tales, feel their fear and learn about Alton's remarkable past on an Underground Railroad Tour. Tours available by appointment only.
Jackson House - Alton
Jackson House offers a Victorian elegance in the main house, or secluded luxury in a guest house. Sink into a king-sized bed in the spacious master bedroom or snuggle under a quilt in the atmospheric Fireplace room. After slumbering in the loft of The Barn, enjoy the woodland landscape while lounging on the enclosed porch. In The Cave, a cozy earth house, you might bask in the glow of the fireplace, or in the summer, relax on the romantic patio.
Jacoby Arts Center
Jacoby Arts Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for individual artists in their pursuit of artistic excellence and economic success. The stunning gallery presents works of regional and national artists and the retail shop, known as The Artist Shop, showcases items in a variety of media while providing artists a retail outlet to their audiences.
James J. Eldred House Historic Site
Visit the James J. Eldred House, completed in 1861, and step back in time to view one of the most elegant residential structures in the region and an important surviving example of Greek Revival architecture. The home had fallen into disrepair over the years, but with the creation of The Illinois Valley Cultural Heritage Association, the Eldred House has come back to life and is being painstakingly restored. The home is open for tours during the annual Greene County Days celebration.
Jeni J's Gifts & Guest Houses
The boutique gift shop offers several lines of unique women’s clothing, trendy handbags, artisan jewelry and stylish scarves. Each season brings exciting new fashions and accessories for shoppers to choose from. The adjoining IceHouse Winery features our private label wines, award-winning wines from the Midwest and imported varietals from abroad. Visit the store to see for yourself the large assortment of exquisite items to adorn yourself and your home. Choose from our beautiful selection of fashion jewelry, women's sweaters, flags, wind chimes, scented candles, scented night lights, seasonal items, and gifts. Friday - Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Jeni J's Guest House
Stroll the streets of Grafton with the great rivers at your doorstep. From a stone terrace overlooking the junction of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, Jeni J's offers the choice of 3 cottages with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. Built in the early 1800's, the cottages are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated between the two cottages, take the time to stop into Jeni J's gift shop for a memento of your trip.
Jerseyville Harvest Inn
Whether you are in Jerseyville for business or pleasure, be sure to check out the Jerseyville Harvest Inn. This motel is conveniently located in the middle of the business district and is located on U.S. 67 and near Illinois Route 16. Amenities include in-room microwave, refrigerator, free Wi-fi, and free Continental breakfast.
Jimmy the Greek's
This family-owned restaurant has become a staple of fine-dining in our community. Our warm, intimate atmosphere, combined with the love and dedication put into every dish we serve, continues to provide us with what brings our family the greatest satisfaction: happy, loyal patrons. Whether it be our delicious selection of Greek dishes which have been handed down from generation to generation, or our selection of both modern and classic fine-dining staples, we strive to ensure that every dish leaving our kitchen is of the absolute highest quality. It is our hope that you may come, eat, and enjoy yourselves to the fullest. OPA!
Joe K's Family Restaurant
Family restaurant with that old diner feel! Breakfast specials that can feed the hungriest of stomachs.
Joe's Pizza and Pasta
All-you-can-eat Spaghetti Night, homemade family-style pizzas and daily pasta lunch specials have made Joe's Pizza and Pasta a household name in Wood River. The restaurant is known for its homemade pizzas and pastas featuring a secret Italian family recipe. Dine in or carry out. Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Johnson's Corner Restaurant
Home of the "original pork tenderloin," pond raised catfish and homemade onion rings. Alton's most affordable sit-down restaurant. One of Alton's best kept secrets!
Josephines Ltd. Gift Shop
Unique home decor, gifts, florals and accessories are among the many pieces offered in vignette settings at Josephines Ltd. Gift Shop. The gift shops are in the original house, once part of Monticello College that was founded in 1838. The gift shops are adjacent to the renowned Josephines Tea Room. Gift Shop Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Josephine's Tea Room
Enjoy a Girls' Day Out with lunch at Josephine's Tea Room in Godfrey. Fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts made daily highlight the menu. While at the tea room, browse the many gift shops on the complex, including Josephine's Gifts, the Monticello House, Fred's Shed featuring discounted merchandise and the new Christmas House. Jospehine's is the perfect stop for a girls' day out shopping and having fun. Hours: M -F 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., S 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Open on Sundays in December 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Try the "Big Mac" pizza at JR's Place in Hartford and you'll be hooked. This signature pizza tastes just like it's famous namesake burger, but in pizza form. The menu is for those adventurous diners who like to step outside the box when they eat. The kitchen closes early on Saturdays and is not open on Sundays.
Kampsville Inn Restaurant
Take a drive down the Great River Road and stop at the Kampsville Inn Restaurant for breakfast (served all day during the week) or their famous fried catfish fillets or catfish fritters. Located on the river, customers can watch the Kampsville Ferry cross while they eat. A full bar is also available. Hours: M - Th 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., F 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.S 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Su 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kampsville Landing offers two things at once: great homestyle cooking for those who want to eat out and a convenience store for those who just want to grab a snack. This family-style restaurant is located on the Illinois River. Hours: M - Th 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., F-S 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Located in the antique district of historic downtown Alton, this mom and pop craft shop has all your project needs and then some. Unique and traditional crafting items are found throughout the store. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come in and experience our fantastic fish sandwiches, steaks, and many, many more great dishes. Right on the river.
CITY: Golden Eagle
Koster Farms Hunting Club
Hunting on 2,000 acres of farm, timberland, cropland, and creek bottoms provides a large terrain selection for prime hunting. New club house sleeps 10, full kitchen, 2 baths, dish TV and VCR. Nine hole golf course nearby.
Home of the bottomless cup of coffee with a nice blend of breakfast and lunch menu options, Kumar's offers a homey, friendly coffee-shop atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Famous for their omelets and hashed browns. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Breakfast is served all day in this Mexican-style restaurant which boasts some of the hottest hot sauce in the area. Don't miss the Sunday buffet which is popular among locals and visitors alike. Open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower is dedicated to the duo's history-making journey, and serves as a gateway to the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. The Corps of Discovery voyage began here on May 14, 1804, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Take the elevator up to the top of the 180-foot-tall tower, where you’ll step out to panoramic views of the swirling river waters (the view is particularly stunning at sunset). On platforms located at 50, 100 and 150 feet visitors learn about the early days of Hartford, as well as Lewis and Clark's journey.
Lewis and Clark Memorial
This memorial commemorates Camp Dubois, the 1803-04 winter camp of Lewis and Clark where they launched their Corps of Discovery expedition to the Pacific.
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site commemorates Camp Dubois, the 1803-1804 winter camp of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It was at Camp Dubois that members of the Corps of Discovery prepared for their expedition to the Pacific Ocean. The 14,000 square-foot exhibit space contains six galleries that outline the background and history of the Lewis and Clark expedition from its conception to its meaning for today's America. Exhibits are kid-friendly, offering opportunities for hands-on engagement. A "reconstruction" of the winter camp, Camp Dubois, is located on the grounds near the visitor center. Its design reflects 1803 U.S. Army regulations for the construction of military posts. Interpreters are on-site daily in the camp to explain how the men prepared for the journey.
Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
The 4,000 seat Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater hosts a variety of events from community festivals to live concerts throughout the summer months. With the Mighty Mississippi River as a backdrop, bring your blanket and spread out for an evening under the stars. Check out our website for a list of upcoming events.
Lil Red Guest House
The Lil Red Guest House was built in 1860 and features two bedrooms with sleeping for up to four people. This charming red house is located within walking distance of local wineries, shopping and restaurants. The guest house has a comfortable porch swing from which to enjoy the view of the Mississippi River. Reservations are required.
Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail
Walk in the footsteps of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Civil War soldiers from both North and South. Experience the life of young Lincoln as a lawyer, duelist and orator. It was here that the final Lincoln-Douglas Debate took place, with the issue of slavery on the minds of spectators. It was here that Confederate soldiers were held captive, died and were buried. It was here that Alton resident and U.S. Senator Lyman Trumbull authored the 13th Amendment, putting an end to slavery in the United States. Experience the 11 historic sites interpreted along the Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail.
The final debate of Stephan A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln took place in front of Alton's city hall at the corner of Broadway and Market Streets. The senatorial debate drew national attention along with more that 6,000 visitors. Life-like statues of the two statesmen keep the famous series of debates in 1858 frozen forever in time.
Sit back, sip your drink and enjoy the serenity of the Mississippi River as it flows past The Loading Dock Bar and Grill in Grafton, Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Like being on vacation, it's the only place like it where you can sit by the water and watch the boat traffic on the river while enjoying stunning views of the palisades. Bring the kids along by day or at night, listen to live music while enjoying a full menu of hot fresh food served right off the grill. Make sure you begin your meal munching on a basket of chips dipped in the famous Dock Salsa!
Lone Oak Golf Course
The 9-hole "Lone Oak" executive course at the Lone Oak Golf Course facility in Carrollton features 2,150 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 32. Designed by George DeGeal, the Lone Oak golf course opened in 1984.
Los Tres Amigos
Looking for fresh, hot and substantial Mexican-American food? If you are in Jerseyville, then stop by Los Tres Amigos. Boasting some of the more authentic Mexican food in the area, the fried tacos are a signature offering. Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
This monument memorializes Elijah P. Lovejoy, whose work and death in Alton gave him a place in history for the abolition of slavery. During the slavery era, Elijah Lovejoy was a pastor who wrote anti-slavery editorials so controversial he became an object of hatred by slaveholders. Despite threats to his life, he continued his anti-slavery writings in the Alton Observer, even after three of his printing presses were thrown into the Mississippi River. It was this persistence that led an angry pro-slavery mob to attack and kill him in 1837.
Lucy Mae's Guest House
Built at the dawn of the 20th century this two-story home retains its turn of the century charm while offering the convenience of modern pleasures and comfort. The home offers 2 units, upstairs & downstairs with an adjoining stairway that can be opened for large groups.
A unique gift shop that blends a boutique atmosphere with a kitchen store, specialty store and gift shop all rolled into one. There are garden items, stationary, gourmet foods, timed candles, purses, dinnerware, pictures and more. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mac's Time-Out Lounge/Off Track Betting
Order off the extensive menu. Why not try the real Southern-style chicken and dumplings or meat-lover’s pizza? You’ll find fair prices, large portions & excellent dishes. Try eating outside at the comfortable terrace-style beer garden. Your whole family will have a pleasant dining experience. Place your bets at the off-track betting parlor. Stay late for a cold one.
Magnums Bar and Grill
A major list of appetizers highlight the menu at Magnums Bar and Grill. Also on the menu: sandwiches, a variety of steak dinners, ribs, frog legs and a unqiue array of open faced dinner sandwiches. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 8:45 p.m.
CITY: East Alton
Maple Leaf Cottage Inn
Located in the historic village of Elsah, the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn offers bed and breakfast cottage style. All rooms have private bath, sitting area and a full hot breakfast delivered to you each morning.
Mary Michelle Winery
Mary Michelle has 60 acres of vineyards adjacent to the winery and grows most of the grapes that it uses for its wines. This Winery sells only through stores and restaurants. Mary Michelle’s winemaker is the award-winning Lucian Dressel, a fifth generation Greene County resident by way of Boston, New York, Augusta, Mo., and Davis, Ca. In 2003, inspired by the vision of the founders of Mary Michelle, Dressel returned to the Midwest to help make a contribution to the fulfillment of this dream.
Mary Michelle Winery Tasting Room
Enjoy award-winning wines at Mary Michelle Winery located at Pere Marquette Lodge, in scenic Pere Marquette State Park. The Tasting Room, Fountain Patio and Riverview Terrace are the perfects spots to relax with a glass of wine and unwind. Mary Michelle wines include Norton, Chardonel and Moscato. The winery is open 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. daily.
Masters of the Sky
Witness the "Masters of the Sky" birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational program. Show times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Also, there will be a free eagle display at noon and 2 p.m. for 30 minutes in the gallery on Feb. 14 - 15. For more information, call the National Great Rivers Museum at (877) 462-6979.
McMaster Woods Nature Preserve
McMaster Woods is a beautiful oak woodland and barrens that occurs on deep ravines, steep slopes and a ridgetop. Limestone bedrock outcrops along the bases of ravines and an intermittent stream crosses the northwest corner of the preserve. A great variety of wildflowers, grasses, sedges and ferns occur here, including large-flowered bellwort, spikenard, false dragonhead, wood reed and maidenhair fern. A small, but interesting barrens remnant occurs on the ridgetop. For Further Information Contact: Illinois Department of Natural Resources, District Natural Heritage Biologist, 4521 Alton Commerce Parkway, Alton, Illinois 62002 (618-462-2424)
When just about any native of the Alton area thinks of a haunted house, normally one name comes to mind - the infamous McPike Mansion. Thousands of visitors and paranormal investigators have visited the grounds of the notorious McPike Mansion claiming spirits still roam this property. Some claim the haunts date back to the property before the mansion was even built, with native American ghosts and a residue from a possible Underground Railroad stop. Other mysterious stories include servants of the building, a cook in the kitchen and a strange death of a woman in the bathtub. Some even believe that Eleanor and Henry McPike still roam the corridors of their former home. All total, more than 11 different spirits have been experienced in recent years.
Medford Bicycle & Sporting Goods
Need a bicycle tune-up before you hit the local bike trails? Medford Bicycle & Sporting Goods in Jerseyville is the place to go. All types of bicycle repairs and accessories are available at this one-stop shop. New and used bicycles can be purchased. There is also a wide selection of sporting goods needs from helmets to ball bats, knee pads to practice jerseys. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway
Cruise along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, where the Mighty Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers converge. The 33-mile byway begins in Hartford, leading you through Alton and bends along the forested river bluffs to its end point in Grafton, at Pere Marquette State Park.
Melvin Price Locks & Dam
Get the best view of Alton and the Mississippi River from eight stories in the air atop the Melvin Price Locks & Dam. Take a free guided tour and see towboats and barges as they push their way through this incredible structure. It's also a great spot to eagle watch in the winter.
Midwest Motor Sports
Looking for that perfect adult toy? Midwest Motor Sports has 20,000 square feet of two and four wheel motorcycles and ATVs as well as personal watercraft. In addition to the huge showroom, the store features a test tank for test runs of watercraft. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mike's Pizza and Pasta
For some of the best Sicilian-style, thin-crust pizza around, look no further than Mike's Pizza and Pasta in Jerseyville. Known for the Margherita Pizza, a nice veggie-style pie, they also offer thick and deep dish pizza delights. Full menu of pasta selections as well. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Mineral Springs Haunted Tours
Take an eight-block tour of some of the haunted locations in downtown Alton, investigate the four floors of the Mineral Springs Hotel, be part of a seance and top the evening off with a tarot card reading. All tours begin and end at the Mineral Springs Mall. Tour options include New Moon Haunted Tours, Waking the Dead Walking Tours, Cemetery Tours and Haunted Overnights.
Mineral Springs Paranormal Research Center
Share evidence and peruse scientific research on the paranormal at one of the most haunted buildings in Alton -- the former Mineral Springs Hotel -- now the home of the Mineral Springs Paranormal Research Center. Overnight paranormal events are held at the site, in addition to meetings with other paranormal experts, investigators and researchers. Ghost hunting equipment is used in every investigation and there are over 140 EVPs obtained over the years at the hotel and at other investigation sites.
Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area
Consisting of 15 wildlife management areas and 13 public access areas, the Mississippi River State and Wildlife Area manages a majority of its 24,400 acres to accommodate waterfowl hunting and habitat enhancement.
Mosaics Fine Fashions
Discover a treasure chest of European charm in the heart of Alton. Mosiacs is a unique boutique featuring trendy womens couture to fine home decor all at European wholesale pricing. Open Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 9 p.m.
For a quick bite or a full meal, Mulligan's West in Jerseyville has a wide range of menu options. Appetizers feature "rattlers", "zingers" and "pig tails" with homemade sauces. Salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood and pasta are also featured menu items. Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Full bar which stays open until 1 a.m. Free live music once a month on Saturdays.
My Antique Store
One of the premiere glassware antique shops in the area, My Antique Store features high quality items for the serious glass collector. Depression glass, Fostoria, milk glass, amethyst glass, crackle glass, carnival glass and stoneware are among the many pieces found as you explore room after room of glassware filled shelves. Costume jewelry and silverplate flatware is also available. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
My Just Desserts
Follow the lead of the locals in Alton and order dessert first, at My Just Desserts, as fresh-baked favorites like the Tollhouse brownies and Mrs. Ledbetter’s chocolate pie sell out early. Every morning 9 to 13 pie varieties are baked fresh. You’ll swear you stepped back in time when you enter this unique establishment, from the squeak in the hardwood floors to the Mason jar glasses.
National Great Rivers Museum
Located adjacent to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, this museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Mississippi River, from its colorful history to its modern-day role as a major transportation corridor. The museum features kid-friendly, interactive and computer animated exhibits. Steer a towboat through the locks and dam via simulator, measure your water consumption or come face-to-face with river fish in the aquarium.
New Frontiers Home Furnishings
See what sets New Frontiers Home Furnishings apart from its competition. High quality solid wood furniture grace the showroom floors. Plus, New Frontiers features a wide variety of unfinished wood furniture with finishing options available. It also offers locally made redwood garden furniture and will build the western red cedar frame greenhouse of your dreams.
New to You
Antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing and used clothing are all available at this resale/antique shop located in historic Grafton on the riverfront. Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
O'Jan's Fish Stand
Sometimes simple is best and O'Jan's Fish Stand has transformed simplicity into an art form. Tasty, simple fried fish sandwiches made to order are among the treats of this quaint restaurant/store located right on the Mississippi River in Grafton. Some indoor seating, but the draw is truly the river. Benches line the back of the building for customers to eat, drink and river watch. In addition to fresh fish sandwiches, O'Jan's offers sides, burgers and pork tenderloins. Hours: M - Th 10:30 a,n, - 6:30 p.m.F - Su 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Old Glory Antiques
There is something for everyone at Old Glory Antiques. Antiques, furniture, collectibles, vintage items, crafts, die cast cars and beer mugs are among the many items available. There are also re-purposed and recycle items available. Hours: Wednesday - Friday. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Olga Bread - it’s bread you’ll find at the center of everything here. A secret-recipe bread used in side dishes, desserts and every one of the delectable sandwiches you’ll find at Olga’s Kitchen. Try any of their soups, salads or sandwiches. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming and the food is always fresh.
Olive Oil Marketplace
A specialty shop devoted completely to the finest olive oils and balsamic vinegars available, is what you will find at Olive Oil Marketplace. Gathered from top olive farms worldwide, the Extra Virgin Olive Oils are infused with natural flavors included roasted garlic, portobello and garlic, lemon pepper and Italian herb. There are more than 25 flavors of olive oils available. More than 17 flavors of balsamic vinegars are also on hand imported from Modena, Italy. Tasting stations for the olive oils and balsamic vinegars are set up throughout the store for customers. Flavored pastas, coffees and a variety of specialized kitchen gadgets are also available for sale. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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.
Every day, trained bakers craft and bake loaves of bread from scratch, using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality breads. Panera Bread understands that great bread makes great meals, from made-to-order sandwiches to tossed-to-order salads and soup served in bread bowls.
Party Magic & Gifts
It's not all about parties at Party Magic & Gifts. Whether you want to host a themed event or just find some new treasure for your home, this store has a great selection of merchandise. Visit their "Oddity Store" for those little odds and ends to give your home just the right look. Hundreds of candles, candle accessories and home decor merchandise available. And if it is a party you want, they have custom balloon decorating, wedding, baby shower, birthday and themed event merchandise. Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.
This is a shop dedicated to the preservation of the art of quilting. From its 1800s reproduction quilting fabric available for sale to sharing the craftsmanship of quilting with customers, keeping the spark of this craft alive is the life force behind this cozy, friendly shop. Heirloom quilt patterns also available. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
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.