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A quiet cove at dawn, where the only sound is the whir of a casting reel and the gentle splash of the fly hitting the water’s surface...that’s Lake Sara. A sunny afternoon slalom skiing behind a powerboat or running along the beach...that’s Lake Sara. A family picnic in the grass at water’s edge or a family reunion, with fried chicken and the works, under one of the pavilions...that’s Lake Sara. Lake Sara is an 800-acre recreational lake nestled into a wooded shoreline, encircled by a winding road. Spend a day, a week, or a season on the shores of Lake Sara. Lake Sara has something for everyone, in every season of the year.
Lake Sara Pavilions
Two different locations on Lake Sara. The pavilions offer a chance to host a meeting on the lake. The two outdoor facilities are perfect for receptions and parties with plenty of outdoor space. It also features a large open room, kitchen area, boat dock and outdoor decks.
Lakeside RV Park
Located north of Olney adjacent to East Fork Lake, this park features all the amenities campers seek.
Legacy Harley Davidson
Legacy Harley-Davidson is not only a great place to stock up on the latest Harley-Davidson gear, but it is an attraction that brings thousands of visitors to the area. The Harley Barn houses new and pre-owned motorcycles, along with clothing, merchandise, parts, and much more. The folks at the Harley Barn also invite travelers to visit their one-of-a-kind events that they hold throughout the year at the barn.
Main Street Farmer's Market of Olney
The market features home-grown & produced items. Naturally raised & organic products are highly encouraged. Come out, enjoy our community, support our local economy & eat well. The market is Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. June through October.
Martin Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Newly constructed French Country style home located on 100 acres featuring equine hotel, nature trails, and fishing pond. The outdoors is as enchanting and as lively as it is indisde. Each of the 4 guest rooms is tastefully decorated.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Midway Meat and Deli
Meat market that also offers delicious sandwiches and meals.
Specializes in antique furniture, Roseville pottery and a general line of antiques.
Offers a little bit of everything. Clothes, jewelry, shoes, hand bags and more.
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. This is what MCF is all about - in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.
Monical's Pizza - Robinson
Family-style dining, pizza and much more.
Monical's Pizza in Olney
Great Italian food plus salads.
My Garage Museum Collection
Showcasing classic and one-of-a-kind Corvettes and memorabilia, My Garage Museum is a must-see attraction for any car enthusiast. Corvettes on display include Indy pace cars, racing machines, the last C-4 and the first 21st century model.
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.
Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
This 1,775 acre lake features 540 acres of shoreline as a day use conservation area. Recreational activities include fishing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and hunting.
Offers furniture for everybody's home. Couches, recliners, tables & chairs and more. They deliver and can order furniture for you.
Niemerg’s Steakhouse in Effingham opened September 1, 1978 and is locally owned and operated with food that’s made grandmother style; from scratch and with care.
Noah's Ark Pet Shoppe
Noah's Ark Pet Shoppe has everything for small animals. Bird cages, lizard cages, snake tanks, fish bowls and much more. They also have birds, fish, lizards, rabbits, snakes and more small animals.
Oak Glen Country Club
This challenging 18-hole course is open year round, and features a clubhouse, driving range and tee times for non-members.
Old Tyme Steakhouse
Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. A large variety of lunch and dinner choices.
A unique gourmet espresso cafe'. Deli items and desserts.
Outdoor Sportsman's Lodge
Offers hunting, fishing, golf and meeting packages, as well as getaway weekend packages. Gas fireplaces, central heating and air, satellite TV, and gourmet meals delivered directly to your table. Outdoor Sportsman's Lodge is conveniently located just off Newton lake with 2 cabins so you can enjoy your hunt. Some of the nations best Bass Fishing can be found as well as a hunters paradise for all game. Guided and non-guided fishing and hunting packages are available by calling. In the off-season this facility is a Bed & Breakfast. Described as a "Sportsman's paradise" by World Champion Angler Denny Brauer.
Restaurant offers a full lunch and dinner menu in a sports-oriented atmosphere. Special, live entertainment and limo service.
Paradise Inn - Effingham
Paradise Inn is a clean, well-maintained hotel. The hotel allows small pets, has cable and bus parking, and is adjacent to restaurants.
Located in Newton's bowling alley. Unexpected breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items. Specials offered. Cheeseburgers; classic mom'n'pop fare.
Pasta Alley - Robinson
Come see noodles and sauce made from scratch. Baskets and shipping are also available.
Serving pizza and many other sandwiches and salad dishes.
Lake house vacation rental home; one large bedroom with kitchen, laundry room, patio room with spectacular view of the lake, family room with dining table, deck, screened porch, fireplaces, one acre of land on beautiful Vernor Lake, and walking distance to Richland County Country Club. Relax and fish from the dock on this quiet lake side retreat.
Prairie Ridge State Natural Area
Located southwest of Newton, Prairie Ridge is a wonderful site for observing rare species of grassland wildlife. Over 2500 acres, visitors will enjoy bird watching, nature study, photography and much more.
Not only do they offer a huge variety of shoes, but they also offer a variety of sporting equipment at great prices.
Puerto Vallarta serves authentic Mexican food at affordable prices within a friendly atmosphere.
Quail Creek Country Club and Resort
This 18-hole facility is a former PGA Tour site. Quail Creek also features a resort with 34 beautiful room options for golfers and non-golfers. The 19th Hole offers casual and fine dining.
Quality Inn - Effingham
Indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, free continental breakfast, pet friendly, smoking and non smoking rooms, free internet.
Full service, credit cards accepted, non-smoking area, handicap accessible. Take-out available. Located next to the Best Western Inn. Open seven days.
Red Hills State Park
Located on Rt. 50 between Lawrenceville and Olney, this State Park features fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, horse trails and camping in a semi-secluded setting. This 950-acre site offers wooded hills, picturesque meadows, nature areas and an abundance of wildlife.
Richards Farm Restaurant
Located in the sleepy town of Casey, IL, Richards Farm is a classic American style restaurant. There is a picturesque 1930's barn with quaint dining areas and even a 300 banquet room. Delicious food, country ambiance and excellent service. Open Daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday buffet from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Check out our menu online! Gary and Diane Richards have owned the historic farm since 1972.
Richland Country Club
This 18-hole facility is open to non-members at certain times.
River Park Motel
Located on the banks of the Embarras River, Riverpark offers weekly rates with boat hookups.
Robert Ridgeway Memorial Arboretum & Sanctuary
This living tribute to naturalist and author Robert Ridgeway features more than 50 types of trees, flowers and wildlife.
Rodeway Inn - Effingham
Rodeway offers standard amenities, along with microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, and cable television. Whirlpool bathtubs, sofa sleepers and spacious work desks are available in some rooms. A continental breakfast is also provided.
Offers breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Enjoy a relaxing retreat at Sara's Sanctuary. Every retreat offers a different health and wellness experience, which includes therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, yoga or meditation, reflexology and Reiki. Each session has a limit of eight participants and four sleeping rooms.
Schuetz Rentals provides a service to the business traveler with Corporate Apartments, Houses and efficiency apartments for the traveler. All are fully furnished with weekly and monthly rates available. Call for more information.
Sculpture on the Avenue
Come explore the sculptures that have transformed the City of Effingham's avenues into an art gallery. Over 30 sculptures created by some of the Midwest's best known and unknown sculptors bring life to the streets of Effingham as part of the annual "Sculptures on the Avenues" outdoor exhibition. Sculptures on the Avenues is a self-guided walking tour that begins at City Hall, located at 201 E. Jefferson Ave. From there, the exhibition winds in and out of Downtown Effingham. An informative guide, which facilitates a walking tour, is available at the Effingham Visitors Center or City Hall.
Shady Timbers Lodge
Nestled ½ mile back in the woods, this lodge features all the comforts for individuals wishing to get away for the weekend.
Solid Grounds Coffee Shop
We are not your ordinary coffee house, you'll never know what's brewin! In this fast paced world we live in, sometimes we forget how to just have some joy and how to smile. It's not a vacation retreat, but it's a great place to feel pampered, listen to the fountains and light instrumental music, sit on the patio and drink some created coffees, teas, or smoothies. You can read some of our books, play games, use a headset and listen to music, or even make and appointment for a hair cut! We might even break out into song from time to time! We serve Q's (wonder what they are?), salad wraps, great cinnamon rolls, cheesecake and Big cookies. We only cook up so much, so don't miss out on what we may create!
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery features art classes for both children and adults, along with holding various events throughout the year. The artist, Jamie Stang, also specializes in "paint parties." These parties are great for a group, as they feature great food, drinks, music and art. Jamie helps visitors discover their inner-artist while relaxing in a chic studio-style atmosphere. Check out her gallery while you're there too.
Starbucks is open 24 hours and offers specialty coffees.
Subfast offers buffet and lots of other menu choices. Salads, subs and many pizza choices.
Super 8 - Effingham
Suites available, small pets allowed, cable/movies, kitchenettes aveniable, in-room safe, free super start breakfast from 6:00 am - 10:00 am.
Super 8 Motel
A fourty plus room motel with many amenities travelers seek.
Taylor Lake Campground
Ten RV sites, water, sewer, electrical hookups -- 20,30,50 AMP, 6 tent sites, lake, fishing, shower house, restroom and playground.
Teutopolis Monastery Museum
See displays of early life in this German Catholic community, founded in 1838. The first Franciscans arrived in October 1858, and the three priests and six brothers quickly set about building a parish and friary.
The Coffee Shack
Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
The Country Barn Shoppe
Featuring juried craft and antiques in a fully restored curved roof barn.
The Delta Inn
Meeting facilities, handicap access, free breakfast, cable/movies. indoor pool, bus parking, free pass to local health club, AAA rated.
Offers burgers, fries and many other items including ice cream treats.
Restaurant at the hotel, seven days a week. A large selection of breakfast and lunch entrees. Check out our website.
The Last Straw
Offers a lot of different craft items, already made crafts, house décor and more.
The Marina at Lake Sara
If you want to spend a day on Lake Sara but don't have a boat, don't worry The Marina at Lake Sara offers boat rentals, tackle, gas, food and drinks.
The McClure Guesthouse
Ideal venue for your; Overnight Accommodations, Bridal & Baby Showers, Business Luncheons and Dinners, Family Events, Anniversaries, Birthday Parties, Intimate Weddings. An 1872 Restored Italianate Victorian Home Located in the Heart of Downtown Olney, Illinois During the extensive restoration project the finest materials were used and extensive research was conducted to return this home to its original grandeur. You will marvel at the exquisite detail that has been put into this project.
The Stage at Lake Sara
After being on the lake all day, why not check out an outdoor concert from local and regional bands. Also be sure to remember that the stage is available to rent.
The Thomas Shoppe
The Thomas Shoppe has homecoming dresses, prom dresses, an everyday causal outfit or dress and more to pick from for any occasion.
The Tin Cup
Offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily fish platters.
The Trace Inn Restaurant
Trace Inn Restaurant is open year-round offering a spectacular four seasons overlook of Red Hills Lake and the surrounding hardwood forest. Fine dining is enhanced by the rustic atmosphere of a rural decor, antiques, and creative seasonal decorations. The Banquet Room provides dining for an additional 50 guests and can be booked for private parties and meetings. Visitors to the Trace Inn will also enjoy a unique craft, collectibles, and antique shop.
The Village Stitchery
Features a wide variety of quilt fabrics & supplies, home decor items, gifts & clothing, and much more.
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. Home to the World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook.
Thelma Keller Convention Center
Central Illinois' premier meeting destination, the Thelma Keller Convention Center, offers today's meeting/event/wedding planners a relaxed atmosphere, quality service and tempting cuisine designed to make every event impressive and productive. No matter what size event you are planning, they have room for your needs. Deluxe conference facilities. Impeccable service. Dedicated staff. On-site technical and meeting planning resources. The Convention Center offers over 20,000 square feet of space with a grand ballroom measuring 10,500 square feet. Perfect for your next meeting or a beautiful wedding here.
Located on East Main in Olney, this motel offers comfortable rooms for travelers. Sportsmen take note, electrical hookups for boaters are available and other needs for sportsmen.
TREC Recreation Trails
The TREC trail system is a public trail designed to create recreational opportunities. The trails provide a great place for visitors to exercise, whether its walking, riding bikes, or roller blading. The mission is to develop a countrywide, multi-use trail system, educate the communities on the benefits of the trails, and promote an active lifestyle by providing recreational activities.
Turkey Creek Lodge
A 3,000 sq. ft. lodge features a master bedroom with a private bath and two bedrooms with semi-private bathrooms. Located in rural Jasper County, Turkey Creek is perfect for hunters or individuals wanting a weekend retreat.
Tuscan Hills Winery
Tuscan Hills Winery, recently opened in 2011, is on Historic Hills Drive, directly behind the Harley Barn. This winery is located on eight picturesque acres which helps bring an Old World Tuscan feel to the heart of Effingham. The owners are focused on creating elegant, approachable, and perfectly balanced wines of the highest quality. Wine tastings, along with space available for reservations makes this a must stop for group tours. Tuscan Hills Winery wants you to "Come as our guest, but leave as our friends." We welcome you to plan your next event at Tuscan Hills Winery - whether it's a beautiful wedding in our vineyard or book the space for your next meeting.
Ty's Family Buffet
Ty's offers a variety of foods on their buffet. Newly remodeled - lots of rooms for all types of gatherings.
Offers a variety of antiques, crafts, apparel and a lot more.
Uphill Grind Cycle & Fitness
Uphill Grind Cycle and Fitness has everything you are looking for in a bicycle shop and more. When you visit the store you will find a large selection of bikes for commuting, your avid road, mountain and BMX cyclist, bikes for casually cruising around town or country and all the accessories you could possibly need to enjoy your bicycle experience. We carry 7 brands of bicycles so that you get the best fit for your money. Let our knowledgeable staff help you find the right bicycle for you. We believe a bicycle should be a joy to ride, not a chore to ride. We also are the only dealer in the area for The North Face and we feature performance wear for our runners. Come visit us!
This orchard offers in-season peaches, apples, pears and pumpkins.
Village Square Mall
Indoor shopping mall with several stores such as Bath & Body Works, Bon Worth, Christopher & Banks, CJ Banks, Claire's, JC Penny, Maurices and many more.
Village Wine & Gifts
Village Wine & Gifts is a great setting to enjoy some wine with friends or family. They offer wine tastings, samples of cheese and people may buy bottles of wine for a great price.
VW Welcomefest Downtown Party
Join us for in Downtown Effingham on the Courthouse Lawn for VW Welcomefest, where the night begins with a road tour from Mid America Motorworks. The VWs will make their way through town and come down the parade route about 5 p.m. Food by the Gabby Goat, ice cream, tropical snow and great music will await everyone at the Courthouse lawn from 5-8:00 p.m. Don't forget to sign up to win a Ipad Mini, along with other great giveaways. We've added some cool new things this year you won't want to miss, like "Big Red," a 10,000 pound VW Beetle and a fortune teller! This event is sure to be fun for the whole family!
W. S. Broom & Co.
W. S. Broom & Co. has the furniture and flooring to fit in any house and budget!
Offers a little bit of everything & also has a pharmacy.
White Squirrels of Olney
For over 100 years, Olney has been the home for hundreds of white squirrels. The albino squirrels can be seen at various locations in town, but are most often found in the Olney City Park.
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.
Wilhelmina Art Gallery
Browse award-winning oil paintings by Wilma Woldt Krueger. Limited and open edition prints, landscapes, wildlife, still life and portraits are sold.
Witt's is a full service restaurant. They are famous for their BBQ, but also offer pizza and other food choices. Witt's also offers delivery and catering.
World's Largest Golf Tee
The World's Largest Golf Tee measures 30ft and 3/4" and weighs 6,659 lbs! It is constructed of yellow pine boards and over 60 gallons of glue and 120 pounds of screws. This is a site you don't want to miss!
World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook
The World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook are located inside The Yarn Studio in downtown Casey, Illinois. In order to make it in to the Guinness Book of World Records shop owner, Jeanette Huisinga, had to knit and crochet a 10X10 square with the largest tools. Knitting Needles are 13ft .75in and 25 pounds each. Crochet Hook measures at 6ft. 1.5in and weight is 9lbs.
World's Largest Wind Chimes
With chimes suspended nearly 50 feet above the ground, the BEI wind chime is a sight to behold! The longest of five chimes is 42 feet long-almost double that of the past world record holder. The chimes sing gentle and deep as they strike the clapper, long gleaming lengths paying tribute to BEI's expertise in the pipeline industry. Stick around to visit the tea shop next door!
Wray's Fruit Farm
Stop for u-pick strawberries and apples in season, or purchase other fruit products such as apple butter.
Yen Ching Mandarin
Wide variety of Oriental dishes.
A wide variety of menu choices in a "pub-like" atmosphere. Selections are akin to steakhouse food.
Zona's on the Lake
Zona's on the Lake offers a full menu that includes pizza, burgers, subs, salads, appetizers and wraps, as well as wine and beer. Zona's on the Lake is located on Lake Sara in Effingham, IL. Come enjoy a great day on the lake and have some great food!