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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.
Lake View Park Trail
Lake View Park Trail is an advanced single track dirt trail, 6 miles in length. It's quite technical in nature, offering good descents and heart-pounding climbs.
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.
Lincoln Book Shop
New and used books, cards and more.
Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum
Charleston's newest heritage tourism attraction. Learn more about the 1858 political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. This site is a designated, "Looking for Lincoln" site.
Lincoln Garden Family Restaurant
Family restaurant and 24 hour weekend diner. Skillets, gyros, pita wraps, salads, soups, pastas, omelettes, steaks,chicken ribs, sandwiches, seafood and childrens menu
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
The last home of Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's parents. It shares the site with the Sargent farm, an 1840's living history farm.
Lincoln Prarie Grass Trail
Ride your bike or walk from Charleston to Mattoon on the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail.
Lincoln School Museum
The Lincoln School Museum is a restored 1880’s one-room brick school located one mile north of Martinsville, Clark County, Illinois on a spur of the National Road. The Lincoln School is representative of the brick construction of one-room schools built during the 1880’s, representing the typical one-room school of the era, and the education available of that time. The Lincoln School Museum is open to the public on weekends from June through August and any time by appointment.
Lincoln-Prairie Grass Trail
two miles of paved surface and 10 miles of aggregate surface. Jogging, walking, equestrian riding and biking permitted.
Little River Band at the Effingham Performance Center
As one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s, Little River Band performs their hits at the EPC to perform live at 7:30 p.m.
Magic Wok serves a wide array of Chinese specialties. Check out our website.
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.
Mattoon Mural Arts at Progress Square
Residents are encouraged to visit the mural, "Civility," and relax in the new surroundings at Progress Square. This mural by artist D.S. Gordon embraces the landscape, history and people of Mattoon. For years after the completion of the rail, many trains a day would meet at the intersection of the tracks at the center of town and determine right of way in polite fashion. This symbolizes the civility of a community with a 150-year history of working together, which the mural captures. One of many mural projects sponsored by the Mattoon Arts Council and the City of Mattoon.
Mattoon Welcome Center & Historic Railroad Depot
Mattoon Tourism & Arts Welcome Center is located in the historic Illinois Central Railroad Train Depot, which also still serves as the Amtrak Station for the Community. The original Railroad Depot was constructed in 1918 by the Illinois Central Railroad, and it was then remodeled in 2011. The Depot is still an active Amtrak Station with 3,000 passengers boarding and un-boarding per month. The welcome center offers a host of information: state-of-the-art schools & colleges, a growing economy, beautiful parks, lakes and sports amenities round out the more favorable quality of life found in Mattoon.
McGrady Inn Bed and Breakfast
A pleasant walk from the campus of Eastern Illinois University, The McGrady Inn honors its heritage, a United Brethren church constructed in 1919. From the original maple floors to the nine-panel stained glass window at the center of the 23-foot sanctuary ceilings, guests are surrounded by the results of a three-year restoration matching the original craftsmanship. The Inn offers modern amenities such as flat screen televisions, wireless internet and spacious bathrooms in the company of intricate oak woodwork and nineteenth century church pews. Enjoy a stroll to one of the many restaurants located on Charleston's courthouse square or simply relax in the shade of a hard maple tree on our front porch. The McGrady Inn is centrally located among the distinguished homes in our college community.
Meadowview Golf Course
This 18-hole, par 72 course features moderate to gently rolling terrain, manicured greens, a full-service pro shop and a food court.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Offers a little bit of everything. Clothes, jewelry, shoes, hand bags and more.
The Moonshine Store is situated at a country crossroads near the town of Martinsville. It is an adventure in itself just finding the place. What makes it special is the unique atmosphere of this little country store that is home to the famous “Moonburger”. It has been featured on the CBS Morning Show. It is a “must stop” location for travelers with its guest book logging visitors from all 50 states and around the world. In April 2014, a new record was set where 3,251 burgers were served during a major motorcycle rally, the Moonshine Lunch Run.
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.
Pick your own strawberries in season, and buy fall apples, Indian corn, pumpkins and gourds.
Motel U.S. Grant
Experience a fun, comfortable stay. Free continental breakfast. Clean rooms, affordable rates.
Murals Around the Square
Charleston is known as a city of murals, thanks to the many art works located around the town square. View them on a seven-block tour of the area.
My 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.
Off Route 32 Cafe
Hand-Pattied Burgers, Daily Plate Specials, Pizza, Salad Bar, Kid's Menu. Hometown, friendly atmosphere.
Olivier's Country Creations & Gifts
Fabric, craft supplies, beads, finished crafts, gifts, handmade quilts, birdhouses, collectibles, books, videos, furniture, and much more.
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.
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.
Pagliai's Pizza in Charleston
Pizza, Dine in or carry out
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.
Past & Present Antiques
Antiques and collectibles, fine china, glassware, primitives, toys, lamps, furniture, pictures, quilts, vintage and more.
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.
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.
Try the 19-hole miniature golf course, plus six state-of-the-art pitching machines.
Chinese buffet and extensive menu
Quality Inn - Effingham
Indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, free continental breakfast, pet friendly, smoking and non smoking rooms, free internet.
Quality Inn and Suites Conference Center
The Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center provides guests with countless features, great service and a convenient location. Lake Land College is less than a mile away from this Mattoon, IL hotel and local points of interest like Illinois Amish Country, Eastern Illinois University and Lincoln Log Cabin are nearby. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the multitude of recreation areas offered in the surrounding area. The Douglas Hart Nature Center, Peterson Park, Meadowview Golf Course and Lake Mattoon are in the vicinity. Several specialty stores, shopping malls, retailers and restaurants are close to the hotel.
Queen Anne's on 7th Street
Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1892; sits on a wooded 1½-acre lot and is located 3 blocks from Eastern Illinois University.
Full service, credit cards accepted, non-smoking area, handicap accessible. Take-out available. Located next to the Best Western Inn. Open seven days.
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.
River Park Motel
Located on the banks of the Embarras River, Riverpark offers weekly rates with boat hookups.
Roc's Black Front
Rocs is celebrated for its baby back ribs and original 'Norm's nirvana barbeque sauce.
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.
Rogala Public Links
This nine-hole course is par 36/38.
Round House Antiques
We invite you to come and visit us at Round House Antiques in Charleston, IL to see our unique selection of antiques, primitives and collectibles. We sell quality vintage and antique items that can be treasured for a lifetime and passed down for generations. Antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry, primitives, furniture, glassware, gift certificates, and layaway.
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.
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.
Seventh Street Underground
A student coffee house and entertainment. A non-alcoholic venue for college students.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 Tower of Baa-Goat
The one and only goat tower in the U.S. It is modeled after a tower that Dave and Marcia Johnson saw in a wine magazine from S. Africa. The original goat tower was in Portugal. The Johnston's tower is 31 foot tall and has 5,000 bricks with 276 spiral steps that encompass the tower.
The 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.
Thomas Lincoln Cemetery and Shiloh Church
This cemetery is the final resting place for many Civil War veterans, as well as Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother.
Three Story, six bedroom log home on 30 acres with fireplace, large deck, kitchen, central air, spa, large meeting room, trail rides, continental breakfast, TV, VCR, 5-person spa, gas grill and 2 charcoal grills. Next to Hidden Springs State Forest.
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.
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!
Offers a variety of antiques, crafts, apparel and a lot more.
Unique Suites Hotel
For this locally owned hotel, showing guests special attention is our goal to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We have connections with caterers and plenty of ballroom area to host your next party or conference. We are a 77 room hotel with ballroom facilities, seasonal swimming pool, free WIFI and continental breakfast. Located in Charleston, Illinois near Eastern Illinois University.
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!
Vahlings Vineyards & Winery
Vahling Vineyards is owned by Dennis & Brenda Vahling and located near Stewardson Illinois. The vineyard has 5 acres of grapes used to make wine for the winery along with fruit wines. Vahling Vineyards is open all year Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. We have a tasting room with tables and chairs to sit down and relax and a patio to enjoy when the weather permits. Vahling Vineyards has a two day Spring Festival usually the last weekend in April. The Festival consist of live music, food, craft vendors, and area invited Wineries.
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.
The Village Theatre, with its 183 seats in the round, hosts theatrical performances.
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.
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.
Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, chicken entrees, pasta dishes, Mexican selections, salads. Home of Charleston's famous Strawberry Bread. Catering available.
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.
Will Rogers Theater
This Art Deco-style theater shows the latest movie releases.
Windsor Harvest Picnic
Come and enjoy this family-friendly festival in its 118th year. Entertainment comes to you in gospel, country and rock. Fountain City Amusements provides a carnival atmosphere with plenty of food as well as the Ice Cream Social. There is also a 5K run/walk, a pedal tractor pull, parade, and a raffle drawing.