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Lewis & Clark Point of Departure
Come and commemorate the departure of the Lewis and Clark expedition from Camp River Dubois. View life in 1803-1804 as the men prepare for their departure and re-enactors portray military life. On the grounds are craft exhibitors demonstrating early American skills, woodworking, candle making, marching drills, cooking and shooting demonstrations. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.
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.
Lock and Dam 27
For a closer look at river traffic on the Mississippi, go by the lock and dam where Ol' Man River is still an important way to move freight in the United States.
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.
"Simply delicious" pastries and desserts that are sure to please every palate. Whether you are looking for a little taste of Europe, delicious coffee & tea, or cookies like grandma made (with just a little panache) you will find them at LuciAnna's Pastries. Come & relax in our warm inviting atmosphere.
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.
A gypsy inspired coffee shop located inside Alton's historic Milton Schoolhouse.
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.
Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant
Mama Mia's offers delicious Italian food in friendly, homey environment.
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.
McCully Heritage Project
The McCully Heritage Project is a natural area made up of 940 acres of hills and hollows in Calhoun County, Illinois. The project offers 15 miles of hiking and horse back riding trails, two ponds for fishing and turtle watching, a wetland with a boardwalk, a hill prairie plot and more. Hiking is pleasant even in the summer as the wooded trails provide plenty of shade. Facilities are available for group activities, large and small. The focus of the McCully Heritage Project is upon cultural and environmental enjoyment, education, and preservation. The general public is welcome to hike, picnic, bird watch, and enjoy the natural beauty of the site. The McCully Heritage Project is located about 1 mile south of Kampsville, Illinois, off of Illinois Route 100. Take Crawford Creek Road west about 1/2 mile to MHP.
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.
McPike Mansion Haunted Tours
Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Talking with the spirits with Dowsing rods and join us for a dark session in the cellar with our experienced medium. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion. For more information, contact Sharon at (618) 830-2179.
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.
Meet the Beetles Sunset Tribute Concert
Step back in time to a live Beatles concert as Meet the Beetles recreates the look, sound, and atmosphere of the Beatles with tunes such as She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Then travel to the psychedelic sixties with a set of later era Beatle Music, such as Sgt. Pepper and Revolution. This high-energy show includes costumes, accents, Beatle banter, authentic vintage and replica instruments, and all your favorite fab four hits. VIP seats for the over 21 crowd can be purchased in advance for $55 each and includes excellent reserved seats, 3 drink tickets and appetizers. They will be reserved based on when the seats are purchased. Non-VIP guests can take advantage of grass seating on the lawn in front of the Lodge at no charge. Feel free to enjoy the concert from your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase, no outside good or beverages allowed. Show begins at 7 p.m. don't miss it!
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.
20 rooms, convention facilities.
Midwest Motor Sports
Looking for that perfect adult toy? Midwest Motor Sports has 20,000 square feet of two and four wheel motorcycles and ATV's 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.
Miles Davis Jazz Festival
Enjoy an evening of jazz celebrating the music and life of one the true giants of jazz music - Miles Davis. There will be entertainment by Fred Walker, Dilbert Caldwell Band, Me and Bob, and Phil Dunlap Nonet. This event benefits the Alton Museum of History and Art. Admission is $20 per person.
Miles Davis Statue
Miles Davis was born on in Alton, IL on May 26, 1926 and is noted as one of the most influential jazz muscians of the 20th century. Over his lifetime, Davis won nine Grammy awards and recorded more than 100 albums. In 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Created by sculptor Preston Jackson, the bronze statue stands in the middle of the Miles Davis Memorial Plaza.
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 Haunted Tours
Walking Tours include visits to several haunted buildings as well as an exclusive guided tour of the most haunted building in Alton, the Mineral Springs Hotel. The only tour to enter Mineral Springs! Tour includes light refreshments. Bring cameras, recorders, flashlights, and any ghost hunting equipment you may have. For more info, call (618) 465-3200.
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 Earthtones Festival
Come celebrate life on the Mississippi River through art, music, and conservation! The event will kick-off with a river clean-up beginning at 9 a.m. The festival is part of a statewide celebration of our rivers and an opportunity to learn more about the environmental issues in our region and solutions. The festival will feature informational booths on ecology, native plants & animals and recycling, as well as arts & crafts, food vendors, litter clean-ups, organized hikes & bike rides, and live music! Free admission. For more information, including contests, activities, and music schedules, please visit www.facebook.com/EathtonesFestival.
Mississippi Mud Pottery
Natural clay materials are molded and crafted right before your eyes into creative, functional stoneware pottery. Choose from a wide variety of handmade pieces to enjoy in everyday settings or as decorative objects. A popular item are the ceramic fish. Actual fish that have been caught on a hook and line are used to create a mold and clay is used to reproduce a likeness of the fish. After firing, the clay is glazed and natural or artistic colorations are applied. The finished piece is a unique one of a kind piece - a reminder of the one that did not get away! Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, noon to 4 p.m.
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.
Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
As monarch butterflies begin migrating south in late summer, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to become citizen scientists and report monarch butterfly sightings and seasonal changes in the environment during the Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Program at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13. Participants should register by August 12, At this program, participants will learn the stages of a monarch butterfly's life cycle, how to watch for and report these stages, and how to attract monarch butterflies to their backyards. Then participants will have the opportunity to register to become a citizen scientist with Journey North and share monarch butterfly sightings.
Morrison's Irish Pub
Offers local and imported beers, Irish whiskeys and a food menu featuring an Irish wrap, cottage pie, and corned beef brisket served in this Irish themed pub.
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 Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Mother's Day at the Tower
Treat your mother to something special on Mother's Day! Bring her to the Confluence Tower and enjoy magnificent views of the region from 50, 100 and 150 feet high above the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. All mothers, when accompanied by a family member, will receive half price admission.
Mother's Day Birding Hike at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
The annual Mother's Day Birding Hike will be held at 9 a.m. on May 7 beginning in the Gilbert Lake Division parking area. Participants should register by May 5. Families can join to learn how to identify the hundreds of birds that stop at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge during their spring migration.
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.
Murder in Maybury Mystery Dinner Theater
Welcome to Maybury the quietest little town in the whole country. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Get ready to have fun! For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
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. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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. Open Mon. Tues. Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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: Monday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 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 Fire Engine Museum
Learn how firemen fought fires throughout history. See all of the antique firefighting memorabilia.
Old Settlers Days
Calhoun County was a wild rugged land, and its fall re-enactment festival embraces its past history. Old time crafts, mountain-man activities, black powder shooting, historic demonstrations, food, music, fiddlers jamboree, carriage rides and a petting zoo round out the activities scheduled for the weekend. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 465-2114.
Old Six Mile Museum in the Emmert-Zippel House
This 158-year-old home has displays of historic items including Civil War artifacts, a Native American collection, and 1830s furnishings.
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 vinegar's 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.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. Its importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures from children have survived. the playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The open house will be held on June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse the 2nd Saturday of every month. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. It's importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
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.
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.
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.
This is a shop dedicated to the preservation of the art of quilting. From its 1800's 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., Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.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 Bird Mural at Piasa Park
Located on the edge of Alton, Piasa Park is an attractive stop for motorists, picnickers and bicyclists. The park is set at the base of the giant Piasa Bird mural that is painted on the side of a huge bluff. A large granite arrowhead tells the story of the Piasa Bird, which, according to legend, Chief Ouatoga and his 20 warriors killed with poison darts.
Eagle watch in style with binoculars from Piasa Photo. This full service camera shop offers binoculars for rent for the avid bird watcher as well as a complete line of camera equipment for the amateur and professional photographer. Hours: M-F 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., S 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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.
Picture This & More
Preserve your family memories with the shadow box and memory box designs offered by Picture This & More, a full service custom framing store. Services include photo restoration, photo, negative and slide scanning and decorative framing to museum quality framing. This shop is located in the Piasa Shopping Center in North Alton. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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.
Prairie Peddler Antiques
Two stories of quality 18th and 19th century antiques are featured at this shop located in historic downtown Alton. Pieces include: country, primitive, formal, folk art, early iron, ceramics, pottery, mirrors, clocks, textiles, baskets and early lighting. Open Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.
Take a trip to Italy with the homemade treats of Princivalli's Cafe. This a great spot for a lunch or dinner with a vew of the river and classic decor, right down to the red and white check tablecloths. Bring the family and share a slice of some of the best pizza in town. Enjoy traditional Italian favorites like homemade pizza, the signature house sub, parmesan chicken, a variety of pasta dishes and much more! The atmosphere is welcoming, the service is fast and friendly, and the food is out of this world!
Pump House Bar and Grill
Combine gourmet burgers with a sharp bar atmosphere and you will have the Pump House Bar and Grill. The signature Pumpjack Burger is a great "go-to" burger with pepper jack cheese, onion jam, tomato jam and banana peppers. Sides are as fresh as the burgers and sandwiches. Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 10 a.m. Bar is open until 2 a.m.
Ragin Cajun Piano Bar
Order from the menu with choices of delicious, New Orleans-style food. Known for late-night breakfasts. Enjoy live piano music and dueling pianos on the weekend. Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday, Noon - 3 a.m. and Sunday, Noon - 2 a.m.
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.
Ravanelli's is a family restaurant known for their pressure fried chicken and great Italian food. They have a huge menu with generous portions, and their food is made with only the freshest ingredients.
Real Deals on Home Decor
Home decor in a variety of themed styles. Clocks, mirrors, lamps, and furniture at warehouse prices. Open Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Relax Inn Motel
38 rooms, credit cards accepted, cable television available, restaurant within walking distance.
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.
Riverbend Billiards & Grill
Riverbend Billiards provides 10,000 sq. ft. of entertainment. There is great food and beverages for everyone, plus a full bar for our over 21 crowd. You’ll find 15 7-ft. bar tables and two 9-ft. Gold Crowns. Dart machines and video games are available for the kids. Riverbend Billiards sells a wide variety of pool cues, cases and miscellaneous pool supplies as well as a large selection of soft tip darts and dart supplies. Open Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., and Sunday, Noon - 1 a.m.
A quality used merchandise store. Store owners find items that can be re-purposed including clothing. Open M - S 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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.
Rivers Edge Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course has two on-site restaurants.
Arguably this park has one of the bet views of the Mississippi River from the bluffs nestled in the historic Christian Hill District which is filled with 1800s era architecture. Grab your picnic lunch because the view is incredible from this little park. Fall in love with the view of the river and even say "I Do" under the gazebo for an unforgettable afternoon.
Located in a historic downtown Alton building, these suites are private, secure and first class in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Fully furnished one and two bedroom units. Kitchen, VCR, digital cable, washer and dryer, free local calls. Located within walking distance to local restaurants, clubs and shopping.
Are you in the mood for authentic Mexican food? Riviera Maya offers a great variety of Mexican cuisine. Stop in for a family dinner or margaritas with the girls. Fresh chips and salsa as soon as you sit down. Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Robert Wadlow Statue
In 1918, Alton became the famous birthplace of Robert Wadlow, "The Gentle Giant." Born a normal eight pounds in 1918, Wadlow suffered from a pituitary gland problem. He was almost nine feet tall and 500 pounds when he died of complications from a foot infection at age 22. He is noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest man alive. A life-sized statue on College Avenue lifts visitors' heads in amazement. The Alton Museum of History and Art have devoted an entire room to Wadlow, including his third-grade desk and oversized grade school ring.