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Bald Eagle Tours at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard is home to six nesting pairs of resident bald eagles and their offspring. A few nesting sites are visible from public roads throughout the Refuge and eagles are spotted daily. Guided tours visit eagle nests and areas of the Refuge where eagles may be spotted. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth under the age of 12, and reservations are required.
Cakes By Ally
At Cakes by Ally each cupcake flavor has its own signature design and name. In addition, each order is made unique and perfectly fit to please the customer. Ally provides custom cakes (from wedding to birthday), cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, and much more. Cakes by Ally specializes in fondant decor and butter cream icing.
Veterans Military Museum Depot
The Veterans Museum Depot is a restored C&I railroad depot that is filled with memorabilia from the Civil War to Desert Storm. It has uniforms of all branches of service, a purple heart, horse saddles from World War I, insignia's & patches, gas masks, a World War II communication system and many other items on display. Many young boys of the Rend Lake area left from this very depot to go to war. On the West Frankfort Main Street just 10 miles south of Rend Lake.
Ever After Bridal Show
Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place. Over 100+ vendors to choose from all under one roof. This annual event is presented by River Radio and held at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.
Frankfort Area Historical Museum
Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake, the former two story brick Logan School is now a museum featuring area mining history, memorabilia from 1802-1976, a genealogy library, and the Red Geranium Tea Room that serves homemade lunch.
Grand River Spirits
Grand River Spirits is a locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois. Creating spirits that showcase Southern Illinois' grains and fruits. Their offerings will include brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Made from Southern Illinois crops, the production of these premium, hand-crafted spirits are made with the best of the Midwest.
Christmas in the Village
Spend the day in downtown Cobden, where you can enjoy fresh-roasted nuts while listening to strolling Victorian carolers and madrigal players, take an old-fashioned horse-drawn surrey or wagon ride around the village, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Feed Store, where handcrafted wreaths and gingerbread houses will be on display, shop the Christmas Bazaars and watch the lighting of the village tree.
Pickers Paradise Antiques, Crafts and Collectibles
Pickers Paradise has a variety of antiques, crafts and collectibles. Look for one of a kind items like an antique loom, furniture and much more.
Your Heart's Desire
This mall has collectibles, antiques, primitives, and locally handmade goods. On West Frankfort Main Street. Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake.
Through its eccentric decor and delicious desserts, Cafe Melange has become a local and regional favorite for gourmet cuisine. Guests can sit on the patio and enjoy the lively atmosphere of downtown Carbondale, or enjoy a quiet meal near the fireplace inside. Enjoy a stone baked pizza, avocado salmon wrap, or simply treat your taste buds to the decadent taste of their signature cheese cake.
Carterville Community Center
The Fred G. Harrison Annex at the Carterville Community Center is a large banquet facility that offers the renter options such as using a full kitchen or just renting one half of the banquet hall. Special events such as bridal showers, baby showers, and children's birthday parties, reunions and other events can be held here.
Peach Barn Cafe Four Course Dinner with Wine Pairing
Enjoy a four course dinner along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, with a wine paired for each course, at the Peach Barn Cafe at Headman Vineyards. Reservations are needed and vegetarian alternatives are available with advance notice. Cost per person is $49.50 (not including tax and gratuity), with reservations required. First Course: Ginger Snaps Paired With: Glogg Second Course: Christmas Ham w/ Swedish Mustard, Meatballs w/ Lingonberries, Redbeet Salad OR Pickled Herring, Egg w/ Creamed Caviar, Janssons’ Temptation, Crisp Bread w/ Prast Cheese Paired With: Chambourcin Third Course: Seared Cod w/ Red Bell Pepper Sauce Paired With: Villard Blanc OR Saffron Pasta w/ Pork Tenderloin Paired With: Norton Fourth Course: Rice Pudding Paired With: Vidal Blanc
Wine Country Cottage
Getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the Wine Country Cottage. Just one mile away from Blue Sky Winery, we are located in the heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Spend a couple days or a weekend exploring the award winning wineries, shops and restaurants along the Trail! The quaint cottage on 29 acres offers a private and serene getaway. Conveniently located 1.4 miles from Blue Sky Vineyards, 2.9 miles from Orlandini Vineyard, 3.9 miles from Owl Creek Vineyard and 5.8 miles from Starview Vineyards!
Spring Inspirations a Wine & Food Pairing Event
All 12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory wine and cheese pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. www.shawneewinetrail.com
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail presents Fall on the Wine Trail: A progressive tour of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Each of 12 unique wineries will present you a sample of a wine/food pairing! Tickets are $35/person - advanced purchase only.
This cabin is a great place to stay for families or couples on romantic getaway. The cabin property is quiet with large old trees surrounding it for privacy. The view from is beautiful and you can see for miles and miles. A great place to have your morning cup of coffee is the back deck were you can take in all the beauty of Southern Illinois. The deck has a table and chairs for you to enjoy and gas grill for your use. Just inside you will find the full kitchen stocked with all the necessities you may need on during your stay. The living room has a grand TV with just the local channels. We have some DVDs for you to watch or you may bring your own. There are 3 bedrooms all with luxury sheets and beautiful bedding. The smallest has a Full Tempur Pedic bed and the larger rooms each have a queen bed.
Peach Barn Cafe Four Course Dinner with Paired Wine
Enjoy a four course dinner along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, with a wine paired for each course, at the Peach Barn Cafe at Headman Vineyards. Reservations are needed and vegetarian alternatives are available with advance notice. Cost per person is $49.50 (not including tax and gratuity), with reservations required. First Course: Ginger Snaps Paired With: Glogg Second Course: Christmas Ham w/ Swedish Mustard, Meatballs w/ Lingonberries, Redbeet Salad -OR Pickled Herring, Egg w/ Creamed Caviar, Janssons’ Temptation, Crisp Bread w/ Prast Cheese Paired With: Chambourcin Third Course: Seared Cod w/ Red Bell Pepper Sauce Paired With: Villard Blanc OR Saffron Pasta w/ Pork Tenderloin Paired With: Norton Fourth Course: Rice Pudding Paired With: Vidal Blanc
"outhern Illinois’ breathtaking scenery forms the backdrop for local in-season farm to fork cuisine, pleasurable pastimes and world-class entertainment at Walker’s Bluff. What was planted as a family homestead long ago has grown into a picturesque vineyard that guests have been drawn to for its tranquility, style, unmistakable romance and fun family activities. We always extend an open-armed welcome to friends and visitors. We offer four venues to experience.
Carols at Early Candlelight
Singing of Christmas Carols led by Marjorie Brymer and the Gordon Family. Fun for all ages, starts at 4 pm. Casual dress. Refreshments served. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas.