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"Southern 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.
Ashton Ridge Cabins
Situated on a high ridge with majestic views of the Shawnee National Forest, Ashton Ridge Cabins are just 2 miles from the entrance to Giant City State Park. 15 minutes from Carbondale, Ashton Ridge Cabins are the perfect vacation cabin rental retreat for anyone looking for a comfortable getaway in the Southern Illinois area.
Pine Manor Estate is a luxury bed and breakfast located in the hills of Southern Illinois that can accommodate over 70 guests. With 126 sprawling acres, Pine Manor provides a beautiful backdrop for a romantic getaway or as the perfect setting for your dream wedding or event.
Mudline Lodging LLC
Mudline Lodging Cabin, RV & Campsite Rental in Southern Illinois is one of the closes rentals to Kinkaid Lake and in the heart of Southern Illinois in a quiet country setting. We currently have 1 fully stocked Cabin (Whitetail), 1 Rental RV (Fully stocked) & 1 full hook-up Campsite. Mudline Lodging is the perfect location for your Hunting, Fishing, Family Vacation, Romantic Weekend, or Girls Get-A-Way. We are able to fit your every need.
Rend lake Water Festival
The Rend Lake Water Festival is 5 fun filled days of carnival food, rides, and games, with a grand parade and much more - all at the unique Benton Public Square!
Fat Tire Festival
Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival (FTF) is back for the 12th year in a row! As always we will have miles and miles of great riding, the best food in all of Ozark, IL, a plethora of free beverages, and mountains of schwag and prizes to give away. We are also continuing the CampO traditions; live music, climbing wall, vendor expo, bike demo’s, trail runs, hikes, zip lines and the totally rustic CampO cabins.
Old King Coal Festival
The Old King Coal Festival is a spectacular 4 day event that honors coal miners and the coal industry with a Coal Miners Memorial Service, Grand Parade, 4 days of free live entertainment on the main stage, one of the country’s top awarded midways and lots of great food.
Crappie Masters Ozark Rods Open on Rend Lake
This national qualifying tournament on Rend Lake will be fishing excitement for any Crappie Tournament anglers and those who just like to be there for the festivities. Weigh ins will take place at the Lake Zone Bait and Tackle for followers of the national tournament. Includes a Kids Casting Contest!
Muscle Car & Truck Show at Walker’s Bluff
Walker’s Bluff is gearing up to host a Car Show on June 11th! This is a non-judged event. Vendor spaces are available. There will be live music by Zippy's Clutch as well as food, beer, and wine! Each participant will be entered into the raffle to win a Class 1 Chevrolet 350 Jasper Engine! All makes and models welcome! Awards at 6pm and Zippy's Clutch begins at 7pm! Register online before May 11th and receive a discount!
Old Mill Inn Cafe & B&B
This 3 room Inn has common areas that include a Victorian dining room for your home-cooked country breakfast every morning at 8:30 a.m. Served with coffee and hot tea. Two living rooms complete with DIRECTV with DVR and DVD players. Make yourself at home and feel free to put your feet up. Books, magazines, games and cards are available for your use during your stay. Sixty-foot balcony with tables and chairs for your enjoyment.
Southern Illinois Music Festival
The Southern Illinois Music Festival, now in its 12th season, is presenting Rossini's final opera, William Tell, sung in French with projected English supertitles, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center June 7, 8, 10 and 11. This opera has only been produced in the United States three times in the last century, so this is an historic event. The Festival Orchestra will also perform a grand orchestral program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, including the “Eroica” Symphony and the Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, featuring violinist, Michael Barta and cellist, Eric Lenz. The Festival will also present music by Mozart from 1776, including his three great violin concerti, the concerto for three pianos, the Serenata Notturno and the “Paris” Symphony. Mark your calendars for May 27 through June 13, 2016. The Southern Illinois Music Festival presents three-dozen professional performances of classical music and jazz in two dozen venues throughout Southern Illinois each June.
CarbondALE Brew Fest
The Carbondale Brew Fest will be taking place on Friday, May 6th in the Town Square Pavilion at the 100 block of N. Illinois Ave. from 6pm-9pm. This year's Brew Fest will feature tastings from over 25 breweries from Southern Illinois, St. Louis, Kentucky and more! Tickets are $25 in advance, General Admission tickets include entry, promo glass & tastings.Tickets will be available for purchase at CarbondALEBrewFest.com!
Breaking the Surface at Touch of Nature
Paddling enthusiasts and new paddlers alike will have the opportunity to paddle Little Grassy Lake for free. Touch of Nature will provide everything you need to get out on the water including canoes, kayaks, personal flotation devices and paddles. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, water bottles, and water shoes or shoes they don’t mind getting wet. Paddlers may bring their own water craft, but must have a Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge sticker or day pass, which will be available for purchase at the event.
Apple Knocker Hard Cider
Apple Knocker is an Illinois-based craft cider house that combines their expertise in modern small-lot wine production, and the creativity of craft beer techniques, to produce a new breed of American ciders. They partner with century-old local orchards to grow the highest quality apples for our beverages.
Blessing of the Cars
Drive up to Bald Knob Mountain, Southern Illinois’ highest point and the site of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, located just outside of Alto Pass, and have your car blessed for the summer season.
Mandala Gardens offers pathways of beauty and hidden benches. Find quiet sitting spots, have a chat with our goats, chickens, and ducks, and simply enjoy the day. We have a rainbow variety of heirloom vegetables and potted herbs available for purchase when in season. If you are interested in holding a wedding or reunion or other event here, contact us for fees and dates. We also host senior photos, maternity photos, homecoming and prom photos, etc. for a small fee. The money earned from entrance fees and herbs/vegetable sales is directly invested into growing Mandala Gardens.
Dotty Event Center
The Dotty Event Center with catering by the Annex is Located in the center of downtown Herrin between Baldwin Piano and Organ Center and the Annex Coffee & Deli, Dotty Event Center is the perfect spot for your next reception, meeting or party! Call for information or availability! Amy Scutt at the Annex 618-942-3354 (DELI), or Tara Howell, Events Center coordinator at 618-727-4025. Thanks!!
Whimsy, A Children's Clothing Store
This children's clothing store features boutique clothing at reasonable pricing. They carry a wide variety of styles from newborn to children's size 8. Boutique brands they carry include (but not limited to): Banana Split, Three Sisters, Persnickety, Sweet Petunia, Chibella, Peaches & Cream, Mustard Pie, Flit and Flitter, Moxie & Mabel, and Matilda Jane
Hometown Flowers & More
Creative floral designs and gifts. They can help decorate your house or send any gift baskets for any occasions. Lots of decor pieces as well as custom pieces.
Katy-Lynn Winery LLC
Katy-Lynn Winery promotes premium quality wines, artistic venues, weekend charity events, classes in wine and cheese making. Try their signature wine, Funky Fly Wine, made with Katy-Lynn grapes and Chilean Juices.