National Margarita Day in ILLINOISouth – February 22nd, 2017

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Happy National Margarita Day! Here in ILLINOISouth we have plenty of local places to grab a margarita and some authentic Mexican cuisine. Below are a couple of selections from our territory.

Chavas Mexican Restaurant in Edwardsville
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A Weekend in Litchfield & Hillsboro

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Accommodations, Attractions, History, Museums, New Counties, Nostalgia, Outdoors, Recreation, Rt. 66, Shop Local, Shopping, Uncategorized, Wineries

Looking for a great weekend trip? Litchfield and Hillsboro are great places for a girls getaway, couples retreat, or a family gathering. Both are located in Montgomery County with Litchfield being a stop on the famous Route 66. With plenty of history, as well as things to do, these Illinois cities  make the perfect weekend getaway!

 

 

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Ariston Cafe
This cafe is said to be the oldest cafe and in 2006 was named to the National Registry of Historic Places. It has been family owned since 1927 and currently serves a mix of Italian, Southern, and Seafood cuisines. Stop by to grab a quick bite and enjoy the history of this iconic cafe. Click here for their menu.

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Sights to See: Casey

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, Food, Life's A Trip, Outdoors, Recreation, Summer

It’s time to start planning for vacations this year! ILLINOISouth is home to many great sights and has something for everyone. This combined with our restaurants and dining options you can make a whole trip out of our Sights to See!

In this edition of Sights to See check out the city of Casey. Casey is home to several “World’s Largest” items featured in the Guinness’s Book of World Records. Spend the day snapping pictures with you in the largest rocking chair and let the kids send a letter from the World’s Largest Mailbox.

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Sights to See: Carlyle Lake

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, Food, Life's A Trip, Outdoors, Recreation, Summer

It’s time to start planning for vacations this year! ILLINOISouth is home to many great sights and has something for everyone. This combined with our restaurants and dining options you can make a whole trip out of our Sights to See!

In this edition of Sights to See check out Carlyle Lake. Check out the events to celebrate the 5oth anniversary of the lake. There is plenty to see and do around Carlyle!

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Sights to See: Gateway Motor Sports

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, Life's A Trip, Motorsports, Museums, Sports, Summer

It’s time to start planning for vacations this year! ILLINOISouth is home to many great sights and has something for everyone. This combined with our restaurants and dining options you can make a whole trip out of our Sights to See!

On this edition of Sights to See check out Gateway Motor Sports. This family-friendly activity will have you on the edge of your seat with some racing fun! Located only 15 minutes from St. Louis, Gateway Motor Sports Park and its surrounding amenities provide a weekend full of fun!

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ILLINOISouth Brewery & Wine Tour

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Beer, Life's A Trip, Wine, Wineries

It’s never too early to start planning for the nicer weather that is coming soon. What’s a better way than soaking up some rays spending a day sitting outside sipping wine or trying a fresh brew? ILLINOISouth has several options when it comes to wineries and breweries (we even have a distillery!)

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Last Minute Shopping in ILLINOISouth

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Holidays, Shop Local, Shopping

Holiday Shopping

The season of giving is in full swing and if you still haven’t been able to find that perfect gift, let us help! ILLINOISouth has great shopping all though out our 22 counties. Check out some of the great places to pick up a great gift for someone special (and maybe something for yourself as well!)

Western Counties

St. Clair Square Mall
Fairview Heights
St. Clair Square is home to many national stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath and Body Works, Build-A-Bear, and Champs to name a few. They also have a food court to grab a bite to eat in between shopping.

Spinach Can Collectables in Chester

Hero’s Hideout in Granite City

Basket Case Boutique in Lebanon

Central Counties

The Crescent Moon
Carlyle
The Crescent Moon is 4,000 square feet of useful things! This shop offers high quality furniture, home décor, gifts, and seasonal items.

Byrd’s Nest Gift Shop in Centralia

Floral and Flair in Du Quoin

Eastern Counties

Rhoda’s Doll and Toy Emporium
Carmi
A shop full of dolls and toys, Rhoda’s Doll and Toy Emporium is known for their unique selection of doll clothes.

The Willow Tree in Fairfield

The Potter’s Shed in Louisville

 

If you are looking for a one of a kind keepsake from our counties check out the Holiday issue of our Tourism Times to see how we celebrate the season.

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Celebrate the Solstice

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Spend some time this weekend celebrating the Winter Solstice at Cahokia Mounds. During each solstice, visitors gather to celebrate the season with a Sunrise Observance. The next event is Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 7:00AM.

A solstice happens twice a year when the sun is at its most northerly or southerly point. This day in the summer is in June and Winter is in December. The Summer Solstice has the most sunlight of the year and the Winter Solstice has the least amount of sunlight.

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Cahokia Mounds - Collinsville

Cahokia Mounds – Collinsville

rates these events each with a gathering at the “Woodhenge” solar calendar. There are no rituals or ceremonies but guest have the ability to stand in the same place that the Mississippian people once stood to watch the sunrise according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Visitors are also able to purchase gifts from the gift shop for handmade jewelry, ceramics, and more.

The event is free, but donations are encouraged.  The Interpretive Center is open from 9:00AM-5:00PM Wednesday-Sunday.

 

 

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Pumpkin Season in ILSouth!

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Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Orchards

Western Counties

Relleke Farms
1526 Bischoff Rd.
Granite City, IL

­­Weekend Hours: 10am-5pm

Activities: Barrel Train Rides, Bounce Houses, Camel Rides, Corn Maze, Crying Chicken Roller Coaster, Face Painting, Giant “Wild Thing” Slide, Haunted Barn, Hay Rides, Jungle Maze, Krazy-Korn Palace, Mini-Golf, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Painting, Pictures, Pumpkin Chucker, Pyramid Slide, Sand Art, Spider Town, Spin the Pumpkin Ride, Train

Website: http://www.rellekepumpkinpatch.com/

 

Eckert’s Millstadt Fun Farm
2719 Eckert Lane
Millstadt, IL

Weekend Hours: 9am-6:30pm

Activities: 70 Foot Mineshaft Underground Slide, Carnival Rides, Corn Maze, Fort Eckert Playground, Haunted Hayride, Jack-O-Labber (Pumpkin Cannon), Jumping Pillow, Live Shows on the Grand Stage, Miniature Golf, Petting Farm, Pig Races, Push Pedal Tractors, Uncle Aubrey’s Fun House, Tire Swings

Website: http://www.eckerts.com/

 

Pumpkin Blossom Hill
5483 State Route 154
Red Bud, IL

Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday –  9am-6pm; Sunday – 10am-4pm

Activities: Arts/Crafts Store, Corn Maze, Face Painting, Kettle Corn, Mechanical Bull, Playground

 

 

Central Counties

Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo
9906 Rte 15
Nashville, IL 62263

Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday –  9am-5pm; Sunday – 12-5pm

Activities: Corn Maze, Exotic Petting Zoo

Website: http://www.rainbowranchzoo.com/

 

McConauchie Manor Farm
9360 Brinkman Rd.
Carlyle, IL

Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday – 10am-10pm; Sunday – Closed

Activities: Barrel Train Rides, Corn Maze, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Playground, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Chucker, Tire Mountain

Website: http://mcmanor.com/

 

Schwartz Orchard
19425 Copple Road
Centralia, IL

Weekend Hours: 8am-6pm

Activities: Corn Maze, Straw Maze

Website: http://schwartzfruitfarm.com/

 

 

Eastern Counties

Dorney’s Pumpkin Patch
R.R 2 Box 14
Lawrenceville, IL

Weekend Hours:

Activities: 20 Foot Slide, Bounce House, Choo-Choo Express, Corn Maze, Dark Straw Crawl, Hay Ride, Gourd Slingshot, Gold Mine

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Dorneys-Pumpkin-Patch-125952200840589/

 

Shreves Pumpkin Patch
2142 County Road 150 N
Barnhill, IL

Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday – 10am-6pm; Sunday – 12-6pm

Activities: Corn Maze, Hay Rides

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Shreves-Pumpkin-Patch-161136953913734/?fref=ts

 

Streif’s Country Market
Highway 45 North
Flora, IL

Weekend Hours: Friday – 3:30-6 pm; Saturday & Sunday – 9am-6pm

Activities: Corn Maze, Straw Maze

Website: https://www.facebook.com/StreifPumpkinPatch/

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Golf is in Season in ILLINOISouth

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Fall, Recreation, Sports

 

The leaves are beginning to change and the weather is becoming more bearable as the days get shorter. ILLINOISouth is known for many things and our amazing golf courses are no exception! We have put together a short list of courses for you to take a look and get playing! For a full listing on all of our courses, please click here.

Western Counties

ArlingtonArlington Greens Golf Course
200 Arlington Drive
Granite City, IL
(618) 931-5232

Arlington Greens is an 18-hole public golf course featuring open play, league play, lessons, outings, and tournaments. The course has 7,200 yards with a par of 72. Also located on site is an all-weather and grass driving range, putting and chipping greens, as well as a clubhouse and a banquet room. Arlington Greens is proud to be the home course of the Collinsville High School Golf Team.

 

AnnbriarAnnbriar Golf Course
1524 Birdie Lane
Waterloo, IL
(618) 939-4653

For over 23 years, Annbriar Golf Course has been offering 18 holes of public play on over 226 acres. The course has 6,800 yards with a par of 72. Annbriar is also equipped to host a variety of events including banquets and weddings. The clubhouse features the Smokehouse restaurant as well as a fully equipped Pro Shop. Golf Digest has rated Annbriar one of America’s Top 500 “Places to Play”, making is a great choice when thinking about where you want to tee off.

 

North CountyNorth County Country Club
703 W. Market Street
Red Bud, IL
(618) 282-6590

This 9-hole course provides a challenging, yet rewarding playing experience with zoysia fairways, sand traps, and two lakes. The course is 2,800 yards with a par of 35. After some time on the course, players can stop buy the clubhouse for food, drinks or to purchase golf accessories. Guests can also rent the clubhouse for private parties.

 

White Oak Golf Course
545 Rec Area Road
Marissa, IL
(618) 295-2889

White Oak Golf Course is a 9-hole course located within the Marissa Recreational Area. The course is 6,100 yards with a par of 36. Tee times are not required to play on the course.  After a round players can also enjoy the two lakes for fishing, picnic grounds and a wooded site for camping.

 

Other courses in the area:

Stonewolf Golf Club | 18-holes
1195 Stonewolf Trail
Fairview Heights, IL
(618) 624-4653

The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University | 18-holes
1015 Belleville Street
Lebanon, IL
(618) 537-4590

Southwestern Lakes Golf Club | 9-holes
5500 State Route 4
Percy, IL
(618) 497-8484

Elmwood Golf Club | 9-holes
1400 Eiler Road
Belleville, IL
(618) 538-5826

 

Central Counties

Indian SpringsIndian Springs Golf Course     
21347 IL 185
Fillmore, IL
(217) 538-2392

Indian Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course nestled in beautifully landscaped terrain. The course is over 6,200 yards with a par of 70. Indian Springs provides a challenge to the most seasoned players, but also offers a relaxing a peaceful environment for the casual player. The course also features banquet facilities with seating for up to 200 people.

 

RoladnRoland Barkau Memorial Golf Course
1501 North Waterworks Road
Okawville, IL
(618) 243-6610

Get ready to experience the beauty that Southern Illinois has to offer on 18-holes of great golf.  The Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course features over 6,500 yards with a par of 71. The front 9 follows the natural lay of the land while the back 9 invites players to a more open style of golf. There is a restaurant on site to grab a bite to eat as well as a Pro Shop open daily.

 

Twin OaksTwin Oaks Golf Club 
21900 State Route 127
Greenville, IL
(618) 749-5611

This 9-hole course features rolling hills, mature Oak trees, and water hazards on a beautifully maintained public course. With over 3,100 yards and a par of 36, the course proves perfect for beginners and intermediate golfers or those that want to play a quick round.  The course also makes a perfect location for your next fundraiser event or family reunion.

 

St. ElmoSt. Elmo Golf Club
R.R. 2
St. Elmo, IL
(618) 829-3390

St. Elmo Golf Club is a 9-hole course semi-private golf course. The public is welcome and memberships are also available. The course is 3,200 yards with a par of 36. The clubhouse features a restaurant and a Pro Shop selling clothing, hats and merchandise.

 

Other courses in the area:

Governors Run Golf & Country Club | 18-holes
3300 Governors Dr.
Carlyle, IL
(618) 594-4585

Greenview Golf Course | 18-holes
2801 Putter Dr.
Centralia, IL
(618) 532-7395

Bent Oak Golf Course| 9-holes
1725 South Broadway Street
Breese, IL
(618) 526-8181

Nashville Municipal Golf Course | 9-holes
660 East Memorial Drive
Nashville, IL
(618) 327-3821

 

Eastern Counties

RichlandRichland Country Club            
5499 North IL 130
Olney, IL
(618) 395-1661

Located in Olney, Illinois this golf course features 18-holes. The par 71 layout offers two very different nine hole tracts. The course has over 6,100 yards with four different sets of tees, offering play to all ages and skill sets. Richland Country Club also features a driving range, a pool and a full service bar.

 

Mt CarmelMt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course
700 Park Road
Mt. Carmel, IL
(618) 262-5771

The 18-hole Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course in Mount Carmel is a public golf course that opened in 1920. The course measures over 6,300 yards from with a par of 71 and features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels so all skills are welcome on the course.

 

Casey Country CLubCasey Country Club 
203 North East 13th Street
Casey, IL
(217) 932-2030

This 9-hole course is known for its famous landmark. The World’s Largest Golf Tee is located here along with 2,500 yards of great golf. The par for the course is 35 and it also features a clubhouse with snacks, souvenirs and a Pro Shop.  The clubhouse is also available to rent for events.

 

CarmiCarmi Country Club
833 County Road 1350 N
Carmi, IL
(618) 384-5011

Carmi Country Club is a 9-hole regulation course. The course is extremely tight and tee times are only reserved for weekends and holidays. The course is 2,700 yards with a par of 35. Players may also choose to play the double loop 18 making the par for the course 71. The course features a clubhouse with a full bar, pub style meals and a Pro Shop.

 

Other courses in the area:

Fairfield Country Club | 18-holes
201 North West Ninth St.
Fairfield, IL
(618) 847-7222

Flora Golf & Country Club | 9-holes
121 Golf Course Lane
Flora, IL
(618) 662-2500

Lawrence County Country Club | 9-holes
Rt 2, off U.S. Hwy. 50
Lawrenceville, IL
(618) 943-2011

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