Find Time to Wine: Cameo Vineyards

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Find Time to Wine, Wine, Wineries

Who is ready to take a trip to a secluded winery for the ultimate experience in relaxation and fun. Cameo Vineyards is nestled away in Greenup, Illinois approximately 2 hours from the city life of St. Louis. This vineyard crushes approximately 35 tons of llinois grapes each year to produce over 14 varieties of wine.  (more…)

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Sailing Fun for Everyone

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Outdoors, Sports

Carlyle Sailing Association Offers Family Sailing Fun to All

Carlyle Sailing Association is a not-for-profit organization providing sailing and fun for all ages.  Everyone is welcome at their harbor facility at the south end of Eldon Hazlet State Park and all you need is a desire to get on the 55-minutes-from-stlwater and try sailing.  A multitude of programs are offered.  For those seeking an easy, relaxed experience, there are Saturday cruises. For those that have a competitive streak you can enjoy racing programs of various skill levels each weekend.  Of course, all are accompanied by an after-sail get together to enjoy everyone’s company and talk about the day.  In addition, here are programs just for kids from 8 to 16 with US Sailing certified adult supervision.  Activities occur every weekend between the end of April and the beginning of November.

 

Never sailed, and just want to try it? 

SailingOur “Try Sailing” day on May 20th is just for you.  Various types of sailboats will be available with experienced crews to take you for rides.  Also, we will be giving rides at the Carlyle 50th Anniversary celebration from the West Access boat ramp on June 10th.  Or, if you can spend an entire day, there are “Hare and Hounds” cruises and long-distance cruising races.

 

How do I learn How to Sail?

 

01-dscn2008CSA offers a three-day, learn-to-sail program on June 1 – 3,
which will teach you enough to begin sailing by yourself.  Also, there are boats for rent so you can continue growing your sailing skill and even try racing.  For the kids, we offer our extremely popular sailing camp from June 4 – 9.  Here, the kids stay at CSA for the week with certified instructors and chaperones, camp at the harbor and experience in-depth sail training and fun in the water.  Meals, snacks and boats are supplied.  Of course, we can arrange private lessons as well if you’d like.

 

 

stay-connected

There are various levels of affiliation available at CSA. Membership can be the answer for those who just want to sail occasionally, those that want to lease/rent a boat for some days or period during a season or those who are looking to purchase a boat and sail a lot. CSA can help you wherever you fit.  There will be many events available to match your interest.  Also, we have sailboats available for daily rental or for lease for longer periods.  For more information visit our website at www.sailstl.com.  Or call and leave a message at the CSA harbor, 618-594-3622.  Someone will get back to you within the day.  This will allow you find out more, or contact one of our sailors, who will help you get more detail and start the fun.

 

 

2017 Events

May 6:   Day cruise and Cinco de Mayo party.  The cruise will start mid to late morning, and be followed by an evening party.

May 13, June 10, July 15, Sept. 23:  Hare and Hounds Cruise Races with “chili and grill” party.  The various boat types have staggered starts based on their performance level so they all finish close together so it is really a fun time, but no one really works too hard at it to keep the emphasis on fun.

July 1:  4’th of July fun regatta with a bunch of short races, which will allow you to see what crewing on a race boat is like, but in a low-pressure scenario.  There will be a fried chicken and “potluck” party that evening before the Carlyle fireworks.  The CSA property is a great place to watch the fireworks.

September 15-17:  Whale-of-a-Sail Regatta.  This is a major racing event with Friday and Saturday parties.  There are plenty of opportunities to hitch a ride as crew on one of the race boats.

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Dining Around with Dan: Jonny’s Pizza in Fairview Heights

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Dining Around with Dan, Food

About Jonny’s Pizza and Pasta

Jonny’s Pizza and Pasta is located in Fairview Heights, Illinois only 15 minutes from St. Louis and Scott Air Force Base. The owner, Jon Weaving, opened Jonny’s in 2008 after a long-term relationship with the love of pizza. Jon says his favorite thing on the menu is his Chicago-style pizza and that it is a staple in their house. Pizza is not the only thing you will find on their menu. They also have a great selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and deserts. Jonny’s is open Tuesday through Sunday (check full hours below) and always has a great special going on. (more…)

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Life’s a Trip in Vandalia

Tiffany Garavaglia
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History, Life's A Trip, Museums, Recreation, Vandalia

Vandalia is the perfect stop on your trip down Interstate 70. Vandalia has a rich political history, serving as the state capital from 1819 to 1839.  (more…)

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Easter Bunny Sightings!

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Attractions, Holidays, Spring, What's Happening

Peter Cottontail is making his way through ILLINOISouth. See below for dates, times, and locations you can catch the Easter Bunny and check out an egg hunt.

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Museums around ILLINOISouth

Tiffany Garavaglia
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History, Museums

Even when you are traveling there is always time for some education with a visit to a local museum. ILLINOISouth has many museums focusing on various topics such as farm history, county history, and classic cars to name a few. (more…)

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ILLINOISouth: Your Spring Break Destination

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Attractions, Spring

Spring break is upon us! If you are looking for somewhere to get-away that won’t break the bank or your gas tank, check out ILLINOISouth!
Check out the map for more below for some great spots!
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What’s to do in Waterloo?

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, Shop Local, Shopping

Waterloo is full of small town charm. With great shopping, restaurants, and events held throughout the year, Waterloo makes the perfect overnight trip! (more…)

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Life’s a Trip in Olney

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Life's A Trip

olney-mapOlney has a bit of everything and makes a perfect trip for your family. Olney is 2 and a half hours from downtown St. Louis and is worth the drive down Highway 50. There are plenty of things to do, places to shop, and restaurants to try in this family-friendly community.

Known as the home of the White Squirrels, Olney treats these little creatures as local residents. You don’t have to go to any one spot to see them but they frequent the local parks including Olney City Park where you will see people feeding the squirrels on most days. (more…)

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National Margarita Day in ILLINOISouth – February 22nd, 2017

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Front Page News, Uncategorized

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
Chavas has 2 locations (St. Louis and Edwardsville). The menu is the same (more…)

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