Enjoy a unique atmosphere and menu inside or in the beer garden that compliments the beers. There’s something to suit every taste from light to sweet to heavy and bitter.
American Obstacle, Inc. is an outdoor adventure park for people that want to be a little extreme right here in Illinois.
Open since 2011, American Obstacle offers zipline packages, outdoor tactical laser tag, kayaking, rock wall, and team building.
Come for a couple of hours or spend the entire day – your choice.
Gift certificates available (great gifts)
The Ariston Cafe was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in Carlinville, Illinois in 1924. The original cafe was located on Route 4, the predecessor of Historic Route 66. In 1929, the Cafe was relocated to Litchfield, Illinois and moved into its present location on Route 66 in 1935.
We believe the Ariston Cafe to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest restaurant on Route 66. In 1992, The Ariston Cafe and the Adam family were inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame. Since 1966, Pete’s son Nick and Nick’s wife, Demi, have continued to offer the traditional service expected of a family-owned and operated restaurant. Paul, eldest son of Demi and Nick, and his wife, Joy, joined the family business in 2004. All involved in bringing great food and service to your table welcome you to Litchfield and invite you to share our history with us.
The winery harmonizes with nature to cultivate premium wine grapes. Walk through the oak forests, picnic in the vineyards or wade in the creek, and stop in at the tasting room. The vineyard features fruit and grape wines from 20 varieties of grapes as well as raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries.
The 19th-century courthouse has a great view of the town’s hundreds of crab apple, red bud, and cherry trees in season. It is the centerpiece of the Square which is lined with shops, a theatre and restaurants.
The legendary entertainer, Burl Ives, is buried in Mound Cemetery in Newton, near where he was born. A beautifully carved granite monument is erected to mark his grave. Ives will always be remembered for voicing Sam the Snowman.
Located just off the National Road near the Covered Bridge, the winery is surrounded by 4,000 French-American hybrid grapevines. The comfortable tasting room welcomes guests to settle in for a while.
Located in Eldon Hazlet State Park, the marina offers launching facilities, a clubhouse, and other amenities. Open to the Sailing Public, the association organizes several sailing regattas from May through October. The harbor accommodates more than 280 boats in ‘dry sail’ plus 100 beach cats. There are three electric hoists, two ramps,
and a 300-foot beach area. CSA offers club activities from May through October including a 25-weekend racing program, learn-to-sail programs for kids and adults, sailboat/kayak rentals, training programs, and numerous social events.
Visit an exact replica of a Civil War Fort complete with a jail, one room home, livery and log cabins. Be sure to see the display of area churches and other buildings all done in miniature. The churches have as many as 10,000 bricks and tiny stained glass windows. By appointment.
The Historic National Road follows Old Hwy. 40 across the state. As it goes through Greenup, the road crosses the Embarras River. In 2000, the one-lane bridge was rebuilt to look old, but don’t be fooled – it has no weight restrictions and can handle a fully loaded semi!
Home of the largest pick-your-own orchard in the United States, Eckert’s extensive greenhouse, restaurant and country store offer something for the entire family.
Tours are offered of the Ski and Craft Beer bottling plant. Never heard of Ski? You have a treat in store. This is a great opportunity to see how these favorite drinks are actually made.
Known throughout the Midwest for its signature soda, SKI, the Excel Bottling Co. recently broadened its market to include craft beer. Their hoppy, West Coast style beers, as well as traditional German style lagers celebrate the heritage of the Southern Illinois and St. Louis region. Call for group tours.
The mural is located in the Post Office lobby, and was painted by American Artist Dorothea Mierisch. It commemorates the first official airmail flight that took place in McLeansboro September 26, 1912.
The 1750’s French Colonial fort is built atop the original stone foundation. Inside the fort is the restored powder magazine believed to be the oldest building in Illinois. The Winter and Summer Rendezvous draw thousands of visitors each year.
Situated on a farm settled by the proprietors great-grandmother, the vineyard sits amid low rolling hills. Enjoy sampling the wines and spending some quality time in the country.
This cemetery was created when graves were moved from Kaskaskia Island to Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site in the 1890s after a flood. According to one account 3,000 boxes were moved, some containing entire families.
The world’s second tallest fountain is across from the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi riverfront. The 40 foot high Mississippi River Overlook platform provides a scenic view of the Geyser, the Mississippi River, and the Gateway Arch and skyline.
Notably, this is the burial site of the first Governor of Illinois and of U.S. Senator Elias Kent Kane, Illinois’ first Secretary of State and architect of the state constitution.
Built in 1872, the two-story Victorian brick building featured a livery stable on the first floor and an Opera house. Harlan Hall now serves as a community center with the second floor dedicated as the National Road Welcome Center.
Harmony Park is a series of outdoor musical instruments, such as chimes and drums, that are each designed to make notes in harmony with each other when played. Harmony Park can be used by boys and girls, children and adults, and is accessible to those who may have disabilities. Harmony Park gives people of all ages the opportunity to work together to create something
Walk the trails around the 5-acre lake or sit and enjoy the waterfall and views of the Silent Forest. The beautiful banquet center has space for all size groups or you can book the gazebo for your group.
Monday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The National Road is called the “road that built the nation” because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley, to East St. Louis and the Mississipi River.
Inside the intimate atmosphere of a renovated 1850s home, this 7bbl Brew Pub offers its award-winning English and Northwest coast-style ales, along with wines, other bar beverages and soft drinks from Illinois’ makers. Food and outdoor seating are available, but there are no video games or TVs in this peaceful setting.
This reconstructed 1812 settler village, was erected through the industrious efforts of the Hutsonville Historic Society. Begun in 1967, it honors the areas first sttler…the Hutson family. The village consists of a church, barn, home, museum, inn and weaver’s cabin. The site is located on Outer South Rose Stree in Hutsonville. It is open every Sunday, June through October from 2 pm to 4 pm and is available for weddings, meetings, and tours. For more information, contact 618-563-4531 and leave a message.
Locally owned and operated by the Boldrey family. All grapes are locally grown except for one for Chardonnay. In addition to wine tasting, there is entertainment and a snack food area. They are open Wed thru Sunday. Check us out on Facebook
Come experience some of Illinois’ finest sweet and semi-sweet fruit wines. The Country Store features home-made jelly, candles, soaps and much more. Gift baskets are available. This is a perfect place for a day trip, weekend getaway or special event.
The bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War by Col. George Rogers Clark and his “Long Knives.”
Learn about these majestic animals on an educational and fun tour of the property. Hear the awesome bugling of the elk and pet “Lakita”, the female the family bottle raised. Learn about the health benefits of velvet antlers and visit the country store. Please call to make an appointment.
Lasata is a Native American word for place of peace, and the winerys atmosphere lives up to the name. A variety of wines from blush and sweet to white or dry are created here and offered for tasting. Assorted cheeses and other goodies are available, so bring your significant other and friends.
This family-owned and operated craft brewery offers the highest quality, German-style beer!! Enjoy the beer garden and renovated, historic building in the heart of Red Bud. Bring your own food or order from nearby restaurants. They are family friendly and ADA accessible.
On a large natural stone in the Park, you can see the trail reported to have been used by Abraham Lincoln and others as they traveled between Vandalia and Springfield, IL in the early 1800s. The Lincoln Trail is on the National Registry of Historic Places.