Are you looking to plan a romantic getaway with the one you love? Look no further than ILLINOISouth! We have great locations that make the perfect backdrop to the getaway you’ve been waiting for.
ILLINOISouth is home to 23 wineries spread across our 23 counties. A great getaway starts with a trip to one of them. To see the full list of wineries, please click here.
Carlyle Lake Wine Trail
To make your getaway a weekend trip you can visit the Carlyle Lake Wine Trail. This trail consists of 6 wineries. You can visit all of them or just pick a couple to relax and enjoy your weekend at. The wineries include:
- Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery in Carlyle
- Crooked Creek Winery in Centralia
- Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston
- Roundhouse Wine Co. in Centralia
- Twelve Oaks Vineyard in Carlyle
- Villa Marie Winery in Maryville
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Main Street Columbia
Spend the day shopping, wining and dining with your partner. Main Street Columbia is home to over 36 restaurants, bars and shops. Spend some time checking out the great items for sale at Rosenberry Farms and enjoy dinner at Reifschneider’s Grill and Grape. Finish your night with live music and a glass of wine at Chateau La Vin Wine Bar.
While you are in Columbia you have to visit Stumpy’s Spirits. This distillery is open for tastings and tours and allows guests to see what it takes to create vodka, whiskey and bourbon with grains grown on an 8th generation family farm.
What says romance better than Chocolate? The Heath Museum and Confectionary in Robinson give visitors a the firsthand look at how the Heath bar came to be a popular candy staple. While you visit, you can pick up a bulk bag of chocolate and enjoy some ice cream and soda from the old-fashioned soda fountain.
Another great chocolate stop is Arndt’s Fudgery in Newton. This shop has produced delicious fudge and brittle with the finest ingredients for 3 generations. Stop in to get a free sample and to take home one of their 75 flavors of fudge.
The Candy Depot in Casey is also a great stop for chocolate lovers. They carry gourmet chocolates, bulk candy, fudge and more. Before you stop in to pick up your favorite sweets, visitors can check out the World’s Largest Mailbox right outside the building. Also, check out the other “Big Things in a Small Town” located throughout the city of Casey.
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