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Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton

Five Ways to Make Mother's Day Special

Picture the look on mom's face when she receives the perfect Mother's Day gift. Is it flowers? A box of chocolates? Maybe a funny card? No! It's the most valuable gift of all... quality time spent with her family. If you're trying to find a way to show mom how much you care, check out these six ways…

Grafton Ferry: Enjoy a Trip to Grafton This Weekend

Catch the Grafton Ferry for your weekend getaway along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers! Enjoy a tranquil ferry ride across the Mississippi River to downtown Grafton. Sip wines at award winning wineries. Have a drink alongside the river at local restaurants. Shop until you drop at riverside…

Take Me Out to the Ball Game In Southwest Illinois

Take me out to the ballgame, but don’t take me out to the crowd! While America’s favorite pastime is watching baseball, America’s least favorite pastime is probably sitting in the traffic to actually get to the ballpark. If you want to avoid the crowds, catch your favorite teams taking the field at…

Top Spots for Spring Fishing in Southwest Illinois

Picture yourself sitting along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, fishing pole in hand, your line drifting in the water and dreams of snagging the perfect channel or blue catfish swimming around in your head. The skies are blue and the sun is warm. It’s almost a perfect day. Then your line jerks…

Local Illinois Makers Shine

They create, craft and invent. They are the artisans … the makers … the do-ers … the inspiration for all things that are uniquely Illinois. From a fourth generation bakery, farm-to-table restaurants, woodworking artisans, craft brewers and more, businesses throughout the Great Rivers and Routes…

Top Golf Courses in Southwest Illinois

Dreaming of blades of luscious green grass blanketing the fairways? Pinch yourself because the grass is greener on golf courses throughout the six county Great Rivers & Routes region. Hit the greens early and spend a couple of days teeing off at the courses along the Great Rivers & routes Golf…

3 Reasons to Get Outside This Spring!

Let's face it, the last 12 months have been rough. And there is a lot of pent up energy with people eager to travel and get outside. The weather has warmed up, tulips and daffodils have bloomed. Spring is officially here! And that means one thing: it's time to shake off the winter blahs and head…

Why Alton is the Birthplace of Cool

On the River Banks The flowing waters of the Mighty Mississippi River have washed over artists throughout history as a muse binding music genres together. In 1914, the most popular blues song in history, “St. Louis Blues,” was written by W.C. Handy while sitting on the banks of the Mississippi…

Celebrating Local Women Business Owners

In 1920 the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote. Women have shattered glass ceilings in the 101 years since then and that’s especially true in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois. Women have taken the reins and become successful small business owners and they have…

Best Places to Find Great Seafood

There's something about biting in to a fresh fish sandwich. Or enjoying a plate of scallops, salmon or other seafood delights at a local restaurant. It's that time of year again when we all want to enjoy a healthy fish meal and, at the same time, honor the Lenten season. The tradition of Lent…