Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton
Cailyn Tegel
Cailyn Tegel

Cailyn Tegel is a senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She joined the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau as its Summer 2020 Intern. She is an avid traveler and plans to pursue a career in travel or public relations upon graduation. She is planning a trip to Greece in the Spring of 2021 and has plans to visit all 50 states in the U.S. in the next few years!

Great Girlfriend Getaways

Hey Ladies! Who runs the world? Girls! Make every day National Girlfriends Day and have the ladies show up and show out in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois. Indulge in a weekend getaway to really show the girls how much you love them. No matter what kind of girlfriend adventure…

Celebrating Diversity in Great Rivers & Routes

From soul food to comfort food and everything in between, the Great Rivers & Routes region in southwest Illinois celebrates the Black-owned businesses in the region. And the diversity doesn’t stop there. Black history comes to life in the area with monuments to abolitionists, Underground Railroad…

Get Peachy! Calhoun County Peaches Are Ready

Peach cobbler, peach tart, peach tea, peach ice cream, peach jam whatever the craving, the juiciest peaches to eat are Calhoun County’s. Calhoun County is famous for its tree-ripened peaches and once you take a nice juicy bite you will understand. Odelehr’s Peaches Calhoun County is situated between…