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Fast Eddie's Bon Air in Alton, Illinois

Fast Eddie’s is perhaps one of the hottest bars in the Midwest. It has been noted as one of the best bars in the St. Louis area. SIGNATURE DISH: ½ pound Fat Eddie Burger & Big Elwood on a Stick Hours (Please Note: Due to COVID-19, hours may vary. Please call ahead for updated hours.) Monday -…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Best Pizzas

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…

Farm Fresh Fun: Take Your Pick at Orchards & Roadside Stands

There's no better way to get outside with the family and practice social distancing than by visiting local orchards and roadside stands where there is plenty of room to roam. And the orchards themselves are ensuring everyone enjoys a healthy visits with COVID-19 safeguards in place. Take your…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Best Fish Sandwiches

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…

Outdoor Dining Delights in Southwest Illinois

Outdoor dining has come to life in the last few months in the Great Rivers & Routes region. Many restaurants throughout the area are offering outdoor seating for guests who want to drink in the fresh air and enjoy a sandwich, steak, or their favorite pasta. From great views of the Mississippi and…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Top Ice Cream Stops

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…

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…

Fresh Produce & More At Farmers Market

From fresh grown local produce to hand crafted works of art and antique finds. You can find it all at farmers markets across the region this summer. During the week, pick up the cream of the crop on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in Alton, Litchfield, Maryville, and Bethalto. Alton…

An Insiders Guide to the Perfect Picnic

Have you missed the feeling of lush, green grass on bare feet? Or the smell of fresh, summer air in the afternoon? Take a road trip along Route 66 or the Great River Road where you can unpack your snacks and unwind your mind as you follow this Insider’s Guide for the Perfect Picnic in the Great…