Aeries Opening Day

The view above Aerie's Resort in Grafton

Looking for a safe, healthy weekend getaway, staycation or simply in the market for some new scenery? The Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois has just what you need while meeting your needs for safety and wide open spaces.

Keeping guest health concerns a top priority has been key for many of the businesses in the six county region. Restaurants, attractions, retail shops and hotels have all taken extra steps to ensure safety protocols are in place.

Don't forget -- bring your masks and hand sanitizer. But most of all, bring your enthusiasm for all the region has to offer.

Best Western Premier Lobby

"Stay Safe" at area hotels, guest houses and more

Area hotels, guest houses and more are taking extra steps to ensure the safety and comfort of all overnight visitors. Best Western Premier in Alton has implemented a five-step 24-hour "Stay Safe" program for all guest rooms. The popular breakfast buffet at the restaurant has been replaced with a "Grab N Go" breakfast. The hotel fitness center and indoor pool are currently closed, However, the onsite restaurant, Great Rivers Tap & Grill is open for dining including outdoor options, curbside and carryout.

Litchfield's Hampton Inn has developed safety protocols including installing plexiglass at the front desk, implementing pre-packaged grab and go breakfasts and stationing bottles of hand sanitizer throughout the hotel. Staff wear masks and a paperless check in system has been implemented.

Check out the safety protocols of these area hotels:

For more information on specific hotel safety procedures, please contact the individual hotel.

The Outlet

The Outlet at Edison's Entertainment Center in Edwardsville has implemented safety protocols for diners

Outdoor dining is available at most bars and restaurants in the six county Great Rivers & Routes region. All have implemented state guidelines for dining. Those guidelines are available here.

Parking lots, sidewalks and in some areas, streets have been closed, to enhance outdoor dining seating. Here is a look at some restaurants offering outdoor dining options.

Grafton Zipline

Grafton Zipline Adventures is a great way to social distance and enjoy some much needed fun.

This is the perfect time of year to explore area wineries, take a river cruise or enjoy a day visiting local orchards and roadside stands to sample fresh fruits and more. And the best part, you can stay safe while enjoying some great fun!