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Why Alton is America's Most Haunted ... Arts & Culture

It was a dark and stormy night ... well maybe not so stormy but definitely dark ... as a group of fellow ghost hunting travelers walked through the Mississippi River town of Alton, IL seeking spirits, specters and spooks. That isn't an unusual ...



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Take the Ferry to Grafton This Weekend Arts & Culture

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 ...



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They're Here: Look for Calhoun County ... Shopping

Do you have Georgia on your mind during peach season? How about Calhoun County instead. This small peninsula county located in southwest Illinois, just minutes from St. Louis, is famous for its tree-ripened peaches. Bite into a juicy peach and ...



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Best Places to View American White ... Hospitality Partners

Turn your eyes skyward or take a few moments to scan the Mississippi River right now and you are likely to see flocks of American White Pelicans flying high on air currents or bobbing lightly on river waves. Thousands of the migrating birds have ...



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Great Places to Stay Along the Rivers & ... Lodging

Great. Lodging. Here. (Tara Point Inn & Cottages, Grafton, IL)A trip to the Great Rivers & Routes region is filled with great things to do, whether visiting quirky and charming Route 66 sites or drinking in the breathtaking beauty along ...



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Come Home to Glen Carbon Lodging

(Fireworks at Glen Carbon Homecoming) There’s no place like home and the community of Glen Carbon knows that better than most.  On June 14 and 15 the community will gather for its 14th annual Homecoming celebration featuring live ...



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Local Legends: Fred & Sherri Whitworth Lodging

Fred & Sherri Whitworth of Josephine's Tea Room It all started with a cherry pie. Or at least that’s one part of the story Fred and Sherri Whitworth, owners of the wildly popular Josephine’s Tea Room and Gift Shops, tell about ...



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Get Your Dish on Route 66 Lodging

Hit the top spots to eat along the country's most iconic roadway — Route 66. From classic greasy spoons to unexpected fine dining, here’s where to dine along the Mother Road in southwest Illinois. Route 66 has been an enduring icon of ...



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Top Spots to go Antiquing Along Route ... Lodging

Antique enthusiasts will want to stop frequently while traveling along Route 66 and the Great River Road for the bounty of local shops, markets and malls from Virden to Edwardsville in the Great Rivers & Routes region. If you’re the type ...



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Fresh Produce & More At Farmers Market Arts & Culture

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, ...



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Edwardsville Farmers' Market Offers ... Lifestyle & Culture

Follow the aromas of fresh picked herbs, ripening berries, sweet lavender and just-baked cookies and rolls to historic downtown Edwardsville on Saturday mornings.  Sips of freshly brewed hot coffee along with melt-in-your-mouth hand-frosted ...



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Best Mississippi River Cruises River Recreation

Spirit of Peoria Paddlewheel Boat Mississippi and Illinois River CruisesLive in the moment with a flair of yesteryear as you cruise aboard the Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat, or take a relaxing river excursion with Grafton River Adventures. ...



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