Savor the Time Together

Take a relaxing St. Louis area getaway with that special someone by your side, glass of wine in hand and scenic views that carry your worries a million miles away.

Taste of Time
You have nothing but time when you’re sitting beside the river sipping a glass of the local award-winning wines produced along the Mississippi River bluffs. Grapes and fruits in their prime are hand-crafted into the perfect blends, aged to perfection and pleasing to the most experienced palate. Sure, you’re looking for a great bottle of wine, and we’re confident you’ll find a favorite with seven wineries located in and around Grafton. But, it’s the expansive bluff top river views of places like Aerie’s Winery or the cozy fireside seating with a river view at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus that will beckon you to sip a little longer.

Touring Around Town
If you think the view is spectacular from the riverbanks, wait until you see it from the water. It doesn’t get much more romantic than a relaxing riverboat ride aboard the Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat. You can leave your worries behind when you board the Grafton River Adventures Hakuna Matata boat for a guided River Rambling cruise, available year-round. There is nothing quite as romantic as strolling the streets of some of our historic river communities found along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. Experience early Americana as you step into Elsah, “the village where time stood still.” The beauty of Alton’s architecture is something to be appreciated as you take a self-guided Historic Homes Driving Tour.

Get Cozy
Rekindle the romance with a getaway to one of the many bed & breakfast inns in the region. Overlooking the confluence of the Illinois & Mississippi rivers, the Tara Point Inn & Cottages offers magnificent views and a relaxing retreat for a memorable stay. You could sneak away to the quaint village of Elsah and the Green Tree Inn for a quiet escape. Or, be pampered in the elegant and luxurious surroundings of the Beall Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn. Located on Alton’s Millionaire’s Row, the Beall Mansion has been recognized by Midwest Living as one of the top B&Bs in the Midwest.

Sample Itinerary
Days 1 - 3
Alton, Elsah, Grafton
Allow 2 - 3 days
Alton, Elsah, Grafton

Romantic Retreat, Wineries & Touring

Any Season

Romance is yours when you get away all around Alton, Illinois. You’ll want to savor every taste, every view, every second of every moment as you start planning your return trip. Request a free Visitor Guide to be mailed to your home, and start planning your trip today. uses cookies to ensure that we provide you with the best browsing experience. By continuing to use the site, we will retain your current cookie settings.