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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Winter Passport Program

The 11 Wineries are doing it again! Yes, that’s right, January & February you can purchase a Wine Trail Passport and receive discounts along the trail. If you hit every winery and get your passport stamped you will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes. You might even find a gift certificate from one of our lodging properties on the prize list. Check us out and make your lodging reservations now!

Solar Eclipses

Remember the Total Solar Eclipse over Southern Illinois Aug. 21, 2017, hang on to your hats or “eclipse glasses”it’s going to happen again in 2024. 

On April 8, 2024, at 1:59 pm Southern Illinois will experience once again a total solar eclipse. While the point of longest duration is a long way from Illinois, the little town of Makanda lays claim to the crossroads of the 2017 and 2024 total eclipses. This time though the center line will cross over Cedar Lake and will last just over 4 minutes. Yes, this eclipse will actually be longer, even though we are not near the point of longest duration. Let’s hope for good weather!

Wine Events

  • Union County Fair
    by Carol Hoffman on August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Union County Fair is held at the Fairgrounds in Anna, Illinois. Rodeo,  horse shows, queen pageant, live music, tractor pulls, demo derby, livestock shows and carnival. Admission is $5 per person, $3 for children and $2 for parking, with additional fees for carnival. For more information, visit website Exhibit Hall: The exhibits and entries seen in The post Union County Fair appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Illinois Bicentennial Celebration at Alto Vineyards
    by Carol Hoffman on August 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois! Celebrate the Bicentennial with us at Alto Vineyards on August 25th with food, music, and our Rosato wine. Live music by Jenny Johnson Band and food from Haute Wheels Food Truck. This event will also be showcasing a new Rosé, Rosato, which is one of 11 Bicentennial wines. Alto Vineyards newest The post Illinois Bicentennial Celebration at Alto Vineyards appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Reptiles in the Neighborhood
    by Carol Hoffman on August 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Location: Cache River Wetlands Center/Heron Pond Trail How familiar are you with the common reptiles of southern Illinois? Can you tell a venomous snake from a non-venomous one? Do you know which skink has a blue-tipped tail, or why some male turtles have longer nails? Join Tony Gerard for an up close and personal interaction The post Reptiles in the Neighborhood appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Popcorn Day Celebration
    by Carol Hoffman on September 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Held second weekend in September every year, in Ridgway, IL.   During this weekend we have live entertainment, vendors, amusement rides, games, free popcorn, and the big parade on Saturday at 1:00 pm. You can find more about this event on Facebook: Ridgway Popcorn Days. If you need more information you can call Gayla Cox at The post Popcorn Day Celebration appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Blues and Gospel Festival
    by Carol Hoffman on September 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Heritage Foundation’s Annual FREE Blues and Gospel Festival, On Historic 8th Street  in Cairo, IL., featuring Chris Canas, Sweet Angel, The Phonics, parades, food, fun, vendors, and more! The festival ends on Sunday with the Gospel Celebration from 3pm – 6p.m. Cairo City Hall  618- 734-4127 The post Blues and Gospel Festival appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Nature Fest at Cache River Days
    by Carol Hoffman on September 8, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Ball Park, Ullin, IL. Cele­brate the Cache with live wildlife exhibits, nature activities, arts & crafts, live music, food, guided hikes and more. Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge will provide free canoe tours throughout the day. Limited space on tours, register in advance by calling Cypress Creek Refuge at 618-634-2231. The post Nature Fest at Cache River Days appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
    by Carol Hoffman on September 8, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Riverside Park, Murphysboro. Always the first Saturday after Labor Day, multiple Illinois wineries, Fine Arts Vendors, Food , Music. Go to our event facebook page for more info. www.murphysborochamber.com The post Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Grape Harvest Dinner at the Hedman Vineyard
    by Carol Hoffman on September 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Celebrate Southern Illinois Harvest Season with Us!  Unforgettable! Experience the extraordinary Harvest Dinners at the Peachbarn Cafe` featuring locally sourced ingredients paired with Hedman Vineyard’s estate grown wines.  Dinners Begin at 7:00pm. Reservations Required. Reserve Today: 618-893-4921 The post Grape Harvest Dinner at the Hedman Vineyard appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Apple Festival
    by Carol Hoffman on September 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Murphysboro Apple Festival   Daily Entertainment, Food, Music, Parade, Carnival, car show and arts and craft fair. 618-684-3200 www.murphysboro.com The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest alcohol-free festival in southern Illinois! Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the four-day festival, there are numerous activities and events drawing large crowds such as The post Apple Festival appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]

  • Alto’s 30th Anniversary Gala
    by Carol Hoffman on September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Celebrate Southern Illinois winemaking history and toast to the future.  Enjoy a four-course meal from Cristaudo’s paired with Alto Vineyards wines, see historic Alto memorabilia, try the new Porto di Guido (not released yet), and dance the night away to jazz with The Jewels Get tickets now! The post Alto’s 30th Anniversary Gala appeared first on Southernmost IL Tourism. […]