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Food, Wine, and Song

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What is more enjoyable than a day filled with good food, a nice wine,
and some soul soothing music?
Shall we suggest to you...hmmm - The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail?
Not only will you be able to savor the distinct tastes of regional wines and a variety of food choices, many of the local vineyards are perfect venues for an array of music, from solo acoustics to larger bands. For several wineries, you'll see a music line up for almost every weekend.

Blue Sky Vineyard, one of the most beautiful wineries in the area, carries appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pizza, and desserts to go along with award winning wines, select beer, and my son's favorite, the Sangria. The crusty french bread served with the best dipping oil around is a tasty starter. 

Almost every Saturday and Sunday Blue Sky has live music. Settle in and listen either inside the huge detailed tasting room, or on the splendid sun drenched outdoor terraces. A couple that stayed at the Creole House remembers one musician in partic…

Arts and Cultural Events

So you decided on southern Illinois for a little getaway. Wonderful choice!
Hiking.Check

Waterfalls.    Everywhere

Wine and Sun.Oh ya

Zipline Adventure.    Down the road

Museums, Performing Arts and Entertainment Venues.    Of course!

The awesomeness of the "off the trail" events and entertainment along the Shawnee Hills Wine country deserves its own blog and we'll take you along to some of our favorites at another time.
We're going closer to "town" for this one.

Within reach when you stay in southern Illinois is an abundance of top notch staging platforms as a backdrop to local artisans, musical performances, and galleries. Some of the bigger venues are centered around Carbondale and Marion.


Carbondale
The University Museum at SIU. The museum has been a repository of artifacts since 1874. Not only does it have a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden (sit under the magnolia during spring!), inside you'll find 10,000 square feet of exhibition halls that will ho…