Attractions

  • Carlyle Lake

    Address:
    801 Lake Road, Carlyle, IL 62231, USA .

    The largest man-made lake in Illinois.

    Carlyle Lake known to sailors, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, biking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, sand beaches, golfing make the area a true outdoor lover's playground.

  • Excel Bottling Co.

    Address:
    488 S Broadway, Breese, IL 62230, USA .

    Home of Ski soda.  

    Excel remains one of the few independent family bottlers in the nation, producing flavored soda through a variety of products using cane sugar, returnable bottles through vintage bottling equipment.  Their most popular soft drink, Ski, a citrus soda with real lemon and orange juices.  In 2012, Excel began brewing West Coast and traditional German style lagers.  You’ll find the complete lineup of each soda and beer when visit.

  • Wally's Drive-In

    Address:
    711 N 4th St, Breese, IL 62230, USA .

    Home of the infamous Wally burger.

    Founded by Wally Knue in 1951, Wally’s is widely known for the Wally Burger, a single smashed patty with pickles. The famous burgers, made with a ratio of 81/19 ground beef, are cooked about 50 to 60 at a time on a standard flat-top grill with metal spatulas; they sizzle for about five minutes to get those crispy edges.

    Wally’s also serves fried fish sandwiches – blue gill and cod – beer-battered onion rings, toasted ravioli and crinkle-cut fries (plus curly and waffle fries) in addition to shakes, malts, ice cream cones and sundaes. If you had a few too many last night, ask for the Clinton County Hangover: a double cheeseburger, fries and a local Ski soda. 

  • Eversgerd’s History in Stone Museum and Fort

    Address:
    6251 Shoal Creek Rd, Bartelso, IL 62218, USA .

    Wheelbarrowing piles of dirt, and hand-picking (as well as hand-placing!) each stone, Bobby Evergerd has worked tirelessly for thirty years to create a replica Civil War-era fort. Layers upon layer of limestone make it seem impossible that one man has created such a marvel.

    Visitors can also explore the reconstructed cabins, which were renovated and furnished with Bobby’s personal collection of both European and Native American antiques and weapons. 

    Happy to give tours and information alike, Bobby sees visitors anytime he’s around-which is often as this is not only his passion but also his own home! Bobby is ready to impart his expansive knowledge on anyone that finds themselves walking through this historic spectacle.

  • Historic City of Lebanon

    Address:
    Lebanon, IL, USA .

    Located less than thirty minutes from the heart of St. Louis, Missouri, Lebanon, Illinois is a community steeped in history. Visitors can stroll through neighborhoods of historic homes built in a variety of architectural styles from Greek Revival, Gothic, Italinate, English Country, Queen Anne, Georgian and Southern Colonial. Shop or dine in antique shops and restaurants housed in Victorian buildings along brick-paved W. St. Louis Street.  

    See the Mermaid House, an inn where Charles Dickens slept 1842 and received a mention in his book American Notes.

    Attend a performance at “The Hett", southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz.  The 488-seat auditorium is located on the McKendree University campus.

  • Popeye's Chophouse

    Address:
    17910 St Rose Rd, Breese, IL 62230, USA .

    Hankering for high-end comfort food in a town where everyone wants to know your name? Popeye’s Chop House in St. Rose, Illinois, is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

    Start with the crunchy, golden Ho’Made Onion Rings, which might be spelled funny, but exceed flavor expectations. The pork chop cordon bleu, New York strip steak and wedge salad with housemade blue cheese dressing are all post-swimming standards, too.

  • The Turf Bar and Banquet

    Address:
    398 North Main Street, Breese, IL, USA .

    A local favorite!  Walking distance from the Breese Inn.  Open for lunch and dinner (pub food and specials).  Banquet room available for rent in the back.