Brenda's Guidebook

Brenda
Brenda's Guidebook

Sightseeing

There are quite a few wineries in this region, most with tasting rooms and some with dining.
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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
2865 Hickory Ridge Rd
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There are quite a few wineries in this region, most with tasting rooms and some with dining.
The view from this mountain top is astonishing.
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Bald Knob Cross of Peace
3630 Bald Knob Road
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The view from this mountain top is astonishing.
statue and museum
Superman Statue
statue and museum

Food scene

Best Chinese food around!
Hunan Chinese Restaurant
710 E Main St
Best Chinese food around!
microbrewery
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Scratch Brewing Company
264 Thompson Road
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microbrewery
unique environment, family buffet style meals.
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Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant
460 Giant City Lodge Rd
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unique environment, family buffet style meals.
Carbondale guests. Be sure to tell them to deliver to the second building up the driveway!
Primo's Pizza
604 E Park St
Carbondale guests. Be sure to tell them to deliver to the second building up the driveway!
vegetarian restaurant. Tasty, organic food, amazing coffee and pastries
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Longbranch Cafe and Bakery
100 East Jackson Street
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vegetarian restaurant. Tasty, organic food, amazing coffee and pastries
For Dongola house guests
Pizza Hut
1835 East Vienna Street
For Dongola house guests
For Dongola house guests, typical Mexican restaurant
El Jalapeno
101 Leigh Ave
For Dongola house guests, typical Mexican restaurant
Steak house
Flame
Steak house
Typical Mexican restaurant. Pleasant servers.
Don Sol Mexican Grill
715 North Giant City Road
Typical Mexican restaurant. Pleasant servers.
Carbondale guests
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Quatro's Deep Pan Pizza
218 W Freeman St
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Carbondale guests
Cook in front of you if you wish!
Fujiyama Japanese Cuisine
225 N Giant City Rd
Cook in front of you if you wish!
Always fresh and a personal favorite!
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Thai Taste
100 South Illinois Avenue
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Always fresh and a personal favorite!
buffet style Chinese restaurant
China Wok
883 East Grand Avenue
buffet style Chinese restaurant
Bombay Olive - Authentic Indian Cuisine
518 South Illinois Avenue
Typical Indian Cuisine

outdoor activities

Amazing bike trails, part of which goes through an old train tunnel. Quite the experience. If you have two cars, park one at the end and drive bikes to the other so you don't have to do round trip on bikes.
Tunnel Hill State Trail
302 E Vine St
Amazing bike trails, part of which goes through an old train tunnel. Quite the experience. If you have two cars, park one at the end and drive bikes to the other so you don't have to do round trip on bikes.
hiking, amazing scenery
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Garden of the Gods
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hiking, amazing scenery
Great hiking trails
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Giant City State Park
235 Giant City Road
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Great hiking trails
hiking, waterfalls
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Ferne Clyffe State Park
90 Goreville Road
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hiking, waterfalls
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
8588 Illinois 148
Rocky Bluff Trail, view wildlife
Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek
503 Stone Creek Drive
Golfing
Fishing, kayaking
Crab Orchard Lake
Fishing, kayaking
Swimming, Boating
Lake of Egypt
Swimming, Boating
Horse back riding. Call ahead for reservation.
Giant City Stables
722 Giant City Rd
Horse back riding. Call ahead for reservation.
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Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour
635 Robinson Hill Road
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Churches

This is our home church. We have a more formal liturgy than most, the congregation is friendly and we have lots of families and lots of children. Weekly communion, and baptized children are free to partake. If you love good music and singing in parts, you will love worshipping with us. Potluck the first Sunday of the month. Service at 9:30 am, followed by Sunday school.
Cornerstone Reformed Church
1201 South Giant City Road
This is our home church. We have a more formal liturgy than most, the congregation is friendly and we have lots of families and lots of children. Weekly communion, and baptized children are free to partake. If you love good music and singing in parts, you will love worshipping with us. Potluck the first Sunday of the month. Service at 9:30 am, followed by Sunday school.
Dynamic service, praise band, has a large university student population
Vine Church
1445 South Wall Street
Dynamic service, praise band, has a large university student population
Non-denominational. Often confused with Cornerstone Reformed Church, but different churches!
Cornerstone Church
2705 Walton Way
Non-denominational. Often confused with Cornerstone Reformed Church, but different churches!
Friendly congregation
Murdale Baptist Church
2701 West Main Street
Friendly congregation
St Francis Xavier Catholic Church
303 South Poplar Street
Marion, IL Seventh-day Adventist Church
9314 Old Route 13
Meets on Saturday
Lakeland Baptist Church
709 South Giant City Road
Assembly of God, Large International population
Calvary Campus Church
501 West Main Street
Assembly of God, Large International population
Hope Church Carbondale
7373 Old Highway 13
Presbyterian
Grand Avenue Christian Church
1305 East Grand Avenue

Historical

Check their website. They sometimes have re-enactments.
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Fort Massac State Park
1308 E 5th St
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Check their website. They sometimes have re-enactments.