Alton, IL & St. Louis Area
Attractions, Activities, Events & Happenings
Get Your Taste of Chocolate
If you have a sweet tooth, then December 1 is your day! Grafton Winery and Brewhaus is hosting an event filled with homemade chocolate treats, hot chocolate and coffee from the businesses and residents of Grafton. Be sure to book your stay at the Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn for that night to make the most of your chocolate loving experience. Our 24 hour all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet is open to our overnight guests and boasts a minimum of 21 different types of chocolates ranging from gourmet to childhood favorites. With elegant accommodations and chocolate abound, who could ask for more!
The event in Grafton is from Noon to 3 p.m and tickets are $7 per person. For more info call 800-258-6645.
For more information or to book a room at the Beall Mansion visit beallmansion.com or call us at 618-474-9100.
Activities to Kick the “I’m Bored” Phrase
There’s never a reason to say “I’m bored” in the St. Louis area. Especially in this time of year, where festivals fill the streets and that St. Louis weather becomes a bit more agreeable. Upcoming activities include Cards and Rams games for the sports fanatics, the 19th Annual Art Fair Sept. 7-9 in downtown Clayton, and the Forest Park Great Balloon Race Sept. 15. For more information on St. Louis events visit explorestlouis.com
Just a short drive across the river in Alton and Grafton, IL, nature trails, symphony concerts, riverboat cruises, wine tastings and music by the river are just a few things to happen in the coming weeks. For more information on upcoming Alton area events keep an eye on our Calendar of Events or visit www.visitalton.com
So whether you are visiting the area or just want a weekend getaway, the historic Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn is ready to complete your weekend with triple-sheeted feather beds, Victorian surroundings and all-you-can-eat chocolates. So pack your bags and plan a getaway and you can forget all about being “bored.” For reservations call us at 618-474-9100 or book online at beallmansion.com
Mother’s Day Escape
Rather than the same old, same old, why not make this a fun filled afternoon with the Alton Symphony Orchestra at an exclusive Mother’s Day Wine Tasting event. at Jacoby Arts Center?
Wine. Hors d’oeuvres. Entertainment. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Event time is 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Spend the night at The BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn and we will pay your admission.*
Phone 618-474-9100 or book online.
* Not available with any other special, discount, or promotion. Restrictions apply.
Wino Wednesday Brazailian Wine Dinner
This Wednesday, April 20, 2011, enjoy a mid-week overnight getaway to The BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn—and a 4 course gourmet Brazilian wine dinner at nearby Pere Marquette State Park.
Overnight lodging at The BEALL is $89 to $254 and up based on room and package.
Brazilian wine dinner at Pere Marquette Lodge is $42 per person.
For more information call 618-474-9100 or toll free 1-866-The-BEALL (1-866-843-2325).
Boulevard Beer Dinner at Castelli’s at 255
Get your reservations now for Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
That’s when Castelli’s at 255 will be doing a multi course meal and beer pairing featuring your favorite Boulevard Beers. The price is $35 per person.
Enjoy a Boulevard beer dinner, stay at The BEALL MANSION on our signature Pampered Getaway or Pampered Lite and we will keep you safe by paying your taxi fare both ways.
The Eagles Are Here
Come meet and greet the eagles February 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alton Visitors Center located at 200 Piasa Street in Alton, Illinois, brought to you by the World Bird Sanctuary. See a live bald eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats.
Spend the rest of the afternoon out on the Great River Road watching the eagles in their natural habitat. Why not make a weekend out of it? Come back into Alton, grab a bite to eat at any of the local restaurants and stay the night at the BEALL MANSION Bed and Breakfast. Only one room left! Call now for reservations 618-474-9100.
Super Bowl Widows Escape
—by Sandy Belote, co-owner
The BEALL MANSION Greater St. Louis Bed and Breakfast
Super Bowl Widows, isn’t it time you were spoiled rotten?
“Men spend Super Bowl Sunday drinking beer and acting like men. Super Bowl widows deserve to spend their Super Bowl Sunday being pampered as ladies should. After all, fair is fair. Right?”
I would like to extend my personal invitation you to ladies everywhere to the first annual Super Bowl Widows Escape at The BEALL MANSION—this Sunday, February 7, 2010.
The special ladies only package features:
· elegant overnight accommodations at The BEALL MANSION
· our ever famous 24 hour “all you can eat” chocolate buffet” featuring over 20 chocolates ranging from childhood favorites to fine gourmet chocolates
· $50.00 in room spa credit
· FUN, FUN, FUN at a custom blend fragrance party at Simply Foo Foo
· chocolate martini at Bossanova Restaurant & Martini Lounge (or other martini of your choice) with meal purchase
Rates range from $159 to $254 and up.
“No dishes to wash. No beds to make. No screaming kids. And best of all—NO MEN TO WAIT ON! What could be better?
. . . did I mention the 24 hour all you can eat chocolate buffet?”
The BEALL MANSION is conveniently located 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, MO in historic Alton, IL.
It was voted “Best Illinois Bed and Breakfast” in Illinois Magazine Readers Poll and is a “USA Top 100 Gold Inn & B&B” Award Winner.
For more information, availability, and online reservations visit The BEALL MANSION Super Bowl Widows Escape or call 618-474-9100 or toll free 1-866-The-BEALL (1-866-843-2325).
Lots of Events in Alton this weekend! Come join us at the Beall Mansion
Lots of activities planned for this weekend! Some availability left at the Beall Mansion as well. For room info visit our website at http://www.beallmansion.com or call (618) 474-9100
Alton Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Finest opens up the 65th annual concert season on Saturday Night. For more info or tickets call (618) 467-2326
Our Fall Foliage Package is what you need this weekend. Get out of town and visit us at the Beall Mansion. Info @ http://www.beallmansion.com/availabilities/checkavailability.html
Relive the past firsthand at Vintage Voices in Alton Saturday! Last minute rooms available at the Beall Mansion for your relaxing weekend!
Book Signing – An Alton Photo Essay
Event: Book Signing
Title: An Alton Photo Essay
Author: Cheryl Eichar Jett
When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, April 16, 2009
Where: The BEALL MANSION, 407 East 12th Street, Alton, IL 62002
Optional Special Offer: Want your own, signed copy FREE? Simply book a stay at The BEALL MANSION at the book signing. (Non refundable deposit required. Restrictions may apply.)
For More Information: call The BEALL MANSION 618-474-9100 or Toll Free 1-866-The-BEALL (1-866-843-2325) (more…)
All About Alton, IL
Across the Mighty Mississippi from the metropolis of St. Louis, MO sets a World of Wonder—the historic river town of Alton, Illinois.
Though small in size, the Greater Alton “River Bend area” is big on hospitality—and rich in history, attractions and activities—that make it a place you will want visit again and again.
Paralleled much of the way by the Mississippi River and the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail, this section of Highway 100 is one of only 26 national scenic byways in the entire country. Voted one of the “Seven Wonders of Illinois,” the Illinois Legislature described it as, “the most beautiful stretch of the entire Mississippi River.”
Be sure to stop by the Alton Convention and Visitors Center and pick up your free Scenic Byway brochure and CD tour that will tell you about the byway communities and historic sites along the way. The tour is also available on Ipods that are available for loan to visitors.
The Byway is also paralleled part of the way by the Heartland Rivers Wine Trail. What could be better than exploring the area while sampling wines at one or more of the area’s five different wineries?
You will also want to visit Pere Marquette Lodge and State Park, the largest state park in the state of Illinois. Pere Marquette is also home to horseback riding, miles and miles of hiking trails, and scenic overlooks with fabulous panoramic views of the Mississippi River valley.
Every autumn people from around the country converge on Alton to enjoy the incredible fall foliage. Described as “the New England of the Midwest”, you can only describe nature’s display as, “spectacular”‘ Fall foliage driving maps are available at most bed and breakfasts or at the Alton Convention and Visitors Center.
Every winter the Alton area is an American Bald Eagles watchers paradise with the largest congregation of eagles outside Alaska. Be sure to take advantage of one of the many bus, trolley, limousine, or self guided eagle tours.
With the nearby Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary the area is also a haven for white pelicans, egrets, blue heron, geese, and migratory birds of almost every kind.
Popular river front attractions include the Alton Marina; the $7 million Great Rivers Museum and Interpretive Site, Argosy Alton Casino; boat, kayak, and canoe rental; and narrated and themed river tours aboard the excursion boat Heron.
Steeped in history, Alton was the site of the sixth and final Lincoln – Douglas debate, the infamous Alton Confederate Prison, and the native American Piasa Bird cliff art. Minutes away in Wood river is the Lewis & Clark point of departure trail site #1 and $8.5 million museum. Re-enactments and other special events are scheduled at the facility throughout the year.
The Alton History Museum is a treasure trove of area historic items and artifacts from the time when the Native Americans roamed the land through the twentieth century. You will also find a permanent display there about Robert Wadlow, ‘Alton’s Gentle Giant’, the tallest man who ever lived.
The Alton area is host to over fifty antique shops, nine golf courses (including the only Arnold Palmer designed and managed course in Greater St. Louis or the state of Illinois,) fifteen bed and breakfasts and guest houses ranging from the quaint to the luxurious, national chain motels, spas, restaurants, fine dining, and night life.
What are your favorite things to do in the Alton, Illinois and Riverbend area?