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Alton, IL & St. Louis Area

Attractions, Activities, Events & Happenings

2nd Annual Alton Restaurant Week

Restaurants in the Alton area will be presenting restaurant week from January 18-27. So bring your appetite as participating restaurants offer up fixed price specials for lunch and dinner. No coupons or special invitations necessary! Just come in and have a seat. All participating restaurants are just a short drive from the Beall Mansion,  so make it an extra special deal. For more information and a list of restaurants please visit or the dedicated page on Facebook.

A Day in Eagle Country

Bluff City Tours provides a full day of eagle and wildlife spotting on multiple days throughout January and February. The tour runs from 8: 30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will include transportation by motorcoach or trolley, tour guide, continental breakfast and lunch at Pere Marquette Lodge. Pickup will be at Alton Square Mall located at 200 Alton Square Mall Dr., Alton, IL. Admission and reservations required.

Please visit for more information.

As always be sure to contact Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn for all of your lodging needs.

24th Annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair

You can treat others yourself for the upcoming holidays, with over 200 booths at the arts and crafts fair, there’s bound to be something for that person on your list. Crafters will be at Alton High School on Sat., Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the fair benefit the instrumental music program in the Alton School District. Why not treat yourself and stay at the Beall Mansion which is only a few minute drive away from the arts and crafts fair. Not only is the Beall a convenient location for the holiday shopper, if you can’t find the perfect gift, you can give them a gift of elegance with a gift certificate from the Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Admission for the fair is $2 on Saturday and $1 on Sunday. Children under 12 are FREE.

For more information or to purchase a gift certificate visit, or call us at 618-474-9100.

Get Your Taste of Chocolate

chocolate buffet

A minimum of 21 different chocolates are available at the Beall Mansion.

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 or call us at 618-474-9100.

Activities to Kick the “I’m Bored” Phrase

St. Louis Forest Park Ballon Glow -Sep 05

Photo by David F. Clark (Flickr)

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

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

Spirit of Peoria

Photo originally posted by Deanna Lawrence


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


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


·         choice of either gourmet breakfast in bed (or the formal dining room) or self serve continental breakfast in the butler’s pantry the following morning.


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). 



February 2, 2010
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