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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



St. Louis Area Bed & Breakfast Honored

Alton, IL August 23, 2012 – Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, “which honors top-rated accommodation businesses, restaurants and attractions, as reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site*.

To qualify, a businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five stars, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include volume of reviews and how recently they have been submitted by TripAdvisor travelers. The accolade is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. This is the second year in a row the Beall Mansion  has received the coveted honor.

“We are proud to have received this honor from TripAdvisor,” said Jim and Sandy Belote, Co-owners of the Beall Mansion. “We cannot thank our guests enough for having made this possible.”


According to said Christine Petersen, President of TripAdvisor for Business, “The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence program gives exceptional businesses in a variety of different industries around the world the recognition they deserve. From top-rated restaurants in Boston to top-rated attractions in Barcelona, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

About Beall Mansion

The Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn

The Beall Mansion, located at 407 E. 12th St., Alton, IL

Beall Mansion is 25 minutes from the St. Louis Gateway Arch on Millionaire’s Row in
historic Alton, IL.Built in 1903 as a wedding gift by railroad baron Z. B. Job and later the residence of Senator Edmond Beall, the mansion was opened to the public by Jim and Sandy Belote as a bed and breakfast inn in 1998.

Each guestroom boasts a triple sheeted feather bed; private bath with Italian marble floor, shower and whirlpool for two or clawfoot tub; HDTV, DVD, hardwood floors and hand sewn oriental rugs. King rooms also have a fireplace with hand carved mantle and gas logs.

Property amenities include special meeting space, special packages, corporate discounts, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, and a 24 hour “all you can eat” chocolate buffet.

For more information about the Beall Mansion visit or call 618-474-9100 or toll free 1-866-The-BEALL (1-866-843-2325).

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and TripAdvisor Trip Friends) with seamless links to booking tools.

TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors across 18 popular travel brands.

TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 40 million unique monthly visitors, 20 million members, and over 45 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 29 countries worldwide, including China under

TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to Trip Advisor’s millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.

For more information about TripAdvisor visit


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). 



Alton, Illinois

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.

Why not start your adventure driving, hiking, or biking the “Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway”?

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.

Alton, Illinois is conveniently located 25 minutes from the St. Louis Gateway Arch and 25 minutes from Lambert St. Louis International Airport, 90 minutes from Springfield, Illinois, and 4 ½ hours from Chicago, Illinois.
Come and explore a World of Wonder!

What are your favorite things to do in the Alton, Illinois and Riverbend area?

March 12, 2009
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