Savor the Time Together
Taste of Time
You have nothing but time when you’re sitting beside the river sipping a glass of the local award-winning wines produced along the Mississippi River bluffs. Grapes and fruits in their prime are hand-crafted into the perfect blends, aged to perfection and pleasing to the most experienced palate. Sure, you’re looking for a great bottle of wine, and we’re confident you’ll find a favorite with seven wineries located in and around Grafton. But, it’s the expansive bluff top river views of places like Aerie’s Winery or the cozy fireside seating with a river view at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus that will beckon you to sip a little longer.
Touring Around Town
If you think the view is spectacular from the riverbanks, wait until you see it from the water. It doesn’t get much more romantic than a relaxing riverboat ride aboard the Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat. You can leave your worries behind when you board the Grafton River Adventures Hakuna Matata boat for a guided River Rambling cruise, available year-round. There is nothing quite as romantic as strolling the streets of some of our historic river communities found along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. Experience early Americana as you step into Elsah, “the village where time stood still.” The beauty of Alton’s architecture is something to be appreciated as you take a self-guided Historic Homes Driving Tour. Or, let experienced guides lead the way on a variety of Alton Regional CVB Shuttle Tours. Tours options include: Underground Railroad Tours, BBQ Tours, Garden Tours, Historic Alton Tours and Middletown Mansion Tours. It’s a great way to experience all of Alton’s best kept secrets and become immersed in the local culture.
Rekindle the romance with a getaway to one of the many bed & breakfast inns in the region. Overlooking the confluence of the Illinois & Mississippi rivers, the Tara Point Inn & Cottages offers magnificent views and a relaxing retreat for a memorable stay. You could sneak away to the quaint village of Elsah and the Green Tree Inn for a quiet escape. Or, be pampered in the elegant and luxurious surroundings of the Beall Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn. Located on Alton’s Millionaire’s Row, the Beall Mansion has been recognized by Midwest Living as one of the top B&Bs in the Midwest.