Wed. July 20, 2011

Apx. Noon:    Arrive at the Water Valley Inn, 3435 Water Valley Rd, Cobden, IL 62920      Give Kim Aldridge, the innkeeper, a call at 618-534-2244 when you are close. 

Take a few minutes to bring in your luggage, and, I will meet you at the Inn about 12:30pm.

My (Carol Hoffman) cell phone 618-697-2844.   Give me a call if you find that we need to adjust our times at all.  

12:30pm:  We will take the scenic drive to Blue Sky Vineyard for lunch & wine tasting.      Brandy 967-4097    Karen or Jim 995-9463

turn left on Rocky Comfort Rd. Turn left on Thorn Ln.

2:30pm:  We’ll meet the wine maker at Orlandini Vineyard. 995-2307

turn right on Rocky Comfort Rd. left on Water Valley Rd, 1.3 miles, left on Buffalo Gap, then take 1st right on Water Valley, turn left to stay on Water Valley, Own Creek on the right.

3:30pm:  Our next stop will be Owl Creek Vineyard, one of the founding members of the wine trail.   893-2557

go east about .6 miles to Bethel Church Rd, turn left on Wing Hill Rd.  winery on right.


Apx. 5pm    Stop in at Star View Vineyards to test broadcast site.

Kate: 303-8587    Scott: 201-1822

Late afternoon, we can take some time to explore Giant City State Park.

6:30pm:   We’ll visit Rustle Hill Winery for dinner.  

Country musician Eli Tellor begins at 7pm.

Thurs. July 21, 2011

Have breakfast at Water Valley Inn before departing.

9am:  Depart for Alto Pass, IL.

9:30am:  Enjoy a great view from atop Bald Knob Mountain, at the base of Bald Knob Cross.

10:15am  You can browse through the Scandinavian Gift shop in the tasting room at Hedman Vineyards.

11am:   Our next stop is Alto Vineyards.

Paul Renzaglia will be available for possible interview about pioneering the wine industry in Southern Illinois.

Noon:  Von Jakob Vineyard will provide lunch today at the larger of their two locations.  (Kate 893-4600)

From Pomona Rd, turn right on Sadler Rd, which becomes Natural Bridge Rd.   .7 miles past Godwin Rd

Apx. 2pm:   We’ll see the Pomona Natural Bridge, surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest.

Apx. 2:30pm:   Sample fruit wines at Pomona Winery.

Apx. 3:45pm:    Browse through Rendleman Orchards’ Farm Market.

Apx. 4:45pm:    anthill gallery & vintage curiosities in Cobden features the art of 55 southern Illinois artists.

Apx. 5:30pm:   Enjoy award-winning pizza at Cobden’s Palace Pizzeria

 Starview Vineyards,