Here’s a sure-fire way to add a little cool to a hot summer day: head out to one of the Clinton County wineries. You can sample some local wine, listen to live music in a nice country setting, and just enjoy chilling out.
Hear live music every Friday through Sunday at Hidden Lake Winery, located near Aviston. While there, try a glass of Seyval Blanc, the award-winning semi-sweet white with a citrusy aroma and hint of peach flavor, or one of their other varietals. The winery also has a delightful light menu featuring pizzas, sandwiches and appetizers.
Hidden Lake Winery & Banquet Center
10580 Wellen Road, Aviston, IL
Live music schedule:
Friday-Saturday, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tasting Room menu available:
Friday-Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays are when you’ll find live music at Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery. This large resort two miles from Carlyle Lake has a small winery that produces a selection of reds, whites and fruit wines. The Wicked Blueberry and Strawberry Blonde flavors seem tailor-made for summer sipping. Order one while listening to musicians such as Bay Wolf & Whiskey Down, and Dustin Coleman. A full lineup of acts is listed on the Lodge’s website. If you get hungry, Bretz has a wide-ranging menu that will easily satisfy.
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery
154 State Route 127, Carlyle, IL
Live music schedule:
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Sunday times vary per performance, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. or 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Check online calendar for a specific concert’s time.
The charming Crooked Creek Winery has special musical events throughout the season. Be sure to check their Facebook page for updates.
Crooked Creek Winery
24585 W. 10th Street Road, Centralia
Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Also in Centralia, Roundhouse Winery offers music on Saturday nights, with acts such as Phil & Gayle who will be performing June 11, 2016, and Blind Man Drivin’, who will be there on June 18. Stop by on the first Friday night of the month for a little karaoke and on the first Sunday for music in the afternoon. Mark your calendar for a fun upcoming music event, Red, White & Blues, Saturday, July 9, from 2:00 p.m. – midnight.
1938 Dogwood Lane, Centralia
First Friday Karaoke, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
First Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come enjoy a little wine and music, and see what makes Clinton County such a cool place to be in the summertime!