Phase 4 Means More Choices when Visiting Clinton County IL

The state of Illinois is beginning to slowly and cautiously open businesses and recreational areas. While everyone has been staying safe and laying low, business owners were making plans to welcome you back to the area! 

Restaurants in Clinton County may now have outdoor seating while they continue curbside pick-up and drive-thru service. On Friday, June 26, Illinois is expected to move to Phase 4 of reopening.  Outdoor recreational areas are opening to allow for summertime fun. Outdoor markets and shops have stocked-up on special gifts and other items (like masks) to give you a pleasant shopping experience. Here are some of our local towns and a short list of businesses that are available for customers.

Carlyle Lake is the largest man-made lake in Illinois and has wonderful recreational opportunities. The Lake is open for boating, fishing, sailing, and water sports. The dam at the south west end of the lake feeds the Kaskaskia River which also feeds into the lake at the north west end of the lake. The Spillway Recreation Area and the South Shore State Park provide a great recreational activities like camping, hiking, boat access, and sandy beaches. Chart showing facilities open at Carlyle Lake in Illinois. The town of Carlyle boasts wonderful restaurants, some of which now have outdoor dining spaces in addition to their take-out options. Indoor seating in restaurants is expected to begin on Friday, June 26, 2020. 

Just to the east of the town of Carlyle along US Route 50 are the towns of Breese and Trenton. Check out some history of Breese then pay a visit to one of the locally well-known and long-established restaurants such as Dairy King or Wally’s. In Trenton, many restaurants are preparing to open for limited indoor seating while still offering patio seating and take-out. Enjoy pizza, Mexican cuisine, and great “pub grub.”

The wineries in Clinton County are also waiting for you to visit! Tour around the area and visit Cooked Creek Winery, Hidden Lake Winery, Twelve Oaks Vineyard, and Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery. The drive around our country roads will help you feel free again and your business will encourage the owners of these small businesses. It’s a “Win-Win”!

Plan your trip to Carlyle Lake and include the many businesses that are making a come-back after the COVID-19 challenges.  Find great overnight accommodations to extend your stay for two or three days and enjoy all that Clinton County has to offer. The waiting is over and a clean, cautious but fun vacation begins!  

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