Updated February 2023
If you are looking for any excuse to visit Clinton County, IL, this spring, you are lucky! Maybe you’ve heard about the beautiful scenery, pleasant weather, and fun activities, so you need to find what sparks your curiosity and book a trip. There is no shortage of fun things to do in spring in Clinton Cty, IL, as the weather warms up and the scenery becomes lush and vibrant.
Read on to learn about Clinton County’s favorite springtime activities!
What’s Open? The Wineries!
After closing down for the winter months, you know that it is spring when all the wineries re-open for the season! So plan on enjoying days with sunshine when you can sit outside.
Crooked Creek Winery
The downtown location of Crooked Creek has been open all winter, but it will be nice to return to the production facility and sit outside, sipping wine and watching the sun go down. Don’t miss the special events at “the Yard” Downtown! April Fool’s Day is the opening day at the 10th Street Rd location.
Twelve Oaks Vineyard
Twelve Oaks Vineyard is a sprawling family farm dating back four generations. Here you can experience a vast array of wines, beer, and sometimes sangria while relaxing in the newly-expanded tasting room or on the back patio that overlooks the vineyard. Even those who prefer not to indulge in alcohol can enjoy themselves with a non-alcoholic beer.
Hidden Lake Winery
Hidden Lake Winery, a magnificent beauty, is nestled in the enchanting Silent Forest in Aviston. The tasting room and the kitchen are open; the kitchen is open Thursday through Sunday. Or better yet, book one of their cozy cabins so you can stay longer and enjoy the many offerings from this winery.
Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery
Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery transports you to South Africa with their themed decor and aptly named wines. Bretz is also an excellent location for your event or ceremony, with beautiful backdrops, a reception room, and the Serengeti Sunroom! So hang out outside on the “DOCS” Wana Sunset Bar or play sand volleyball.
Yard Sales/Garage Sales
It happens twice a year, but on May 5th and 6th, 2023, get ready to sell your extra stuff or get a super deal on items you want. A map with the participating locations is available to make it easy. You don’t need to drive around aimlessly looking for the best deals and steals with a map! Instead, pick one up at City Hall, Case-Halstead Library, IGA, gas stations, and banks.
St. Rose City-Wide Garage Sale
The St. Rose City-Wide Garage Sale is hosted the 2nd Weekend in May and also comes with a handy map. So, if you have roaring success at the one in Carlyle, stick around for the St. Rose city-wide garage sale.
Truck/Tractor Pull & Kickball Tournament
Also, in St. Rose, the Truck/Tractor Pull & Kickball Tournament is held on Memorial Day Weekend. You don’t want to miss this event!
Leukemia Cup Regatta
The Regatta is traditionally held on the 4th weekend of May. It is a lovely event popular in sailing, power boating, and paddling that helps to raise funds for research and treatment for blood cancers.
IHSA Bass Fishing Sectional Tournament
The IHSA Bass Fishing Sectional Sectional Tournament on May 19 and 20 in Carlyle is racing out the springtime events in Clinton County. The IHSA tournament is a fantastic event for high schoolers and is a fun spectator sport.
These fun things to do in Clinton County, IL, in spring are in addition to all the other treasures we have to offer. They are a great way to welcome spring and shake the cold from your shoulders. You’ll have the time of your life while making memories to last a lifetime.