southern Illinois attractions

Beautiful Blue Sky Vineyard - Photo By Rose Hammitt

One of my favorite songs is Willie Nelson’s Blue Skies. The lyrics, “Blue skies smilin’ at me; Nothin’ but blue skies do I see..” are apt for my recent visit to beautiful Blue Sky Vineyard, where the setting is lovely, the food is sublime, the wine amazing and the day I was there, the over […]

Beautiful Von Jakob's

On the edge of the Shawnee Forest sits the beautiful Von Jakob Vineyard and Brewery. The Von Jakob family started growing grapes outside their southern, Illinois home in 1996 and the business has been open for 15 years. During my travels south I stopped at this location and was amazed by the view out the […]