Here’s a delightful combination for an autumn RV vacation – Illinois’ fertile, scenic vineyards and friendly, affordable RV campgrounds! Why not take full advantage of Illinois’ gorgeous autumn vistas with an RV trip to the state’s award-winning wineries?
Here’s a sampling of Illinois RV itineraries to the state’s wine regions:
Northern Illinois Wineries include August Hill Winery at Utica, Famous Fossil Vineyard in Freeport and Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery in Galena. These are only three of the picturesque vineyards located west of Chicago. As you plan which wineries you’ll visit, why not book a campsite at Illinois’ oldest campground, the Palace Campground in Galena? It’s within two hours of Northern Illinois’ entire collection of award-winning vineyards.
Shawnee National Forest isn’t the only attraction in the southernmost tip of Illinois! There’s also a marvelous selection of wines awaiting your palate. Owl Creek Vineyard in Cobden, IL is just one of the delights of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, highlighting twelve distinctively American wineries. Taste not only the wines but also the unique grapevine-smoked barbeque at Von Jakob Vineyard in Pomona. Enjoy a delicious boutique wine in the beauty of StarView Vineyards. And when you’re ready to step off the Wine Trail for the night, watch the sun set over the lake at Little Grassy Lake Campground near Makanda, just minutes from these Southern Illinois wineries.
Just up the road in South Central and Southeastern Illinois are nearly two dozen vineyards ready to tempt your tastebuds. Lasata Wines near Westport is a member of the Wabash Valley Wine Trail, a collection of five lush vineyards in a thirty-mile span. Orchard View Winery on a century-old farm near Alma offers a day of relaxation in the country. To continue your back-to-nature experience, enjoy a night or two camping at Stephen A. Forbes Recreation Area near Kinmundy, IL.
One more highly-suggested journey for wine lovers is an autumn jaunt through Central Illinois’ wine country. Plan your trip to coincide with Harvest Fest at Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford. Sip wines with names like “Jasmine’s Moonlight” and “Edelweiss” at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard near Mackinaw. Because you’ll find so many wineries throughout this area, you’ll want to plan several days in Central Illinois. RV campgrounds like Evening Star Camping Resort near Havana make the trip comfortable and affordable. By the way, IllinoisWine.com offers a complete itinerary of Central Illinois wineries, as well as information on all other wine regions in the state.
Are you ready to discover the wines that are making Illinois famous? Map your autumn trip to Illinois wineries for a journey into great wines, amazing scenery and some of the friendliest RV campgrounds anywhere.