Visitors Guide to Bed & Breakfasts
(including Guest Houses, Resorts, and Suites)
 in the
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
Madison, Jersey & Calhoun Counties, Illinois
   
The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area is known for its warm hospitality and unique lodgings. Guests have many choices of accommodations to choose from ranging from staying in Victorian era homes that are on the National Register of Historic Places to inns with scenic views of the Mississippi River. Most inns are within an hour's drive from the area's attractions and events as well as St. Louis. During peak seasons such as autumn when the leaves turn, availability is limited and advance reservations are suggested. During the winter Bald Eagle season, many inns have special Eagle packages, with special prices and bonuses like tours and meals. 
   
Grafton Homestead Retreat
Croxford Road
Grafton
618-786-2420
  Whatever season, you will enjoy this two bedroom, fully equipped, country guest house surrounded by the serenity of nature. Fish, explore, hike or just relax. Two miles north of Grafton.
Jackson House
1821 Seminary Street
Alton
618-462-1426
  Choose an elegant guest room in the Jackson House or a secluded guest house: the rustic but luxurious Barn or The Cave, a cozy earth house nestled into a wooden slope.
   
The Beall Mansion
An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn

407 East 12th Street
Alton
618-474-9100
  Forget hotels. Stay in a mansion. Experience luxury at Alton Illinois area’s only 4 star lodging. Includes private bathroom with shower and whirlpool for two or clawfoot tub, sumptuous feathered bed, Free Wi-Fi, HDTV, DVD, 24 hour “all you can eat” chocolate buffet. Conveniently located along the Heartland Rivers Wine Trail 25 minutes from the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Voted “Best IL Bed and Breakfast” Inn—Illinois Magazine Readers Poll. Check Availability & Rates.
   
Green Tree Inn
15 Mill Street
Elsah, IL
618-374-2821
  Enjoy the peacefulness of the Green Tree Inn, located in the heart of historic Elsah. Choose your room from five lovely spaces appointed to transport you to a place of serenity apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life that provides a relaxing atmosphere that reflects the peacefulness of historic Elsah.
   
Maple Leaf Cottage Inn
12 Selma Street
PO Box 156
Elsah
618-374-1684
  Both Elsah and the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn are featured in the world’s best travel guide book. ‘Lonely Planet’ USA’s Best 52 Amazing Road Trips. All our uniquely decorated rooms have private bathrooms. Our guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, HDTV+DVD, mini-refrigerator (beverages included), coffee maker and free bike rentals. We are known for our signature southern hospitality and delicious home-cooked breakfast. Please visit our website or call for more information. www.mapleleafcottageinn.com. See you soon!
Aerie's Riverview Cottages
& Vacation Villas

600 Timber Ridge Drive
Grafton, IL
618-786-8439
  Nestled high atop the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, the cottages at Aerie’s offers it guests access to the BEST VIEW IN THE MIDWEST! Each cottage boasts a queen bed, kitchenette, dining table, color TV, 6' Jacuzzi, and a deck with an electric grill.
Anchors Inn
10 Vine Street
Grafton, IL
618-420-2017
  This 600 square foot suite features two queen beds, kitchenette, and a living room area. Anchor's Inn is located in the heart of downtown Grafton. Children and small dogs welcome.
Birds Nest
1 East Water Street
Grafton, IL
618-535-7709
  This is 2 bedroom, 1 bath house is located near the river by the Grafton Ferry and can accommodate up to 8 guests. The Bird's Nest features a queen bed, a full bed, a futon, and two roll away beds. Discount are available for multiple nights and children 12 and under stay free.
The Chocolate Affair
801 9th Street
Highland, IL
618-654-9340
  This house has been a home to several families, a bed & breakfast, and currently operates as a full service chocolate shop AND bed & breakfast combined! The house accommodates guests with 3 bedrooms and the chocolate shop features three rooms with specialty gifts and local items plus a fourth room full of candy!
Count Me Inn
412 East Main Street
Grafton, IL
314-795-2409
  This historical house built in 1850 boasts original character of the 19th century. Grafton is a quaint river town with restaurants, wineries, shopping, and live music, all within walking distance of this property. With three bedrooms this house comfortably sleeps 10 people. Located within walking distance to downtown Grafton.
End of the Trail Inn
105 East Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-550-8505
  Enjoy a comfortable stay in the western atmosphere at End of the Trail Inn. The deck, located in back, has a beautiful view of the river and lighthouse. Shops, restaurants and wineries are located within easy walking distance from the Inn.
Grafton Inn
22 East Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-786-2222
  Centrally located in downtown Grafton with two suites available. Each suite has a wetbar with a refrigerator, microwave, a large sitting area with a TV and a DVD. The bedroom has a queen size bed and fireplace. Each bathroom has a shower and a Bain Ultra air jetted tub for two.
Haagen Haus
617 State Street
Alton, IL
618-465-0123
  The Häagen Haus is nestled in the historic Christian Hill area of Alton. This two and one-half story brick home, built in 1870, reflects the Italianate school of Victorian styling and is surrounded by private brick courtyards. Today, the guesthouse offers its guests the ambiance of yesteryear with all the modern amenities.
Jeni J's
210-214 West Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-786-2737
  This complex of historical buildings is nestled high on stone terraces overlooking the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and located in the heart of Grafton’s Wine and Entertainment District. Three guest houses are available: 1, 2, and 3 bedroom cottages each with its own individual charm.
Knaughty Inn
​325 North Market Street
Grafton, IL
314-795-2409
  Knaughty Inn is 3 bedroom ranch guest house within walking distance of river on Route 3 just up from Main Street in the center of town. This house sleeps 8 and features a full kitchen, and a large living room.
Lagniappe Place
16260 Otterville Road
Grafton, IL
618-570-9387
  Lagniappe Place Vineyard and Guesthouse is the newest guesthouse in scenic Jersey County, Illinois. Situated on four acres of rolling hills near Grafton, Lagniappe Place offers guests  "a little something extra."
Loading Dock Guest Houses
Grafton, IL
618-786-3494
  Located near The Loading Dock are four overnight accommodations: The Riverside Cottage, Tree Tops, The Fish Market, The Stone Cottage. You’ll be within walking distance to some of Grafton’s finest amenities including Grafton Harbor and Main Street shopping and dining.
The Loft at The Whole Scoop
222 East Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-786-2663
  The Loft at The Whole Scoop features a 2 bedroom style apartment that is available for lodging for both week and weekend stays. The Loft features all the comforts of home plus much more. The Loft is family and pet friendly. After all...who wouldn't want to stay on top of an ice cream shop!?
Lucy's Mae's Guest House
312 East Main Street
Grafton, IL
816-249-3279
  This two-story home retains its turn of the century charm with all the necessary renovations needed for modern convenience.  The home has two separate units with fully modern bath and kitchen amenities with room for six adults.  The Guest House is located within walking distance of downtown Grafton.
The Pelican Inn
520 West Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-713-0719
  Located across from the Marina, this romantic Guest House offers an amazing river view from the covered porch or arbor. In walking distance to everything!
The River House
11 Mulberry Street
Grafton, IL
618-786-3542
  This guesthouse is an historic turn-of-the-century cottage completely restored with modern amenities and sleeps eight. Located high above the Grafton Harbor Marina and the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, it offers a quiet retreat with spectacular views, yet is only one block from shops, restaurants, and bike trails.
River Port Guest House
706 West Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-946-3444
  We invite you to stay and experience Grafton's finest guesthouse, River Port.
You can lounge on the wraparound porch and enjoy a view of the river or relax inside the house, enjoying the nautical decor. River Port is just a walk away from the shopping, wineries, restaurants and all that Grafton has to offer!
Riverview Guest House
1116 Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-806-8673
  River View Guest House is a family owned and operated resort featuring 6 individually decorated suites. If you are looking for a typical corporate style hotel, you won’t find it here! These rooms have everything you need to enjoy your stay.
Rowling Ridge Guest House
14102 North Springfield Street
Grafton, IL
618-786-3943
  Cross the creek and experience a rustic cabin in the woods where you can get away from it all - no phones, television, cable or internet. This guest house features 2 bedrooms and comfortably accommodates four people.  Kitchen includes appliances and cooking supplies. Outdoors you’ll find a beautiful creek, firepit and BBQ grill.
Summit House
632 Summit Street
Alton, IL
314-218-5735
  For a spectacular view of the Mississippi River stay at the Summit House in historic Christian Hill.  The entire house is yours with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, 1 and ½ baths and two living rooms. Lower porch and upper balcony.  Just a short walk to downtown Alton.
Tara Point Inn & Cottages
#1 Tara Point Lane
Grafton, IL
618-786-3555
  Incredible views await you at this rocky point high above the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Tara Point is one of the premier Bed and Breakfast in the Middle Mississippi River Valley and guests can choose from the Inn rooms or romantic cottages with equally impressive views.
Tiffany Inn
410 East Broadway
Alton, IL
618-462-4145
  Located in the downtown Alton antique district, the Tiffany Inn is walking distance from shops, restaurants and the casino, with beautiful views of the Mississippi River and Clark Bridge. The Inn is Located above the Alton Stained Glass Works shop and has three elegant rooms decorated with lovely stained glass and antiques.
Watkins Cabin
McCully Heritage Project
Crawford Creek Road

Kampsville, IL
618-653-4687
  The recently updated the old Watkins cabin on the McCully Heritage Project property is a perfect place for a weekend or weeklong retreat. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature in a private and secluded location with two bedrooms; sleeper couch in living room; one bathroom with large shower; full kitchen.
White Tales Lodge
Michael Hollow Road
Hardin, IL
618-576-8253
  Take a step back in time to simpler days when we were all more connected to nature.  Nestled in the beautiful and remote hills of Calhoun County, Illinois, our Lodge has a warm and inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy and is surrounded by some of the most unforgettable landscapes in the Midwest..
Baytown Guest House
Mozier, IL
  IL-96
618-232-1223
Cabin at Blueberry Ridge Farm
Hardin, IL
  HC 61 - Box 38 - Degerlia Hollow
618-576-2589
The LaMarsh House
Grafton, IL
  25 East Main Street
618-786-2438
Lucinda's Bed of Roses
Collinsville, IL
  900 St. Louis Road
618-343-9898
Riverview Suites
Alton, IL
  Broadway & Market
866-465-3735
The Shanty
Grafton, IL
  715 West Main Street
618-406-1522
   
Kennels    
Green Roof Kennels
17710 Otterville Road
Grafton, IL
618-498-6278
  Bring your dog with you when you visit the Grafton area. Green Roof Kennels is in a rural country setting, with luxuries like covered kennels that stay cool and dry, as well as plenty of room for exercise and training.
     
   

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