...and heading over to the scenic River Road for an afternoon of fun in the sun.
Note: If you have never enjoyed The Loading Dock in Grafton, please visit before the weather cools! This fun outdoor eatery boasts amazing river views, live music, and a tropical vacation vibe!
Being the historic house lover that I am, a day trip to Alton/Grafton is never complete without a quick drive through the Village of Elsah. Elsah is located on the East Bluff of the Mississippi River, just 11 miles West of Alton on the way to Grafton. This 19th century river village, population of less than 700, was founded in 1853 by a prominent Illinois politician by the name of James Semple. Mr. Semple owned a rock quarry and offered a free building lot to anyone who agreed to utilize remnant stone from his quarry. The result was a cluster of various 19th century architectural styles and influence, utilizing the stone.
150 years later, not much has changed there. A true time capsule- phenomenal. A drive through the Village of Elsah is an interesting journey back in time and a glorious glimpse at pre-Civil War life on the Mighty Mississippi.
Here is my teeny peek of what you can expect to encounter should you decide to venture there...
Note: the video above of the properties of Elsah does not display on the mobile version of my blog. It must be enjoyed on a computer or tablet.
Simply, the beauty of Elsah paired with the sunset over the Mississippi...
... A winning combination if seeking a change of scenery, less than 20 minutes from St. Louis! Consider it.
HERE are some of my past adventures in the Alton/Grafton area.