EXPLORE THE AREA
Much more than just a vineyard. Big Horse is a destination. Take a stroll on our scenic trails. See the majestic draft horses. Sit and listen to the live music every Sunday on our outdoor patio. Enjoy dinner in the Bistro or just have a relaxing glass of wine. Big Horse also serves a variety of mixed drinks along with a large beer selection. Besides hosting the wedding of your dreams, Big Horse also has entertainment throughout the year.
Native Trails Winery is located just a short distance from Big Horse Vineyards. Whether you're here for the day, or the weekend there is something to do for the whole family to enjoy.
The Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Register Historic Site, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an awe inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience in the Illinois River Valley.
Visitors to the museum, in west-central Illinois, encounter innovative interpretive exhibits; exciting hands-on activities; archaeological sites; and a variety of special events in a rural setting.
Orchard Hill Farm has an assortment of Apples; Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and Gala just to name a few. They also offer Seasonal Blueberries, and Peaches. Pick up a jar of local Hilltop Honey when you visit.
In the early 1900s, the Illinois River was one of North America’s most ecologically and economically significant river systems. It supported the most productive inland commercial fishery and highest mussel abundance per mile of any stream on the continent. Even though it has undergone significant land conversion during the past century, the river was identified as one of three large-floodplain river ecosystem restoration priorities in the United States by the National Research Council.
By virtue of its size, optimal location and biological legacy, Emiquon significantly advances the Conservancy’s efforts toward conservation of the Illinois River.
Archaeologists consider Emiquon — with more than 149 documented archaeological sites — and the lands around it, one of the richest places for discovered Native American sites in the country. It is a place of mystery and legend with strong connections to the past.