Quality Inn & Suites
4922 Paradise Road
Mattoon, IL 61938
Phone: (217) 235-0222
Fax: (217) 235-0444
Created in 1907 to help with the county's water supply, Lake Paradise is truly a paradise. You can take a boat out on to the tranquil waters of the reservoir, but there is no swimming allowed.
Lawson Park is popular for a reason, this large park is home to a lot of activites. With four tennis courts, a batting cage, pickle ball, and a filed that can be used for football of soccer, it's no wonder that this park is the perfect spot for some fun in the sun. There is also a large playground that's perfect for kids.
This charming 24 acre park is the perfect outing for a family day. Lytle Park has a number of fun activities. This beautiful park has many unique attractions, including an old oil well and art sculptures. Play tennis on their 6 courts, take a stroll through their gardens, play in the playgrounds, have a picnic, and check out the huge swimming pool. Lytle Pool is one of the largest pools in the state and for a moderate fee you can take a dip.
The largest park in the city, Peterson Park is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon. Watch a American Legion Jr. game on the baseball diamond, play a game of horseshoes, have your children play on the playground, or just relax with a picnic. This green park is also the site to great events, including music concerts.
Lake Mattoon was created in the 1950s to be a water reserve and it's since become the perfect spot for recreational activities. Take a boat out and waterski along the shore. Try your luck fishing for bass and catfish. Enjoy a picnic at Lake Mattoon Public Beach. At 1,050-acres, there's a lot of room to enjoy the water.
Located at the intersection of Pine Street and Front Street, The Two-Story Outhouse is perhaps, one of Gays' most popular attractions. Established in 1869, the unique, bi-level structure was built for a residence that was associated with a general store, so, while the top floor was used by the tenants of the apartment, the ground-level was used by the store owners and their patrons. Although the store and the residence that was attached to the outhouse were demolished somewhere in the '60s, the outhouse continues to live on, on a small patch of green, near about where it was first built. Some believe it to be the oldest outhouse of its kind, nevertheless, the pretty double-decker outhouse makes for an interesting visit.
The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is renowned for housing the log cabin that was constructed and occupied by President Abraham Lincoln’s father Thomas Lincoln. The site is spread over 86 acres (34 hectares) and has accurately recreated the two room cabin of the Lincolns’ that was originally built in 1935. Another highlight is the working farm created around the room. There is an assortment of picnic amenities for visitors. Apart from the galleries depicting the family, there are plenty playgrounds, restrooms, grills and water fountains for recreation amidst the greenery, fishing and bird watching. Detailed information can be availed on their official website.
Located just one mile north of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Moore home is the 1860's home of Abraham Lincoln's stepsister. It is here that Lincoln bid farewell to his stepmother before leaving Illinois to become the 16th president.
Offers trails, playgrounds, picnic areas with grills, fishing, and camping.
Considered to be a one of its kind in the world, the Rockome Gardens is an Amish theme park in Arcola. Stroll through the beautifully themed gardens filled with countless flowers and plants. Visit the Amish houses and the mini town along with an ironsmith shop. Get on a buggy ride to take you to the cheese factory or the museum and more. If all this excursion has given an appetite, then dine at their restaurant relish on some authentic Amish food.
Using varieties that are indigeous to the area, this winery markets its own unique blend of wine, and features five superior varieties. The winery has a wine tasting room and gift shop and is open Tuesday through Sunday, except on holidays.
Lake Shelbyville is a 11,100 acre (44.9 sq. km.) reservoir created from the damming of the Kaskaskia River. The lake is surrounded by the Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area and bordered by Wolf Creek State Park and Eagle Creek State Park, making it a great location for outdoor fun. The lake, which was filled in 1970, is managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.