WHO IS THIS SLEEPY CREEK AND WHERE IS THIS FESTIVAL?

A little about your hosts:

Whether a wine novice or aficionado, Sleepy Creek Vineyards provides you with wine, entertainment, education and relaxation in a rustic, comfortable setting. Joe and Dawn Taylor started Sleepy Creek Vineyards in 2002 with their first grapevine plantings and the winery opened their doors 2007.  With their own grapes, as well as grapes from other Midwestern growers, they currently produce about 30,000 bottles a year.  Their award winning wines include the dry to sweet, white, rosé and red wines and some unusual fruit wines, such as their Winey Mary, a crazy good tomato and jalapeno wine that makes wonderful mocktails in a Dirty Martini or Bloody Mary. Sleepy Creek provide wine tastings daily. Check their webpage for more information.

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Sleepy Creek Vineyards is a great destination to meet friends and socialize.  They offer periodic live music by original singers and songwriters, as well as other great entertainment. Along with the Salt Fork River Art Fest, other fun and unique Sleepy Creek events include the Freeky Creek Film Festival, Friday Night Wieners and Wine, the Sleepy Creek Gong Show and more. Have a look at their webpage for a schedule of current events.

… and where can you find us?

Just LOOK at this map! What an easy drive it is to get to the Salt Fork River Art & Music Festival from everywhere! (at Sleepy Creek Vineyards)

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We’re a leisurely drive from a handful of metropolitan communities in Illinois and Indiana: Danville, IL (15m)
Urbana-Champaign, IL (30m)
Terre Haute, IN (1hr 10m)
Bloomington, IL (1hr 15m)
Mattoon, IL (1hr 15m)
Decatur, IL (1hr 15m)
Lafayette, IN (1 hr 20m)
Indianapolis, IN (1hr 40m)
Springfield, IL (1hr 50m)
Chicago, IL (2h 30m)
Bloomington, IN (2h 30m)
St Louis, MO (3hr)

(Google doesn’t quite deliver you straight to the vineyards. Once you go through Oakwood, keep following Oakwood Rd, take the bridge over the Salt Fork River, continue past Camp Drake Rd on the left, then take the next left onto 1425 North Rd. Then take first right down the drive to the big brown barn by the pond.)

WHERE TO STAY FOR A WEEKEND AWAY

Reminder, Sleepy Creek has their very own Bed and Wine vacation rental above the tasting room! Sleeps 8 comfortably with two private bedrooms and sleeping loft with two twin beds. A bottle of wine,  the back deck, and big country skies are perfect for stargazing!

If you’re into camping, hiking, boating and nature-y stuff, Kickapoo State Park is just a 15 minute drive from the Salt Fork River Art Fest.

If you need a room and a bed, the nearby cities of Danville and Urbana-Champaign can offer plenty of hotel, motel, holiday inn options. (Google it!)

What else is there to do around here if wine, art, music, and festive festivities are not enough?

SODA POP!
Homer Soda Company (link)

CHEESE
Ludwig Farmstead Creamery (link)

BEES
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms (link)

ANTIQUES
Potomac, IL
Three Crazy Crows Vintage Market
St Joseph, IL
Mercantile Antiques
Winter Wheat Antiques
Covington, IN
House with the Lions Antiques
Glorie Bee Antiques
Covington Antique Company

NATURE

Just down the road, there is Kickapoo State Park (it’s a gem!). Camping, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, etc (link).

The hub of activity at Kickapoo State Park is at Kickapoo Landing, they have a great menu (including breakfast) and a music series (link).

Forest Glen Preserve in Westville (only 17 miles away) has a really high ranger’s tower to climb and lies in the Vermilion River Valley. Take a hike. Check for more information on the Vermilion County Conservation District parks (link).

For a general calendar of events and things to do, the “Enjoy Illinois” app can help, and you can search by area (link).