Mt. Vernon, IL

Spend a summer’s day in Mt. Vernon! Come stay the night before in one of our over 1000 hotel rooms. Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly hotel, fully equipped fitness center, or outdoor pool, there is a hotel to complete your stay. ( 

In the morning, head to Farmhouse Bakery & Café to snag an extra-large homemade donut or cinnamon roll. This Mennonite owned bakery makes delicious fresh pastries and hot breakfast you’ll be bragging about when you get home.

Next, visit all three of Mt. Vernon’s boutiques, Savvy, Daydream Boutique, and Laced n Grace. All carrying women’s clothing and accessories, you’ll find uniquely styled blouses, dresses, shoes, jeans, athletic wear, exquisite jewelry, and more. At Laced n Grace, shop boys and girls clothing and accessories, also. It’s always a beautiful day to shop!

Drive to a late lunch at Joe’s Pizza & Pasta, a local Italian joint serving a variety of specialty pizza including Chicago deep dish! If you’re not in the mood for pizza, order a chef salad, Italian beef sandwich, pasta primavera, or tasty bruschetta. If there’s no room for dessert, order cannoli to-go!

After lunch, it’s time for specialty shops. First, stop at the Painted Cowgirl Market to shop vendor booths full of handmade and retail items. If you schedule ahead, your group can take a fun couture paint or basket weaving class. When finished at the Painted Cowgirl, drive to Renee’s Vintage to find repurposed furniture, upscale décor, women’s clothing and more all inside a beautiful Victorian-style building. Then, get ready to hunt for treasure at Finders Pickers Treasure Island as you search collectibles, vintage décor, yard art, and more. 

End your summer shopping trip at RARE Chop House (hotlink: for a dinner you won’t forget! Winner of the Illinois Office of Tourism’s “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award, RARE Chop House ensures an exquisite culinary experience. Their Wine Room features over 1000 wines from all around the world. You may have a hard time choosing between dishes such as shrimp scampi, ribeye, Chop House filet, Mahi Mahi, seafood etouffee, chicken florentine, and pork belly bites. Choose from their evening dessert selection that routinely consists of cheesecake, crème brulee, sundaes, and more. 

Enjoy your summers day shopping trip in Mt. Vernon! At the intersection of two major interstates, Mt. Vernon is your perfect stop for a weekend away, or a stay off the road. With more than 50 restaurants, you’ll find exactly what you crave! Mt. Vernon is host to many events and festivals throughout the year. Check the Calendar of Events tab on our website,, to search for local events happening during your stay. For more information on Mt. Vernon or a different themed itinerary, call the Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau, (618) 242-3151.