In DeKalb County, Spirit of Illinois is Strong

If getting out on the lake and soaking in the sunshine have been on your mind lately, wait no more! There’s no better place to soak up that summer sun than in DeKalb County.

“Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area in Shabbona is a tremendous place to get away from the stresses of daily life and get back to the peace of nature,” says Katherine McLaughlin, DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau marketing director.

In the midst of 1,550 acres of rolling hills and prairie, Shabbona Lake offers a 318.8-acre, man-made fishing destination. The natural resources it provides and the rewards of fishing here are many. It’s located off U.S. Route 30 inside a state park by the same name. Called the “Muskie Capitol of Illinois,” Shabbona Lake proudly holds four state Muskie fishing records.

The state park also comes with convenient amenities like boat rentals, cabins and camp sites.

There are many ways to soak up the sunshine around DeKalb County, and few experiences compare to enjoying live music and refreshing imbibements on the patio, particularly at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. in DeKalb and Prairie State Winery in Genoa.

Whiskey Acres is noted for handcrafted spirits that come from DeKalb County grains. What a treat to enjoy the essence of the land.

Prairie State Winery was just one of 16 wineries in Illinois when Rick and Maria Mamoser established it in 1998. Today, Illinois has 100 wineries, and Prairie State Winery is still at the top with more than 35 wines and an unforgettable atmosphere. The winery was recently named an Illinois Maker.

“They represent the pinnacle of small businesses in Illinois, offering a one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found in the cities, towns and rural communities of the Land of Lincoln,” says McLaughlin.

Visit today and start planning your getaway.