As part of the village of Grafton, is one of the places that bills itself 'the greatest views of the Midwest': Aerie's Riverview Winery. Yeah, they do have some great views. But what about in other states, and places in the St. Louis area? I can think of many more; most of them are stl250 cake locations.
It's not just a winery, but a full-service restaurant with a variety of stuff. What's great (besides the views) is the outdoor patio, consisting of two floors. While here, you can also go bird/eagle watching. Stay overnight at their lodge and/or cottages. Aerie's is also in the process of making this into a venue that is great for any special location, be it reunions or weddings. Grafton Zipline is also available here too!
And just a warning: when going to this place, you will be driving up a very steep road. I would switch your gear, and not recommend coming when the roads are bad. Plus, Grafton is a biker town, so definitely go on a day when motorcyclists aren't around (I guess during the week?). Also, while in good ole Grafton, IL, watch your speed. Law enforcement is everywhere here; I know from experience.
|The sign that leads to Aerie's|
|View of the Mississippi River from Aerie's|
|Just a look at some of the goodness of Grafton|
|Village of Grafton|
|Top of the cake|
Aerie's Riverview Winery on Facebook
Official website for Aerie's Winery
Official website for Aerie's View
203 Mulberry Street, GRAFTON, IL, 62037
Cake artist: Rich Brooks
UPDATE (9/4/2016): The cake is still there.