These are just a few of our faculty and staff’s favorite spots to see, dine and stay.

SEE

Devil’s Kitchen Lake

“I drive past it every day, it is so serene. It is one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in the state.”
— Deb Browne, Speech Pathologist

Little Grand Canyon

“Who doesn’t want to hike down a waterfall and end up in a place that looks like the Shire from the Hobbit?”
— Jennifer R. Conwell-Barnes, Instructional Technologist

Crab Orchard Lake

“It’s off of Spillway road. I love going there and collecting driftwood.”
— Charity Finley, Director of Communications

Boo Rochman Memorial Park

(Castle Park) 
“It is one of the most popular and unique parks in the region. It is a combination of a sculpture park and fantasy castle playground.”
— Jonathan Cohen, Director of Information Systems and Technology

Garden of the Gods

“I recommend camping here — look for the campsite with the boulder further back where you can look out across the forest — It’s a great view…unless you are afraid of heights!”
— Jamie Niman, Transition Support Coordinator

“Beautiful views, excellent climbing.”

— Sean McGahan, Da Vinci Hall Dorm Parent, Physical Fitness Teacher

Giant City State Park

“The rocks really look like giants! ”
— Pam Altman, Director of Clinical Services

Burden Falls

“It is a beautiful hike and has a massive waterfall.”
— Courtney Vincent, Special Education/English Teacher

DINE

“Bombay Olive is my favorite due to the unique Indian food they offer including an Indian “burrito” called a Dosa, very interesting.”
— Deb Browne, Speech Pathologist

“Fujiuma (trendy, fun, has sushi and hibachi offerings). Favorite dish: Bayridge roll. El Paisano is also awesome if you want authentic Mexican food.”
— Courtney Vincent, Special Education/English Teacher

“I love Harbaugh’s Cafe for breakfast. I enjoy the artsy feel. For a relaxing atmosphere, I would recommend The Grotto (at Newell House) for Sunday brunch.”
— Jamie Niman, Transition Support Coordinator

“Thai Taste for its intimate atmosphere, friendly staff and a well-executed menu with a variety of options.”
— Sean McGahan, Da Vinci Hall Dorm Parent, Physical Fitness Teacher

STAY

“Cave in Rock cabins on the Ohio River for Southern Illinois.”
— Deb Browne, Speech Pathologist

“Embassy Suites. They have an atrium in the middle and happy hour.”
— Pam Altman, Director of Clinical Services

“Saluki Inn, it’s close to Brehm and inexpensive.”
— Charity Finley, Director of Communications

“Von Jakob B&B, beautiful countryside with a winery attached.”
— Sean McGahan, Da Vinci Hall Dorm Parent, Physical Fitness Teacher