Timeless New Year’s Eve Weekend

  • Holiday Special!
Single Person
Two People
Standard Room | 1 Queen Bed
$2232
$2790
Suite With Whirlpool | 1 Queen Bed
$2392
$2990
Loft Suite | 1 Queen Bed
$2292
$2990

InTo the French Illinois Country

Slip into time with InSites To Go on an exclusive tour – with no more than 12 people – traveling by private transport to Illinois South. Share in a centuries-old French Illinois New Year’s Eve tradition of community, song, and celebration, La Guiannee. We have the full weekend to meet the people — past and present — who made, sustain and love this place: French Illinois. Beside the Mississippi River. From Cahokia to Kaskaskia. Centered on Fort de Chartres at Prairie du Rocher. This is where Illinois began, in Le Pays des Illinois.

Along with communities on the west side of the river, this is the center of Midwestern French Creole Colonial heritage. The architecture. The forts. The courts. The churches. The towns. The farms. The people. The traditions. La Guiannee. Through the centuries. The British. The Americans. The immigrants. The wars. The invasions. The floods. The changes.

La Guiannee on New Year’s Eve is a local tradition nearly 300 years old. Join us.

Itinerary

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Timeless New Year’s Eve Weekend

[icon icon="clock"] 4 days, 3 nights [icon icon="calendar"] December 29th - January 1st [icon icon="check-bubble"] Local tradition nearly 300 years old

Single Person
Two People
Standard Room | 1 Queen Bed
$2232
$2790
Suite With Whirlpool | 1 Queen Bed
$2392
$2990
Loft Suite | 1 Queen Bed
$2292
$2990

InTo the French Illinois Country

Slip into time with InSites To Go on an exclusive tour – with no more than 12 people – traveling by private transport to Illinois South. Share in a centuries-old French Illinois New Year’s Eve tradition of community, song, and celebration, La Guiannee. We have the full weekend to meet the people — past and present — who made, sustain and love this place: French Illinois. Beside the Mississippi River. From Cahokia to Kaskaskia. Centered on Fort de Chartres at Prairie du Rocher. This is where Illinois began, in Le Pays des Illinois.

Along with communities on the west side of the river, this is the center of Midwestern French Creole Colonial heritage. The architecture. The forts. The courts. The churches. The towns. The farms. The people. The traditions. La Guiannee. Through the centuries. The British. The Americans. The immigrants. The wars. The invasions. The floods. The changes.

La Guiannee on New Year’s Eve is a local tradition nearly 300 years old. Join us.

Itinerary

  • Chevron down Day 1 | Into the French Illinois Country | 300 years back
  • We depart from the Chicago area Saturday morning, heading southwest via I-55 toward the French Illinois Country, where we spend the afternoon discovering French colonial communities dating back to 1699. French colonial architecture is visually striking, and we visit several restored buildings now enveloped by modern life. After a modern supper with a French flair, we head to a charming bed and breakfast inn, our home for the weekend. (For your convenience, we’re happy to pick up registered guests anywhere along Saturday’s route – just let us know where to meet you.)

  • Chevron down Day 2 | Exploring Le Pays des Illinois
  • On Sunday, we explore the heart of Le Pays des Illinois, what was in 1718 Upper Louisiana, and in the 21st century, the areas along the Mississippi below Saint Louis. We discover the ways the river united the communities and connected them with France. In the afternoon we’re off to Kaskaskia to see the changes 300 years have brought to the community that in the 1720s was the capital of Upper Louisiana, and which was also Illinois’ first state capital. Here survives the parish founded in 1675 by Father Marquette.

  • Chevron down Day 3 | La Guiannee (New Year's Eve)
  • On New Year’s Eve, we partake in La Guiannee, a tradition dating back to the 1720 founding of Fort des Chartres and then Prairie du Rocher, meeting up with the La Guiannee Society throughout the evening as it makes its rounds caroling in the community. Dinner tonight takes place in the late evening — a Reveillon — so our daytime excursions are planned with that in mind. Monday morning is a time of leisure after breakfast. In the early afternoon, we make our way to Fort des Chartres for a hands-on demonstration of French Creole colonial cooking and baking methods: the class project will be our lunch! Later, we perhaps sample some wines of Illinois’ vines and the roots of our vibrant state. And, finally, it’s off to be introduced to the La Guiannee Society members, and to enjoy their caroling. Our Reveillon dinner will be at a restaurant where La Guiannee will also be sung. And then we’ll welcome the future as they’ve done in les Pays de Illinois for almost 300 years.

  • Chevron down Day 4 | The Return to Illinois | 200 years forward
  • Returning home Tuesday, we leave the heart of the French Illinois Country, knowing the French are with us always in Illinois. And so, it is au revoir. We have been to the future; it is amazing. And now we return. “Bonne année et bonne santé!” 200 times “Bonne année et bonne santé!”