The River House
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11 Mulberry St. | Grafton, Illinois

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Welcome to bird watchers paradise! The River House is a private guesthouse located in the middle of the country’s wild bird migratory flyway located above and overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  Watch migratory birds such as eagles, egrets, heron, geese and pelicans as they fly this busy waterfowl corridor from the comfort of your own private deck. Your home away from home is a historic turn-of-the-century cottage completely restored with all the modern amenities, while keeping the warmth and charm of times gone by.

Your home offers a quiet retreat with spectacular views to watch birds, yet is only one block from village shops, boating, restaurants, bike trails and the Great River Road. The main floor of The River House offers a living area furnished with comfortable seating for relaxation or gatherings, dining area, and TV/VCR & DVD. French doors lead to a spacious wraparound deck with lots of additional outdoor living space offering spectacular river views and cottage garden that attracts an abundance of hummingbirds and butterflies.

A full kitchen is furnished with all cooking and serving necessities. All you need to bring is the food! For additional information on Grafton, restaurants and area events, visit For birding information, check out these four sites: Mississippi River Birding, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Bird Watching Vacation and All About Hummingbirds.

Pelicans migrate along the Mississippi River in late February and early March

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