For both Cynde and David Bunch, the visionaries of Walker’s Bluff, the soft rolling hills, fertile acreage and a heritage steeped in memories propelled the creation of Walker’s Bluff in 2008. Acquiring land that had been in Cynde Bunch’s family since 1934 was the first step toward what would become Southern Illinois’ premier dining and entertainment venue. Their initial plan included building a modest home where they could enjoy the idyllic spring and summer seasons along with a small vineyard for David to experiment with his passion for wine made from California grapes. A small gazebo was added on the river bluff to host family reunions and weddings. The gazebo quickly became a Sunday retreat for local families who wandered out to enjoy the scenery, fish the stocked streams and, for some, satisfy their curiosity. Always the consummate hosts, they welcomed the steady stream of visitors enjoying their vista, and the positive feedback and community support gave way to the idea of creating an entertainment complex unequaled in the Midwest.
Philanthropy and giving back to the community have always been critical to the couple. Supplying jobs for over 200 people in addition to hundreds of local vendors and artists provided an avenue to give back to the Southern Illinois community. Having achieved success by developing a national managed care company, Cynde and David took their entrepreneurial expertise and began construction on what would evolve into a luxurious resort of breathtaking scenery, gourmet cuisine and pleasurable pastimes.
Since its inception, guests have been drawn to Walker’s Bluff for its tranquility, style, unmistakable romance and fun family activities. Phase One development was completed in early 2012 and in addition to its vineyards, Walker’s Bluff currently has four venues in operation:
A family-centered entertainment operation, featuring live music, children’s activities and a varied food and beverage menu.
Legends Event Center
An establishment featuring the best and the freshest organic, local and seasonal produce, along with a prestigious wine list and signature cocktails.
The General Store
An upscale gift store and cafe/bakery featuring delightful salads, sandwiches and delectable desserts. We like to think of the General Store as the front door to Walker’s Bluff.
The Tasting Room & Wine Cave
The region’s only full-service bar and lounge and a one-of-a-kind wine cave. Come enjoy cave tours with wine tasting, the area’s largest micro brewery selection, light appetizer plates and, of course, the largest selection of both local and national wines in the area. We expect to be featuring our own wines in 2013.
Plans for Phase Two include a large event center, lodge/spa and “glam” camping beginning in 2013. The future is exciting, and we look forward to continuing to be the gateway to the enchanting allures of Southern Illinois.