Welcome to the Makanda Inn

The Makanda Inn provides refined, distinctively luxurious lodgings hidden deep in the Shawnee National Forest next door to Giant City State Park and down the street from the Makanda Boardwalk.  Savor unique, “out of the ordinary” breakfast and dinners featuring local organic ingredients, explore the natural landscapes, and rejuvenate in one of our king beds. 

We offer suites in the main lodge as well as truly unique cottage rental units on the property.

The tranquility you will experience here, rivals locations far more remote. Sounds of nature, rarely interrupted, change with the seasons. From the near silence in winter to the symphony of creatures celebrating the warmth of summer.


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Makanda Inn is off the beaten path yet close to many great adventures. If you have never visited Southern Illinois or have been here many times, you will leave longing to return. It is indeed a hidden gem in the heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and the Shawnee National Forest. So take the road less traveled and stay with us for an experience you will never forget.

This property is designed for adults to relax and enjoy the comfort and beauty of the Makanda Inn.  As such, we do not accommodate children under 12 years.

In addition to our lodging options, Chef Kyle and Jackie provide an incredible dinning experience. We offer breakfast, dinner and bar services. 

Our spacious common areas provides a great place to relax and unwind.

Wooden entry door looking across the hallway to suite 4 entry, straw bale truth window to right.

Many of our buildings are built from strawbale. The exterior walls of our suites and cottages are made of strawbale, which have incredible soundproofing and insulation properties.   Additionally, the fireplace in the common area is a Temp-Cast 2000 fireplace, built into a stone structure with a 32-foot chimney. The Temp-Cast is fashioned after the Russian Stove and is a high efficiency – low emission unit that heats the Inn in the wintertime. This combination of natural building methods and high-efficiency climate control provides incredible comfort for our guests.


Our three unique, romantic, and relaxing rental cottages are perfect for those that want to disconnect entirely.

All are equipped with the same high-quality, king-size beds and linens used in the Inn. They incorporate an even higher level of sustainable and natural building methods, including living roofs.

They were built with exquisite interior designs and provide the atmosphere you would expect in such a beautiful, wooded setting.  Each is cozy and charming and offers quiet luxury in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. All of our cottages have kitchen facilities and an outdoor grill.

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Makanda Inn is located in the heart of the Shawnee Wine Trail with wineries in all directions.