Six Reasons to Go Hiking on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or you’ve never stepped foot on a walking trail, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail located in Southern Illinois is the perfect place to go on a hike. According to Midwest Living, “Most people stay on the trail a...

Winners – 2018 Summer Photo Contest

Winners – 2018 Summer Photo Contest Our Photo Contest Winners! Dennis & Mara, from Illinois, are the winners of our 2018 Summer Photo Contest!  A big thank you to all of you who participated in our first ever, photo contest!  There was a phenomenal response from everyone, the voters, and...

Moving Story

Moving Story Moving Story! The question we hear most from our guests is: How did you end up in Illinois from the Jersey shore? Here is our moving story. Hope you enjoy! Reserve your stay today. Learn more about Makanda IL.  <span...

The Perfect Romantic Vacation in Southern Illinois

The Perfect Romantic Vacation in Southern Illinois When you think of a vacation getaway, it’s not surprising that Southern Illinois probably doesn’t ring a bell. In fact, unless you’ve ever traveled here before, you likely haven’t even heard of Makanda. Truth is though, this part of Southern...

Trillium Trail Winter Hike

Trillium Trail Winter Hike Trillium Trail January Hike The Trillium Trail was on our list of hikes in the area and what better time to go than after a winter storm. The trail runs through a protected part of Giant City State Park and is usually considered one of the premier hikes for...

A Great Winter Hike & Taste of Wine in Southern Illinois

A Great Winter Hike & Taste of Wine in Southern Illinois The Pomona Natural Bridge is a nice short hike that is not too difficult and showcases a small portion of what the area has to offer. Winter Hike For a nice casual outing combine your hike with a stop or two on the wine trail. Natural Bridge lies in the western...

Southern Illinois Mountain Biking

Southern Illinois Mountain Biking Multi-Use Mountain Bike Trails Project Coming to the Area Southern Illinois University’s, Touch of Nature is in the process of building a world class mountain biking trail system.  Check out the trail plan put together for SIU’s, Touch of Nature...