Enjoy Romantic Getaways & Vacations in Southern Illinois

Add a game of golf for exercise and outdoor enjoyment while staying with us.

Or a relaxation massage to your romantic getaway!

Enjoy Romantic Getaways & Vacations in Southern Illinois

Enjoy newfound or rekindled romance or experience some wonderful time away with friends or family at this amazing adult retreat property in the woods, Makanda Inn & Cottages.

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Sixth hole green looking back to the tiered tee box. Romantic Getaways


Romantic getaways

Ask for a Discount Chip

We have discount poker chips for our guests to enjoy the best rate for greens fees. Enjoy golf at it’s best! Precisely three miles from the Inn is Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek. Just starting out or a seasoned player, this up and coming Championship Course will have you coming back for more.


Add to your stay, a therapeutic relaxation massage by, massage therapist, Ann Wheeler, in the comfort of your suite or cottage. Ann practices the John Barnes Myofascial Release method of massage.  She has developed a relaxation & pain relief massage she will use for guests at Makanda Inn & Cottages, utilizing John Barnes methods. It is not a deep tissue massage; it will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed enhancing the overall experience that is Makanda Inn & Cottages. If you prefer a John Barnes therapeutic massage, please specify at the time of appointment.

Ann Wheeler, BS, PTA, LMT Received her BS specializing in athletic training in 1985 and has practiced as a physical therapist assistant since 1986. She has been practicing John Barnes Myofascial Release since 2010 and has since earned her Expert Practitioner designation. Ann has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2013.

About John Barnes Myofascial Release: a profound, non-forcing approach to body-work, John Barnes Myofascial Release recruits the body’s ability to heal itself.  It treats the whole person by working with the fascia, the body’s three-dimensional web of connective tissue.

We ask that you schedule your massage at the same time you book your stay to ensure a confirmed appointment. Appointments are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. We have personally experienced Ann’s massage services and we are committed to providing only the highest quality of services for our guests!

One-hour massage $90.00

The one hour massage cannot be split between guests.



For our cottage guests, we will have two bundles of firewood available for you at each cottage. The cost is $5.00 per bundle including tax. Need more, just let us know, and we will bring up as many bundles as you would like. If you use the firewood (break open the bundle), we will add it to your bill at checkout.

Events at Makanda Inn & Cottages


Corporate Retreats

Makanda Inn & Cottages provides the ultimate atmosphere for a corporate retreat. The tranquil surroundings, comfortable accommodations, and large common area offer all the qualities for a productive and relaxing retreat. The ideal size for a smaller company board or small group of executives. With eight king size beds and upscale amenities, it will suit the most decerning guests. The large common area in the Inn will make a great meeting room with just enough internet access to be constructive. If bringing your significant others, the area provides plenty of activities to create a well-rounded company retreat. A championship golf course with full food and beverage service and high-speed internet can serve as an off-premise option for meeting and entertainment.


Makanda Inn & Cottages may be the perfect spot for your next family reunion. With so many activities close by for groups of all ages, from horseback riding and fishing or kayaking to golf and wineries or fine dining. The Inn has multiple gathering areas indoors and out, including areas to play cards or board games or take it outside for a fire in the Chiminea and relax and enjoy each others company.

Business Travel

Located only 10-15 minutes from SIU, making Makanda Inn & Cottages an ideal place to stay while on business in Southern Illinois. We understand the needs of the business traveler and have the perfect place for you to relax or (if you have to) work during your stay. There is free wireless Internet in the Inn so that you can work (if you have to). Additionally, there is satellite TV and DVD players with a collection of DVDs for your use. You are sure to get a good night sleep as our beds are incredibly comfortable. In the morning, fresh-brewed coffee will be available along with a continental breakfast to get you on the right start for the day.

Romantic Getaways

Each suite at our inn, decorated with romance in mind. Masculine wood décor with a feminine touch and luxurious linens will make it hard to leave your room at all! If you do go out you can enjoy shopping, Southern Illinois Art Trail, secluded walks, picnics in the forest, or fine dining in the area. Experience the ultimate in romantic getaways and comfort here at Makanda Inn & Cottages.


Adjacent to Giant City State Park there is plenty of opportunity for hiking and biking, kayaking on Little Grassy Lake, picnic on Devils Stand-table or test your skills at Fat Man Squeeze. Makanda Inn & Cottages is also a short drive to Little Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods and Cache River.

Wine Lovers

Makanda Inn & Cottages located in the heart of the Shawnee Wine Trail. There are eleven wineries in the area with the closest being only nine minutes away. Experience an authentic wine culture as you travel from winery to winery through some of the most beautiful countryside in the Midwest. You can start at either end or jump on in the middle!

SIU Alumni/Friends/Parents

From one SIU alumni to another this is the place to be. We are a straight shot to the university only 8 miles south on 51. Close enough to be around the hustle and bustle of Carbondale but also a little relaxation of your own in the gorgeous Shawnee Forest. GO DAWGS!!!