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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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.

$90 for a 1 Hour Appointment

Add to your stay, a one-hour therapeutic or relaxation massage! For one or for each of you!

We are very fortunate to have a very experienced massage therapist available to do massages in our guest rooms. Please call us after you make your reservation to schedule your appointment(s). 

ANNE DISCEPOLO, Healing Traditions, offers excellent Massage Therapy with over 15 years of experience. Expert Deep Tissue Massage is available for those that have pain or discomfort. Swedish Massage is also available for those that would just like to relax. All massages are customized to meet your specific needs – often clients will combine a Swedish Massage with some areas of deep tissue work. Massage work can be combined with energy healing, as well.

A little more about Anne…

In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, she teaches Yoga at her Makanda Boardwalk studio just a 1/2 mile from the Inn.  She offers alternative healing modalities such a Bio Dynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, which is a very gentle hands-on therapy that works with the subtle energy of the body. It is an extremely relaxing and healing modality. At the same time, the client remains fully dressed and reclining comfortably on the massage table. Beneficial for headaches, neck pain, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, etc.  Be sure to specify which therapy you are interested in when calling about your appointment.

Appointments are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.

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


Intimate Wedding Location – Our #1 Inquiry

Congratulations to you both!  We are an Outdoor only Venue for groups over 45 and the maximum # of guests for an event here is 100.

You will be required to sign an Event contract and you must purchase Event Insurance Coverage for the weekend.  If you plan to get married on a Saturday you will have the property and all of its lodging accommodations for both Friday & Saturday night.  For availability, pricing, and to discuss other details please call us.

We suggest you check out our virtual tour on the website or on Google Maps to get a feel for how the property is laid out ahead of meeting with us here.

Small Corporate or Organization Retreats

Makanda Inn & Cottages provides the ultimate atmosphere for a corporate /organization type retreat. The tranquil surroundings, comfortable accommodations, and large common areas offer all the qualities for a productive and relaxing retreat. The ideal size for a smaller company board or a small group of executives. 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.  With eight king-size beds and upscale amenities, it will suit the most discerning guests.

A championship golf course with high-speed internet can serve as an off-premise option for meeting and entertainment.  Only 3 miles from us here in Makanda.  Give us a call to see if we’re a fit for your next group retreat!


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 other’s company.  We would be happy to talk with you about your reunion to see if we are your perfect reunion location!  



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 great night’s sleep as all our beds are incredibly comfortable. In the morning, fresh coffee & tea service is available in all our accommodations to help you get the right start for your day.  If you are staying in an Inn Suite a delicious full breakfast is available at 9 am each morning for you!

Romantic Getaways

Each suite at our Inn is 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, winery music weekends, or fine dining in the area. Experience the ultimate in romantic getaways and comfort here at Makanda Inn & Cottages.


Boundless adventure is available here in southernmost Illinois!  We are adjacent to Giant City State Park there is plenty of opportunity for hiking and biking, rock climbing, they also offer Horseback Riding. Boating & kayaking on Little Grassy Lake. Makanda Inn & Cottages is also a short drive to Little Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods, the Cache River Wetlands, and Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. Love Birding? Come to a property that has delighted others who have counted 40 – 60 different species here!  There is so much more, like ziplining and we are happy to tell you all about it!

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 countrysides 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!!!