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Romantic Luxury Meets Eco-Friendly Straw Bale Construction

Enjoy Romantic Getaways & Vacations in Southern Illinois


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Book two nights with us - greens fees $25.00 - $45.00

Enjoy golf at it’s finest. Exactly three miles from the Inn is Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek. Book your two night stay with us, have us book your tee times and get the guaranteed lowest green’s fees. Green fees due on the day of your golf outing. 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 therapist, Ann Wheeler, in the comfort of your own 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 applying 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 that your appointment will be arranged and confirmed. Appointments are on a first-come first-served basis and are on a limited basis. We have personally handpicked and experienced the services we provide to ensure the highest quality of service for our guests.

One-hour massage $90.00

Hour massage cannot be split.

Events at Makanda Inn & Cottages



Makanda Inn & Cottages is truly a perfect spot for a family reunion. With so many activities for groups of all ages from horseback riding and fishing or kayaking for the kids, to golf and wineries or fine dining for the adults. The inn has multiple gathering areas indoors and out, including areas to play cards or board games or take it outside for games and enjoy each others company. When you book the entire inn, ask about our kitchen privileges.

Business Travel

We are 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. We offer free wireless Internet, so that you can work (if you have to). We have satellite TV and DVD players with a large collection of DVDs for your use. You are sure to get a good night sleep as our beds are extremely 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.


Each suite at our inn was decorated with romance in mind. Masculine wood décor with a feminine touch and luxurious linens may entice you to not even leave your room at all! If you do go out you can enjoy shopping, Southern Illinois Art Trail, secluded walks and picnics in the forest, or fine dining in the area.


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 is located in the heart of the Shawnee Wine Trail. There are twelve wineries in the area with the closest being only three miles 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!!!