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 a romantic getaway or experience some wonderful time away with friends or family at this amazing natural retreat property in the woods.

New soap available at the Makanda Inn & Cottages, romantic getaways


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! Just three miles from the Inn is Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek.


$90 for a 1 Hour 

Add a one-hour therapeutic or relaxation massage.

We are very fortunate to have very experienced massage therapists available to provide in room massages. Please call us after you make your reservation to schedule your appointment. 


The one hour massage cannot be split between guests.

. Events at Makanda Inn

Intimate Wedding Location – Our #1 Inquiry

Congratulations to you both!  We are ideal for groups up to 60.  For availability, pricing, and to discuss other details please call us.

Small Corporate or Organization Retreats

Makanda Inn provides the ultimate atmosphere for a corporate /organization 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 space.

If bringing your significant others, the area provides plenty of activities to create a well-rounded company retreat.  With nine rooms and upscale amenities, it will suit the most discerning guests.


Makanda Inn is the perfect spot for your next family reunion. With so many activities close by for 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 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). You are sure to get a great night’s sleep as all our beds are incredibly comfortable. In the morning, fresh coffee and tea service is available in all our accommodations to help you get the right start for your day.  

Romantic Getaways

All our rooms are designed and 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.


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 is located in the heart of the Shawnee Wine Trail. There are over a dozen wineries in the area. 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 alumni to another this is the place to be!  The university is only 8 miles north on 51. Close enough to be around the hustle and bustle of Carbondale but also far enough away to enjoy your space in the gorgeous Shawnee Forest. GO DAWGS!