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 per 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 2 professional & very experienced women in our area that will make Appointments to see you here, in the comfort of your accommodation!  If you add this service to your reservation, you must call us to schedule your appointment/s.  Please call between 10 am & 7 pm CST.

1st – Healing Traditions, Owner, ANNE DISCEPOLO offers excellent Massage Therapy with over 15 years of experience. Expert Deep Tissue Massage is available for those that have pain or discomfort. In like manner, 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, she is licensed through the State of IL.  She also teaches Yoga at her Makanda Boardwalk studio a 1/2 mile from us.  She offers, some alternative healing modalities such a Bio Dynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy. DCST 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.

2nd – Therapeutic Massage Therapist, ANN WHEELER, (Is currently not taking Appointments – updated 6/22/20) practices the effective John Barnes Myofascial Release method of massage.  A method you may not have experienced before. It is comfortable even though she uses no oils during the massage.

She has developed a relaxation & pain relief massage she will use for guests at Makanda Inn & Cottages, utilizing John Barnes’s 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.

Ann does require her clients to wear loose-fitting shorts and tops, sports bras and 2 piece swimsuits can work for the ladies also.

We have personally experienced both Anne & Ann’s massage services ourselves, and we highly recommend them both! We are committed to providing only the highest quality of services for our guests!

Again, we ask that you call us to schedule your preferred type of massage at the same time you book your stay (or the next day if you book outside our normal 10 am – 7 pm CST phone hours).  We want to ensure you will have a confirmed appointment when you arrive for your stay. 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. (No Exceptions.)

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.  (No Exceptions.)  For availability, pricing, and to discuss other details you must call us.

Please NO Wedding EMAIL inquiries!  You may email us at makandainn@gmail.com to arrange a phone appointment time.  We are available any day between 10 am & 6 pm CST at 618-697-7929 to talk with you about your Special Day!   Thank you!

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!  Please no emails, call to discuss between 10 am and 6 pm CST any day!



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 Zip Lining and we’re 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!!!