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Makanda Inn

Makanda, IL 62958 USA (Show map)
1 Reviews
$99 - $169
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Illinois' best eco-lodge! Come and experience a strawbale inn built with renewable resources, reclaimed wood and featuring local artisan’s art on display. We are located in Shawnee National Forest adjacent to Giant City State Park and only 8 miles from SIU. Four rooms all feature plush king sized beds, walk in showers, Flat Screen TV’s, DVD players, iPod homes and private balconies. Check out our recently opened cottages as well.


  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining5

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What a find !!!

5 on March 17, 2012

I was traveling through the area to spend time with my family, found this place quite by accident and was the first guest of the new innkeepers. They were truly amazing and I didn't want to leave. The breakfast was great, we had a wonderful time together and Wendy and her husband were so attentive to us and spent a long time with us telling us about the property. You have to put this on the list of places to stay.

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Location Type

Southern Illinois University, Giant City State Park, Shawnee National Forest, Shawnee Wine Trail, Small town


St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 120 miles

Directions to property:

1. Head northwest on Airport Access Rd toward Air Cargo Rd/Natural Bridge Rd/E Terminal 0.2 mi 2. Turn left at Natural Bridge Rd 486 ft 3. Continue onto Air Cargo Rd/Garage Parking/E Terminal Continue to follow Air Cargo Rd/E Terminal 0.8 mi 4. Take the ramp to I-70 E/St Louis 0.8 mi 5. Merge onto I-70 E 12.6 mi 6. Take the exit onto I-55 N/I-64 E/I-70 E/US-40 E toward I-55 N/I-64/US-40/Illinois Continue to follow I-64 E Entering Illinois 50.2 mi 7. Take exit 50 for IL-127 toward Carlyle/Nashville Il 0.3 mi 8. Turn right at IL-127 S 21.7 mi 9. Turn right at W Jackson St 115 ft 10. Take the 1st left onto IL-127 S 243 ft 11. Turn left at IL-127 S/IL-13 E/IL-154 E 112 ft 12. Take the 1st right onto IL-127 S/IL-13 E/S Main St Continue to follow IL-127 S/IL-13 E 23.5 mi 13. Turn left at Walnut St 0.9 mi 14. Continue onto IL-13 E/W Main St Continue to follow IL-13 E 6.1 mi 15. Turn right at S University Ave 0.5 mi 16. Slight right at S Illinois Ave/US-51 S Continue to follow US-51 S 7.6 mi 17. Turn left at Co Rd 29/Makanda Rd 1.7 mi 18. Turn right to stay on Co Rd 29/Makanda Rd 0.1 mi 19. Turn right at Co Rd 25/Old Lower Cobden Rd Destination will be on the right 0.7 mi 855 Old Lower Cobden Rd Makanda, IL 62958

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Copier, Library, Private entrance, Secretarial services

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3-5pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekend 2 night minimun unless approved by Innkeeper
  • Cancellations: Cancellations will result in a cancellation fee if received less than thirty (30) days before your scheduled stay. The following charges: Cancellations received twenty-nine (29) days to fifteen (15) days, prior to the check-in date, will forfeit the room deposit held. Cancellations received fourteen (14) days to seven (7) days, prior to the check-in date, will forfeit the room deposit and a fee equal to 50% of the remaining balance will be charged against the credit card on file. Cancellations received less than seven (7) days, prior to the check-in date, will forfeit the room deposit and a fee equal to 100% of the remaining balance will be charged against the credit card on file.



Karen and Ron Gillespie

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast on the Balcony, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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855 Old Lower Cobden Road , Makanda, IL 62958 USA (Show map)

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