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So Much to Do in Makanda

Down in Southern Illinois lies a small town and beautiful area, known as Makanda. Here you will also find the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Southernmost Illinois is still not normally depicted as a tourist hot spot, but that’s a key reason to pack your bags and make a trip there. The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail is only […]

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Lodging on the Shawnee Wine Trail

The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail: A Premier Southern Illinois Vacation Destination

Southern Illinois Vacation Visiting the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail means you are going to have lots of lodging options for your Southern Illinois Vacation. Whether you are looking for an upscale hotel or a cozy cabin in the woods, an abundance of inns, cottages, and vacation rentals are available. This trail astonishingly features 11-award-winning wineries, all […]

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New! Information Pages to Plan Your Next Trip!

We are excited to announce that we’ve added area maps on our information pages, to help you while planning your trip to southern Illinois and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. We are in the process of improving our site so please check in often to see how we are doing. Please excuse our mess as […]

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Winter Hiking in Southern Illinois & Stone Forts

Stone Fort Winter hiking, Southern Illinois & Stone Forts. We went to Giant City State Park to hike the Stone Fort Trail. This trail is a short 1/3 mile with a somewhat steep access to the fort. Surrounded on three sides by bluffs the backside has an ancient stone wall that has confused archaeologists since […]

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Old Mill Inn Alto Pass, IL

Old Mill Inn Alto Pass, IL        The Old Mill Inn  Alto Pass, IL along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, initially established in 1888 as the Alto Pass Milling Company. Furthermore, its signature product was Pride of Alto Flour. Not only was grain processed in the mill, but the steam engine produced electricity in […]

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Southern Illinois Winter Getaway

Beat the Winter Doldrums with a Southern Illinois Getaway Southern Illinois Winter Getaway is a destination unlike any other. Home to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, beautiful small towns, breathtaking views of the Shawnee National Forest and many historic sites, you will want to stretch your stay a day or two longer to experience it […]

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Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Valentines Day is just around the corner. What will you do your for your loved one this year? Plan on something different.  A romantic Trip to Union County, IL. Most of our lodging associates offer a variety of Romantic touches such as Chocolates, Flowers, and Massages.  This is also a great time of […]

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Southern IL Cabin

The Most Unique Lodging in Illinois

The Most Unique Lodging in Illinois The members of the Shawnee Wine Trail Lodging Association invite you to experience the best of Southernmost Illinois. Our Unique Inns, Cottages, and Cabins offer you everything you need to make your trip a memorable one. Windy Hill Acres Inn a beautiful 5 room cabin originally a Rock Potato […]

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