Local Business Spotlight: Shawnee National Forest

My name is Suzanne Hirsh, Public Affairs Specialist for Shawnee National Forest. Administered by the USDA Forest Service, the Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests in the United States and the only national forest in Illinois. What does your business do? The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, […]

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Local Business Spotlight: Lincoln Heritage Winery

My name is Bonnie Cissell. I am co-owner of Lincoln Heritage Winery, located in Cobden, Illinois. At Lincoln Heritage Winery are all about good wine, good times and good friends to make it all even better! What does your business do? We provide informative wine tastings and serve and sell our wines as well as some really […]

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Local Business Spotlight: WDBX 91.1 FM

My name is Marshall Anderson, and I am the Station Manager at WDBX 91.1 The business is WDBX 91.1 Fm, the community radio station for Carbondale and surrounding areas. What does your business do? WDBX FM provides community-based radio programming ranging from music shows curated by local DJ’s to serious talk shows, to comedy review […]

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Local Business Spotlight: Alto Vineyards

My name is Charles Walker, and I am the Event Coordinator and Tasting Room Manager at Alto Vineyards. Alto Vineyards is Southern Illinois’ oldest, most award-winning winery. Located in the foothills of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in Alto Pass, we take great care in growing delicious grapes and making excellent wine. With a second location in […]

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Local Business Spotlight: Blue Sky Vineyards

My name is Jim Ewers. I am the general manager of Blue Sky Vineyards, a winery located in Makanda, Illinois since 2005. Whether sipping a glass of award-winning Illinois wine from our patio or enjoying a stroll through our 12-acre vineyard, we’re sure you will enjoy your visit here. What does your business do? We […]

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Local Business Spotlight: Quatro’s Pizza

My name is Steve Payne. I am the owner & manager of Quatro’s Pizza, a local restaurant in Carbondale, IL serving deep pan pizza since 1976. What does your business do? Our business serves the best pizza in Southern Illinois, with the rankings, following and awards to prove it! We also serve sandwiches, salads and a […]

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Local Business Spotlight: Rendleman Orchards

My name is Michelle Sirles. I am vice president of Rendleman Orchards, a centennial family farm, located in Alto Pass, Illinois. Rendleman Orchards are growers and shippers of quality fruits and vegetables since 1873. What does your business do? Rendleman Orchards is a specialty crop grower. We raise small fruits and vegetables such as peaches, nectarines, […]

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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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