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In this edition of WGNtv’s Cruisin’ Illinois, Julian Crews takes a trip along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. There are bed & breakfast inns, wine to taste, and beautiful scenery across Southern Illinois.

In the video titled “Web Exclusive: Cruisin’ Southern Illinois B&B” one of the inns featured is the Water Valley Inn.

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What a wonderful weekend away! You made us feel so welcome and comfortable. This weekend was 4 old friends taking a break from the “business” of life and relaxing, talking about old times, making new friends and basically “exhaling”. What a retreat.
Thanks so much for sharing your family heritage with us in this beautiful home. What a treasure!

Marty and Pam
Bruce and Melanie


This was a wonderful experience for our family — especially for the children to spend the night in a farm house. And what a beautiful, peaceful, welcoming place this is. One senses the presence of the Spirit of God immediately. We had prayed that God would provide just such a place. Why am I still surprised that He answers our requests in Jesus name?

Thanks for being the answer.
Mike & Kerra & family


My family & I have truly enjoyed our stay at your home this weekend! We love this house and all its character! You have provided a “home away from home”. Breakfast was great! Thanks for stocking everything so well!
Thanks again for your hospitality. This home is so peaceful.

Abel family


We knew the moment we drove up that we were going to have a great time. From the wrap around porch to the once stinky outhouse, the place captured us. We explored, played sat quietly and enjoyed every ounce of this old house.
Thank you for making our stay unforgettable!

Roger & Judy
Stacey, Kasey & Chase


We left Chicago for a quick get away and found a home away from home. Your location is ideal for relaxing and visiting the wine trail. The accommodation is remarkable. We like the concept of fixing a meal at our convenience. We appreciate the special touches. It is obvious you have put a lot of thought, work and care in creating this retreat. Thank you and we look forward to staying here again in the future.

Robert & Renee
Kim & Wendell


– I woke up in my grandparents home – staring up at their wood ceiling.
– My husband was ready to dash out the door to milk cows and gather eggs
– Your inn is wonderful – I love all your “details” including the fall leaves in the bathroom.
– Your remodeling efforts are wonderful – you are going in the right direction.
– Thank you for the nice visit.

Joe & Sharon


Kim & Gregg,
Our stay was absolutely wonderful! It’s just what God ordered for us.
Through you, He provided just what we needed……
Rest! 2007 was a very trying year for us, but we really feel 2008 will bring many “New Beginnings.” We pray your 2008 will be fruitful as well.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. I am sure we will be back.

Have a great year!
Bill & Sue
Paducah, KY


Dear Greg & Kim
First snow of the season! A beautiful time – we have walked to the back line thru all the fields. Having so much work in this family home shows everywhere. It was a good time for us to relax this weekend. Opening your home to us – as with all the others who have been here – is grace.

We pray it continues to bring joy for you, your family and friends. God bless you and keep you abundant.

David & Rebecca


Thank-you so much for everything! Your house is incredible. You have every detail and so many “home” touches that makes staying here absolutely perfect. What a blessing to meet the two of you and to find a “corner of heaven”. Thank you again for your kindness and hospitality. We have a memory that will last forever.

God Bless you,
James & Melissa
Texas


Thank you so much for your extra help and allowing us to have our wedding celebration at your lovely family home. We could not ask for a more beautiful and perfect setting. Everyone had a lovely time and said that it was possibly the best wedding reception they have ever been to. Thank you so much. We will definitely come back and visit.

Catherina & Nick
Memphis, TN


These past couple of days have been great. We had never stayed in a bed and breakfast swinging on the porch. There is so much peace in this. Thank you so much for allowing our stay to be one of the most relaxing thus far. We look forward to keeping a new tradition!

Ronnie & Heather
Mobile, Alabama


Today, I have traveled back to my grandparents home!! We have enjoyed our visit in your lovely farm home. Your renovations are just exceptional and it has been fun to see what you have dome to restore the original charm and character of the home and the family history. The hummingbirds on the porch and the deer by the woods have only enhanced our stay.

Your hospitality and welcoming approach has been especially appreciated. Thanks for the memories. We hope to return soon.

Susie & Dick
Terre Haute, IN


Your place here is beautiful. We loved sitting on the porch last night and listening to the peace and quiet! Your inn is great and the cookies are fabulous. We have never stayed at a “cook your own” B & B before, and I think I like this concept better!

Your location near the wineries is so convenient for those visiting the wine trail. We will be back and will recommend the Water Valley Inn to friends and family.

Thanks for your hospitality
Kelly & Tom