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Grab some friends or bring the family, book a tour on a Shawnee hills wine trail bus, explore our mom and pop shops, bike or hike our beautiful parks, or sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of country living at our Southern Illinois vacation rental. Southern Illinois has plenty to offer everyone! While most recently our area has become known for the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail we also lay claim to the gorgeous Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park, Bald Knob Cross, Garden of the Gods and so much more! If you’ve never been to Southernmost Illinois you are in for a treat! 


Our Shawnee Hills Wine Trail rental is a glorious rural retreat but we are centrally located to several larger towns. We are just 20 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois, 35 miles from Cape Girardeau, Missouri and 60 miles from Paducah, Ky.


We’ve compiled a list with links to some of our top picks and our guests most loved attractions and activities in Southern Illinois below. We are positive you will find plenty to do in Southern Illinois!



We are located on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and you can find more information about the trail here. Below we have compiled a list of our guests favorite wineries in Southern Illinois. Hit the trail and enjoy a glass or two of your favorite wine and be sure to check the calendar on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail website to see where you can catch live music during your stay.


Alto Vineyards

Bella T Winery

Blue Sky Vineyards

Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery

Feather Hills Vineyard

Hedman’s Vineyard

Hickory Ridge Winery

Honker Hill Winery

Kite Hill Vineyard

Lincoln Heritage Winery

Starview Vineyards

Von Jakobs Winery



If adventure is more your taste Southern Illinois can offer that as well! Scuba diving, zip lining and rock climbing are just a few ideas for a day of fun.


Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

Vertical Heartland Rock Climbing School

Mermet Springs Scuba Diving



If golf is your game of choice we have a few courses that are a short drive from the Inn.


Keller’s Crossing at Stone Creek

Union County Country Club

Kokopelli Golf Course

Jackson County Country Club

Hickory Ridge Golf Course


Hiking and State Parks

Whether you are looking for an easy stroll, an adventurous hike or a place for a picnic. Southern Illinois offers you plenty of choices all with spectacular views! Below are a few of the most popular trails and areas at our state parks and in the Shawnee National forest. 


Giant City State Park

Lake Murphysboro

Pomona Natural Bridge

Little Grand Canyon

Inspiration Point

Fern Cliff

Garden of the Gods



Biking can take on a new meaning in Southern Illinois! One of our newest additions to the area are ebikes! But if you are more a traditionalist Tunnel Hill is an old railroad bed that provides the perfect trail to ride.


Shawnee eBike Rentals

Tunnel Hill



Fresh fruit won’t be the only thing you find at our local orchards! Check out the local farm stores for jams, jellies and so much more.


Rendleman’s Orchard

Flamm’s Orchard



Kayak rentals, horseback riding or catching a frontier league baseball game are just a few other suggestions that come to mind. There’s so many different things to do in Southern Illinois!


Bald Knob Cross

Giant City Stables

Alto Clay Works

Cache Bayou Outfitters

Miner’s Baseball

Carbondale Splash Park

Cedar Lake Beach