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Alto Guest House
This cozy retreat has modern appliances and luxury touches. There are two bedrooms, one queen and one with two twin beds and extra bedding available in the loft. The kitchen has a microwave, electric stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, toaster and coffee machine. The spacious dining area comfortably sits six people. The large deck spans the rear of the house overlooking the fenced-in yard and the woodlands below.
The Stable House
Western-themed, fully-furnished living quarters that sleep seven, attached barn and stables on the 50 acre Herold Ranch, adjacent to J&M Quarter Horses. Full kitchen, patio and BBQ. Hunters welcome. Corral and horse stall rental available.
Rendleman Orchards Farm Market
Tree ripened peaches & nectarines from July - August, and apples from September - December. This farm market is open 7 days a week with seasonal produce, preserves, pickles and other specialty food items and gifts.
Bald Knob Cross
A national symbol of faith, this 111-foot-tall cross, when illuminated at night, can be seen over an area of 7,500 square miles atop the most prominent elevation in Southern Illinois. The cross is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest.
Hedman Vineyards is a member of Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, located in scenic Alto Pas in Southern Illinois. The winery produces and serves estate bottled wine, while our restaurant offers authentic Swedish cuisine and a Scandinavian gift shop. Located in a restored 3-story barn, seating is available inside or outdoors, overlooking the pond and vineyard. Come see us!
Alto Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
Nestled in the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois, sits Alto Vineyards, the region’s oldest, most award-winning winery. Founded in 1988 by Guy Renzaglia, Alto introduced a new industry to the area, starting a movement that has altered its landscape. Today, Alto Vineyards shares the region with 11 other wineries along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, in the state’s first federally recognized grape-growing region, known as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). While continuing to produce some of Illinois’ finest wine, Alto opened a new tasting room in Champaign, IL, and began distributing throughout the state and surrounding regions. Celebrating 25 years in business in 2013, Alto constructed a new, modern tasting room next to the vineyard in Alto Pass. Resting atop the new facility lies an outdoor deck for customers to take in the view on one of southern Illinois’ oldest vineyards – a truly breathtaking sight that exemplifies the beauty of the Shawnee National Forest and Illinois wine country. We invite you to visit our winery and tasting rooms to experience the tradition of Alto Vineyards.
Northwest Passage and Root Beer Saloon
Turn of the century decor - over 200 sets of antlers with many other taxidermy artifacts. Varieties of root beer, old-fashioned soda fountain drinks, cappuccino and espresso bar, gourmet sandwiches, assorted candies, chocolates and gifts. Fun shopping! Belly up to the Root Beer Saloon for a cold one.
Old fashion general store, specializing in Deli sandwiches and local souvenirs
Peach Barn Cafe
In an old restored barn overlooking a pond. Sit outdoors or in the Cafe. Features authentic Swedish cuisine, sandwiches & desserts, at Hedman Vineyards. Winery on-site.
J&M Quarter Horses
Watch family rodeos, team sorting competitions, and pole and barrel racing.
Alto Wine Trail Loft
Located on Main Street in historic downtown Alto Pass, the Alto Wine Trail Loft provides 2 new units, both with 2 bedrooms offering unique accommodations for experiencing the wineries and wilderness of Southern Illinois. An alternative to cabins in Southern Illinois, the Wine Loft is a vacation loft rental in Southern Illinois. A unique getaway in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest, the Loft is a private vacation rental, close to Giant City, Southern Illinois University, and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. The historic building that is home to the Wine Loft was constructed in 1912 as a general store. The Loft renovations used environmentally friendly material and preserved as much of the original brick work and exterior as possible.
A short nature trail along the path of the Cairo & St Louis Narrow Gage railroad used before it was abandoned in 1981. Starting from downtown Alto Pass, the walk offers very scenic views.
Big Sky Cabins
Big Sky Cabins is a private 4 bedroom vacation cabin available for nightly rental in Southern Illinois. Currently 2 cabins are available for a getaway to peace and nature. Located in the middle of the Shawnee National Forest and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, the cabins are perfect for large groups, weddings parties, honeymoons, or just a nice getaway. Big Sky Cabins provides the most private getaway on the Southern Illinois Wine Trail. At night, build a big fire and look up at all the stars in the sky.
Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail
Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail is a once a year shared pottery experience. Everyone is invited to spend some time exploring the Southern Illinois landscape and the diverse group of potters that make this area home. Each potter will be available for answering questions and of course, showing their work. Some potters will have studio tours, while others may have special activities or demonstrations planned. A family friendly event that promises to be a fun and pleasant time for all.
Old Mill Inn Cafe & B&B
This 3 room Inn has common areas that include a Victorian dining room for your home-cooked country breakfast every morning at 8:30 a.m. Served with coffee and hot tea. Two living rooms complete with DIRECTV with DVR and DVD players. Make yourself at home and feel free to put your feet up. Books, magazines, games and cards are available for your use during your stay. Sixty-foot balcony with tables and chairs for your enjoyment.
Blessing of the Cars
Drive up to Bald Knob Mountain, Southern Illinois’ highest point and the site of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, located just outside of Alto Pass, and have your car blessed for the summer season.
Sharp Rock Falls
This campground on Kinkaid Lake is open year round. There are 81 permanent sites available for annual rental. There are 20 sites with electricity, water, and sewer, plus 40 tent sites. There is also a snack bar.
Shawnee Country Store
Quaint little marketplace that is nestled in the peaceful countryside among grazing horses. Deli-style fine cheeses, quality luncheon meats, summer sausages, dry goods, culinary supplies, canned items, homemade items hard-to-find and unusual items and fresh baked bread every Saturday. Lawn furniture by local craftsmen.
The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery
Buttermilk Hill is home to this vineyard & winery, the location and view are quite unique and allow all who visit to truly feel like they are back to nature. The grounds are large enough to have a picnic or a private conversations over a glass of wine. And at the same time, the winery is accommodating to larger groups. The wine list has several whites and reds made with local grapes.
Crazy Joe's Fish House
Hot Fish. Cold Beer! For the best in food, fun and atmosphere you've gotta get to Crazy Joe's!
Scratch Brewing Company
Scratch Brewing Company is a farmhouse brewery and restaurant located 5 miles from the Shawnee National Forest in Ava, Illinois. Named one of the top four breweries for foraged beer by Outside Magazine, and one of the most beautiful places to drink beer in the world by All About Beer Magazine, Scratch Brewing Company focuses on farmhouse beers and other styles brewed with home grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients.
Lost Trail Cabins
Lost Trail Cabins are fully furnished cabins located at the end of a dead-end road on 62 acres of private and secluded property. Bordering Shawnee National Forest in beautiful Southern Illinois less than three miles from the Johnson Creek Recreation Area of Kinkaid Lake, these cabins are perfectly situated between the Sparta World Shooting Complex and the Shawnee Wine Trail. They cater to all outdoor enthusiasts including equestrians, hunters, hikers, boaters, fishermen, and anyone just wanting to get away from their fast paced everyday life.
Gray Plaza Motel Benton
Modern motel off I-57 featuring free Continental Breakfast, restaurants next door, cabel TV, free HBO & ESPN, golf, hunting and fishing nearby, close to Rend Lake.
Newly remodeled rooms at budget rates. Children welcome.