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Live entertainment. Monday night is jazz, Thursday offers an eclectic mix of local musicians, Sunday is DJ night.
We are Southern Illinois’ destination for a secluded and peaceful getaway. We are luxurious, fully equipped log homes, set on 95 acres, available to you for a few days, a week, or even longer. Each cabin can comfortably sleep 6 to 8 people. Our cabins were built specifically for guests who want to get away from the busy realities of life and just enjoy the simple things. Enjoy fishing in our lakes, hunting, the wildlife and beautiful sunsets from the deck. We are an easy ten minutes from Carbondale and Southern Illinois University, and within driving distance to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Southern Illinois lakes, Shawnee National Forest, Giant City Park and the DuQuoin fairgrounds.
John A. Logan College Autumn Fest
This annual event features over 100 original, handmade arts and crafts, great food, free admission, and free parking. For more information call 1-800-851-4720, extension 8287.
The University Mall is the centerpiece of Southern Illinois' most established retail district and is conveniently located near the crossroads of two of the regions most traveled arteries -- Route 13 and US 51. The mall features variety stores to meet your shopping needs!
VF Factory Outlet Mall
Enclosed mall with ten stores. Walkers welcome. Restaurants nearby.
This 2600 sq. ft beautiful 3 bedroom. 2.5 bath cabin is located on 75 secluded acres on the Shawnee Wine Trail. This picturesque and secluded property is within two miles of Blue Sky winery,Owl Creek, and within 1 mile of Orlandini winery. Located on Rocky Comfort Road, you are in the heart of Southern Illinois Wine Country. Enjoy the huge deck overlooking the Valley and the peacefulness of the 140 acres of the Shawnee National Forest which adjoins the property. The opportunities and possibilities are endless.
Ferne Clyffe State Park
The lush vegetation of the 2,430-acre Ferne Clyffe State Park, located near the small town of Goreville, hides the fact that directly below the soil, a vast area of rock formations exists. The two main areas for rock climbing include Big Rocky Hollow and the Cedar Bluff areas. Cedar Bluff offers both traditional and sport climbing, including several short, but difficult, routes in the class 12 to 13 range that appeal to experienced climbers. Other routes include top-rope access and solid anchors that appeal to new climbers.
John A. Logan College Museum and Gallery
Named after Civil War General John A. Logan, the college combines modern architecture and a beautiful park-like setting. Memorabilia of General Logan and his wife, Mary, are on display in the museum and art gallery at the college.
Kokopelli Golf Club
This 18-hole course, designed by renowned golf architect Steve Smyers, was named by Travel + Leisure as one of "America's 100 Best Courses for $100 or Less." Kokopelli offers a full-service pro shop, professionals who offer personal golf instruction and an eight-acre practice facility. This course has a restaurant, lounge, and banquet facilities available.
Hickory Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Hickory Ridge is nestled in the hills of the Shawnee Forest, and is family owned and operated. All wines are made from grapes grown solely on the premises, and include excellent dry wines, as well as award-winning whites and rosés.
Water Valley Inn
Water Valley Inn can accommodate individuals, couples, families and groups up to eight, based on double occupancy. The main floor of the farmhouse includes two bedrooms with queen size beds and one bathroom. The upstairs has three rooms set up with twin beds.
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.
Little Egypt Arts Association Art Centre
Little Egypt Arts Association is a not for profit artist Co-op that was established in 1995 by approximately 20 local artists and art patrons. It's the largest cooperative art center in Southern Illinois. Offering a gift shop, art classes and workshops.
Blue Sky Suites
Suites over the tasting room at Blue Sky Winery, with beautiful views of the vineyards and pond.
Grand Rivers Spirits
A locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois, Grand River Spirits creates a selection of spirits that showcase the delicious fruits and grains of Southern Illinois. This national award-winning micro-distillery offers brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Don't let their small size fool you, all of the storage, packaging, distilling and tasting is housed under one roof. See the action for yourself — Grant Rivers Distillery offers free 30-minute distillery tours for up to 10 people by appointment only, available Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
The Science Center of Southern Illinois
The Science Center of Southern Illinois is the perfect way for kids to explore the beauty of science in a fun atmosphere. This hands-on children's museum has over 50 exhibits and sees nearly 15,000 annual visitors. Adults are also welcome, as many of the activities can be enjoyed by all.
Lincoln Heritage Winery
Offers complimentary tastings of hand crafted wines and frequently offers special wine recipes to sample as well. Gourmet cheeses, salamis and crackers are available for purchase and you are invited to bring a picnic basket filled with your own goodies. There are a small selection of other beverages on hand.
Seasons Lodge & Condominiums
Provides affordably priced and beautifully furnished accommodations. Optional spa and fireplace suites. Restaurant and golf course on site.
Egyptian Hills Campground & Marina
Eastern side of Lake of Egypt. Facility offers full service, boat rentals, restaurants, bait, tackle, guide service, launching and RV rentals.
Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show
A weekend long event sponsored by the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation and the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. The show features boats, trailers, trucks, ATVs, fishing tackle, live entertainment and more. Admission and parking is free. Great fun for all ages.
Union County Musuem
General museum featuring local history, Kirkpatrick Pottery, Native American artifacts, pioneer items and other unique collections.
Located in the Shawnee National Forest, this 1,750 acre lake has 40 miles of shoreline, a maximum depth of 60 feet, and 10hp limit on boat motors.
We would be lying if we didn't say that Saluki Stadium is one of the best college stadiums in the Midwest. Constructed in 2010, this facility is home to the NCAA Division One SIU Football Team and can seat up to 15,000 fans. Enjoy the afternoon with sports, tailgating and more at the Saluki Stadium.
Reece Ridge Cabin
The Reece Ridge Luxury Cabin is an open, spacious, beautiful secluded home. It is tastefully decorated in a lodge decor, with comfortable furnishings. The cabin is peaceful and serene surrounded by wooded forest full of wildlife. Step into the great room, featuring a large wood burning fireplace and groove vaulted ceilings and walls. Windows provide natural light and awesome views of the surrounding area. The well equipped kitchen and dining room enjoys the same views. The large, open front porch has a swing and rocking chairs where you can listen to the trees quake in the wind and enjoy a morning cup of coffee.
Little Grassy Lake
Little Grassy Lake Campground and Marina is located on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and is a destination stop for returning campers, boaters, and sportsmen. They offer full service camping, primitive camping, boat rentals, concessions, and a bait shop. Reservations accepted to reserve boats and campsites. Pontoon boats, fishing boats, and kayaks can be rented. You don't want to pass up the opportunities to explore the thirty miles of shoreline and embrace the solitude you will find on the lake. The 1200 acre lake is stocked with catfish, crappie, and bass, and offers plentiful oppourtunities for fishing, paddling, boating, and wildlife observation. Amenities include waterfront camping sites, remodeled bathrooms with hot showers, dump station, swimming, pets allowed, monthly educational programs and a renovated concession/bait shop which is stocked with minnows, crickets, camping supplies, cold beverages, food items, ice cream, firewood and ice.
Celebrate the pepper harvest from 11am to 5pm, A favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom, meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products, relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great southern Illinois pepper heat. 618-893-1443. www.darnhotpeppers.com
Cabin at Mountain Glen
The Cabin boasts a vaulted great room with fireplace, full kitchen, a luxurious main floor master bedroom and bath with a custom 2 person shower and Jaccuzi tub. The huge second floor lofted bedroom and 1/2 bath overlooks 20 acres of pasture and wildlife.
A World War I memorial stature, “The Spirit of The American Dough Boy” was dedicated on September 6, 1927 following its acquisition through a project sponsored jointly by the local American Legion and VFW Posts. The solider is forever immortalized in statue form, seen is his war apparel and stance. The Dough Boy is a symbol of freedom and remembrance of those who fought for our land.
Moon Dog Farm & Vineyard
This farm offers fine Illinois wine-making grapes, organic vegetables and a small selection of fruits.
Anthill Gallery & Vintage Curiosities
Anthill productions is home to the photography of rare images' Bob Hageman and the stained-glass work of Firelight Studio's Linda Austin. For well over 20 years, Linda and Bob have been making and displaying their unique artworks throughout the Midwest, and they are now for the first time making them available to a broader audience.
Kinkaid Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Sandstone bluffs and rolling hills surround the lake and oak-hickory forest. Picnicking, fishing, boating, and hunting opportunities available.
Windy Hill Acres Inn
Windy Hill Acres Inn is located in the Shawnee National Forest. The Inn is a Rock Potato House which has been remodeled into a beautiful 5 room house with deck. The Potato House was built in the 1800's and used to store the farmers' sweet potatoes.
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.
Locally-owned and operated, this quirky restaurant not only serves some of the best burgers around, but it also serves as a venue for local music. Most dishes are cooked with local veggies, beef from Lick Creek Beef and Bison from Bison Bluff Farms, ensuring that the customer truly has the freshest meal possible. The highly-recommended "Bucky Dome" burger, named after one of Carbondale's favorite historical figures, is made of local beef, piled high with brisket and cheddar cheese, topped with bacon and fried egg. As If your mouth isn't watering enough right now, you'll have to taste it for yourself! Enjoy free, live, local in house music every weekend in the Red Corner.
Devil's Kitchen Lake
This 810 acre lake with a maximum depth of 90 feet and a 24-mile shoreline is part of the Crab Orchard Refuge. It is stocked with rainbow and brown trout and provides largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads, and carp. Boat ramps are available. Boats have a 10-horsepower limit. Camping is available.
Marion Main Street Hubfest
All day event featuring car show, food vendors, and live entertainment. Lots of activities for kids including bounce houses, face painting and games. Street fair all day long.
The home of Saluki basketball is the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Arena, a 10,000-seat facility that also hosts national touring concerts, family shows, theatrical events and circuses.
Big Muddy Brewing
Big Muddy Brewing began in Murphysboro, IL. This microbrew quietly puts out small batches of craft beer for beer enthusiasts to enjoy. Stop on in for a tour of the operation and stick around for a sampling.
Southern Illinois Miners Rent One Park
The Southern Illinois Miners Rent One Park is the stadium where The Southern Illinois Miners Frontier league baseball team plays from May through September.
Carriage House Lake of Egypt Luxury Rental
There are 2 units. Some facility amenities include free parking, outdoor pool, on-site fitness center, and hot tub/jacuzzi. The Carriage House is located on one of Lake of Egypt's finest waterfront homes. Enjoy three acres manicured grounds with rose garden, waterfall, fountain, swimming pool, boat dock, paddle boat, private patio with a stunning view of the Lake of Egypt.
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.
Southern Illinois University Arena
This 10,000-seat facility is located on the beautiful campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The Arena is home to NCAA Division 1 basketball team, the SIU Salukis. The Arena also hosts nationally touring concerts, family shows, theatrical events and circuses.
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.
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.
Trails End Lodge Steakhouse and Saloon
Trails End Lodge is a new steakhouse and saloon, featuring traditional steakhouse cuisine, indoor and outdoor dining, live entertainment, and a friendly atmosphere all served in a rustic, yet luxurious western style lodge. Trails End Lodge is located in the heart of Southern Illinois wine country on scenic Skyline Drive between Cobden and Alto Pass, Illinois. The Lodge itself is not visible from Skyline Drive, so watch for our sign!
Lucy’s Place is an upscale neighborhood coffee house / pub located along major intersections where customers can play their favorite video poker and slot games while enjoying a snack with a soft drink or glass of wine without the crowd and noise of the bar scene.
StarView Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard located in beautiful southern Illinois along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Our vineyards are continuing to expand and today we grow seven varieties of both Native American grapes and French American Hybrids. About 90% of the wine that we make comes from grapes that we grow in our vineyards. We are open daily, year round, and invite you to come enjoy our award winning wines on our deck and take in all the beauty that surrounds us. StarView is one of the premier destination wineries in the region. We have entertained tens of thousands of guests, hosted weddings, parties and weekend music series. We are pet friendly, so bring your 4 legged family member along with you. Our café offers delicious homemade food or you can bring your own picnic. We are excited to share our vineyard and wines with you and we hope you come by to visit us and become part of our story too!
Cedar Lake Trail
A 10-mile trail on the west side of Cedar Lake from north to south. Encircles Little Cedar Lake.
Marion Cultural and Civic Center
The Marion Cultural and Civic Center serves Southern Illinois as an outlet for cultural and artistic opportunities of all types. MCCC is a 1094 seat performing arts center located in the historic town square of Marion, IL. In addition to providing a state-of-the-art theatrical facility at a low rental cost, MCCC also provides a portion of the lobby to display paintings and artwork from Southern Illinois artists.
Walkers Bluff Winery
Local winery with a General Store, 5 star cuisine at Legends Restaurant, wine cave, open air pavilion, gazebo and much more. Enjoy a glass of wine while listening to live entertainment. Boasts a large childrens play area, large handcarved sculptures, and even a full service gas station at the general store. You must visit to see the magnitude of this destination.
Olde Squat Inn Bed & Breakfast
Enjoy beautiful Southern Illinois in our original cabins from the 1800s. Cabins with fireplace, porch and Katy's country style cooking. It has 8 rooms and some of the facility amenities include free parking, park, full breakfast, packages available, pets allowed.
Rend Lake Golf Course
Named one of the best courses in the Midwest, this 27-hole course has paved cart paths, fountains and many challenges. There's also a lighted driving range, a pro shop with a pro, and special lodging/golf packages available year round. On the eastern shores of Rend Lake.
Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center
Situated on Rend Lake in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, this modern resort offers cabins and boat rental suites, courtesy boat docking slips, restaurants and more. Guests can enjoy golfing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and other water sports.
Kids will enjoy three huge bouncers, two in-ground trampolines, and an awesome jungle gym with a ball pit and a 16-foot slide. Also offers dance, cheer, tumbling, wrestling, and gymnastics classes.
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
Brews Brothers Taproom
The taproom is located on a brick street in historic downtown Murphysboro. It neighbors the Jackson County Courthouse, Cummares Italian Restaurant, the City Fountain, and several other historic buildings. The Taproom creates a central location for showcasing Southern Illinois beer, wine, and ‘shine’. Customers can sample products from several local producers any day of the week. We provide directions, information, and encourage anyone that comes in to visit the producers.
Lucy’s Place is an upscale neighborhood coffee house / pub located along major intersections where customers can play their favorite video poker and slot games while enjoying a snack with a soft drink or glass of wine without the crowd and noise of the bar scene.
Flamm Orchards Fruits and Cream
Take a drive out to the orchards and buy in-season strawberries, peaches and apples. Flamm's Fruits & Cream Stand offers treats like strawberry shortcake, cobblers, apple dumplings and pies. We sell desserts out of our concession window. Picnic seating available.
Southern Illinois Raceway
Watch Outlaw Micro Sprint, Junior Sprint Cars, Non-Winged Outlaw and Restricted Micros race every Saturday night at 7pm.
Southern Illinois Miners Baseball
The Southern Illinois Miners are a professional baseball team based in Marion, IL. The Miners are a member of the East Division of the independent Frontier League. Since 2007, the Miners have played their home games at Rent One Park. The "Miners" name refers to the Southern Illinois region's history of coal mining.
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.
The Stable House
Western-themed, fully-furnished living quarters that sleep six, 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.
Rocky Comfort Cabins
On the wine trail and walking distance to Blue Sky Vineyard, complete privacy and relaxation all await you at our unique, luxurious cabins: the whimsical Hobbit House, a romantic getaway for two (hot tub, gas log fireplace, fire pit...), and the gorgeous two bedroom, two bath Creole House, with its wrap around porch, hot tub, fireplace, fire pit and more. Romantic ambiance, upscale amenities, and spectacular views will allow the stress to just melt away and the rest of world to disappear. Partially solar powered, the premium location offers the perfect point at which to settle in for a few days and explore the natural beauty and diversity of the Shawnee Hills. The best part? Get a bottle of wine "to go" from Blue Sky Vineyard and take a romantic sunset stroll back to your own hidden slice of heaven. The Hot Tub is waiting.
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
The gateway to the largest outdoor playground in southern Illinois includes Rend Lake, the second largest manmade lake in the state. Wheelchair access.
Blueberry Hill Farm
U-pick strawberries, blueberries and blackberries in Season. May-July 8am to 8pm
Miss Emily's Cathouse
Miss Emily's is a new gastropub located downtown in Marion Illinois. We serve lunch, dinner as well as craft beers, fine liquors and mixed drinks. The décor is designed to have a burlesque/speakeasy feel with lots of brass and hardwood throughout.
Cabin by the Pond
Provides you with rustic luxury for your well deserved vacation, romantic weekend getaway or business retreat in Southern Illinois. All the luxuries of home – leave your cares & worries behind you while you relax in Carbondale. Cabin one has 4 beds, 3 baths, sleeps up to 4 couples in private rooms (2 futons are also available.) - 10 person normal occupancy can accommodate more. Cabin 2 sleeps 4, Cabin 3 sleeps 2 or 4. Private beach area, pond area, swimming, fishing, canoes & much more. Wheelchair accessible.
The African American Museum of Southern Illinois
Permanent exhibits here include African art collections and slave artifacts. Rotating displays have included Underground Railroad message quilts and local artwork. The museum's changing exhibits seek to portray the outstanding achievements of African American citizens.
Tom Cat Hill Cabins
Located off the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, 5 miles north of Alto Pass on IL 127,(2 miles from Cedar Lake) you will find these two luxury cabins, Cabin #1 accommodates eight. Cabin #2 accommodates two. The cabins offer wonderful amenities to create a relaxing enjoyable visit. Some of the special features are gourmet kitchen, hot tub, washer & dryer, gas fireplace; satellite TV, WiFi, DVD/VCR Player, central air & heat. Boat rental are available for patrons - pontoons, canoes, kayaks for use on nearby Cedar Lake. A great ending for a day would be relaxing in the hot tub or sitting on the deck overlooking the Shawnee National Forest, enjoy a glass of wine from any of the local wineries.
Honker Hill Winery
Honker Hill Winery is located on the highest point in Williamson County and surrounded by the Crab Orchard Fish and Wildlife Refuge and Shawnee National Forest, Honker Hill Winery produces fine Illinois wines from fruit grown directly at our vineyard. Enjoy great views from our patio near the fireplace, our unique wildlife room, or gazebo or a enjoy a stroll around one of our five large ponds located on the property while sipping on a glass of your favorite wine. Conveniently located mid-way between Marion and Carbondale within the Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area, Honker Hill Winery is proud to be the newest member of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Enjoy a visit to our cozy tasting room or experience a night in one of our suites during your next visit to southern Illinois.
Bell Hill Mansion
On a hill in Union County, Illinois, just outside of Cobden, stands a historic mansion with 5 guest rooms available. Bell Hill is the perfect place for large and small outdoor weddings or, if you prefer, a more intimate setting indoors is available for smaller weddings. Catering services are 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.
Oak Grove Cabin Rental
Brand new private and spacious 3 - 2 bedroom cabins located on 10 wooded acres right in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. Minutes from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and the orchards. Enjoy hiking, biking and much more.
Murdale Shopping Center
Opened in 1958, this is one of the first strip-mall shopping centers in America -- 27 stores are locally owned and operated. Bakery, hardware, liquor, florist, restaurant, and the Neighborhood Co-op featuring local grown produce.
Touch of Nature Enviornmental Center
Just 8 miles south of Carbondale, Touch of Nature borders the Shawnee Forest. It is a 3,100 acre wooded retreat area perfect for group events. Located in the City of Makanda, IL.
Du Quoin Annual Holiday Lights Fair
Starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December. Come experience Du Quoin Tourism’s transformation of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds into a magical place with lights and decorations. The event features a 1 1/2-mile drive through over $250,000 worth of lighted displays as well as decorated trees, entertainment, food, crafts and visits with Santa in the Expo Hall. The light trail opens nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open on the second and third weekends in December from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m. The Expo Hall features Santa’s train ride and Santa’s Workshop.
Hickory Ridge Golf Course
This 18-hole golf center is the highest-rated public golf course in Southern Illinois, earning four stars from Golf Digest. The course offers discounted "twilight hours" rates for unlimited play after 4pm.
Cabin on the Hill
If you are looking for a peaceful and private retreat look no further than Cabin on the Hill. We're nestled on a wooded hill, south of Carbondale, close to many wonderful and picturesque places to explore. You can enjoy hiking, boating, horseback riding, wine festivals and much more. The cabins are beautifully decorated in an old-fashioned cabin style – like stepping back into time, yet they have all of the comforts of today's living. Premier Luxury Cabin sleeps 10, Cabins 1&2 sleeps 6. The Little Red Barn sleeps 6. Winter Special - if a guest rents two week nights during the months of January or February 2012, they will get the the third week night free.
We offer all the comforts of home without the responsibilities. Located 5 miles SW of Carbondale, Woodland Cabins site at the edge of Southern IL rolling hills. Two ponds offer fishing, paddle boating, bird watching & relaxation. All four cabins sleep 2.
Lake of Egypt
Lake of Egypt is a privately owned reservoir located six miles south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres with 90 miles of shoreline. The lake has an average depth of 18 feet. The lake is owned by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), who created the impoundment in 1962, by damming the South fork of the Saline River, to supply cooling water for a coal-burning electric power plant.
Historic Town Square & Downtown Carbondale
Twenty-five historic buildings ring Carbondale's nostalgic Town Square. When Daniel Harmon Brush, Carbondale's founding father, filed the original 56-acre plat of Carbondale in 1852, almost 10 acres were left open in the center of town. Today you can shop charming locally owned boutiques here, ranging from bike shops to furniture stores.
Egyptian Hills Marina Lodging
Egyptian Hills Resort is your passport to the Ultimate outdoor family vacation. Whether you are into waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, sport fishing, or pleasure boating; the Lake of Egypt is a boater’s paradise. All within a stone’s throw of your cabin. Our cabins and chalets sit next to soothing, running streams and waterfalls – with breathtaking lake front views. Each cabin/chalet features a full kitchen, living room, large deck, full bedroom, 2 loft bedrooms and full bath.
Touch of Nature
Touch of nature is the location of the conference site. Accommodations include rustic cabins and motel style rooms. Rooms are basic but convenient to the meetings.
Walnut Grove Cabins
Couples Getaway Vacation Cabins, perfect for a romantic wine trail getaway, outdoor adventure vacation, or just to reconnect with your loved one in your private wooded retreat.
Murphysboro Apple Festival
The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest, alcohol-free festival in Southern Illinois. Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the five days of the Apple Festival, there are numerous activities drawing large crowds such as evening stage shows, carnival/concessions, Queen Contest, Prince and Princess Contest, contests from apple pie eating to apple core throwing, firefighters' water fights, marching band competition, car shows, Appletime 5K Walk/Run and much more. In addition, the festival's Grand Parade is one of the largest parade in Southern Illinois. The parade features an average of about 160 total units, 25 of those marching bands, and a variety of groups and organizations.
Herrin Park District
Herrin Park District is a beautiful, well kept park with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool as well as a multipurpose recreation complex. The park offers two walking paths with a quarter-mile all weather track, and a one-mile lighted walking trail. Herrin Park is an excellent place for a leisurely jog. You can even enjoy feeding the beautiful ducks.
Giant City Stables
Enjoy the beauty of Giant City State Park on horseback. All trail rides are guided by experienced wranglers. Lessons & pony rides also available.
Owl Creek Vineyard and Winery
Established in 1980, Owl Creek Vineyard is the founding vineyard of the Shawnee Hills region. With a strong tradition of award-winning wines, and a belief in educating our consumer, our tasting room has become the perfect place to experience well-crafted Shawnee Hills beverages. Now home to Apple Knocker Hard Cider, an Illinois-based craft cider house that combines our expertise in modern small-lot wine production, and the creativity of craft beer techniques, to produce a new breed of American ciders.
Arrowhead Lake and Campground
Located on the northeast corner of Johnston City, this 35-acre lake includes a paved boat ramp for fishing, walking path, and campground. Only electric motors and canoes are permitted. You will find largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, and channel catfish in this small reservoir. Pedal boat rentals are available from July-September.
Giant City Park Campground
Class A campground with separate tent and trailer camping for equestrians. Also, a youth group camp and primitive walk-in tent sites.
Shryock Auditorium -- Southern Illinois University
SIUC's 1200-seat theater is located in the historic "old campus" and hosts every genre of performing arts. Constructed in 1918 and renovated in 1972, this magnificent facility is home to the Marianne Webb Pipe Organ, a 59-rank Reuter Pipe Organ.
Makanda Inn and Cottages
Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest this inn is located just 1/2 mile south of the Makanda Boardwalk, adjacent to the Giant City State Park and only 15 minutes south of Southern Illinois University. Featuring four guest rooms, and 3 cottages, each designed for privacy & comfort. This eco-friendly lodging establishment features peaceful settings with modern touches ideal for business travel, romance, adventure seekers, wine lovers, and SIU Alumni, parents and visitors.
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is located primarily in Williamson County, with small extensions into eastern Jackson and northeastern Union counties of southern Illinois. At almost 44,000 acres and with three lakes (Crab Orchard, Little Grassy, and Devils Kitchen,) endless opportunities abound for watching wildlife, hiking nature trails, photography, swimming, fishing from the bank or by boat, and hunting. Four seasonally operational campgrounds are open from April-October and offer full hook-up, water, electric, or non-electric sites. Refuge staff and volunteers at the visitor center welcome visitors and sightseers 7 days a week from 8am-4:30pm. Visitor activities such as guided hikes, bald eagle tours, and monthly F.U.N. programs help connect families with the diversity of flora and fauna that Southern Illinois has to offer. The Refuge provides many opportunities for wildlife-dependent outdoor recreation for the nature lover in us all.
Poplar Camp Beach
Beautiful sandy waterfront on Cedar Lake. State certified Lifeguards on duty during beach hours, lap lane, restrooms, picnic tables and a concession area.
Old Illinois Passenger Depot Railroad Museum
Built in 1903 by the Illinois Central Railroad, the Old Railroad Passenger Depot has since been restored and now serves as home to the Carbondale Train Museum. Filled with information, artifacts and souveniers, the museum contains significant facts relating to Carbondale's history. Ring the bell of an original train car from the Illinois Central Railroad, which still sits on the track!
Boars Nest Cabins
Located close to most of the award winning wineries of Southern Illinois, the Boars Nest will be off the beaten path yet still close to town in a peaceful atmosphere. All non-smoking cabins with packages available, including meals, drinks, transportation.