5 Places to Stay on a Winter Getaway in Southern Illinois


Whether you’re planning a family holiday trip or a weekend getaway with friends this season, there’s no shortage of winter wonderland places to stay in Southern Illinois.

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1. Blue Sky Vineyard

Experience a taste of Tuscany at the Blue Sky Vineyard in Makanda. More than just a winery, Blue Sky has two guest suites available for rent year round. Delicious Illinois wine and beautiful winter views of this 12-acre vineyard make for a unique and exciting experience. Venture off the property to one of the many towns dotting the Shawnee Hill Wine Tail for local meals and unique attractions.

2. Bell Hill Bed & Breakfast

If you’re looking for a cozy spot to enjoy a winter getaway, then Bell Hill Bed & Breakfast in Cobden is the place for you. Nestled in the Shawnee Hills National Forest, this B&B boasts breathtaking views and fun local activities, like antique shopping, winter horseback riding and sampling local wine at the many vineyards along the Shawnee Hill Wine Trail.

3. The Stablehouse

Looking for a home away from home vacation? The Stablehouse in Alto Pass is a fully-furnished, western-themed rental property that sleeps seven. Take in the serene beauty of winter this year with a close group of friends or family on this property. Pets, including horses, are welcome at this outdoor-lovers home!

4. Davie School Inn

Davie School Inn in Anna, near Carbondale, is a unique place to stay when visiting Southern Illinois and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Giant City State Park. Built in 1910, each spacious suite at the inn includes a bookcase and chalkboard from the original schoolhouse days!

5. Riverview Mansion Hotel

Golconda is home to the historic Riverview Mansion Hotel, a full service Bed & Breakfast since the 1920s. The elegant Victorian-style accommodations include a lounge serving a large selection of local wines, as well as a restaurant onsite. This enchanted hotel setting with its expansive grounds is the perfect place to enjoy the variety of Illinois wines while taking in the beautiful views of the Ohio River.