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855 Old Lower Cobden Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3120
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#1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Makanda
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The Makanda Inn provides refined, distinctively luxurious lodgings hidden deep in the Shawnee National Forest next door to Giant City State Park and down the street from the Makanda Boardwalk. Savor unique, out of the ordinary breakfast and dinners featuring local organic ingredients, explore the natural landscapes, and rejuvenate in one of our king beds. The tranquility you will experience here, rivals locations far more remote. Sounds of nature, rarely interrupted, change with the seasons. From the near silence in winter to the symphony of creatures celebrating the warmth of summer. We have five guest suites in the main lodge and three private cottages (two one bedroom units and one two-bedroom unit). Suite has a refrigerator & coffee maker. One bedroom cottages have an equipped kitchenette which includes: a two burner electric stove, sink, refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave. West End Cottage has a full-size, well-equipped kitchen. Local micro-roasted coffee is supplied freshly ground in your suite and cottages. Our West End Cottage is pet friendly. Sorry no guests under 13.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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gardlj wrote a review Sep 10
Saint Louis, Missouri4 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for a 3 day weekend in August 2022. Everything was perfect. The kitchen in the room was very helpful. We booked the West End cottage for a family of 4 with parents and college age kids (2 separate bedrooms and bathrooms with separate kitchen and living room). So close to Giant City State Park for hiking, as well as other Shawnee Forest locations. We visited Pomona Natural Bridge, Ferne Clyffe state park, tunnel hill trail (brought our bikes with us), Heron Pond, local orchards for peaches, and Bald Knob Cross. My son is very into Dungeons and Dragons game and there in an amazing park in Carbondale with that theming. The kids wanted to see a just released movie, and nearby Carbondale has theaters. We ate breakfast one morning at the inn. (Inn host Kyle is a great cook). We also ate dinner one night at Quattro's Pizza by the SIU campus in Carbondale (very good pizza) and the other night at the dining room at Giant City State Park Lodge--great friend chicken. The Inn hosts Jackie and Kyle were amazing. Very friendly and helpful. Our college age kids were somewhat surprised no WiFi in cottage since most places we stay have it, but they enjoyed going to the main Inn to work on their class homework. It was very comfortable and nice area for studying in the main Inn building. They also enjoyed the ice cream at a shop on the Makanda Boardwalk. We would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Ken Lanter wrote a review Jul 2022
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Three words sum up our stay: Exquisite, Exceptional, Excellent! The entries Inn and grounds are gorgeous and very calming. Your stress effortly escapes as you check-in. Jackie and Kyle are gracious and accommodating hosts. The food and service is outstanding! Highly recommended for any time you need to get away and forget all your cares for a little while. Just off the beaten path but well worth the journey!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jackie Giggy, General Manager at Makanda Inn
Responded Aug 3, 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind words Ken! We are so glad that you had a fantastic stay with us and we are grateful for guests like you. Happy to hear that you had a stress free stay and that you could relax and let all your worries be forgotten after your arrival. We look forward to seeing you again for some peace and quiet R & R time, and hopefully that is sooner than later for you. We hope to offer up great service to you soon!
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Traveler_at_Heart_09 wrote a review Mar 2022
Louisiana893 contributions131 helpful votes
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This was a perfect location for an extended weekend for our “date” weekend. The Makanda Inn is positioned perfectly to explore the area. We visited Von Jakob, Blue Sky, Owl Creek vineyards. We hiked a couple of trails in Giant City. We ate at Fork & Vine (dinner) and Giant City Lodge (breakfast), as well as having breakfast and a special dinner at the Inn. We also shopped at the Makanda Boardwalk and explored the gardens behind the boardwalk. We stayed in the Indigo Cottage and it was very romantic. We enjoyed the patios as well as the privacy of our location. The grounds on the property were relaxing and inviting. We absolutely enjoyed our time here and would love to visit again. Also, Jackie and Kyle were just wonderful and welcoming throughout the entire stay! We recommend purchasing the breakfast and dinner from the Inn! Kyle is an awesome cook and Jackie ensured we were well taken care of during our meal. If we are planning a visit to this area, definitely stay here!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Greg Wellman, Owner at Makanda Inn
Responded Apr 7, 2022
Thanks for sharing your experience at the Makanda Inn and southern Illinois. Exploring the wineries, hiking and the Makanda Boardwalk are some of the great things that make this area great. Great to hear Jackie and Kyle took great care of you at the Inn. We look forward to hosting you again.
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Emily S wrote a review Jan 2022
Chicago, Illinois2 contributions1 helpful vote
The rooms are wonderful and well appointed, the common areas are welcoming, but what elevates the experience at the Makanda Inn is the personal touch and attention of the proprietor, Greg! We flew in from Connecticut and drove to Southern Illinois to meet-up with family and could not have asked for a better location to enjoy all that Shawnee National Forest and Carbondale has to offer. Greg also helped us map out a scenic hike. The food is fabulous, natural, and showcases local vendors (especially the coffee)! We hope for a return visit! Dan & Emily
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Greg Wellman, Owner at Makanda Inn
Responded Apr 7, 2022
Thanks for the kind words Emily. We love making sure all our guests have a wonderful stay at the Inn and have a truly unique adventure in southern Illinois. Hope to see you again soon.
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Ariana R wrote a review Jan 2022
Bedford, Indiana2 contributions2 helpful votes
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(Already reviewed on google but wanted to add my two cents to trip advisor as well because our stay way magical!!) My fiancé and I had an amazing weekend getaway to the Makanda Inn. We stayed in the Indigo Cottage and it was a wonderful experience. Such a cute and cozy feel, I genuinely loved how the cottage was decorated. Makanda is pretty far from home but we made the trip out specifically to come here and I’m SO glad we did. Everything from the hospitality of the staff, the soaking tub, the beautiful scenery, the breakfast (definitely add breakfast if you’re staying in the cottage it’s worth it) made our stay incredible. I wouldn’t change a single thing about this unique property and we will 100% be returning in the future!!!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Apr 7, 2022
We absolutely appreciate your thoughts about you cottage experience at the Makanda Inn. Our staff is 100% focused on making sure your stay this time and next is incredible. Ariana, thanks for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Lillyindy wrote a review Dec 2021
Indianapolis, Indiana66 contributions41 helpful votes
We have stayed here every year when we visit family in the area. Its a terrific place. The rooms including the bed and pillows are very comfortable. The inn itself is cozy and the breakfast/ bar/ restaurant has great food. The innkeepers are attentive. All in all, there are no complaints! Definitely stay here if in the area of Carbondale.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: Room 4 has a flat surface in the shower, the other rooms have river pebbles in the shower
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Response from Greg Wellman, Owner at Makanda Inn
Responded Apr 7, 2022
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our little place in Makanda. We love to have folks staying here while visiting family and friends in the area. It's always a great opportunity to enjoy and share our restaurant and bar. We can't wait to host you again in the future.
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Linda S wrote a review Dec 2021
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We recently stayed in the Sienna Cottage and had a wonderful time! To rip off the technology-Band-Aid, I must warn everyone that there is ZERO phone signal out here in the boonies. So don’t come out visiting thinking you’re going to stream Netflix or do some Candy Crush. The main building (and its 4 bedrooms) has Wi-Fi, but the cottages do not, so bring a good book or two! Our Sienna cottage (and surrounding area) was clean and well maintained with two exterior sitting areas with tables and chairs. One sitting space was near a fire pit and the second space was on a private second-story patio. I preferred the second story due to the lovely view of the woods and small streams within. The interior of the cottage seemed small but was laid out in such a way that the space felt larger than it should have. The bed was backwards (which was odd) but when you opened the curtains and saw the trees outside the bedroom window, it made a lot of sense. There’s a curved staircase that leads downstairs to a small kitchenette and living area with a little TV, a full couch, and table with chairs. It was homely and yet woodsy all the same. We loved our little cottage. There are two downsides we noticed. The first involved the trains that pass nearby. Luckily, they don’t seem to toot their train horns as they come through town, and you can barely hear the trains while you’re indoors, but if you’re sitting outside when one comes through, the whine of their brakes can be a bit ear-shattering. The second was breakfast is not included with the cottage rentals. If you stay in one of the 4 bedrooms at the main inn, breakfast is part of the packaged deal, but for the 4 bedrooms located outside the main building (which are all maybe 30-60 seconds of walking away from the main building) breakfast is an added-on expense. Admittedly, the cottages have their own kitchenette so you can cook, but the guests who do not pay out for breakfast are honest-to-God missing out on one of the best treasures this place is hiding: Chef Kyle. Kyle is one of the innkeepers. He’s a down-to-Earth guy, funny and likeable, and a fantastic cook. Not only will Kyle be making you the best breakfast you’ve ever had – hands down - but he’ll even whip up some fierce dinner menus in case you don’t want to travel the 30 minutes out of town for some grub. I highly recommend you check that option out!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: The cottages are super spacious despite actually being small.
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Response from Greg Wellman, Owner at Makanda Inn
Responded Apr 7, 2022
One of the challenges (and benefits) of our cottages is that you can truly unplug. The Sienna cottage was designed to get the most of out a small space with many features you will not likely find elsewhere. Thanks for sharing your experience at our little hideaway in the woods. We look forward to hosting you again in the future.
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leda82 wrote a review Nov 2021
Springfield, Illinois22 contributions15 helpful votes
What a beautiful property and top notch service! Sharon was so pleasant and accommodating. The food was AMAZING!! The bed was so comfy and I loved the gorgeous stone walk in shower. There are small walking trails on the property and the small downtown has some cute little shops that are about about a 10 mins walk away. I highly recommend Makanda!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: It gets very very dark at sun down so be prepared to drive winding roads when it’s pitch black
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Response from Greg Wellman, Owner at Makanda Inn
Responded Nov 12, 2021
We designed the rooms so you can have a great night sleep and then follow it up with a great breakfast to set you on course for having a wonderful day with all the cool things to do in the area. Thanks for staying with us and we look forward to hosting you again.
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TJJOY wrote a review Oct 2021
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We spent two nights in Suite number two. We were a little hesitant at first due to the price but it was worth every penny. It was extremely clean and comfortable and had everything we needed for our two day day. Greg made us a delicious, beautifully presented breakfast and was a great host. There were plenty of wineries and hiking trails to explore. We finished our two day stay with a delicious dinner at Giant City Lodge. We enjoyed the history of the lodge. Since I am a bit particular about accommodations, we will certainly stay at Makanda Inn and Cottages when we come back for a bit of a longer stay. Thanks, Tim & Janet Joy
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Greg Wellman, Owner at Makanda Inn
Responded Nov 12, 2021
It was great to meet you both. We're so glad you felt right at home in our gorgeous lodgings. Our homemade breakfast dishes are a perfect way to start the day, and they're made with local, organic ingredients. You can always count on our friendly and accommodating service whenever you stay with us.
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FF wrote a review Oct 2021
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We stayed at the Makanda Inn recently and had a great time! We have been there before and it never disappoints. From the Inn Keepers, the accommodations, excellent breakfast, and just the relaxing atmosphere it is by far one of our all-time favorite places to stay. The surrounding areas with Giant City State Park (great fried chicken) and the Shawnee National Forest are so beautiful and picturesque that you can't wait to get out and experience it. Also, it's right off the Southern Illinois Wine Trail for those that enjoy their wine. We highly recommend it!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Greg Wellman, Owner at Makanda Inn
Responded Oct 21, 2021
Our inn and cottages are beautiful because of the wonderful people who stay in them, Forest! We're so glad you felt right at home in our gorgeous lodgings. Our homemade breakfast dishes are a perfect way to start the day. You can always count on our friendly and accommodating service whenever you stay with us. We look forward to hosting you again.
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$233 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Makanda Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Makanda Inn?
Nearby attractions include Giant City State Park (1.2 miles), Makanda Trading Company (0.5 miles), and Flamm Orchards (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Makanda Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Makanda Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Makanda Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Makanda Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Makanda Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Giant City State Park Lodge & Restaurant, Fork And Vine Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Stone Creek Golf Club & Resort.
Is Makanda Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Makanda.