Let a Makanda, Illinois bed and breakfast make your visit to the heart of the Shawnee National Forest a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience!

When looking for Makanda, IL lodging, consider the serenity and beauty of one of our member inns for a “true getaway” experience.

While Makanda hotels provide lodging, Makanda B&Bs provide scenery, atmosphere, and the welcome feel of a home away from home. Our inns are the perfect place from which to explore the uniqueness of Makanda and the beauty of the surroundings.

What began as a railroad town in 1845 has since become a popular home to artists from Southern Illinois University and the surrounding area. Makanda’s unique shops and the town boardwalk are perfect places to display, buy, and sell artwork and handmade goods.

Makanda is the gateway to the Giant City Park and welcomes visitors following both the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and the beautiful River to River hiking trail through the Shawnee National Forest.

Makanda also hosts two popular festivals. The Makanda Spring Fest welcomes the warm weather at the beginning of May. Local artists, live music, and family fun are featured at the Spring Fest. In the fall, Makanda is the site of the annual Vulture Fest in October. The Vulture Fest celebrates the migration of the vultures through the area.

The Illinois Bed and Breakfast Association invites you to enjoy our member inns during your stay in Makanda!

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Rock formations with trees at base and top and text Southern Region, Statue on pedestal by water with information plaque.

Von Jakob Vineyard

1309 Sadler Rd, Pomona, IL 62975


Distance to Makanda: 7.78 mi

Teal and brown building with red door surrounded by greenery, clay pots with plants, red flowers planted in yard.

The Stablehouse

1642 Milligan Hill Road, Alto Pass, IL 62905

618/893-1425 or 213/712-3274 cell

Distance to Makanda: 7.68 mi

The Stablehouse is a fully furnished two-bedroom (and futon couch + rollaway) guest rental adjacent to one of the barns and stables of the beautiful 75 acre Herold Farms in Alto Pass. The interiors have a western theme, and a … Continue reading