Now that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are over, it’s time to focus on another holiday popular this time of year; Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect time to start thinking about spending some time with the one you love. There are plenty of romantic getaways in Shawnee Forest County of southern Illinois.

A quiet cabin in the woods; complete with a fireplace and quick access to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail can be just what’s needed to warm up this winter. There are dozens of options located between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers peppered throughout the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.

Rustic Hideaway Cabins...

features two log cabins. Each comes with a hot tub, fireplace and lots of privacy; making it a great option for a romantic getaway in southern Illinois. The cabins are located in Jonesboro, which is close to the wine trail and other natural beauty in the region like the Pomona Natural Bridge and Little Grand Canyon.

Blue Sky Winery Suites...

feature two different options. Both are cozy, comfortable and quiet. The Tuscany Romance Suite gives users a taste of Italy with no worry of having a passport. The suite is the larger of the two and includes an open living room and dining room. Visitors can also enjoy the view from a balcony overlooking the beauty that is southern Illinois. The Blue Sky Suite allows users an intimate setting to unwind after a day of activities in the Shawnee National Forest.

Another romantic cabin getaway is the Shawnee Forest Cabins near the breathtaking Garden of the Gods in Herod, Illinois. There are two options here, romantic one bedroom cabins with such amenities as hot tubs, fireplaces and queen size beds. There are also two bedroom cabins that provide privacy for each couple visiting. All cabins have the comforts of home too, like satellite TV, wireless high-speed internet and full kitchens.

Wine, Dine and Climb in Southern Illinois

Visitors can venture out to eat at many wonderful casual restaurants in Southern Illinois. Many of these eateries are locally owned and operated and can keep that romantic feeling going through your stay.

Raise a glass and celebrate romance at nearly a dozen wineries along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Some of these places feature delicious food, wine, beer and other spirits guaranteed to make your stay memorable.

Adventure can be found too. The Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours give visitors a bird’s eye view of the Shawnee National Forest. Eight zip lines cover the 80 plus acres of land. It’s the perfect spot to add a little outdoor adventure for a romantic getaway in Illinois. Don’t let the winter season fool you, as there’s plenty of fun to have on the zip lines no matter the season.

So what are you waiting for? Book a romantic getaway – Visit Southernmost Illinois (southernmostillinois.com) or call 618-833-9928 if you have any questions. We’ll see you soon.


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