Starscapes in the Shawnee National Forest are brilliant, breathtaking, and a new experience for many city dwellers. They are also very romantic, as are the canyons and flora that abound, which makes this a great place to fall in love. There are a number of cabins, bed & breakfast, and inns in the area now to choose from for a romantic weekend getaway. Celebrate your love, anniversary, engagement, or special day here. 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 hot tub and quick access to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. 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.

has all the amenities you are looking for in a romantic getaway.  The cabin overlooks a small 6 acre lake and has a Hot Tub
under the stars, comfy king size bed and a screened in balcony!
A great place to sip your favorite beverage, work a puzzle or dine outside!  Docs is located near LaRue Pine Hills where you will find Inspiration Point, an awesome place to be outside and get some fresh air, and be INSPIRED!

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

Great coffee stop at Hebrews in Jonesboro, they have a drive thru and even serve breakfast.  Try  Kiki’s Coffee House and Davis Pastry located in downtown Anna just a few doors down from Annabelle Market where you can take your picture in front of the angel wings in photo alley!  Then head on inside, where you will find local honey and lavender products, decor, jewelry, books and lots of
treasurers! Even got some stuff for the guys! (open Tues-Sat)

Now that you have your angel wings (at least your picture taken with wings), it’s time to head to Bald Knob Cross… a majestic location that sits on top of the 2nd highest point in Southern Illinois.   There have been many couples that have gotten engaged, married or renewed their vows at Bald Knob Cross (hint, hint). It is a must see location and always a favorite!

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.  There’s plenty of fun to have on the zip lines no matter the season.

Need more ideas or help finding the perfect lodging? Let us know here –   or call 618-833-9928 if you have any questions. We’ll see you soon.


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