Southern Illinois Unique Gift Options

Holiday shopping is a wonderful tradition for many, and gifts can be even more meaningful with a unique story behind them, and sourced right here in Southernmost Illinois.   Consider matching each of these shopping options

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Holiday Lights are a Delight!

It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit with some Holiday lights! This week’s blog highlights SEVERAL light displays scattered throughout the southern portion of the state. Check out the new Gumdrop Drive in Anna,

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Go on Adventure for Your Holiday Tree

Enjoying the fresh air while hiking the forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree, can be a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. Create special memories by bringing your family to the Shawnee

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Our Guide is full of reasons to visit Southernmost Illinois! Discover the scenic Shawnee National Forest, our state parks, historical attractions, unique shops, fabulous restaurants, and casino action!

There’s lodging for every taste: cozy bed and breakfasts, convenient and comfortable motels and hotels, plentiful campsites and deluxe cabins.

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Plan your trip to one of the most established wine regions in the Midwest, featuring award-winning wineries along a 40-mile trail through the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. Visit www.shawneewinetrail.com to learn more.

Great family adventures happen in the Shawnee National Forest! With dozens of state parks and a lush national forest, Illinois is an outdoors dream. Explore hiking and biking trails, kayak along the rivers, or stay in a secluded forest cabin.

Visit the many historic sites in Southernmost Illinois, from interactive sites like Fort Massac, to hiking through ancient rock formations or kayaking along giant Cypress trees. Experience jaw-dropping natural beauty and our deep history.

Located near Carbondale, the Southern Illinois Golf Trail rests in the beautiful Shawnee National Forest area and features five courses that offer visitors the rare chance to play golf year-round. The trail offers golf options for both serious and casual golfers.

A quiet cabin in the woods; complete with a fireplace and quick access to the Shawnee Wine Trail. There are dozens of options located between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers peppered throughout the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. 

Find the perfect piece from one of countless art galleries in Illinois, including paintings, prints, pottery, hand-made jewelry, blown glass and sculptures. Explore the rich culture of Southernmost Illinois perfectly captured in a work of art.