Alto Pass, Illinois, its neighboring towns and the surrounding Shawnee National Forest are home to many fascinating places to visit. From apples and antiques to hiking and camping, there is something for everyone. Listed here are some of the area attractions to help you plan your visit to Southern Illinois, the Shawnee National Forest and Alto Pass.
You’re invited to visit anytime throughout the year. It’s easy to get there from Interstates 57 or 24. Southernmost Tourism Bureau is less than three hours from St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville, or Evansville and is eager to assist you in any way to make your stay in Southernmost Illinois memorable.
Visit their web site at: www.southernmostillinois.com
In 1995, the owners of the first three wineries in Southern Illinois, Alto Vineyards, Pomona Winery, and Owl Creek Vineyard worked together with Debbie Moore, executive director of the Carbondale Convention & Tourism Bureau and Cindy Benefield of Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau, and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail was born. It was the first wine trail in the state of Illinois.
Visit their website at: www.shawneewinetrail.com
Visiting the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail means you are going to have lots of lodging options for your Southern Illinois Vacation. Whether you are looking for an upscale hotel or a cozy cabin in the woods, an abundance of inns, cottages, and vacation rentals are available.
Visit their website at: www.shawneewinetrailbb.com
The Southern Illinois Cabin Association is made up of the owners of several cabins in southern Illinois. Each individual cabin rental is located on or near the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. Each cabin rental is individually owned and operated and meets the requirements of the Southern Illinois Cabins Association.
Visit their website at: www.southernillinoiscabins.com
Bald Knob Cross, completed in 1963, is the most prominent elevation in Southern Illinois. The base of the Cross is 1,034 feet above sea level and stands 111 feet tall. When illuminated at night, it can be seen over a 7,500 square mile area. Call (618) 893-2344 for information.
Visit their web site at: www.baldknobcross.com
Hedman Vineyards, located in Alto Pass, offers many different activities on your visit. Browse through their Scandinavian Gift shop while tasting their Estate wines, from grapes grown their vineyard. Dine at the Peach Barn Cafe, serving authentic Swedish cuisine and stay overnight at the Peach Barn Bed and Breakfast, and relax in the peaceful surroundings of Southern Illinois.
Visit their web site at: www.peachbarn.com
Raised in rural Southern Illinois in a family that loved to camp and fish, the owner enjoyed the beauty of this region long before attending SIU Carbondale. A home builder and a woodworker, he also loves good wine and good food. Throw in his “I never met a stranger” attitude and you have an idea how the vision for Cave Creek Cabins was born. Add up all these traits and the end result is cabins that are beautiful, comfortable and just a great place to gather.
Visit their website at: www.cave-creek-cabins.myvr.com
Havisham House has both a Main House and a Carriage House. Both have been updated with modern accoutrements to bring a touch of luxury to these classically beautiful homes. Each house exhibits a wonderful juxtaposition of modern luxury and comfort with the undeniably cozy charm of old world architecture. Beautifully intricate woodwork is on display throughout each home, while lovely arched-top windows adorn almost every room and nearly a dozen chandeliers glisten in the space above!
Visit their website at: www.havishamhouse.com
Located on Main Street in historic downtown Alto Pass, the Alto Wine Trail Loft provides new and unique accommodations for experiencing the wineries and wilderness of Southern Illinois. Close to all the cabins in Southern Illinois, the Wine Loft is a vacation loft rental in Southern Illinois. A unique getaway in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest, the Loft is a private vacation rental, close to Giant City, Southern Illinois University, and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
Visit their website at: www.altowinetrailloft.com
Alto Clay Works is the home of Steve Grimmer’s studio, a showroom for handmade functional pottery, a classroom for adult and youth pottery classes, and resident artist studios. In 2015, Steve completed construction of a large, two-chamber wood burning kiln which is fired in November, January, and April.
Visit their website at www.altoclayworks.com
Taqueria Pequena, the Little House of Tacos, is located in Cobden, IL. It offers a variety of different items and a selection of meats, including Steak, Chicken, Pork, Chorizo and occasionally Tongue!
Visit their facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Taqueria-Pequeña-Little-House-of-Tacos-1248519585270505
The Old Feed Store hosts smaller events such as classes, seminars or business presentations to family or class reunions, retirement parties or wedding receptions and showers. The Old Feed Store can be customized to meet your needs. The Old Feed Store has seating for up to 125 people, audio-visual support including a 47″ TV, PA and sound system, basic or custom linen service, and free popcorn.
Visit their website at www.theoldfeedstore.com
Located among the beautiful rollings hills of the Shawnee National Forest just south of Carbondale, IL, Von Jakob offers an enjoyable atmosphere to relax and unwind. Their spacious decks (covered and uncovered) and cozy fireplaces provide an opportunity to relax and unwind any time of the year. With over 20 varieties of wine and a growing craft brewery, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Visit their website at: www.vonjakobvineyard.com
Historic Hull House is an Italianate style Victorian home built in 1887 by William H. Hull House and boasts a stellar reputation of elegance, charm and rich history. Hull House is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The newly renovated Inn’s historic structure and interior still reflects an overall elegant Victorian nuance. Overnight guest accommodations feature three unique themed quarters with private bath. Overnight and event venue guests enjoy the charm and comfort of Inn’s formal dining area with adjacent kitchen, cozy sitting parlour and private courtyard. Luxury linens, silver tea service and motto “give us the details we do the rest” hallmark this historic destination.
Visit their website at: www.historichullhouseinn.com
Visit their facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Unique-Shops-of-Murphysboro-Events-1509222099349428
I Am Java is a locally-owned, family-owned, and veteran-owned Specialty Coffee House. They specialize in hot and cold coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, espresso, and specialty teas. They believe in their community and support their community with 100% of all tips going to various community needs.
Their Mission Statement:
Love All. Serve Selflessly. Encounter Community.
Coffee + CommUnity
Visit their website at www.iamjavacoffeehouse.com
HeBrewz Coffeehouse has recently opened to serve the community of Jonesboro, Illinois and the surrounding communities in Union County. As a family owned and operated business, they take pride in creating a comfortable and relaxing place to enjoy some coffee or make a quick stop on your lunch break.
Furthermore, they offer an extensive menu that includes all the coffee and tea you can dream up, in addition to a host of breakfast and lunch items. If you have a special occasion they offer room rentals.
Visit their website at: hebrewzcoffeehouse.com
A family owned and operated business, Jus10’s Frozen Yogurt provides you the opportunity to create any flavor and topping combination you desire with their self- serve frozen treat stations. The flavor combinations are unlimited, and they also offer special flavors that change with the seasons. Their building offers a unique and relaxing environment to enjoy time with friends and family, while you enjoy ice cream treats.
Visit their website at: frozenyogurtannail.com