Makanda Inn and Cottages

Makanda Inn and Cottages, located in Makanda, Illinois, is close to the Shawnee National Forest, and a 25-minute drive to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. This beautiful, rustic inn is focused on sustainability and designed as an adult escape. The Makanda Inn and Cottages make for a remarkably unique experience.

The mission of Makanda Inn and Cottages, the prototype for sustainable development for Camp Zest, “is to bring people together to create a network of small-scale retreats featuring all forms of natural building materials and techniques.”

The Inn is run as a B&B sits on 18 acres of woodlands, with Drury Creek running through it. The rooms in the inn and cottages boast a king-size pillow-top mattress and high-quality linens. For registered guests, there is a bar in the evening, and in the mornings a sumptuous breakfast is offered at the inn (and the cottages upon advanced request). The cottages feature living rooves that are comprised of mushroom compost, mulch, topsoil, and perlite to encourage nature to live there. The cottages have plenty of space and offer amenities to prepare your own breakfasts for privacy and to enjoy the lush woodlands right outside your door.

Makanda Inn and Cottages uses eco-friendly techniques and sustainable supplies bearing a low carbon footprint. The inn and cottages are made out of local and natural building materials such as straw bales, earthen plaster, recycled plastic, and reclaimed wood.

Contact Information

Makanda Inn and Cottages
Reservations and Information:

Old Lower Cobden Road, Makanda, Illinois 62958, United States

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Other Information

  • Seasons Open

    Open all seasons
  • Prices and Fees

    Prices may vary depending on cottage/suite
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    Makanda Inn & Cottages is Southern Illinois’ most energy-efficient small retreat of its kind. Our utilization of both high and low-tech emission reduction methods were used in construction and are still maintained today. Some of the features include: Exterior straw bale walls above grade for great sound insulation and unparalleled energy efficiency. A stone chimney mass heater that burns at very high heat to reduce emissions using the most renewable resource on the property – wood. Usage of re-purposed materials, including roofing materials and doors. A Sanyo ECO-i high-efficiency heat pump heating and cooling system in each suite so guests can maintain a temperature that is right for them.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    Dogs are allowed in our West End cottage and in the Loft. Additional fees apply and a signed pet agreement is required.