If you are looking to take your significant other on a romantic getaway in Illinois but don't want to deal with the skyscrapers and noise of Chicago, you need to check out this beautiful Inn way down in Southern Illinois!

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According to the travel website tripstodiscover.com, one of the most romantic getaways in the Land of Lincoln is not in the big city of Chicago but wayyyy down south in Makanda, Illinois at a place called the Makanda Inn. What makes the Makanda Inn a great romantic getaway? On the site they say...

"The retreat is on 18 acres of woodlands in the Shawnee National Forest. You can stay in a cottage to embrace the beauty and simplicity of nature. The Makanda Inn only allows guests over age 13, and one cottage allows dogs. Breakfast can be added to your reservation for an additional fee. This inn makes a nice home base for a couple’s trip because it is near the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail that connects 11 wineries for tastings and tours."

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I will say that this place sounds terrific, my idea of a romantic getaway would 1000% include skyscrapers and fancy dinners overlooking the skyline, but even I could get behind the Makanda Inn. One thing that stands out to me is the fact that it is near the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, I have heard nothing but great things about the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail since I moved to the Quincy area from Chicago. I also love that they won't let you bring young kids to the Makanda Inn, how nice is it knowing you and your partner will be at a place where they can guarantee you there will be no screaming children?

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