Straw bale bed and breakfast in Southern Illinois

Straw bale bed and breakfast in Southern Illinois

Straw bale bed and breakfast in Southern Illinois

August 13, 1:22 AMOzarks Travel ExaminerPatsy Bell Hobson

Truth window showing that our room REALLY IS made of straw. photo pbh

Green living is more than a commitment at home.This new Southern Illinois green bed & breakfast is getting a steady business simply by word of mouth. The Makanda Inn is an energy efficient small retreat and B&B.

Makanda Inn incorporates both high and low-tech methods for minimizing its impact on the environment. Most impressive is the straw bale wall construction which provides energy efficiency and insulation. Mikanda Inn supports several local farmers and artisans. Much of the spectacular art is from local artists and craftsmen.

The seasonal breakfast menu showcases natural ingredients broth organic and sustainable when available. Breakfast this morning will be strawberry French toast for the six guests staying at the inn.

On the way are a natural swimming pool, outdoor musical performances on a to-be-built stage, a hot soaking tub and hiking trails. Makanda Inn is landscaping now and although the Inn looks like it is under construction, it has been occupied by the owners for about a year.

Guests hear about the b&b’s four completed rooms by word of mouth. If you would like to enjoy the early stages of what promises to be long term commitment to our community, check for availability on the Makanda Inn website.

The fall promises to be a busy time for the Inn because they are in the heart of the Shawnee Wine Trail. It’s the kind of harmonious retreat where guests tend to return and consider the Inn a private getaway.

Mikanda Inn is growing and changing everyday, keep up with their progress at the Mikanda Inn website. Southernmost Illinois Touism Bureau has the most uptodate information about fall events and festivals. For more information about the area B & Bs,Shawnee Wine Trail links to a B&B website.

Makanda Inn, 855 Old Lower Cobden Road, Makanda, Illinois 62958, phone: (618) 697-7929.

Makanda Inn is not yet handicap accessible, but will soon be accessible in good weather.

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