Coveted 2024 Eclipse Viewing at the Crossroads of the 2017 and 2024 Solar Eclipses.

April 8, 2024 there will be a total solar eclipse spanning over Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

Southern Illinois is now known as the Eclipse Crossroads. The path of the 2024 eclipse will cross the path of the 2017 eclipse.

Makanda/Carbondale is on the center-line of the path of totality for the 2024 Eclipse. We are 295 Panther's Den Road, Makanda, Illinois. Pretty Awesome!

We will experience four minutes and nine seconds of totality, nearly double what was seen in 2017, and a mere 19 seconds short of the eclipse maximum in the U.S. This is where the two eclipse paths form an intersection.

We cannot predict if it will be cloudy! For 2017 the main celebrations were held at the Carbondale Arena. Thousands of people were there, including NASA and other scientists from around the world. Unfortunately, the clouds blocked totality until the last few seconds. However for those in our area the clouds parted and we did not miss a second. For our guests, revelers and scientists at Blue Sky Vineyard, and people who just pulled over on the side of the road, it was surreal.

Below are just a few images from our 2017 eclipse guest Michael Vaughn!

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Below is a recent image from one of our guests taken from The Cove Cabin. He used time lapse photography. There is no light pollution as far out in the country as we are.

Milky Way over The Cove Cabin

We have had hundreds of requests to stay for the 2024 stay. The calls started coming in before the 2017 eclipse finished its path.

The coolest thing about our location? We are at a fairly high elevation. The Creole sits at the highest point on the property. We were at The Creole Cabin in 2017. During the eclipse a 360 degree sunset was visible. Wow! We were joined by experienced eclipse scientists from Germany who had requested to be at our site. Thankfully, we were also joined by an interpreter!

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Note: Our 2024 Solar Eclipse Package will be exactly what we did for the 2017 Eclipse.

For those that are able to reserve the dates, it will be an unforgettable experience, putting you in the heart of the celebrations, already getting started, leading up to the to the ultimate show, four minutes and nine seconds of totality. Having been through the last eclipse, it is a very emotional experience.

Totality lasts a few minutes, but the phases of a total solar eclipse last hours.

The Corona of a Total Eclipse

The Corona of a Total Solar Eclipse - only visible during totality. This is the moment you are awestruck, the evening crickets and frogs begin, and the emotion rises in your chest.

2024 Eclipse Package
Three Packages are currently available:

The Cove Cabin, The French Creole Cabin, and The Hollow Cabin

Note: The Eclipse Package is not yet available to book as we are still fine-tuning it. We hope to be notifying those on our mailing list soon as to when and how the dates can be booked.

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We are still tweaking our package, but the 2024 Eclipse Package will be very close to what we did in 2017. In 2017 it was $925 per night, four night stay, with a percentage going to two animal/wildlife not-for-profits. We want to be upfront that it will not be our normal rates because of the unique occasion, to help defray our costs, and to help out the local animal shelters.

This is a rare opportunity to witness totality for over four minutes, set in a luxury cabin in the middle of the Shawnee National Forest, walking distance to Blue Sky Vineyard, who will be having their own celebration.

Totality lasts a few minutes, but the phases of a total solar eclipse last hours.

We have about four spay/neuter programs we are considering and when we decide, will post who will be receiving a donation.

If this is something you are interested in, we would love for you to sign up for our newsletter. Even when there is not a total eclipse, 295 Panther's Den Road is a magical oasis for a getaway, any time of the year.

The Total Solar Eclipse 2017; Point of Longest Duration, Makanda was an amazing event!

NASA put the pin for Greatest Duration by our property and Blue Sky Vineyard.

Rocky Comfort Cabins donated 20% of each package net amount to the following local charities.

Habitat for Humanity - Jackson Union County

Free Again Wildlife Rescue

The point of Greatest Duration happened in the solar corner of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Not only is each of our cabins partially powered by Photovoltaic technology, but Blue Sky Vineyard just finished having a full solar array put up at its winery. What a great way to promote solar energy.

The Solar Eclipse was a spectacular event and a much needed ethereal distraction for this country. This somewhat brief, magnificent experience allowed all of us fortunate enough to see it in its totality to step outside of ourselves and remember that indeed, there are things much bigger than ourselves and to live in the moment, enveloped in a celestial peace.

Read our Blog on the eclipse and check out other great links with more info on the eclipse. Eclipse 2017 | Astronomy Magazine

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Rocky Comfort Cabins will deliver the 20% portion of the eclipse stay the week after the eclipse.

"Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Jackson - Union County Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. Jackson, Union County Habitat is a 100% Volunteer organization and is completely self-funded."

Find out more about Jackson Union County Habitat for Humanity

Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation

"Free Again, Inc. began in 1988 by Beverly Shofstall, while working as a veterinary technician at Central Hospital for Animals in Herrin. The facility has since grown and now takes in over 450 animals annually. We are Southern Illinois's largest and only all species facility. A dedicated staff of volunteers provides nursing and hospital care to distressed wildlife.

The purposes of Free Again are:

  • to rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife for return to their natural environment
  • to study the behavior and diseases of wildlife
  • to educate the public on the importance of all wildlife in our environment.

Some animals, primarily non-releasable birds of prey, are kept for educational programs in order for Free Again to continue educating children and adults around the region."

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  • Recuperating bald eagles
  • Orphaned baby squirrels
  • Rescued fawns
  • Beautiful Barred Owl
  • River Otter

Rocky Comfort Cabins will deliver the 20% portion of the eclipse stay the week after the eclipse.