Things to Do | Restaurants, Antique Shopping, Crafts

An eclectic array of unique shopping in southern Illinois

Fine Dining, Best Food in Town, Groceries, and Antique Shops.

Our southern Illiois cabins are located in Makanda, Illinois; a perfect starting point to explore the region.

We've pulled together a collection of places we have been or recommend to eat, buy groceries, or the always fun day of antiquing.


Anna, Cobden and Carbondale will be your main destinations for markets and dining. There are always places in between, but these will help guide you. Several Walgreens in the area too.


Be sure to take a stroll through Cobden and stop by Village Arts and Gifts to see more local art. Check out the Old Feed Store and see about their upcoming events. Drive down to Flamm's Orchard and, depending on the season, take home some fresh apples, strawberries, peaches and home made goodies. You'll find orchards everywhere in the area - Cobden, Alto Pass, Murphysboro.

Local shops are usually where you find treasures to take home, with a story behind your purchase.

Make time along your way to stop at the Makanda Boardwalk and have a cup of Makanda Java, ice cream or sandwiches. While you're there, stop in and look at Dave's garden at the Rain Maker Studio, or Visions Art Studio. Maybe you'll be here for the Makanda Boardwalk Vulture Fest in the fall. Local residents celebrate the black and turkey vulture's annual migration each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. The weekend festival features live music and displays by local artists for purchase.

Makanda Boardwalk Makanda Boardwalk

Antique Shops

Pack Rat Paradise | 220 S. Front St, Cobden Illinois | 618-713-1989

Off The Beaten Path |333 Willard Ferry Rd, Jonesboro Illinois |618-833-5999

Heartland Roots | 1339 Walnut St, Murphysboro IL | 618-967-4562

Wine Trail Antiques | 201 S Jefferson Cobden IL Union County 618-893-4800

Wolf Creek Antiques | Crafts Mall 215 South Broadway Street, Goreville IL Johnson County 618-995-9654

Annabelle Market | 300 S. Main, Anna IL | 618-833-9366

Meyer's Flea Market and Antique Mall | 4575 E. Vienna St. Anna IL Union County 618-924-2355

There are too many new places to eat to list here. Go to Southern Illinois Eats to keep up with the plethora of foodie experiences!

What to do first? Relax.