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Guidebook for Cobden

Bonnie

Guidebook for Cobden

My Favourite Spots
Lots of great places to visit and eat out in the wider area. We own Packrats Paradise - so much more than just antiques. Check us out. The Union County Museum also has a shop with antiques & other neat items for sale. Iron Whisk, next door to our store in Cobden, makes the best breakfasts in Southernmost Illinois, hands down. Lunches are delicious as well. They don't serve dinner, but dinner can be enjoyed at Downtown Abbey in Cobden. The Abbey makes homemade pizza that is sooooo tasty. Their sauces are homemade & delicious - also spaghetti, various sandwiches(on homemade buns) & salads that are yummy. Locally owned, friendly & vegetarian/gluten free options. The infamous Taqueria Pequena provides traditional and tasty lunches and dinners - great ideas to take with you if you're going for a hike or somewhere scenic. Steam Shovel Coffee and Route 51 BBQ have opened in the last year. Due to Covid-19 some places are take out only, others you can dine outside. Check out the Shawnee Wine Trail, The Beer Trail, local organic farms, alpacas, bison, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, cows - it's fun touring around the area - amazing scenic, hiking & climbing attractions in our area. Printed brochures are located in the binder when you enter. Enjoy your stay!!!!
So so good. That is all. :)
The Iron Whisk Bistro & Bar
200 S Front St
So so good. That is all. :)
Homemade and delicious. Check them out!
Downtown Abbey
215 N Appleknocker Dr
Homemade and delicious. Check them out!
Shopping
Visiting the Makanda Boardwalk is a unique experience. The Makanda Trading Company is one of four shops along the boardwalk. They are all unique! Sandwiches, coffee and ice cream available.
Makanda Trading Company
510 Makanda Road
Visiting the Makanda Boardwalk is a unique experience. The Makanda Trading Company is one of four shops along the boardwalk. They are all unique! Sandwiches, coffee and ice cream available.
If you like antiques, vintage, repurposed items, handmade & regifts, you'll love walking around in Packrats. We support local artists, artisans and growers. Prices are very reasonable. Lots of unique finds.
Pack Rats Paradise Antique Mall
220 South Front Street
If you like antiques, vintage, repurposed items, handmade & regifts, you'll love walking around in Packrats. We support local artists, artisans and growers. Prices are very reasonable. Lots of unique finds.
Food Scene
I can't say enough good things about this quaint, family-run business. The food is authentic and delicious. It's affordable for the whole family. Dine in, outside on the patio or take with you.
Taqueria Pequena
105 South Appleknocker
I can't say enough good things about this quaint, family-run business. The food is authentic and delicious. It's affordable for the whole family. Dine in, outside on the patio or take with you.
Delicious food for lunch or a special dinner out. Located at Hedman Vineyards on the way up to Bald Knob. Check their website or facebook page for hours.
Peach Barn Cafe
560 Chestnut St
Delicious food for lunch or a special dinner out. Located at Hedman Vineyards on the way up to Bald Knob. Check their website or facebook page for hours.
Great variety of coffee, tea and other drinks to choose from. A funky little place in old downtown Anna. Many guests go there for coffee and wifi. Open mic nights on Thursdays. Closed on Sundays.
Kiki's Coffee House
326 South Main Street
Great variety of coffee, tea and other drinks to choose from. A funky little place in old downtown Anna. Many guests go there for coffee and wifi. Open mic nights on Thursdays. Closed on Sundays.
Abbey Ridge Brewery on Hwy 127 burned down while back. It's being rebuilt and should be opening soon. The same folks have opened this great restaurant in downtown Cobden. Homemade pizza & sauce, yummy salads, homemade buns - gluten free crust & buns are homemade too! It's directly across from Spruce Carwash, on the corner.
Downtown Abbey
215 N Appleknocker Dr
Abbey Ridge Brewery on Hwy 127 burned down while back. It's being rebuilt and should be opening soon. The same folks have opened this great restaurant in downtown Cobden. Homemade pizza & sauce, yummy salads, homemade buns - gluten free crust & buns are homemade too! It's directly across from Spruce Carwash, on the corner.
Arts & Culture
The Tasting Room hosts works of local artists & serves as a venue for music & other local events. Enjoy a spectacular view of the vineyards & Southern Illinois. Part of the Shawnee Wine Trail.
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Alto Vineyards
8515 Illinois 127
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The Tasting Room hosts works of local artists & serves as a venue for music & other local events. Enjoy a spectacular view of the vineyards & Southern Illinois. Part of the Shawnee Wine Trail.
Cobden Museum
206 S Front St
The Old Feed Store is a unique venue for music, markets and more! Check their facebook page to see what's happening during your stay.
The Old Feed Store
111 North Appleknocker Drive
The Old Feed Store is a unique venue for music, markets and more! Check their facebook page to see what's happening during your stay.
Parks & Nature
Quite a few of my guests have gone and love it. It's a rocky climb over rocks and water, but very beautiful.
Little Grand Canyon
Quite a few of my guests have gone and love it. It's a rocky climb over rocks and water, but very beautiful.
Beautiful views. Easy to climb trails. Very busy during peak season, but worth the trip.
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Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
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Beautiful views. Easy to climb trails. Very busy during peak season, but worth the trip.
My friends Mark or Joe are great guides for trips on the Cache River and for the area in general. Call and book a reservation for a canoe, kayak and do self-guided or guided. I recommend guided!
White Crane Canoe Rentals & Guide Service
240 Dean Ln
My friends Mark or Joe are great guides for trips on the Cache River and for the area in general. Call and book a reservation for a canoe, kayak and do self-guided or guided. I recommend guided!
We'll need to give your directions to Kaolin pond, although it is located on the Shawnee Hills Forest Map if you have one. It's a great swimming hole and has a hiking trail. Nice spot for a picnic as well. A former clay pit, there are still pockets of clay in the pond that you can dig up and shape.
Kaolin Pit Lane
We'll need to give your directions to Kaolin pond, although it is located on the Shawnee Hills Forest Map if you have one. It's a great swimming hole and has a hiking trail. Nice spot for a picnic as well. A former clay pit, there are still pockets of clay in the pond that you can dig up and shape.
An easy hike with beautiful rock formations.
Pomona Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge Road
An easy hike with beautiful rock formations.
Hiking trails and places to picnic and camp.
Trail of Tears State Forest
Hiking trails and places to picnic and camp.
Holy Boulders has the largest concentration of boulders in Southern Illinois. October to April is the best rock-climbing season in this area, both for temperature and minimal ticks etc.
Holy Boulders
1975 Hutchins Creek Rd
Holy Boulders has the largest concentration of boulders in Southern Illinois. October to April is the best rock-climbing season in this area, both for temperature and minimal ticks etc.
The trail is below the bluff and lookout on Skyline Drive - the road connecting Old 51 and Hwy. 127. Begin & return to Alto Pass -an easy & scenic trail on the former railway bed. Easy walking or bike ride. Choice to climb the stairs up to the Skyline overlook(which can also be accessed by car just outside of Alto Pass).
Quetil Trail
The trail is below the bluff and lookout on Skyline Drive - the road connecting Old 51 and Hwy. 127. Begin & return to Alto Pass -an easy & scenic trail on the former railway bed. Easy walking or bike ride. Choice to climb the stairs up to the Skyline overlook(which can also be accessed by car just outside of Alto Pass).
Everything Else
In Sync has a massage therapist for everyone's needs. If you are on your own, a couple or with a few people they will try to accommodate your schedule. Ask about prebooking - I'm the manager there : )
In Sync Mind Body Therapy Center
2031 South Illinois Avenue
In Sync has a massage therapist for everyone's needs. If you are on your own, a couple or with a few people they will try to accommodate your schedule. Ask about prebooking - I'm the manager there : )
On the way up to Bald Knob you will pass through the historic town of Alto Pass. Pick up something for a picnic at Grammer's Market. Alto Clay Works is located on the way out to Hwy. 127. You'll also find Rendleman Orchards Market, Van Jacob Winery and Alto Vineyards as you head west.
Alto Pass
On the way up to Bald Knob you will pass through the historic town of Alto Pass. Pick up something for a picnic at Grammer's Market. Alto Clay Works is located on the way out to Hwy. 127. You'll also find Rendleman Orchards Market, Van Jacob Winery and Alto Vineyards as you head west.