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Best Location on the Southern Illinois Wine Trail! 2 min to Winery! AMAZING

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8-10)


1055625 VRBO CAN BE COMBINED TO MAKE 4 BEDROOMS Can hold 20 people total with both units.

Close to all the Southern Illinois Cabins in the Shawnee National Forest, near Giant City State Park, and hiking and fishing.

We are close to Giant City State Park and the amazing Shawnee Hills wine trail in Southern Illinois. We are located in the Heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. People from all around say that we have the Best Location to the Shawnee National Forest and the wine trail.

Our Loft is ideal for Birthdays, weddings, and just a great getaway! Sleep perfectly at the Alto Wine Trail Loft knowing that you are in a wonderful place that is so close to everything. NOW WE HAVE DISH NETWORK TV!!



Daily Rates Change When over 10 People Stay at the Alto Loft.

We do require Fri. & Sat. be rented together.





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Brian Stone
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Brian Stone

I am a graduate of SIU and now the proud owner of the Alto Wine Trail Loft.

Brian Stone purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Brian Stone chose Illinois

I have chosen this location because it is in the Heart of The Wine Trail & Shawnee National Forest. It is also a short drive to Southern Illinois University, Giant City, Cedar Lake, Alto Vineyards, Trails End Lodge, Hedman Orchard and Vineyard, Broken Wheel Ranch, Gity Stables, Rustle Hill Vineyard.

What makes this cabin unique

*On the Wine Trail *In the heart of the Shawnee Forest *Less than a mile from 3 vineyards *Wonderful restored Loft one of a kind. *2 minute walk to the Alto Pass Look out


Alto Pass Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Best Location on the Southern Illinois Wine Trail! 2 min to Winery! AMAZING
average rating of 4.9058824 based on 85 reviews

Perfect location on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

  • 5 of 5

This place was a great location to check out the wineries and also was very nice on the inside! Plenty of room for the six of us to celebrate a Bachelorette party. Brian was super helpful with recommending places to go!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Service, but misleading description

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Big Sky Cabin and I must say the service Brian provided leading up to our stay was incredible. He offered suggestions on area attractions, provided contact numbers, accommodated a few changes I needed to make and was always super courteous and quick to respond. On top of that, during our stay we needed a few items and his staff delivered promptly. 5 stars for service without a doubt!!! However, I will suggest that I think the description is a little misleading for Big Sky. It says it can sleep 20, but I would say it sleeps 12 at best (that's with 8 in a bed and 4 on couches). There are no sofa sleepers, so we were provided several air mattresses for the 18 of us that stayed for a bachelorette party and I'd call it a pretty tight fit. And sadly, the air mattresses had holes and the pumps didn't work - but as stated, his staff addressed the issue quickly! Perhaps charge full price for up to 12, but beyond that if you're provided air mattresses I feel a sizeable discount would be appropriate. The inside of this property was BEAUTIFUL though! We loved the separate living space and game room. Plenty of room to hang out and spread out, just not the sleeping space it says it has. If I could make one suggestion, it would be to attend to the outside of the property as much as the inside is addressed. A good power wash would do wonders to the entry way and would make a much better first impression as guests pull up! Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the service everyone provided. We left happy!! Thank you, Brian!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love, love, LOVE THIS PLACE!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the rear loft for a girlfriends' weekend last weekend, and it was perfect! It was actually my second time staying at the lofts, and I won't ever stay anywhere else in Shawnee! It's the perfect mix of in town yet away from it all, and it has everything you could want or need. I highly (and reluctantly because I want it to be available the next time I make a trip down) recommend the rear loft with the private patio, and the owner, Brian, really does go above and beyond! You can't do any better than Alto Wine Trail Loft!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great service. Low key girls/bachelorette werkend

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location. Good space. Brian was easy to work with. Slept 5 per loft very comfortably. Could squeeze in more air mattresses if needed. Toilet broke during our stay (it happens!). Fixed quickly. Brian easy to get ahold of and dropped off goodies! Thank you! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint little town

  • 5 of 5

Alto Wine Loft was very nice...great location and accommodations. Brian took good care of us and we would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful graduation week-end.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the Alto Wine Loft for our daughters graduation from SIU and had both units. We had family who came in from many states and this was a great gathering spot. There is definitely not room to sleep 20, it should be advertised differently I believe. Thank goodness my brother and wife were able to find another cabin to help sleep overflow. The units are clean and very comfortable and I would recommend this for getting away in beautiful southern Illinois or if you have an event at SIU. It's only a 30 minute drive into town and you are able to enjoy the beautiful countryside and winery's in the area. Thank you Brian for helping make my daughters graduation a wonderful memory with our family!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest

*2 minute walk to the Alto Pass Look-out

*1 minute drive to the vineyard for dinner

*5 minute drive to Trails End Lodge for live music and drinks.

*5 minute drive to Horseback riding at broken-wheel ranch

*1 minute walk to the hiking trail on the old railroad

*5 minute drive to Ceadar lake for fishing

*8 minutes away from Yellow moon Cafe

*2 minutes to Alto Vineyard for wine tasting


Rates & Availability

Alto Pass Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 18 2017 - Aug 24 2017
5 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Sep 29 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund