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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Hiking, Biking, Fire Place & Hot Tub

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Just South Of Carbondale, IL

The Cabin House property overlooks the beauty of the Shawnee National Forest.

This property is located just south of Carbondale, IL between Cobden and Alto Pass perfect location to visit many attractions. Also Great for Couples to get away from it all.

The property owners are opening Shawnee Forest Campground in Vienna, IL May 2018. So this property will be closing soon. Thank you for staying with us.

Gary and Andrea Dahmer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Gary and Andrea Dahmer

Born and Raised in Southern Illinois. We know the back roads and the best kept secrets of the Shawnee Hills. Southern Illinois University Graduate and all around people person.

Gary and Andrea Dahmer purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Gary and Andrea Dahmer chose Alto Pass

Located close to everything such as Carbondale, Anna, Cobden, Alto Pass, and all the wineries. The Views are awesome at this property that is why we choose it for a great rental property.

What makes this cabin unique

Privacy of a stand alone cabin.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for our wonderful stay. Everything was very clean. We had plenty of clean towels for the week. The extra pillows were a nice touch too. We were so happy to find the coffee that you provided because we forgot ours. The weather was mild so we enjoyed the deck and grill. Thank you for being there when we got lost on the wine trail. We will be back again.
Dec 2015
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Alto Pass Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 bath with Full Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Tempur Pedic - 1 double
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming


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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Hiking, Biking, Fire Place & Hot Tub
average rating of 4.6486487 based on 38 reviews

The picture of the backyard view is the real thing!

  • 5 of 5

If you want a nice getaway for the weekend, I strongly recommend this place. Everything is what they tell you, hot tub also a major plus!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying at our vacation rental! We are so happy you had a great time! Thank you, Gary and Andrea
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  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we expected. Perfect location. Hot tub was NICE!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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BAD hot tub, stove and dishwasher---unfriendly and indifferent owners

  • 1 of 5

We booked this house (not cabin) for a ladies wine trip. We chose it because of the hot tub. When we arrived Friday the water in the tub was below body temp. in the 80's. We turned the temperature up to 101 after two hours it was not heating up, I texted the owners twice explaining the problem - got no response.

Our second night we came back to discover we were locked out. The key they leave only opens the backdoor which has a deadbolt you can not use or you are locked out. When I called I got no answer, Gary did call back offered no apology but instead made it sound like it was my mistake. Mysteriously he had not received the hot tub messages I sent to the same number. We waited 40 minutes to be let in by Andrea - no apology at all. I explained the hot tub problem she was indifferent to the situation, "would try to get it working".

The oven smoked and smelled of chemicals. The inside of the stove and door were smoking like a cleaner had been left on-could not use it. The dish washer did not work.

I asked for a partial credit for the hot tub amenity we were unable to use but got no response.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you need

  • 5 of 5

The view from the deck was beautiful. Right in the middle of all the wineries.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location, clean and quite

  • 5 of 5

Thought the location was perfect for a night in Carbondale a trip to wineries and hiking the many wonderful trails southern has offer. The House was quite, cozy and clean.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Amazingly peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Myself and 2 friends stayed for 5 days in this great cabin backing up to Shawnee Forest. The house was great, a quaint little house with comfy beds and a fully stocked kitchen. Everything was clean and comfortable. The back deck was amazing for sitting out at night and looking at the stars. I highly recommend this location. And Andrea and Gary's recommendation for the Brickstone for part of the trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

During your stay you may want to visit the many hiking trails of the Shawnee National Forest, Bike the back roads, or tour the wineries, Golf the Golf Trail.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 14.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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