#loveourguests “Oh my goodness!!! We have stayed in several Airbnbs, but this place tops them all. The hospitality was beyond anything we expected. The cozy decor and amenities are fantastic. The minute we walked into the place, our kids (9 and 11) asked, “Could we please come here every year?!!!” The owners even made little goodie bags for the kids, which included--among other things--the most delicious chocolate chip brownies we’ve ever had. There were four cozy white bathrobes for all of us to enjoy on a cool evening after relaxing in the hot tub. This very well might be a “regular” stopping point for our family! :)” Fall is one of the prettiest times for exploring the Shawnee Forest! Our Apartment is located in a separate building from the main house, over a three car garage. We are in the historic part of town and three blocks from the town square where there are several restaurants and a coffee shop. The Apartment has one flight of stairs from your private entry. The front door has a lock code/keypad entrance. We send guests the code about a week before your reservation, usually by email. Free wireless internet access and Alexa (voice activated personal assistant) make it easy to stay connected. DISH satellite television will add to your enjoyment when you are here.
Whether you are here for business or exploring the Shawnee Forest, we hope to change your lodging experience by your stay with us. When you are here, relax in this two bedroom apartment to enjoy as your "home away from home". Because of the private entrance our guests enjoy coming and going as they please.
• 800 square foot Apartment, Apartment is in a building detached from house, over our 3 car garage
• Bedroom 1: Queen bed, walk in closet, ceiling fan, individual air conditioner, high quality bedding, chair, extra sheets, blankets, iron/ironing board, fire extinguisher, leather chair
• Bedroom 2: Two single beds, walk in closet, ceiling fan, individual air conditioner, high quality bedding, rattan chair, extra sheets, blankets
• Room for an air mattress if you need another sleeping spot, we don't charge additional for another guest or two.
• We provide soft, fluffy bath towels, hand towels, and high end amenities such as shampoo, soap, lotions, etc. Tub surround has two shower heads and specialty soap.
• New hot tub with five seats and a lounger. It has extra wide steps and a handle bar for easy entry and beautiful lights for night. Seats have different style jets for a relaxing massage. We keep the water temperature around 98 and cooler in summer. Bluetooth speakers allow you to put music on your phone, connect and listen through the marine speakers built into the hot tub. We provide spa robes and towels for your comfort in going out and in the hot tub.
• We also have a new (2017) washer and dryer located in the garage under the Apartment for guest use.
Our Apartment is located in a separate building from the main house, over a three car garage. We are in the historic part of town and three blocks from the town square where there are several restaurants and a coffee shop. The Apartment has one flight of stairs from the front entry. The front door has a lock code. We send guests the code about a week before your reservation, usually by email. Free wireless internet access and Alexa (voice activated personal assistant) make it easy to stay connected. DISH satellite television will add to your enjoyment when you are here.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a four burner stove and oven, microwave, full size refrigerator, toaster, utensils, pots/pans, dishes, silverware, a Mr. Coffee to brew your coffee or a Keurig coffee maker. There is a fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink and also one in the back bedroom, along with a carbon monoxide detector.
Relax on the leather sofa while you enjoy the 40 inch HD wall mounted TV on DISH network or watch a DVD. There is a drawer of DVD's for your use in the library area. Along with the live DISH channels, we have many family friendly movies on the DVR. If you are a music lover, we have a blue tooth speaker system where you can connect your phone and enjoy your music while you are visiting. Alexa is a voice activated personal assistant who will help share the weather forecast , play music and provide information from the internet. "Alexa, what is the weather today in Harrisburg?"
For leisure time, there is a library nook for working or relaxing in a rattan cushioned chair. We have several book on finances, history, biography, marriage, etc. for your enjoyment. A secure internet connection is available with the password provided upon check-in.
The bathroom has a tub surround, with a dual shower head. Fluffy towels and upscale amenities are provided for guests. It is down the hallway before the bedrooms.
If you prefer outside, the Apartment has a pagoda covered with UV protection fabric. The seating area has a swing, Adirondack style chairs, water features, flowering and tropical plants, and a hammock from Nicaragua. It's a great place for a morning cup of coffee or sweet tea during the day! We are less than a mile from the beautiful Harrisburg Park with playground equipment for all ages, swings by the pond for adults, basketball, fitness machines, several bridges, and a lit walking trail. It's beautiful in the spring when the trees are in full bloom or fall when the leaves are red and yellow. Tennis courts and the community pool are also available at the park.
The Tunnel Hill Bike Trail runs thru Harrisburg and is half a mile from the Apartment. It is a beautiful bike ride thru scenic forest, farmlands, and as you near Vienna (47 miles of trail) there are several trestle bridges. These are from when the trail was an old railway bed. The museum in Vienna that tells the story of how the trains would rumble through this part of the country. We love the "Tunnel Hill" section of the trail. The Tunnel Hill trail head is a great place to begin your walk or bike ride and runs 9.3 miles to the Vienna Park where the museum is located.
Hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, biking, and all kinds of outdoor activities are available in our area. The Shawnee National Forest Headquarters is located in Harrisburg, about two miles from the Apartment. We have hiking maps at the Apartment so you can get an overview of the area as you make your hiking plans. Harrisburg is the Gateway to the 286,400 acres of the Shawnee National Forest. This is where your "Trail to Adventures" can begin. Hiking choices include the Garden of the Gods, Illinois Ozarks Mountains, Little Grand Canyon, Bell Smith Springs, Burden Falls Wilderness, Pounds Hollow Lake, Ox-Lot Cave and Giant City State Park, and the list goes on and on.
The Shawnee Forest is located in the southern tip of Illinois and offers an unique variety of outdoor opportunities and ever-changing landscapes. Located between two rivers (Ohio & Mississippi) this area has a rolling landscape and rugged bluffs that are home to many different types of plant and animal life. Biking or hiking is also a favorite on the Tunnel Hill State trail which leads from Harrisburg to Vienna along 47 miles including 23 trestle bridges (one is 450 feet long), and includes the namesake railway tunnel of 543 feet. The trail winds up and down beautiful countryside and thru parts of the Shawnee Forest. There are benches periodically along the trail and several bathrooms. The Vienna Park is a very nice stop and has a museum which tells the story of the railroad.
We also have two Wine Trails, unique to our area, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and the Southern Illinois Wine Trail. Both feature many beautiful venues.
Our region is also known for the opportunities it offers for fishing (bass, catfish, redear sunfish, bluegill) and hunting (white tail deer, geese, duck, partridge, turkey, quail).
We are one hour from Paducah, Kentucky which is home to thousands of quilters during the American Quilters Society QuiltWeeks. Paducah will be hosting two QuiltWeeks each year, the Spring (April) and Fall (September). Book early for these dates because these events attract artists and quilters from around the world. The Quilt Museum in Paducah is a must see when in the area.
We have several races that are held in our area, the largest being the River to River Relay Race where teams of eight runners compete on an 80 mile course from the Mississippi River to the Ohio River. This race is highly competitive as teams try to gain admittance. It was held on April 22 in 2018. The Tunnel Hill 100/50 Miler will be on November 3.2018 along a beautiful stretch of the Tunnel Hill trail. It is a cooler time of year and will encompass beautiful scenery and views.
The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, a 630 foot monument is only two hours away and an easy drive if you want to visit. While you are there, try many of the shopping and touring options available in the St. Louis area. One of our favorites is the St. Louis Zoo which is a world class zoo set on 90 acres of rolling hills, lakes and glades of the Forest Park area in St. Louis. Did we mention it is free admission? To park closer, there is a parking fee of about $15 a car but free parking is available by parking farther away.
As you can see, the opportunities for fun and adventure are always changing in our area, so we hope as you plan a trip to the "Trails to Adventure" region that you include a stay at the Apartment at 217. Visit our FACEBOOK page, The Apartment at 217 or contact us to schedule your getaway today!
Adventures near us include these listed and many more!
Garden of the Gods
Biking or hiking on the Tunnel Hill Trail
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour (ziplining)
Hike or swim at Bell Smith Springs to cool off
Southern Illinois Wine Trails
AQS Quilt-Show Weeks in Paducah, Kentucky
National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky
Southern Illinois Miners (professional baseball) Marion, Illinois