Make Goreville Illinois your secret hideout. Plan a bit of R&R into your busy holiday schedule. Or, perhaps it's time to just run away from home for a two or three day getaway in the country.
When shopping and parties an other distracted drivers begin to take over your holidays, perhaps a little quiet time, sleeping-in or, some serious snuggle time is in order.
Consider some time in Village of Goreville, in Johnson County, Illinois. Discover one of the comfortable and cozy Cedar Rock Cabins in the Shawnee National Forest. Completely furnished with all the amenities, a full kitchen, and vineyards near by.
This is a great summer vacation. Everybody knows a good deal when they see this place. Cedar Rock is kid and pet friendly to friendly, well mannered kids and pets. Cabins sleep up to five, have outdoor hot tubs, grills, screened in porch.
It's the perfect home base for bicycle enthusiasts. Launch your own Shawnee wine trails tour. There is even an Antique Trail.
Winter getaways, and extended stays are a bargain. It’s the perfect writers hideaway. Or, plan a quiet readers only weekend. Bring groceries and you never have to leave the cabin.
Don’t want to cook? There are restaurants in Goreville. A favorite is the cafe, Delaney’s on Broadway. They serve good, simple meals and comfort foods. And, they make pie!
Daily specials written on a board. Choices like pot roast, mashed potatoes and green beans or, chicken fried steak, macaroni and cheese, plus a vegetable side dish.
Homemade pies sits on the counter to cool. It was hard to wait until it was cool enough to cut. The coconut cream pie is piled high with meringue and the cherry pie is topped with latticed crust. Apple pie is loaded with cinnamon and spice.
Daughter Sarah handles day-to-day operations. Mother Gail (dessert maker and pie baker) They will explain the menu if need be, but some regulars know the menu by heart
Veterans eat free twice a year: Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Sarah’s dad Pete has posted over a hundred photos of veterans and local military that family members have brought to the restaurant.
Delaney’s on Broadway is a gathering place and great spot for conversation. If the coffee is not fresh, they’ll make a new pot for you. And who can eat pie without a good cup of coffee?
Antique shops are near by and filled with treasures waiting for you to repurpose. There aren’t many historic or authentic antique finds (but we did spy a few) The shops are a fun stroll down memory lane or a trip through grandma’s attic.
If Antiques and Collectibles are your thing, Marion Antique Mall has ten thousand square feet with a huge variety, including European antique selections.
There are over 30 venders in the mall and 3 other antique shops within a couple blocks. If you need to take a shopping break, stop by the coffee shop just off the square.
Marion has a great spot for taking a break or re-energizing. Count on good recommendations and friendly service at Latta Java. There is a full espresso bar, with friendly service and great atmosphere.
Word is getting out about the little cabin in the woods, and if you are thinking of an extended stay (highly recommended), make reservations soon as you can.
Bring a stash of your favorites - music, reading material, snacks, cookies, hot chocolate, popcorn or bunny slippers. Call Inn Keeper Cindy Wheaton, (618) 751-1100, if you have questions or need directions.
Cedar Rock Cabins - 6005 State Route 37 N, Goreville, IL. Call: (618) 751-1100
Delaney's on Broadway - 213 S Broadway St, Goreville, IL 62939 (Cross Streets: Between Adams St and Jone St) (618) 995-2602
Marion Antique Mall - 501 N. Madison St. Marion, IL 62959-3071. Call: 618-993-0020
Latta Java, 412 N Market St, Marion, IL 62959. Call: (618) 997-9900
Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau - Call: (800) 248-4373