Mary Jo and John Smith
433 Cook Avenue
Jonesboro, IL 62952
elcome to Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast ... situated on eighteen acres of woods, gardens and water in the midst of the Shawnee National Forest, along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and just moments away from Alto Vineyards, Blue Sky Vineyards, and Russell Hill Winery to name just a few as well as Giant City State Park, the Cache River Wetlands, Little Grand Canyon, Bald Knob Mountain and the Southern Illinois Wine Trail.
Unseen from the house or the road is a two-acre lake (hence the name “Hidden Lake”) complete with a pier for wetting your feet in the warmer months and a paddleboat for lazily making your way around. The lake is stocked for fishing but please practice CPR—catch, photograph,and release—so the fish are there for your next visit! Feel free to enjoy a lakeside campfire on a cool evening—John has a pile of wood always at the ready - and our new hilltop gazebo is a terrific place to enjoy an evening glass of wine or an early morning cup of coffee. Be sure to walk the grounds, checking out our woodland walkway as well as fruit trees and our herb and flower gardens. Help yourself to whatever is in season—it's all organic!
At Hidden Lake, you have your choice of
four luxury suites, each decorated with a different, yet captivating theme and
each offering varied amenities. Three - The Romance Jacuzzi, The Tuscan Jacuzzi and The Loft in the Clouds - are located in our GuestHouse. The fourth suite, The Wine Country Jacuzzi, is adjacent to the Main House. All of our suites, of course, enjoy private, in-suite baths, outside entrances for added privacy and all of the amenities you might need for an extended stay. Each of the Jacuzzi suites incorporate a large, 2-person,
Jacuzzi bath while all of the suites in the Guest House also offer the ambiance of a
nice, cozy fireplace. Those in the GuestHouse
also incorporate private balconies while a beautiful flower garden and patio are
just steps outside the Mission Jacuzzi Suite.
My favorite is probably the Romance Jacuzzi Suite with its cherry wood fireplace, oversized king bed and elegant decor. John's favorite, on the other hand, is the The Loft in the Clouds with its airy design, wonderful views, and hand painted vignettes of Southern Illinois birds. But take a look at the “Accommodations” page on our web site and choose your favorite. Then click on "Check Availability" at the top of any page or "Book It Now" to see when your favorite suite is available. You can make a reservation online or feel free to give us a call. Whichever suite you select, we feel confident that you'll find the accommodations at Hidden Lake elegant, comfortable and, most of all, relaxing.
Before I end, let me encourage you to take a look at the “Area Attractions”, “Calendar of Events” and the “Special Packages” sections of our web site as well as “Great Ways To Spend The Day”. Each section offers a variety of ideas on ways to ensure that you enjoy your visit to Southernmost Illinois. You'll find information about places to eat as well as things to do under “Area Attractions" while “Great Ways To Spend The Day” tells you about some of our favorite excursions. The “Calendar of Events” includes special events happening in the area such as Murder Mystery Dinners and Festivals at the area wineries.
John is always saying that Southern Illinois is the best-kept secret around! And Hidden Lake is uniquely situated with the Cache River Wetlands just south of us, Giant City and other state parks just a few miles northeast and northwest of us, and Shawnee Hill Wine Trail Vineyards and Wineries all around. There is so much to see and do and no crowds to hinder your travels. As you make your reservations to stay at Hidden Lake, keep in mind that John and I are available to assist with all of your travel plans. The locale of Hidden Lake ensures that you will be afforded the privacy and beauty of the country without needing to travel too far to see our great sites or enjoy a wonderful meal.
Come join us! We truly hope to see you soon and exceed your expectations.
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