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The good life along Illinois’ Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Read about our fall getaway on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, then check out our three-day itinerary to plan your trip.

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Giant City State Park near Makanda.
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The General Store at Walker's Bluff.
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Day 3

Towering rock formations gave Giant City State Park its name, and a 45-minute moderate hike winds through them. Stop at the visitors center in Makanda for trail maps and to catch a 20-minute film about the park’s history and ecology. (618) 457-4836; dnr.illinois.gov

A hike means you won’t feel so guilty when you indulge in a flaky apple dumpling from Flamm Orchards in Cobden. (618) 893-4241; flammorchards.com

As you head home, stop for lunch at the 17th Street BBQ in Murphysboro. The barbecued meats and baked beans are legendary, and the decadent banana pudding is served in a Mason jar. (618) 684-3722; eat17bbq.com

In Carbondale, the General Store at Walker's Bluff offers great shopping, with kitchen items and gifts. (618) 985-8463; walkersbluff.com

 (A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® September/October 2012.)

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