Hidden Lake Bed & Breakfast

433 Cook Avenue, Jonesboro, Illinois 62952
Innkeeper(s): Mary Jo and John Smith
  • Introduction

    Welcome to Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast, located in Jonesboro, Illinois, 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 Hidden Lake 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 Wine Country Jacuzzi Suite.

    Come join us! We truly hope to see you soon and exceed your expectations.

  • Meet the Owners

    "Let me take a moment to tell you about "us", the owners. My husband, John and I, (I'm Mary Jo, by the way) are transplanted Chicagoans. We opted to retire to a new lifestyle in 1998, wanting to get out of the "rat race" and spend more time together...the new American dream! Being empty nesters, we decided we could make this happen and chose Southern Illinois as our new home. With its warmer climate, hilly rural terrain, and its wonderfully friendly people, Union County was an ideal match for us."

    Read more about John and Mary Jo, and how they became innkeepers of Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast by visit the Meet the Owners page on their website.

  • Concierge Services


    John and I are waiting to exceed your expectations so let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. A short list of other services we provide includes:
    • Special events planning (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)
    • In-suite spa services
    • Dinner reservations
    • Horseback riding and rock climbing reservations
    • Complimentary trip planning
    • Car rental arrangements
    • Southern Illinois wine -- your choice -- available on arrival with complimentary delivery
    • Birthday and anniversary cakes
    • Business Services: Fax, copy, supplies, Internet access
  • Picnics & Such

    Although we do not offer full service dining, we can provide fun and tasty alternatives. Below is a list of picnics or trays available for guests. For more information about these dining items, please visit the Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast Picnics & Such section under Amenities & More on our website.

    • An arrival tray and a choice of salads offers a great alternative, particularly on the day of your arrival. ($40)
    • A Hidden Lake picnic or backpack lunch ($40) to enjoy the scenic grounds at Hidden Lake B&B.
    • Our backpack lunch ($45), originally intended for the hikers and birders but now enjoyed by all, puts a different twist on our traditional picnic.
    • Tasty Midnight SnackOur backpack lunch ($45), originally intended for the hikers and birders but now enjoyed by all.

    As with everything at Hidden Lake, if there is something we can do to make your request more enjoyable, just ask. We are always happy to accommodate special requests.

  • What's for Breakfast

    At Hidden Lake Bed & Breakfast, we take great pride in our breakfast! As John will tell you, we spent sixteen weeks at a breakfast and brunch cooking class before opening Hidden Lake just to ensure your breakfast pleasure ... and yes, it's true, he received the better grade!

    There are three options for breakfast at Hidden Lake:

    • Three-course, gourmet breakfast, served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the sunroom.
    • "I'd Prefer to Skip Breakfast" European Plan ($20 discount/night) for guests who prefer to sleep in.
    • In-suite "Breakfast-in-Bed" package ($20 additional/night on the weekends; no additional charge mid-week)!

    Extra breakfast guests are always welcome ($11/person).

    Before planning our menus, you'll find that we first ask for your preferences. Do you have special dietary considerations? Are you sticking to a low-carb or low-fat menu? Maybe Weight Watchers? Are you a vegetarian? A diabetic? Is there anything to which you are allergic? Perhaps you prefer a coke for breakfast versus coffee. Or perhaps there are breakfast foods that you simply don't enjoy or you'd something special that you'd like. Just let us know and we'll take it all into account!

    Please make your selection when submitting your reservation request.

    For more details about our breakfast offerings, please visit the Whats for Breakfast at Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast section on our website.

  • Area Information


    There are a great number of activities and attractions in Jonesboro, IL, and the surrounding area. Below is an abbreviated list of things to do. For more details and links, please visit the Jonesboro, Illinois Attractions and Restaurants page of the Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast website.

    • Tour The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
    • Explore Our State Parks
    • Shopping in the Hills ... the Shawnee Hills
    • Rendleman's Farm Market
    • Bald Knob Mountain & Cross
    • Experience the Challenge of Rock Climbing
    • Birding
    • Horseback Riding
    • Scuba Dive at Mermet Springs
    • The Home of Superman

    Let us make reservations for you at any of the following:

    • The Blue Boar
    • The Brick House Grill
    • The Country Cupboard
    • Dixie Barbecue
    • Cerro de la Silla
    • The Depot
    • EL Jalapeño
    • The Peach Barn Café, Alto Pass, IL
    • The Root Beer Saloon, Alto Pass, IL
    • The Yellow Moon Cafe, Cobden, IL
    • Giant City Lodge, Makanda, IL

    Ask about Hidden Lake’s Dinner Package at Mollie's Cafe!

    None of these choices interest you or you’re thinking that you‘d like to check out one of the bigger towns?

    Carbondale, Marion and Cape Girardeau (each approximately 30 minutes away) offer a multitude of restaurant options such as Lone Star, Panera, Outback Steak House, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, Applebees and more. Cape Girardeau also has a very nice Italian restaurant called Belle Italia if you find yourself craving some great pasta. They’re open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Our favorite place in Marion is Honeybakers with truly great desserts – 7 or 8 kinds of pie and equal number of cakes from which to select – as well as terrific rolls to enjoy with your meal. And I highly recommend their Louisiana sweet potato as a part of dinner! Last but not least, try the number one ranked "Place to Pig Out in America" ... Lambert's Cafe , Home of the Throwed Roll, in Sikeston, Mo.

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