The Irish Inn 600 Soloman Lane P.O. Box #97 Ozark, Illinois
Welcome to The Irish Inn, a wee bit of Europe in the Shawnee National Forest! Relax in this romantic getaway, complete with antique furnishings, wood floors, and cozy fireplaces in every room, nestled deep in Shawnee National Forest. Enjoy our festivals, a day on the wine trail of Southernmost Illinois, cycle the 45-mile Tunnel Hill State Trail, or ride horses on the best wilderness trails in the Midwest. Hike in breathtaking canyons, walk under waterfalls, canoe or kayak in Cypress swamps, climb bluffs and canyons, cruise the Ohio River, and visit Native American sites. After enjoying amazing moonrises and starscapes, tuck yourself into a luxurious king-sized bed with seven layers of bliss, and pop in one of over 500 DVDs. Wake up to the delicious aromas of our full Irish breakfast featured in the “Illinois Bed & Breakfast Cookbook.” Blarney, storytelling, and good Irish luck are included at no additional charge!
We Also Host
You can enjoy a special two-day holiday at The Irish Inn. We always do romantic getaways, but here are the other theme holidays. Superhero Package; Shaken Not Stirred (Secret Agent Escape); Reader's Holiday; Genealogy Holiday; Valentine's Day Every Day in February; St. Patrick's Day Every Day in March; Haunted Holidays; Elopement Packages; or Stress-Free Weddings.
Architecturally or historically interesting
Central Computer with Internet
Free Off-street Parking
Iron & Ironing Board
Parlor for guests to mingle
Has tourist attraction(s)
Nearby restaurants and "Things to Do"
Additional Languages: Irish, Italian, Russian
Historical Society Memberships
City Historical Society
Local Historical Society
State Historical Society
Other Historical Society Memberships
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Illinois State Genealogical Society Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois Johnson County Genealogical & Historical Society Pope County Historical Society
I live in a tourism area in Europe, but whenever I visit the United States I make time to stay at The Irish Inn. They combine all that is best of the Old European World with the new vibrant American ways. The setting is stunning and the furnishings from all over the planet. - C.T. - Marmaris, Turkey
The Best in Southern Illinois - The Irish Inn is a place truly made for love, romance and solace. The innkeepers, Lynn and Brian, are the dearest people and the most wonderful hosts. The Inn is accommodating, comfortable and has the most beautiful view in Southern IL. Located only minutes from the Shawnee National Forest and many more of God’s natural features, this Irish-themed Inn is everything you’ve wanted for that desirable romantic getaway or an amazing wedding retreat. Let Lynn and Brian make you their guest and cook amazing chef-quality meals with ethnic and authentic flair – no place is more my favorite in Southern Illinois! Let them bring you the luck of the Irish and the blessing of love. I promise you’ll agree! - L.R. - Harrisburg, Illinois
Over the last 30+ years we have stayed at many B&Bs. Our overall experience at The Irish Inn was the very best. The countryside location, accommodations and nearest to many attractions were terrific. However, the warmth and delightful hospitality of our host/hostess, the McCreerys, Brian and Lynn, made our stay so very special! Brian's Irish breakfast is delicious! - D.S. & A.S. - St.Louis, Missouri
Usually when we go on vacation we have to finagle someone to watch our two beagles or sneak them in the back door of a hotel but at The Irish Inn they were welcomed with open arms full of treats! The bed and breakfast is gorgeous and in such a unique location that you may never want to return to the city. The hospitality that we receive from owners Lynn and Brian is unmatched and is why we will continue to go back time and time again. - M.B. & K.D. - Makanda, Illinois
We eloped at the Irish Inn. It was an amazing weekend!!! Lynn and Brian made it a very special weekend for us. The inn is beautiful and very cozy. They make you feel right at home as soon as you walk in the door. The property is very private and the marriage grove was magical. We will definitely be returning again and again. - A.G. & G.G. - Springfield, Illinois
Meals Included in Rates
Full Gourmet Breakfast
Business Traveler Amenities
Conference / Meeting Space
Self-Check In/Out Available
The inn features antique furnishings, forest views, a huge great room with masonry fireplace, luxurious super king-sized beds for extra dreamy sleeps (all beds feature Private Quarters layers of bliss hypo-allergenic feather bed systems), luxurious draperies, forest and pond views, comfortable sitting and meeting areas, fireplaces in all bedrooms, HD television with DVD player, satellite TV, high-speed fiber optic wireless internet, small refrigerators, outside grill, walk-in shower, whirlpool tub, Gilchrist & Soames exquisite personal and bath products, and other European features. We are located in the Shawnee National Forest near the Tunnel Hill State Bicycle Trail, Bellsmith Springs, Burden Falls, Dixon Springs, Ferne Clyffe, Jackson Hollow, Jackson Falls, vineyards, wineries (nearest are Hogg Hollow, Bella Terra, Windy Hill, Cache River Basin, and Shawnee), Lake Glendale, the Ohio River, Trigg Tower, Lusk Creek Canyon, Millstone Bluff, Indian Kitchen, and other beautiful natural sites. You can see our videos by search for them on Google as follows: "Irish Inn, Ozark, video" or join our Facebook fan page for The Irish Inn where guests post photos and their own videos.
Other Business Amenities
Additional Business Traveler Amenities Available At Additional Cost
Desk / Office Set-Up
Dry Cleaning Services
Full Household Staff
The Irish Inn is located actually in the Shawnee National Forest, and you can spot our place on the official maps. We are surrounded by the most beautiful and unusual nature areas in the State of Illinois and some not-to-miss entertainment options. Southern Illinois is a sensational destination any time of year, and following are some of the attractions and activities our guests enjoy most.
Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center Bell Smith Springs Bella Terra Winery Burden Falls Cache River Wetlands Cache River Winery Camp Ondessonk Cave-In-Rock The Chocolate Factory Dixon Springs Swimming & Recreation E-Town Cafe Ferry From Illinois to Kentucky Ferne Clyffe State Park Fort Massac Gambit Golf & Dining Club Garden of the Gods Glen O. Jones Lake Hogg Hollow Winery Honey Bee Stables Jackson Falls Jackson Hollow
Kincaid Mounds Lake Glendale Lusk Creek Canyon Wilderness Area Mill Stone Bluff Mississippian Indian Community Native American Cultural Programs Ohio River Old Stone Face Ozark General Store Pounds Hollow Rim Rock River To River Trail Sand Cave Shawnee National Forest Superman Museum & Giant Statue Tecumseh – Chief of Shawnee Trail of Tears Cherokee Burial Mound Trigg Tower Tunnel Hill State Bicycle Trail Western United Cherokee Windy Hill Winery
Other Things to Do
The Irish Inn sponsors exciting festivals each year. In Spring, you can attend the Southern Illinois Irish Festival in Carbondale for Irish, Scottish, and Celtic entertainment that doesn't stop for three days. In Summer plan to attend the Superman Festival in Metropolis, the hometown of Superman, where the newspaper is really called the Metropolis Planet. Guests visiting The Irish Inn on Superhero Holidays get VIP passes to the Superman Museum and Hollywood Museum. In Fall you can attend the Shrimp Festival or Deer Festival in Golconda for mouth-watering food, fun, and entertainment. The Irish Inn hosts its own Celtic Christmas Evening of Luxury in early December.
The innkeepers will design special day trips for you, so let them know your interests and how long you can stay in Southernmost Illinois. Six days is not enough, so plan to stay seven! You can book an outdoor adventure day or half day excursion with the Shawnee Adventure guides, ride horses, climb, kayak, canoe, cruise the Ohio River, or visit the 32 award-winning wineries in Southernmost Illinois.
This large suite is fit for a Laird or Queen Maeve herself. It features a California king-sized bed with Private Quarters Seven Layers of Bliss, sitting area, walk-in closet, fireplace, half-size refrigerator, whirlpool tub, walk-in shower, bidet, satellite television, HDTV, DVD player, and lightning fast fiber optic wireless internet capability. The Irish Inn is proud to offer all our guests luxury bath and personal products from Gilchrist & Soames of London and botanicals from Greenwich Bay. This suite is ideal for honeymoons or anniversaries or any couple looking for privacy, rest, and romance.
This suite is spacious with beautiful views of pond and forest, and the comfortable loveseat and double ottoman is perfect for lounging while watching your favorite channels or movies. Call ahead to have us fill the room with flowers, champagne, or gifts to please your loved one or send a photo by email for us to blowup and display in the room ahead of time! A small private dining table can be set up in the Dublin Castle Suite if you would prefer your breakfast en suite.
Bath with whirlpool tub Ensuite Private Bath with Shower
Above 700 Sq.Ft
Air Conditioning Alarm clock radio Balcony Breakfast in-room available Cable TV Closets, armoires Coffee maker Fireplace Free local & Domestic Long-distance calls Hairdryer Have natural light Iron & ironing board Refrigerator with complimentary beverages Room with sitting area TV/DVD Toiletries Wakeup Call Window view: garden Window view: patio Window view: scenery