Hi All. Other than making a great decision to come down and visit the wine trail, the second best decision was to hire the Shawnee Shuttle. Jillian aka melia, lol, was an awesome tour guide -- she knew the area, the wineries and their owners, and also what types of entertainment they were offering during our visit. She suggested places to eat and also helped us decide what hours would be best to use her services. Jillian also took time to get to know us and instinctively knew what type of entertainment we would most enjoy. It was a great afternoon, stress-free and informative, and we would recommend Jillian to anyone coming down to visit the trail.
The only way to visit the wineries in Southern IL is to have Jillian drive you to your destinations. She knows the area, the wineries, restaurants, places to visit, and goes above and beyond to make it an enjoyable experience. My friends and I will be sure to hire Jillian again!
Jillian was our guide Easter weekend, April 7, 2012. We had a very enjoyable tour. Jillian was very knowledgeable about the wineries and surrounding areas. We were in the Carbondale area visiting our children and wanted to take in the wine trail experience. Her enthusiasm and outgoing personality made it a memorable day. Thanks Jillian for the afternoon in Cobden and the dessert at your Yellow Moon Cafe. We will definitely be return customers to hit the wineries we missed.
Jillian was absolutely wonderful. She was very knowledgeable about the area and wineries. She went above and beyond to make sure that we had a great time. We will book her again when we return. I would recommend to anyone who wants to see the wineries in a very relaxing and carefree way.
Shawnee Shuttle is the way to go! We had so much fun and the scenery was beautiful. Jillian was a fun, easy going, flexible, informative, wonderful tour guide and tolerant of our silly behaviour after a few stops ;) This was my brother and his girlfriend's second trip with Jillian and my husband and I's first but it definately won't be our last. Jillian helped us with many details of our trip even outside of the wine trail. Thanks again Jillian and we hope to see you again soon!!!
Jillian is so much more than a wine trail tour guide! She helped me plan an entire weekend via suggestions of places to stay and restaurants to enjoy. Our afternoon with Jillian was fantastic! She is very knowledgable about the wineries and the area in general. She knows how to provide just enough information, without making you feeling like you're on a tour bus. It just feels like you're chatting with an old friend. Her level of professionalism combines just the right combination of informative and friendliness, I swear it feels just like you're visiting with someone you've known forever. I cannot imagine touring any other way. My husband and I were able to enjoy each winery without worrying about how to get to the next, or who was going to drive. I very highly recommend Jillian, and we are already planning our next trip! Thanks for everything!
Thank you for a great day! You provided history, info and great recommendations... Not to mention a safe ride. We highly recommend your services and will definitely see you again! Thanks.
If I had to choose one word for Jillian - AMAZING! There really are lot more positive words to say though! I am convinced there is no other way to tour wine country. Jillian made our first experience on the wine trail enjoyable and very pleasant. She is knowledgeable and very patient! My husband and I will be back hopefully in the fall and really hope to see Jillian again. Her shuttle service is worth every cent!
Jillian: Thank you so much for making our girls getaway so memorable. Having you as our guide is definetely the way to go. For one thing, we would have never been able to navigate through those country roads with small, if any, wine trail signs. You went above and beyond with being our photographer and historian of the area. We really enjoyed that we could bring food & pick up some purchases along the way and not have to worry about dragging them to and from each winery. Your recommendation of 'The Trails End Lodge Steakhouse" was a huge hit Saturday night. We will definetely use your services again in the future.
Jillian is wonderful! We had such a great experience having Jillian give us the tour of the wine trail. She even took us to places we never would have gone (or probably found) on our own! Thanks again Jillian. We are excited to plan our next trip down there.