Brian Stone is converting the old Alto Pass General Store into two two-bedroom loft rentals for tourists. He told the Southern Illinoisan he hopes to be ready for tourists late this summer.
"It's just been my dream to have a business like this on the wine trail. I just always believed in Southern Illinois," said Stone, a teacher in northern Illinois. "People have always been doing cabins down there. I thought to do something out of the box and com-pletely different to give an alternative."
The Alto Wine Trail Loft will be located at 5 Elm Street in downtown Alto Pass.
Stone joins about 50 other independent lodging operators in the western Shawnee Hills.