Hotel at a Glance: The State House Inn
The State House Inn is surrounded by history in downtown Springfield—it’s an easy walk to Abraham Lincoln’s home, his law office, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The inn even has a bit of history itself. First opened in 1961, it recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation to restore it to its midcentury glory. Retro, early ’60s touches can be seen throughout the hotel, from the molded-plastic chairs in the cocktail lounge to the clean lines and mod furnishings in the guest rooms and suites.
- Don’t miss Lincoln’s legendary stovepipe hat. Some options in this Getaway include two tickets to the presidential museum and four drink tokens.
- A free breakfast spread includes hot eggs and meats, cereal, and pastries.
- Sleep easy in soundproof guest rooms that feature pillow-top mattresses draped in comfy duvets.
- Best views in the house: The piano lounge overlooks the zinc-domed capitol building. Order a glass of wine and kick back to the sound of jazz tunes from a virtual pianist.
- TRUE and Nautilus equipment stock the fitness center, which boasts a complete four-circuit workout unit.
Springfield, Illinois: Lincoln Landmarks on Route 66
Springfield proudly upholds its duties as the capital of the Land of Lincoln—numerous important places from the 16th president’s life are carefully maintained here. In addition to the Lincoln home and his presidential library, you can visit his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery and the train depot where he bid farewell to his friends and neighbors before departing for Washington, DC.
Located along the famous Route 66, Springfield is also home to slices of quirky Americana such as Cozy Dog, a drive-in diner that claims to have invented the batter-coated wiener on a stick. Architecture buffs can tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s 12,000-square-foot Dana-Thomas House, an early example of the famed designer’s Prairie style.