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Family does Christmas in Central Illinois

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Williams Family, who traveled from all over the US and from Spain and Scotland to spend an early Christmas with each other at

our Central Illinois Inn. What fun to have 23 fun folks gathering in our commons areas to reacquaint     with one another, tell stories of happenings since seeing each other last, telling the patriarch that he is going to be a grandfather once again and playing with and loving on the little children. Patriarch Williams will be 89 in January 2011 and is sharp and spry as is Matriarch Williams.

As innkeepers, we found it much fun to watch, listen and attempt to anticipate the wants and needs of the various members of all ages.  At breakfast on Saturday, one of the sisters-in-law gave one of our innkeepers a test on the names of everyone at the table.  He passed the test.  

Every Saturday morning, the Clock Keeper of our Courthouse Clock will take anyone who is waiting about 8 AM at the South Door of the Christian County Courthouse up into the clocktower while he winds the 7 Day Clock which faces the 4 points of the compass. The Clock Keeper is also very intimate with the engineering and architecture of the Christian County Courthouse and the changes which have been made in the past couple of years. He tells folks about the restoration of the art glass dome, the false ceiling which was removed to expose it once again to view from below and the removal of the second floor center to provide a view from the first floor all the way up.

Christian County Illinois Courthouse

Restored Art Glass Dome

The Clock Keeper also tells folks about the restored Tern and Bittern fountain on the Southwest Lawn and the 4 year old, bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln and the “pig story” on the Northwest Lawn. The entire Williams Family enjoyed the small town hospitality which happens here in Taylorville in Central Illinois.

Just about all of the Williams Family

 We hope you come back someday, Williams Family.


Happy Thanksgiving from Central Illinois

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

This is just a simple note to wish each and everyone of you who may read this blog a Happy Thanksgiving from Central Illinois and the staff at our Springfield, IL and Decatur, IL area  inn.  We hope you are having or going to have one of the finest family and friend gatherings of your lifetime.  May you all be blessed throughout your lives.  Thank you to all of our guests past and future.

All the best to you,

Myrna & Joe Hauser


Thanksgiving in Lincolnland/Central Illinois

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The weather has finally turned crispy in the Heart of Lincolnland, the leaves have all fallen and the smell of roasting turkey

Roast Turkey

 and pumpkin pies filter through our taste  memories. Yep, it is almost Thanksgiving in Taylorville,IL  and we invite you to visit. One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Lounge is but one of the fine restaurants located in Taylorville, IL which will

Thanksgiving Dinner

feature a Thanksgiving Dinner/Buffet. One East  is also having “Open Mic” on Thanksgiving evening along with $10 dinner specials. “Open Mic” is a gathering of musicians from the area who come to play their favorites for your listening pleasure. You might hear country, jazz, bluegrass, country swing, folk, blues or R&B without a cover charge and with drink specials from 7 PM to closing every Thrsday night, including Thanksgiving.   If it is a getaway you are looking for then this is the place to come and our fine Central Illinois inn is the place to stay. You can have your turkey and eat it too along with world class lodging and great music. Come and enjoy Central Illinois, Lincolnland, Christian County and Taylorville, IL near Springfield, IL and Decatur, IL.


Tour of Homes in Taylorville

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Magnificent Mansions star at the Taylorville Home Tour which will be Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 from 10 am to 6 pm.

The feature home is a 16,200 sq ft home built in the early 1960′s.Autumn & House Tour 009

The 1883 home shown here is also another of the fine homes on the tour. Autumn & House Tour 008

Additionally the restored Courthouse dome and rotunda will be on the tour. Tickets are available for $9.00 per person. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. A special “Winter Getaway” package is available for only $26.00 which includes the tour and “Taking Tea with Mrs. Lincoln” scheduled for Saturday only and tickets for this are only available at Cottage Rose Antiques and Crafts in Taylorville, IL. This authentically British tea will begin when the doors open at 10:30 am for a promenade amog tables set by local hostesses and serving at 11:00 am. Each guest will be served 6 sandwiches, a scone, three desserts and hot tea. A vintage and contemporary style show will be presented during tea time. For advance tickets, which are limited, call 217-824-9447. Make your reservation for your overnight stay at the Market Street Inn and ask for our Christmas Home Tour Special:   one night, single occupancy in whirlpool tub room w/ tea & tour     150.00;  one night, double occupancy w/ tea & tour, 175.00;   two nights w/ tea & tour, single occupancy –275.00;  two nights w/ tea & tour, double occupancy–295.00.   Act now due to limited ticket availability for tea.  Non-cancelable.


Route 66 Fest

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
Celebrate Route 66 in Central Illinois.

Celebrate Route 66 in Central Illinois.

Make your plans now for a visit to the 8th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield Illinois, September 25 – 27. This free festival is just a few minutes down the road from our Central Illinois bed and breakfast. Over 1,000 unbelievably cool cars will be on site, along with music, food and entertainment. There is no cost for spectators. If you are interested in displaying your classic automobile, register at the International Route 66 Festival.

Live music from The Hit Men, Groove Daddies, Strange Brew and others will keep your spirits high as you check out all the interesting rides. During the day, you’ll enjoy events such as the Poker Race and the Swap Meet. This is fun for the whole family.

Our Taylorville Il lodging is close to Springfield, and offers plenty of small town charm. You’ll have a peaceful place to rest from the day’s activities. Plus, we’ll energize you each morning with a home cooked, delectable breakfast. What a great way to spend a weekend!


Taylorville Illinois Traditions

Friday, June 19th, 2009

What is it about a small town that invites people to mingle? Perhaps we feel that if we have all chosen to be here, we must all be okay. Perhaps we believe that everyone we meet could be a neighbor, so we best be friendly. Now, we know that there are good folks all over the world, in big cities and remote rural areas – we host people from far and near at our inn near Springfield Illinois, and we enjoy hearing about where they come from and what they do. Nonetheless, for us, there is no finer place than the small town of Taylorville Illinois.

One of the most pleasant traditions in Taylorville is Wednesday nights in the summer. About 6:30, folks congregate on the lawns of the Hershey Towers, just about six blocks from our Central Illinois bed and breakfast. They mingle and share the news of the day or the week, and settle down to listen to music on the green. The music is always good, and the company is always enjoyable. These Wednesday evening music meet and greets have been happening for over 60 years. We haven’t made them all, but we get there when we can and we encourage our guests to wander over when they are free.

Stop by a shop and pick up fixings for a picnic; grab take out; or have an early or late dinner at one of the many excellent nearby restaurants. The town comes alive for the music on Wednesday evenings, and it feels like THE place to be. So come stay at our Illinois bed and breakfast and join in the fun.


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