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Odd Inns and Unusual Places to Stay in Illinois

Illinois Odd Inns and Unusual Places to Stay - Wineries, Cabooses, Schoolhouses and Treehouses

Creekside Vineyards Winery

Creekside Vineyards Winery & Inn in Coal Valley, Illinois
Creekside Vineyard is nestled in our secluded valley in rural Rock Island County, and the winery & tasting room rest on historic U.S. Highway 67 in Mercer County, just 9 miles from the inn. Both locations are minutes away from the downtown areas of the Quad Cities, Moline International Airport, Jumer's Casino, the I-Wireless Center, & other area attractions. At the Creekside Vineyards Inn, whether it’s the expansive vineyard view, comfy king-sized beds, or mouthwatering breakfasts, we offer an escape like no other. Plan a retreat with friends, a secluded getaway, celebrate your wedding, anniversary, birthday, or just enjoy a “staycation” close to home. 
Complete Story and Photos


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Desoto House Hotel in Galena - Oldest Hotel in Illinois
The DeSoto House Hotel opened its doors in 1855 and continues to welcome guests with hospitality, charm and history, awarding us the title of "Illinois' Oldest Operating Hotel." Throughout the years we have welcomed such memorable guests as Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, and serving as the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant just to name a few. Today, the DeSoto House currently offers 55 guest rooms with private baths, three dining areas a ballroom, conference and banquet rooms, specialty shops, and a private parking garage. It encompasses a four-story atrium for Courtyard dining serving breakfast, lunch and private banquets as well as the Generals’ Restaurant named in honor of Galena’s nine Civil War Generals which offers a lounge and dining rooms amidst the atmosphere of the original brick walls and beamed ceilings.
Complete Story and Photos


Cabooses in Wildlife Prairie State Park in Hanna City, Illinois

Cabooses in Wildlife Prairie State Park in Hanna City, IL
Wildlife Prairie State Park has often been referred to as a jewel in the Midwest. Located just outside of Peoria, IL, this 2,000-acre zoological park is home to over 150 animals; that's 50 different species that are native to Illinois. Our guests come to learn about wolves, bison, waterfowl, black bears, elk, cougar, otter and much more. You will enjoy the park's spectacular natural landscape, our many avenues of recreation: hiking, biking, fishing, and lodging, and a train ride, too!   The train cabooses are located on the edge of the Bison and Elk range and sleeps 4 people comfortably PLUS additional foldout beds for more. These beds are single style bunk beds. These cabooses also have a small refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, air conditioning and are available April thru October. Complete Story, Video and Photos


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Timber Ridge Outpost Treehouses in Shawnee National Forest - People traveling to southern Illinois to see the Shawnee National Forest, Garden of the Gods, or the Ohio River now have a unique place to stay, tree houses in the Shawnee Forest! Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins offers a unique experience for families, honeymooners, horseback riders, hunters, fisherman, hikers, bicyclists, bird watchers and star gazers. Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins offers something for everyone. Come back to a simpler time when families played games together in the evenings and sat on the porch talking into the night. Enjoy some southern hospitality while staying in a real Log Cabin or a one-of-a-kind luxurious Tree House! Each of our units, including the Treehouse, is equipped with a bathroom, kitchenette, heating and air conditioning. Complete Story and Photos


Schaumburg Treehouse

Romantic Garden Treehouse in Schaumburg, Illinois

Beautiful cedar treehouse set fifteen feet above stunning waterfall and Koi pond. Private entrance leads to flower and bird-filled garden with cedar hot tub, gas grill, and private outdoor shower with unlimited hot water. Eco-friendly treehouse has Pella windows, fireplace, A/C, full size bed and twin sleeping loft, private deck, kitchenette with sink, microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, toaster, WIFI, Bose IPOD dock, fireman's pole, private outdoor composting toilet. Free parking. Located half hour drive from downtown Chicago, or 45 minute train ride with station only blocks away. Close to O'Hare airport, Schaumburg Convention Center, Woodfield Mall, Sears Center music venue, Spring Valley Nature Center and Morton Arboretum. Lawn bowling in yard. Free public tennis courts one block away. Complete Story and Photos


Davie School Inn in Anna, Illinois

Davie School Inn in Anna, Illinois
The Davie School Inn provides a peaceful stay in one of Anna's oldest historic buildings. The Inn offers a truly relaxing environment for a couple's getaway or the whole family. Suites all offer 850 square feet of room to relax, private bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, king size beds, sitting area kitchenette, and your very own thermostat. WI-FI now available in most of our rooms. The building served as a public school until it was closed in 1996 and sat empty until it was bought by Gary and Andrea Dahmer in 2002.  Each room still has an original chalk board and book case. The original hardwood floors still show ruminants of where the student desks left their marks. Each room also has a whirlpool tub and air conditioning, not something you would find in a grade school class room. Complete Story and Photos


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