You’ll enjoy luxurious vintage surroundings at the Inn at 835, in Springfield, Illinois, in an historic neighborhood and on Route 66. There’s even rumored to be a ghost, but we didn’t see her.
In July, my husband and I decided to drive to Chicago for a wedding, rather than fly, so that we could see sights along the way. One town we’d never visited was Springfield, Illinois, of Abraham Lincoln fame. A quick check online, and I found this wonderful small hotel, the Inn at 835, which is in the historic area of Springfield, close to the state capitol, the Abraham Lincoln presidential library and the Abraham Lincoln home.
Built in the early 1900s, the Inn at 835 in Springfield, Illinois, first housed luxury apartments. The building was the dream of Bell Miller, a turn of the century businesswoman. It was designed during the Arts and Crafts movement by architect, George Helmle.
We returned from dinner at Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery to find this basket of chocolate chip cookies hanging on our doorknob. I quickly took a photo before the cookies disappeared.
While still in her 20s, Miller began a floral business in the early 1890’s, catering to Springfield’s high society. Before long, she expanded her small business into a number of greenhouses, encompassing a city block.
In December 1909, her dream apartment building was completed, including airy verandahs, massive fireplaces and exquisite oak detailing in a neighborhood once termed “Aristocracy Hill.” It’s on an historic section of Route 66, a bonus!
In 1994, the building was completely renovated and the apartments were converted into seven luxurious guest rooms. In 1995, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the legend, Miller became so fond of her dream home, that she refuses to leave and haunts the place.
Inn at 835, Springfield, Illinois.
A rubber ducky greets guests on the edge of the tub at the Inn at 835.
The owners of the Inn at 835 also own the nearby Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery, in an historic home.
One of the original guest bedrooms in the Inn at 835, formerly the Bell Miller Apartments, in Springfield, Illinois.
Flag Outside Window at Inn at 835, Springfield, Illinois.
Breakfast at the Inn at 835, Springfield, Illinois.
Breakfast Room at the Inn at 835 in Springfield, Illinois.
The patio at Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery, Springfield, Illinois.
I like dark beer! This was one of the dark hand-crafted beers at Obed & Isaac’s.
Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery, Springfield, Illinois.
One of the living rooms in the suites at the Inn at 835 in Springfield, Illinois.
Wine and cheese are offered every evening.
Bell Miller Apartments, City of Springfield (Illinois) Historic Landmark.
Inn at 835 Entrance, Springfield, Illinois.
The Inn at 835 is on the historic Route 66.
The Inn at 835 is in the Old Aristocracy Hill Historic Area.
A statue of Abraham Lincoln stands in front of the Illinois State Capitol.
Is the “Inn at 835” Haunted?
Official Website of the Inn at 835.