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The answer for where to go and what to do for that impromptu weekend refuge is just next door, well, almost next door. Springfield, Illinois has everything from museums to shopping to nightlife, fit for anyone looking for that leisurely respite from the daily grind without the inconveniences of exhaustive and expensive travel. Springfield is just far enough away from St. Louis for a quick escape but close enough for the “easy-factor” that makes a great weekend getaway.

Getting there

From downtown St. Louis, take I-44 east and merge onto I-55 north. Staying on I-55 for less than two hours, Springfield awaits as the perfect weekend destination. Route 66 buffs will enjoy the highway’s history by traveling along the legendary Main Street of America.

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What To Do

Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials
Oak Ridge Cemetery
1500 Monument Ave
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 782-2717

A trip to Springfield wouldn’t be complete without at least one visit to an historical landmark. Lincoln’s hometown is full of historical landmarks and one of its most notable is Lincoln’s tomb. Lincoln himself, his wife and three of his four sons are buried in the tomb and Oak Ridge Cemetery is the nation’s most visited cemetery.

Executive Mansion
410 E Jackson St
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 782-6450

For those who enjoy strolling through history by way of taking in the living residences of the bygone esteemed, Springfield has a long list of historical domiciles. Make the Executive Mansion one of the must-see visits on your weekend itinerary. Not only is it home to the governor, but it has also been home to seven U.S. presidents.

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Lisa’s Antique Mall
14266 Frazee Road
Divernon, IL 62530
(217) 628-1111

If shopping is a preferred weekend pastime, Springfield offers a wide variety of boutiques, malls and shops for antique lovers. Lisa’s Antique Mall consists of two buildings with 40,000 square feet of space filled with antiques and collectibles.

Where To Eat

Café Moxo
411 E Adams St
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 788-8084

A great place to stop for a bite during the busy tourist day is Café Moxo. Along with the variety of coffees, smoothies and juices, bakery and breakfast entrees can be enjoyed for under $7. Soups, salads and sandwiches are also available at the same great prices for lunch. Don’t leave without sampling some dessert. Café Moxo has a great selection of novelty cakes. Leave room for an oversized cupcake or perhaps celebrate a birthday with a special birthday cupcake.

Indigo Restaurant
3013 Lindbergh Blvd
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 726-3487

After a long day of shopping and touring, relax by enjoying a fine dining experience with a casual feel at Indigo. Indigo offers everything from sushi to steak with entrees starting at $16. Is also has an expansive wine list that is sure to provide the perfect complement to any meal.

Celtic Mist Pub
117 S 7th St
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 528-7000

Stop in for a night cap and great music at the Celtic Mist Pub. This is a great place for micro-brewery lovers. The pub has 18 beers on tap including 11 European imports and seven premium micro-brewery domestics. Celtic also has a great selection of Irish whiskeys, scotches and vodkas if beer isn’t you drink of choice.

Where To Stay

Inn at 835
835 S 2nd St
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 523-4466

While touring and enjoying the historical ambiance of Springfield, it only makes sense to stay at Springfield’s only nationally landmarked boutique hotel. Small and quaint with 13 guest rooms and six extended-stay suites, the Inn at 835 is loaded with amenities usually found in larger luxury hotel chains. Sometimes it’s just the little things like newspapers, breakfasts, hand-milled soaps, wifi or spa services that comfort-seeking travelers appreciate. The Inn truly defines that home-away-from-home experience. It is also located in the heart of the historical district to add further convenience to your stay.

The Flagg Farmstead Bed and Breakfast
500 Old Tipton School Road
Sherman, IL 62684
(888) 661-FLAG (3524)

For more out-of-town accommodations with an immersion in the countryside atmosphere, stay at The Flagg Farmstead Bed and Breakfast. Just on the north side of town but not too far away from all of Springfield’s happenings is a peaceful, old-world vibe housed in an historic domicile also listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. Five antique furnished bedrooms, all with private baths, await travelers looking to soak up the peaceful countryside and the history that goes with it. Enjoy breakfast in The Flagg’s elegant dining room before you head out for the day’s events in downtown Springfield.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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