Day 4 of our vacation was a pretty lazy day. We visited Founders Park in the morning, which was pretty creepy looking in the spring. I’m sure it’s much nicer in the summer when the fountain is running. Then we took a walk along Wilson’s Creek Greenway trail to get some exercise in for the day before we would go to lunch and head back to the hotel to watch March Madness games for the remainder of the day! Needless to say…we spent lots of time at the hotel that day!
Before we head out for our walk we also stopped for a photo opportunity with one of the places that claims to have the World’s Largest Fork. This is actually located behind the building, not out in the open, but you can park in the lot right by it rather than on the street like we did.
We had lunch at Olive Garden after our walk and Andy’s Frozen Custard for dessert. But now I need to spend the rest of this time talking about our hotel.
I specifically picked this hotel because I’m a Route 66 nut and this hotel was right along the old highway. The Best Western Rail Haven has done a great job of keeping up the property and making it just as cute as I’m sure it was back in the heydays of Route 66. Scattered throughout the grounds are old hotel signs that have been up throughout the years of this hotel’s existence.
When you pull into the property, the lobby is in it’s own separate building, as was the custom back in the glory days of Route 66. They have old gas pumps and cars located near the lobby and an old telephone booth. The cars were moved over near the outdoor pool while we were there because they were revamping a patio area near the lobby.
Inside the lobby area is also where breakfast is located. They pull out all the stops for breakfast: doughnuts, toast, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and while you eat you can enjoy the old black and white tv shows. They also have a small gift shop located inside the lobby area.
There is an outdoor pool (too cold to be open when we visited) that also had a nice patio area around it. Lots of tables and chairs in the pool area and a shelter area as well.
The rooms themselves are larger that you may expect for an old hotel like this. The bathroom was a little tight but I’ve been in hotels that have had smaller bathrooms also. We had a very small square fridge in our room and a microwave as well which was nice for the leftovers we had for dinner that night. You can park right in front of your room which I also like for ease of access when bringing in the luggage.
Overall we loved this quaint hotel and would definitely stay here again should we ever be back in the Springfield area.