Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast

409 N. State Street , Franklin Grove , 61031 USA (Show map)


Lincoln Way Inn B&B pays tribute to its turn of the century roots (1912), with a modern, yet rustically elegant touch. Located in the heart of the Midwest, on the historic Lincoln Highway, the Inn offers a destination experience that engages guests in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the prairie countryside. Offering something for everyone, from arts, culture, history, entertainment, and bountiful outdoor activities, Lee County and the surrounding attractions await our guests with first class concierge services provided to assist you in your planning. The Inn is also an ideal location just to get some “R&R”! With beautifully landscaped grounds, gorgeous guest rooms, welcoming common areas, spa services, sauna, fireplaces, and more, you are immersed in comfort to relax as you please! Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, birding, photography, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, antiquing, dining, wineries, live music, history, horses, or just relaxing, Lincoln Way Inn is your gateway to making new memories!



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  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Magical Place!

5 on August 12, 2018

I recently stayed at this incredible Inn (Aug. 11th) and was taken back by this enchanted, magical place! The Proprietor, Lisa has an incredible gift of creativity and one never gets tired of finding the cutest touches in every corner. Her warmth and hospitality is number 1. You truly feel at home here and the food is out of this world. A must stay! It's truly a hidden treasure.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your INNcredibly kind words and for staying with us! We are thrilled that you loved your stay and do hope we can welcome you back again soon! The fall season ahead is so gorgeous here! Until we meet again, BEE Well, Lisa, John and Your LWI Team

- Lisa (Innkeeper/Co-Owner)

Enjoyable Stay

5 on January 07, 2018

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast. Getting to know John and Lisa was icing on the cake! We look forward to staying again!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you BEEyond words for your lovely review and most of all, for choosing Lincoln Way for your stay!!! We hope we can welcome you back again!! Our best, Lisa, John and Your LWI Team

- Lisa Marie Ayres (Innkeeper/Co-Owner)


5 on March 17, 2017

My 2 sisters and I who live quite a distance away from each other, had a wonderful sister weekend at Lincoln Way Inn and it was fantastic!!! Lisa was so welcoming and her passion for meeting all of her guests needs is very evident!! Lisa truly loves the surrounding farm land, bees, restoration of grasslands and entertaining her guests! We had a wonderful home cooked breakfast using local foods and her home grown eggs and honey. I have stayed in several B&B's but Lincoln Way Inn definitely tops the list as my FAVORITE! Thank you Lisa for everything! We definitely will be back! Julie C

Innkeeper Response
We loved welcoming you all and are over the moon that you loved your stay. We hope you all have been wonderful and that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again one day! INN Appreciation, Lisa, John and Your LWI Team

- Lisa Marie Ayres (Innkeeper/Co-Owner)

A Wonderful Getaway to Visit Again and Again

5 on July 29, 2016

What a gem of a place!! We stayed in the Black Hawk Suite, and it was fabulous! The decor of this inn is elegant yet comfortable. No detail has been overlooked. Not only is the interior beautiful, but the grounds are lovely as well. The patio with the huge stone fireplace is wonderful, and the front porch a peaceful place to relax and watch life go by while enjoying the porch swing or other comfy seating. Lisa, the innkeeper, is incredibly accommodating and extremely knowledgeable about the many things to do in the area. She's a great cook as well, and breakfast was memorable! We're hoping to visit again soon to stay in one of the other beautifully appointed rooms, several of which have unbelievably huge bathrooms! We have stayed at many B&B's in our travels, and this is by far one of the best!

Innkeeper Response
We are so grateful for entrusting us with your stay and thrilled that you loved it too! Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely review and we look forward to welcoming you again! BEE Well, Lisa, John and Your LWI Team

- Lisa Marie Ayres (Innkeeper/Co-Owner)

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Rooms & Rates

Lorado Taft

Lorado Taft (queen): Named for the famed Illinois sculptor and writer, Lorado Taft, the creator of the Black Hawk statue monument overlooking the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois, just a few miles away. This elegantly appointed room features an incredible queen-size hand carved hickory bed as well as a hand-tiled marble bathroom and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Sandburg Suite

Sandburg Suite (king): Named for Carl Sandburg, the Illinois winner of three Pulitzer Prizes in writing and poetry about Abraham Lincoln. Luxurious king-size bed with fireplace, sitting area, and spa-like bath with claw foot tub and rain shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Blackhawk Suite

Features its own common area with fireplace and sitting area. Gorgeous double vanity bathroom with hand-tiled huge shower shared by two bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own vanity and sink. Blackhawk (queen, with twin sofa pull-out): Named for the Native American Sauk warrior who was born on the Rock River in present-day Rock Island. The largest room at the Inn features vaulted A-frame style ceiling, artisan-crafted wood queen bed, sitting area with small pull-out bed couch, and private balcony with a view for miles. Adjacent to the Blackhawk Suite and living room is also the Sauk guest room. This room with queen bed is for the additional friends and family of guests who have reserved Blackhawk Suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Named for the Indian title given to John Dixon, the founder of Dixon, Illinois, meaning head of white hair. Also the name of the 3,500-acre Nature Conservancy prairie preserve, located just three miles away. Room features a prairie theme with gorgeous woven seagrass queen bed and a hand-tiled marble bathroom and shower with river rock floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Countryside, Rural, Small town


Carbondale, IL (MDH-Southern Illinois) 214 miles

Directions to property:

Located at the corner of the Lincoln Highway (Rt. 38) and State/Daysville Road in Franklin Grove. Easy access from any direction with exits off of I-88 at Rochelle (traveling from the east) and Dixon (traveling from the west).

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Nachusa Grasslands (3,500 acre preserved prairie, where the bison have now returned too)., Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Tours

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Sauna, Spa, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Year round outdoor patio and gardens with fireplace.

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  • Check In:: 03:00 - 09:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Allowed only in gazebo.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Service dogs only please.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions



Lisa Marie & John Ayres

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

We are beekeepers, small scale farmer's (chickens, lavender, apples), prairie restoration devotees, and historic preservation advocates. Creating a meaningful, memorable and customized stay experience is our joy!

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Included in room rate

  • Time Served: Upon request between 7-10 am
  • Serving Location: Outdoor patio, weather permitting, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian paleo, lactose free.

Signature Dish

Scrumptious Seasonal Skillet
As often said, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Guests love this seasonal skillet created with their favorite ingredients. Skillet can include sauteed fresh veggies and herbs, cheese, eggs from local free range chickens, and locally sourced bacon and sausage. A healthy, delicious meal to start the day!