Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast

409 N. State Street , Franklin Grove , IL 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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  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

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!

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Rooms & Rates


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 sea grass queen bed, small frig, and a hand-tiled marble bathroom and shower with river rock floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $139

Lorado Taft

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $139

Carl Sandburg Suite

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, tin ceiling, and spa-like bath with claw foot tub and rain shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $169 - $189

Blackhawk Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $159 - $169

Carriage House Suite

The Carriage House second floor loft is all yours to immerse in privacy, luxury and relaxation. Completed in the spring of 2015, and located just down the Inn patio walk, the Carriage House features a private queen suite with bathroom that includes a Jacuzzi tub, and shower, and French doors out onto the private balcony deck.And it gets better!...Also included for your private use is the adjacent loft space which includes full kitchen all outfitted with dishes, utensils, pots, pans, etc., (perfect if you wish to stay in and make your own dinner), comfy living room with overstuffed couches, WiFi, Amazon Fire Sticks included on two flat screen TV's (one in suite and one in living room) and two more powder rooms off of the living room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $189

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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

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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:: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • 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

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% at time of booking.
  • Cancellations: In the unlikely event that you must cancel without at least seven (7) day notice, please understand this will result in a charge of each night's room rate minimum depending on availability to re-rent, plus tax. Room charges are not refundable after payment at check-in and no refunds for early check-outs.
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Lisa Marie & John Ayres

Languages spoken


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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!


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