Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, Illinois

Author: , August 10th, 2015

Rippon-Kinsella House

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The Rippon-Kinsella House is a brick Victorian located on a half acre in a quiet neighborhood on the north side of Springfield. We are within walking distance of Oak Ridge Cemetery and the Lincoln Tomb and are just five minutes from downtown and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House and the other Lincoln sites.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, Illinois

Author: , March 11th, 2012

Rippon-Kinsella House - Springfield, IllinoisPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Welcome to the Rippon Kinsella House, a Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn in a quiet, tree lined neighborhood on Springfield’s North Side. We’re just a short walk from both the Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln’s Tomb, and just ten minutes from Springfield’s downtown and the other Lincoln sites, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas house.

Relax by the fireplace in our den with a glass of wine and a good book, or sit on our porch in the evening enjoying the charm of this historic mansion and our lovely gardens.

We offer several unique accommodations:

The Captain’s Quarters: the master bedroom and overlooks the grounds at the front of the house, decorated in a nautical theme with a queen-size antique brass bed, overstuffed art deco couch, and armchair with a reading lamp. There’s even a romantic fireplace with an antique brass gas burner. The suite features a large private ensuite bathroom with shower.

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Springfield, Illinois – Lincoln’s Home Town

Author: , August 25th, 2011
by Roger Schmitz, The Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, Illinois
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Lincoln's Presidential Lobrary

Illinois State CapitalSpringfield, Illinois is Abraham Lincoln’s hometown. We are located on I-55, 200 miles from Chicago and 100 miles from St. Louis. The Illinois State Fair is held in Springfield every year in August.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (pictured above) opened in 2005. With it’s high-tech theatres and exhibits, it attracts visitors from all over the world. Lincoln’s stovepipe hat is on display, as well as one of five original copies of the Gettysburg Address. You will experience the life of Abraham Lincoln from the log cabin to the White House.

Lincoln's Home, SpringfieldThe Lincoln Home National Historic Site (at right) is administered by the National Park Service and tours are given by park rangers. Seventeen homes in the four square block area have been restored. The goal of the Park Service is to restore the historic neighborhood to it’s 1858 appearance.

When the Lincoln Home was restored in 1988, they remove the baseboards from one of the parlors and found two unopened Lincoln letters. The park historian’s theory was that the Lincoln boys were playing with the out-going mail, slipping the letters between the wall and the baseboard.

One story is that Lincoln was walking down 8th street one day near his home, carrying his sons Willie under one arm and Tad under the other. Both boys were screaming and crying. One of Lincoln’s neighbors was on her front porch and said, “Why, Mr. Lincoln, what on earth is the matter?” Lincoln replied, “It’s what’s wrong with the whole world…I have three walnuts, and each wants two.”

Abraham Lincoln lived here from 1847 to 1861 and it is the only home he ever owned. When he was elected President in 1860, he gave a very eloquent farewell speech at the Lincoln Depot: “Here I have grown from a young man to an old. To this town and it’s people, I owe everything. I leave now, not knowing if or whenever I shall return.”

Abraham Lincoln's Tomb, Springfield, IllinoisThe Lincoln Tomb (at left) and Oak Ridge Cemetery are just a few blocks from the Inn. Every Tuesday evening during the summer there is a flag-lowering ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb.

The 133rd Illinois Reinactment Regiment plays The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Taps and the flag is then given to one of the visitors. Lincoln’s Law Office, the Old State Capitol where Lincoln gave his famous speech “A house divided against itself cannot stand” and the new Illinois Capital with it’s beautiful stained glass dome in the rotunda are all part of the Springfield experience.

New SalemNearby New Salem (at right) offers a glimpse of life in the 1830’s with costumed interpreters and living history.

Lincoln lived there and ran the general store and worked as a surveyor and Postmaster before moving to Springfield in 1837.

The Route 66 Festival is held downtown every September, with hundreds of vintage cars and 60’s era bands.

Dana Thomas House, Springfield, IllinoisVisitors also come from all over the world to tour the Dana-Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1902.

He was only 33 and was given an open checkbook by his client, Susan Lawrence Dana.

It is the most intact of Wright’s prairie style homes, with most of the Wright designed furniture still present.

The Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, IllinoisCome and stay with us at the Rippon-Kinsella House. Your hosts Roger Schmitz and Dave Ridenour have been partners for 34 years. It is an 1871 Victorian with a wraparound porch, located on a half acre in a quiet neighborhood on the north side of Springfield within walking distance of Lincoln’s Tomb and Lincoln Park, and just five minutes from downtown and the other Lincoln sites.

The owners purchased the home in 2005. There are three guest rooms upstairs. Enjoy some conversation and soft music in the living room or sit in a rocker on the front porch listening to the crickets in the evening. Relax by the fireplace in the den with a glass of wine and a good book. You can hold your civil union ceremony underneath a parachute tent on our lawn or in the garden with up to 50 guests. We can also accomodate up to ten guests with a formal dinner in the dining room. Visit one of our many fine restaurants and try the local favorite, the “Horseshoe.” It is an open faced sandwich made with your choice of hamburger, chicken or turkey on toast, topped with cheese sauce and french fries. There is also a gay bar downtown called the “Station House.”