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Arthur

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Arthur

We are driving up from Memphis to Springfield, stopping the first night to break the journey at Cape Girardeau, then we are driving up towards Springfield, where we are staying for a few days before catching the train to Chicago. I would like to drive to Arthur on our way to Springfield and was wondering if staying around that area for one night is better than rushing through and on to Springfield. If so where is the best place to stay for one night and is the drive ok to do.

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I trust you are coming up I-57? Otherwise, if you're coming up I-55, Arthur is way out of your way. Personally, I don't think Arthur has a lot to offer....my daughter and I visited last June for a weekend trip and other than Rockome Gardens (in nearby Arcola) and eating at Yoders, we couldn't find anything to do. I was excited about going to the 3rd Saturday downtown craft market which advertised more like a huge craft/farmer's market but left after 5 minutes. There were maybe 6 vendors which only included 1-2 Amish baked goods vendors. The drive is fine....a little over an hour. Hope this helps.

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Yes we were thinking of coming up the I-57 and I was hoping in Arthur we could see some of the Amish people and their shops. We wanted to see the smaller towns so we could say we had experienced the real countryside of the area and the USA.

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I agree with the previous poster--Arthur is really not so impressive.

If you decide to stay in the area, I'd recommend the Okaw Valey Orchard B&B in Sullivan, IL. The hosts and the accomodations are lovely, and it's less than a half hour from Arthur.

The trip from Arthur to Springfield is about an hour and a half, and is an easy drive.

There are LOTS of hotels in Springfield, but if you want one that is affordable and within walking distance of all of the tourist stuff, I highly recommend the State House Inn. It's got a comfortable modern vibe and free parking to boot.

If you were to decide to skip Arthur, you'll be passing right through the Shawnee National Forest--definitely worth a visit. Also of note, if you're so inclined, is the Southern IL Wine Trail, Cave in Rock State Park and Garden of the Gods.

Just north east of Mt. Vernon is the small town of Olney, which is famous for its white squirrels. The city park just off of 130 is white squirrel ground zero. They're a hoot!

My very favorite restaurant in all of southern IL is just a bit farther north on 57 in Effingham. The Firefly Grill is a chef owned, locally sourced, laid back casual place with out of this world food. It's absolutely worth a stop.

http://okawvalleyorchardinn.com/

http://www.thestatehouseinn.com/

enjoyillinois.com/getaway/viewGetaway.aspx…

http://www.ci.olney.il.us/

http://ffgrill.com/

Have a great trip!

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Rush on up to Springfield. What is this interest in Arthur? This is the 2nd post on it? There is nothing to see or do in Arthur unless you want to be rude and stare at people who dress differently than you and drive horse buggies.

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I have travelled to many places around the world and would never offend people by taking pictures or stare at them because they dress differently. I just wanted to stay and visit a smaller town/ village where we could see the craftsmanship of the local people and their way of life. Rather than stay in the normal chain hotels in larger town/ cities all the time.

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