by Ward Morehouse III
Call it Love, with a capital “L.”
I have never felt as looked after as I have at the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn in Elsah, Illinois.
Steps from one of the most picturesque parts of the Mississippi River, the five-bedroom Maple Leaf Bed and Breakfast is designed with comfort and beauty in mind at every point.
Our bed was as or even more comfortable than any my wife and I had slept in from The Waldorf-Astoria in New York to the Millennium Chelsea Harbour in London.
The windows of the Maple Leaf Cottage are graced with stained glass; The “garden room,” where my wife and I stayed when my son graduated from Principia College, overlooked rose and other gardens and was wonderfully and conveniently located next to the inn’s dining room.
The college is located on the bluffs overlooking historic Elsah, Illinois and the Mississippi. The area abounds with biking, hiking and jogging trails.
To say breakfast is included in our $150 room rate is a serious understatement as our country breakfasts were feasts indeed.
Selected as one of the top 25 “Best Romantic Getaways in Illinois” by Lonely Planet Guidebook, “Imagine sitting under the stars by firelight surrounded by peaceful nature,” says a Maple Leaf Cottage brochure.
In 1949, The Attic Room was the inn’s first guest room with antique items dating back 150 years. A room called The Maples features two queen beds. The Garden Room has one queen bed. Other charming rooms that offer comfortable accommodations are The Wash House and The Gables. See their website for photos of each country room: www.mapleleafcottageinn.com
For reservations call 618-374- 1684.
I lived in Elsah for a time, and your description is so accurate. The Maple Leaf Cottage Inn is a gem. Visit near January to witness the bald eagles soar, screach overhead, and dive to catch fish from the Mississippi River. I, too, am especially fond of the wooded hiking trails and bluffs at the river’s edge. Thank you for this post! It warmed my heart.
Mr. Ward Moorehouse, how does one adequately thank someone for such kind and thoughtful words? To say “Thank you” does not seem enough. I wish you could feel the joy and appreciation in my heart. I wish you could see the smile on my face. I wish you could see I am standing a bit taller … I feel supported and loved. You captured beautifully what my intent is for my guests – My desire is to make my guests feel at home, comfortable, relaxed and fill them with southern home-cooked meals. I want to take them away from the hectic and hurried life … to breathe deeply and enjoy nature. A step back in time, imagine being at Grandma’s … hear the creaks as you walk across the old wooden floors, smell the fresh baked goods from the kitchen, sit in a rocking chair on the front porch or sit among the gardens with a book in hand … make yourself at home and be pampered. You captured it all with your words and I love it! Ward and Katherine, you are such kind and special people, a lovely couple that Tim and I consider dear friends. If you don’t make it to Elsah, we will come to N.Y. We must stay in touch. Much love, Deborah