For our stay, we were hosted at the Courtyard in downtownSpringfield. There were lots of weddings going on so we saw fancy people in and out all weekend. There’s a lovely fountain outside with benches and a walking trial nearby. There’s also a really cool mural right outside the front doors.
We came late in the afternoon so after settling in and a quick nap – we headed to Cecil and Lime for dinner. I had never been and liked the menu so I was excited to check it out. We met with the owner and that was all it took. This building used to house his family’s butcher shop. He told us the history of the business and how it morphed over the years. He’s a young guy too – so to hear him relishing in his family history was great.
We got Shrimp Cocktail for an appetizer – there’s really nothing to it – but I can hardly resist cold shrimp and zingy cocktail sauce. I also got a wedge salad with my entrée. It was huge and topped with everything you look for: tomatoes, bacon, red onion, bacon, bleu cheese, bacon, etc.
Mr. Hartman was laid off in the depression and going through a rough time and started building this rock garden in his spare time. There are photos of him and his children in the 30s with his creations. The amazing thing is that he built this all by hand – with over 250,000 rocks. I mean – that castle is probably 7 feet tall and has a moat!
The shrine with all the religious statues is really something to see – it’s a photographers dream. It’s all tucked in this backyard that is open to the public during daylight hours. There are caretakers there as well during certain hours. It’s really impressive to see – but it’s also really nice to see that it’s so well taken care of and that it hasn’t been damaged.
Ice cream!!!! A trip to the Springfield area isn’t complete without a trip to Young’s Dairy. And if you’ve got kids – you better plan for at least a couple of hours for this stop. There’s an area to pet the animals, there is putt putt, there are kids activities galore – and a huge ice cream parlor and restaurant! I grabbed some cookies & cream ice cream and beat the heat for a few minutes anyway! They also have mini-festivals throughout the year – so be sure to check your calendar of events for those.
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