Set in the historic village of Elsah nestled between the bluffs on the Mississippi River, Maple Leaf Cottage Inn offers a charming and tranquil escape from the city. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes with scenic views and plenty of hiking and biking trails, the Inn is also close to the shops, restaurants, and entertainment of the Alton and Grafton. The Maple Leaf Cottage Inn offers comfortable accommodations in the form of well-appointed and beautifully decorated guest rooms with private bathrooms, delicious homecooked breakfasts, and gorgeous garden views.

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1.Guest Accommodations

Guest Accommodations
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The Maple Leaf Cottage Inn consists of three main buildings with six beautifully appointed and charmingly decorated guest rooms with country-style décor and turn-of-the-century furnishings. Each room has queen or king-size beds with pillowtop mattresses, luxury linens, and hypoallergenic pillows, en-suite bathrooms with antique clawfoot tubs, showers, fresh towels and quality bath products, and airy sitting rooms with a work desk, and comfortable seating. Amenities in every room include refrigerators, coffee makers, flat panel TVs, DVD players with a library of movies, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

The Garden Room is a romantic room with natural light and lovely views and features a queen-size four-poster bed with luxury linens, an en-suite bathroom with an antique claw-foot tub, and a spacious sitting room with a cozy chaise for two, and a comfortable rocker recliner.

The Attic Room is a charming suite decorated with antique and vintage memorabilia dating back to 1949. The room has a romantic four-poster bed with luxury linens, an en-suite bathroom with an antique claw-foot tub and showerhead, fresh towels and quality bath products, and a private staircase.

Originally built as a summer kitchen in the 1800s and later used as the family wash house, the Wash House is a charming standalone cottage that features original pine floors, a comfy queen-size bed in luxury linens, and an en-suite bathroom with an antique claw-foot tub and showerhead, fresh towels and quality bath products.

The Maples is a large historic room that features two queen-size bed with luxury linens, an en-suite bathroom with an antique claw-foot tub and showerhead, fresh towels and quality bath products, and beautiful views of the garden.

Adjacent to the Maples Room, the Gables is an inviting retreat set at the end of the gardens with two cozy, queen-size beds with Victorian gabled headboards and luxury linens, an antique claw-foot tub and showerhead, fresh towels and quality bath products, and a covered porch with picturesque views of the gardens.

The Buggy House is a historic home that began life as a wagon repair shop in the 1860s and features original wooden flooring, two bedrooms with comfy queen-size beds in luxury linens, and two en-suite bathrooms, one of which has an antique claw-foot tub and showerhead, fresh towels and quality bath products. The house has a fully functional kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven/grill, dishwasher, coffeemaker, and cooking utensils and an airy sitting room has sofas and a fireplace. A large deck off the kitchen has two porch swings and gorgeous garden views and guests staying in the house have access to private off-street parking.

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2.Dining, Amenities, Weddings & Events

Dining, Amenities, Weddings & Events
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A delicious home-cooked, Southern-style breakfast is served every morning, beginning with coffee, tea and fresh fruit juices, followed by French toast, freshly baked pastries, bread and rolls, granola, yogurt, and a variety of hot entrées.

The Maple Leaf Cottage Inn offers an array of amenities to enhance every stay, from a home-cooked, Southern-style breakfast served every morning and beautiful gardens with outdoor seating on the porches and a fire pit with seating for up to ten people to complimentary wireless Internet. The Inn is surrounded by hiking and biking trails, which can be explored on bikes that are available to rent, and the Inn offers a unique and beautiful venue for small weddings, receptions, and other special celebrations.

The Maple Leaf Cottage Inn presents a beautiful venue for special celebrations and occasions such as weddings, receptions, elopements, and more with lovely gardens, front porches with comfortable seating and luxurious accommodations.

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3.Plan this Vacation

Plan this Vacation
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The Maple Leaf Cottage Inn is located in the historic village of Elsah, whose roots date back to the 19th century. The charming village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and rests in between two bluffs on the Mississippi River in the center of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area. Two great seasonal attractions of the town include the magnificent fall colors of the surrounding landscapes from late September to the end of October and the Bald Eagles that flock to the area from the end of December to early March. The nearby town of Grafton is a popular tourist attraction with many attractions and amenities and offers a variety of things to see and do.

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12 Selma Street, Elsah, IL 62028, Phone: 618-374-1684

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Maple Leaf Cottage Inn in Elsah, IL