Atlanta announces its newest Route 66 attraction: Colaw Rooming
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[March 22, 2014]
ATLANTA — Return to Route 66,
circa 1947, when you overnight at the Colaw Rooming House, where
you'll experience a stop along the Mother Road before interstates
and motel chains were the norm.
Located just two blocks from Route 66 in Atlanta, Ill., the Colaw
House offers three bedrooms, two full baths, a charming living room
with fireplace, a dining room, curved front porch and a delightful
yellow and red 1940s kitchen.
To further enhance your step back in time, lodging at Colaw
Rooming House includes a complimentary breakfast at Palms Grill
Café, Atlanta's fully restored, circa 1935 small-town diner.
Not a typical bed-and-breakfast, Colaw Rooming House re-creates
the experience of overnighting along Route 66 in a private
residence, before the widespread advent of motels. Back in the
1940s, the Colaw House let rooms out on a longer-term basis,
primarily to local, single teachers who worked in Atlanta. It now
provides a unique experience that lets visitors travel the Mother
Road as it was "back in the day."
The Colaw Rooming House is a public-private economic development
project, supported by a grant from the Illinois Office of Tourism
along with private funding from Parks Construction, a local Atlanta
construction firm. The project's design was a combined effort of
Parks Construction and the Atlanta Betterment Fund.
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The public is invited to an open house at the Colaw House on
April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Colaw House is at 204 NW Vine St.
Rooms are available via reservation, and the first floor is also
available for family gatherings, rehearsal dinners, wedding
receptions, baby showers or other events.
To make a reservation:
[Text from file received from Bill
Thomas, Atlanta Betterment Fund]