I am New York City born and bred, currently living in the hectic lifestyle that is Southern California but my wife's family is from Southern Illinois. We recently went to Illinois and stayed at the Inn. We could not have been any happier! Yes, it is not the Ritz Carlton. Anyone expecting such should go elsewhere. Without a doubt it was the most relaxing 4 nights I have had in many, many years.
I have always been interested in the history of the midwest states such as Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. To sleep in an original 1840 log cabin that was probably built along the Ohio River separating Illinois from Kentucky was a step back in time for us.
Jim was the perfect host. And the dogs helped create the perfect ambiance, whether greeting us when we woke up or barging into our cabin seeking shelter from a thunderstorm. Jim's wife Katy was out of town during our four night visit and Jim stepped up to the plate admirably in her place cooking breakfast in her absence and thoroughly entertaining us.
The effort that Jim has spent transforming these antique original settlers cabins into a habitable 21st century bed and breakfast inn is inspiring. We were lucky enough to be provided with a guided tour by Jim that not only explained the origin of each of the cabins but went into detail explaining the origin and history of each and every addition to the original cabins (railings from an old church, doors from some other historical structure), etc.
Did you know log cabins in the west were constructed of whole round logs while log cabins in the midwest were constructed of hand-squared logs? I didn't know that, but apparently that was the case due to the humidity levels of the regions and the need to square the logs in areas of high humidity.
Jim knows his stuff and has the most perfect job in the world...working at his own pace selflessly transforming and preserving historical treasures and engaging all visitors in endless and fascinating conversation. I myself am stuck in the rut of working 60-80 hour weeks...what I wouldn't give to be Jim for a day.
For those of you interested in fishing...the on-site lake produced bass of impressive size and quantity.
While I admit that I haven't been to Southern Illinois for the past 20+ years, after this pleasant stay I have committed to returning to the Inn every year.
I have traveled the country and traveled the world. The Olde Squat Inn ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite places. We can't wait to go back next year!