Midwest Living Review
The allure of the Whistle Stop Bed & Breakfast is simple: the chance to stay in one of its three (soon to be four) train cars. With the backdrop of real trains rumbling through town, this is a going-back-in-time kind of experience. The two larger cars ($125 to $165) feel spacious and authentic inside, with original woodwork, stained glass windows, a porch off the back and some vintage furniture. But don't worry, you're not going all the way back in time--each also has a queen-size bed, private bath with whirlpool tub, microwave, refrigerator, TV/VCR and a little stove to cozy up to and read or watch TV. The smaller car is a caboose ($105), which is pretty tiny but might be just the thing for newlyweds on a budget. A fun lofted sitting area adds to the novelty. Guests can also stay in one of two traditional bed-and-breakfast rooms ($80 to $95) in the main house, which was built in 1903, or in the Santa Fe Cottage ($150), complete with a living room and full kitchen. Breakfast is served in the main house and might feature pannekoeken, orange blossom rolls and special omelets filled with cream cheese, ham, cheddar and mushrooms. Word of advice: If you're coming to town for the Great American Think-Off, book early and be prepared for lively debates that might last into the wee hours.