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Many Jacksonville residents know of the charming bed and breakfast (B&B) nestled on 1109 W. State Street. What they may not know is that it stands out from other B&B’s in its warmth, charm, and hospitable depth. Part of that probably stems from the fact that this B&B is housed in one of Jacksonville’s beautiful and historic homes and has all the comforts one could desire in a B&B. But there’s more to it than that…
By Nick Draper, Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, Illinois
Published 9:33 pm, Tuesday, August 1, 2017
A little red chair that has made its way across the United States and Canada in order to promote local bed and breakfast establishments made a stop in Jacksonville.
Last week, Gwenn Eyer, innkeeper at Blessings on State Bed and Breakfast, made her way to Peace of Earth Lodge in Rushville to pick up the chair and bring it to Jacksonville. Eyer said she was excited for the opportunity to be part of the event as she intended to use the opportunity to not only promote her business but to promote the city as well.
“I’m always looking for ways to promote Jacksonville,” Eyer said. “We had a couple from Rochester and they looked at Springfield and said that wasn’t what they were looking for. They drove the extra distance because they wanted to stay at Blessings on State but they weren’t familiar with the area at all. They, like a lot of guests, said that they needed to come back because they didn’t realize everything that we have here.”
The Red Chair Project started in 2012 at a bed and breakfast in Cape Cod. Now, the chair travels in large sections of the United States, such as the east coast and southern states in 2014, the west coast in 2015 and Canada through Alaska in 2016. This year the chair is making stops throughout the Midwest and is currently making its way through Illinois.
Eyer partnered with Warmowski Photography to come up with places to photograph the chair that would highlight the many attractions Jacksonville has to offer. The photographs will be released on Blessings on State’s Facebook page and blog that can be found at blessingsonstate.com.
As they’re posted, the bed and breakfast is challenging visitors to identify where the photos were taken. On the first day, the chair was featured in several notable locations, such as the Governor Duncan Mansion, Antiquarius on the square, and Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant.
“I want people to come and enjoy the whole area,” Eyer said. “People can go less than two miles and eat dinner in a restored train depot, go out and fish in a lake that has been known to be one of the best bass fishing lakes… When you look at a dot on the map and it says ‘Jacksonville,’ you don’t know what that means. A lot of people want to come back once we get them here.”