Looking for a getaway that’s not too close, but not too far – and isn’t this your typical hotel suite?
How about staying in a 100-year-old train carriage?
For around $200 a night, you and eight guests can spend a few days inside an original Pullman Palace train car in Plano, IL. According to Willie Cade, the train’s owner, the “Constitution” sleeping car was built in 1905 at the original Pullman Train Factory, a few miles from Chicago.
Cade says the train has been in his family since “his cousin’s grandfather bought it from George Pullman in the 1950s and made it a weekend getaway.”
According to Cade, Andrew Carnegie rented the car at one point to go out West. And Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding had also praised it “when presidents traveled by train.”
The car, available for rent on Airbnbcan accommodate eight people and includes four cabins, a dining room, a kitchen, an office, two fireplaces, three bathrooms and, according to the advertisement, a piano.
Most of the car’s wood fittings and interiors are stock, Cade said.
The stay also includes access to a private swimming pool named after the famous synchronized swimmer of the 1950s, Esther Williams.
The wagon sits on six acres of land near Big Rock Creek in Plano, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. Visitors have to cross cornfields to get there. There is no television and no internet.
“The train tracks are about an hour away,” Cade said. “If you’re lying in bed at night, you can kind of hear this ghostly train going by.”
According to the AirbnB listing, the “Constitution” has a 4.62 star rating and 90 reviews. It is almost fully booked for the whole month of July and August.