Walnut Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

900 E. Walnut, Springfield, Missouri 65806
Innkeeper(s): Gary Blankenship
  • Introduction

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, front view

    Welcome to the Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, Springfield, Missouri's only "Boutique Hotel"! From the moment you enter, you begin to feel its charm and personality. Hand-painted Corinthian columns frame the airy veranda while the porch swing invites you to come and relax. The innkeepers, Gary and Paula Blankenship will greet you at the beveled glass front door, and you will know immediately that your stay will be a unique experience, whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure. We also welcome children to stay at the inn!

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gary and Paula Blankenship for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We have many different travelers stay at the Walnut Street Inn for many different reasons. The largest group are business travelers that are tired of the typical hotel experience and want something a bit more personal, more relaxing, but still offers the amenities they need like free Wi-Fi, early breakfasts, work spaces in the rooms, a liberal cancellation policy, etc.

    The other large group are the pleasure travelers. They may be working a bit, but the goal is having a good time in Downtown Historic Springfield, MO. This group used to have to drive to the suburbs for fine dining and entertainment. Not anymore! We have over 55 restaurants, multi-screen theaters, an art theater, 4 live theatres, three city parks, Professional Baseball (the AA team for the St. Louis Cardinals,) both Drury University and Missouri State University activities, etc. all within a mile of the Inn. The problem is deciding where to eat, what to do, and when to come back!

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    People find us because of our location, but come back because of our hospitality! Breakfast is carefully prepared by our chefs and changes daily. We rotate through 40 tried and true recipes, then throw in new menus based on what is fresh from our local growers.

    We coordinate with each guest to discover the best itinerary for their stay, whether it be a busy weekend with every hour filled with food and entertainment, or a quiet time in one of our suites where they never leave the room, In-room or patio breakfast dining (if requested) in-room couples massages, or just a few uninterrupted hours of sleep for new parents. Whatever our guests need, we will help!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Southwest Missouri and Springfield offer a plethora of attractions, but the number one tourist draw in Missouri, not just Springfield, is the Bass Pro shop and Musems. Millions of folks a year make the pilgrimage to the South Campbell location. Even if you are not a hunter or fisherman, you will be entertained by the 500,000+sf monstrosity that is Bass Pro's World Headquarters. At 10am and 3pm each day, a diver hand feeds the sharks and other fish in the main tank, while explaining all the types of creatures swimming around him. I love to sit at the bar in the restaurant and watch the fish working the coral reef in front of you. A fun time is had by all!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    27 years of repeat business. Really. We have guests who have been with us since year one (1987). We have seen them start their first job after college, get married, have children, get divorced, change jobs, get remarried, and now we are sitting around discussing what retirement means. Their children are now staying with us (without mom and dad).

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The amazing dining experiences that abound in Springfield. From the 105 year old chili parlor (Caspers) to the Asian-fusion dishes at Ocean Zen and Kai's, to the aged beef of Flame, or Gilardi', just 3 houses to our west, we are truly blessed with incredible dining.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We can help plan just about anything based on our guests’ needs and desires. And we change recommendations based on season as well. A 4 night stay allows enough time for everything from AA baseball, shopping, fine dining, kayaking, and trail walking, to taking in a train trip or a music show in Branson, just 37 miles away.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Only AA Cardinal Baseball, a constant stream of events at Missouri State University, 55+ restaurants, clubs and coffee shops, three live theatres, two movie theaters, a city Internet library, and a host of special events. And all within 1/2 mile of the Walnut Street Inn. If you don't want to walk home after an evening of celebration, hop on one of the free rickshaws for a ride back to the Inn!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    It is seasonal, when it is snowy and cold, I love a cup of Caspers Chili with cheese and onions and a cheese burger on the side, when it is a warm summer night I like walking to The Aviary for pommes frites with truffle oil and Aviary Mason salad. And any time I like the 50 yard walk to Gilardi's for Eggplant Milano and the freshest salad in town grown in their own front yard.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    If you want to enjoy the Historic Downtown, check out www.itsalldowntown.com. For all of Springfield, check out http://www.springfieldmo.org.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 12 different rooms, all with private baths, flat screen cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a bountiful breakfast. 10 of those rooms have fireplaces at the foot of the bed, 4 have bubble-jet tubs for two, 2 have balconies overlooking the back yard, and one has an honest to God steam bath!

    Do you accept pets?

    If you have a perfectly well behaved (and quiet) dog, we have two rooms in the Cottage Inn (a separate house to the east) where we have accepted dogs. We don't advertise it, but give us a call and we can see if your dog fits!

  • Breakfast

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, breakfast And don't forget about our Breakfast!: Our cooking is the reason visitors return again and again to the Inn. There are no continental breakfasts here! Our bountiful breakfasts, free with your room, are served from 7-9am during the week, and 8-10am on weekends and holidays. We use Happy Mouh Foods for local, free range chicken eggs. You will always leave full and satisfied so, come on down!

  • Events

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, events Parties, Weddings, and Gatherings

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is the perfect venue for Parties, Weddings, Family Gatherings and we offer Special Packages For Honeymoons, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Romantic Getaways, Etc.

    The staff of Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is eager to assist you in any way. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special event. Let the Innkeepers help "orchestrate" a visit to Walnut Street Inn and Springfield, Missouri that is uniquely yours! The guest-oriented service begins with your phone call (or easy on-line reservation) to reserve a room.

  • Area Attractions

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, dining area

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is an urban oasis for our guests. It is in a Nationally Registered

    Historic District, one block off historic Route 66, and within walking distance to:

    • Gift shops, fine dining, and theaters and plays
    • Hammons Field (home of the MSU Bears and our AA professional team, the Springfield Cardinals!)
    • The Springfield MSU Hockey Team(and public ice skating),
    • The Springfield Exposition Center
    • Concerts and symphony performances at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts and the JQH Arena

    Need some suggestions for dinner reservations? Then visit some of Walnut Street Inn's favorite local restaurants. You choose, then call us to make reservations!

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, nightlife


    417-862-6400 An Italian restaurant only three houses West of the Inn, they serve wonderful Northern Italian food in a small, cozy atmosphere. The chef is the owner and he ensures the food is at its best. Soups, antipasti, salads, from traditional Caesar to Insalata di Barbabietole (beets, bleu cheese, walnuts and salad greens with champagne vinaigrette, finished with a touch of walnut oil), pastas cooked with lambshank, Angus beef, veal, pork, chicken, eggplant, mushrooms, etc. The choice is difficult but the meal fabulous. Price range $9.50 - $27.75.

    Ebbetts Field

    417-865-5050: Our neighborhood "Cheers" where everyone knows your name! Just one block from the Inn, this local pub is the perfect place to grab a Boulevard Beer, watch the game and converse with the locals. Famous for burgers, try "Da Sandy" (named for Sandy Koufax):1/2 lb. Angus beef marinated in their special red hot sauce with provolone cheese. Price range $5.50 - $12.95. They are open Sundays!

    Haruno's Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill

    417-887-0077 Located at 3044 South Fremont Avenue*, this is our favorite sushi bar that is more than just a sushi bar! They are open daily for lunch and dinner and feature sushi chefs demonstrating their skills at the bar or by your table. *About three miles South of the Inn.

    If one of these sounds like what you are looking for, let us know and we would be glad to set up reservations for you! Just call 1-417-864-6346.

    Once you make your reservation, we can have the Springfield Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau send you information about all the great local attractions nearby. Are you a Civil War history enthusiast? Have you heard of Bass Pro Shop's Outdoor World, Missouri's #1 tourist attraction? Visit our new world class"Wonders of Wildlife" museum and aquarium

  • Awards & Accolades

    Voted Best Bed and Breakfast in the Ozarks by the Readers of

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, porch

    Springfield News Leader four years in a row. Country Inns Magazine "Top Twelve Inns In The Country". Voted best Bed and Breakfast in the Ozarks by the readers of 417 Magazine. Featured in 417 Magazine - May 2004. Twice reviewed wonderfully by

    • Southern Living Magazine Columbia Tribune
    • Ozark Bride Magazine
    • Glamour Magazine
    • Midwest Living Magazine
    • Midwest Motorist, Women's World Magazine
    • At Ease! Magazine
    • Springfield News Leader
    • The Romance of Country Inns by Gail Greco
    • Springfield Business Journal, and numerous other media
  • How to Locate Us

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, front view

    We are easy to find, honest. We are in the heart of the city at the corner of John Q. Hammons Parkway and Walnut Street, just North of Missouri State University. When you get close, just look up. There are two high-rise buildings directly North of us on John Q. Hammons Parkway.

    For those of you who travel by GPS, our Coordinates are North 37° 12.380, West 93° 16.908

    Directions to Walnut Street Inn from:


    1. Airport Boulevard is the street that comes out of the airport going South
    2. Take it until you get to Chestnut Expressway
    3. Turn left (East)
    4. Go about 2.5 miles to Sherman Avenue
    5. Turn right (South) and go 6 blocks
    6. You’ll see us on the left corner

    St. Louis

    1. From I-44, take Exit 82-A/Highway 65 South to the Chestnut Expressway exit (2.8 miles)
    2. Turn right
    3. Go 3 miles to Sherman Avenue
    4. Turn left and go 4 blocks
    5. You’ll see us on the left corner

    Kansa City/ Bolivar/ Kansas

    1. Highway 13 becomes Kansas Expressway
    2. From where Kansas Expressway crosses I-44 go 2.4 miles to Chestnut Expressway
    3. Turn left
    4. Go 1.7 miles to Sherman Avenue
    5. Turn right and go 4 blocks
    6. You’ll see us on the left corner

    Joplin/ Tulsa/ Oklahoma

    Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, map

    1. From I-44 East take the Highway 13/Kansas Expressway exit
    2. Turn right
    3. Go 2.4 miles to Chestnut Expressway
    4. Turn left
    5. Go 1.7 miles to Sherman Avenue
    6. Turn right and go 4 blocks
    7. You’ll see us on the left corner

    Jefferson City

    1. Take Highway 54 to Camdenton
    2. Turn left onto Highway 5 and go to Lebanon
    3. Take I-44 west to Exit 82-A/Highway 65 South
    4. Go 2.8 miles to Chestnut Expressway
    5. Turn right
    6. Go 3 miles to Sherman Avenue
    7. Turn left and go 4 blocks
    8. You’ll see us on the left corner

    Branson/ Arkansas

    1. From Highway 65 North, take the Chestnut Expressway Exit
    2. Turn left
    3. Go 3 miles to Sherman Avenue
    4. Turn left and go 4 blocks
    5. You’ll see us on the left corner

    Cabool/ Mountain GROVE / Rogersville/ Willow Springs/ West Plains

    1. From Highway 60, take the Highway 65 North exit
    2. Go 5.7 miles to Chestnut Expressway exit
    3. Turn left
    4. Go 3 miles to Sherman Avenue
    5. Turn left and go 4 blocks
    6. You’ll see us on the left corner

    Ash Grove/ Willard/ HWY 160

    1. Take Highway 160 east/south
    2. Turn left on Kearney Street
    3. Turn right onto Kansas Expressway
    4. Go 1.8 miles to Chestnut Expressway
    5. Turn left
    6. Go 1.7 miles to Sherman Avenue
    7. Turn right and go 4 blocks
    8. You’ll see us on the left corner


    1. Take Highway 65 South to Springfield
    2. Exit at Chestnut Expressway
    3. Turn right
    4. Go 3 miles to Sherman Avenue
    5. Turn left and go 4 blocks
    6. You’ll see us on the left corner