I come to Springfield fairly often and usually stay at the Courtyard, which is close to my family. I recently learned about the existence of HomeAway and decided to try it out. I'd like to spend more time when I come to visit, but it doesn't take long for me to get tired of living in a hotel -- this was the perfect solution! I was able to spend lots of time with my family, yet have a place of my own to relax, watch television (complete with Netflix, to which I am completely addicted) and have a kitchen to prepare my own meals. They allowed me to bring my little dog with me, and she LOVED it. There was a big gray cat in the back yard and she spent a lot of time watching it from the kitchen door! The neighborhood was very nice and I felt safe going for walks. I didn't go downtown, but the cottage is certainly within walking distance. I look forward to my next visit to Springfield and will definitely consider staying here.