Fun Fall Activities in Bloomington-Normal, IL

Come enjoy the first taste of fall with a trip to Bloomington-Normal.  We have numerous suggestions to create an idyllic Illinois getaway with us at Vrooman Mansion.  No matter where your interest lies, the diversity of Bloomington-Normal is sure to please.  

Central Illinois may be predominantly flat land (and big beautiful sky), but that’s exactly why cycling is the perfect go-to experience; Bloomington-Normal and cycling go together like peanut butter and jelly!  We showcase annual bike races, and entice recreational riders to the 30+ miles of the Constitution Trail, which offers awesome scenery for all seasons! Vrooman has an affordable Trike/Bike Rental package that makes exploring the Bloomington-Normal community fun and easy.  Come feel the pulse of vigorous energy and excitement that’s contagious within The Twin Cities.

This time of year is crucial to our local wineries, for now is when they determine if their grapes are ripe and ready to harvest.  They are looking for grapes that are are rich in color, juicy, full-flavored, easily crushed but not shriveled, and plump. Are you drooling yet?  Then come share in the stomp of these succulent grapes! On Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host wine tasting all day, food by The Catering Company and live music from The Shake for fun ‘stomping’.  Sunset Lake Vineyards is also pleased to share their beautiful surroundings, with live music every Friday and Saturday.  Their warm and inviting atmosphere is perfect for gatherings with family and friends.

Come Cruise-In at the Mansion on September 8, 2018 from 10am – 2pm.  All sorts of vehicles will be at the David Davis Mansion, including antiques, classics, trucks and motorcycles.  The David Davis Mansion will also be available to tour; while attendees can enjoy concessions and music.

The autumn season is known to be a runner’s favorite time of year.  We have an event that demonstrates this intense love of running, the Evergreen Lake Ultra MarathonTrail Race.  It will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 @ 6:30am at Colmara Park.  This race venue is one of the more diverse trail ultras in Illinois; as a 15.5 mile loop which consists of a wooded track, open prairie paths and scenic views of Evergreen Lake.

At Vrooman Mansion, we also embrace everything the new season offers.  Our gourmet breakfasts are always built around the freshest flavors of the season.  How does Pecan Pumpkin waffles sound? Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about!  We graciously invite you to relish the first taste of fall with us! Book your favorite room today!

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