Grammy-winning artist Lauren Daigle is moving on up in 2020. Since the release of her debut album, Look Up Child, she has sold out nearly 70 performances, and is now embarking on her first arena tour. She brings “The Lauren Daigle World Tour” to Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington, Illinois on March 14. And, with Vrooman Mansion just one mile away from the arena, why not make a Bloomington/Normal weekend excursion with a stay at Vrooman?
With its rich history, craftsmanship and beauty, Vrooman Mansion is a dream come true for the history buff as well as the student of architecture. Its central location makes it an ideal gathering place as you plot your tour of the Bloomington/Normal area. And if you care to expand your tour, Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are within a two-hour drive!
If antiques are your passion, the Central Illinois Antique Dealers Association is hosting their Spring Show March 14-15 at The Interstate Center in Bloomington with 40-plus top dealers from the Midwest!
If you prefer to do your exploring “store-by-store,” take a stroll through downtown Bloomington and uptown Normal where you will encounter some of our favorite places.
You’ll find several exquisite shops including Asahel Gridley Antiques. Open since 1993, Asahel Gridley now consists of three storefronts with 16 rooms. Owners Jim White & Andy Willits are extremely knowledgeable, and a visit with them is akin to a ride in a time machine as they expound on the history of various offerings in their store. The store is open Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. Cydney’s Antiques features an eclectic selection ranging from unique to avante garde items. They are open Tuesday through Friday 11-5, and Saturdays 11-4. Pars Rug Gallery is owned and operated by Hossein Nateghpour since 1994. Hossein is a wonderful educator and would love to help you find the perfect rug no matter your budget or taste. Open Tuesday through Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5.
The Garlic Press is a one-of-a-kind store featuring distinctive high quality products, from local handmade cards to FLAX clothing to fine chocolates and coffee. And if you feel the need for a “make-over,” Apricot Lane features a mix of styles and designs that moms and daughters will love to wear! Owners Renee and Jena (mom & daughter!) pride themselves on their top-notch customer service and will gladly help you achieve that whole new look.
Each day Vrooman Mansion welcomes guests to come and enjoy their beautiful bedrooms, sitting rooms, porches, and delicious homemade breakfasts. Book your stay with us and discover all that Bloomington/Normal has to offer!