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Guest Reviews from Mack & Kate plus Wendy & Alec  

When you stay with us, read the chronicles of previous guests. Laugh with them. Share in their surprises, their awe, their personal reflection, and their wishes for the future. Get to know the lives of others, one page at a time. Then grab a pen and share your story.

That’s exactly what Mack & Kate from Hollywood, California did after reading about Wendy & Alec’s engagement proposal! Two beautifully different stories and experiences from the amazing Julia Vrooman Suite.

handwritten guest review in a journal on a white marble table with a queen sized bed in the background

No matter your story, your next chapter unfolds at Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington, IL. 

Their handwritten thoughts pictured above are transcribed below: 


Alec is doing something in the hallways & left me in the room… And then he came back in with strawberries & champagne & a ring <3 We might get married the end of the summer or in the fall. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home & all of its history with us. We’re so happy to include it in the beginning of our story together. 

Wendy & Alec 


No proposals here! We watched “”The Karate Kid”” and ate popcorn in bed. 10/10 

Mack & Kate 


The Julia Vrooman Suite 

Both Wendy & Alec, and Mack & Kate stayed in the Julia Vrooman Suite on the second floor of the mansion at the end of the hall. Next to the highly coveted coffee and snack closet that is completely free during your entire stay, the Julia Vrooman Suite has a queen-sized bed, a beautiful mirrored armoire, and sitting chairs for you to relax in.

The attached private bathroom with unique vintage elements, also has a convenient walk-in shower and robes for you to borrow during your stay. Click here to view Julia Vrooman’s Suite in more detail. 

two beige upholstered chairs on a blue vintage rug in front of a decorative white fireplace with an antique mirrored armoire


Luxurious Extras  

Alec sprung for chocolate covered strawberries and champagne to go with his proposal, while Mack & Kate enjoyed the simple pleasure of popcorn. But we also can offer other food and luxury options like a charcuterie tray upon your arrival, a s’mores package by the outdoor fireplace in the fall, and help you with dinner reservations at local restaurants within a 15 minute walk of the mansion. Click here to learn about all of our options and pricing. 

two champagne glasses and chocolate covered strawberries on a marbletop dresser


up close vintage blue bedspread on a queen sized bed with pillows



Bed & Breakfast in Bloomington, IL 

As a true bed and breakfast, gourmet breakfast is always included with every overnight stay. And you don’t need an alarm clock in Julia’s suite, because the smell of breakfast wafting up the stairs will get you up. Before you arrive, please let us know if you have allergies or food preferences so we can ensure everyone has the gourmet experience.  Click here to view some sample seasonal menus to get an idea of what you can look forward to. 

fresh fruit layered in a glass topped with homemade whipped cream and a sprig of mint



Book History and Book Your Stay  

Significance happens at Vrooman Mansion. It has since 1869. And everyone that stays with us creates their own history, too. Grab a pen and share your story.

Book your overnight stay at our visually matchless bed and breakfast in Bloomington, IL and come make history.  

several handwritten journal entries on a marble table

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