BOOK HISTORY | The Turnages from Romeoville, IL

The Turnages drove 2 hours from Chicago, IL for a break from the city, and chose the luxurious Charlevoix Suite. Detailed woodwork throughout the entire Carriage House caught their eye and gourmet breakfast captured their tastebuds.

Read more below about the Turnages experience, then book your stay and create your own memories.

If you’ve got an excuse for a weekend getaway, whether the trip is a few hours away, or right down the street, try the Charlevoix Suite on the second floor of the Carriage House. With a king-sized bed, a master bathroom with a vintage copper tub and walk-in shower, plus a fireplace on the first floor… you’ll wish you stayed a few more nights. Did we say you also get a gourmet breakfast included each morning with no dishes for you to do?

Choose to escape to a mansion.


Guest Review from Romeoville, Illinois

September 21, 2021

The Carriage House was better than expected. Beautiful woodwork and furniture. Breakfast was amazing!

The staff is very friendly and welcoming. Pam gave great recommendations on where to eat for dinner.

A perfect escape from city life.

There are not many places like Vrooman Mansion. Very fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay here.

The Turnages

Chicago, IL


handwritten journal with a guest review is open on a vintage bed

What is the Carriage House?

Vrooman Mansion is a bed, breakfast and special events venue. And most are surprised to learn that in addition to the mansion itself, our grounds have an amazing not-so-hidden secret… the Carriage House. On the southeast corner of the property you’ll find this amazing gem, renovated in 2012 from a traditional carriage house to a cabin featuring two suites, an enclosed porch, kitchenette, patio, and first floor fireplace. Guests can rent the entire carriage house for added privacy, or share the common areas with other guests and make new friendships as a part of their stay.

In addition to the Charlevoix Suite, down the hall on the second floor is the Fern Suite. This suite was named for Julia Scott who was the first person to live in the mansion after its construction was complete in 1869. One of her favorite hobbies was to import fern plants from England to decorate the mansion. 

wooden staircase, lit fireplace and cozy atmosphere

Charlevoix Suite

The Turnages stayed on the second floor of the Carriage House in the luxurious Charlevoix Suite. The original owners of Vrooman Mansion, Julia and Matthew Scott, had a summer home in Charlevoix, Michigan which the suite was named after. 

Often chosen as a honeymoon suite, this amazing lofted room is the only one at the mansion with a king-sized bed, made more impressive by the restored wooden canopy. The intricate woodwork throughout the suite is a true escape away from the city, providing a cabin-like feel, but with the modern amenities you need and the close proximity to restaurants, nightlife, museums, and art galleries. (Looking for places to discover in Bloomington-Normal during your stay? Check out our Top 10 Things to Do in the area.)

king sized antique wooden bed with a nightlight. extensive hardwood accents visible throughout the room

In addition to the most comfortable bed, sheets, and pillows you’ll also have a brown leather couch, mirrored armoire, vintage dresser and rocking chair, which transform this space beyond just a bedroom and into a true retreat. 

antique brown leather couch, rocking chair and vintage dresser in a room with lofted ceilings and extensive wood accents

Private Bathroom with a Vintage Tub and Walk-In Shower

The Charlevoix Suite, like all 7 rooms at Vrooman Mansion, has its own private bathroom for Charlevoix overnight guests. This private attached bathroom has the best of both worlds: a late 1800s vintage copper clawfoot soaking tub and a walk-in shower with multiple shower heads. The attention to detail in this bathroom is stunning. 

wooden accented master bathroom with a copper tub

Many potential guests wonder what types of amenities are available when they stay overnight. In addition to two  luxurious bathrobes you can borrow during your stay and plush towels, each bathroom suite includes a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and locally made organic hand soap and lip balm from Wright Family Products.

walk in shower with stone tile and multiple shower heads on

Gourmet Bed and Breakfast

You won’t find a continental breakfast here. As the only true bed and breakfast in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, a gourmet multi-course breakfast is included for every overnight guest. Creative seasonal dishes are the hallmark of our breakfast, and we’re happy to accommodate any special requests or dietary needs. Whether you are vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free or have an allergy, please let us know so we can craft an amazing breakfast you deserve to enjoy.

eggs benedict on a place with bacon, a muffin end a carved kiwi fruit

Book Your Overnight Stay

Vrooman Mansion is a bed, breakfast, and special events venue in Bloomington, IL roughly 2 hours south of Romeoville, Illinois and most Chicago suburbs.

Built in 1869, we blend vintage elements with modern amenities to give you a vibrant backdrop for the next chapter in your own story.

Check our availability and book your stay.

Make history.


exterior of a cabin with lights on at dusk

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