BOOK HISTORY | Marcia & Jim from Cedar Falls, IA

“The hotels don’t hold a candle to you,” shared Marcia & Jim who drove 4 hours from Cedar Falls, IA for a concert at the Castle Theatre. Looking for an alternative to “the traditional hotel system” they chose to stay in the Rose Suite and were not disappointed! 

Read more about their stay, and explore all that Bloomington-Normal has to offer from plays to concerts to art galleries, as well as history, restaurants and outdoor activities now that spring is finally approaching!

We would be honored to be the place you choose to stay, and write the next historic chapter in your story.


Guest Review from Jim & Marcia of Cedar Falls, Iowa

“Our travels brought us to town for a “Here Come the Mummies” concert at the Castle Theatre. When searching for accommodations for the night I came across the Vrooman Mansion online. Tired of the traditional hotel system I decided to give this a try. The staff are a wealth of knowledge and kind. Breakfast was delicious. If we’re ever in the area again we will stay again, for sure. Thanks so much for your generous hospitality. The hotels don’t hold a candle to you.”

~ Marcia & Jim from Cedar Falls, IA

Things to Do in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Vrooman Mansion is located just a 15-minute walk away from Downtown Bloomington, where visitors can explore a range of entertainment options, including theater, music and art.

For theatre enthusiasts, there are numerous intimate venues to choose from, including the American Passion Play, Community Players Theatre, Heartland Theatre Company, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Illinois State University Theatre, Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts, Normal Theater, and The Barn III. These theaters offer everything from amateur to professional productions, with a variety of genres and styles represented.

Visitors can also enjoy local music performances at intimate venues such as Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Castle Theatre, Jazz Upfront, Braden Auditorium, and Grossinger Motors Arena.

Art lovers will find plenty to enjoy in Bloomington as well, with galleries such as Eaton Studio Gallery, Jan Brandt Gallery, The Hangar Art Company, McLean County Arts Center, and University Galleries showcasing a variety of works from local and regional artists. From regularly scheduled art salons and gallery events to occasional live music performances, these galleries offer unique and engaging experiences for visitors.

Overall, Downtown Bloomington offers a vibrant and diverse arts and entertainment scene, with something to suit every taste and interest.

The Rose Suite at Vrooman Mansion

The Rose Suite is a charming European-style room , popular among individuals and couples. The room is located on the 2nd floor of the mansion between the Master’s Chamber Room and Carl Vrooman Suite.

The Rose Suite has always been used as a guest room since the mansion was first built in 1869. It provides a peaceful and comfortable stay, with amenities such as a queen-size bed, writing desk, antique sitting couch, and private attached bath with a unique wooden-accented claw-foot tub/shower. The view to the east overlooks the original 1850s home of Eli Barber (who built the mansion), adding to the suite’s ambiance.

The Rose Suite is a perfect place for midweek or weekend getaways. Guests can explore the lost art of letter-writing at the desk, read a book by the window, or take a peaceful nap in the comfortable bed. Additionally, guests can ask about the Bath Package to relax and enjoy the adjoining private bath with its wooden accents on the tub. 

Our handmade, locally sourced organic bath package contains all the elements needed to create a pampering and relaxing experience. We have partnered with a local organic vendor, Wright Family Products, who hand makes each bath package specifically for our Vrooman guests. Experience a luxurious bath with soaking salts to soothe and relax your muscles, along with bubble bath, because bubbles just make everything better. Wash away your cares with a lavender essential oil infused bar soap and for an extra indulgence, you can shave with freshly whipped shaving butter. We’ve got your face covered as well with organic face wash and toner. Finish your experience with body butter that will leave your skin soft and well-nourished. Everything you need to have an incredible experience here and plenty to take home as well!

Gourmet Breakfast Included for Overnight Stays

At the Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington, Illinois, you can enjoy the freshest and finest breakfast items. Breakfast is typically served at the original Scott/Vrooman family dining room table between 8:00-9:30 a.m. You can choose to dine with other guests, have a separate table or staggered time, or even have breakfast on the mansion patio when the weather is just right.

Breakfast service begins with a glass of juice and a hot beverage, followed by a fresh seasonal fruit dish and a hot entrée of the day, which changes depending on the season’s available ingredients. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions so your gourmet breakfast experience can be tailored to your needs.

During the spring, you can expect creative and flavorful dishes using seasonal ingredients such as a banana split with Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and homemade granola, signature French toast with bananas, toffee, and salted caramel, a potato asparagus frittata, and sage sausage patties. The Vrooman Mansion does not provide a menu for you to choose from, but we create the best combinations of available ingredients to surprise you with a new gourmet experience. 

Check Availability and Book Your Stay

You know you’ve been talking about a getaway or a night away, so don’t put it off any longer.  

Check availability and book a trip to take in a show at one of the many intimate venues in downtown Bloomington. We also have gift certificates available if you want to surprise someone but can’t commit to a date just yet! 

Find the suite that fits your personality, and choose to stay in a mansion.

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