BOOK HISTORY | A Grandmother’s Love from Crystal Lake, IL

A Grandmother’s Love

A grandmother & granddaughter relationship can be the most beautiful friendship. Choose to invest in it.

That’s what Michele did, our beloved repeat guest for the last 17 years. Embarking on getaways from the Chicago suburbs with both her grandmother AND her granddaughters, time and again she chose Vrooman Mansion as the destination.

In her most recent stay in the Julia Vrooman Suite, Michele shared how she has memories with the women in her family spanning overnight stays and special events.

“Vrooman is my happy place! I’ve loved every season here.”

Read more about Michele’s experiences at the mansion as both a granddaughter AND a grandmother! Then book your road trip with the special women in your life, and stay in a vibrant and historic B&B.

Journal Guest Review from Michele of Crystal Lake, Illinois

“Happy to be back!

Vrooman is my happy place! A favorite place for special life events and filled with incredible memories over a 17 yr period for me. I’ve loved each season here, and watching this place evolve with the blood, sweat, and tears of Pam & Dana, and so many special staff over the years, I’m grateful to have spent so many visits. Memories with my grandma who is no longer here and each of my granddaughters spent a special Mimi sleepover in “the castle” when they turned 4 years old. This has been a special destination for romance & reunions, etc. And it’s perfect every single visit.

Thank you guys!!!”

Michele Burke

The Julia Vrooman Suite

After visiting us for over 17 years, we’re sure that Michele has stayed in each of our 7 suites at some point! Most recently she stayed in the Julia Vrooman Suite which is located on the 2nd floor of the mansion at the end of the hallway. It’s located in the perfect spot to smell breakfast as it winds its way up the back staircase.

Julia’s Suite has a queen sized bed, sitting chairs, decorative fireplace, and beautiful natural light that makes the room glow. One of the windows overlooks the gardens, just begging you to step outside and enjoy the first floor patio.

This suite was named after one of the previous owners of the mansion, Julia (Scott) Vrooman. The suite down the hall is named after her husband Carl. Julia’s parents owned the mansion before her, and another room down the hall is named after her aunt Letitia.

Explore the history of Vrooman Mansion, as you create history of your own with friends and family.

Private Attached Bath

We have 7 suites at Vrooman Mansion, all with their own private bathroom. For the Julia Vrooman Suite, you’ll find a walk-in shower and an old-fashioned pull chain toilet. Some of our other suites boast a shower-tub combo, while the Carl Vrooman Suite has a vintage clawfoot tub with a shower handle. This means you can have your choice of the suite and bath combo that best fits your travel needs and preferences.

And each bath comes with amenities you’ve come to expect when you travel like a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and even a makeup washcloth.

Gourmet Breakfast Included

From pancakes to french toast. From eggs benedict to quiche. Every guest gets to enjoy our gourmet breakfast included with their stay.

We do our best to use local and seasonal ingredients to create a unique experience for everyone. If you have allergies or specific dietary needs, please let us know so we can tailor your breakfast to you. And like Michele, if you’re littlest guests would prefer pancakes, let us know when you check in so they can be as amazed by the flavors as you are.

Epic Spaces for You to Enjoy

Michele’s 4 year old granddaughters refer to Vrooman Mansion as “the castle”, and understandably so with its high ceilings and grandiose foyer staircase. No matter how large it feels to us as adults, we can only imagine how tall it seems to them!

Regardless of which suite you choose to stay in overnight, there are multiple common spaces for you to enjoy. Play a board game in the parlor, listen to the piano in the music room, enjoy a book in the upper library nook, or have an intimate conversation on the blue couch in the room with a built-in wall safe from 1869.

red velvet chairs and couches in the parlor with a bright red antique rug underneath, light blue wallpapered walls and silver servingware on white marble tabletops

Each of these spaces can also be rearranged for your next special event, whether that is a wedding ceremony and reception, retirement party, business meeting, or murder mystery dinner. As Bloomington’s top rated Special Event Venue, we’d love to be the backdrop for your next memories with family, friends, and coworkers.

red velvet chairs and couches in the parlor with a bright red antique rug underneath, light blue wallpapered walls and silver servingware on white marble tabletops

Book your Road trip and Overnight Stay

Share the vibrant majesty of Vrooman Mansion with all of the women in your life.

Each of you can choose the suite that best fits your personality and needs like the Julia Vrooman Suite with its walk-in shower. Each suite is located on the 2nd floor, and every overnight guest, no matter their age, gets to enjoy the mouthwatering gourmet breakfasts.

Rich history permeates every corner, and a visit to our historic bed and breakfast promises an unforgettable experience.

Vrooman Mansion is a bed, breakfast, and special events venue in Bloomington, IL roughly 2.5 hours south of the 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 with those you love.

Book your stay and make history.

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