BOOK HISTORY | A Fall Roadtrip from Tucson, AZ

🍂 Do you get to experience all four seasons where you live? 

Pricila & Eren are from Tucson and were amazed at the colors of the changing leaves they got to experience walking around the mansion. 

Staying in the Fern Suite at the Carriage House they shared, “We loved the weather during our stay because we came from Tucson so we never really get fall, and we just loved the color of the leaves.” 

Read more about their experience, learn about Route 66, discover where to find the best fall hikes, and get some historical tidbits about the Carriage House and the Fern Suite where they stayed.

Plan that getaway you keep talking about, don’t put it off any longer. Check availability and book a date night, a getaway weekend, or a fall roadtrip!   

Guest Review from Pricila & Eren of Tucson, Arizona

Thank you so much for making us feel at home. This is a beautiful house and the area in general is amazing. We loved the weather during our stay because we came from Tucson so we never really get fall, and we just loved the color of the leaves. Again, you all do an amazing job here & the breakfast was delicious and filling.”

Pricila & Eren,  Tucson, AZ 

What is the Carriage House?

The Carriage House is a two-story structure next to the main Mansion home, on the Vrooman Mansion property. It was renovated in 2012 by the current owners, Pam & Dana, and provides an intimate and romantic atmosphere with modern amenities and spa-quality bathroom fixtures. The first floor features a cozy wood-burning fireplace, heated floors, and a screened-in porch with an outdoor fireplace.

unique setting for retreat space for 4

The second floor has two suites that can be reserved individually or together as a private retreat, accommodating up to six overnight guests with a pullout sleeper sofa. The Carriage House offers personalized concierge service, luxurious linens, spa bathrobes, and spa-quality bath and body products. It also has a kitchen with a coffee maker, microwave, and full-size guest refrigerator, and guests have access to the Main House first floor and porches.

Guests of the Carriage House can enjoy free secure Wi-Fi throughout the estate, daily gourmet plated breakfast served in the Main House, 24-hour complimentary beverages and snacks, and on-street parking in front of the Carriage House. It is within walking distance to downtown restaurants and the closest overnight accommodations to downtown Bloomington.

outdoor fireplace next to a brick path and a garden

The Carriage House is an excellent place to lose oneself for multiple nights, whether seeking a private alternative to a noisy hotel or looking for inspiration as a writer or as a wedding couple seeking the privacy of a cozy honeymoon suite. It is also perfect for small groups of ladies seeking a weekend spa party.

Staying in the Fern Suite at Vrooman Mansion

This 2nd floor suite is named after the many ferns planted on the grounds and offers a “whisked away from it all” feeling. One of the original owners of the mansion from 1869, Julia Scott, had a hobby of importing fern plants from England to decorate the mansion.
The room features a queen-size memory foam pillow-top mattress surrounded by a hand-painted frame, a modern bathroom with a tile and glass shower, custom woodwork, and an antique mirror with a hand-painted sink.

The Fern Suite has a reading chair, marble top dresser and tables, and north and west facing shuttered windows overlooking the spacious lawn of the bed and breakfast and providing a picturesque view of the Main House. Guests can enjoy reading a book on the screened-in porch or taking a walk or bike ride on the nearby Constitution Trail.

The Fern Suite offers a private bath with a walk-in shower and amenities such as a gourmet breakfast served in the Main House, an antique reading chair, and north and west facing shuttered windows. It is an elegant and cozy lodging option for guests seeking a Central Illinois getaway.

Gourmet Bed and Breakfast in Bloomington, Illinois

Pricila and Eren used the words “delicious and filling” to describe their gourmet breakfast experience with us. Vrooman Mansion offers a full breakfast with fresh and seasonal ingredients served between 8:00-9:30 am.

Guests can choose to dine with others or at a separate table or staggered time. 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. Dietary restrictions or preferences can be accommodated so please let us know when you book your stay!

Elegant dining room with red velvet chairs, lace covered window and elaborate brick fireplace

The gourmet breakfasts are built around the freshest flavors of the season, and the staff surprises guests with a new gourmet experience. Examples of past dishes include Banana split with Greek yogurt and fresh berries, Signature French toast with bananas and salted caramel, and Grilled peaches with white chocolate mousse.

If you’ve never stayed at a true bed and breakfast before, check out our article about the differences between B&Bs and Hotels (and why we think B&Bs are a better choice!)

Route 66 Roadtrip to See the Fall Colors

Route 66, also known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, is one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System and was established in 1926. It starts in Chicago, Illinois, and ends in Santa Monica, California, covering a distance of approximately 2,448 miles. Along the way, it passes through eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Bloomington, Illinois is located on Route 66 approximately 136 miles southwest of Chicago and about 24 miles northeast of the Illinois state capital, Springfield. Bloomington is a great place to start your journey because its away from Chicago traffic (which can be a bit stressful for some!) and it’s home to several Route 66 landmarks, including the restored historic Sprague’s Super Service gas station and the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center.

close up shot of a road with the route 66 symbol and Vrooman Mansion Logo

Route 66 was an important route for people migrating westward during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and became a popular route for vacationers in the post-World War II era. While the highway was decommissioned in 1985, many sections of the road still exist and have been preserved as historic landmarks, attracting visitors from around the world.

What can we do in and around Bloomington after we arrive?

hiking trail covered in fall leaves along the left side of a creek

We’ve gathered our favorite fall date ideas for you to try, including visiting pumpkin and apple farms, enjoying s’mores by our outdoor fireplace, and hiking at the most picturesque local spots. Read our other blog posts below to learn more and plan the rest of your stay, complete with local restaurants that have outdoor seating, too!

Check Availability & Book Your Stay

We know you’ll love the Fern Suite, but we also have 6 other rooms to choose from. Look through them all in the Mansion and Carriage House and choose the one that best fits both your personalities and travel preferences. Some of tubs, others have walk-in showers, and one of our suites has a king sized bed.

If you’d like to surprise your significant other and make the plans together, purchase a Gift Certificate for a future stay.

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