BOOK HISTORY | A Visit from Florida to Central Illinois

They lived in Bloomington their whole lives and never stepped inside! But now that they are in Florida, Peggy & Ray came back to visit their son and chose to stay with us at Vrooman Mansion in the beautiful Letitia’s Suite.

Do you know someone who lives in Illinois that could use the gift of a gourmet bed & breakfast? Or a friend who comes back to visit often and would love a unique place to stay? Or have you just been looking for your own getaway?

Scroll down to read what Peggy and Ray had to say, learn about Letitia’s Suite and then check availability. Book your stay or buy a gift certificate for someone you love.

This upcoming holiday, choose to celebrate in a mansion!

Guest Review from Venice, Florida

“As a former resident of Bloomington, I was aware of this Mansion, but never thought I’d ever see the inside, let alone stay here! Having stayed at B&Bs before I must say that NONE compare to the Vrooman!

The attention to details, the accommodations & the breakfast were all beyond what I would have imagined. Pam is a wonderful hostess and Nicole served our delicious breakfast with friendly conversation.

I hope to gift a stay here to my son who grew up in Bloomington. This is the place I am going to recommend to everyone I know.

Thank you for a wonderful EXPERIENCE!! We’ll be back.”

Peggy & Ray, Venice, FL


Letitia’s Suite

Peggy and Ray chose to stay in Letitia’s Suite which is a two room suite on the 2nd floor of the mansion, with a Queen sized bed, pullout sofa sleeper and walk-in tiled shower. The opulent purple colors make you feel like historic royalty.

Letitia’s Suite is a special place to stay, perfect for people who like charming and unique accommodations. It’s named after the sister of the original owner, Julia Scott and is adorned in purple accents. The room is beautifully decorated with old-fashioned items including a peacock tapestry, vintage clothing and hats, and a collection of hatpins. The queen sized oak bed and marble top dresser add to this majestic decor.

Next to the main room, there’s a private sitting room where you can relax. It has a comfortable sofa bed, and an armoire with a television. The rooms face west, so it’s nice and quiet if you want to sleep in. But be careful, the delicious smell of breakfast might make it hard to stay in bed!

Each overnight suite at the Mansion and Carriage House come with their own private bathroom. Letitia’s private bath is attached to the main bedroom and boasts a luxurious walk-in shower with a special rain shower head and body sprays. It feels like stepping back in time but with modern things to make your stay comfortable.

Who is Letitia?

The mansion was once owned by Julia and Scott Green. The Greens had a daughter named Julia who later married Carl Vrooman, which is how the mansion got its namesake.

Julia Scott also had a sister named Letitia, which this suite is named after. But who was Letitia Green Stevenson?

Old pencil drawing of a woman looking sideways wearing a high-collar dress

Letitia Green Stevenson, sister to Julia Green Scott, and married to Vice President Adlai Stevenson I

  • 2nd Lady of the United States! Letitia Green married Adlai Stevenson I who was the 23rd Vice President of the United States alongside Grover Cleveland.
  • President General of the National Society of the Daughters of the America Revolution (DAR) in 1893.
  • Letitia was a direct descendent from the family of George Washington on both sides. Her great-grandfather was James Speed, a captain in the Revolutionary War.
  • She organized a Bloomington chapter of the Army and Navy League and was its first president.
  • She was the first president of the Bloomington’s Women’s Club formed in 1897, a position which she held for four years.

Learn more about Letitia from this biography written by the McLean County Museum of History.

Gourmet Breakfast as a True B&B

Peggy & Ray didn’t know what to expect when it came to breakfast, but apparently we left quite the impression! “Accommodations and breakfast were all beyond what I would have imagined.”

Our gourmet breakfasts are always built around the freshest flavors of the season. After all, being in the middle of the richest farmland in Illinois has its perks. We don’t provide a menu for you to choose from, rather we dream up the best combinations from the season’s available ingredients and surprise you with a new gourmet experience.

Gift Certificates Available

Purchase a gift certificate online or over the phone. We can mail a physical gift certificate they can open as a gift, or if you purchase online we can email them their gift certificate directly.

If you’ve been wanting to surprise your significant other with a stay at Vrooman Mansion, but also prefer to plan your trip together, purchase a gift certificate as the surprise and then you can pick out your favorite room and upgrades together!

Book Your Stay

Off of Route 66 in central Illinois you’ll find our bed and breakfast built in 1869 with the character to fuel new memories and the modern amenities every guest needs to be comfortable.

Enjoy free WiFi, gourmet included breakfast, endlessly available free coffee and tea, and free snacks in any of our 7 luxury suites with private bathrooms.

Only a 15 minutes walk to downtown Bloomington, we’re the ideal location for a local getaway. Buy tickets to a concert, make dinner reservations, paint together, or play darts at a local pub. No matter how you choose to celebrate your relationship, let us be the place you stay.

Check availability and book your stay.

Choose to stay in a mansion.

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