Vrooman Mansion

Region: Central

Innkeeper(s): Dana & Pam Kowalewski

Address: 701 East Taylor Street, Bloomington, IL  61701

Local Phone: 309-828-8816

Toll Free: 877-346-6488

Fax: 309-828-2596

Rooms with Private Baths: 7

Rooms with Shared Baths: 0

Open Since: 1995

Dates Closed: None

Rate Range: $110 - $275

Types of Payment Accepted: Cash, Personal Check, Travelers Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Inn Description:

The Vrooman Mansion, a bed and breakfast and special events venue, is located in the heart of Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. This historical estate built in 1869 is situated in the quiet neighborhood of Dimmitt’s Grove and offers the utmost in privacy and luxury.

The 7 large guest rooms, each with private baths, have been tastefully decorated with antique period and modern furniture. Spend a few nights and enjoy luxury down pillows, robes, fluffy towels, and high-quality linens. Some rooms have a bathtub only, while others are a combination or have a walk-in shower. Ask before you book so they can recommend the best room for your preferences.

Five rooms are located in the mansion itself including the spacious Carl Vrooman Suite, while two rooms are privately tucked away in a separate historic and restored carriage house on the property (perfect for a romantic hideaway) and named Charlevoix, after a favorite vacation spot of one of the original mansion owners. Each suite in this historic Bloomington, Illinois house, represents part of the respected Scott and Vrooman families that graced the home.

Common areas in the mansion and carriage house expand the spaces available for guests to use and explore. Each morning awaken to the smells of a gourmet breakfast from downstairs! A perfect alternative to hotels, especially for business travel with free WiFi and no distractions. The common areas, the entire main house, and carriage house can also be reserved for a wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, business meeting, retreat or intimate special event. Being both an event venue and a bed and breakfast means those being celebrated can stay overnight and relax leading up to and after the event with breakfast provided.

Because of its central location-just off of I-55, I-74, Route 39 and Historic Route 66 – the Vrooman Mansion is a great place for friends and family to meet. This bed & breakfast allows guests to explore the fine restaurants, shops, and attractions of Central Illinois while providing a welcoming and comfortable home base. Guests can choose from a myriad of activities offered by the surrounding communities – as long as they can pull themselves away from their luxurious accommodations. In addition, its relative proximity to the larger cities of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis makes for an ideal midweek or weekend getaway for city dwellers, friends and business travelers.

Significance happens at Vrooman Mansion. It always has. Agriculture innovated here. Philanthropy launched here. Presidents were influenced here. American history happened here. Now you happen here.

Your relationship is recharged here. Your wedding celebrates here. Your team builds here. Your friends reconnect here. Your weekend plans anchor here. Vrooman Mansion isn’t just a place where things happened… It’s the place where things happen.

Inspirational awe & wonder rattles through this Mansion like a powerful, majestic force of gravity. It’s a nonstop experience of ‘wow.’ The outside is wow. Stepping inside is wow. The stained glass windows are wow. Seeing your room is wow. Learning the history is wow. Having breakfast is double wow.

And in our experience, surrounding yourself with awe & wonder is the spark that ignites your ‘wow’ to happen next.

Your next victorious moment happens at Vrooman Mansion. Book your stay, and come make history.

Winter Sports:

Cross Country Skiing, Ice Skating

Site Seeing:

David Davis Mansion, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, McLean County Museum of History

Water Sports:

Boating, Sailing, Canoeing, Water Skiing, Fishing, Swimming


Wineries, Breweries, Constitution Trail (Bicycling, Walking, Jogging)

Daredevil Sports:

Indoor Rock Climbing, Parachuting

Out on the Town:

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Castle Theatre, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Grossinger Motors Arena,

Other Sports:

Golf, Horseback Riding

Out in Nature:

Miller Park Zoo, Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Comlara Park at Evergreen Lake, Moraine View State Park

Rides / Tours:

Route 66, Spirits of Blooming Ghost Walking Tours