Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spring Break!

This Weekend
This weekend stay at the Vrooman Mansion and see The Klezmatics live at the Bloomington Cultural Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm.

The Klezmatics  are the only klezmer band to receive a Grammy Award! (source: BCPA)  
To learn more about about them and  hear some of their music, go to their website, click here!

Spring Break
Making Plans for your Spring Break!  Consider a stay at the Vrooman Mansion.  There is so much to do in Bloomington during your Spring Break!
You can visit many of our great restaurants in Downtown Bloomington.  Visit some of our favorites like Lancaster's, Rosie's, Station 220
Dinner and Theater
For something new and exciting visit the Mackinaw Valley Winery for their Murder Mystery Dinner Theater-Racketeers on Route 66 on March 10 from 6:30-9pm, 
$45 per person dinner and drama, reservations are required. Please visit The Mackinaw Valley Winery website for more details!

Let the relaxing begin!
Stay in and enjoy one of our packages.  Get a Treat Her or Treat Him Package. Have a Ladies Slumber Party, a Couples Retreat or even a Midweek Getaway. Even get a tour and enjoy listening to the history of the mansion.  
Don't forget no matter what you do, you get a gourmet breakfast when you stay with us! 
For more information and availability visit the Vrooman Mansion website.

701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 

Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Celebrating President Abraham Lincoln in Bloomington

As we celebrate the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln and Presidents' Day we remember the rich history Lincoln had in Central Illinois.  Abraham Lincoln spent more time in Bloomington than any other town in Central Illinois outside of Springfield.  There are many sites to visit in Bloomington that pay tribute to the great 16th president of the United States.  Come and stay at the beautiful Vrooman Mansion and be a part of Lincoln's history on the mansion property itself as well as many other sites nearby!

Points of Interest
701 E Taylor Street, Bloomington
From the windows in The Sitting Room, at the southeast corner of the second floor of the Vrooman Mansion, you can see a small park where The Lincoln Oak Tree once stood.  The oak tree was a spot for several of Lincoln's speeches as well as Stephan A. Douglas between 1855 and 1860. In 1914 the tree was dedicated and a plaque was erected.  Vachel Lindsey, a poet, was the dedication speaker and the plaque was written by Adlai E. Steveson, it read: “I have heard Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln at different times speak from a platform erected under the shade of this tree.  This historic spot was then a part of Dimmitt’s Grove.”  The original Lincoln Oak died in 1976, a new oak tree was planted later at the site.

1000 East Monroe Drive, Bloomington  309.828.1084
A visit to Judge David Davis' estate offers a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy and powerful of its day. Davis helped Abraham Lincoln win the 1860 Presidential nomination, in turn, Lincoln appointed Davis to the United States Supreme Court.

200 North Main Street, Bloomington
From Kickapoo Indians to early European settlers, from the small town where Lincoln practiced law to today's thriving community, the stories of this uniquely Midwestern place are told at the McLean County Museum of History. The museum traces its roots back to 1892, the year the McLean County Historic Society was founded.

112 North Sixth Street, Springfield
Combining scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield, IL communicates the amazing life and times of Abraham Lincoln in unforgettable ways.

Another way to celebrate Abraham Lincoln is to take the self guided Looking for Lincoln Tour.  For more information go to the Looking for Lincoln Tour website or view the  

 701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 

Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How Romantic!

Show your valentine a romantic stay 
at a bed & breakfast
by booking a package at the 
Vrooman Mansion for Valentines Day!
Vrooman Mansion is a bed & breakfast establishment in Central Illinois.

Book a room for you and your valentine during the month of February and receive these special rates for one of the romantic packages below! To book your room click here.  Once you book your room email us at and we'll add the package to your room! Regardless of what package you choose, you wake up to a full gourmet breakfast in the morning!

Budget Lovers:
Package-  $100 per night 
Sleeping Accommodations in Letitia's Suite 
Half dozen roses
Bottle of sparkling wine 
Chocolate covered strawberries

Love Birds Package:
Package- $135 per night
Sleeping Accommodations with attached baths in the
Half dozen roses 
Bottle of sparkling wine
Chocolate covered strawberries 
Cheese and fruit tray

Red Hot Lovers Package:
Carl Vrooman Suite 
Package- $200 per night
Sleeping Accommodations in the  
Carl Vrooman Suite which includes 
a private attached bath & sitting room
A dozen roses
Bottle of sparkling wine
Chocolate covered strawberries
Cheese, cracker, and fruit tray

$30.00 gift certificate towards dining
at one of our recommended restaurants. 

701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 

Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

F1rst Fr1day Events and Barry Manilow tickets go on sale!

This weekend in Bloomington:
IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals 
This weekend the U.S. Cellular Coliseum hosts the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Competitive Cheerleading State Finals.  

Tickets are $10 per session for general seating and can be purchased at the door. 

U.S. Cellular Coliseum
101 South Madison
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 663-6377

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If you're a chocolate lover, please join us for the
F1rst Fr1day and the 5th annual Chocolate Challenge!  

Tour de Chocolat' 
February 3, 2012, 5pm-8pm
Downtown Bloomington
Bloomington, IL 61701
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This event includes over 20 participating downtown businesses offering FREE samples of chocolate and hosting their own events. This event is free!

For laughs stop by TheatresCool for chocolate treats and a performance by 
Dysfunction Junction, the hilarious improv troupe! 6:30pm show, free admission! 

403 N Main Street, 
Bloomington, IL 61701
For more information on ThreatreCool and Dysfunction Junction Click Here

Coming to U.S. Cellular Coliseum on 
April 11th- Barry Manilow

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 4th @ 10:00am. 

Be sure to get your tickets and stay at the Vrooman Mansion Bed & Breakfast after the concert.  The Vrooman Mansion is less than a mile from the Coliseum! 

For information about ticket sales please click here.