Romantic Places in Illinois
Galena Charming and historic Mississippi river town; 85% of its buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. An infusion of wealth flooded the area in the 1840′s when rich mining deposits were discovered nearby. Felt Manor 125 S. Prospect St. Galena, Illinois T: +1 815 777-9093. 5 room b&b. US$ 105- www.feltmanor.com Built in 1848 for the outrageous sum of $40,000, this Second Empire Victorian mansion sits atop Galena’s highest hill. Alton This historic river town on the Mississippi evokes the charm and romance of a bygone era. The town includes wineries, 50 antique shops, the Sam Vadalabene hiking & biking trail, historic sites and fine dining. Beall Mansion An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn 407 East 12th St. Alton, Illinois 62002-7230 T: + 1 618 474-9100. Toll-free in N. America: 800 990-2325. 5 room b&b. US$ 159- www.beallmansion.com This elegant and luxurious turn of the century mansion specializes in pampering its guests. Kane County Forest Preserve Located one hour west of Chicago, the preserve has native prarie wildflowers, grasses and a 7 mile trail loop for use by walkers, bicyclists and horse enthusiasts. Muirhead Farmhouse b&b 42W814 Rohrsen Rd. Hampshire, IL T: +1 (847) 464-5224. 1 suite b&b. www.muirheadfarmhouse.com A chance to stay in an Usonian-style home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and still owned & lived in by the original owner’s grand-daughter and her family. The house borders the Kane County Forest Preserve.