Harvey House Bed and Breakfast
The Harvey House Bed and Breakfast, situated in the quaint village of Oak Park, is the closest suburb to Chicago. Originally established as a dry community (local ordinances prohibited the sale of alcohol), Oak Park remained a bastion of conservatism until the 1973. Its close proximity to the Loyola Medical Center and the University of Chicago encouraged a new wave of settlers interested in rehabilitating and repurposing the community’s homes, most of which were built in the 1800s.
The quaint brick-and-stone construction of the Harvey House Bed and Breakfast belie the elegance and opulence of its interior. This luxurious inn features oversized baths, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, and a gourmet breakfast. Each of the five suites is tastefully decorated. Upper level rooms showcase bead board ceilings and cherry floors. A licensed massage therapist is available for in-room treatments by appointment. Guests who simply must remain connected with the outside world enjoy the modern convenience of wireless Internet. Nearby attractions include the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Ernest Hemmingway’s birthplace, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries.
Galena is named for the mineral found in lead ore. Lead mines provided employment for Galena’s residents, and produced eighty percent of the United States’ lead supply during their prime. The French began settling in Galena in the late 1600s, trapping furs and mining lead ore. By the early 1800s, American settlers joined the French, engaging in commerce on the Mississippi River. Today, the Galena Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Looking out across the Mississippi River high atop the bluffs, the Goldmoor Inn resembles a medieval castle with its Tudor construction and large turret. Twelve individually-decorated suites occupy the main house at the Goldmoor Inn. Also on the Inn’s grounds, the English, French, and Irish Country Cottages exude old-world charm while catering to modern comforts. Warm earth tones and a massive four poster bed grace the English Country Cottage, while sunny colors and light fabrics enhance the chalet atmosphere of the French Country Cottage. Fabrics and wall treatments in green and purple combine with the river boulders in the fireplace and bath to remind guests of the lovely fields of Ireland. A full-service spa provides guests with a variety of oils, scents, and textures to melt away the tensions of everyday life. For those guests traveling for business, the Goldmoor Inn houses several meeting rooms, modern audio/visual equipment, and wireless Internet access.
The Inn at Irish Hollow
The Inn at Irish Hollow is nestled into five hundred acres of rolling farmland. In keeping with the independent nature of the original settlers, the Inn utilizes natural materials whenever possible. All meals are prepared from scratch, including the hand-painted chocolates. The mattresses are made of organic material and covered in fine linen to ensure the comfort of each guest. The bath amenities are handmade from natural ingredients. Accommodations include several cottages; each designed to reflect a piece of Galena history: The Station House, The French Maid’s Cottage, The Olde Orchard, The Gardener’s Cottage, and Stonewood. The Guest Rooms in the main Inn feature a dramatic view of the Irish Hollow Valley. IPod docking stations and wireless Internet access enable guests to bring their modern technology into this beautiful retreat.
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