The living history museum, Blackberry Farm, gives a taste of pioneer life but the hotels in Illinois, USA are anything but old-fashioned – here’s where to book on Culture Trip.
Blackberry Farm – a living history museum and the home of some of the oldest buildings in Illinois – has been educating and entertaining visitors for generations. It’s a great place to learn about the pioneer era from exhibits and historical reenactors – but after the day is done, you’ll want to stay in a decidedly modern hotel. There’s plenty to choose from, with big-name branches and boutique hotels in the area, so here are our picks of the best places to stay near Blackberry Farm, Illinois.
This charming boutique hotel stands out for its European-style architecture, river views and lush courtyard. 60 uniquely designed bedrooms mix timeless antique pieces with modern comfort – adopting warm color palettes, soothing lighting and tapestry-covered walls. Every room has a fireplace and luxurious whirlpool bathtub, while most have a private patio or balcony. European continental breakfast is served every morning in the lobby and you’ll love the homemade cookies and ice-cold milk delivered to your room every evening. The spa promises pure relaxation after a day of sightseeing at Blackberry Farm – with spa therapists offering a wide range of body treatments, massages and facials.
My Place Hotel-North Aurora, IL
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A great outpost of the My Place chain of hotels, this smart, bright accommodation in North Aurora is just a 10-minute drive from Blackberry Farm and is a great choice for families and larger groups – as well as couples – traveling. With a wide selection of rooms decorated with leather furniture and suede finishings, there are rooms and suites to meet all types of travelers’ needs. For extra convenience, every room has a kitchen station – which includes a full-sized refrigerator, two-burner cooktop, coffee maker and microwave.
A smart concept hotel chain from the world-famous IHG group, Candlewood Suites offers suites only – designed with comfort and convenience in mind. The suites are bright and airy with smart, sleek interiors that include spacious living room spaces and are all fitted with a fully equipped kitchen of your own. It’s an entirely pet-friendly property with wellness in mind – offering a large, modern gym complete with cardio machines and free weights. All that and the convenience of a five-minute drive away from Blackberry Farm.
Another suites-only hotel chain, Homewood Suites by Hilton is a classy affair and the Aurora branch is no exception: expect spacious, sleek suites and world-class hospitality. In suites of all shapes and sizes, the decor of warm, pastel hues will make you feel at home – no matter how far you’ve traveled. The free hot breakfast is a nice touch, but it’s the heated indoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym that will keep you coming back.
You know you’re in safe hands at a Sheraton Hotel and the Lisle Naperville branch – a 20-minute drive from Blackberry Farm – is as swanky as you’d expect, with fun furnishings and statement design pieces flooding the lobby and common spaces. Excellent in-house dining can be found at Atrium Restaurant, where a hearty breakfast is prepared for you – or spend the evening at Entre Bar and Restaurant sampling craft beers and cocktails and light bites. It’s the ultra-luxurious indoor swimming pool that really takes the cake here, with designated swimming lanes, as well as relaxation areas.
In neighboring Naperville, this boutique downtown property is the perfect spot for social travelers looking for some nightlife and entertainment after a day of sightseeing at Blackberry Farm. With bright, contemporary interiors and sharp lines in an open design, the hotel is bright and spacious – with attentive and welcoming staff waiting in the wings. The luxurious yet cozy rooms offer sleek, contemporary furnishings set off by carefully selected artwork in bold colors. The simply designed marble bathrooms feature walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs and mirrors with built-in televisions. Therapists here offer wellness rituals with the best science has to offer your skin, hair and body.
In leafy Oswego – a short drive south of Aurora – this reliably hospitable, sleek branch of Best Western sits some 12 minutes away from the Blackberry Farm. It’s tidy, spacious and modern in design and offers a great budget option – with a complimentary full hot breakfast, free parking and free high-speed internet throughout the hotel. There’s a wide range of rooms to suit every group size, along with an indoor pool and a well-equipped fitness center.
Enjoy this award-winning branch of the Marriott family in downtown Naperville, voted one of America’s Coolest Suburbs – and only a 15-minute drive back to Aurora and the Blackberry Farm. The hotel has an indoor heated pool and whirlpool as well as a snazzy fitness center that’s open round the clock, housing cardio machines, free weights and yoga mats. You can grab small bites and cocktails in the lobby’s lounge area after your day of sightseeing and then settle in for the night in one of the modern guest rooms – which are all fitted with smart TVs, cozy bedding and luxury bath amenities.