Book a Romantic Escape
We all know taking care of our mind, body, and spirit can be challenging. Bond with your significant other as you take advantage of this itinerary designed to allow you to step away from day-to-day challenges, make healthy choices, relax, and have fun! Self-care is not selfish, and who better to refocus with than your partner?
Open the door to your healthy weekend getaway as you check into your luxurious guest suites at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast. This award-winning bed and breakfast is located in a magnificently restored, vintage mansion in the heart of the historic district — and the architectural details are amazing! With only two guest suites, you’re assured peace and quiet. Enjoy a delightful breakfast each morning and 24/7 complimentary beverages and snacks. Settle into your suite, then grab a beverage and hang out on the front porch. Put your feet up and relax as you unwind with each other and chill.
Once you’re rested and ready to explore, head toward Downtown and seek out the Walldog Murals displayed on historic buildings around the square. Painted by artists from around the world, these incredible murals detail the fascinating history of Jacksonville through 12 murals depicting landmark events in the city’s history, including Abraham Lincoln’s 1854 speech, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s march, the Eli Bridge Co., Buffalo Bill, and many more. Then, stop for a photo op in a Big Eli wheel bench centered in the downtown square that was made locally by the Eli Bridge Co.
Afterwards, catch an afternoon movie in the historic Illinois Theater, then enjoy a nice meal from one of many local flavors sure to please any palate.
Want to find our local music haunts? The new Waters Edge Winery and Bistro is a great choice for a light dinner. If you time it right, they’ll also have live music. After dinner, head downtown for one of the Jacksonville Main Street Friday night outdoor concerts, or visit KJB’s Pinthaus or another local bar hosting a live band. You’ll find healthy bedtime snacks waiting for you upon your return to the inn. Guests rave about how comfortable the beds are, so you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep.
Start your day by taking an early walk or run (or bring your bikes) around Blessings on State’s historic neighborhood, where you’ll see historic homes and buildings with examples of many architectural styles. Return to the inn for your healthy breakfast. The innkeeper specializes in tailoring the menu to meet her guests’ needs — and if you prefer to indulge in some of the inn’s more decadent specialties, she can whip up something sweet too!
After breakfast, you can choose to take advantage of this B&B’s complimentary guest passes to Fitness World, or you can bike or hike together on the timbered Crimson and Rocket Trails at Lake Jacksonville.
If you’re golfers, play a round or two at one of Jacksonville’s scenic courses. Depending on your skill level, choose from Nichols Park, The Links, or K’s Creek. No matter which course you choose, spending more time outdoors together will help you relax and sleep better when it’s time to turn in for the night.
Looking for something a little less active? Lake Jacksonville is known as one of the top bass fishing lakes in the state. Feel the sun on your backs as you and your partner drop a line and unwind. If you prefer to stay closer to town, you may fish in Lake Mauvaisterre. Visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or information on licenses and other fishing regulations.
Make healthy food choices at some of our locally owned eateries while you’re in town. Elm City Roastery and Juice Bar offers everything from coffee and tea to smoothies, sandwiches, and healthy sweets. If you two really want to wind down and relax on your trip, schedule an in-suite therapeutic massage with Hannah Pate, the inn’s licensed and certified massage therapist, from Juniper by Hannah Pate (advance reservations required).
Enjoy your last evening in Jacksonville relaxing in the front parlor, on the front porch, in the lighted gazebo, or by the fire pit to wind down for the day. Share a few more hugs!
Wake up to another amazing breakfast before taking one last stroll around the historic neighborhood. Pick up a memento at one of the locally owned stores in town like Our Town Books, which offers new and used books. Just Good Trade sells fair trade gift items, clothing, and foods from all over the world. Sports Zone carries sports jerseys and other promotional items.
Other downtown stores include Antiquarius, A Collaborative & On the Wall, Green Haven Co., The Haberdash, Holly Cakes Bakery, Home Girls Boutique, and Soap Co. Coffee House. Additionally, Market House Antiques offers furniture, glassware, and other unique finds.
Don’t let too much time pass before you visit again — you can even book your next stay before you leave the inn!