Just up Parley Street from the Midwest's largest collection of restored historic preservation sites, nestled behind a canopy of 145-year-old trees, sits an unexpected historic treasure, the Nauvoo Grand. This turn-of-the-century home was built by Cecil J. Baxter whose family had come to Nauvoo with the Icarian movement in 1855. The Baxters planted vineyards and opened their winery, originally living in an old Mormon home until they built the two-story brick home which stands today on the same site. The basement walls display a number of stones salvaged from the original Nauvoo Temple just a few blocks away. Today, the old Baxter home has been transformed by Cassie and Kent Barrett into luxury accommodations, offering the grace and intimacy of Victorian times. Perched on a gentle rise, the Nauvoo Grand is still surrounded by the Baxter family vineyards and sits directly across the street from Illinois' oldest winery, still owned and operated by descendants of the founders.
3.6 on July 04, 2014
I own an antique and gift shoppe and found the antiques beautiful and well kept. The home was exceptionally clean. We were the only guest the night we stayed and enjoyed the whole mansion to our selves. The beds and pillows were extremely comfortable. Loved the price at this great B&B. I would have liked instructions to the jacuzzi and would have liked some bottled water before going to bed. I will know to bring our own beverages next time. Also there was no comfortable chair to sit on in our room so we went down stairs to check our emails. I will definitely recommend this to our friends and family.
5 on July 28, 2013
This is the second time we have stayed there and will never stay anywhere else while in Nauvoo!!! We love the log cabins and have such a great time there!!!
4.2 on March 10, 2012
We had an enjoyable stay in the Ellen's Orchard room in March,2012. We had the entire home to ourselves. The downstairs is filled with beautiful antiques and a small nook of books and DVD's to enjoy. The kitchen was left open for us to use. We enjoyed the jetted bath and didn't mind it being down the hall since it was very large with plenty of hot water. The bedroom has a unique, pretty chandelier. For breakfast we were served a hot frittata, zucchini bread with a fresh fruit tray in the formal dining room. A few details could be added to the room to make it more convenient such as an alarm clock, a comforter in addition to the bed spread and bathrobes. However, for the price, it is nice. It makes for a lovely, romantic getaway with a good meal. It is off the beaten path but still convenient to the historical homes and temple. We have stayed in Nauvoo many times and recommend this Bed and Breakfast.
On the first floor, Esther's Garden is perfect for guests who prefer accommodations that do not require them to climb stairs. This room, furnished with a queen-size bed, was an addition to the 1904 Baxter home but sits on the foundation of the Mormon home originally on the site. The attached private bath includes a five-foot jetted tub.
Beth's Forest combines the biggest bed, an Olympic queen, with an attached bath that includes a five-foot jetted tub identical to that found in Esther's Garden. The beautiful hand silk-screened wallpaper, combined with views of the vineyards outside, truly brings the beauty of nature into your stay.
In addition to stunning views of the surrounding vineyards, guests in Ellen's Orchard enjoy the largest bathroom with a six-foot jetted tub, although it is a few steps down the hall. Ellen's Orchard also features a queen-sized antique bedroom suite, stunning Bradbury and Bradbury wall coverings and an antique porcelain rose chandelier.
Guests who prefer a little more room will enjoy the extra space of Emma's Aviary, which also has its own attached bath (with shower). The queen-size bed sits in a small alcove, surrounded by windows with breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards.
A few extra stairs lead guests to Grandma Eleanor's Attic on the third floor. Red and pink stained glass windows tint the three alcoves, brightened by skylights from above. This spacious room comfortably sleeps four with two twin beds in one sleeping alcove and one queen-size bed in another. The third-floor attic also includes a small sitting area and, of course, a private bath (with shower).
Countryside, Rural, Small town, Wine country
Bloomington, IL (BMI-Bloomington-Normal)
Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery
Historic Inn, Farm
Bath robes, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Movie library, Parking, Wi-Fi
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, DVD Player, Satellite/Cable TV, TV
Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Wine Tasting at Illinois' Oldest Winery, Geneology Searching, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Water sports
Kim Orth and Brenda Logan
Brenda Logan and Kim Orth are a mother-daughter team operating the Nauvoo Grand Bed Breakfast as well as Baxter's Vineyards, Illinois' Oldest Winery. Both Kim and Brenda are very active in the community and with other volunteer activities.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian