This past June we had an itch to go for a little nature walk. We decided to do a little gallivanting up to "Starved Rock State Park" for the weekend and stay the night. We were pleasantly surprised to find Marcia’s B&B. She totally tickled the "CuriosGeorge" in me. When I heard the words, “Grain Silo with a swing inside”… I was like… “What? Are you serious?!?” This was just the thing to make our trip, to this region of Illinois, both amazing and memorable.
The “Grain Bin” was a seamless place for us to share a little bonding time and romance. As Marcia expressed, “The swing is there to help couples bond... One pushes & listens while the other one talks & shares their thoughts... while swinging...”.
The best way to describe this “Grain Bin” is to say that it felt like an ultimate tree house. Much creativity, thought, and love appears to have been invested toward building this B&B. From the swing in the living room, to the little reading/kissing nooks, and to the shower that was made out of a metallic water trough, everything was refreshingly unique.
Marcia’s peaceful & loving personality sprinkled our experience with that warm and fuzzy feeling that you can only call "Home". She advised us to check out “The Cheese Shop & Deli”. Wow! This was another hidden treasure of Ottowa. The store was as flavorful, as the food they served. I have to also thank Marcia for allowing us access to her back yard in the middle of the night. A large storm front was moving through that night. In the distance you could see large billowing clouds flashing brightly, as bolts of lightning dashed across them, like crackling fingers. We had a marvelous time watching the light show & talking, whilst lounging on her trampoline and taking a few minutes swinging side by side on the swing set.
The next morning we awoke to greet the horses and enjoy an amazing breakfast. We are already talking about returning back here in Jan/Feb. We are very interested in seeing the frozen waterfalls and the bald eagles that everyone talks about.
I have the illusion that “Starved Rock” is the main reason why anyone would want to spend the night up there. I would strongly suggest that you visit that park when there isn’t a drought. The waterfalls were just a trickle of their ideal self this year.
I would NOT suggest this B&B for a partner that is a bit of a perfectionist or high maintenance. The type of “Quality Experience” that this place offers, is not made for those of a superficial and materialistic nature.
Room Tip: Reserve the Grain Bin. Also…Don’t let the jaded & tainted comments by <Trippjc> “I cannot believe some of these reviews on how inaccurate they are”... sway you. Next time <Trippjc> should actually take the time to read the other comments first, before falsely claiming they are inaccurate. It’s unfortunate that he had a negative experience… and that he couldn’t tap the true beauty and quality of this B&B.