Silverleaf at Fox River is a nice enough place. I was shocked that some of the other reviewers had so many problems, especially with cleanliness. That was not our experience at all.
We stayed in a lodge unit (218 in bldg 2) which is a two bedroom condo. It was extremely clean. The master bedroom has a king bed, jacuzzi & sink/vanity in room with the toilet behind a closed door. The 2nd bedroom has a queen bed with tub, sink/vanity & toilet behind a closed door. Both were very spacious.
The kitchen featured a full-size fridge/freezer w/built in ice-maker, electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, sink, dishwasher and lots of cabinet space. There were basic pots and pans, dishes/cups/glasses and silverware for 4 plus a variety of cooking utensils, casserole dishes, measuring cups etc. at our disposal. They also provided dishwasher and dish soap, kitchen towels and potholders plus paper towels and extra garbage bags.
There is also a dining room that seats 4 and a livingroom couch & chair plus a TV in the LR plus each bedroom. Off the LR is a private balcony with a table & 4 chairs facing a wooded area.
Pets are welcome for a flat fee of $55. We brought three dogs with no extra charge.
Activities on property are somewhat limited - 5 hole par 3 golf, mini golf, two pools (one indoor, one outdoor - outdoor was freezing in May but we expected it. Indoor was fine), fishing, horseback riding. Beware - they charge extra for horseback riding and cancel rides if it rains due to wet trails. Our kids were disappointed.
You can rent movies for $4.99, borrow games and some sports equipment (horseshoes, shuffleboard, minigolf clubs, balls etc.) and buy basic food (hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza etc). There is not a lot to do outside the resort. We did go to Starved Rock State Park (very good Sunday Brunch!) which is right near an indoor waterpark and amusement park - Great Bear I believe? - around 20-30 minutes away but that's about it. Nearest restaurants are 20-25 minutes away as well. Try the Cajun Connection in Utica - its outstanding food just like New Orleans!
My kids (8 & 10) loved just walking around, relaxing and swimming at their leisure. My hubby and I were a bit bored but we did enjoy not having to rush from activity to activity like some vacations dictate. The dogs LOVED their first family vacation!
Definitely stay there for relaxation, taking your days slow and if you don't mind cooking some meals. Pass it by if you like to pack a lot into your trips or like restaurant meals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax and Renew in Rolling Midwest Hills. The sprawling resort is located about an hour-and-a-half south of Chicago in the beautiful, rolling hills of Illinois. It features a wide range of outdoor activities for family fun. It starts with a stocked, seven-acre lake, ready for fishing. Or, rent a canoe or paddle boat and enjoy a relaxing cruise across its still waters. For swimming, we have an indoor and outdoor pool, plus the always fun year-round indoor Pirates Cay Indoor Water Park™. It features interactive water features, water slides, lazy river, food outlets and more. For sports, enjoy everything from basketball, tennis and volleyball to cross country skiing. And our 9-hole, par 3 executive golf course will help you get that swing back. Plus, the 18-hole mini golf course is a big hit with kids, as is the Activity Center with an arcade, mini movie theater and more. A playground, ball field and sports equipment and even horseback rides help round out your outdoor fun. Sheridan, IL is a rural location, making it a perfect place to get away and relax. Beautiful state parks, historic sites and golf courses are all nearby. Shopping, dining, movie theaters and other entertainment can also be found in the region. And, it's close enough to the greater Chicago area and downtown to experience a day of wonderful sites and attractions. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Silverleaf Fox River Hotel Sheridan