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“Take train for a weekend getaway from Chicago”
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Bundling Board Inn
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Bundling Board Inn
Ranked #2 of 4 Woodstock B&B and Inns
Chicago, IL
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Take train for a weekend getaway from Chicago”
Reviewed 20 July 2012

I don't drive, so I can't go to Wisconsin or Michigan for a weekend getaway. Googling towns along the Metra lead me to Woodstock, IL, and the short distance from the Woodstock train station had me sold on Bundling Board. Our room was shabby chic as a B&B should be and our breakfast was a homemade delight. A short walk to the town square and reservations at La Creperie made for the perfect relaxing weekend away from the city. It was so hot the July weekend we went that the owners even picked us up from the train station and dropped us off - I mean really, how much more convenient can a vacation get for busy people who want to turn their brains and bodies off for a couple days.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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McHenry, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

My husband surprised me with a birthday overnight at the Bundling Board Inn. The Inn is cozy, with many little delights and surprises around each corner. We stayed in the Mildred Deslippe Room; it has an attached private bathroom with shower with the washstand in the room itself. Please let the hosts turn down your bed linens for you as the coverlet on the bed at your arrival is a cherished (and beautiful) antique. Be sure to read the scrapbook in the room explaining who Mildred was and when and where she lived.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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McHenry
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

I wanted to do something special for my wife's recent birthday (it being a milestone), and as we're both fond of B&B's, I made arrangements at the Bundling Board Inn, which we've wanted to visit for a while.

There's something nice about being greeted by name, as I was by Merida Johns, who runs the place with her husband Russell. They introduced us to a very friendly dog named Bruno and welcomed us to sample some excellent trail mix brownies.

After taking the tour of the place, we were put into the small but utterly comfortable Mildred Deslippe Room, where a vase of birthday roses sat ready to greet my wife. After we came back from an evening's stroll through the Square (and dinner at an exceptionally good restaurant), we found the bed turned down and fragrant rose petals strewn upon the sheets.

Before turning in, we spent some time in the parlor, reading up on the history of Woodstock in general and the Inn in particular as we enjoyed some tea and another brownie or two.

After a refreshing sleep, breakfast was blueberry pancakes, a sort of mini-quiche, and sausages, complimented by fruit smoothies, coffee for my wife, and tea for me. Merida sat and chatted with us for a while, and we really had a pleasant time.

We thank the Johnses for their hospitality and kindness (especially in sending us on our way with a bag of those same brownies!), and will definitely return to the Bundling Board someday!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

I had a meeting in Woodstock that began early on a Saturday morning, so chose to drive out from Chicago and spend the previous afternoon and evening there. The hosts of Bundling Board greeted us warmly, didn't detain us when we wanted to race right out and go antiquing before all the stores closed, and had turned down our beds and left delicious brownies for us to munch on when we got home from dinner. Breakfast was delicious (fruit, pancakes, sausage, fruit smoothies, all dressed up with little touches like pecan butter and honey-infused yoghurt) and served without complaint an hour before their usual schedule to accommodate my needs. We enjoyed chatting with perhaps the only two Democrats in McHenry County, and were grateful for the snack they handed us on our way out the door: more home-made brownies.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Pueblo, Colorado
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

My wife and I stayed at this B&B for a family reunion in the Woodstock area. We had previously stayed at the Hampton Inn, but when they jacked their room rate from $105 to $139 in one year, I started looking elsewhere and found this place. It was cheaper, nicer, more comfortable, and exceeded all our expectations. We stayed in the Mildred Deslippe room on the first floor. Our hosts, Merida and Russell, provided a gluten free menu for my wife, a bouquet of roses for our room on arrival, the high speed internet really was high speed and worked, and tea and snacks were available in the evening when we returned from our day's activities. The inn is within walking distance to the Woodstock town square. We attended a farmer's market on Saturday, a church down the street on Sunday morning, and a concert in the opera house on Sunday afternoon.. The level of personal service from Merida and Russell far exceeded anything we could expect at a chain motel. The breakfasts were truly gourmet delights, served in a dining room filled with pictures of her family and historical objects from the Woodstock past. We learned a lot about the area and the owner's family, and the history of the house and its renovation. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic couples getaway in a house with an interesting history, this is the place. We will definitely return in the future. Thank you Merida and Russell for your hospitality

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bundling Board Inn
Address: 220 E South St, Woodstock, IL 60098-4218
Region: United States > Illinois > Woodstock
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Woodstock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and personalized service at this meticulously renovated 1910 Queen Anne Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Featured on WTTW PBS television and in The Best of Everything Magazine, the Bundling Board Inn considers every detail to make your stay memorable. Footsteps from the historic Woodstock Square, shops, dining & live theatre. ... more   less 

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