AAA Four Diamond inn with a spa and an elegant restaurant overlooks the Fox River in historical downtown Geneva
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19th-Century Creamery Turned AAA Four Diamond Inn
Typically, cow statues don’t evoke romance. But Unbridling Beatrix—a colorful statue with scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet painted on it from neck to hoof—is no ordinary cow. As a showpiece from Chicago’s Cows on Parade exhibit, Beatrix enchanted the owners of Geneva’s The Herrington Inn & Spa. The former 19th-century riverfront creamery was transformed into a boutique hotel that exudes Old-World romanticism and has won AAA’s Four Diamond award since 1994. Beatrix embodies the property’s past and present, an ideal match to serve as hotel mascot inside the inn.
Up the lobby’s grand staircase, the inn’s rustic guest rooms contain private fireplaces, marble-accented bathrooms, and balconies that overlook the Fox River. In river premier rooms, heated floors and marble fireplaces keep chills at bay. Each night in your room, enjoy fresh cookies, milk, and a complimentary turndown service.
At the inn’s bar, Herrington’s resident sommeliers have crafted an expansive wine list that ranges from Argentine reds to Napa Valley whites; the list earned the restaurant an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2011. On request, the executive chef of the inn’s Atwater’s Restaurant customizes a private fine-dining experience for up to eight guests in a waterfront gazebo. The property has received local recognition with the Herrington’s 2017 award for “Best Local Hotel” and Atwater’s Restaurant awarded as “Most Romantic Restaurant” in West Suburban Living magazine in 2017. Additionally, the staff at the Spa at The Herrington performs exfoliating facials, relaxing massages, and energizing body treatments.
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Geneva, Illinois: Small-Town Shopping and Art on the Outskirts of Chicagoland
Nestled in the verdant Fox River Valley, idyllic Geneva lies about 36 miles west of Chicago’s Loop area, but its laid-back rural vibe seems a world away from the city. Along the river is the Fox River Trail, a hiking, biking, and cross-country-skiing path that connects a string of scenic riverfront towns.
Historical buildings and tree-lined streets define downtown Geneva; its 200 specialty shops include artisanal jewelers, chic women’s clothing stores, and boutique eateries. Pop into Graham’s for renowned handcrafted chocolates and ice cream. The 68-foot Fabyan Windmill, built by German immigrants in the 1850s and restored with timber from the Netherlands, lies along the river to the south of town. Nearby, the Geneva History Museum delves into the city’s past as an agricultural hub as the Kane County seat.