My husband and I recently had the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, IL. Located less than two hours drive from Chicago and Peoria, this is an award winning Inn owned and operated by a charming couple, Jeff and Monika Sudakov. From the moment we arrived we felt their hospitality and warmth.
Our first night, we stayed in The Green Room. The Green Room was originally the maid's quarters. It is a three room suite consisting of a bedroom with a double bed and bathroom, a bedroom with a twin bed, and an enclosed dining porch. The dining porch had comfortable furnishings and a television. Each room or suite is equiped with Dish Network, and Wi-Fi. They even have a 1000 title movie collection from which you are free to borrow. This suite is beautifully decorated in soft colors. Below you can see the twin room and the dining table on the dining porch.
We elected to dine in our suite the first morning and take advantage of the dining porch. We indulged in homemade corn and strawberry pancakes with maple syrup and butter. They were simply devine, with just the right mix of flavors. They had a wonderful texture and perfect crispness on the edges. Monika, I want this recipe! Our pancakes were served with bacon, sliced kiwi and banana, orange juice, and a selection of hot teas. It was pure decadence.
Our second night, we stayed in the Blue Room. This room is a woman's dream: romantic and cozy all at the same time. The walls are covered in a soft blue botanical wallpaper and adorned with blue and white china accents. The queen bed has a white lace canopy and is covered in luxurious blue and yellow floral bedding. The TV in this room is enclosed in an Armoire so you can watch it or hide it if you like. Each room and suite has it's own bathroom. Complimentary bottled water and chocolates are provided in the rooms. Not just a couple of chocolates on your pillow, but a whole basket of chocolates!
Snacks are provided downstairs in the Butler's pantry. The 1929 refridgerator is full of sodas and Perrier and Monika makes fresh-baked goodies for guests and serves them on the sideboard in the sun-porch.
Pictured below is the Blue Room.
The Chestnut Street Inn was recently featured in Midwest Living as one of the top Bed and Breakfasts in the Midwest. It was highly rated for its gourmet meals. Chef Monika does an amazing job of using locally grown ingredients and creating cullinary masterpieces that would satisfy even the most discriminating palate. You may dine at the Inn for evening meals by reservation only.
We enjoyed an evening in and dined at the Inn on our second night. Our first course was a potato-leek soup. This was delicous; another recipe I would love to add to my collection. Our second course was a salad with pistachios, dried cranberries, feta (mine had smoked gouda since I am pregnant), and an amazing homemade dressing. I ate every single bite. The main course was a pasta dish with a mint pesto (fresh from their garden) topped with perfectly seared chicken and a creamy homemade sauce, all served with a thick and rich balsamic vinegar.
While the food was absolutely wonderful, my only complaint about the dinner service would be that there weren't any choices. It was fun being surprised with each course and it was a bargain to enjoy a 4 course gourmet meal for around $30, but it still would have been nice to have a couple of options for the main course.
We were so full after dinner that we and the other guests opted to wait an hour and return for dessert. My husband and I retired to the parlor and played board games for an hour and then returned for some of the best creme brulee we have ever had. We almost always order creme brulee when we dine in a nice restaurant. This creme brulee was spectacular. It was an orange blossom water and cinnamon creme brulee. We loved the delicate flavor and the perfectly caramelized sugar crust. We even asked Monika how she caramelizes the sugar so perfectly and she gladly shared her method with us.
If you are looking for a relaxing, romantic, and delicious get-away, look no further than the Chestnut Street Inn.
Disclosure: I was not provided compensation for this review, but I did receive a complimentary stay. All opinions are honest and are my own.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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